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34.

Mayoral Announcements

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(a)   Apologies for absence

 

No apologies for absence were received, however, the Mayor explained that not all members could attend because social distancing restrictions had significantly reduced the capacity of the Council Chamber.

 

(b)   Declaration of interests

 

None.

 

(c)   Order of business

 

No changes were proposed to the order of business.

 

(d)   Mayor’s Announcements

 

 The Mayor welcomed the five new councillors who had been elected at the recent by-elections on 6th May 2021. 

35.

Minutes of the previous meeting pdf icon PDF 217 KB

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RESOLVED:

 

That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 25 February 2021 be agreed as s a correct record and the Mayor be authorised to sign them.

36.

Vote of Thanks and Presentation of Commemorative Badges to Outgoing Mayor and Consort

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Councillor Chapman moved a vote of thanks to the outgoing Mayor, Councillor Burgess. The vote of thanks was seconded by Councillor Watts. It was commented that Councillor Burgess had made a great contribution to the borough through a very difficult year. The Mayor had been a great supporter of the key workers and volunteers supporting the community through the pandemic and in particular had visited food banks, vaccination centres and Whittington Hospital to thank those working on the front line. The Mayor was congratulated for raising over £20,000 for her mayoral charity, Age UK.

 

Councillor Burgess thanked her fellow councillors and spoke about the unique experience of being Mayor during the pandemic. The Mayor highlighted the fantastic work carried out by the borough’s food banks over the past year and thanked all of the volunteers and everyone who had offered donations. The Mayor also thanked the council staff who had supported her through her mayoral year.

37.

To Elect the Mayor of the London Borough of Islington for the ensuing Municipal Year

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Councillor O’Halloran, seconded by Councillor Turan moved that Councillor Gallagher be elected as Mayor for the ensuing municipal year.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Councillor Gallagher be elected as Mayor of the London Borough of Islington for 2021/22.

 

The Council adjourned while Councillor Gallagher was invested with the robes of office.

 

 

The Mayor (Councillor Troy Gallagher) in the Chair

 

 

38.

Declaration of Acceptance of Office by the Mayor

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The Mayor accepted the office by making the required declaration.

 

The Mayor advised that his consort would be Mary Roberts.

 

 

39.

Mayor's Inaugural Address to the Borough

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The Mayor thanked his fellow councillors and made his inaugural address to the borough. The Mayor said it was a great honour to be elected as Mayor and was proud to be the first Mayor of Islington from the Republic of Ireland. The Mayor spoke of his family history in Islington and his own experiences of living in the borough for the past 20 years. The Mayor announced that he had chosen the theme for his mayoral year to be ‘A New Tomorrow’.

 

The previous year had been extremely difficult for many people and there was a growing mental health crisis. The Mayor also spoke of his concern at the suicide rate amongst young men. The Mayor announced that his mayoral charities would be James’ Place, forum+, and icap. These charities worked to support people experiencing mental health issues and helped to prevent suicide.

 

The Mayor commented that he was looking forward to engaging with communities and organisations across the borough to highlight these issues and support those who are marginalised or facing hardship.  

40.

Appointment of the Deputy Mayor

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The Mayor appointed Councillor Marian Spall to the role of Deputy Mayor.

 

Helen Spall was appointed as the Deputy Mayor’s Consort.   

41.

Vote of Thanks to Outgoing Leader of the Council

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Councillor Burgess, seconded by Councillor Champion, moved a vote of thanks to the outgoing Leader of the Council, Councillor Watts. It was commented that Councillor Watts had made a great contribution as Leader of the Council. Under his leadership the Council had worked to make the borough a fairer place, including ensuring that the council and its contractors pay the real Living Wage, the development of new council homes, employment and skills projects, environmental improvements, and strong partnership working across the borough. The Council also noted the successes of the council’s work on fairness, including pioneering the Fairness Commission and Fair Futures Commission.

 

Councillor Watts thanked his fellow councillors, council staff, and colleagues from local services and organisations. Councillor Watts spoke of his pride in leading the borough for eight years and the council’s achievements during this time; including universal free school meals, the People Friendly Streets programme, work to tackle the climate crisis, bringing £380m of public services back in house, paying the real Living Wage, and the development of new council housing. 

 

 

42.

Election of the Leader of the Council

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Councillor Ward, seconded by Councillor Ibrahim, moved that Councillor Comer-Schwartz be elected as Leader of the Council.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That Councillor Comer-Schwartz be elected as Leader of the Council.

 

 

Councillor Comer-Schwartz thanked her fellow councillors and expressed her commitment to fairness, tackling inequality and supporting residents facing disadvantage.  The Leader spoke of her pride in being the first black woman Leader of the Council, in the borough where she grew up. The Leader spoke of the importance of services for young people, early intervention, reducing poverty, developing affordable housing, addressing health inequalities, air quality and the council’s environmental ambitions. 

43.

Appointment of the Deputy Leader and the Executive pdf icon PDF 51 KB

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Councillor Comer-Schwartz introduced the paper. Councillor Diarmaid Ward was appointed as Deputy Leader of the Council. The Leader commented that she looked forward to working with Executive Members on the council’s priorities.

 

The Council noted the following appointments made by Councillor Comer-Schwartz as Leader of the Council:

 

Deputy Leader and Executive Member for Housing and Development – Cllr Diarmaid Ward


Executive Member for Environment and Transport – Cllr Rowena Champion

Executive Member for Finance and Performance – Cllr Satnam Gill 

Executive Member for Community Safety – Cllr Sue Lukes

Executive Member for Children, Young People and Families – Cllr Michelline Safi Ngongo

Executive Member for Community Development – Cllr Una O’Halloran

Executive Member for Inclusive Economy and Jobs – Cllr Asima Shaikh

Executive Member for Health and Social Care – Cllr Nurullah Turan

44.

Constitution Update pdf icon PDF 262 KB

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Councillor Hyde moved the recommendations in the report. Councillor Comer-Schwartz seconded.

 

The recommendations in the report were put to the vote and CARRIED.

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the amendments to the Constitution, set out in the appendices to the report, be agreed.

45.

Appointment of Councillors to Political Positions and the Appointment of Chairs and Vice Chairs and Membership of Committees 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 84 KB

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Councillor Hyde, seconded by Councillor Comer-Schwartz, moved the recommendations in the report. The recommendations were put to the vote and CARRIED.

 

RESOLVED:

 

A.   APPOINTMENT OF COUNCILLORS TO POLITICAL POSITIONS

 

That Council note that the Labour group have notified the following appointments:

 

Leader of Group

Councillor Kaya Comer-Schwartz

Deputy Leader of Group

Councillor Rowena Champion

Chief Whip

Councillor Sara Hyde

Deputy Whips

Councillors Anjna Khurana & John Woolf

Chair of Group

Councillor Roulin Khondoker

Vice-Chair

Councillor Michelline Ngongo

Secretary

Councillor Jilani Chowdhury

Treasurer

Councillor Diarmaid Ward

Social Secretary

Councillor Marian Spall

Ordinary Member Posts

Councillors Matt Nathan & Mouna Hamitouche

 

B.   APPOINTMENT OF CHAIRS AND VICE-CHAIRS AND MEMBERSHIP OF COMMITTEES FOR 2021/22

 

1)    That the following appointments be made to the Policy and Performance Committee for 2021/22 or until successors are appointed:

 

POLICY & PERFORMANCE COMMITTEE (16 Councillors)

Councillor Theresa Debono (Chair)

Councillor Bashir Ibrahim

Councillor Troy Gallagher (Vice Chair)

Councillor Rakhia Ismail

Councillor Santiago Bell-Bradford

Councillor Matt Nathan

Councillor Sheila Chapman

Councillor Mick O’Sullivan

Councillor Jilani Chowdhury

Councillor Roulin Khondoker

Councillor Clare Jeapes

Councillor Tricia Clarke

Councillor Osh Gantly

Councillor Caroline Russell

Councillor Gary Heather

Councillor Nick Wayne

 

Substitutes:

 

Councillor Valerie Bossman-Quarshie

Councillor Dave Poyser

Councillor Sara Hyde

Councillor Toby North

Councillor Anjna Khurana

Councillor Angelo Weekes

Councillor Jason Jackson

Councillor John Woolf

 

 

2)    That the following appointments be made to the remaining committees for 2021/22 or until successors are appointed:

 

 

CHILDREN’S SERVICES SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (8 Councillors)

Councillor Sheila Chapman (Chair)

Councillor Paul Convery

Councillor Kadeema Woodbyrne (Vice Chair)

Councillor Gulcin Ozdemir

Councillor Santiago Bell-Bradford 

Councillor Toby North

Councillor Janet Burgess

Councillor John Woolf

 

Co-opted Members for Education related issues:

 

 

Roman Catholic Diocese – Mary Clement

 

 

Parent Governor Representative (Primary) – Claire Ballak

 

 

Parent Governor Representative (Secondary) – Zaleera Wallace

 

 

Substitutes:

 

Councillor Valerie Bossman-Quarshie

Councillor Bashir Ibrahim

 

Councillor Sara Hyde

Councillor Angelo Weekes

 

Councillor Anjna Khurana

 

 

 

 

 

ENVIRONMENT & REGENERATION SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (9 Councillors)

Councillor Tricia Clarke (Chair)

Councillor Roulin Khondoker

Councillor Gary Heather (Vice Chair)

Councillor Gulcin Ozdemir

Councillor Santiago Bell-Bradford

Councillor Caroline Russell

Councillor Clare Jeapes

Councillor Kadeema Woodbyrne

 

Councillor Angelo Weekes

Substitutes:

 

Councillor Sara Hyde

Councillor Toby North

Councillor Anjna Khurana

Councillor Marian Spall

Councillor Dave Poyser

Councillor John Woolf

 

 

 

HEALTH AND CARE SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (8 Councillors)

Councillor Clare Jeapes (Chair)

Councillor Sara Hyde

Councillor Jenny Kay (Vice Chair)

Councillor Osh Gantly

Councillor Jilani Chowdhury 

Councillor Phil Graham

Councillor Tricia Clarke

Councillor Martin Klute

 

Substitutes:

 

Councillor Janet Burgess

Councillor Anjna Khurana

Councillor Gary Heather

Councillor Dave Poyser

Councillor Bashir Ibrahim

Councillor John Woolf


The co-opted member from Healthwatch Islington is to be confirmed.

 

HOUSING SCRUTINY COMMITTEE (8 Councillors)

Councillor Mick O’Sullivan (Chair)

Councillor Phil Graham

Councillor Marian Spall (Vice Chair)

Councillor Osh Gantly

Councillor Valerie Bossman-Quarshie

Councillor Jason Jackson

Councillor Theresa Debono

Councillor Gulcin Ozdemir

 

Substitutes:

 

Councillor Gary Heather

Councillor Matt Nathan

Councillor Sara Hyde

Councillor John Woolf

Councillor Anjna Khurana

 

 

Resident Observers:

 

Rose-Marie McDonald

Dean Donaghey

 

 

 

 

AUDIT COMMITTEE (4 Councillors and 2 Independent Members, as below)

Councillor Nick Wayne (Chair)

Councillor Flora Williamson

Councillor Sara Hyde (Vice Chair)

Councillor Janet Burgess  ...  view the full minutes text for item 45.

46.

Appointment of Representatives to service on certain Outside Organisations for 2021/22 pdf icon PDF 48 KB

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Councillor Hyde, seconded by Councillor Comer-Schwartz, moved the recommendations in the report. The recommendations were put to the vote and CARRIED.

 

RESOLVED:

 

 

A.      To agree the following list of appointments to outside bodies for 2021/22 for the remainder of the year or until successors are appointed:

 

Outside Body

Term of Office

Member(s)

London Council Committees:

Leaders Committee

One Year

Leader: Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz

 

Deputies:

Cllr Rowena Champion

Cllr Diarmaid Ward

 

Associated Joint Committee - Transport and Environment Committee

One Year

Cllr Rowena Champion

 

Deputies:

Cllr Asima Shaikh

Cllr Phil Graham

Cllr Tricia Clarke

Cllr Gary Heather

London Councils Forums:

Greater London Employment

 

One Year

Cllr Satnam Gill

Deputy: Cllr Asima Shaikh

Local Government Association:

LGA General Assembly

One Year

 

Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz

Cllr Rowena Champion

Cllr Una O’Halloran

Cllr Diarmaid Ward

Others:

Angel Business Improvement Board

One Year

Cllr Martin Klute

Archway Town Centre Management Board

One Year

Cllr Janet Burgess

Cllr Sheila Chapman

 

Armed Forces Community Covenant Grant Schemes Panel

One Year

 

Cllr Una O’Halloran

Cllr Gary Poole


Crossrail High Level Forum

One Year

Cllr Rowena Champion

Deputy: Cllr Phil Graham

 

Cross River Partnership

One Year

Cllr Asima Shaikh

Finsbury Park Town Centre Management Group

One Year

Cllr Gary Heather

 

Groundwork London Local Authority Strategic Board

One Year

Cllr Rowena Champion

 

Islington Community Chest Panel

One Year

Cllr Phil Graham

Cllr Satnam Gill

Cllr Sue Lukes

Substitute: Anjna Khurana

London Road Safety Council

One Year

Cllr Rowena Champion

Deputy: Vacancy

Nags Head Town Centre Management Group

One Year

Cllr Gary Heather

Cllr Asima Shaikh

Newable

 

One Year

Cllr Asima Shaikh

North London Waste Authority

One Year

Cllr Rowena Champion

Cllr Satnam Gill

Reserve Forces and Cadets

One Year

Cllr Gary Poole

Safer Neighbourhoods Boards

One Year

Cllr Sue Lukes

Cllr Roulin Khondoker

 

 

B.      To agree the following list of appointments to outside bodies to take effect on the date indicated, for the term of office indicated, or until successors are appointed:

 

Outside body

Member(s)

Term of Office

Date Appointment to take effect

Central London Forward

Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz

Cllr Asima Shaikh

Remaining term until May 2022

May 2021

Dame Alice Owens

Cllr Kaya Comer-Schwartz

Remaining term until May 2022

May 2021

Lee Valley Regional Park Authority nomination

Cllr Janet Burgess

Four years

June 2021

Nomination.

 

47.

Appointment of Independent Panel Members for Admission and Exclusion Appeals Panels pdf icon PDF 53 KB

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Councillor Hyde, seconded by Councillor Comer-Schwartz, moved the recommendations in the report. The recommendations were put to the vote and CARRIED.

 

RESOLVED:

 

 

(1)   The following have been appointed to serve on Independent Admission Appeal Panels.  These panels consider appeals against schools’ decisions on admissions. 

 

Rob Hull

John Coombes

Anthony Stoll

Isobel Bevan,

Carolyn Wagstaff

Susan Rowlands

Phil Stevens,

Robert Milne

Sandra Morgan McGovern

Simon Sheriff,

Ruth Grant Reeve

Sherron Alexander Beddington

Victoria Nzerbia

David Adams

Simon Dodds

Ashley Smith

Margie Agnew

James Stephenson

Naomi Greenwood

Joanna Atkin

Judith Richardson

Marilyn Berk

Veronica Hollender

Constantine Louis

Charlene Wilkinson

Orla Mac Sherry

Jane Airey

Karris Graham Moore

Janice Bailey

Andrew Balfour

Nikki Worcester

Jill McLaughlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

(2)  The following have been appointed to serve on Independent Review Panels. These panels review schools’ decisions about exclusions.

 

Rob Hull

Anthony Stoll

Ruth Grant Reeve

David Adams

Simon Dodds

Ashley Smith

Margie Agnew

James Stephenson

Orla MacSherry

Jane Airey

Tim Archer

Martin Jermyn

Saul Heselden

Janice Bailey

Karris Graham Moore

Nikki Worcester

Andrew Balfour

Emma Weleminky-Smith

Jane Kilgannon

Abdi Garad

Sarah Amissah

Bryony Pryor

Robert Milne

Jill McLaughlin

 

 

 

Headteacher Panel Representatives:

 

Hannah Nemko

Dan Mc Inerney

Francis McDonald-Gonzalez

Sarah Beagley

Damien Parrot

Martha Braithwaite

Jenny Lewis

Jo Dibb

 

 

 

(3)  In accordance with regulations all panel members have been trained for the necessary requirements to serve on such panels.