Agenda and minutes
Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Upper Street, N1 2UD. View directions
The Minutes of the previous meeting held on 5 December 2019.
That the minutes of the Council meeting held on 5 December 2019 be agreed as a correct record and the Mayor be authorised to sign them.
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(ii) Order of business
(iii) Declaration of discussion items
(iv) Mayor’s announcements
(v) Length of speeches
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Councillors Caluori, Clarke-Perry, Gallagher, Hamitouche, Kay, Khondoker, Nathan and Picknell.
b) Order of Business
No changes were proposed to the order of business.
c) Declaration of Discussion Items
No items were declared.
d) Mayor’s Announcements
The Mayor was pleased to attend the excellent “We Are Islington” event at Islington Green. The event brought our communities together to celebrate our diversity, as well as provide important support and information to the EU citizens who have chosen to make Islington their home and who are a valuable part of our community. The Mayor said that it is important that all of our communities feel welcome in our borough.
The Mayor was honoured to attend events marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day. The event in the Assembly Hall was very moving and was well attended by the local community, local councillors, our local MPs, and local schools. It is so important that we remember and never forget.
was LGBT History Month and many events had been held across the
borough commemorating Islington’s rich LGBT history. The
Deputy Mayor was pleased to attend the Camden and Islington LGBT
History Month launch at St Pancras Hospital and the Mayor had
attended the second Islington Gratitude Dinner at the Business
Design Centre that evening.
The Mayor congratulated Islington’s new Youth Councillors on their election. It was fantastic to see young people engaging in democracy and standing up for what they believe in.
The Mayor reminded everyone that the Mayor’s Civic Awards would be held on Thursday 12 March in the Assembly Hall. These annual awards celebrate the enormous contribution made by many members of our communities who would otherwise go unrecognised.
Councillor Watts noted that it
was the first time Council had met in the chamber since the general
election and offered his congratulations to Councillor Claudia
Webbe MP on her election and former Councillor James Murray on his
election to Parliament, both of which were richly
deserved. Councillor Watts also
congratulated Councillor Gulcin Ozdemir on her election in the St
George’s Ward by-election.
Conor McHugh submitted a petition concerning tree removal at Highbury Corner.
Rachael Swynnerton submitted a petition on behalf of Islington Clean Air Parents calling on the council to implement further measures to tackle air pollution.
Cllr Chapman submitted a petition opposing a planning application that would lead to an increase in polluting vehicles in close proximity to Yerbury School.
Question a) from Sebastian Sandys to Councillor Champion, Executive Member for Environment & Transport:
Would the Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration please explain why I have not had a response to my petition submitted to Council on 27 June 2019 and could they please tell me the full costs of the installation and subsequent removal of the parklet in Baldwin Street EC1V, and where the parklet is now?
Thank you for your question Sebastian and please accept my apologies that you have not received a formal response from the council to your petition, I will make sure that you do and I can assure you that it was not ignored. Parklets are small green oasis, installed on streets to make them greener and pleasanter. Unfortunately, this parklet generated complaints from local residents that it was being used as an outside drinking area by clients of a nearby pub. An investigation has taken place but complaints have continued so this parklet has been removed and is in storage until we can find an appropriate alternative location. In relation to the point you made about cost, the Bunhill parklet costs and installation were match funded out of planning gain funds that had to be spent in the local area and cost £15,000 including installation. The cost of removing it was £1200 including moving it to another area where it can be enjoyed by local residents.
Question b) from Gill Weston to Councillor Ward, Executive Member for Housing & Development:
In 2018 Islington Council granted itself planning permission to build accommodation for 11 adults with learning disabilities at Windsor Street. In 2014 council officers calculated that the scheme would cost £1.98 million and by December 2017 council officers had determined that the costs had risen to £4.12 million. Please can Councillor Ward provide an update on the estimated costs of building this accommodation, providing both build costs and development/consultancy costs?
Ms Weston was not present in the Chamber and a written response will be sent.
Question c) from Ian Fearnley to Councillor Ward, Executive Member for Housing & Development:
Care Quality Commission (CQC) regulations specify that no more than six people with a learning disability and/or autism should live together in supported living housing; and they have called for "small domestic scale setting within a community". In 2018 and 2019 two tribunal cases ruled in favour of the CQC’s decision to refuse applications to register services for accommodation that deviated from this maximum number of six.
Later this year Islington Council propose to start building its residence for 11 adults with learning disabilities and/or autism at Windsor Street which contravenes these regulations as it provides shared facilities and exceeds the maximum number of six people per site.
The CQC state that 'new services should not be developed as a campus and/or congregate setting due to this not being in the best interests of people with a learning disability and not promoting their rights of choice, independence and inclusion'. Given this, ... view the full minutes text for item 97.
Question a) from Councillor Gantly to Councillor Champion, Executive Member for Environment & Transport
Highbury East councillors are grateful to Cllr Champion for attending the recent Highbury East Ward Partnership, where Cllr Champion witnessed first hand the enormous enthusiasm for making Highbury East a low traffic neighbourhood. In view of this enthusiasm, and given the council has made budget provision for low traffic schemes, could Cllr Champion please share her plans for a low traffic neighbourhood in Highbury East?
I would like to thank Councillor Gantly for her question and I was extremely pleased to attend the Ward Partnership meeting.
I agree that there was real enthusiasm and engagement on how we can improve the area. We are proposing to invest £1M to develop ‘Liveable Neighbourhoods’ to improve the local environment for everyone. The Mildmay / Highbury East area has been selected as the first Liveable Neighbourhood in Islington, but this is part of a much wider borough vision to introduce Liveable Neighbourhoods in every residential area of the borough in the coming years. We believe Liveable Neighbourhoods cleaning our boroughs air and creating a nicer more pleasant environment for everyone. The proposals for Liveable Neighbourhoods will be closely designed with local communities to stop through traffic, to make it easier to walk and cycle, and will include measures such as road closures and cycle routes, better crossings and improved public spaces to remove barriers to cycling. Thank you again for your question and I look forward to working with you and other ward councillors to shape the Liveable Neighbourhood.
Question b) from Councillor Poyser to Councillor Watts, Leader of the Council
For how long will the European Flag fly from Islington Town Hall?
Thank you for your question Councillor Poyser and thank you also for attending the We Are Islington event is such a memorable fashion. 20,000 of our neighbours and friends re EU citizens. Brexit has now happened, but we will continue to respect their rights and the role they play in our borough and as we have not left the institution of the EU yet, I think it is appropriate that we keep the flag flying until the end of this year when it is proposed that we do. However, in doing some research, I found out that the flag that I had always assumed that the flag that I had always thought was the flag of the EU is actually the flag of the Council of Europe. It is a different organisation, which Britain joined in 1949. It wasn’t until 1985 that the EU adopted the flag as well and as Britain remains a member of the Council of Europe, I think that is a very good reason for continuing to fly the flag and as the Council of Europe is the guardian of our human rights. The European Flag is rightly down at the moment whilst we celebrate LGBT history month, but it will be back flying proudly from our Town Hall.
Question c) ... view the full minutes text for item 98.
Councillor Champion moved the recommendations in the report. Councillor Poyser seconded.
Councillors Russell, Ozdemir and O’Sullivan contributed to the debate.
Councillor Champion exercised her right of reply.
The recommendations in the report were put to the vote and CARRIED.
a) That the actions the Council has taken since the declaration and the development of a Net Zero Carbon Strategy, based on 6 key priorities: 1. Residential, Commercial & Industrial Buildings & Infrastructure; 2. Transport (including Fleet); 3. Sustainable Energy Generation & Supply; 4. Affordable Energy & Fuel Poverty; 5. Green Economy & Planning and 6. The Natural Environment, Waste Reduction & Recycling and Carbon Offsetting; be noted.
That the scale of the challenge faced by the borough
to reduce net carbon emission by 700,000 tonnes (including carbon
offsetting), be noted.
c) That the council’s operations produce approximately 4% of Islington’s total emissions and that this rises to approximately 8% of emissions if gas boilers in council-owned homes are included, be noted.
d) That an approach for engaging and collaborating with residents, businesses, borough public sector and partner organisations, regional and national government, will be developed to support the delivery of the net zero carbon vision, be noted.
e) That the draft Net Zero Carbon Strategy has identified what we can commit to immediately and actions we will take; what we would like to commit to that requires further investigation; and what we need from others in order for Islington to achieve net zero carbon e.g. funding, powers and legislation, be noted.
f) That a cross-departmental approach to implementing the strategy, including the creation of zero carbon working group and developing detailed action plans for each priority, be noted.
g) That initial stakeholder and resident consultation in relation to the draft Net Zero Carbon Strategy has started and that a special meeting of the Environment & Regeneration Scrutiny Committee has been arranged to support that consultation process, be noted.
h) That the final strategy will be presented to Executive for adoption and approval in June 2020, be agreed.
The Mayor advised that a revised version of the report had been circulated in an additional despatch.
Councillor Gill moved the recommendations in the report. Councillor Turan seconded.
The recommendations were put to the vote and CARRIED.
a) That the appointment of Cllr Champion as the Executive Member for Environment and Transport be noted.
b) That the appointment of Cllr Gill as the Executive Member for Finance and Performance with effect from 2 March 2020 be noted.
c) That Cllr Comer-Schwartz will be the portfolio lead for Community Safety from 2 March 2020 be noted.
d) That Cllr Debono be appointed as Chair of the Policy and Performance Scrutiny Committee for the remainder of the municipal year or until a successor is appointed.
e) That Cllr Gill has stood down as a substitute member of the Policy and Performance Scrutiny Committee with effect from 2 March 2020, and that a successor will be appointed, be noted.
f) That Cllr Hull be appointed as a member of the Audit Committee from 2 March 2020 for the remainder of the municipal year or until a successor is appointed.
g) That Cllr Ozdemir be appointed as a member of the Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee with immediate effect, for the remainder of the municipal year or until a successor is appointed.
h) That Cllr Graham be appointed as a member of the Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee with immediate effect, for the remainder of the municipal year or until a successor is appointed.
i) That Cllr Gill has stood down as a substitute of the Environment and Regeneration Scrutiny Committee with effect from 2 March 2020, and that a successor will be appointed, be noted.
j) That Cllr Ozdemir be appointed as a member of the Children’s Services Scrutiny Committee with immediate effect, for the remainder of the municipal year or until a successor is appointed.
k) That Cllr Gill has stood down as a substitute of the Children’s Services Committee with effect from 2 March 2020, and that a successor will be appointed, be noted.
l) That Cllr Clarke-Perry be appointed as a member of the Licensing Regulatory Committee with immediate effect, for the remainder of the municipal year or until a successor is appointed.
m) That Cllr Gill be appointed as a member of the Investigating and Disciplinary Committee with effect from 2 March 2020, for the remainder of the municipal year or until a successor is appointed.
n) That Cllr Gill has stood down from the Grievance Committee with effect from 2 March 2020, and that a successor will be appointed, be noted.
o) That Cllr Gill has stood down from the Standards Committee with effect from 2 March 2020, and that a successor will be appointed, be noted.
p) That Cllr Gill has stood down from the Licensing Committee with effect from 2 March 2020, and that a successor will be appointed, be noted
q) That Cllr Gill has stood down from the Standards Committee with effect from ... view the full minutes text for item 100.
The Mayor advised that Councillor Russell’s proposed amendment to the budget was circulated in the additional despatch.
Councillor Hull moved the recommendations in the report. Councillor Watts seconded. Councillor Russell moved her amendment. Councillors Hyde, Clarke, Heather and Woolf contributed to the debate.
Councillor Russell exercised her right of reply on the amendment. Councillor Hull exercised his right of reply on the recommendations.
The amendment was put to the vote. Voting was recorded as follows:
For: Councillor Russell
Against: Councillors Burgess, Champion, Chapman, Chowdhury, Clarke, Comer-Schwartz, Convery, Cutler, Debono, Gantly, Gill, Graham, Heather, Hull, Hyde, Jeapes, Khurana, Klute, Lukes, Mackmurdie, Ngongo, O’Halloran, O’Sullivan, Poole, Poyser, Russell, Shaikh, Smith, Spall, Turan, Ward, Watts, Wayne, Webbe, Williamson, Woodbyrne and Woolf.
The amendment was LOST.
The recommendation in the report were put to the vote. Voting was recorded as follows:
For: Councillors Burgess, Champion, Chapman, Chowdhury, Clarke, Comer-Schwartz, Convery, Cutler, Debono, Gantly, Gill, Graham, Heather, Hull, Hyde, Jeapes, Khurana, Klute, Lukes, Mackmurdie, Ngongo, O’Halloran, O’Sullivan, Poole, Poyser, Russell, Shaikh, Smith, Spall, Turan, Ward, Watts, Wayne, Webbe, Williamson, Woodbyrne and Woolf.
Against: Councillor Russell
The recommendations were CARRIED.
2.1 That the comments of the Policy and Performance Scrutiny Committee on the Budget Proposals 2020/21 were received by the Executive on 6 February 2020 be noted.
The General Fund Budget 2020/21 and MTFS (Section 3)
2.2 That the assumed MTFS and budget gap, subject to the comments of the Acting Section 151 Officer in Section 7 regarding the additional medium-term budget risks that are not currently factored into the budget gap (paragraph 3.6, Table 1 and Appendix A of the report) be noted.
2.3 That the revised 2020/21 to 2022/23 savings and income generation programme (paragraph 3.18 and Appendix B of the report) and the revenue budget growth and additional/expanded service provision funded from existing budgets and external funding (paragraphs 3.22-3.23, Table 5 and Appendices C1-C2 of the report) be agreed.
2.4 That there are significant risks around the savings currently assumed in the MTFS and that a risk-based review of all assumed savings is currently underway and will feed into the next refresh of budget assumptions at the outset of the 2021/22 budget setting process (paragraphs 3.19-3.21 of the report) be noted.
2.5 That the 2020/21 net budgets by directorate (paragraph 3.24, Table 7 and Appendix A of the report) be agreed.
2.6 That the variables that could still significantly affect the 2020/21 budget (paragraph 3.25 of the report) be noted.
2.7 That the Dedicated Schools Grant (DSG) settlement for 2020/21 and related funding assumptions (paragraphs 3.26-3.33 of the report) be noted.
2.8 That the 2020/21 fees and charges that have been approved by the Executive (paragraphs 3.34-3.36 and Appendices D1-D4 of the report) be noted.
2.9 That the budgeted movements to/from earmarked reserves assumed as part of the 2020/21 revenue budget and to note the policy on the minimum target level of General Fund balances (paragraphs 3.37-3.41 and Table 8 of the report) be agreed.
2.10 That any underspend on the ... view the full minutes text for item 101.