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Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from Councillors Doolan, Gallagher and Perry.
Declarations of Substitute Members
There were no declarations of substitute members.
Declarations of Interest
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There were no declarations of interest.
That the minutes of the meeting held on 15 May 2017 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.
A member of the public enquired on whether the
Display Energy Certificates for all council buildings including the
town hall had been updated.
In response to the Chair’s suggestion on
future meetings of the committee commencing at 7.30 instead of
7.00pm, Members welcomed the new start
In the discussion the following points were
The Chair informed the meeting that due to an administrative error
a recommendation had been omitted from the final report and that
this had been tabled for Members consideration. The Chair also
highlighted a few typographical errors in one of the
A suggestion to include an additional recommendation to protect
long standing local businesses from the impact of regeneration
activities was noted. The exact wording of the additional
recommendation to be delegated to the Chair and the Head of
Economic Development Projects and Transport Planning.
Members were advised that the Council was in the process of
developing its Economic Development Strategy and that
recommendations from the review would be incorporated into the
Councillor Russel moved a motion to include an
additional recommendation to protect local businesses from the
impact of regeneration plans in local areas.
This was seconded by Councillor
That the final report be agreed subject to including an additional
recommendation which aims to protect local businesses from the
impact of regeneration plans in local areas.
That the changes be agreed by the Chair in conjunction with the
relevant Officer and submitted to the
Paul Clift, Environmental Health Manager and
Jo Shaw, Environmental Project Officer updated the meeting on
issues around Air Quality, its ongoing projects and its
A new Air Quality Action Plan within an overarching Air Quality
Strategy will be agreed by 2018.
The Council in conjunction with neighbouring authorities and
businesses had participated in a number of projects aimed at
reducing air pollution from businesses, such as the City Fringe
Zero Emissions Network, Zero Emissions Network (ZEN), a Low
Emission Neighbourhood and a freight
consolidation initiative with the London boroughs of Camden and
The Council had also worked on anti-idling projects with schools,
businesses and during events at the Emirates Stadium and elsewhere
in the community on ‘Action Days’. With regard to
vehicle idling, Members were informed that although this was
against the law in Islington and drivers can be issued with fixed
penalty notices, the law requires officers to ask a driver to
switch off and if they don’t comply to that request, only
then can a FPN be served. Although the legislation is weak
regarding FPNs, the idling projects were a good opportunity to
raise awareness and educate drivers on their part in causing air
pollution hotspots, such as at school gates, rather than simply
serving a fixed penalty notice. In response to a question, the
meeting was advised that enforcement of idling is undertaken by two
dedicated response teams and members of the Pollution Team
(totalling approximately 30 officers) who will patrol hot spot
areas such as outside school gates, bus stands and the Emirates
Stadium on event days, as well as responding to
In response to a question on the level of public awareness/campaign
about pollution caused by idling vehicles, Members were advised
that the Council was part of a City of London initiative, funded by
the Mayor of London which was a high profile London wide campaign
involving 10 boroughs. Islington has received media attention as
part of this campaign from local press and was featured on BBC
The Environmental Health Manager informed Members that all local
authorities within Air Quality Management Areas are required by
both DEFRA and for London, the Office of the Mayor of London, to
undertake an audit known as an Annual Status Report where local
actions and information on air pollution levels are reported on a
yearly basis. The Annual Status Report is also published on the
The meeting was informed that addressing air pollution requires
working in partnership across different Council departments, with
neighbouring authorities, in the community and with businesses More
specifically with planning, Islington presently through its policy
on home building programmes and its permitted development does not
promote car ownership.
· strategy was launched, the Officer acknowledged that although there was still more work to be done, there had been an overall improvement in air quality over recent years. The Council now complies with the majority of the EU/UK air quality limit values ... view the full minutes text for item 135.
SCRUTINY TOPICS - 2017/18
That the main scrutiny topic for 2017/18 would be
That the Scrutiny Initiation Documents be drawn up and agreed in
principle by the Chair and Vice Chair and the scope of the scrutiny
is to be formally agreed at the next meeting.
That as part of the review, site visits to the North London Waste
Authority, Hornsey Street depot and Bywaters be organised.
That Officers facilitate a presentation regarding Recycling to
That Officers facilitate a meeting with residents in Council
That the work programme reflecting the above be considered at the
That the work programme be updated prior to the next meeting.