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Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from Councillors Andrews, Doolan and Gallagher.
Declarations of Substitute Members
There were no declarations of substitute members.
Declarations of Interest
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This applies to all members present at the meeting.
There were no declarations of interest.
That the minutes of the meeting held on 25 January 2018 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.
For members of the public to ask questions relating to any subject on the meeting agenda under Procedure Rule 70.5. Alternatively, the Chair may opt to accept questions from the public during the discussion on each agenda item.
The Chair informed the meeting that public questions will be taken during consideration of each item on the agenda.
The Chair informed Members that she would circulate her report to Members by email.
Resident Engagement - Household Recycling
The Chair informed the meeting that as part of
the review into household recycling , representatives of the Tenant
and Residents Associations (TRAs)had been invited to share their
experiences and challenges and suggest ways to improve resident
participation and importantly increase recycling rate.
Members were informed that although Tenant Resident Associations
and Tenant Management Organisations play a vital role in engaging
residents and raising issues such as residual waste and recycling
collection within housing blocks, there was still more work to be
done to increase resident participation.
In response to questions about the challenges experienced by TRAs,
a representative of the St Luke’s Estate TRA informed Members
that despite the good efforts of his TRA, a minority of residents
still refused to participate in any form of recycling and it was
noticeable on the estate there was still some low levels of fly
TRA’s would welcome Council support in areas such as
residents being able to access recycling bags and properly labelled
bins in suitable locations on the estate to prevent contamination
Residents were concerned that the labelling was not clear enough
and suggested the provision of larger recycling bins to address
overflowing concerns. Other concerns raised included the untidiness
of communal bins and the communal areas. A suggestion that
replacing car parking bays with lumber storage facilities to
prevent fly tipping and dumping was noted.
Members were informed that although St Luke’s Resident and
Tenant Resident Associations could be described as active in areas
of facilitating recycling and levels of participation, only very
few residents were directly involved, which was not sustainable in
the long run. Members were advised that residents who actively
participate in recycling regularly complain about the indifference
of residents who, for example, leave items of clothing by the
concierge or on the ground floors raising safety
In response to a suggestion on whether converting the use of chutes
from residual waste to recycling waste would improve recycling,
Members were advised that although it had worked on some estates,
concerns about blocked chutes and contamination could not be
A representative of the Westbourne TRA informed the meeting that
the Council needed to address the root causes rather than the
symptoms of recycling and advised that the Council’s
contractual arrangements may need to be reviewed as one of the
reasons for high contamination levels was residents are not
interested in separating the various items for recycling.
In response to a question on whether the Council would be able to
offer assistance to estates that performed well with kitchen waste
recycling, the Street Scene Strategy Manager informed the meeting
that bags of compost could be provided especially where there were
Members were informed that accumulation of rubbish in any housing
estate if not addressed could easily descend into the realm of
anti-social behaviour and possibly illegal and criminal
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Councillor Shaikh, Executive Member for
Economic Development presented the Q3 Performance Report which set
out the corporate performance indicators for Employment &
Members were advised that the Council was on course to meet its
employment target and that the I Work Team continues to focus on
the long term unemployed, those with multiple barriers and young
people, whilst the Job Centres focuses on short term unemployed.
Also the meeting was informed that Adult Community Services
continues to provide a safe place for employment support as it
helps build confidence for the long term unemployed and those
residents with child care issues.
Members were informed that Islington Council continues to benefit
from a number of employment initiatives funded by ESF and large
charities and that the Council is negotiating with the charities to
create a “Team Islington” approach to coordinate the
Members were informed that during Q3, the number of parents
supported into employment was on target, an increase when compared
to the same period last year and this was partly due to improved
processes for capturing data on outcomes for parents from partners
in the borough such as The Parent House, Islington Somali Community
and the Pillion Trust.
The Executive Member for Economic Development informed Members that
data captured shows that residents supported into paid work through
iWork still remained in employment and welcomed efforts of both the
Council services and partners in reducing the number of claimants
on Employment Support Allowance or Incapacity Benefit.
In response to concerns about external apprentices placed with
large construction firms not being able to complete their
programmes, the Business Engagement and Employment Support Manager
informed Members that Islington being part of a central London
programme apprentices would still be able to complete their
programmes. Apprentices and their line managers are regularly
monitored and supported.
Members were advised that on completion of their programmes
apprentices have good job prospects especially with employers such
as the Council and partners in both the public and private
With regards to the number of apprentices that had dropped out of
the programme, the Executive Member for Economic Development
advised that the information would be provided for
In response to a request for the informal minutes of the steering
group for social value, the Officer advised that these would be
made available and circulated to Members of the
With regards to library visits, Members were advised that Officers
are considering ways of capturing and representing the
1) That the report be noted.
Councillor Webbe, Executive
Member for Environment & Transport presented the Q3 Performance
Report which set out the corporate performance indicators related
to Environment and Transport.
Members were advised that the recent
‘Contender’ IT software problems had now been resolved,
however missed waste collections data for the first three quarters
of 2017/18 is now indicating a steadily improved trend.
Quarters 1 to 3 annualised estimated energy cost
savings remains strong and ahead of target, mainly due to
performance on Warm Home Discount and increased EDF contract
The Executive Member for Environment and Transport
reported that performance on major applications remain strong in
Quarter 3 achieving 100%.
Members were advised that there had been a fall in
the number of reported fly-tips across all land types and waste
types from 4,174 in 2015/16 to 3,011 in 2016/17, however due to the
recent contender software problems data from Quarter 1 to 3 was not
available for consideration.
With regards to the possibility of achieving the 50%
target for recycling and composting set by North London Waste
Authority (NLWA), Members were advised that Islington's
contribution to the overall target was 35.6% for the year and at
present the Council’s rate of recycling was between
29-31%. Members were informed that
other outer boroughs such as Barnet which had dwellings with
gardens would be expected to help attain the 50% target due to
their high levels of food and garden waste collections.
Members were advised that in comparison with other
neighbouring boroughs of Camden and Hackney, Islington had similar
levels of recycling rates, however was well above other inner
Members agreed that the Council would need to
consider doing things differently in order to raise the recycling
rates especially as the rate of recycling over the last few years
had remained the same.
The meeting was informed that contamination remains
a continuous challenge for local authorities and there is a
recognition that more needs to be done regarding public awareness.
Members were informed that due to shortfall in funds from central
government over the years, local authorities have not be able to undertake awareness campaign.
Members were informed of NLWA’s awareness
campaign programme to address contamination issues especially as a
recent public survey indicated that residents were not aware that
nappies were not recyclable.
With regards to the amount of missed collections,
the Director of Public Realm informed the meeting that the figure
represents less than 1% of the 500,000 collections over a year and
advised that systems were now in place to address this
· In response to a suggestion that more information about recycling such as disposal costs vis-a -vis cost of not meeting NLWA's target to residents could raise awareness and increase participation, the Executive Member Environment and Transport advised Members that the cost and savings was not east to ascertain as there were a number of factors to consider such as the levy paid to the broker, the quality and prices of ... view the full minutes text for item 191.