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Apologies for Absence
Apologies were received from Councillor Khondoker.
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.
With regard to the high demand for tables and
chairs in libraries, a member wanted to know if the furniture would
be rolled out to all libraries irrespective of it being
That the minutes of the meeting held on 28 March 2019 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.
Councillor Champion informed the meeting that
this was her last meeting as the Chair, however noting that she
would still remain a member of the Committee during the 2019/20
Municipal year. She took the opportunity to thank all members,
officers and witnesses involved during the review exercise for
their input and contributions.
In response to a question on the possible date
on public consultation regarding the transport strategy, the Chair
requested that the committee clerk liaise with relevant officer on
this issue and report back to the members.
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 advised that questions from members of the public would be taken in relation to each agenda item.
Presentation - Islington Transport Strategy
The meeting was advised that as this was purdah period, public consultation regarding the Transport Strategy could not be carried out. Item has been deferred till the June meeting for possible consideration. The Chair reiterated the Committee’s apologies to the members of the public who had attended on this issue.
Update on the Accelerator Fund Bid - Officer update
The Parks and Open Spaces Manager advised
members that there is no update for this meeting as the Council is
still awaiting formal notification from the Heritage Lottery Fund
on the “ Accelerator Fund”
Scrutiny Review - Draft Recommendations
The Chair informed Committee that additional
papers in relation to item B3- Draft Recommendations had been
circulated and allowed Members sufficient time to consider the
papers before the meeting commenced.
The Chair informed the meeting that the purpose of the meeting will
be to consider the draft recommendations which are in bold and
welcomed contributions and suggestions which would eventually be
incorporated into the final report.
A request to amend section 1 of the report for clarity was noted,
that it should read – Section 1 - Maximising the contribution
of parks-prevention, early intervention and the promotion of health
In response to concerns that the heading ‘Strengthening
Friends and Garden Groups’ could be misconstrued especially
as it raises an expectation that the Council would only support
specific Friends and Garden groups instead of a network of friends
of group, the meeting was advised that the essence of the
recommendation was simply to ensure that all groups receive
consistent support. A suggestion that this recommendation be
reworded was noted.
In response to a question about recommendation 14 about
communication strategy, the meeting was advised that Parks officers
will work in conjunction with Council’s communication team to
ensure that the service is promoted. Members agreed that the
wording should be amended to read, that the Council will promote
the communications strategy ……
In response to a possible recommendation that the Council consider
allocating some further funds to support volunteers, the Open and
Spaces Manager advised that one of the positive benefits of a
successful Accelerator Fund project is that it would explore ways
of unlocking funds from other commissioning bodies which could be
used to support volunteers.
On concerns about lack of reference of the need to
monitor air quality in open spaces and parks, the meeting was
advised that the review was primarily about volunteer engagement
and not air quality, however Council will continue to support local
initiatives to improve air quality where possible.
In response to questions about clean air in the
parks, the Open and Spaces Manager informed the meeting that at
present staff who carry out maintenance work use electric powered
tools and subsequently with the advent of new technology, the
service would be looking to move their fleet of vehicles away from
diesel to electric.
· The Chair informed the meeting that with regards to recommendation 2, will need to be reworded after a further discussion with developers and planning officers especially as there are some related issues being raised in the draft local plan.
That subject to the amendments noted above, the
draft recommendations be noted.
2. That the recommendations will be incorporated into the final report which will be agreed at the next meeting.