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Declarations of Substitute Members
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There were no declarations of interest.
The Chair, Councillor Poyser
welcomed everyone to the first meeting of the 2019/20 Municipal
Order of Business
The order of business would be as per the agenda.
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 questions from members of the public would be taken in relation to each agenda item.
That the membership, terms of reference and dates of meetings of the Environment & Regeneration Scrutiny Committee for the municipal year 2019/20 be noted.
The Committee considered the
report on Resident and Volunteer Engagement in Parks and Open
Spaces which had been finalised at the meeting in May 2019. The
Chair invited comments and amendments
Air Quality - Officer Update
Andrew Ford, Environmental
Pollution, Policy and Project Manager updated the meeting on issues
around Air Quality, its ongoing projects and its challenges.
Members were informed that public consultation about
the new Air Quality Action Strategy ends on Sunday after which it
will be considered and agreed by Executive. An action plan has been
developed to implement the strategy.
Islington has been designated Area Quality
Management Area due its levels of Nitrogen Oxide and Particulates
and the Council continually seeks measures to improve the air
quality in the borough.
Islington Council recognises the economic benefit to
its residents and environment of having
good quality air and continually invests with partners and
neighbouring authorities on measures to improve air
Although the main source of pollution in the borough
is from vehicles and other forms of combustible transport, other
sources include domestic and commercial gas use and industry. It
was noted that attempts to address pollution requires not only
funding and support from central government but legislative changes
and importantly behavioural changes from both producers and
Members acknowledged the initiatives which over the
years had been introduced to tackle pollution from vehicles such as
congestion charges, road safety, traffic management, walking and
cycling improvements and improvements to public realm and spaces
which has resulted in a significant improvement in the local air
quality within the borough.
Air pollution is not an issue confined to the
borough so it is important that Islington continues to lobby the
Mayor of London to introduce measures that would involve
neighbouring authorities such as the Ultra-Low Emission Zones
(which came into effect in April 2019),
the introduction of low emission and alternative fuelled taxis and
improvements to the junctions at Old Street, Highbury Corner and
The Executive Member reminded members that Islington
remains the first London authority to introduce diesel surcharges
for resident parking and off street meter parking, as the Council
recognises the harmful effect on the health and well-being of its
The meeting was advised that to ensure that all its
decisions are transparent, Islington publishes its Annual Status
Report, all correspondences with consultees and feedback online.
The Executive Member reiterated the challenges of addressing
pollution over the years especially from the motoring industry to
introduce cleaner technology who have resisted changes for a long
time. Members were informed that the motoring industry needs to
recognise that it has a significant role to play in addressing
In response to a member of the public observation
that drivers in front of school gates are ignoring the
Council’s anti-idling campaign, the meeting was advised that
leaflets is readily available, however
the Council will continue to monitor breaches and issue penalty
charge notices to persistent offenders as it is important to raise
the awareness of car pollution and its impact on the health and
well-being of residents and school children in
· In response to a question raised by a member of the public about the ... view the full minutes text for item 295.
Councillor Shaikh, Executive Member, Economic Development presented the Q4 Performance Report.
Members were informed that the Council continues to
meet its targets on reducing unemployment and supporting people
into paid work, however the Service continues to target the
long-term unemployed especially among young people and those facing
multiple barriers to employment. The Service continues to track
parents of 0-18 children, those with disabilities or long term
health conditions, young people aged 18-25 and BAME
Members were reminded about the Council’s
internal employment service, iWork which has established ‘the
Islington working employment support hub’ at 222 Upper Street
in conjunction with staff from a range of partner organisations,
which provides a ‘one front door’ to employment support
The Executive Member acknowledged that due to the
lack of accurate statistics of the employment rates amongst 18-25
age group, it has been difficult for the Service to target
employment support for this cohort. Members were advised that local
authorities do not have a statutory duty for that age group as
compared to young people ages 16-17 years old.
The Council recognises the essence of early
intervention in households and families as it is essential to raise
aspirations amongst young people in other to avoid future
generations of workless households. Supporting unemployed parents
into work is key to breaking the cycle of poverty as evidence shows
that this is common with parents on out of work benefits.
The close working relationship with relevant council
services such as Bright Start and Early Help has gone a long way in
addressing residents with child care issues in addressing barriers
to employment for parents with children.
Meeting was informed that although participation and
demand in adult education has seen a drop, Islington ACL continues
its marketing campaigns to promote the curriculum offer in a bid to
attract more learners into courses which prepares them for
employment. Members were advised that besides lack of skills being
a barrier to employment, there is a recognition of other factors
such as child care provision and the introduction of universal
credit. The council will be looking to promoting or encouraging
flexible working amongst employers and the use of community centres
and day care places to help alleviate barriers to
On the question of whether additional support would
be required to address the employment challenges experienced by
residents with disabilities and long term health conditions, the
Executive Member informed the meeting that the Service is aware,
however the Council’s iWork being able to support 283
residents into employment should be welcomed.
· With regards to the economic inactivity amongst BAME residents, the meeting was informed that the Service has introduced new measure to monitor and target employment support to the group. In addition, the meeting was informed that although employment support is not normally directed at graduates, evidence shows that BAME graduates that live in Islington remain disproportionately unemployed in comparison to their white counterparts. The meeting was informed that the Council is ... view the full minutes text for item 296.
Councillor Webbe, Executive
Member for Environment & Transport presented the Q4 Performance
Report which set out the corporate performance indicator suite for
2018/19, together with a progress update for indicators relating to
In response to concerns that electric charging
points being used by taxi drivers, the Executive Member for
Environment and Transport acknowledged that where the Council
commissions a company to install charging units, the units are
available to be used by all as compared to units provided by the
Council. Members were informed that as more taxi cabs are
encouraged to switch to cleaner energy it is important, as well as
the Council installing appropriate electric charge points, other
neighbouring authorities increase their supply of electric charging
The fall in household recycling rates is due to high
contamination levels and the strict tolerance criteria determined
by North London Waste Authority, however the Council recognises
more needs to be done in terms of public awareness and education
especially with regards to nappy disposals and food waste. Members
were reminded that despite the cuts to the council and loss of
personnel such as recycling ambassadors, Islington has the fifth
highest recycling rate of the twelve inner-London Boroughs. In
addition, the meeting was informed that residual waste per
household remains the second lowest of all 32 London Boroughs which
was to be welcomed.
In response to a suggestion for communal bins on
housing estates to be redesigned considering the present ones are
not suitable recycling containers, the Executive Member indicated a
full review of the recycling arrangements for all Council housing
estates had recently been undertaken and redesigned accordingly.
The Executive Member agreed that where specific concerns persist
that this would be looked into. The Executive Member also
acknowledged that the Service has recently introduced bins with
reversible lids which tends to discourage the use of black bin
bags. Members were reminded that the Committee would in the next
few months be receiving an update on the 82 recommendations from
its review exercise on household recycling.
· On the issue of monitoring of air quality outside schools, a request for data to be included in future performance indicator measures, the Executive Member for Environment and Transport advised that this could be made available on an annually basis especially as the information is collated by the Mayor of London. The Council’s own data from the monitoring tubes positioned outside every school in the borough would need to be verified before being presented. Members were assured that this would be available from next year.?“
The Executive Members also indicated that
information relating to number of trips by buses, cars and cycling
in the borough would be available for consideration at future
meeting. A request for information relating to the number of people
killed or seriously injured on the borough roads each year would
also be made available for members to analyse the trends.
· In response to a member’s observation of potential trip hazards to pedestrians as a result ... view the full minutes text for item 297.
Scrutiny Topics and Work Programme 2019/2020