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No. Item

408.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Councillors Convery and Ozdemir

409.

Declarations of Substitute Members

Minutes:

There were no declarations of substitute members

410.

Declarations of Interest

If you have a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest* in an item of business:

§  if it is not yet on the council’s register, you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent;

§  you may choose to declare a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest that is already in the register in the interests of openness and transparency. 

In both the above cases, you must leave the room without participating in discussion of the item.

 

If you have a personal interest in an item of business and you intend to speak or vote on the item you must declare both the existence and details of it at the start of the meeting or when it becomes apparent but you may participate in the discussion and vote on the item.

 

*(a)   Employment, etc - Any employment, office, trade, profession or vocation carried on for profit or gain.

(b)     Sponsorship - Any payment or other financial benefit in respect of your expenses in carrying out duties as a member, or of your election; including from a trade union.

(c)  Contracts - Any current contract for goods, services or works, between  
 you or your partner (or a body in which one of you has a beneficial
 interest) and the council.

(d)   Land - Any beneficial interest in land which is within the council’s area.

(e)   Licences- Any licence to occupy land in the council’s area for a month
   or longer.

(f)    Corporate tenancies - Any tenancy between the council and a body
   in which you or your partner have a beneficial interest.

 (g)   Securities - Any beneficial interest in securities of a body which has a place of business or land in the council’s area, if the total nominal value of the securities exceeds £25,000 or one hundredth of the total issued share capital of that body or of any one class of its issued share capital. 

 

This applies to all members present at the meeting.

 

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest

411.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Minutes:

 

RESOLVED:

That the minutes of the meeting held on 16 November 2020 be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the Chair be authorised to sign them.

412.

Chair's Report

Minutes:

The Chair informed Members that as Councillor Shaikh was unwell item B.4. Quarter 2 Performance Report Employment and Skills would be deferred until the next meeting of the Committee

 

The Chair added that the issues relating to Clean Air had been followed up since the last meeting, and that in regard to Low Traffic Neighbourhoods and Safer Streets scrutiny had had an involvement in this, and discussions were continuing

 

The Chair also referred to the special meeting of the Committee arranged with stakeholders and the public, and that this had been arranged for 30 March

413.

Order of Business

Minutes:

The order of business would be as per the agenda

414.

Public Questions

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.

 

Minutes:

The Chair outlined the procedure for Public questions

415.

London Power - Presentation

Minutes:

James Hardy, Head of Energy, London Power, GLA was present, and outlined a presentation to the Committee, copy interleaved

 

During consideration of the report the following main points were made –

 

·       Background – the Energy market has seen some noticeable changes, but is still not working for large numbers of people, especially Londoners

·       50000 excess winter deaths in England and Wales last year, attributable to cold homes, 4200 in London

·       Big 6 energy companies control 75% of the market, and 50% of people have never switched suppliers. London has the lowest level of switching

·       Low income households spend 8% of their income on energy, compared to 4% of other households

·       Many Londoners are on high tariffs

·       Energy Company Obligation is the Government’s key plank for reducing carbon emissions from home, and tackling fuel poverty

·       In addition to high levels of fuel poverty, and low levels of energy switching, London has low levels of energy efficiency, smart meter installation and installation of solar panels

·       London Power has partnered with Octopus Energy so that energy is fair and affordable with no exit fees, customers can move onto the cheapest, similar plan after 12 months, all electricity will be 100% renewable, there is carbon offsetting, world class customer service and reinvestment of profits

·       Outlined the London Power offer, and the savings that customers could achieve switching to London Power

·       Opportunities for London Power and Islington – Areas for action – Promote across the Borough, promote to social housing tenants to reduce the costs, use void services to give tenants a lower cost start and a fair deal, promote through fuel power and engagement activities to hit those hardest hit by excessive energy costs, promote to staff to get a green and fair deal

·       Noted that the pre-payment tariffs were at least 2% cheaper than the price cap, and that this is one of the cheapest tariffs on the market

·       Noted that 50% of consumers did not switch suppliers, and this was even more pronounced in London

·       A Member expressed view that she had not changed suppliers, as the process appeared difficult, and also enquired if London Power knew where their energy came from, and whether it was all green energy. London Power stated that they had an agreement with Octopus Energy that they could not make excess profits, and London Power had partnered with Octopus Energy, as they had a reputation for excellent customer service, and competitive pricing. London Power added that it was actually easy to switch providers, and that this could be done within a few minutes. London Power also stated that whilst they wanted all energy to be green, and Octopus were investing in solar and wind power, at present there needed to be a blend of gas/nuclear and carbon offsetting, and the Government were actually proposing to invest in more nuclear energy sources

·       In response to a question as to burning of rubbish for fuel, and the GLA position on this, it was stated that there were air quality  ...  view the full minutes text for item 415.

416.

Scrutiny Review: Volunteers and Resident engagement with Parks and Open Spaces -12-month report back pdf icon PDF 185 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Champion, Executive Member Environment and Transport was present and was accompanied by Barry Emerson, Environment and Regeneration Department and outlined the report

 

During consideration of the report the following main points were made –

 

·       Noted that the Executive had agreed all the recommendations, with the exception of recommendations 3 and 4, which had  been partially agreed

·       Noted that work is taking place with L.B.Camden/Islington Public Health teams to establish parks as health assets and support physical and mental health

·       Members were informed that the impact of COVID 19 had led to parks being utilised in a different way to in the past, and more people were visiting parks and to exercise and have social gatherings. This would mean that in future consideration would have to be given to more exercising space being provided, and to deal with problems of litter management

·       There is a need to have more good quality open space in the borough

·       A Member referred to the Octopus project in her ward and that this was an excellent project.  It was stated that Parks did work regularly and had a good relationship with Housing to ensure the best use of greenspace is made on housing estates

·       Noted that housing estates were a good provider of green space and work is taking place with housing to look at biodiversity and a bulb planting programme

 

 

 

 

The Chair thanked Councillor Champion and  Barry Emerson for attending

417.

Q2 Performance Report (2020/21) - Place and Environment pdf icon PDF 208 KB

Minutes:

Councillor Champion, Executive Member, Environment and Transport was present, and accompanied by Keith Townsend, Director of Environment and Regeneration, and outlined the report

 

During consideration of the report the following main points were made –

 

·       It was noted that with regard to parking appeals, Islington were in the middle group of London Boroughs, however the parking service was undergoing reorganisation, and there was a need to ensure that the correct resources were in place

·       In response to a question on fly tipping and graffiti, it was stated that the situation was being monitored, and that the increase in percentage terms was small

·       In response to a question it was stated that whilst staff absence had increased, and additional agency staff had needed to be employed, it had been possible to maintain an effective service. Members congratulated the staff for their efforts during the pandemic

·       In response to a question, it was stated that whilst recycling rates had increased there was less commercial waste being collected, as businesses were shut

·        A Member referred to the excessive cardboard packaging on online deliveries, and it was stated that consideration needed to be given to how this can be done in this future

·       A Member stated that there is a need to provide more Sheffield stands for cycles, and to look at measures to accommodate parking for cargo bikes. It was stated that this issue is being looked at, and that proposals would be submitted to the Executive in the near future thereon, as part of the Budget process

 

RESOLVED:

That the report be noted, and that staff be congratulated in Environment and Regeneration Department for their excellent work during the pandemic

 

The Chair thanked Councillor Champion and Keith Townsend for their presentation

 

418.

Quarter 2 Performance Report (2020/21)- Employment & Skills pdf icon PDF 249 KB

Minutes:

The Chair stated that this item was deferred until the next meeting

419.

Work Programme 2020/2021 pdf icon PDF 29 KB

Minutes:

Members expressed the view that a future meeting of the Committee, if necessary an additional meeting, should consider items on Regeneration issues, as this is an important part of the Committee’s work

 

RESOLVED:

That the work programme be noted, and a future meeting of the Committee be arranged to focus solely on Regeneration/Economic Development issues