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Venue: Islington Town Hall, Upper St, N1 2UD

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Apologies for Absence

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No Apologies were received


Declarations of Substitute Members

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No Substitutes were declared.


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.



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No declarations of interest were made.


Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 524 KB

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That the minutes of the previous meeting be confirmed as an accurate record of proceedings and the chair be authorised to sign them.


Chair's Report

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The second meeting of the task and finish group on the inclusive economy took place this week. During the meeting, there was a presentation by Joyce, the Head of Affordable Workspace Programs, and Maddy from SPACE4 an Affordable Workspace in Finsbury Park. They invited committee members to visit SPACE4 any Wednesday at 12:00 for a community lunch and a tour.


Additionally, the Labour Environment Forum is organising a public meeting on trade unions, employment, and the environment at the Town Hall on January 24. The Executive Member for Environment, transport and Air Quality, Councillor Champion, was in discussions with Power Up North London regarding a solar panel community project in the borough.


Moreover, there was a festive wreath-making event at a community plant nursery in Islington on Saturday, December 9, from 12:00 to 3:00.


Order of Business

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The order of business was as per the Agenda.


Public Questions

Questions must be related to an item on the meeting agenda. There is no requirement to submit questions in advance, but a question may be rejected if it:


(a) is defamatory, frivolous or offensive;

(b) requests the disclosure of information which is confidential or exempt; or

(c) names, or clearly identifies, a member of staff or any other individual.


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Public Questions would be taken after each item.


Active Travel Evidence Session - Public Health, OurBike and Living Streets

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Public Health

Sam Rigby from Public Health presented the key health considerations related to public health and active travel. They discussed how physical activity could reduce the risk of various health conditions. They noted that even small increases in activity could yield significant health benefits, and active travel served as an incremental way for inactive individuals to become more active. Highlighting concerns about unequal access to physical activity, they addressed barriers faced by certain groups, such as those from minority ethnic backgrounds, women, young girls, individuals with long-term conditions, the elderly, and those with lower incomes. Active travel was presented as a solution to address these barriers, providing opportunities not only for health benefits but also for increased social connections.


There were many barriers’ people faced regarding physical activity, such as lack of time, access, affordability, safety concerns, and environmental accessibility. Active travel was seen as a solution to these barriers, with examples given of how changes in the built environment, like the People-Friendly Streets initiative, could lead to increased physical activity.


There was a recognised need for adaptations to be accessible to those with sensory and mobility impairments. There was an emphasis on the importance of public health interventions in supporting motivation for active travel, raising awareness of its benefits, and providing targeted support to those at higher risk.


Moreover, the broader benefits of active travel were highlighted, including reducing air pollution, carbon emissions, and noise pollution, the potential positive impact on health outcomes and the environment.


A primary focus was on active travel initiatives, particularly the positive impact of removing bollards on physical activity. Pavement improvement and collaboration with other departments emerged as a critical consideration. The unevenness of surfaces was identified as a significant barrier, stressing the importance of collaborative efforts to address this issue and enhance overall infrastructure. The collaborative efforts with communities, as evidenced by studies from other Local Authorities, demonstrated a significant increase in walking (14/15%) when implemented.


The observation of a temporary dip in activity after initial physical changes suggested a need for behavioural adjustments. This dip was attributed to the community's familiarisation with new spaces and the time required to build confidence in engaging with these changes. The broader issues of social isolation and income inequality were acknowledged as interconnected with physical inactivity. Recognising the correlation between social isolation and inactive lifestyles, proposed strategies aimed to address these issues and promote inclusivity. The strategy of motivational conversations, particularly through the "Every Movement Counts" campaign, was emphasised. Community engagement efforts, including physical activity opportunities on the Islington website and a "Get Active" service pilot through GP practices, were highlighted to encourage tailored solutions for increased activity.


There were concerns about the seemingly low percentage (7%) of deaths related to pollution. Clarification highlighted that each Local Authority estimates mortality figures, considering various diseases linked to air pollution, notably heart diseases and cancer. The need for a more nuanced understanding of the specific diseases and their prevalence was acknowledged.





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Update Report on Behavioural Change Scrutiny (2021-22) pdf icon PDF 1 MB

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Sarah Hitchcock, Head of the Net Zero Carbon Programme, updated the committee on the Behaviour Change Scrutiny Report (2021-22). They outlined the challenges faced, such as scoping issues, changes within the program, and unexpected events like the energy price crisis. Despite these challenges, efforts were made to review the program, raise awareness, and promote the foundations of behaviour change. The Council secured funding to commission a specialist organisation to identify priority interventions and subsequently commission projects.


The presentation highlighted ongoing activities, including a staff behaviour change campaign during the energy price crisis and workshops addressing barriers to zero-carbon initiatives. The Council also conducted staff training on behaviour change theory. There had been outreach work, such as the Together Green website, themed weeks under the Go Zero campaign, and various activities promoting sustainability.


Future steps involve appointing the specialist organisation, developing the Citizens' Panel, conducting a staff survey, rolling out climate awareness training, and launching a new, longer-term behaviour change campaign. The Council aims to align its program with the Corporate Plan, streamline action planning, build internal capacity, and seek funding for long-term sustainability.


In summary, the Council has made progress in realigning its program, securing funding, conducting staff training, and planning for future behaviour change initiatives. They emphasised the importance of continuous implementation and seeking funding to support climate action initiatives like People Friendly Streets.


In response to queries, Sarah explained, the Citizens' Panel was in development, with the aim of creating a corporate panel that engages with a diverse range of residents. Initially focusing on climate action, the panel will conduct a deep dive into climate resilience. Recruitment, will ensure demographic representation, especially of underrepresented groups. The panel, consisting of 30 to 40 people, will undergo onboarding and climate awareness training. Sessions will likely launch in spring, supported by the Let's Talk Islington platform, and aim to engage a wider audience through various channels. Regarding scope, details are being worked out with a specialist to establish clear objectives and areas of influence for the panel. This will help communicate the purpose to both panel members and the wider community.


The Citizens' Panel is envisioned as an ongoing resource for all services, conducting research into specific topics annually or biennially. It aims to involve the community in decision-making processes beyond a single-service focus. The panel's flexibility allows it to address various issues in subsequent years.


The challenges discussed include difficulties in collaboration with other boroughs due to differences in climate action progress, targets, and priorities. Despite challenges, there is an appetite for collaboration, demonstrated by attempts to submit a joint bid for a behaviour change program.


Additionally, it was recognised the need to engage underrepresented groups creatively, such as partnering with local GP surgeries. Development is ongoing, emphasising transparency, clarity of purpose, and broad engagement.




That the committee noted the report


Quarter 1/2 Performance Report (2023/24) - Net Zero Carbon pdf icon PDF 4 MB

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Sarah Hitchcock, Head of the Net Zero Carbon Programme, updated the committee on the Quarter 1 and 2 performance of Net Zero Carbon.


They highlighted several points: The latest carbon data, though two years in arrears, shows a drop in emissions due to the impact of COVID-19. Islington's own emissions data reveals some static figures in transport emissions due to new services and fleet additions. The successful completion of Solar PV installations over the summer, supporting Islington's commitment to renewable energy. Transport schemes have been adopted and made permanent, contributing to the reduction of vehicle use. Progress is ongoing in areas like fossil fuel plant-based machinery, grid improvements, and fleet electrification.


In the Green Economy work stream, a review of objectives was underway, focusing on business engagement, apprenticeships, and green jobs. Initiatives such as the Energising Small Business scheme continue to have a positive impact. In the Natural Environment sector, there have been delays in the delivery of greener together projects, affecting round two. Efforts are being made to start it soon. Tree canopy expansion and biodiversity action plans are scheduled. The development of the Citizens' Panel, aligning with the five missions and focusing on specific outcomes. Public health partnerships are being strengthened, and staff training programs are planned for employees.


In Communications and Engagement, efforts are being made to improve web pages for climate action. The Net Zero festival showcased Islington's work and partnerships with entities like Arsenal and local entrepreneurs. The Finance and Investment sector highlighted decarbonisation efforts reflected in Islington's pensions and investments. Climate budgeting is being explored, along with collaboration with other boroughs and organisations for private sector investment in retrofit.


There was ongoing work on carbon monitoring, feasibility studies, and baseline establishment to understand the impact of projects. Involvement in the Net Zero neighbourhood concept promoted by the Capital Cities Commission was also discussed.


The protection and enhancement of green spaces in Islington are key considerations within the local planning framework. The local plan serves as a guide for development in the borough, and it includes measures to safeguard existing green spaces and promote the creation of new ones where possible. During the planning process, applications are evaluated with a focus on how they contribute to improving biodiversity and preserving or enhancing green areas.


The Planning Committee plays a crucial role in this process. It carefully reviews planning applications and assesses the impact on green spaces, ensuring that proposed developments align with the borough's commitment to environmental sustainability.


As part of specific initiatives, such as the cycleway project, there are efforts to integrate green elements into the urban landscape. For instance, during consultations with local residents and community groups, input is sought to identify areas along pavements that can be enhanced with greenery. This reflects a community-driven approach to greening public spaces, even on a smaller scale.




That the committee noted the report


Workplan 2023/24 pdf icon PDF 144 KB

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That the committee noted the Workplan 23/24 and the Terms of Reference.