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249.

WELCOME

Minutes:

Council noted the election of Councillor Paul Osborn as Leader of the Opposition Group.

 

Council noted that the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Kairul Kareema Marikar, had made a pilgrimage to Mecca and completed the Hajj.

250.

COUNCIL MINUTES pdf icon PDF 18 KB

That the minutes of the Annual meeting held on 18 May 2017 and of the Extraordinary meeting held on 13 June 2017 be taken as read and signed as correct records.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Mayor announced that Motion 2 had been withdrawn.

 

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the Annual meeting held on 18 May 2017 and of the Extraordinary meting held on 13 June 2017 be taken as read and signed as correct records.

251.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

To receive declarations of disclosable pecuniary or non pecuniary interests, arising from business to be transacted at this meeting, from all Members of the Council.

Minutes:

Item 4 – Petitions

 

Councillor Ameet Jogia declared an interest in that he would be presenting a petition relating to event day parking for Stanmore/ Canons Park residents and that he owned a property near to Stanmore Underground Station.

 

Item 10 – Use of Retained Right to Buy Receipts

 

Councillor Ameet Jogia declared an interest in that he had purchased a flat in Harrow under the Right to Buy Scheme.

 

Item 14 – Appointment of Chair – Traffic and Road Safety Advisory Panel

 

Councillor Chika Amadi declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she had previously been appointed to this position.

 

Item 15 – Outside Bodies

 

Councillor Chika Amadi declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she had previously been appointed to these positions.

 

Item 17 – Questions with Notice

 

During the course of the meeting, Councillor Niraj Dattani declared a pecuniary interest in Question 1 in that he had been employed by the company working on the platform and he left the Chamber.

 

Item 18 – Motions – Accessible London Underground Stations

 

Councillor James Bond declared a pecuniary interest in that he was an employee of Transport for London.

 

Councillor Graham Henson declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he undertook work for a  railway trades’ union.

 

Item 18 – Motions – Making the next census count for our Armed Forces Community

 

Councillor Jeff Anderson declared a non-pecuniary interest in that his niece’s husband was a serving member of the Armed Forces.

 

Councillor Sue Anderson declared a non-pecuniary interest in that her niece’s husband was a serving member of the Armed Forces.

 

Councillor Barry Macleod-Cullinane declared a disclosable non-pecuniary interest in that his father was a veteran and his sister was a serving member of the Armed Forces.

 

Councillor Chris Mote declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he was a veteran of the Armed Forces, as was one of his sons, another son who was currently a serving member of the Armed Forces, he was Chair of the Army Benevolent Fund for Harrow and Brent and a member of the Royal British Legion.

 

Councillor Janet Mote declared a non-pecuniary interest in that her husband was a veteran of the Armed Forces, as was one of her sons, and that she had another son who was currently a serving member of the Armed Forces.

 

Councillor David Perry declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he was a member of the Royal British Legion.

 

All Items

 

Councillor Susan Hall declared a non pecuniary interest in that she was a member of the London Assembly which may come up in discussion during the course of the meeting.

252.

PROCEDURAL MOTIONS

To receive and consider any procedural motions by Members of the Council in relation to the conduct of this Meeting.  Notice of such procedural motions, received after the issuing of this Summons, will be tabled.

Minutes:

(i)            The Mayor drew Council’s attention to a tabled motion in relation to Harrow’s Police Stations and Safer Neighbourhood team bases.  Upon being put to the vote, it was agreed that the motion was urgent.

 

(ii)          The Mayor also drew Members’ attention to fourteen tabled amendments to Item 8 – Community Safety and Violence Vulnerability and Exploitation Strategy, an amendment to Motion 1 and an amendment to the urgent Motion.

253.

PETITIONS

To receive any petitions to be presented:

 

(i)                 by a representative of the petitioners;

(ii)               by a Councillor, on behalf of petitioners;

(iii)             by the Mayor, on behalf of petitioners.

Minutes:

In accordance with Rule 10, the following petitions were presented

 

(i)            Petition submitted by Kuha Kumaran, a representative of a group of business owners and residents of Northolt Road, South Harrow in relation to crime containing approximately 256 signatures.

 

[The petition stood referred to the Portfolio Holders for Public Health, Equality and Community Safety].

 

(ii)          Petition submitted by Tasha Proctor in relation to lighting on the railway footbridge between Carmelite Road and Pinner Park Gardens containing 62 signatures.

 

[The petition stood referred to the Portfolio Holders for Public Health, Equality and Community Safety and for Environment].

 

(iii)         Petition submitted by Councillor Ameet Jogia in relation to parking in Stanmore and Canons Park for premier league football matches at Wembley Stadium containing 117 signatures.

 

[The petition stood referred to the Portfolio Holder for Environment].

254.

PUBLIC QUESTIONS

A period of up to 15 minutes is allowed for members of the public to ask questions of members of the Executive, Portfolio Holders and Chairs of Committees, of which notice has been received no later than 3.00 pm two clear working days prior to the day of this Meeting.  Any such questions received will be tabled.

Minutes:

There were no public questions.

255.

LEADER AND PORTFOLIO HOLDERS' ANNOUNCEMENTS

To receive a presentation from the Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holders on business since the last ordinary meeting, followed by a question and answer session.  The item is allotted 20 minutes.

Minutes:

(i)            The Leader of the Council, Councillor Sachin Shah, introduced the item highlighting the achievements, challenges and proposals since the last ordinary meeting.

 

(ii)          Other Members of the Council spoke and/or asked questions of the Leader of the Council which were duly responded to.

256.

SCRUTINY OF THE ACTION PLAN FOLLOWING OFSTED REPORT ON THE INSPECTION OF SERVICES FOR CHILDREN IN NEED OF PROTECTION, LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN AND CARE LEAVERS JANUARY 2017 pdf icon PDF 20 KB

Report of the Corporate Director, People

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)          the Ofsted inspection report and associated action plan be noted; and

 

(2)          it be noted that progress on the implementation of the action plan would be kept under review by elected Members and officers through service planning, the Improvement Board, the Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the Corporate Parenting Panel processes as well as the Local Safeguarding Children Board and Health and Wellbeing Board.

257.

COMMUNITY SAFETY AND VIOLENCE VULNERABILITY AND EXPLOITATION STRATEGY pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Recommendation I:

Cabinet

 

(13 July 2017)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Sachin Shah moved a Procedural Motion that the thirteen Conservative Group amendments be considered en bloc.  This was agreed.

 

Amendments in the names of Councillor Georgia Weston and Councillor Osborn were moved and duly seconded.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Community Safety and Violence Vulnerability and Exploitation Strategy be deferred to the next ordinary Council meeting.

258.

CORPORATE PARENTING STRATEGY pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Recommendation I:

Cabinet

 

(13 July 2017)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the Corporate Parenting Strategy 2017?2019 be approved.

259.

USE OF RETAINED RIGHT TO BUY RECEIPTS pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Recommendation I:

Cabinet

 

(14 September 2017)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED (Unanimously):  That the addition of the £5m capital budget to the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Capital Programme in 2017?18 be approved.

260.

PENSION FUND COMMITTEE - ROLE OF CO-OPTEE pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Recommendation I:

Pension Fund Committee

 

(28 June 2017)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the role of, and the working arrangements applying to, the non?voting co?optee(s) to the Committee, as described in paragraphs 10 and 11 of the officer report, be agreed and that Howard Bluston be appointed as a non?voting co?optee on the Committee for the Municipal Year 2017/18.

261.

IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MARKETS IN FINANCIAL INSTRUMENTS DIRECTIVE (MiFID II).

Recommendation I:

Pension Fund Committee

 

(18 September 2017)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)          the immediate commencement of applications for elected professional client status with all relevant institutions be agreed in order to ensure it could continue to implement an effective investment strategy;

 

(2)          the Director of Finance be delegated responsibility for completing the applications and determining the basis of the application as either full or single service.

262.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS - TERMS OF REFERENCE FOR THE HEALTH AND WELLBEING BOARD pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Report of the Monitoring Officer

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the changes to the terms of reference to the Health and Wellbeing Board, as set out in Appendix 2 to the report, be agreed.

263.

APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR - TRAFFIC AND ROAD SAFETY ADVISORY PANEL

To receive nominations for the appointment of Chair  of the Traffic and Road Safety Advisory Panel.

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  To appoint Councillor Kairul Kareema Marikar as Chair of the Traffic and Road Safety Advisory Panel for the remainder of the Municipal Year 2017/18.

264.

OUTSIDE BODIES

To consider proposals for changes in representation on the identified outside bodies as follows:

 

OUTSIDE BODY

Representative

to be replaced

 

New Representative

POLITICAL GROUP HOLDING NOMINATION

 

Age UK

Councillor Kairul Kareema Marikar

Councillor Maxine Henson

Labour

 

 

Harrow in Europe Committee

Councillor Chika Amadi

Councillor Michael Borio

Labour

 

London Road Safety Council

 

Councillor Chika Amadi

 

Councillor Jerry Miles

 

Labour

 

Relate London North West

 

Councillor Chika Amadi

 

Councillor Anne Whitehead

 

Labour

 

 

 

 

 

Citizens’ Advice Bureau

Councillor Barry Kendler

Councillor Maxine Henson

Labour

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the appointments to the Outside Bodies, as set out on the Council Summons, be approved.

265.

INFORMATION REPORT - DECISIONS TAKEN UNDER THE URGENCY PROCEDURE pdf icon PDF 19 KB

Report of the Monitoring Officer.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.

266.

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE pdf icon PDF 237 KB

A period of up to 15 minutes is allowed for asking written questions by Members of Council of a member of the Executive or the Chair of any Committee:-

 

(i)                 of which notice has been received at least two clear working days prior to the day of this Meeting; or

 

(ii)               which relate to urgent matters, and the consent of the Executive Member or Committee Chair to whom the question is to be put has been obtained and the content has been advised to the Director of Legal and Governance Services by 12 noon on the day of the Council Meeting.

 

Any such questions received will be tabled.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor questions as were received were responded to and any recording placed on the Council’s website.  Those questions not reached would be responded to in writing and placed on the Council’s website.

267.

MOTIONS pdf icon PDF 30 KB

The following Motions have been notified in accordance with the requirements of Council Procedure Rule 15, to be moved and seconded by the Members indicated:

 

1.

“Accessible London Underground stations Motion

 

 

 

To be moved by Councillor Krishna Suresh and seconded by Councillor Sue Anderson:

 

This Council notes:

 

·                 We would like to support the initiative of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to improve accessibility at Harrow on the Hill station as part of his £200m investment in improving step-free access on the London Underground over the next five years;

 

·                 Over 10.6 million journeys per year are made to and from Harrow on the Hill station on the Metropolitan line;

 

·                 Over 4 million journeys per year are made to and from Rayners Lane station on the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines;

 

This Council believes:

 

·                 Improving accessibility at Rayners Lane station would enable even more Harrow residents and visitors to Harrow to travel independently, making travelling easier for a large number of people, especially those who are older, disabled or travelling with children in pushchairs;

 

This Council resolves:

 

To write to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and to the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, to pledge our support towards making Rayners Lane station accessible”.

 

2.

“NJC pay Motion

 

 

To be moved by Councillor Kiran Ramchandani and seconded by Councillor Sachin Shah:

 

Harrow Council notes that:

 

·                 NJC basic pay has fallen by 21% since 2010 in real terms;

 

·                 NJC workers had a three-year pay freeze from 2010 to 2012;

 

·                 Local terms and conditions of many NJC employees have also been cut, impacting on their overall earnings;

 

·                 NJC pay is the lowest in the public sector;

 

·                 Job evaluated pay structure are being squeezed and distorted by bottom-loaded NJC pay settlements needed to reflect the increased National Living Wage and the Foundation Living Wage;

 

·                 There are growing equal and fair pay risks resulting from this situation.

 

This council therefore supports the NJC pay claim for 2018, submitted by UNISON, GMB and Unite on behalf of council and school workers and calls for the immediate end of the public sector pay restraint.  NJC pay cannot be allowed to fall further behind other parts of the public sector.  This council also welcomes the joint review of the NJC pay spine to remedy the turbulence caused by bottom-loaded pay settlements.

 

This council also notes the drastic ongoing cuts to local government funding and calls on the Government to provide additional funding to fund a decent pay rise for NJC employees and the pay spine review.

 

This council therefore resolves to:

 

·                 Call immediately on the LGA to make urgent representations to Government to fund the NJC claim and the pay spine review and notify us of their action in this regard

 

·                 Write to the Prime Minister and Chancellor supporting the NJC pay claim and seeking additional funding to fund a decent pay rise and the pay spine review

 

·                 Meet with local NJC union representatives to convey support for the pay claim and the  ...  view the full agenda text for item 267.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

1.            Motion in the names of Councillor Krishna Suresh and Councillor Sue Anderson. The tabled amendment was voted upon and was carried:

 

Accessible London Underground Stations Motion

 

This Council notes:

 

·                     We would like to support the initiative of the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, to improve accessibility at Harrow on the Hill station as part of his £200m investment in improving step-free access on the London Underground over the next five years;

 

·                     Over 10.6 million journeys per year are made to and from Harrow on the Hill station on the Metropolitan line;

 

·                     Over 4 million journeys per year are made to and from Rayners Lane station on the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines.

 

This Council believes:

 

·                     Improving accessibility at all train stations within the London Borough of Harrow and the three train stations immediately on the Borough’s border (Kenton, Northwick Park and Queensbury)would enable even more Harrow residents and visitors to Harrow to travel independently, making travelling easier for a large number of people, especially those who are older, disabled or travelling with children in pushchairs.

 

This Council resolves:

 

·                     To write to the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and to the Rt Hon Chris Grayling MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, to pledge our support towards making Canons Park station, Hatch End station, Headstone Lane station, Kenton station, Northolt Park station, North Harrow station, Northwick Park station, Queensbury station, Rayners Lane station South Harrow station, Sudbury Hill station, Sudbury Hill railway station and West Harrow station accessible.”

 

Upon a vote, the Motion was agreed.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Motion set out at (i) above be adopted.

 

2.            Motion in the names of Councillor Sachin Shah and Councillor Sue Anderson:

 

“Making the next census count for our Armed Forces community Motion

 

This council notes:

 

1.            The obligations it owes to the Armed Forces community within Harrow as enshrined in the Armed Forces Covenant; that the Armed Forces community should not face disadvantage in the provision of services and that special consideration is appropriate in some cases, especially for those who have given the most.

 

2.            The absence of definitive and comprehensive statistics on the size or demographics of the Armed Forces community within Harrow.  This includes serving Regular and Reserve personnel, veterans, and their families.

 

3.            That the availability of such data would greatly assist the council, local partner agencies, the voluntary sector, and national Government in the planning and provision of services to address the unique needs of the Armed Forces community within Harrow.

 

In light of the above, this council moves to support and promote The Royal British Legion’s call to include a new topic in the 2021 census that concerns military service and membership of the Armed Forces community.  We further call upon the UK Parliament, which will approve the final census questionnaire through legislation in 2019, to ensure that the 2021 census includes questions concerning our Armed Forces community.”

 

Upon a vote, the Motion was agreed.

 

RESOLVED:  That the Motion set out at (ii)  ...  view the full minutes text for item 267.

268.

EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

To resolve that the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item of business, on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of confidential information in breach of an obligation of confidence, or of exempt information as defined in Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972:

 

Agenda Item No

 

Title

Description of Exempt Information

20.

Information Report – Severance Package of £100,000 or Greater

Information under paragraph 1 (contains information relating to any individuals).

 

 

 

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That in accordance with Part I of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following item(s) for the reasons set out below:

 

Item

Title

 

Reason

20.

Information Report – Remuneration Packages and Severance Payments of £100,000 or Greater

Information under paragraph 1 (contains information relating to any individual).

 

 

[Note:  Members of the Conservative Group wished to be recorded as having voted against the above Resolution].

269.

INFORMATION REPORT - REMUNERATION PACKAGES AND SEVERANCE PAYMENTS OF £100,000 OR GREATER

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.