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37.

COUNCIL MINUTES pdf icon PDF 18 KB

That the minutes of the Extraordinary meeting and ordinary meeting held on 19 July 2018 be taken as read and signed as correct records.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the Extraordinary and Ordinary meetings held on 19 July 2018 be taken as read and signed as correct records.

38.

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 5 – Loss of spaces due to Poet’s Corner Redevelopment

 

Councillor Ghazanfar Ali declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he attended the mosque.

 

Item 16 (1) – Motion on Temple Burglaries

 

Councillor Nitesh Hirani declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he attended the Kenton Temple.

 

Councillor Kanti Rabadia declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he worshipped at the temples.

 

Item 16 (2) – Motion on Breaking Point Campaign

 

Councillor Stephen Greek declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in that he was employed by the Greater London Authority.  He would leave the Chamber for the discussion and voting on this item.

 

Councillor Susan Hall declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she was an Assembly Member at the Greater London Authority.

 

Councillor Amir Moshenson declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in that his wife was a primary school teacher.  He would leave the Chamber for the discussion and voting on this item.

 

Councillor Norman Stevenson declared a non-pecuniary interest in that his wife was employed by Harrow Council.

 

Item 16 (3)  – Motion on Education Funding

 

Councillor Ghazanfar Ali declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he was a governor at Norbury School.

 

Councillor Richard Almond declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he was a governor at St Teresa’s Catholic Primary School.

 

Councillor Marilyn Ashton declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she was a governor at Park High School.

 

Councillor Peymana Assad declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she was a governor at Kenmore Park School.

 

Councillor Camilla Bath declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she was a governor at St George’s School.

 

Councillor Phillip Benjamin declared an interest in that he was employed in higher education.  He would leave the Chamber for the discussion and voting on this item.

 

Councillor Michael Borio declared a disclosable pecuniary interest and would leave the Chamber for the discussion and voting on this item.

 

Councillor Sarah Butterworth declared a disclosable pecuniary interest and would leave the Chamber for the discussion and voting on this item.

 

Councillor Kam Chana declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he was a school governor.

 

Councillor Ramji Chauhan declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he was a governor at Glebe Primary School.

 

Councillor Stephen Greek declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in that his wife was employed as a Teaching Assistant.  He also declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he was a school governor.  He would leave the Chamber for the discussion and voting on this item.

 

Councillor Chetna Halai declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she was a school governor.

 

Councillor Graham Henson declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he was a school governor.

 

Councillor Maxine Henson declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she was a school governor.

 

Councillor Jean Lammiman declared an interest in that was Chair of Shaftesbury High school.

 

Councillor Dr Lesline Lewinson declared an interest in that was a governor at Pinner Park School and was employed in higher education.

 

Councillor Vina Mithani declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she was a governor at Glebe Primary School.

 

Councillor Ajay  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38.

39.

PROCEDURAL MOTIONS pdf icon PDF 117 KB

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 attention to the item, Additions to the Capital Programme for the Financial Year 2018/19, which she agreed was urgent and which was set out on the supplemental summons, and to the tabled amendments to Motion 1 and Motion 5 set out on the Tabled Documents.

 

(ii)          Councillor Graham Henson moved a Procedural Motion to include the urgent item, Additions to the Capital Programme for the Financial Year 2018/19, on the Summons for discussion before item 15, Questions with Notice. This was seconded by Councillor Keith Ferry and upon being put to the vote was carried.

 

(iii)         Councillor Graham Henson moved a Procedural Motion that in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 15.6.1, Motion 4 on Modern Slavery not be referred to the Executive and instead be debated at Council. This was seconded by Councillor Keith Ferry and upon being put to the vote was carried.

40.

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 Mr Parmod Athi containing 102 signatures concerning the increase in school meals prices for children attending Woodlands and Kingsley Schools in Harrow.

 

[The Petition stood referred to the Portfolio Holder for Finance and Resources].

 

(ii)          Petition submitted by Councillor Kanti Rabadia containing 35 signatures concerning fly tipping in the alleyway behind Kenton Park Gardens.

 

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

 

(iii)         Petition submitted by Councillor Jerry Miles containing 8 signatures supporting an addition to the parking restrictions in Walpole Close.

 

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

41.

PETITION - LOSS OF SPACES DUE TO POET'S CORNER REDEVELOPMENT

A petition containing over 2,000 signatures has been received and has the following terms:

 

“Dear Gareth Thomas and Elected Councillors,

 

I the undersigned am concerned about the loss of parking spaces if the Poet’s Corner redevelopment goes ahead.

 

I urge the Council, Gareth Thomas and other councillors to ensure there are sufficient parking spaces for local businesses, users of Harrow Central Mosque, other local organisations and the local residents.’

 

A representative of the petitioners will read the terms of the petition on behalf of the petition signatories.  There is a period of one minute allocated to present.  A period of ten minutes is permitted for Members to debate the Petition terms and issues.

 

Following discussion the Council may choose to refer the petition to the Cabinet, a Committee or Corporate Director to consider the matter, taking into account the views expressed by Council.

Minutes:

In accordance with the Council’s Petition Scheme, Council received a petition containing over 2,000 signatures as follows

 

(i)            Petition submitted by Mr Iftikhar, Harrow Mosque, containing over 2,000 signatures, stating

 

‘The biggest ever regeneration program in Harrow borough for a generation, featuring around 1,000 new homes including 400 affordable homes will be built at the current location of Harrow Civic Centre.

 

We are concerned about the loss of parking spaces for local business, residents and emergency services due to regeneration proposal of the Harrow Civic Centre site.

 

We urge the Council, Gareth Thomas, Harrow Councillors and Mayor of London to ensure that there are sufficient parking spaces for local businesses, residents in the vicinity of the Civic Centre, Wealdstone and Harrow Central Mosque.’

  

(ii)          Debate was held on the content of the petition.

 

RESOLVED:  That the petition referred to the Corporate Director,  Community, for consideration.

42.

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.

43.

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 Graham Henson, introduced the item highlighting the achievements, challenges and proposals since the last ordinary meeting.

 

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

44.

APPOINTMENT OF CHIEF EXECUTIVE (HEAD OF PAID SERVICE)

Recommendation I:

Chief Officers’ Employment Panel

 

(13 November 2018)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members paid tribute to Tom Whiting, Interim Chief Executive (Head of Paid Service) who would be leaving the Council’s employ in February 2019.

 

RESOLVED:  That Mr Sean Harriss, Interim Chief Executive Officer at oneSource, the Strategic Corporate Resources Shared Service – London Boroughs of Bexley, Havering and Newham, be appointed to the post of Chief Executive (Head of Paid Service) of the London Borough of Harrow, with effect from 4 February 2019 until 3 February 2021, and in accordance with the terms and conditions governing Chief Officer posts.

45.

GAMBLING POLICY - REVISED STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Recommendation I:

Cabinet

 

(15 November 2018)

 

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the revised Statement of Principles be approved.

46.

CORPORATE PARENTING STRATEGY 2017 - 2019 pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Recommendation I:

Cabinet

 

(13 September 2018)

 

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the Corporate Parenting Strategy 2017 – 19 and Priorities set out in the Strategy be approved.

47.

SCRUTINY ANNUAL REPORT 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Recommendation I:

Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

(5 June 2018)

 

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the Scrutiny Annual Report 2017-18 be endorsed.

48.

SCRUTINY WORK PROGRAMME 2018-2022 pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Recommendation I:

Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

(17 September 2018)

 

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the scrutiny work programme 2018 – 2022 be noted.

49.

CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENTS - TERMS OF REFERENCE OF JOINT HEALTH OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE AND COMMITTEE PROCEDURE RULES IN RELATION TO THE PLANNING COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 20 KB

Report of the Director of Legal and Governance Services

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That

 

(1)          the proposed terms of reference for the North West London Joint Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee, as attached at Appendix 1 to the officer report, be agreed and included in the Council’s Constitution;

 

(2)          the proposed new wording for the Committee Procedure Rules in relation to the Planning Committee, as set out in paragraph 8 of the officer report, be agreed.

50.

INFORMATION REPORT - USE OF THE URGENCY AND SPECIAL URGENCY PROCEDURE pdf icon PDF 21 KB

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.

51.

URGENT ITEM - ADDITIONS TO THE CAPITAL PROGRAMME FOR THE FINANCIAL YEAR 2018/19

Minutes:

The Mayor indicated that the item had been admitted to the Summons for the reasons set out on the Supplemental Summons.

 

RESOLVED:  That the addition to the 2018/19 Capital Programme for the items set out in paragraphs 5 and 6 of the officer report be approved.

52.

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE pdf icon PDF 67 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:

To note that four questions from Councillors to the Leader of the Council had been received and that and a recording of those responded to would be placed on the Council’s website.

53.

MOTIONS pdf icon PDF 287 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.            Temple BurglariesMotion

 

 

To be moved by Councillor Kanti Rabadia and seconded by Councillor Vina Mithani:

 

 

This Council notes and condemns:

·         The burglary of Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple in Kenton, Harrow.

·         The burglary of the Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Willesden, Brent.

·         Any crime carried out against any religious establishment.

 

This Council believes:

 

·         Harrow has a diverse community that deserves to feel safe and have the right to freely practice whatever religion they follow.

·         Local communities and religious establishments should be protected.

·         Any crime carried out against any religious establishment is unacceptable.

 

This Council resolves:

 

·         To instruct the interim Chief Executive, Leader of the Council and Leader of the Opposition to send a cross-party letter to both Temples, condemning the burglaries and offering solidarity and support.

·         To offer a meeting to representatives from the Kenton Temple with the Leader of the Council, the Leader of the Opposition and relevant Council officers to discuss how the Council can provide better support.”

 

2.            Breaking Point Campaign Motion

 

 

To be moved by Councillor Graham Henson and seconded by Councillor Adam Swersky:

 

“This Council notes that many council budgets are now at Breaking Point. Austerity has caused huge damage to communities up and down the UK, with devastating effects on key public services that protect the most defenceless in society – children at risk, disabled children and adults, and vulnerable older people – and the services we all rely on, like clean streets, libraries, and children’s centres;

 

 

·         Government cuts mean councils have lost 60p out of every £1 that the last Labour Government was spending on local government in 2010;

·         Harrow Council has lost £55 million of central government funding as our RSG has been eliminated entirely.

·         Councils had to spend an extra £800m last year to meet the demand on vital services to protect children.

·         With an aging population and growing demand adult social care faces a gap of £3.5 billion – with only 14% of council workers now confident that vulnerable local residents are safe and cared for.

·         Government cuts have seen over 500 children’s centres and 475 libraries close, potholes are left unfilled, and 80% of councils workers now say have no confidence in the future of local services.

·         Northamptonshire has already gone bust and more councils are predicted to collapse without immediate emergency funding.

·         Councils now face a further funding gap of £7.8 billion by 2025 just to keep services ‘standing still’ and meeting additional demand.  Even Lord Gary Porter, the Chair of the Local Government Association, has said ‘Councils can no longer be expected to run our vital local services on a shoestring’.

 

This Council condemns Chief Secretary to the Treasury for stating on BBC Newsnight on 1st October 2018 that the government is “not making cuts to local authorities”, when all independent assessments of government spending show that  ...  view the full agenda text for item 53.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(i)            Motion in the names of Councillor Kanti Rabadia and Councillor Vina Mithani.

 

 

“Temple Burglaries Motion

 

 

This Council notes and condemns:

·                     The burglary of Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple in Kenton, Harrow.

·                     The burglary of the Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Willesden, Brent.

·                     Any crime carried out against any religious establishment.

 

This Council believes:

 

·                     Harrow has a diverse community that deserves to feel safe and have the right to freely practice whatever religion they follow.

·                     Local communities and religious establishments should be protected.

·                     Any crime carried out against any religious establishment is unacceptable.

 

This Council resolves:

 

·                       To instruct the interim Chief Executive, Leader of the Council and Leader of the Opposition to send a cross-party letter to both Temples, condemning the burglaries and offering solidarity and support.

·                       To offer a meeting to representatives from the Kenton Temple with the Leader of the Council, the Leader of the Opposition and relevant Council officers to discuss how the Council can provide better support.”

 

A tabled amendment was received.  Upon being put to the vote the amendment was agreed. The Substantive Motion was agreed as follows:

 

This Council notes and condemns:

 

·                     The burglary of Shree Kutch Satsang Swaminarayan Temple in Kenton, Harrow.

 

·                     The burglary of the Shree Swaminarayan Temple in Willesden, Brent.

 

·                     Hate crime incidents at the Sree Ayyappan Temple in Masons Avenue, Harrow.

 

·                     Any crime carried out against any religious establishment.

                  

This Council believes:

 

·                     That diverse and cohesive communities are what makes Harrow the great place that people want to call home

 

·                     That all residents deserve to feel safe

 

·                     Local communities and religious establishments should be protected.

 

·                     Any crime carried out against any religious establishment is unacceptable.

 

Harrow Council welcomes/supports:

 

·                     Thework carried out to date by the Police to investigate the incidents

 

·                     The partnership work undertaken directly with the affected places of worship by Harrow Council, Councillors, Police and Assembly Member for Brent & Harrow to strengthen working relationships, enhance security of the premises and to convey the message of reassurance to the community.

 

This Council resolves:

 

·                     To instruct the interim Chief Executive, Leader of the Council and Leader of the Opposition to send a cross-party letter to these places of worship, condemning the criminal incidents and offering solidarity and support.

 

·                     As part of the Council’s on-going work on community cohesion, to offer a meeting to representatives from the Kenton Temple with the Leader of the Council, the Leader of the Opposition and relevant Council officers to discuss this work and explore whether Harrow can provide further support.”

 

RESOLVED:  That the Motion, as amended and set out above be, adopted.

 

(ii)          Motion in the names of Councillor Graham Henson and Councillor Adam Swersky.

 

 

“Breaking Point Campaign Motion

 

 

This Council notes that many council budgets are now at Breaking Point. Austerity has caused huge damage to communities up and down the UK, with devastating effects on key public services that protect the most defenceless in society – children at risk, disabled children and adults, and vulnerable older people – and the services  ...  view the full minutes text for item 53.

54.

PROCEDURE FOR TERMINATION OF MEETING

Minutes:

At 10.22 pm, prior to the debate on Motion 5, Women Against State Pension Inequality, it was proposed that the guillotine be extended to 10.35 pm.  This was agreed.

 

RESOLVED:  That the provisions of Rules 9.2 and 9.3 be applied as set out above.