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19.

COUNCIL MINUTES pdf icon PDF 18 KB

That the minutes of the Annual Council meeting held on 24 May 2018 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the Annual Council meeting held on 24 May 2018 be taken as read and signed as a correct record. 

20.

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 9 – Redevelopment of the Central Depot

 

Councillor Ajay Maru declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he was a resident of and councillor for the Kenton West ward and the depot was located in the ward. 

 

Councillor Vina Mithani declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she was a Kenton West ward councillor and the depot was located in the ward. 

 

Councillor Kanti Rabadia declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he was a resident of and councillor for the Kenton West ward and the depot was located in the ward. 

 

Items 10 & 11 – Community Safety and Violence, Vulnerability and Exploitation Strategy and Youth Justice Plan

 

Councillor Marilyn Ashton declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she was a serving magistrate and a Governor of Shaftesbury School.

 

Councillor Chris Mote declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he was a serving magistrate. 

 

Item 18(2) – Motion on Remembering Srebrenica

 

Councillor Philip Benjamin declared a non-pecuniary interest in that he worked full-time in higher education.

 

Councillor Sarah Butterworth declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she taught at a local school and the motion referred to support for the work of schools.  

 

Item 18(4) – Motion on Adult Social Care

 

Councillor Jeff Anderson declared a non-pecuniary interest in that his son received social care services from the Council. 

 

Councillor Sue Anderson declared a non-pecuniary interest in that her son received social care services from the Council. 

 

Councillor Michael Borio declared a non-pecuniary interest in that his father received social care services from the Council. 

 

Councillor Graham Henson declared a non-pecuniary interest in that his wife worked for Rethink Mental Illness.

 

Councillor Maxine Henson declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she worked for Rethink Mental Illness.

 

Councillor Chris Mote declared a non-pecuniary interest in that his mother-in-law received social care services from the Council. 

Councillor Janet Mote declared a non-pecuniary interest in that her mother received social care services from the Council. 

 

Councillor Primesh Patel declared a disclosable pecuniary interest in that he worked for the Care Quality Commission.  He would leave the Council Chamber for the item and would therefore not take part in the debate and decision on the motion.

 

Councillor Krishna Suresh declared a non-pecuniary interest in that his mother received social care services from the Council. 

21.

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 attention to the tabled amendment to Motion 1 and to the two tabled amendments to Motion 4 set out in the tabled documents, together with a change in the Labour Group Members on the Licensing and General Purposes Committee.

 

(ii)          Councillor Graham Henson moved a Procedural Motion to vary the order of business to bring forward Item 7 (Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Harrow) to be taken before Item 6 (Leader’s Announcements).   This was seconded by Councillor Paul Osborn and upon being put to the vote was carried.

22.

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 Councillor Marilyn Ashton containing 21 signatures and concerning parking and anti-social behaviour affecting residents of September Way and Laurimal Close, Stanmore.

 

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

 

(ii)          Petition submitted by Councillor Marilyn Ashton containing 52 signatures and seeking the introduction of a controlled parking zone for residents of Eaton Close and Hall Farm Close, Stanmore.

 

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

 

(iii)         Petition submitted by Councillor Camilla Bath containing 102 signatures and seeking a re-phasing of traffic lights at the junction of Greenford Road, Sudbury Hill, Sudbury Court Drive, to promote the safety of pupils, parents and staff of St George’s School. 

 

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

23.

PUBLIC QUESTIONS pdf icon PDF 63 KB

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.

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Minutes:

To note that a question from a member of the public had been received and responded to, and the recording of this question and the answer given had been placed on the Council’s website.

24.

HONORARY FREEDOM OF THE BOROUGH OF HARROW

Presentation of Scroll

Minutes:

The Mayor and ten other Members of the Council made speeches in tribute to the service of Christine Bednell to the authority and the community of the Borough of Harrow. 

 

The Mayor then presented to Christine Bednell an illuminated scroll recording the Council’s decision to confer the Honorary Freedom of the Borough of Harrow on her.

 

Christine Bednell made a speech of thanks in response.

25.

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, Graham Henson, 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.

26.

APPOINTMENT OF CHAIR OF LICENSING AND GENERAL PURPOSES COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 225 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That, having noted the change in the membership of the  Licensing and General Purposes Committee set out in the tabled documents, Councillor Natasha Proctor be appointed as the Chair of the Committee.

27.

REDEVELOPMENT OF THE CENTRAL DEPOT pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Recommendation I:                         Cabinet

                                                (12 July 2018)

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the increase in the capital programme as set out in the exempt Appendix 1, be approved. 

 

[Note: The following councillors requested that their names be recorded as having voted against the above resolution:  Richard Almond, Marilyn Ashton, Camilla Bath,  Christopher Baxter, Philip Benjamin, Kam Chana, Ramji Chauhan, Stephen Greek, Chetna Halai, Susan Hall, John Hinkley, Nitesh Hirani, Ameet Jogia, Jean Lammiman, Dr Lesline Lewinson, Vina Mithani, Amir Moshenson, Chris Mote, Janet Mote, Paul Osborn, Mina Parmar, Anjana Patel, Pritesh Patel, Kanti Rabadia, Lynda Seymour, Norman Stevenson, Bharat Thakker and Stephen Wright].

28.

COMMUNITY SAFETY AND VIOLENCE VULNERABILITY AND EXPLOITATION STRATEGY (VVE)

Recommendation I:

Cabinet

 

(12 July 2018)

 

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the the Community Safety Violence, Vulnerability and Exploitation Strategy 2018-2020 be endorsed and adopted.

29.

YOUTH JUSTICE PLAN

Recommendation I:

Cabinet

 

(12 July 2018)

 

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the Youth Justice Plan 2018-19 be endorsed and adopted.

30.

VEHICLE PROCUREMENT OPTION RE:CAPITALISATION

Recommendation I:

Cabinet

 

(12 July 2018)

 

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the Capital Programme for 2018/19 be increased by the indicative capital cost as set out in the Appendix to the Cabinet report (exempt information) to make provision for an option to purchase vehicles under the current tender exercise for the procurement of the Supply and Maintenance of Vehicles, to provide officers with the flexibility to purchase, should that be the most economically advantageous option resulting from the procurement exercise.

31.

APPOINTMENT OF CO-OPTED MEMBER - PENSION FUND COMMITTEE pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Recommendation I : Pension Fund Committee

                                    (27 June 2018)

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That Howard Bluston be re-appointed as a non?voting co?optee on the Pension Fund Committee for the Municipal Year 2018/19 under the same arrangements as 2017/18 with no advisory or representative duties attached to the role.

32.

INFORMATION REPORT - DECISIONS TAKEN UNDER THE URGENT MINOR MATTERS PROCEDURE - COUNCIL pdf icon PDF 21 KB

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.

33.

INFORMATION REPORT - USE OF THE URGENCY AND SPECIAL URGENCY PROCEDURE pdf icon PDF 20 KB

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.

34.

INFORMATION REPORT - REMUNERATION PACKAGES AND PAYMENTS OF £100,000 OR GREATER pdf icon PDF 21 KB

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.

35.

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE pdf icon PDF 58 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.

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Minutes:

To note that a question from a Member of the Council had been received and responded to, and the recording of this question and the answer given had been placed on the Council’s website.

36.

MOTIONS pdf icon PDF 62 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)  “Reject Antisemitism and uphold the “working definition of antisemitism” as adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance” Motion

 

To be moved by Councillor Marilyn Ashton and seconded by Councillor Paul Osborn:

 

 

“This Council notes:

 

  • HM Government adopted the “working definition of antisemitism” in December 2016.

 

  • Harrow Council Adopted the “working definition of antisemitism” in February 2017.

 

  • The Labour Party’s rejection of the full “working definition of antisemitism” and omission of Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour” from their own definition of antisemitism.

 

This Council believes:

 

  • The “working definition of antisemitism”, as adopted by the Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and HM Government is the correct definition of antisemitism.

 

  • Antisemitism is fundamentally wrong and should not be tolerated.

 

  • Rejection of any part of the “working definition of antisemitism” is deplorable, particularly by any mainstream Political Party, including the questioning of Israel’s right to exist.

 

This Council resolves:

 

  • To reaffirm our adoption of the “working definition of antisemitism” and our support of the “Harrow Council recognises working definition of anti-Semitism Motion” which was adopted at the Full Council meeting on 23rd February 2017.

 

  • To instruct the Interim Chief Executive and the Leader of the Council to write to the Leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, calling upon him to deplore any rejection of the “working definition of antisemitism” and asking him as Leader of the Labour Party to immediately fully adopt and support this definition.

 

(2)       Remembering Srebrenica Motion

 

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

 

           “This Council:

 

  • Notes that 2018 is the twenty-third anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which saw over 8,000 Muslim men and boys killed by Serbian nationalist forces.

 

  • Notes that in 2009 the European Parliament passed a resolution that 11 July should be recognised as the day of commemoration of the Srebrenica genocide all over the EU; and in 2015 urged the development of educational and cultural programmes that promote an understanding of the causes of such atrocities and raise awareness about the need to nurture peace and to promote human rights and interreligious tolerance. All UK political parties have supported the work of Remembering Srebrenica in this regard. 

 

  • Applauds the work of those involved in the pursuit of justice for the victims and their surviving relatives, including the International Commission of Missing People (ICMP) and the Mothers of Srebrenica, whose courage and humility in the face of unthinkable horror is an inspiration to us all.

 

  • Commends the work of the charity, Remembering Srebrenica, in raising awareness of this tragic and preventable genocide and working in communities across Britain to help them learn the lessons of Srebrenica.

 

          The Council resolves to:

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(i)            Motion in the names of Councillor Marilyn Ashton and Councillor Paul Osborn. 

 

 

“Reject Antisemitism and uphold the “working definition of antisemitism” as adopted by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance” Motion

 

 

“This Council notes:

 

·                     HM Government adopted the “working definition of antisemitism” in December 2016.

 

·                     Harrow Council Adopted the “working definition of antisemitism” in February 2017.

 

·                     The Labour Party’s rejection of the full “working definition of antisemitism” and omission of Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist endeavour” from their own definition of antisemitism.

 

This Council believes:

 

·                     The “working definition of antisemitism”, as adopted by the Holocaust Remembrance Alliance and HM Government is the correct definition of antisemitism.

 

·                     Antisemitism is fundamentally wrong and should not be tolerated.

 

·                     Rejection of any part of the “working definition of antisemitism” is deplorable, particularly by any mainstream Political Party, including the questioning of Israel’s right to exist.

 

This Council resolves:

 

·                     To reaffirm our adoption of the “working definition of antisemitism” and our support of the “Harrow Council recognises working definition of anti-Semitism Motion” which was adopted at the Full Council meeting on 23rd February 2017.

 

·                     To instruct the Interim Chief Executive and the Leader of the Council to write to the Leader of the opposition, Jeremy Corbyn, calling upon him to deplore any rejection of the “working definition of antisemitism” and asking him as Leader of the Labour Party to immediately fully adopt and support this definition.”

 

 

A tabled amendment was received. This was further amended upon the Mayor’s ruling that one element of the amendment must be withdrawn as its effect was to introduce a new proposal in contravention of Council Procedure Rule 17.6.1.

 

Upon the meeting moving to a vote upon the tabled amendment to the Motion, as further amended by the Mayor’s ruling, ten Members rose and requested a Roll Call vote.  The amendment was carried.   The voting on the tabled amendment was as follows:

 

Roll Call Vote: In Favour (of the Tabled Amendment):  Councillors Ghazanfar Ali, Dan Anderson, Jeff Anderson, Sue Anderson, Peymana Assad, Michael Borio, Sarah Butterworth, Simon Brown, Niraj Dattani, Keith Ferry, Dean Gilligan, Pamela Fitzpatrick, Graham Henson, Maxine Henson, Honey Jamie, James Lee, Ajay Maru, Jerry Miles, Angella Murphy-Strachan, Philip O’Dell, Nitin Parekh, Primesh Patel, Natasha Proctor, David Perry, Kiran Ramchandani, Christine Robson, Mrs Rekha Shah, Sachin Shah, Chloe Smith, Krishna Suresh, Sasikala Suresh, Adam Swersky and Antonio Weiss.

 

Against (the Tabled Amendment):  Councillors Richard Almond, Marilyn Ashton, Camilla Bath, Christopher Baxter, Philip Benjamin, Kam Chana, Ramji Chauhan, Stephen Greek, Chetna Halai, Susan Hall, John Hinkley, Nitesh Hirani, Ameet Jogia, Jean Lammiman, Dr Lesline Lewinson, Vina Mithani, Amir Moshenson, Chris Mote, Janet Mote, Paul Osborn, Mina Parmar, Anjana Patel, Pritesh Patel, Kanti Rabadia, Lynda Seymour, Norman Stevenson, Bharat Thakker and Stephen Wright.

 

Abstain (on the Tabled Amendment): The Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Kareema Kairul  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.