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Venue: Council Chamber, Harrow Civic Centre

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Items
No. Item

125.

MINUTE SILENCE

Minutes:

The Mayor, elected Members and all those present observed a Minute’s Silence in respect of those who had lost their lives to terrorist atrocities across the world.

 

126.

COUNCIL MINUTES pdf icon PDF 18 KB

That the minutes of the meeting held on 24 September 2015 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 24 September 2015 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

 

127.

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:

The Mayor invited appropriate declarations of interest.

 

Councillor Susan Hall declared a non-pecuniary interest in that she had a business in Wealdstone, which was the subject of a public question and a petition.  She would remain in the room whilst the matters were considered and voted upon.

 

128.

PROCEDURAL MOTIONS pdf icon PDF 54 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 Council’s attention to the tabled Procedural Motions. The Motions were agreed.

 

(ii)          The Mayor drew Council’s attention to the amendments to the Harrow £159 Campaign Motion and the Government Cuts making Harrow Residents poorer Motion contained in the Tabled Documents.  The amended Motions were agreed.

 

(iii)         The Mayor also drew Members’ attention to a further tabled amendment.

 

129.

CROSS PARTY MOTION - HARROW UNITED IN THE FACE OF TERRORIST ATROCITIES MOTION

Minutes:

The Council received a cross party Motion in the names of Councillor David Perry, Councillor Susan Hall, Councillor Keith Ferry and Councillor Barry Macleod-Cullinane.

 

This Council notes:

·                     The shocking events in Paris on Friday 13th November, where 132 innocent people were killed in terrorist atrocities.

 

·                     The recent terrorist attacks across the world; with 224 people losing their lives in the bombing of a Russian passenger plane, 40 people killed in bombings in Beirut, 5 people shot to death at a Jerusalem synagogue and 20 people killed at a hotel in Bamako.  Terrorism knows no borders, and these horrific incidents are just some examples of the lives lost to terrorist atrocities over the past few weeks.

 

·                     The outpouring of condolences from across our many communities in Harrow, with declarations of support and solidarity with the families who have lost loved ones in terrorist atrocities across the world.

 

This Council believes:

·                     Harrow’s diversity is our strength; we are proud to be a Borough where people of different backgrounds and faiths respect each other.

 

·                     Elected representatives of all parties should work together to keep our residents safe and to condemn acts of terror that threaten our shared values of democracy and freedom of expression.

 

The Council resolves:

 

·                     To hold a minute’s silence at Full Council to mark with respect and sorrow all of the victims of terrorist atrocities across the world.

 

·                     To condemn anyone who would try to promote fear or hatred in our Borough.

 

·                     To show strong local leadership in promoting tolerance, respect and cohesiveness amongst our many communities; events like the Paris shootings should not divide us.”

 

Upon a vote, the Motion was agreed unanimously.

 

RESOLVED:  (Unanimously)

 

That the Motion, as set out above, be adopted.

 

130.

PETITION: RESCUE OF PINNER MEMORIAL PARK

In accordance with the Council’s Petition Scheme, a petition containing more than 2,000 signatures will be considered/debated by full Council.  The Petition to rescue Pinner Memorial Park meets the threshold of signatures needed to engender a Council debate.

 

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 determine 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 residents containing approximately 5,029 signatures in relation to the “Rescue of Pinner Memorial Park” and to “Bring back Tracy Full time”.  

 

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

 

 

RESOLVED:  That the petition be referred to the Chief Executive for consideration.

 

131.

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 petition was presented

 

(i)            Petition submitted by Councillor Susan Hall containing 2,400   signatures requesting that the Council re-think the plans for a new Civic Centre in Wealdstone.

 

[The petition stood referred to Council for debate on 25 February 2016 in accordance with the Petition Scheme]. 

 

132.

PUBLIC QUESTIONS pdf icon PDF 64 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.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

To note that one 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.

 

133.

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 David Perry, introduced the item highlighting the achievements, challenges and proposals since the last ordinary meeting.  He also paid tribute to Clifton Jackson and Keith Chilvers who had recently passed away.

 

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

 

134.

HARROW YOUTH OFFENDING PARTNERSHIP YOUTH JUSTICE PLAN 2015-18 pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Recommendation I:

Cabinet

 

(17 September 2015)

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the Harrow Youth Offending Partnership Youth Justice Plan 2015-18 be approved.

 

135.

REVISED POLICIES UNDER THE LICENSING ACT 2003 AND THE GAMBLING ACT 2005 pdf icon PDF 19 KB

Report of the Head of Paid Service.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That

 

(i)            the revised Licensing Policy be approved; and

 

(ii)          the revised Gambling Policy be approved.

 

136.

CHANGES TO THE CONSTITUTION ARISING FROM THE COUNCIL'S MEMBERSHIP OF THE WEST LONDON ECONOMIC PROSPERITY BOARD pdf icon PDF 19 KB

Report of the Director of Legal and Governance Services.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the amendments to the Constitution set out in the report be approved.

 

137.

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

Report of the Director of Legal and Governance Services.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.

 

138.

QUESTIONS WITH NOTICE pdf icon PDF 131 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:

Six Councillor questions were received and were responded to and a recording placed on the Council’s website. 

 

139.

MOTIONS pdf icon PDF 326 KB

The following Motions have been notified in accordance with the requirements of Council Procedure Rule 14, to be moved and seconded by the Members indicated:

 

(1)          Harrow united in the face of Terrorist atrocities Motion

 

 

To be moved by Councillors David Perry and Susan Hall and seconded by Councillors Keith Ferry and Barry Macleod-Cullinane:

 

 

“This Council Notes:

  • The shocking events in Paris on Friday 13th November, where 132 innocent people were killed in terrorist atrocities.

 

  • The recent terrorist attacks across the world; with 224 people losing their lives in the bombing of a Russian passenger plane, 40 people killed in bombings in Beirut, 5 people shot to death at a Jerusalem synagogue and 20 people killed at a hotel in Bamako. Terrorism knows no borders, and these horrific incidents are just some examples of the lives lost to terrorist atrocities over the past few weeks.

 

  • The outpouring of condolences from across our many communities in Harrow, with declarations of support and solidarity with the families who have lost loved ones in terrorist atrocities across the world.

 

This Council Believes:

  • Harrow’s diversity is our strength; we are proud to be a Borough where people of different backgrounds and faiths respect each other.

 

  • Elected representatives of all parties should work together to keep our residents safe and to condemn acts of terror that threaten our shared values of democracy and freedom of expression.

 

The Council resolves:

 

  • To hold a minute’s silence at Full Council to mark with respect and sorrow all of the victims of terrorist atrocities across the world.

 

·         To condemn anyone who would try to promote fear or hatred in our Borough.

 

·         To show strong local leadership in promoting tolerance, respect and cohesiveness amongst our many communities; events like the Paris shootings should not divide us.”

 

(2)       Harrow £159 Campaign Motion

 

 

To be moved by Councillor David Perry and seconded by Councillor Sachin Shah:

 

Council notes:

 

·         That previous administrations, both Labour and Conservative, have both campaigned to get Harrow a fairer grant deal from Central Government.

 

·         The report by LG Futures (Analysis of Funding Drivers, October 2014) was commissioned to understand Harrow’s funding context in comparison with other London boroughs, and the rest of the UK. The report made a number of findings that have raised concerns about Harrow’s spending power and how our Government grants are calculated.

 

·         In respect of spending power, the analysis found that in Harrow our residents have £39.8m less spent on them than the London average – that is £159 less per person than the average Londoner.

 

·         The formulas used by Government date back to 1978 and do not reflect Harrow’s current needs, particularly given the pressures from homelessness and welfare changes.

 

·         Harrow receives less funding than the London average on account of a range of factors including its lower population density, having less residents on welfare, amongst other technical points.

 

·         Harrow also receives less funding than the national average on account of it being in London and “Damping”, a process by which  ...  view the full agenda text for item 139.

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Minutes:

Further to the procedural Motion previously agreed, at item 13 the Council received two Motions:

 

(i)            Motion in the names of Councillor David Perry and Councillor Sachin Shah.

 

Harrow £159 Campaign – Motion

 

Council notes:

 

·           That previous administrations, both Labour and Conservative, have both campaigned to get Harrow a fairer grant deal from Central Government.

 

·           The report by LG Futures (Analysis of Funding Drivers, October 2014) was commissioned to understand Harrow’s funding context in comparison with other London boroughs, and the rest of the UK. The report made a number of findings that have raised concerns about Harrow’s spending power and how our Government grants are calculated.

 

·           In respect of spending power, the analysis found that in Harrow our residents have £39.8m less spent on them than the London average – that is £159 less per person than the average Londoner.

 

·           The formulas used by Government date back to 1978 and do not reflect Harrow’s current needs, particularly given the pressures from homelessness and welfare changes.

 

·           Harrow receives less funding than the London average on account of a range of factors including its lower population density, having less residents on welfare, amongst other technical points.

 

·           Harrow also receives less funding than the national average on account of it being in London and “Damping”, a process by which boroughs take additional reductions to buffer other boroughs, reallocates a lot of Harrow’s funding elsewhere.

 

·           This unfair funding from Central Government is a double blow on top of the £83m of cuts imposed on Harrow Council and our residents by central Government.

 

·           The Chancellor’s announcement at the Comprehensive Spending Review on Wednesday 25th November that over the course of this Parliament all Local Authorities Revenue Support Grant will be phased out, and instead Local Authorities will have full retention of their local business rates.

 

·           The Council’s commitment to being an efficient and well run organisation, including it’s ambitious commercialisation programme that will create £5m of income by 2018/19, to help make up the shortfall caused by central Government cuts.

 

Council believes:

 

·           The funding formulas need to be updated so that Harrow gets the money necessary to continue Building a Better Harrow, protecting frontline services and ‘Making a Difference’ to our community.

 

·           We have not been given sufficient detail by Government about how they will administer and implement the change in Local Government finances to a new system whereby Council’s will have the full retention of local business rates, whilst the Revenue Support Grant will be phased out entirely.

 

·           In Harrow our falling business rates, in part due to the government’s disastrous ‘Office to Residential’ scheme, means that this will amount to a further cut to local services.

 

·           Greater fairness in the funding system, so that:

o    “Damping” is reduced, and Harrow’s resources are not pulled into an endless cycle of re-allocation to other boroughs.

 

·           The weighting of resources and government grants is changed to reflect the changing nature of London. The future settlement needs to acknowledge the role of outer London  ...  view the full minutes text for item 139.

140.

EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

Minutes:

Having been put to the vote it was

 

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 of business for the reasons set out below:

 

Item

Title

 

Reason

25.

Remuneration Packages and Severance Payments of £100,000 or greater

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

 

141.

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

Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.