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196.

COUNCIL MINUTES pdf icon PDF 18 KB

That the minutes of the meeting held on 22 September 2016 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 22 September 2016 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.

197.

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 13 – Motions – Need for greater understanding of the implications of the administration’s regeneration plans Motion

 

Councillor Mrs Chika Amadi declared a non pecuniary interest in that she worked in Wealdstone and her husband had a business in Wealdstone.  She would remain in the Chamber for the consideration of this item.

 

 Councillor Susan Hall declared a non pecuniary interest in that she owned a business in Wealdstone.  If the interest became pecuniary she would leave the Chamber for the consideration and voting on this item.

 

Councillor Ameet Jogia declared an interest in that his place of work was based in the Wealdstone regeneration area.  He would remain in the Chamber for the consideration of this item.

198.

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:

There were no Procedural Motions.

199.

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 Emma Toberman, as a representative of the residents of Broadcroft Avenue, in relation to the refurbishment of pavements on only one side of the street containing 47 signatures.

 

[The petition stood referred to the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Crime and Community Safety].

 

(ii)          Petition submitted by Councillor Susan Hall, on behalf of the residents of Royston Park Road and The Avenue, in relation to traffic calming measures containing 155 signatures.

 

[The petition stood referred to the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Crime and Community Safety].

 

(iii)         Petition submitted by Councillor Chris Noyce, on behalf of the residents and traders of Rayners Lane, in relation to landlords’ responsibilities and fly tipping on the land that they own containing 34 signatures.

 

[The petition stood referred to the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Crime and Community Safety].

 

(iv)         Petition submitted by Councillor Chris Noyce, on behalf of the residents adjacent to the alleyway next to 1 Fairview Crescent, in relation to overgrown alleyway and installation of a gate containing 8 signatures.

 

[The petition stood referred to the Portfolio Holder for Environment, Crime and Community Safety].

200.

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:

No questions had been received.

201.

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.

202.

APPROVAL OF REASON FOR ABSENCE FOR COUNCILLOR BOB CURRIE AND COUNCILLOR MITZI GREEN pdf icon PDF 19 KB

Report of the Monitoring Officer

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the reasons for absence of Councillor Bob Currie and Councillor Mitzi Green under section 85(1) of the Local Government Act 1972 be approved and they be granted a dispensation from the requirement to attend a meeting of the Council until 18 May 2017 (Annual Council).

203.

LONDON BOROUGH OF HARROW PENSION BOARD : ANNUAL REPORT pdf icon PDF 47 KB

Recommendation I: Pension Board

 

                                    (2 November 2016)

 

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the London Borough of Harrow Pension Board Annual report be approved.

204.

PENSION BOARD - REVIEW OF TERMS OF REFERENCE pdf icon PDF 48 KB

Recommendation I: Pension Board

                                   

(2 November 2016)

 

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the terms of reference of the Pension Board, as amended, be approved and incorporated into the Council’s Constitution.

205.

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

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Minutes:

RESOLVED:  That the report be noted.

206.

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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 twelve questions from Councillors to the Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holders had been received and a recording of those responded to would be placed on the Council’s website.  A written response would be provided to those questions not reached and placed on the Council’s website.

207.

MOTIONS

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)            Standing against discrimination, racism and crime Motion

 

 

To be moved by Councillor Mrs Chika Amadi and seconded by Councillor Graham Henson:

 

 

Harrow Council is concerned about the increasing levels of discrimination, racism and violent crime in London.  Even though the number of times Londoners have been stopped for “stop and search” fell by 28% in 2015-2016, black people are six times more likely to be stopped than white people.


Undoubtedly, Harrow has been declared the safest borough in London, but a lot more work will need to be done in order to ensure equality and safety for all residents of our very diverse Borough, making Harrow and London a better place for all our communities. 

 

Harrow Council welcomes Mayor Khan’s commitment to the restoration of real neighbourhood policing as the top priority for the Met, and that the Police and Crime Plan 2017-2020 will focus on neighbourhood and local policing; keeping children and young people safe; tackling violence against women and girls; tackling violent extremism, terrorism and hate crime; and ensuring an effective Criminal Justice System.


Harrow Council instructs the Council Leader and the Chief Executive to write to Sophie Linden, London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, expressing their support towards the proposed Police and Crime Plan 2017-2020 and call for any future plans to also focus on reducing discrimination and hate crime.

 

(2)            Fair fundingMotion

 

 

To be moved by Councillor Kareema Marikar and seconded by Councillor Adam Swersky:

 

“Harrow Council is concerned about the constant decrease in Governmental funding that the Borough is receiving.  This funding is not adequate for the growing pressures that the Council is facing; despite its efforts the Council continues to face unprecedented demands upon its budget leading to an estimated budget pressure of £8m in 2016/17.  The homelessness crisis is causing a pressure of £2.5m due to the combined impact of a shortage of affordable accommodation in London, rapidly increasing rents in the private rented sector and the impact of welfare reforms placing increased pressures on household incomes.  The pressure against the Adults and Children’s budgets is estimated at £5m largely as a result of the pressure of social care placements, front line staffing costs and special needs transport. In the Local Government Finance Settlement for 2016/17 the revised allocation methodology for Revenue Support Grant saw the Council lose £6.4m in grant funding meaning Harrow Council fared the 6th worst in London. 

 

Harrow Council instructs the Council Leader and the Chief Executive to write to and work with London Councils and the LGA in order to make the case for a fairer funding settlement for the Borough.”

 

(3)            Need for greater understanding of the implications of the administration’s regeneration plans

 

 

To be moved by Councillor Barry Macleod-Cullinane and seconded by Councillor Susan Hall in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 18.1.1:

 

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Minutes:

(i)            Motion in the names of Councillor Mrs Chika Amadi and Councillor Graham Henson.

 

 

“Standing against discrimination, racism and crime Motion

 

 

Harrow Council is concerned about the increasing levels of discrimination, racism and violent crime in London.  Even though the number of times Londoners have been stopped for “stop and search” fell by 28% in 2015-2016, black people are six times more likely to be stopped than white people.


Undoubtedly, Harrow has been declared the safest borough in London, but a lot more work will need to be done in order to ensure equality and safety for all residents of our very diverse Borough, making Harrow and London a better place for all our communities. 

 

Harrow Council welcomes Mayor Khan’s commitment to the restoration of real neighbourhood policing as the top priority for the Met, and that the Police and Crime Plan 2017-2020 will focus on neighbourhood and local policing; keeping children and young people safe; tackling violence against women and girls; tackling violent extremism, terrorism and hate crime; and ensuring an effective Criminal Justice System.


Harrow Council instructs the Council Leader and the Chief Executive to write to Sophie Linden, London’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, expressing their support towards the proposed Police and Crime Plan 2017-2020 and call for any future plans to also focus on reducing discrimination and hate crime.

 

Upon a vote, the Motion was agreed unanimously.

 

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

 

(ii)          Motion in the names of Councillor Kareema Marikar and Councillor Adam Swersky.

 

 

“Fair fundingMotion

 

Harrow Council is concerned about the constant decrease in Governmental funding that the Borough is receiving.  This funding is not adequate for the growing pressures that the Council is facing; despite its efforts the Council continues to face unprecedented demands upon its budget leading to an estimated budget pressure of £8m in 2016/17.  The homelessness crisis is causing a pressure of £2.5m due to the combined impact of a shortage of affordable accommodation in London, rapidly increasing rents in the private rented sector and the impact of welfare reforms placing increased pressures on household incomes.  The pressure against the Adults and Children’s budgets is estimated at £5m largely as a result of the pressure of social care placements, front line staffing costs and special needs transport. In the Local Government Finance Settlement for 2016/17 the revised allocation methodology for Revenue Support Grant saw the Council lose £6.4m in grant funding meaning Harrow Council fared the 6th worst in London. 

 

Harrow Council instructs the Council Leader and the Chief Executive to write to and work with London Councils and the LGA in order to make the case for a fairer funding settlement for the Borough.”

 

Upon a vote, the Motion was agreed unanimously.

 

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

 

(iii)         Motion in the names of Councillor Barry Macleod-Cullinane and Councillor Susan Hall in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 18.1.1.

 

 

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