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Venue: Waltham Forest Town Hall, Walthamstow, E17

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Items
No. Item

61.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were submitted on behalf of Councillors M. Davis, K. Falconer, G. Lyons and B. Mill.

 

The Council conveyed their best wishes to Councillor Falconer for a speedy recovery following his recent operation

62.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Members are required to declare any personal or prejudicial interests they may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting.

 

 

Minutes:

The following councillors declared that they had a personal and/or prejudicial interest in the agenda Items shown:

 

Councillor

Agenda Item

Type of Interest

Reason

for Declaration

M. Ahmad

6 – Petition- Thorpe Hall School

Prejudicial – Councillor Ahmad left the room during consideration of the item

 

Family member is a pupil at the school

S. Rackham

6 – Petition – Thorpe Hall School

 

Personal

Governor at the school

L. Ali

8B – Motion – Backing Local Jobs and Businesses

 

Personal

Owns shop in Waltham Forest

D. Sunger

8B – Motion – Backing Local Jobs and Businesses

 

Personal

Has a business in Waltham Forest

M. Hussain

8B – Motion – Backing Local Jobs and Businesses

 

Personal

Has a business interest in Waltham Forest

R. Sweden

11 – Mayoral Allowances 2012/13

Notwithstanding the advice given on the Order Paper, Councillor Sweden declared a prejudicial interest and left the room during consideration of the item

Possibility that Councillor Sweden is to be nominated as Mayor for 2012/13

N. Ali

11 – Mayoral Allowances 2012/13

Notwithstanding the advice given on the Order Paper Councillor N. Ali declared a prejudicial interest and left the room during consideration of the item

Possibility that Councillor N. Ali is to be nominated as Deputy Mayor in 2012/13.

 

63.

MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON 1ST MARCH 2012 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

Minutes:

The minutes of the Special Council Meeting held on 1st March 2012 were approved as a correct record and signed by the Mayor

64.

ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE MAYOR, COUNCIL LEADER, CABINET MEMBERS, CHAIR OF THE OVERVIEW AND SCRUTINY MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE

Minutes:

            The following announcements were made:

 

(a)               Former Mayor Stan Shepherd

The Mayor referred to the death of former Alderman Stan Shepherd who was Mayor of the London Borough of Waltham Forest in the Municipal Year 1970/71.

 

The Council expressed their condolences to Mr. Shepherd’s family in their sad loss.

 

Members and all present stood for a minute’s silence as a token of respect.

 

(b)       Staff Leavers

The Mayor reported that the following three officers will shortly be leaving the Council’s service:

 

Graham Bell – Director of ICT

Leora Cruddas – Deputy Director of Children and Young People Services

Bernice Williams – Members’ Support Officer

 

Members joined the Mayor in conveying their best wishes for the future to the staff concerned.

 

(c)       Mayor’s Charity Events

(i)         The Mayor reminded the Council that Councillor D. Sunger will be running in the London Marathon on 22nd April 2012 to raise funds for Haven House. The Council conveyed their best wishes to Councillor Sunger.

(ii)        The Mayor announced that he is organising a triathlon challenge at Waltham Forest Pool and Track on 6th May 2012 and looked forward to entries from teams of councillors.

(iii)       The Mayor also reported that the Royal British Legion in Chingford would be holding a fund-raising quiz for his charity on 16th May 2012 and that details will be circulated.

(d)       Building Schools for the Future Programme

The Leader of the Council reported that the London Borough of Waltham Forest has withdrawn its judicial review in respect of the Building Schools for the Future Programme after reaching an amicable settlement with the Department of Education.

 

(e)       Recycling and Refuse Collection Services and other Public Realm Achievements

            Councillor Loakes was pleased to report that the Council had achieved substantial improvements in its recycling collection rates with a corresponding reduction in waste reduction compared with previous years and added that that weekly collections of organic waste have now been introduced.

            The Portfolio for the Environment was also pleased to announce that Public Realm had retained its Customer Service Excellence accreditation for the year and had received unprecedented compliance Plus Awards for the Top 20 Programme ; the Furnishing the Future Project; and the Snow Angels Initiative.

 

(f)        New Website Demonstration

            Councillor Akram reported that in advance of the public launch of the Council’s new website on 30th April 2012, he had arranged a demonstration for councillors on 23rd April 2012 in the Council Chamber starting at 7.30 pm to explain the benefits and features of the new site.

65.       PUBLIC STATEMENTS

(a)       The Council noted a statement made by Mr. Rich Coleman opposing the introduction of controlled parking in the Queens Road E17 area (Zone QB) and summarising the outcome of a survey carried out in the area on suggested changes to the parking scheme.

 

The Mayor referred the statement and findings of the survey to the Executive Director: Environment and Regeneration for further consideration and reply.

 

(b)       The Council noted a statement made by Simon Munk (Waltham  ...  view the full minutes text for item 64.

65.

PUBLIC STATEMENTS

Minutes:

(a)       The Council noted a statement made by Mr. Rich Coleman opposing the introduction of controlled parking in the Queens Road E17 area (Zone QB) and summarising the outcome of a survey carried out in the area on suggested changes to the parking scheme.

 

The Mayor referred the statement and findings of the survey to the Executive Director: Environment and Regeneration for further consideration and reply.

 

(b)       The Council noted a statement made by Simon Munk (Waltham Forest Cycling Campaign) in support of the proposed 3 Year Cycling Plan for Waltham Forest set out in Agenda Item 8A.

 

66.

PETITION - THORPE HALL PRIMARY SCHOOL - DINING HALL FACILITIES pdf icon PDF 39 KB

Minutes:

The Council was informed that the Mayor had received a petition containing 4,161 signatures in the following terms:

“We, the undersigned, petition the Council to provide Thorpe Hall School and the local community with new dining hall facilities. The current hall does not have enough space for children to eat in a suitable environment. The standard of food will improve significantly if it is cooked on the premises. This will raise standards of education at the school, the well-being of children and staff, and improve facilities in the local community.”

In accordance with the Petitions Scheme, the petition was submitted to the meeting for debate. David Hoskins, representing the petition organisers, together with Paulette Houghton, the Head Teacher of the school and five pupils at the school addressed the Council.

In their address, the spokespersons drew attention to a range of issues including:

·        the current unsatisfactory arrangements for lunch times meals at the school;

·        the inadequate size of the dining hall and the importance of a bigger dining hall to accommodate all the children particularly given the school’s expansion plans;

·        the adverse impact of the current dining facilities on the children’s health;

·        the importance of fresh meals being cooked on site;

·        the potential health benefits of a new kitchen and dining hall.

 

 

Mr. Hoskins commented that one of the Council’s five priorities is to “protect the most vulnerable and to provide children and young people with quality education, welfare and health services including better school buildings” and asked the Council what it would do to provide the children at Thorpe Hall School with quality food in a quality building.

The Council recognised the need for building improvements at Thorpe Hall School and also other schools in the borough and noted the assurance given by the Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People that a report would be presented to Cabinet in the Summer on the allocation of funding for school improvements.

It was moved by Councillor M. Pye; seconded by Councillor K. Bellamy and RESOLVED unanimously –

That the Council notes the petition, and that a new hall at Thorpe Hall School will be considered alongside other priority schemes when decisions are made  shortly on the allocation of the limited funding available  for school  maintenance and improvement.

 

67.

MEMBERS' QUESTIONS

Minutes:

The Council noted the five questions put to the Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holders and the written replies given in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12. The questions and answers are set out in the Appendix to these minutes.

 

The Council also noted the supplementary questions put and the replies given in relation to Questions 2, 4 and 5.

 

In relation to Question 4 the Leader of the Council invited Councillor Sullivan to meet with him to discuss the action the Council is taking at Ive Farm Playing Fields.

 

 

68.

NOTICES OF MOTION

A.        A Cycling Action Plan for Waltham Forest

 

Notice of the above Motion was given in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13.

Councillor C. Loakes will move;                        Councillor S. Qadir will second

 

This Council notes:

 

1.      The increasing number of cyclists in London as a whole - a 20% increase  ...  view the full agenda text for item 68.

Minutes:

The following motions were submitted in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13.

A.                 A Cycling Plan for Waltham Forest

With the consent of the meeting and in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 15.7.1 Councillor C. Loakes agreed to alter the motion of which he had given notice to incorporate the amendments in the names of Councillor F. Qureshi and R. Sullivan set out in the Order Paper.

 

It was then moved by Councillor C. Loakes; seconded by Councillor S. Qadir and following debate RESOLVED as follows:

           

This Council notes:

 

1.      The increasing number of cyclists in London as a whole - a 20% increase between 2008 and 2010 alone. This equates to half a million cycle journeys on average per day. 

2.      The London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics provide an excellent catalyst to encourage and promote cycling in Waltham Forest and London, whether for practical, health, leisure, environmental or work purposes.

3.      That since 2001 1,275 cyclists have died on British streets. The latest data shows there were 1,850 deaths or serious injuries in the first half of 2011, a 12 per cent rise on 2010. There were 16 fatal cycle collisions London wide in 2011.

This Council resolves:

1.      To welcome, support and sign up to the aims and objectives of the London Cycling Campaign’s ‘Love London Go Dutch’ Mayoral Election Pledge.

2.      To support the following 11 actions as part of the development and delivery of a 3 year ‘Waltham Forest Cycling Action Plan’ and request that officers bring a report to Cabinet in respect of the implementation of the proposals and report back to Full Council annually on progress.

3.      To support the implementation of the following 11 actions as part of the development and delivery of a 3 year ‘Waltham Forest Cycling Action Plan’:

1.      Ensure that all Council commercial vehicles and those of our contractors are fitted with the appropriate cycle safety devices (according to TfL procurement guide) and for this to be a standard request for all Planning Section 106 Agreements for vehicles working on and delivering to sites.

 

2.   Ensure that all Council and our contractor’s commercial vehicle drivers receive appropriate cycle safety training to Freight Operator Recognition Scheme (FORS) and Safe Urban Driving (SUD) standards and for this to be a standard request for all Planning Section 106 Agreements for vehicles working on and delivering to sites.

 

3.   Identify the borough’s 20 most dangerous junctions and roads and introduce remedial measures to improve cycle safety.

 

4.   Substantially boost the funding we spend on cycle infrastructure and initiatives. Commit the future LIP (Local Implementation Plan) Borough Transport Funding of £100k to support safe cycling and cyclists, on top of the existing £70k spent on cycle training.

 

5.   Carry out an annual cycle count across the borough to accurately assess the full cycling levels in Waltham Forest.

 

6.      Improve consultation arrangements with the Waltham Forest London Cycling Campaign on all matters cycling and carry out a borough wide survey of residents’  ...  view the full minutes text for item 68.

69.

DESIGNATION OF STREETS OR PARTS OF STREETS FOR STREET TRADING AND VARIATION OF SHOP FRONT TRADING REGULATIONS AND CHARGES pdf icon PDF 51 KB

This report asks the Council to approve the designation of certain streets and the borough for the purpose of street trading and to agree amended licence conditions and fees to take effect from 1st May 2012.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor C. Loakes; seconded by Councillor C. Coghill and RESOLVED

 

            That the Council:

(a)       approves the designation as a licence street of the roads or parts of roads listed in Appendix 2 to the officer’s report for the purpose of shop front trading, forecourt trading and tables and chairs for street trading;

(b)       approves the proposed Street Trading (Shop Front and Forecourt Trading and Tables and Chairs Regulations) set out in Appendix 3 to the officer’s report;

 

(c)        approves the proposed fees for shop front, forecourt, and tables and chairs street trading licences set out in Appendix 2 to the officer’s report; and

 

(d)       agrees that the above designations, regulations and fees be introduced by 1st June 2012.

 

70.

LICENSING ACT 2003 - CUMULATIVE IMPACT ASSESSMENT pdf icon PDF 49 KB

This report, which is also being submitted to Cabinet on 17th April 2012, proposes that the Cumulative Impact Policy be included within the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor C. Loakes; seconded by Councillor C. Coghill

and RESOLVED

That the Council approves the inclusion of the Cumulative Impact Policy within its Statement of Licensing Policy.

 

71.

MAYORAL ALLOWANCES pdf icon PDF 38 KB

This report asks the Council to agree appropriate levels of allowances for the Mayor and Deputy Mayor in the 2012/13 Municipal Year.

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor G. Hammond; seconded by Councillor

E. Vincent and RESOLVED unanimously

That the Council agrees:

            (a)       to increase the Mayor’s civic allowance from £10,000 to £12,000 in the Municipal Year 2012/13 only (reverting back to £10,000 in £2013/14); and

            (b)       to create the role of Deputy Mayor for the Municipal Year 2012/13 only, with a civic allowance of £3,000.

 

72.

NEW STANDARDS REGIME pdf icon PDF 40 KB

This report asks the Council to make necessary decisions in relation to the Standards Committee pending the implementation of the New Standards Regime with effect from 1st July 2012.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor R. Sweden; seconded by Councillor

M. Rusling and RESOLVED unanimously

 

That the Council agrees:

 

(b)       that the Terms of Reference of the Standards Committee be

           amended to reduce the number of Independent Members from 4

           to 2;

 

(b)        to extend the term of office of the following independent

          members of the Standards Committee from 7th May 2012 to

          30th June 2012:

 

         Caryle Webb-Ingall (Independent Chair)

                    John Cannon (former Independent Chair)

 

            (c)     to note that the remaining Independent Members; terms of office

                    expire on 7th May 2012.

73.

URGENT DECISIONS pdf icon PDF 29 KB

This report gives details of when the Council has used its powers to make decisions under Urgency Procedures between 19th January and 21st March 2012.

 

The report was noted by the Audit and Governance Committee at its meeting on 22nd March 2012.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

It was moved by Councillor P. Douglas; seconded by Councillor M. Ahmad and RESOLVED

 

That the Council notes the instances when decisions have been taken under urgency powers between 19th January 2012 and 21st March 2012.

 

74.

APPOINTMENTS

Details of appointments to be made will be set out in the Order Paper for the meeting.

Minutes:

No appointments were made at the meeting.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Council rose at 10.25 pm having completed its business.

 


                                                                                                            APPENDIX

 

LONDON BOROUGH OF WALTHAM FOREST

 

COUNCIL MEETING - 19TH APRIL 2012

 

COUNCILLORS’ QUESTIONS

 

 

QUESTION 1:   Shadow Health and Well Being Board

 

 

Question by:

 

COUNCILLOR M. LEWIS

 

 

To:

 

COUNCILLOR C. ROBBINS (LEADER OF THE COUNCIL)

 

QUESTION AND REPLY:

 

Would the Leader please inform the Council of the following:-

 

1. Who are the members of the Shadow Health and Well Being Board?

 

Please see attached sheet.

 

2. The date of the first meeting?

The first meeting of the Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board was on 16 December 2010.


3. How many times has it met?

Overall, the Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board has met seven times.

4. Who – or which Authority does it report to?

The Shadow Health and Wellbeing Board is accountable to the Council’s Cabinet and the NHS ONEL Board for its actions and decisions.

 

 

 

 


 

 

QUESTION 2:   Leytonstone High Road Improvements

 

 

Question by:

 

COUNCILLOR E. NORTHOVER

 

 

To:

 

COUNCILLOR C. LOAKES

(PORTFOLIO HOLDER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT)

 

QUESTION:

 

Whilst the improvement works to Leytonstone High Road are welcomed, please could the Portfolio Holder explain why the opportunity to sort out the traffic problems at Harrow Green was not taken up?

 

REPLY:

 

The Council has recently completed Highway and Public realm enhancements in the Harrow Green area. The signalled junction with Cathall Road has been modified with the addition of a southbound right turning lane into Cathall Road.  This has improved the efficiency of the junction by reducing congestion and approach lane queue lengths. A banned right turn has also been introduced on the one-way stretch of Harrow Road to prevent southbound vehicles from bypassing the traffic lights.

 

 


 

 

QUESTION 3:   South Chingford Community Library

 

 

Question by:

 

COUNCILLOR J. HEMSTED

 

To:

 

COUNCILLOR M. REARDON

(PORTFOLIO HOLDER FOR LEISURE, ARTS AND CULTURE)

 

QUESTION:

 

Shortly after its official opening will the Portfolio Holder join me in congratulating the residents and officers who have worked tremendously hard to create a community library for South Chingford? It is a wonderful achievement for them and ensures South Chingford will retain some library provision and I hope she will also join me in wishing the residents every success in the future of the library.

 

 

REPLY:

 

I was delighted to attend the opening of the library last Saturday and congratulated the assembled volunteers on their hard work and commitment in creating the South Chingford Community Library. 

 

In line with the Cabinet's commitment made in October last year, the Council's Community Engagement Team has supported the volunteers in partnership with Voluntary Action Waltham Forest, enabling the library to open its doors at the earliest opportunity. 

 

It is a testament to the local community spirit that the library has already received so much support and I wish it every success in the future.

 

 


 

 

QUESTION 4:   Ive Farm Playing Fields

 

 

Question by:

 

COUNCILLOR R. SULLIVAN

 

To:

 

COUNCILLOR G. REARDON

(PORTFOLIO HOLDER FOR LEISURE, ARTS AND CULTURE)

 

QUESTION:

 

Can the Cabinet member give  ...  view the full minutes text for item 74.