Issue - meetings

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Meeting: 11/11/2015 - Council (Item 85)

MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE ORDINARY COUNCIL BUSINESS

Minutes:

The Mayor thanked the Reverend John Hookway for offering the blessing and asked members to join her in a minutes silence in recognition of Remembrance Day.

 

A minutes silence was held.

 

The Mayor then made the following announcements:

 

1.            Update on Mayoral Engagements

 

The Mayor advised that she had attended a number of events since the last Council meeting including:

 

·                A visit to RAF Northolt and the Battle of Britain exhibition, including the Nuclear Bunker.

·                A visit to Chase Farm Hospital.

·                Attending the Edmonton Eagles event as they received their Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services.

·                A Remembrance Day Service at St Demetrios’s Church

·                The Remembrance Sunday events at the Edmonton War Memorial, Chase Side War Memorial in Enfield, and at Southgate. 

·                Hosting a dinner for a visiting dignitary from France. 

·                Armistice Day commemorations in Broomfield Park. 

 

2.         Clean Britain Gold Award

 

The Mayor announced that Enfield had won the Clean Britain Gold Award in the large local authority category.  The award had been received at the Chartered Institute of Waste Management Clean Britain Awards 2015, held the week previously, in recognition of the work undertaken by the Council in keeping the streets clean for residents, businesses and visitors.

 

The awards reflected the work done by local authorities across England as well as volunteers and private companies in keeping public spaces clean and had been achieved in recognition of the Council’s commitment to keeping the borough clean and for the hard work of its staff on a day to day basis in clearing litter, and dealing promptly with fly tipping and graffiti.  The award also recognised the innovative ways in which the council directed its resources to target areas most in need.

 

A Gold Award in the large population category was one of the most challenging groups and demonstrated the Council’s commitment to providing a well presented, safe and clean environment for residents and businesses which in turn played an important role in fostering civic pride and reducing anti-social behaviour.

 

The Mayor, on behalf of the Council, thanked all staff engaged in the service, many of whom started their working day in the early hours of the morning or late at night and congratulated them on receiving the award. 

 

She formally presented the award to Nicky Fiedler (Assistant Director Public Realm) and David Coventry (Street Scene Section Manager). 

 

3.            Future Engagements

 

The Mayor invited members to join her at the following events: 

 

·                The Arctic Convoy Commemoration on 14 November 2015 at 2.45pm, at the Civic Centre;

·                A Dementia Awareness Seminar on Saturday 28 November, at the Civic Centre – For more details she asked members to contact Koulla Panaretou in Democratic Services.;

·                An Open Day at the Registrars Service - Saturday 28 November at Gentleman’s Row.

 

4.          Anniversary Exhibition - Celebrating Enfield’s 50years as a London Borough

 

As part of the celebrations, in honour of the 50th anniversary of Enfield becoming a London Borough, an exhibition had been set up in the Conference Room Display Cabinets.  The Mayor  ...  view the full minutes text for item 85


Meeting: 24/09/2015 - Council (Item 62)

MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS (IF ANY) IN CONNECTION WITH THE ORDINARY COUNCIL BUSINESS

Minutes:

The Mayor thanked Linda Davis for the blessing and made the following announcements:

 

1.         Death of a former Councillor

 

The Mayor advised that it was with regret that she had to inform members of the sad death of former councillor, Peter Perryman. 

 

She asked members to join her in observing a minutes silence in his memory.

 

2.            Update on Mayoral Engagements

 

The Mayor updated members on the range of engagements she had undertaken since the last meeting.  This had included a visit to Gladbeck in Germany and meeting Her Majesty the Queen at an event to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the London Borough of Barking and Dagenham.  

 

At the successful Enfield Town Show she had visited many stalls and hosted a tea party. 

 

She had also enjoyed attending the Mayor’s Annual Fun Run, which this year had been attended by over 600 people.  She congratulated everyone who had taken part and all those who had helped to organise the event.

 

3.            Future Events

 

The Mayor reminded members that she was hosting a fundraising Summer Party on Saturday 26 September 2015 at noon.  Tickets (£15 each) were available from Alison Brookes, in the Mayor’s Office.

 

Members were also reminded about the Arctic Convoy Commemoration Event, which was to be held at 2:45pm on 14 November at the Civic Centre.  Members were asked to let Lisa McEwan (Members Services) know if they were able to attend.

 

Finally she advised members that she would be happy to receive invites to local events in their ward areas.


Meeting: 24/06/2015 - Council (Item 28)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements:

 

(a)       Death of former Councillors

 

The Mayor began her announcements with the sad news that two former councillors had recently passed away.  Mark Fenton who represented the former Craig Park ward from May 1982 and served continuously until May 2002, and Annette Dreblow who had represented Chase Ward between 2004 and May 2010.

 

In addition Members were advised that the actor Ron Moody (who had a strong local connection with Enfield), had also recently passed away.

 

Members were requested to join the Mayor in standing to observe a moments silence in memory of Mark, Annette and Ron.

 

(b)      The Queens Award for Voluntary Service

 

The Mayor provided a brief history of this unique UK national honour, which had been created by her Majesty to mark the Golden Jubilee in 2002 and to recognise the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers. The award had the equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE had for individuals and set a national benchmark for excellence in volunteering.  Winners were announced each year on the 2nd June, to coincide with the anniversary of the Queen’s Coronation.

 

This year 187 charities, social enterprises and voluntary groups had received the prestigious award, which the Mayor felt had shown that the voluntary sector was thriving and full of innovative ideas to tackle community challenges.  Of the 187 awards, only seven went to groups in Greater London (there were 13 nominations) and of those, two were in Enfield - Edmonton Eagles Amateur Boxing Club and One-to-One Enfield.  These groups would now be able to use the award cipher on their documentation and in the next few months a certificate signed by Her Majesty and a crystal trophy were due to be presented by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant.  Members joined the Mayor in congratulating both organisations on their wonderful achievement.

 

(c)       Re-enactment of the Magna Carta

 

The Mayor advised that she had recently attended an event re-enacting the Magna Carta.  She had thoroughly enjoyed representing the Borough at the event and congratulated all those who took part.

 

(d)     Other Engagements

 

The Mayor advised that her first month as Mayor had been very busy, including visiting various schools to present certificates and trophies.  She had also met with fellow London Mayors having being introduced to many of them at the London Mayor’s event held at Capel Manor.

 

 

(d)      Mayor’s Thanksgiving Service & Reception

 

Finally the Mayor reminded members of her forthcoming Civic Thanksgiving Service and Reception to be held on the 4th July at 2pm at St Edmunds’ Roman Catholic Church, 115 Hertford Road.  All Members were welcome to attend. 

 

(e)       Member Conduct

 

As this was her first business meeting, the Mayor felt it would be helpful to outline the standards of behaviour she would expect both sides of the chamber to observe during her year in office.  Whilst doing her best to ensure that Council meetings were chaired fairly and efficiently, it was recognised that there would be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28


Meeting: 25/03/2015 - Council (Item 162)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements:

 

(a)           Review of Mayoral Year in Office

 

As this was the final ordinary meeting of Council prior to the Annual Council Meeting, the Mayor provided a brief review of his year in office.  He highlighted how much he had enjoyed carrying out his duties in every corner of the borough as well as events outside Enfield.  Being first citizen of the borough had been an honour and he thanked Council for nominating and supporting him throughout the year. 

 

He could not estimate how many events he had attended but pointed out that he had been very busy, as had Councillor Ekechi in support as Deputy Mayor.  He thanked her for attending the functions he had been unable to. 

 

He had enjoyed meeting a wide variety of people, young and old along with many different voluntary and community groups who did so much good work for the people of Enfield. 

 

He advised it was not possible to pick out a single highlight, as there had been so many, but had particularly enjoyed visiting many junior and secondary schools and welcoming lots of children into the Council Chamber for various debates and visits.

 

Finally he took the opportunity to thank officers for their support over the year with special mention of Melanie Harris, Peter Stanyon, Lisa McEwan, Alison Brookes, Norman, Andy and Mark, as well as John Austin, Asmat Hussain and James Kinsella for their help on Council itself.

 

(b)           Local Government Chronicle Award for Community Involvement. 

 

The Mayor advised that earlier in the month Enfield had won the top accolade for Community Involvement at the prestigious Local Government Chronicle awards. 

 

The work recognised innovation in partnership working with projects that directly sought out and involved the active participation of customers and service users to drive quality improvements.  Four service areas had been highlighted in the award.

 

·                Adults: Quality Checkers – users, family and friends acting as critical friends to enable service improvement.

 

·               Schools and Children’s Services:  (a) Youth Engagement Panel – A partnership programme with the police to develop a Youth Engagement Panel that worked to move young people from a position of disaffection to one of active involvement, social responsibility and achievement; (b) Young Inspectors – youth service participants as inspectors of provision, undertaking training alongside professionals and raising standards in youth based centres across the council; and (c) Parent Engagement Panel – the development of a network of peer support panels serving parents across the whole borough, preventing isolation and enabling greater participation in community based activities and services.

 

The Mayor informed Members that in each case these initiatives had facilitated the development of a skilled, aspirational, confident, resilient and self-supporting community.  Participants had developed a greater understanding of what the council did, how it worked and how they could play a part in service improvement.  This had enabled the creation of opportunities for work, enterprise, education and training and a community who were knowledgeable about and an asset to Enfield. 

 

The Mayor  ...  view the full minutes text for item 162


Meeting: 25/02/2015 - Council (Item 137)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements:

 

(a)     Update on Mayoral and Deputy Mayoral Engagements

 

The Mayor reported that although the last Council meeting had only been a month ago, this had been another busy period for himself and the Deputy Mayor in terms of engagements. Particular highlights had included:

 

·                The “Speak Out” challenge at Kingsmead School

·                An awards ceremony for Greater London North Scouts

·                A fundraising event with the Rotary Club in Southgate

·                An induction ceremony at Cockfosters and New Southgate Synagogue

·                The UK Youth Parliament Elections

·                The Adoramous Valentine’s Concert

 

(b)     Mayors Charity Ball

 

The Mayor was also pleased to be able to confirm that his charity fundraising ball was being held on Saturday 18 April 2014. Invitations had now been issued and he hoped to see as many Members as possible supporting the event.


Meeting: 28/01/2015 - Council (Item 114)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements:

 

(a)      Tragic Events in Paris

 

Council was informed, that following the recent tragic events in Paris, the Mayor had written jointly with Councillor Brett to the Mayor of Courbevoire, as one of Enfield’s twinned councils and a suburb of Paris, to express sincere condolences to the families of the victims and the injured. 

 

Mayor Jacques Kossowski had replied thanking all members of the Council for their thoughts and support.  Given the close relationship between both councils, the Mayor invited all councillors to join him in observing a minute’s silence in memory of the victims, which was undertaken at the meeting.

 

(b)      New Year’s Day Parade

 

The Mayor advised he was delighted to announce that Enfield’s entry in the London New Year’s Day Parade “Under Your Own Steam” had won the judge’s award for best entry.  He congratulated all those involved for their excellent achievement and advised he was looking forward to hosting a reception to formally present the medals and trophy to the participants with the event organiser.

 

(c)      Other Engagements

 

The Mayor advised that it had been a busy period for Mayoral Engagements with particular highlights being the Chickenshed Theatre Peter Pan Christmas Show, the Local Government Dinner at the Mansion House, a student award ceremony at Latymer School and the retirement celebrations for the Bishop of Edmonton at St Paul’s Cathedral.

 

(d)      Holocaust Memorial Ceremony

 

The Mayor advised members he had been particularly honoured to have been invited to attend a moving ceremony at the Dugdale Centre to mark the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust Memorial Day.  He also announced that Enfield was one of only 70 organisations across the UK to be awarded a special memorial candle in recognition of the anniversary which was lit at the event.


Meeting: 19/11/2014 - Council (Item 73)

MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE ORDINARY COUNCIL BUSINESS

Minutes:

The Mayor thanked Rabi Sufrin for offering the blessing and made the following announcements:

 

1.         Update on Mayoral Engagements

 

The Mayor advised that he had attended a number of events as part of a full diary of engagements since the last Council meeting.  This had included:

 

·                An invitation from the Mayor of Bursa, as part of a visit to Turkey, to attend a performance by the Adoramus Choir from Enfield at a Turkish-English friendship concert and visit to Sariyer to meet the Mayor of one of Enfield’s twin Councils.

·                Attending the celebrations for the 100 hours volunteering awards and long service awards to officers who had worked over 25 years for the Council.  In addition he highlighted the inspiration provided by young people within the Borough who had achieved their Duke of Edinburgh awards.

 

2.      Remembrance Day events

 

The Mayor advised that he was honoured to have attended both the Southgate and Enfield Remembrance Parades and Services as well as the Armistice Day Service at Broomfield Park and the Association of Jewish ex-service men and women Service at Southgate Synagogue.  This had given him an opportunity to remember and reflect on all those who had given their lives in defence of others.  He was also particularly honoured to have attended the Council’s own Arctic Convoy commemoration at the Civic Centre and to have witnessed Frederick Thomson receive his Ushakov Medal from the Russian Military.

 

The Mayor ended his announcements by reminding all members that his Christmas Drinks reception would be taking place on Friday 19th December and by informing members that the meeting was being filmed by the Barnet Bugle, in accordance with the Council’s policy on filming at meetings (Para 33 of the Council Procedure Rules).


Meeting: 08/10/2014 - Council (Item 47)

MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS (IF ANY) IN CONNECTION WITH THE ORDINARY COUNCIL BUSINESS

Minutes:

The Mayor thanked Reverend Martin Legg for the blessing and made the following announcements:

 

1.         Death of Pamela Adams, David Pam and Paul Head

 

The Mayor advised that it was with regret he had to inform members of the sad deaths of the following individuals:

 

(a)       Freeman of the Borough, past Deputy Mayor and Councillor Pamela Adams.

 

(b)       Local Historian – David Pam

 

(c)       Principal and Chief Executive of the College of Haringey, Enfield & North East London - Paul Head.

 

The Mayor asked members to join him in observing a minutes silence in memory of the individuals concerned and in order to reflect on and recognise the contribution they had each made to the Borough.  Condolences were offered to the respective families for their sad loss.

 

Councillor Neville followed the minutes silence by offering a few kind words of remembrance for ex-Councillor Pamela Adams on behalf of the Opposition Group highlighting her vibrant nature and dedication to supporting the elderly, disabled and more vulnerable residents in the Borough and close association with Ruth Winston House.

 

Councillor Taylor (Leader of the Council), speaking on behalf of the Majority Group, advised that he fully supported the comments made by Councillor Neville in relation to Pamela Adams and also commended the work undertaken by David Pam as a local historian.  Councillor Taylor also took the opportunity to highlight the important and significant contribution made by Paul Head towards improving the educational opportunities for young people not only Enfield but also in Haringey and reported that it was with deep sadness he had noted his death.

 

2.         Enfield’s Successful Application for Re-Accreditation as a Fairtrade Borough

 

The Mayor was pleased to announce that Enfield had been successful in its application for re-accreditation as a Fairtrade Borough, also contributing to London as a Fairtrade city.

 

As part of the initiative, he reported that the Council continued to serve Fairtrade products, including tea, coffee, bananas and chocolate and had also been working with the community to ensure that Fairtrade products were available in local cafes and other catering establishments.  In achieving reaccreditation the Fairtrade Foundation had noted that Enfield was continuing to secure strong links with local schools and also commented on the other positive activities in the workplace, libraries and other public places, helping to further promote Fairtrade.

 

The Mayor thanked all those who had worked on the application, with particular recognition to Nina Tweddle (Fairtrade Community Steering Group), Mark Hayes (Chief Executive, Christian Action Housing) and officers from the Scrutiny team for their support in the process.  The Mayor then invited Nina Tweddle to come forward in order to formally present her with the reaccreditation certificate from the Fairtrade Foundation.  Members joined the Mayor in offering their congratulations for the success in achieving reaccreditation.

 

3.         Update on Mayoral Engagements

 

The Mayor took the opportunity to update members on the range of engagements undertaken following the summer break.  This had included him attending the opening of the Invictus Games; visiting the Palmers Green Festival  ...  view the full minutes text for item 47


Meeting: 16/07/2014 - Council (Item 25)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements.

 

Reverend Dr Steve Griffiths from St Andrews Church, Enfield was thanked for offering the blessing at the start of the meeting.

 

1.         Update on Mayoral Engagements

 

The Mayor took the opportunity to highlight the range of engagements he had been involved in supporting, since taking up office.  This had included:

 

·                engagements across the borough and further afield;

 

·                meeting Royalty, marking Armed Forces Day, visits to organisations involved in supporting the young and elderly and attending the London Youth Games at Crystal Palace, where Enfield had achieved a respectable 8th place;

 

·                welcoming a number of new citizens to Enfield;

 

The Mayor advised that he had been particularly impressed by the welcome and hospitality he had received when visiting Murrayfield Care Home and from the children of the Prince of Wales School who were undertaking a wonderful project in terms of growing and producing their own food.

 

During August, the Mayor advised that he would be taking a long overdue trip to visit his parents in Turkey and so he took the opportunity to wish all councillors a relaxing summer.

 

2.      KRATOS (Children in Care Council)

 

The Mayor then moved on to welcome representatives from KRATOS (Children in Care Council) who he had invited to attend the meeting in order to highlight the range of work they were involved in supporting.  The Mayor informed members that KRATOS had been formed to represent the views of looked after children and care leavers in Enfield, with the organisation actively engaged in supporting looked after children and care leavers.

 

Over the past year over 100 young people had been involved in a variety of events and activities organised through KRATOS, giving them a say about the support they received from Children Services, Health and Education.

 

The Mayor invited five representations from KRATOS to come forward and briefly address Council, in order to highlight the range of work and support being provided and priorities for their organisation moving forward.

 

The representatives invited to address the meeting included the chair and three young people currently in foster care.  The range of support and activities highlighted included:

 

·                the provision of a safe and supportive environment in which to meet and interact with people from similar backgrounds.

 

·                The opportunity to take part in training and development of other skills e.g. young leaders programme; Duke of Edinburgh Award; young inspectors programme; professional development of social care staff and Princess Diana awards

 

·                The provision of an advocacy service for young people in care or care leavers.

 

Members thanked the representatives for the attending the meeting in order to highlight the work being undertaken by KRATOS.

 

3.      Members Conduct

 

The Mayor completed his announcements by reminding members, as this was the first Council business meeting of the new Administration, that he would be seeking their co-operation in ensuring that meetings were conducted with due respect for each other, the office of Mayor and the Constitution.

 

Members were reminded of the need to conduct themselves in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25


Meeting: 02/04/2014 - Council (Item 135)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor thanked Father Jeffrey for offering the blessing at the start of the meeting.

 

As this was his final ordinary Council meeting, he then provided a review of his year in office, highlighting the following for particular attention:

 

·                He had enjoyed every minute of his duties as Mayor.  Whilst the schedule was sometime punishing it had also been rewarding.

 

·                A real memory would be meeting so many people in the borough, particularly those working in the voluntary sector who provided so many services to the Council.  Without them he felt the borough would not be an exciting place to live and work.

 

·                During his office as Mayor he had visited many schools and met many children and teachers.  The Mayors debating competition for children at both primary and secondary level had been extremely enjoyable and had demonstrated some exceptionally brilliant debating skills.

 

·                He had also met all five branches of scouts and cadets in the borough, with the young people benefiting immensely from their training.  These talented young people had taught him to fly, albeit on a computer, and had also benefited from experience gained in other training including camping, swimming and sports, which combined well with their academic achievements in aviation science.

 

·                He had visited a large number of elderly people’s organisations, with the elderly, he felt, contributing a great deal to the wellbeing of society.  A lot of the elderly were really appreciative of his visits to their homes and rapport established with them.

 

·                During his mayorship two significant events had taken place.  The signing of the Armed Forces Covenant and on her Majesty’s advice, flying the Commonwealth Flag outside the Civic Centre.

 

·                He had attended about 400 engagements during the year, although he felt it was not the number of appointments that mattered but the quality of people met that was important.

 

·                As a Council, the Mayor advised he would like to see further development of the contribution from voluntary & community groups and individuals who had done so much good work for the people of Enfield.

 

·                He also extended his thanks and gratitude to his fellow councillors and the Labour Group for nominating him as Mayor.  It had been a real privilege to serve as the first citizen of the borough.  As an ambassador of the borough, he had also tried his best to promote its profile locally, nationally and internationally.  During his time as a Mayor, particularly while presiding over council meetings, he had tried to be as fair and impartial as possible but recognised he may, at times, have incurred the displeasure of some councillors and for this he apologised.  Particular reference was made to the previous meeting with specific apologies offered to Councillors Oykener and Neville.  The Mayor believed that honesty blossomed in magnanimity and as a result hoped that his fellow councillors had not been offended during his chairmanship of council meetings.

 

·                He offered particular thanks to officers in the Mayoral team with specific reference to Rhoda, Melanie, Norman and Andy.  Advice  ...  view the full minutes text for item 135


Meeting: 26/02/2014 - Council (Item 114)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements:

 

·                He thanked the Reverend Martin Legg for offering the blessing.

 

·                He reminded councillors that the Mayor’s Spring Ball would be taking place on Saturday 29 March 2014 and hoped that all would be able to attend.

 

·                Members were advised that two long serving officers, Rhoda Aldridge, the Mayor’s Secretary, and Neil Rousell, Director of Regeneration, Leisure and Culture, would be retiring at the end of March 2014.  Personal thanks and best wishes were given to Rhoda Aldridge for the support provided during his time as Mayor and on behalf of all other Mayors with whom she had worked over the years.  Members from both Groups were then given the opportunity to pay their own tributes to both officers.

 

Councillor Taylor expressed thanks to Rhoda Aldridge, who had started working with the Council in 1987.  He referred to the fact that over her 27 years she had helped to raise more than £630,000 for good causes supported by the Mayors Charity and without her it was not felt that the various Mayors would have been able to fulfil their duties so effectively.  He wished her well for the future and a happy retirement.

 

Councillor Laban seconded Councillor Taylor’s tribute and thanked Rhoda for her support and work undertaken to support the office of Mayor.

 

Councillor Goddard gave thanks to Neil Rousell, whom he had known for a long time and who had held many positions at Enfield, both in education and lately regeneration.  He praised his energy, versatility, commitment, judgement and gravitas, skills that he felt were especially useful when dealing with various developers and the Greater London Assembly over the years.  He also wished him well in his retirement.

 

Councillor Lavender echoed Councillor Goddard’s praises and added his own personal thanks.  Councillor R. Hayward also added his congratulations.


Meeting: 29/01/2014 - Council (Item 97)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements:

 

(a)      New Years’ Day Parade

 

The Mayor thanked Art Start, on behalf of the Council, for representing Enfield at the New Years Day Parade on 1st January.  The Swinging 60’s had been the theme and Enfield’s float had been based on a giant 60’s style record player surrounded by performers who entertained the crowds.

 

Since the Borough had joined the New Year Parade, its Floats had been successful in winning money of varying amounts for the Mayor’s Charity.

 

He also pointed out that Enfield now had its own street parade (taking place on 30th November) of which Art Start were a major stakeholder and which again would be raising money for The Mayors Charity Fund plus Nightingale Cancer Support Centre and BEVAD.

 

The Mayor hoped that the Council would continue to support what he felt was a valuable form of advertising for the Borough at both the New Years Day and its own street parade.

 

The Mayor ended by thanking Art Start for their support and participation in the New Years Day Parade, especially given the poor weather, and reported that as a result of their efforts the Borough Float had achieved 5th place overall resulting in a £2000 donation to the Mayor’s Charity appeal.

 

The Mayor invited Kathy Worrall of Art Start to come forward in order to receive the award, and she was congratulated by members.

 

(b)      Mayor’s Spring Charity Ball

 

The Mayor took the opportunity to remind members that his Spring Charity Ball would be held on Saturday 29th March at Forty Hall.


Meeting: 27/11/2013 - Council (Item 72)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements.

 

Rabbi Levy from Palmers Green & Southgate Synagogue was thanked for offering the blessing at the start of the meeting.

 

The Mayor informed Members that:

 

a.         Goldstein Award

 

Members of Enfield Council’s Community Safety Partnership had won the 2013 International Herman Goldstein Award for Excellence in Problem-Oriented Partnerships - a prestigious international award for reducing youth robbery by nearly 60%.  The Partnership had beaten worldwide competition from New Zealand and the United States of America for its work tackling “Robbery of School Age Children”.

 

The project, which had also won the London Problem Orientated Partnership Award in September, had started in 2009 and was aimed at reducing the number of crimes committed against and by school children.

 

The global Goldstein Award recognised effective problem-orientated projects that had successfully tackled recurring crime, disorder or public safety problems facing the police and communities.  With this in mind, the Mayor congratulated Enfield Council and the police for striving to constantly keep the residents of Enfield safe.

 

The Mayor asked Sandeep Broca (Enfield Council’s Community Safety Unit) and Sergeant Neil Standring (Metropolitan Police) who had led the project, to come forward and collect the award.  Both were congratuled by all Members at the meeting.


Meeting: 09/10/2013 - Council (Item 55)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor thanked Mohammad Tariq Sediq for offering the blessing and presented the following awards:

 

a.            National Stop Loan Shark Award

 

The Mayor was delighted to be able to congratulate the Trading Standards Team, Community Safety and Environment Division, for winning both the regional and national Stop Loan Shark Awards. 

 

The awards had been granted in recognition of the team’s work in raising awareness of money laundering and helping and supporting the people affected.  Trading Standards had worked with key partners including the Police, Citizens Advice Bureau, housing providers and the Department for Work and Pensions, providing over 30 advocate training sessions, to ensure that that residents can seek help from a wide range of local organisations. 

 

Sue McDaid, Head of Regulatory Services, and representatives from her team were presented with the award and congratulated by all members of the Council. 

 

b.           Pan London POP (Problem Orientated Policing) Award

 

The Mayor congratulated the Community Safety and Environment Division, working jointly with the Police and other partners, for winning the London Problem Orientated Policing Award, for their innovative work which had seen youth robbery in Enfield falling to a record low – dropping by 59.2% between 2009 and 2013. 

 

The initiative involved: teaching children, moving to secondary school, crime awareness, an anonymous on line reporting scheme, mobile CCTV cameras, providing diversionary activities for young people, truancy patrols and substance misuse programmes to rehabilitate offenders.  Anti-Social Behaviour Orders were also issued to known offenders. 

 

The Mayor presented the award to Iain Agar, Community Safety Analyst, Superintendent Louis Smith and representatives from the division and they were congratulated by the whole Council. 

 

c.            Institute of Rating, Revenues and Valuations Performance Awards 2013, Excellence in Innovation Gold and Bronze Awards

 

The Mayor was also pleased to announce that the Excellence in Innovation Gold Award had been awarded to the Council’s cap Team for the multi-agency work carried out in implementing the recent welfare reform changes, with particular focus on the welfare cap and social housing under-accommodation restrictions.  

 

Three Job Centre Plus officers were now based in the CAP Team.  Officers across the Council who provide welfare/benefit advice were identified and they were able to proactively target those most likely to be affected by the Benefit Cap by more than £100 per week, so that they could offer help and support and help mitigate the impact of the reforms on this group of people. 

 

In addition the Excellence in Innovation Bronze Award had been won by the Council Tax Team working in partnership with Experian to pilot Experian’s New Debt Prioritisation Service, targeting high value council tax arrears cases. 

 

The pilot focussed on 2,500 cases.  A small taskforce worked through each case and selected the most appropriate enforcement action.  Overall this resulted in a reduction in Council Tax arrears of over £1.5million.  As well as an increase in charging orders of over £1.1million, resulting in savings of £450,000 in bad debt provision.  The Government Annual Return of Council Taxes for 2012/13 placed Enfield as  ...  view the full minutes text for item 55


Meeting: 17/07/2013 - Council (Item 24)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements.

 

Reverend Michael Edge from St Andrews Church, was thanked for offering the blessing at the start of the meeting.

 

1.         The Mayor informed Members that:

 

a.         Armed Forces Community Covenant signing ceremony

 

On Wednesday 26 June 2013, he had hosted a reception for representatives from the military (Army, Navy and Air Force), reserve forces and cadets, armed forces charities (including the Royal British Legion), and other local dignitaries, as part of the signing ceremony for the first Enfield Armed Forces Community Covenant.

 

The Armed Forces Community Covenant was a local statement of mutual support between a civilian community and its local Armed Forces community.  Over 40 specially invited guests had attended the signing ceremony in order to demonstrate their support and commitment to the local Armed Forces community.

 

Enfield had been the 24th London Borough to sign a local Armed Forces Community Covenant and the ceremony had preceded the Armed Forces Day parade, held on Sunday 30 June 2013.

 

b.        London Youth Games – Finals

 

On Sunday 7th July 2013 he had attended the London Youth Games at Crystal Palace.  Over 900 young people in Enfield had trained and competed in the London Youth Games throughout the year, culminating in the finals weekend.  In scorching weather conditions and missing some of their highest ranking team members the participants had persevered with Enfield proudly achieving a ranking of 6th place in London.

 

Top scoring sports had included:

·                Gold medals in Fencing

·                Silver medals in the Male Judo, Female table tennis and Female Athletics

·                Bronze medals in Male Volleyball, Female Swimming, Male Football and Aquathon.

 

This represented a fantastic achievement for all players, coaches, volunteers and sports development staff involved in the Games.

 

2.         The Mayor announced the following award:

 

a.         GO Award

 

The Mayor was delighted to inform Members that the Enfield and Waltham Forest Shared Procurement Service had won the Team of the Year award at the Government Opportunities Excellence in Public Procurement Awards 2013/14.

 

This was one of the leading awards in the procurement sector, which the team had earned in recognition of the fact that the two Boroughs had developed the first genuine shared procurement service across London local government.  The shared service had enhanced the pool of procurement expertise available to both Councils as well as creating the potential to generate greater savings through a joint approach to procurement.  David Levy and representatives from the joint procurement team were then presented with the award and congratulated by all members of the Council.

 

3.         Presentation to Lawrence Greenberg (Independent Member & Person) Councillor Conduct Committee

 

The Mayor invited members to join with him in thanking Lawrence Greenberg (following the expiry of his term of office as Independent Person) for his service and dedication in upholding standards and ethical conduct within Enfield Council.  This was a role he had undertaken as an Independent Member of the Standards Committee from 2006 to 2013 and then as an Independent Person, under the new ethical  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24


Meeting: 27/03/2013 - Council (Item 153)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements:

 

The following achievements were highlighted:

 

(a)    Quality Checkers – Adult Social Care

 

The Mayor congratulated all Quality Checkers within the Adult Social Care service, whom she informed the Council had been nominated for a 2013 Municipal Journal Award under the Innovation in Social Care Category.  The Quality Checkers were volunteer service users and carers who, since August 2012, had visited 57 different adult care services in order to provide feedback on service provision.  The visits were unannounced and had included in house day and residential services, private care homes as well as accredited equipment retailers. Feedback had been provided across four areas of care: Compassion; Choice & Control and where appropriate Food & Activities.  Those involved were thanked for their dedication and enthusiasm which had helped build the programme that had been nominated for the Award.

 

(b)    National Gold Award PE and School Sport

 

The Mayor congratulated the following schools who she was delighted to announce had attained the National Gold Award for PE and School Sport –; West Lea; Enfield Grammar; Brettenham, St James, Forty Hall, Hazelwood, St Monica’s and Eversley.  She invited the representatives who had been able to attend the meeting from Enfield Grammar, Brettenham, St Monica’s and Eversley Schools to come forward and receive their awards.  The schools were warmly congratulated by the Council for their achievement.

 

The award was open to all schools, with it possible to achieve the category of bronze, silver and gold.  The borough also had a number of schools which had attained silver and bronze status and were working towards gold.

 

The Mayor also took the opportunity to highlight the increasing number of schools now entering a myriad of sporting events including borough competitions in rugby, football, netball, hockey, basketball, gymnastics and tennis.  In addition the borough had been represented by 6 primary schools at the London School Games finals by schools who had won the borough sporting competitions and had been selected to play against the top teams from other London Boroughs.

 

The 2013 schools dance festival, held at Millfield Theatre, had also seen representatives from 65 schools participating.  This highlighted the PE Teams aim to try and find a sport for everyone, reflecting the diverse range of sport and other physical activities promoted.  The Torch Relay Park events last summer, had also included sports like fencing, dodgeball, cheerleading and golf for young people to try.  The Mayor was pleased to announce that the 9 Park events would be taking place again this year and would be called “Inspire Enfield”.

 

With the permission of the Mayor, Councillor Orhan took the opportunity to thank and congratulate all the schools for their efforts in achieving the gold kitemark award.  The borough was very proud of this achievement as the only one in north London to have schools that had attained the gold standard.

 

(c)    Equality Framework for Local Government Excellence Award

 

The Mayor was delighted to announce that Enfield had been successfully accredited at the Excellent level of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 153


Meeting: 27/02/2013 - Council (Item 131)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements: 

 

·              She thanked Father Emmanuel for offering the blessing.

 

The Mayor highlighted the following achievements:

 

(a)    Primary School Public Speaking Competition

 

The Mayor advised that she was delighted to be joined at the meeting by Michael Deane, a pupil at Bowes Primary School, as winner of the Primary Public Speaking Competition.

 

She then invited Michael to read his winning speech to the Council, with Members warmly congratulating him afterwards on his achievement.

 

(b)    Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge

 

The Mayor advised that she was also delighted to welcome Rashawn Grant to the meeting, as winner of the Jack Petchey Speak Out Challenge.

 

Rashawn was invited to read his winning entry to the meeting, for which he was also warmly congratulated afterwards by the Council.

 

(c)    Enfield Youth Parliament

 

The Mayor welcomed Giles Abban, Jake Orros, Doni Jones & Yousif Alawoad, who she advised had been invited to attend the meeting in order to update Members on the work they had been undertaking as the elected representatives on Enfield Youth Parliament.

 

The representatives had been elected by over 9000 young people across the borough with the following achievements highlighted as part of the update:

 

·              inclusion of views from young people in the development of various major regeneration projects across the borough;

·              representation of Enfield Youth Parliament at a number of national and regional youth summits;

·              the election of a representative from Enfield on the UK Youth Parliament;

·              implementation of a national campaign designed to make the education system more relevant to everyday life; and

·              engagement and support for projects under the Invest in Us & I Aspire schemes.

 

The Mayor and Council thanked the representatives, along with the Youth Workers supporting them, for attending the meeting and the update provided.

 

Members were reminded that the Mayors Spring Ball would be taking place on Saturday 16th March at Forty Hall and thanked for their support of the event.


Meeting: 30/01/2013 - Council (Item 107)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements:

 

·              She introduced Andy Rippington to the Council, as the newly appointed chauffer attendant and wished him every success for his time at Enfield.

 

The Mayor highlighted the following achievements:

 

(a)         Mayor’s Award for Enfield’s Public Speaking Competition

 

The Mayor advised that she was delighted to be joined at the meeting by 2 pupils (Renee Kapuku and Chinma Johnson-Nwosu) from St Anne’s Catholic High School, as winners of the Mayor’s Award at the Enfield’s Public Speaking Competition.

 

The pupils had impressed the judges with their poise and ability and both were invited to read their winning speeches to the Council.

 

Although unable to attend the meeting, she also reported that Michael Deane from Bowes Primary School, had won the Primary Public Speaking competition for the second year in a row.

 

All three pupils were warmly congratulated by the Council for their achievements.

 

(b)        Fighting Fraud Award – Enfield’s Counter Fraud Team

 

The Mayor was delighted to report that Council’s Counter Fraud Team in partnership with the Enfield Police Payback Team, had won a Fighting Fraud Award, supported by the National Fraud Authority.

 

These inaugural awards were for public sector organisations and recognised the good work, innovation, and best practice being developed and implemented within the public sector to combat and prevent fraud.

 

The awards covered five categories which were collaboration, fraud awareness, innovation, prevention, and sanctions.  The Counter Fraud Team had picked up the top prize in the sanctions category, which was awarded for the success the joint partnership had achieved in using proceeds of crime legislation to recover funds from those people who committed fraud.  The collaboration had also resulted in the training and mentoring of a Counter Fraud Team investigation officer to become a fully accredited financial investigator and the training of another council officer.

 

The Counter Fraud Team had been one of three organisations shortlisted under the category of 'The Sanctions Award'.

 

The following members of the Team were invited by the Mayor to come forward and collect their award – Leslie Marshall (Counter Fraud Manager); Dectective Sergeant Angus Naismith (Enfield Police Payback Team); Michael Tobin (Counter Fraud Investigator); Bob Cundick (Counter Fraud Team Leader); Graham Soar (Senior Housing Investigator); Belma Mahmut (Intelligence Officer); Debra McIntosh & Michael Musgrave (Counter Fraud Investigator)

 

The Council congratulated the team for their success in winning the award.

 

(c)         Home Office – Crime Fighting Award

 

The Mayor was again delighted to announce that the work being undertaken within Enfield to tackle gangs and serious youth violence had won the prestigious national Tilley Award.  These awards recognised innovative crime fighting projects where local councils, police, community groups and the public had successfully worked together to deal with local problems. Enfield was the first London Borough to receive the prestigious award.

 

The award had recognised:

 

·              Enfield’s unique approach to tackling gangs had led to a long term reduction of 28% in youth violence. This had included inviting gang members to England’s first  ...  view the full minutes text for item 107


Meeting: 07/11/2012 - Council (Item 88)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements:

 

·              She thanked Father Emmanuel for offering the blessing.

 

She welcomed the children from Merryhills Primary School who won the pan London Primary School’s debating competition this year.  They were attending the meeting to listen and to watch the debate on the evening. 

 

The Mayor highlighted the following achievements:

 

·              Enfield Council ‘Highly commended’ at Law Society Awards

 

Enfield Council’s Legal Services Team had been ‘Highly Commended’ in the Practice Management Category at the Law Society Excellence Awards 2012 held on the 18 October 2012.

 

Enfield won the award for gaining the ‘Lexcel’ law accreditation quickly, becoming one of the fastest authorities to become compliant. They were also recognised for ensuring that their legal officers provided the highest management and customer care standards, whilst delivering best value.

 

The citation said: "The category judges found that the Enfield Legal Services team’s commitment to best practice, in terms of both developing and maintaining effective approaches, was a key theme throughout their entry.”

 

"The independent verification from internal and external contacts was impressive, proving their serious intention and dedication to being efficient and effective in all that they do."

 

This Commendation was a tribute to the professionalism and hard work of the Council’s legal officers, and the Mayor congratulated them on the award.

 

·              Enfield in Bloom Award

 

The London Gardens Society had awarded The Wakefield Trophy to Enfield in Bloom for showing pride in London by the cultivation of flowers and shrubs, but especially for The Affiliated Society placed first in the Special Awards Category of the All London Championship 2012.  The Mayor congratulated all the supporters and volunteers. 

 

The Enfield in Bloom representatives were presented with their trophy at the meeting.

 

·              Black History Month

 

Black History Month had been highly celebrated in Enfield, and had the honour of being attended by the legendary Earl Cameron(aged 95) who was the first black person to break the colour bar in films.  He had appeared in 40 films during his long career including starring with Sean Connery in Thunderball and with Dame Helen Mirren in The Queen. In 2009 he was awarded a CBE.

 

He was interview by Alex Pascall at the Civic Centre in the form of a conversation with an audience of over 80 attendees.  It was a fascinating, interesting and appropriate conclusion to the borough’s celebration of Black History Month.

 

·              Sickle Cell Fundraising Event

 

The Sickle Cell event on the 19 October 2012, a fund raising evening in aid of one of the Mayor’s charities had been very well attended.  The Mayor thanked all councillors and friends who had supported her and said that donations were still open for those who were not able to attend.

 

The Mayor reminded members and officers that her Christmas Reception for councillors, freemen and officers was to be held on Friday 14 December 2012.

 

The Mayor’s Charity Spring Ball would be held on Saturday 16th March at Forty Hall.  She asked members to put the date in their diaries  ...  view the full minutes text for item 88


Meeting: 19/09/2012 - Council (Item 62)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements:

 

·              She thanked Father Emmanuel for offering the blessing.

 

The Mayor informed Members that since the last Council she had attended various community events in the borough. These events were an opportunity to celebrate achievements and to provide support for the groups and individuals concerned.  She was particularly pleased to have enjoyed such great weather at both the Edmonton and Enfield Carnivals and thanked everyone involved in organising these events for the community.

 

Following on from a fantastic summer of sport, the Mayor reported that she was proud to be hosting a celebration of sport in Enfield at Forty Hall on 20 September 2012.  She thanked everyone who had taken part in the London Youth Games event, the Mayors Charity Fun Run and the Enfield Night Hike.  Special thanks were given to Jan Hickman, Simon Gardner and their teams who had organised many of the activities in the run up to the Olympic and Paralympic Games.  In addition she thanked Kelly Jones for her enthusiasm and organisation of the Fun Run and for attracting sponsors.

 

Special congratulations were also offered to the Borough’s Olympic gold medallists - Charlotte Desjardin and Ben Maher both members of the equestrian team. The Mayor felt it was wonderful to have a post box painted gold to reflect their achievements and as a reminder to Enfield of how proud the Borough should be of them.

 

The Mayor highlighted the following achievement:

 

1.      Association of Public Service Excellence Award – Corporate Scrutiny & Outreach Team

 

The Mayor was proud and delighted to announce that the Council’s Scrutiny & Outreach Team had won a second National award this year.

 

The award, from the Association for Public Service Excellence, had once again shown the way in which the team, working with councillors from all wards, had been able to reach out and take community engagement into the council’s democratic core, linked to scrutiny and the decision making process.

 

The award showed the team had worked:

·              with hard to reach communities including young men and women, those with disabilities and those from the large variety of cultural and ethnic communities in the borough; and

·              alongside members during the day, evening and weekends to ensure that they were able to engage communities at time and place that best suited them.

 

The Mayor formally presented the award to Mike Ahuja and members of the Corporate Scrutiny & Outreach Team.


Meeting: 04/07/2012 - Council (Item 28)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements:

 

·              She thanked Father Emmanuel for offering the blessing.

 

The Mayor highlighted the following achievements:

 

1.      National Municipal Journal award – Democratic Services Team of the Year

 

The Mayor was delighted to announce that the Council’s Scrutiny and Outreach team had won a prestigious national awardfrom the Municipal Journal in recognition of the work done with councillors to re-enforce their role as elected community leaders in Enfield.  This had been based on the work undertaken to reach out and place community engagement at the heart of the council’s democratic core, linked to scrutiny and the decision making process.

 

The Mayor highlighted the work she had personally undertaken with the team, focussed around the engagement of young people and felt that without their input it would not have been possible to deliver the Hanlon Centre or Parent Engagement Panel.

 

In winning this award the team were competing against the highest number of entries ever received from Councils all over England Scotland and Northern Ireland and the award recognised that the work being undertaken by the team was some of the best in the country.

 

The Mayor felt that the Council should all be very proud of what the team had achieved for the community, Council and themselves.

 

Mike Ahuja and members of the Corporate Scrutiny & Outreach Team were then formally presented with the award.

 

2.      Enfield Town Football Club and QEII Stadium

 

The Mayor was pleased to introduce Paul Millington, Chairman of Enfield Town Football Club, who had been invited to attend the meeting in recognition of the success achieved by the Club in gaining promotion to the Ryman Premier League in May 2012.

 

This promotion had followed the clubs move to the QEII stadium following completion of refurbishment works in November 2011, with only one home league game having been lost following relocation.

 

The refurbishment had included a new athletics track and related athletics facilities, refurbished changing rooms for the sports pitches on Enfield Playing Fields, facilities for Enfield Town FC and a new bar café in the stadium. The car park and access road had also been improved as part of the works.

 

The total cost of the works had been approximately £3.5 million and would ensure that local residents had the ability to take part in sport and physical activity at the stadium for many years to come. In addition to the football club the stadium was being well used for athletics by local schools and sports clubs and would soon be available during popular times for open public sessions.

 

External funding towards the works was generously provided by The Football Foundation (£500,000), Play Sport London (The Office of the Mayor of London, £250,000) and the London Marathon Trust (£150,000).

 

The Mayor, on behalf of the Council formally congratulated Enfield Town FC and took the opportunity to wish them the best of luck for next season.

 

Paul Millington then took the opportunity to formally thank the Council for its support of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 28


Meeting: 28/03/2012 - Council (Item 133)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements: 

 

·              She thanked Reverend Taylor for offering the prayers.

 

As this was her final ordinary Council business meeting as Mayor, she provided a review of her year in office highlighting the following for particular attention:

 

·              The year had been filled with many wonderful experiences and had given her the opportunity to meet people from all walks of life and to visit parts of the borough that she had never had the time to see.  She felt Enfield was the most beautiful borough in London and the country.

 

·              She had presented a Mayors Award for public speaking to schools during the year in recognition of the debating skills of pupils in the borough, both secondary and primary.  The skills witnessed were second to none and could, she felt, teach members a thing or two.  As part of this she was keen to not only recognise the efforts of the pupils but also the schools, teachers and other staff involved in their development.

 

·              The need to praise the efforts of young people in the borough was also highlighted with the rich talents displayed across the borough in singing and the playing of musical instruments recognised through the Mayors Choral award for secondary schools.  The Mayor advised that it had been a pleasure to have watched the faces of proud parents and friends at the concerts, shows and festivals she had attended when their children had been providing the entertainment.

 

·              The Mayor had particularly enjoyed attending both the primary and secondary schools “Say it Like it Is” Events.  One of these events had engaged young people in a debate on the subject of gangs and knife crime and it was felt events like these created an important opportunity for the voices of young people to be heard and valued.

 

·              The Mayor had also attended the London Youth Games and the Mayors Charity Fun Run and had welcomed the opportunity to meet many of the borough’s sports stars and wished them every success in the forthcoming Olympics.  Another highlight of the year had been the presentation of a Mayors Award for Athletics.

 

·              The Mayor advised she was also proud to recognise the work of the hundreds of volunteers she had met as they did so much work for those in need.  A particular pleasure during her year in office had been the opportunity to honour them by presenting the 100 Hours Volunteering Awards.

 

·              The Mayors Charity Appeal for the year had covered the health and wellbeing of all the population of Enfield.  The Mayor had pledged to work with all community, voluntary and charitable groups to give everyone the best quality of life, through improved health provision for all.  She was delighted to announce that her charity appeal currently stood at £24,000, but was hopeful that this may rise further.

 

·              The Mayor was particularly keen to thank her Mayoress Dee and Mayor’s Escort Seton for attending engagements with her.  She also thanked Kate Anolue, as Deputy Mayor for  ...  view the full minutes text for item 133


Meeting: 29/02/2012 - Council (Item 111)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements: 

 

·              She thanked Mr Yuksel for offering the blessing.

 

·              The Council has been successful with 3 applications this year in the Mayor for London’s Safer Parks Awards.  The Award ceremony took place on Monday the 27th of February at City Hall, London.

 

Bury Lodge Gardens had retained Gold from last year.

 

Bush Hill Park had received Gold this year and silver last year

 

Holmesdale Tunnel Open space had won Silver on its first application.

 

These awards were the combination of excellent partnership work between the Friends groups, the Council and the Police. The application forms had probed every aspect of park user safety and evidence had to be provided to support the applications.

 

Safer parks are those that are well used by everyone in the community and bring lasting benefits; including a reduced fear and incidence of anti-social behaviour and crime.  Everyone involved was congratulated.

 

·              Since the last Council meeting the Mayor had attended many engagements in the borough.  The Mayor had been particularly delighted to open a new work Club at Enfield Island Village which aimed to reduce unemployment by offering help with writing cv’s, learning interview skills and creating work opportunities.

 

·              The Mayor had received a cheque from the London New Years Day Parade for £1500 towards her charity appeal.

 

·              The Mayor had also been pleased to meet the Mayor of Mauritius on Monday 27th February.  He was on a visit to London and was entertained to tea in the Parlour.  Members were advised that he had very impressed with Enfield as a green borough.

 

·              Members were reminded that the Mayor’s Charity Spring Ball would be held on Saturday 24th March.  She hoped that as many members and guests as possible would be able to attend in order to support her fund raising evening.

 

As this was the Council’s budget and rent setting meeting the Mayor also reminded members that Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 would apply.  This stated:

 

·              that any councillor in arrears of Council Tax for two months or more may not vote on matters concerning the level of Council Tax. The restriction applied in relation to items 7 and 8 on the Council agenda.

 

·              Such members if present must disclose the fact that this applies to them. They may however remain in the meeting and speak.

 

·              Furthermore, if this applies to any member of the Cabinet, that member may not exercise any executive function in connection with the budget or the setting of Council Tax during the time he/she is in such arrears.

 

·              Non-compliance could give rise to a criminal offence.


Meeting: 25/01/2012 - Council (Item 93)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements: 

 

·              She thanked Father Emmanuel for offering the prayers.

 

·              She reminded members about the sad death of past Mayor Patrick Cunneen, who died just before Christmas, after a long illness; she thanked the Deputy Mayor Councillor Kate Anolue and other members for attending his funeral on Monday 9 January 2012.

 

Councillors Doug Taylor and Mike Rye paid tribute to Patrick Cunneen.  The whole Council stood and observed a minute’s silence in his memory. 

 

Further announcements followed:

 

  • The Mayor and the Deputy had attended numerous engagements in the borough, including many Christmas Lunches, a number of concerts and recitals, showing the abundance of talent in the borough. 

 

  • The Mayor had enjoyed attending the New Years Day Parade, a spectacular occasion where it was wonderful to see so many people lining the streets, cheering and clapping the groups performing in the parade. 

 

  • She thanked the Platinum Dance Group, based at Millfield Theatre for representing Enfield.  They had come ninth in the London Boroughs competition this year, as a result the Mayor’s Charity appeal will receive £1500. 

 

  • She informed members that the Mayor’s Charity Spring Ball would be held on Saturday 24 March 2012, at Forty Hall Banqueting Suite. Tickets would be £45 each, to include a drinks reception on arrival, 3 course meal and a half bottle of wine per person.   She hoped that as many as possible would support the evening.

 

The Mayor announced that the Council had recently received the following awards.

 

1.         London Safeguarding Children Award 2011

 

The Mayor said that she was pleased to say that on 5December 2011 Enfield Parent Engagement Panel (PEP) won the very first London Safeguarding Children Award 2011 for emerging practice.

 

Anne Stoker, Enfield Parent Commissioner, was joined at the award ceremony by a number of the Enfield Parent Champions; every-one was delighted when the announcement was made. There was press interest and photographs were taken of the parents receiving the award. There were 4 projects short listed with 3 being highly commended however Enfield was the winner and the judges were extremely complimentary.

 

Parent Engagement Panels cut across all boundaries serving the whole Borough engaging across and within communities, promoting community cohesion. The PEPs aim to keep children, young people and communities safe and strong by increasing parental involvement.

 

From within the Parent Engagement Panels parent champions are coming forward. These are parents willing to go that extra mile to source and support their communities by improving access and engagement to services and provisions, particularly for those who are isolated or whom do not normally engage with others outside of their communities.

 

It is fantastic to hear such an important initiative getting such well deserved external recognition. 

 

Anne Stoker and members of the Parent Engagement Panel were presented with the award.

 

2.         Sword of Honour

 

The Sword of Honour is a prestigious award recognising the 'best of the best' in health and safety management. It was only achievable if an organisation achieves a 'Five Star'  ...  view the full minutes text for item 93


Meeting: 09/11/2011 - Council (Item 74)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements: 

 

·              She thanked Father Richard for offering the prayers.

 

·              The Mayor asked members to stand for one minutes silence in memory of the men and women who had lost their lives in service of their country and, following the recent sad losses of past Mayor, Eric Smythe, and Veronica Groves, tenant Board member of Enfield Homes.  The Council then rose to observe the minutes silence.

 

Councillor Doug Taylor, Leader of the Council, and Councillor Ann Marie Pearce, gave eulogies in respect of past Mayor, Eric Smythe, who would be fondly remembered by all who knew him.

 

The Mayor then moved on to announce:

 

·              She had attended an event as part of the Black History Month, which had also been attended by His Excellency Mr Anthony Johnson, High Commissioner of Jamaica.  She had had great pleasure in unveiling the Slavery Plaque which hangs in the Conference Room, with copies also hanging in Edmonton Green Library and Community House.

 

·              Members from both groups and past Mayors had joined her at the Mayor’s Harvest Festival at St Matthews Church, Ponders End, on 2 October, which had been made more poignant as Eric Smythe had also attended.

 

·              She had attended a ‘100 hours volunteering event’ in October and continued to be amazed and full of admiration for the number of people who volunteer within the community.  She expressed her thanks and appreciation to all of them.

 

·              She had attended the Dhama Mindir in celebration of the Hindu Festival of Lights – Diwali. 

 

·              She had attended the Enfield Youth Parliament results evening and welcomed young people coming forward to embrace the challenges in the borough and wanting to make a difference. 

 

·              The Mayor, the Deputy Mayor and Brigadier Paul Orchard-Lisle, Representative Deputy Lieutenant for Enfield, would be attending the Remembrance services taking place throughout the borough on Remembrance Sunday.

 

·              The Deputy Mayor would be joining the Association of Jewish Ex-Service Men and Women for their Remembrance Service in Southgate Synagogue on Saturday 19 November.

 

·              The Mayor’s Charity Festival Night would be held on Friday 25 November from 7pm at St Edmund’s Church Hall, Edmonton.  Tickets cost only £25 and all were encouraged to attend.  Tickets were available from the Mayor’s Office.

 

·              She would be hosting a get together of past Mayors in the Parlour on Thursday 8 December.

 

·              The Mayor’s Christmas Party would be held on Friday 16 December and all were very welcome.


Meeting: 21/09/2011 - Council (Item 54)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements: 

 

  • She thanked Father John from Demetrios Church for offering the prayers.

 

  • She welcomed Councillor Lee Chamberlain back to the Council and congratulated him on being elected to Bush Hill Park Ward.

 

  • She had attended Edmonton Carnival in July and had enjoyed seeing so many members of the community taking part and enjoying the day.

 

  • She had visited the Autumn Show in Enfield Town Park in September and had enjoyed walking round the park, meeting the stall holders, watching some of the activities, and visiting the horticultural marquee. The day was a huge success with all the communities enjoying themselves.

 

  • On Sunday 3 September she was joined by representatives from the Navy and the Royal British Legion, and a Representative of the Russian Defence Attache’s Office for a wreath laying to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the start of the Russian convoys at the Baltic War Memorial at the Civic Centre. This would become an annual event.

 

  • The annual Mayor’s Charity Fun Run was held on 11September 2011. It was good to see so many children, young people, and the expert runners taking part. There was a lovely atmosphere and hopefully lots of money would be raised for the Mayor’s charity and other worthy causes.

 

  • The fund raising Greek dinner that Councillor George Savva organised was a great success and it raised over £970 for the Mayor’s charity. Thanks were given to Councillor Savva.

 

  • The Mayor hoped that as many Members as possible would be able to attend her Harvest Festival Civic Service on Sunday 2 October at 10.00am at St Matthews Church, South Street at 10am.

Meeting: 06/07/2011 - Council (Item 30)

Mayor's Announcements (if any) in connection with the ordinary Council Business

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements: 

 

  • She thanked Father Andrew for offering the prayers.

 

  • At Capel Manor she had hosted the Mayor’s Day, also attending the fiftieth anniversary celebrations for both the Enfield Talking Newspaper and the Ruth Winston Centre.

 

  • She had welcomed members of the royal family to the borough, presented awards, visited schools, community groups and recently joined the community in a march to raise awareness against knife and gun crime.

 

  • Following a visit by the Mayor, Durants School had won £60,000 in the ITV Peoples’ Jubilee Millions show. This money will be used to build a sensory garden at the school which would enhance the quality of life of autistic children and their families. 

 

  • Recently the Deputy Mayor Kate Anolue attended the London Company Programme Innovation Awards: Latymer School won 2 awards for their innovative solution to the problem of tangled earphones.

 

  • The Mayor’s Charity Fun Run will take place on 11September 2011. She asked that if members were taking part or knew someone else who was, that they were supported with sponsorship for the mayor’s charity appeal or other worthy causes.

 

  • On the 15 September there will be a Fund Raising dinner at the Karpasianea Restaurant. Tickets cost £35.  All are invited to dine with the Mayor.  Rhoda Aldridge or George Savva were selling tickets.

 

  • On Sunday 2 October the Mayor will attend a Harvest Festival & Civic Service at St Matthews Church, South Street at 10am.  Invitations would be issued in September and the Mayor hoped that people would join her.

 

  • The Mayor asked members to stand for one minutes silence in memory of Molly Stanbridge, a former Freeman of the Borough who had died recently.  During her life Molly belonged to a number of organisations, both political and non political which expressed her views on the importance of social justice and the rights of individuals, particularly those who were disadvantaged.   She would be fondly remembered by all who knew her.  The Council then rose to observe the minutes silence.

 

  • The Mayor reminded members that, as the public gallery was closed, the meeting was being streamed live for the public, via a video link in the conference room.  John Austin (Assistant Director Corporate Governance) made a brief statement to explain the reason for the closure of the public gallery, which had been agreed pending structural works to renew the safety barriers at the front of the gallery.  The closure had been based on advice received from the police and Council’s Facilities Management and Health & Safety teams.