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MOTIONS

Meeting: 11/11/2015 - Council (Item 100)

MOTIONS

15.1    In the name of Councillor Orhan:

 

Following the campaign in the Londra Gazette and my letter to the Schools Minister urging him to intervene and force the AQA and OCR exam boards to reconsider the decision to scrap “A” levels and GCSEs of certain community languages such as Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Polish, Greek and Turkish, it has been disappointing that other than a reprieve of a year no firm announcement of a commitment has been made by the Government that a u-turn has been achieved.  It begs the question who is in charge of education in the UK and if this Government is committed to providing language skill opportunities much in demand in business and much in need by an outward facing country.

 

As this is of a huge interest for Enfield residents I ask the Council to fully support me in a letter urging the government to make a public statement that community languages will be taught in school beyond 2017.”

 

15.2    In the name of Cllr N.Cazimoglu:

 

“The country, particularly London, is facing a housing crisis and residents in Enfield are feeling the effects.  This Council believes that the only real solution is to build more homes.

 

House building is at its lowest since the 1920’s; private rents have increased by 37% in the past five years and the government continue to use billions of pounds of public money to subsidise private landlords through housing benefit.

 

This Council believes that government is complacent about the housing crisis which is affecting many of our residents in Enfield.

 

We call on the government to grant local authorities the powers and financial ability to increase the supply of housing for our residents.  The government should go further than they already have in lifting the cap on borrowing for Housing Revenue Accounts.  Council’s must be given the financial flexibilities they need to be able to scale up housing development, both in partnership and directly.”

 

15.3    In the name of Councillor Chibah:

 

“That this Council recognises the positive contribution that Trade Unions and Trade Union members make in our workplaces.  This Council values the constructive relationship that we have with our Trade Unions and we recognise their commitment, and the commitment of all our staff, to the delivery of good quality public services.

 

This Council notes with concern the Trade Union Bill which is currently being proposed by the Government and which would affect this Council’s relationship with our Trade Unions and our workforce as a whole.  This Council rejects this Bill’s attack on local democracy and the attack on our right to manage our own affairs.

 

This Council is clear that facility time, negotiated and agreed by us and our Trade Unions to suit our own specific needs, has a valuable role to play in the creation of good quality and responsive local services.  Facility time should not be determined or controlled by Government in London.

 

This Council is happy with the arrangements we currently have in place for  ...  view the full agenda text for item 100

Minutes:

The following motions listed on the agenda lapsed due to lack of time:

 

15.1    In the name of Councillor Orhan:

 

“Following the campaign in the Londra Gazette and my letter to the Schools Minister urging him to intervene and force the AQA and OCR exam boards to reconsider the decision to scrap “A” levels and GCSEs of certain community languages such as Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Polish, Greek and Turkish, it has been disappointing that other than a reprieve of a year no firm announcement of a commitment has been made by the Government that a u-turn has been achieved.  It begs the question who is in charge of education in the UK and if this Government is committed to providing language skill opportunities much in demand in business and much in need by an outward facing country.

 

As this is of a huge interest for Enfield residents I ask the Council to fully support me in a letter urging the government to make a public statement that community languages will be taught in school beyond 2017.”

 

15.2    In the name of Cllr N.Cazimoglu:

 

“The country, particularly London, is facing a housing crisis and residents in Enfield are feeling the effects.  This Council believes that the only real solution is to build more homes.

 

House building is at its lowest since the 1920’s; private rents have increased by 37% in the past five years and the government continue to use billions of pounds of public money to subsidise private landlords through housing benefit.

 

This Council believes that government is complacent about the housing crisis which is affecting many of our residents in Enfield.

 

We call on the government to grant local authorities the powers and financial ability to increase the supply of housing for our residents.  The government should go further than they already have in lifting the cap on borrowing for Housing Revenue Accounts.  Council’s must be given the financial flexibilities they need to be able to scale up housing development, both in partnership and directly.”

 

15.4    In the name of Councillor Barry:

 

“If the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is agreed, the people of Enfield will lose many of the regulations that protect their environment, their food and their rights as workers.

 

A report commissioned by the Government concluded that TTIP offers “few or no benefits to the UK while having meaningful economic and political costs.”

 

This Council resolves:

 

        To call on the Government to put the national interests of our people above those of big businesses and to reject this agreement.

 

        To write to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, local MPs, MLAs, and all London MEPs raising our serious concerns about the impact of TTIP on local authorities and the secrecy of the negotiating process.

 

        To write to the Local Government Association to raise our serious concerns about the impact of TTIP on local authorities and ask them to raise these with Government on our behalf.

 

        To call  ...  view the full minutes text for item 100


Meeting: 24/09/2015 - Council (Item 71)

MOTIONS

12.1    In the name of Councillor Brett:

 

“Enfield Council regrets the recent statements regarding cuts to PCSOs at a time when reported violent crime is increasing in Enfield.”

 

12.2    In the name of Councillor Maguire:

 

“Enfield Council notes the desperate plight of refugees fleeing Syria and seeking safety in the countries of the EU.

 

This Council will work with other London Councils to play a part in a national response to the crisis.

 

This Council, however, insists that the Government must fully fund the national response for as long as it takes and not just for one year.”

 

12.3    In the name of Councillor Orhan:

 

“Following the campaign in the Londra Gazette and my letter to the Schools Minister urging him to intervene and force the AQA and OCR exam boards to reconsider the decision to scrap “A” levels and GCSEs of certain community languages such as Bengali, Gujarati, Punjabi, Polish and Turkish, it has been disappointing that other than a reprieve of a year no firm announcement of a commitment has been made by the Government that a u-turn has been achieved.  It begs the question who is in charge of education in the UK and if this Government is committed to providing language skill opportunities much in demand in business and much in need by an outward facing country.

 

As this is of a huge interest for Enfield residents I ask the Council to fully support me in a letter urging the government to make a public statement that community languages will be taught in school beyond 2017.”

 

12.4    In the name of Councillor N.Cazimoglu:

 

“The country, particularly London, is facing a housing crisis and residents in Enfield are feeling the effects.  This Council believes that the only real solution is to build more homes.

 

House building is at its lowest since the 1920’s; private rents have increased by 37% in the past five years and the government continue to use billions of pounds of public money to subsidise private landlords through housing benefit.

 

This Council believes that government is complacent about the housing crisis which is affecting many of our residents in Enfield.

 

We call on the government to grant local authorities the powers and financial ability to increase the supply of housing for our residents.  The government should go further than they already have in lifting the cap on borrowing for Housing Revenue Accounts.  Council’s must be given the financial flexibilities they need to be able to scale up housing development, both in partnership and directly.”

 

12.5    In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

“Enfield Council does not support any proposal for female only train carriages on trains. The idea amounts to nothing more than gender segregation and does nothing to address any of the issues of sexual harassment - those people travelling within the borough of Enfield should feel safe on trains, isolating women and treating them as the problem is not the answer.”

Minutes:

1.1     Councillor Brett moved and Councillor B.Charalambous seconded the following motion:

 

“Enfield Council regrets the recent statements regarding cuts to PCSOs at a time when reported violent crime is increasing in Enfield.”

 

Following a debate, the motion was put to the vote and agreed, with the following result:

 

For: 32

Against: 0

Abstentions: 19

 

Councillor Laban declared a non-pecuniary interest in the above motion.  She left the chamber, after the debate, but before the vote took place and took no part in the decision.


Meeting: 24/06/2015 - Council (Item 53)

MOTIONS

19.1    In the name of Councillor Neville:

 

“It has recently come to light that Councillor Nesimi Erbil was convicted of two fraud related offences in relation to his license to drive a London taxi (black cab), the convictions having occurred last September.

 

The council is of the view that these offences, being offences of dishonesty render Councillor Erbil unfit to serve on the council and accordingly calls upon him to resign his seat forthwith.”

 

19.2    In the name of Councillor Neville:

 

“Enfield Council congratulates the Conservative Party on winning the General

Election on 7th May 2015, thus providing the United Kingdom with stable majority party government independent of the whims and fantasies of minor parties, and welcomes the referendum to be held in 2017 on  Britain`s future relationship with the European Union. Enfield Council will seek to work in a constructive manner with the new Conservative Government for the benefit of the Enfield community.”

 

19.3    In the name of Councillor Sitkin:

 

“Under this pro-enterprise Labour Administration, Enfield Council commits to remaining open for business.”

 

19.4    In the name of Councillor Anderson:

 

“Fly tipping is endemic across the country costing taxpayers up to £850m each year.  Earlier this year, the Communities and Local Government Select Committee accused Westminster of a “lack of vigour, if not complacency” on tackling this growing problem.

 

Though Enfield Council has one of the best records in the country in tackling this scourge, we recognise that more needs to be done.  This Council, therefore, calls on the Government to heed the conclusions of the Select Committee report by creating a National Litter Strategy for England with a clear framework for action, underpinned with a coordinating role for local councils.

 

In addition we ask the Government:

 

(1)     to re-invest the millions from landfill tax receipts into tackling commercial fly-tipping;

 

(2)     to introduce a £1,000 fixed penalty notice for fly-tipping offences and make it easier for local authorities to enforce it; and

 

(3)     to address the outdated, slow and resource intensive process for dealing with waste on private land with a 7 day enforcement process along with higher fines for land owners who fail to comply.”

Minutes:

The following motions listed on the agenda lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.1    In the name of Councillor Neville:

 

“Enfield Council congratulates the Conservative Party on winning the General

Election on 7th May 2015, thus providing the United Kingdom with stable majority party government independent of the whims and fantasies of minor parties, and welcomes the referendum to be held in 2017 on  Britain`s future relationship with the European Union. Enfield Council will seek to work in a constructive manner with the new Conservative Government for the benefit of the Enfield community.”

 

1.2       In the name of Councillor Sitkin:

 

“Under this pro-enterprise Labour Administration, Enfield Council commits to remaining open for business.”


Meeting: 25/03/2015 - Council (Item 180)

MOTIONS

14.1    In the name of Councillor Neville:

 

“It has recently come to light that Councillor Nesimi Erbil was convicted of two fraud related offences in relation to his license to drive a London taxi (black cab), the convictions having occurred last September.

 

The council is of the view that these offences, being offences of dishonesty render Councillor Erbil unfit to serve on the council and accordingly calls upon him to resign his seat forthwith.”

 

14.2    In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

“The Council calls upon the Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety to improve its relationship with the Friends of the Parks Groups by agreeing to consult them on council projects and decisions that relate to the parks in our borough in recognition of their status as a key partner in the delivery of our parks service.”

 

14.3    In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

“In light of recent events in relation to consultation, the Council calls upon the Leader of the Council to implement a review across all departments in order to provide residents with greater confidence in the way Enfield Council conducts consultation.”

 

14.4    In the name of Councillor J.Charalambous:

 

“In light of uncertainty over the future ownership of the former Middlesex University campus in Trent Country Park and overwhelming public support for the Save Trent Park Campaign, Enfield Council will take immediate steps to fulfil the requirements of the petition set up by the campaign group , which currently has over 3500 signatures – namely to grant the former Middlesex University campus the status of an Asset of Community Value (as per the application submitted by the Friends of Trent Country Park and Christ Church Cockfosters); amend planning rules to grant permanent public access across the grounds (as enjoyed for decades during Middlesex University’s ownership); actively encourage a long term public use for the listed mansion and grounds which will also promote the important role the Estate played in World War II; and re-evaluate the management and strategic vision of Trent Country Park as a whole.”

 

14.5    In the name of Councillor Stewart:

 

“This Council believes that, since the General Election in 2010, the current Government has presided over one of the most devastating attacks on our society. Our communities in Enfield have felt the effect of the Conservative-led Government’s destructive policies and ideology to shrink the state and rely on market forces. We now live in a borough that has over 1,000 claimants affected by the bedroom tax, two foodbanks operating in the borough to feed the rising number of hungry families, and an increase in homelessness. These are just some of the indicators of a failed Government. Enfield Council has often been left to pick up the pieces, while facing increasing financial pressures imposed by central Government.  

This Council calls upon the next Government elected on 7th May 2015 to put an end to this callous way of governing and to take responsibility for supporting the vulnerable and rebuilding our society.

 

14.6  ...  view the full agenda text for item 180

Minutes:

The following motions listed on the agenda lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.1       In the name of Councillor Neville:

 

“It has recently come to light that Councillor Nesimi Erbil was convicted of two fraud related offences in relation to his license to drive a London taxi (black cab), the convictions having occurred last September.

 

The council is of the view that these offences, being offences of dishonesty render Councillor Erbil unfit to serve on the council and accordingly calls upon him to resign his seat forthwith.”

 

1.2       In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

“The Council calls upon the Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety to improve its relationship with the Friends of the Parks Groups by agreeing to consult them on council projects and decisions that relate to the parks in our borough in recognition of their status as a key partner in the delivery of our parks service.”

 

1.3       In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

“In light of recent events in relation to consultation, the Council calls upon the Leader of the Council to implement a review across all departments in order to provide residents with greater confidence in the way Enfield Council conducts consultation.”

 

1.4       In the name of Councillor Sitkin:

 

“Under this pro-enterprise Labour Administration, Enfield Council commits to remaining open for business.”

 

1.5       In the name of Councillor Maguire:

 

“This Council calls on Conservative Members and Enfield Conservative MPs Nick De Bois and David Burrowes to exert maximum pressure on the Conservative led Government to reverse its tax cut for millionaires.

 

This Council believes that the decision to cut the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p was misguided and irresponsible.

 

This Council agrees that the money raised from reinstating the 50p top rate of tax should be used to invest in Council and Health Services that would benefit all the people, including the many thousands in Enfield who rely on them.”


Meeting: 25/02/2015 - Council (Item 152)

MOTIONS

15.1    In the name of Councillor Barry:

 

“This Council is proud of the support it has given to the North London Credit Union and commits itself to continue to support their ethical financial work which places affordability and fairness at the heart of its efforts to provide affordable banking for local people and local businesses both existing and new.”

 

15.2    In the name of Councillor Cazimoglu:

 

“The Council should reaffirm its commitment to the NHS and its opposition to privatisation in Enfield.

 

The NHS should be at the centre of all decision making as a preferred provider.  The private sector should only be used in a supporting role and never when it destabilises a local NHS institution or fragments care.  ‘Not for Profit’ organisations should be favoured where profits are reinvested into the NHS and not profits for shareholders.

 

When commissioning services, as far as possible we should endeavour to give the NHS the first chance to deliver and improve services”.

 

 

15.3    In the name of Councillor Neville:

 

“It has recently come to light that Councillor Nesimi Erbil was convicted of two fraud related offences in relation to his license to drive a London taxi (black cab), the convictions having occurred last September.

 

The council is of the view that these offences, being offences of dishonesty render Councillor Erbil unfit to serve on the council and accordingly calls upon him to resign his seat forthwith.”

 

15.4    In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

“The Council calls upon the Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety to improve its relationship with the Friends of the Parks Groups by agreeing to consult them on council projects and decisions that relate to the parks in our borough in recognition of their status as a key partner in the delivery of our parks service.”

 

15.5    In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

“In light of recent events in relation to consultation, the Council calls upon the Leader of the Council to implement a review across all departments in order to provide residents with greater confidence in the way Enfield Council conducts consultation.”

 

15.6    In the name of Councillor Taylor:

 

“Currently, the Government is spending money on new Free Schools in areas where there are surplus places. This simply makes no sense when demand for places is so high, particularly in London.

 

By ending the scandalous waste of money from building new schools in areas of surplus places, more places can be created where they are needed.

 

Class sizes for 5, 6, and 7 year olds will be capped by a future Labour Government at no more than 30 pupils.

 

Enfield Council welcomes funding proposals that couldimprove the life chances of Enfield children.”

 

15.7    In the name of Councillor Sitkin:

 

“Under this pro-enterprise Labour Administration, Enfield Council commits to remaining open for business.”

Minutes:

The following motions listed on the agenda lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.1       In the name of Councillor Barry:

 

“This Council is proud of the support it has given to the North London Credit Union and commits itself to continue to support their ethical financial work which places affordability and fairness at the heart of its efforts to provide affordable banking for local people and local businesses both existing and new.”

 

1.2       In the name of Councillor Cazimoglu:

 

“The Council should reaffirm its commitment to the NHS and its opposition to privatisation in Enfield.

 

The NHS should be at the centre of all decision making as a preferred provider.  The private sector should only be used in a supporting role and never when it destabilises a local NHS institution or fragments care.  ‘Not for Profit’ organisations should be favoured where profits are reinvested into the NHS and not profits for shareholders.

 

When commissioning services, as far as possible we should endeavour to give the NHS the first chance to deliver and improve services”.

 

1.3       In the name of Councillor Neville:

 

“It has recently come to light that Councillor Nesimi Erbil was convicted of two fraud related offences in relation to his license to drive a London taxi (black cab), the convictions having occurred last September.

 

The council is of the view that these offences, being offences of dishonesty render Councillor Erbil unfit to serve on the council and accordingly calls upon him to resign his seat forthwith.”

 

1.4       In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

“The Council calls upon the Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety to improve its relationship with the Friends of the Parks Groups by agreeing to consult them on council projects and decisions that relate to the parks in our borough in recognition of their status as a key partner in the delivery of our parks service.”

 

1.5       In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

“In light of recent events in relation to consultation, the Council calls upon the Leader of the Council to implement a review across all departments in order to provide residents with greater confidence in the way Enfield Council conducts consultation.”

 

1.6       In the name of Councillor Taylor:

 

“Currently, the Government is spending money on new Free Schools in areas where there are surplus places. This simply makes no sense when demand for places is so high, particularly in London.

 

By ending the scandalous waste of money from building new schools in areas of surplus places, more places can be created where they are needed.

 

Class sizes for 5, 6, and 7 year olds will be capped by a future Labour Government at no more than 30 pupils.

 

Enfield Council welcomes funding proposals that couldimprove the life chances of Enfield children.”

 

1.7       In the name of Councillor Sitkin:

 

“Under this pro-enterprise Labour Administration, Enfield Council commits to remaining open for business.”


Meeting: 28/01/2015 - Council (Item 130)

MOTIONS

14.1    In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

In light of recent events in relation to consultation, the Council calls upon the Leader of the Council to implement a review across all departments in order to provide residents with greater confidence in the way Enfield Council conducts consultation.

 

14.2    In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

The Council calls upon the Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety to improve its relationship with the Friends of the Parks Groups by agreeing to consult them on council projects and decisions that relate to parks in our borough in recognistion of their status as a key partner in the delivery of our parks service.

 

14.3    In the name of Councillor Maguire:

 

This Council calls on Conservative Members and Enfield Conservative MPs Nick De Bois and David Burrowes to exert maximum pressure on the Conservative led Government to reverse its tax cut for millionaires.

 

This Council believes that the decision to cut the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p was misguided and irresponsible.

 

This Council agrees that the money raised from reinstating the 50p top rate of tax should be used to invest in Council and Health Services that would benefit all the people, including the many thousands in Enfield who rely on them.

 

14.4    In the name of Councillor Barry:

 

While many ordinary people in Enfield face falling household incomes and rising costs of living, some multinational companies are avoiding billions of pounds of tax from a tax system that fails to make them pay their fair share.  Local Governments such as ours in the UK and others in developing countries would all benefit from a fairer tax system where multinational companies pay their fair share, enabling authorities around the world to provide quality public services.  The UK Government must listen to the strength of public feeling and use its powers effectively to end the injustice of tax dodging by large multinational companies in developing countries and the UK

 

The council therefore resolves to support the campaign for tax justice, for the benefit of those living in Enfield and beyond.

Minutes:

The following motions listed on the agenda lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.1    In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

In light of recent events in relation to consultation, the Council calls upon the Leader of the Council to implement a review across all departments in order to provide residents with greater confidence in the way Enfield Council conducts consultation.

 

1.2    In the name of Councillor Laban:

 

The Council calls upon the Cabinet Member for Environment and Community Safety to improve the relationship with the Friends of the Parks Groups by agreeing to consult them on council projects and decisions that relate to parks in our borough in recognition of their status as a key partner in the delivery of our parks service.

 

1.3    In the name of Councillor Maguire:

 

This Council calls on Conservative Members and Enfield Conservative MPs Nick De Bois and David Burrowes to exert maximum pressure on the Conservative led Government to reverse its tax cut for millionaires.

 

This Council believes that the decision to cut the top rate of tax from 50p to 45p was misguided and irresponsible.

 

This Council agrees that the money raised from reinstating the 50p top rate of tax should be used to invest in Council and Health Services that would benefit all the people, including the many thousands in Enfield who rely on them.


Meeting: 19/11/2014 - Council (Item 92)

MOTIONS

15.1    In the name of Councillor Neville:

 

“The Council welcomes the completion of the purchase of the Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

 

The Council shares both, the Royal Free’s assessment that the site needs to be redeveloped and it’s acknowledgement that parts of the site are “no longer suitable for the delivery of modern health care”.  The council is anxious however to see that the £100million of government investment in the site is actually delivered, and as quickly as possible.  It looks forward to working with the Royal Free Trust to secure this much needed and long overdue redevelopment, for the benefit of Enfield residents.”

 

15.2    In the name of Councillor Neville:

 

“The Council calls upon the Cabinet to implement Labour’s election pledge “to encourage residents to shop locally” by firstly implementing a 20 minute free parking at Pay and Display bays in town centres, and secondly ensuring that in designing the Cycle Enfield project existing on-street parking spaces are not reduced.”

 

15.3    In the name of Councillor Stewart:

 

“Enfield Council is extremely concerned about the Government’s mismanagement of Employment and Support Allowance. Large backlogs, an increasing number of sanctions and poorly administered Work Capability Assessments are having a devastating effect on the most vulnerable in Enfield. The Leader of the Council is requested to write to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, to raise our concerns.”

 

15.4    In the name of Councillor Alessandro Georgiou

 

“Enfield Council welcomes the Care Act 2014 and funding that the government has provided to support vulnerable people and mandates the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care to commission a report into the implications of the act and how we will support vulnerable adults in future years,  This report must be published by May 2015.”

 

15.5    In the name of Councillor Alessandro Georgiou

 

“Whilst we recognise under paragraph 33 part 4 of the constitution filming is permitted at public council meetings, transparency is vital in a democracy.

 

We ask Enfield Council with this is mind to place at minimal cost cameras to record full Council Meetings and to publish the recording onto the Enfield Council website.”

 

15.6    In the name of Councillor Taylor:

 

“Between 2010/11 - 2015/16 London local government has had a real term reduction in core funding of a reduction of £2.6 billion.  For the 3 years to 2018-19 core funding will fall by a further £1 billion in real terms. 

 

Enfield has suffered its share of these pressures and cuts to support, exacerbated by the problems of damping.  This costs Enfield over £10 million per year and is programmed to continue.  With fair funding Enfield services would be much more insulated from Government cuts.

 

Residents in Enfield deserve better from central Government and Enfield Council will do all it can to:

-       Secure a fairer distribution of resources

-       Engage with residents on this injustice

-       Encourage local MPs to support the ‘Enfield case’  ...  view the full agenda text for item 92

Minutes:

The following motions listed on the agenda lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.1    In the name of Councillor Neville:

 

“The Council welcomes the completion of the purchase of the Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

 

The Council shares both, the Royal Free’s assessment that the site needs to be redeveloped and it’s acknowledgement that parts of the site are “no longer suitable for the delivery of modern health care”.  The council is anxious however to see that the £100million of government investment in the site is actually delivered, and as quickly as possible.  It looks forward to working with the Royal Free Trust to secure this much needed and long overdue redevelopment, for the benefit of Enfield residents.”

 

1.2    In the name of Councillor Neville:

 

“The Council calls upon the Cabinet to implement Labour’s election pledge “to encourage residents to shop locally” by firstly implementing a 20 minute free parking at Pay and Display bays in town centres, and secondly ensuring that in designing the Cycle Enfield project existing on-street parking spaces are not reduced.”

 

1.3    In the name of Councillor Alessandro Georgiou

 

“Enfield Council welcomes the Care Act 2014 and funding that the government has provided to support vulnerable people and mandates the Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care to commission a report into the implications of the act and how we will support vulnerable adults in future years,  This report must be published by May 2015.”

 

1.4    In the name of Councillor Alessandro Georgiou

 

“Whilst we recognise under paragraph 33 part 4 of the constitution filming is permitted at public council meetings, transparency is vital in a democracy.

 

We ask Enfield Council with this is mind to place at minimal cost cameras to record full Council Meetings and to publish the recording onto the Enfield Council website.”

 

1.5    In the name of Councillor Taylor:

 

“Between 2010/11 - 2015/16 London local government has had a real term reduction in core funding of a reduction of £2.6 billion.  For the 3 years to 2018-19 core funding will fall by a further £1 billion in real terms. 

 

Enfield has suffered its share of these pressures and cuts to support, exacerbated by the problems of damping.  This costs Enfield over £10 million per year and is programmed to continue.  With fair funding Enfield services would be much more insulated from Government cuts.

 

Residents in Enfield deserve better from central Government and Enfield Council will do all it can to:

-        Secure a fairer distribution of resources

-        Engage with residents on this injustice

-        Encourage local MPs to support the ‘Enfield case’

-        Work with other authorities that suffer damping to challenge this unfairness”

 

1.6    In the names of Councillor Neville & Councillor Laban:

 

“The council deplores the decision of Cllr Bond Cabinet Member for Environment to authorise the borough’s parks to remain unlocked at night without any proper consultation with Friends Groups, or more particularly the police, having regard  ...  view the full minutes text for item 92


Meeting: 08/10/2014 - Council (Item 57)

MOTIONS

16.1    In the name of Councillor Stewart:

 

“This Council recognises the distress and costs brought on to Enfield residents because of the Home Secretary’s crisis at the Passport Office.  This Council calls on the Passport Office to refund all those residents who had to incur extra fees and costs because of the Home Secretary’s poor management of the agency.  The Leader of the Council should write to the Home Secretary to pass on our view.”

 

16.2In the name of Councillor Hamilton:

 

“This Council is calling on the three Enfield MPs to support the private members bill by MP Clive Efford to repeal the competition provisions in the coalition’s Health and Social Care Act.  The bill will tackle Section 75 rules which force CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) to put services out to market even if they do not want to.

 

This Council is dismayed by the fact that private providers have won the majority of tenders for services since the Health and Social Care Act came into force in April 2013, this shows that the Tory pledge that the NHS is not being privatised is untrue.


Therefore, we call on the three Enfield MPs to demand that the Tory led coalition government repeals the competitive tendering legislation in the Health and Social Care Act so that:

 

·           CCGs are free to commission in the best interest of patients, as was promised before the passing of the Act and

 

·           Scant NHS resources are used for front line patient services.

 

It is therefore important that due to the NHS crisis caused by the Tory led coalitions shambolic Health and Social Care Act, that the residents of Enfield can be reassured that the takeover by the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust of Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust will be scrutinised to ensure that any additional funding will be used to improve and redevelop Chase Farm NHS Trust.

 

We also call upon the three Enfield MPs and the London MEPs to support the call for the NHS to be removed from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and for the Prime Minister to veto health from the TTIP agreement.  TTIP is a proposed “free trade” deal between the European Union and USA, including the ability for companies to sue governments.

 

The NHS must be excluded from the trade deal.  The Tory led government’s Health & Social Care Act 2012 accelerated the sell-off of the NHS to private health firms, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Patnership (TTIP) now threatens to make this sell off irreversible as it will undermine government freedom to change policy on private provision in the NHS.”

 

16.3    In the name of Councillor Oykener:

 

“The Council welcomes the establishment of a local authority company to develop own and manage a portfolio of properties to be made available for private rent.”

 

16.4    In the name of Councillor Neville:

 

“The Council welcomes the completion of the purchase of the Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.  ...  view the full agenda text for item 57

Minutes:

1.1     Councillor Hamilton moved and Councillor Cazimoglu seconded the following motion:

 

“This Council is calling on the three Enfield MPs to support the private members bill by MP Clive Efford to repeal the competition provisions in the coalition’s Health and Social Care Act.  The bill will tackle Section 75 rules which force CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) to put services out to market even if they do not want to.

 

This Council is dismayed by the fact that private providers have won the majority of tenders for services since the Health and Social Care Act came into force in April 2013, this shows that the Tory pledge that the NHS is not being privatised is untrue.

 

Therefore, we call on the three Enfield MPs to demand that the Tory led coalition government repeals the competitive tendering legislation in the Health and Social Care Act so that:

 

·                CCGs are free to commission in the best interest of patients, as was promised before the passing of the Act and

 

·                Scant NHS resources are used for front line patient services.

 

It is therefore important that due to the NHS crisis caused by the Tory led coalitions shambolic Health and Social Care Act, that the residents of Enfield can be reassured that the takeover by the Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust of Barnet and Chase Farm NHS Trust will be scrutinised to ensure that any additional funding will be used to improve and redevelop Chase Farm NHS Trust.

 

We also call upon the three Enfield MPs and the London MEPs to support the call for the NHS to be removed from the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and for the Prime Minister to veto health from the TTIP agreement.  TTIP is a proposed “free trade” deal between the European Union and USA, including the ability for companies to sue governments.

 

The NHS must be excluded from the trade deal.  The Tory led government’s Health & Social Care Act 2012 accelerated the sell-off of the NHS to private health firms, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) now threatens to make this sell off irreversible as it will undermine government freedom to change policy on private provision in the NHS.”

 

Following a short debate, the motion was put to the vote and agreed, with the following result:

 

 

For: 33

Against: 19

Abstentions: 0


Meeting: 16/07/2014 - Council (Item 37)

MOTIONS

14.1In the name of Councillor Rye:

 

“Enfield Council congratulates the officers supporting the scrutiny function over the past 10 years and achieving the CFPS award for excellence in 2010 and the MJ award in 2012 and  the Association of Public Services Award also in 2012.  Enfield Council undertakes to review the effectiveness of any new Scrutiny arrangements by commissioning an independent peer review to report by June 2015.”

 

14.2In the name of Councillor Neville:

 

“The Council welcomes the completion of the purchase of the Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.  The Council notes that this is the first piece of potentially positive news in the chequered history of Chase Farm for a very long time!

 

The Council shares both, the Royal Free’s assessment that the site needs to be redeveloped and it’s acknowledgement that parts of the site are “no longer suitable for the delivery of modern health care”.  The council is concerned however to see that the £100million of government investment in the site is actually delivered, and as quickly as possible.  It looks forward to working with the Royal Free to secure this much needed and long overdue redevelopment, for the benefit of Enfield residents.”

 

14.3In the name of Councillor Stewart:

 

“This Council recognises the distress and costs brought on to Enfield residents because of the Home Secretary’s crisis at the Passport Office.  This Council calls on the Passport Office to refund all those residents who had to incur extra fees and costs because of the Home Secretary’s poor management of the agency.  The Leader of the Council should write to the Home Secretary to pass on our view.”

 

14.4    In the name of Councillor B.Charalambous:

 

“This Council notes the decision of the Department for Education to refuse to fund a primary school at Ashmole Academy and the impact this decision will have on school places in the borough of Enfield.  This Council further notes the efforts of the Council to provide school places for the projected increase in population over the next decade and beyond and calls upon the Conservative led coalition Government to fully explain why it failed to fund Ashmole school, disappointing so many Enfield families with this decision.”

 

14.5In the name of Councillor Hamilton:

 

“This Council is calling on the three Enfield MPs to support the private members bill by MP Clive Efford to repeal the competition provisions in the coalition’s Health and Social Care Act.  The bill will tackle Section 75 rules which force CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups) to put services out to market even if they do not want to.

 

This Council is dismayed by the fact that private providers have won the majority of tenders for services since the Health and Social Care Act came into force in April 2013, this shows that the Tory pledge that the NHS is not being privatised is untrue.


Therefore, we call on the three Enfield MPs to demand that  ...  view the full agenda text for item 37

Minutes:

1.1    Councillor B. Charalambous moved and Councillor Orhan seconded the following motion:

 

“This Council notes the decision of the Department for Education to refuse to fund a primary school at Ashmole Academy and the impact this decision will have on school places in the borough of Enfield.  This Council further notes the efforts of the Council to provide school places for the projected increase in population over the next decade and beyond and calls upon the Conservative led coalition Government to fully explain why it failed to fund Ashmole school, disappointing so many Enfield families with this decision.”

 

During the debate on this item, the Opposition Group highlighted what they felt to be the need for a direct mandate to be provided for the Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection to write to the Secretary of State for Education to express support for a new primary school on the Academy site. As a result Councillor Neville then formally moved and Councillor E.Hayward seconded the following amendment to the motion:

 

Delete all the words after the first sentence and replace with:

 

“The Council mandates the Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services and Protection to write to the Secretary of State for Education expressing support for a new primary school on the Ashmole Academy site.”

 

The amendment was subject to a period of debate, during which Councillor Charalambous (in exercising his right of reply as mover of the original motion) advised that the Council would be writing to the Secretary of State for Education asking for the decision to refuse the application for funding to be reconsidered.  The amendment to the motion was then put to the vote and lost, with the following result:

 

For: 20

Against: 36

Abstentions: 0

 

The debate then continued on the original (unamended) motion, during which Councillor B. Charalambous moved and Councillor Taylor seconded a further amendment, as follows:

 

To insert immediately after the word “explain” in the final sentence the words “and reconsider”.

 

Following a short debate the amendment was then put to the vote and agreed, with the following result:

 

For: 36

Against: 0

Abstentions: 20

 

The substantive motion (as amended and detailed below) was then put to the vote and agreed, with the following result:

 

“This Council notes the decision of the Department for Education to refuse to fund a primary school at Ashmole Academy and the impact this decision will have on school places in the borough of Enfield.  This Council further notes the efforts of the Council to provide school places for the projected increase in population over the next decade and beyond and calls upon the Conservative led coalition Government to fully explain and reconsider why it failed to fund Ashmole school, disappointing so many Enfield families with this decision.”

 

For: 36

Against: 0

Abstentions: 20


Meeting: 26/02/2014 - Council (Item 125)

MOTIONS

13.1    In the name of Councillor Sitkin:

 

“This Council notes how reduced central government funding of Enfield, including the 7% grant damping, has diminished the resources available to local residents.  It asserts that there are alternative sources that central government could mobilise, specifically a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) on the speculative activities that have accelerated the enrichment of the few to the detriment of the many.  It therefore calls upon the government to levy the FTT and use the proceeds to increase central grants to local authorities like Enfield.”

 

13.2    In the name of Councillor Rye:

 

“Enfield Council appreciates the hard work of its staff, especially during a period when frequently the Council has to deliver good quality services with less resources.”

 

13.3    In the name of Councillor Orhan:

 

“Increasingly this Council is having to support families whose immigration status has not been resolved by Government. Currently, the Council is supporting 105 families, an increase on last year.

 

Undoubtedly this is a difficult position for these families as they are in a state of limbo. Some have been in this position for almost 5 years. As their immigration status remains unresolved, this Council is obliged under legislation to provide, social care, housing and education for these families and their children.

 

There is an estimated cost to the Council of £1,037,408.00 for the financial year 2013/2014.

 

The Council agrees that the Leader of the Council should pursue this with the objective of resolving the situation for these families, and gaining reimbursement from the Government for costs the Council has incurred.”

Minutes:

The following motions listed on the agenda lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.1       In the name of Councillor Sitkin:

 

“This Council notes how reduced central government funding of Enfield, including the 7% grant damping, has diminished the resources available to local residents.  It asserts that there are alternative sources that central government could mobilise, specifically a Financial Transaction Tax (FTT) on the speculative activities that have accelerated the enrichment of the few to the detriment of the many.  It therefore calls upon the government to levy the FTT and use the proceeds to increase central grants to local authorities like Enfield.”

 

1.2       In the name of Councillor Rye:

 

“Enfield Council appreciates the hard work of its staff, especially during a period when frequently the Council has to deliver good quality services with less resources.”

 

1.3       In the name of Councillor Orhan:

 

“Increasingly this Council is having to support families whose immigration status has not been resolved by Government. Currently, the Council is supporting 105 families, an increase on last year.

 

Undoubtedly this is a difficult position for these families as they are in a state of limbo. Some have been in this position for almost 5 years. As their immigration status remains unresolved, this Council is obliged under legislation to provide, social care, housing and education for these families and their children.

 

There is an estimated cost to the Council of £1,037,408.00 for the financial year 2013/2014.

 

The Council agrees that the Leader of the Council should pursue this with the objective of resolving the situation for these families, and gaining reimbursement from the Government for costs the Council has incurred.”


Meeting: 29/01/2014 - Council (Item 106)

MOTIONS

12.1    In the name of Councillor Charalambous:

 

This Council acknowledges with pride Chickenshed’s contribution to arts, community and education in the London Borough of Enfield over the last 40 years and restates the Council’s commitment to a continued partnership which has benefited so many of the borough’s residents.

 

12.2    In the name of Councillor Hamilton:

 

I call on Enfield Council to urge the Government, and in particular the Ministry of Justice, to think again about their proposals for the privatisation of the probation service where they are proposing G4S and the like running the probation service.

 

We oppose the government’s plan to privatise the probation service to make cost savings from centrally managing more offenders in the community and closing prisons.  This will increase risk to Enfield residents.

 

12.3    In the name of Councillor Hamilton:

 

This Council believes that the safety and security of Enfield residents is being put at risk by the Mayor of London and the Tory led Coalition Government as a result of cuts to the key emergency services – the Metropolitan Police Service, the London Fire Brigade, the London Ambulance Service and the Accident & Emergency Departments.

 

The Council believes that the cuts are too far and too fast and that the many millions of pounds being taken from the budgets of the NHS, the Metropolitan Police Service and the London Fire Brigade will inevitably endanger families and communities in Enfield.

 

The closures of Met police station front desks, fire stations and A & E departments alongside cuts to the London ambulance service means that the safety of Enfield residents is put at risk.

 

This Council calls on the Mayor of London and the Coalition Government to reconsider the changes which reduce the safety and security of our residents.

 

12.4    In the name of Councillor Lavender:

 

Enfield Council notes with sadness the death of Lord McAlpine and requests that Councillor Hamilton withdraws the remarks she made in a debate at Council that a senior Conservative was a paedophile at a time when unfounded allegations were being made against Lord McAlpine and which were subsequently withdrawn.

Minutes:

1.1    Councillor Charalambous moved and Councillor Anne-Marie Pearce seconded the following motion:

 

This Council acknowledges with pride Chickenshed’s contribution to arts, community and education in the London Borough of Enfield over the last 40 years and restates the Council’s commitment to a continued partnership which has benefited so many of the borough’s residents.

 

Following a debate, during which the cross party nature of activity undertaken to establish and support the work of Chickenshed was acknowledged, the motion was agreed unanimously, without a vote.

 

1.2 Councillor Taylor moved and Councillor Bearryman seconded the following motion, originally submitted in the name of Councillor Hamilton:

 

I call on Enfield Council to urge the Government, and in particular the Ministry of Justice, to think again about their proposals for the privatisation of the probation service where they are proposing G4S and the like running the probation service.

 

We oppose the government’s plan to privatise the probation service to make cost savings from centrally managing more offenders in the community and closing prisons.  This will increase risk to Enfield residents.

 

During the debate on this item, concerns were raised by the Opposition Group in relation to the naming of a specific company within the motion whom it was reported had subsequently been withdrawn from the tendering process.  As a result Councillor Taylor advised that he would be willing to move an amendment to the motion in order to remove reference to the specific company.

 

Following a period of further debate, Councillor Taylor then moved and Councillor Brett seconded the following amendment:

 

To delete the following words at the end of the first paragraph “where they are proposing G4S and the like running the probation service.”

 

The amendment was put to the vote and agreed, with the following result:

 

For: 30

Against: 1

 

The substantive motion (as amended and detailed below) was then immediately put to the vote and agreed, with the following result:

 

I call on Enfield Council to urge the Government, and in particular the Ministry of Justice, to think again about their proposals for the privatisation of the probation service.

 

We oppose the government’s plan to privatise the probation service to make cost savings from centrally managing more offenders in the community and closing prisons.  This will increase risk to Enfield residents.

 

For: 30

Against: 16

Abstentions: 2


Meeting: 27/11/2013 - Council (Item 87)

MOTIONS

15.1    In the name of Councillor Headley:

 

This Council notes the recent announcements made by Public Health Minister, Jane Ellison MP of planned measures to combat the threat of Female Genital Mutilation.

 

In light of these announcements and comments made by the Minister in a recent London Evening Standard interview regarding her “determination to prevent child abuse that was leaving victims to face life-long physical and mental pain”

 

This Council instructs the Cabinet Members for Children & Young People and Community Well Being and Public Health to do the following:

 

1.         Support the Minister’s position on FGM

2.         Publicly declare that FGM will not be tolerated

3.         Find out the extent of this problem in Enfield.

 

This council agrees to work in a non-adversarial and collaborative manner to investigate FGM  in Enfield and how it is affecting our community and instructs the Cabinet Members for Community Well Being and Public Health and Children & Young People  to work collectively with the Health and Wellbeing Board,  the opposition lead on Health and Education and the Elders and Leaders in the affected communities, to find a mechanism to better understand the issue and how we can prevent any Enfield child enduring the  procedure.

 

15.2    In the name of Councillor Hamilton:

 

We ask this Council to note that 25th November is white ribbon day and that Enfield Council was the first London Borough to be awarded white ribbon status.

 

There will be a range of events during the week to call for the end of violence against women and girls; and we Enfield Council call on the coalition government to introduce statutory provisions to make personal, social and health education include a zero tolerance approach to violence and abuse in relationships.

 

15.3    In the name of Councillor Charalambous:

 

This Council acknowledges with pride Chickenshed’s contribution to arts, community and education in the London Borough of Enfield over the last 40 years and restates the Council’s commitment to a continued partnership which has benefited so many of the borough’s residents.

 

15.4    In the name of Councillor Hamilton:

 

I call on Enfield council to urge the Government, and in particular the Ministry of Justice, to think again about their proposals for the privatisation of the probation service where they are proposing G4S and the like running the probation service.

 

We oppose the government’s plan to privatise the probation service to make cost savings from centrally managing more offenders in the community and closing prisons.  This will increase risk to Enfield residents.

Minutes:

The following motions listed on the agenda, lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.1      In the name of Councillor Hamilton:

 

“We ask this Council to note that 25th November was white ribbon day and that Enfield Council was the first London Borough to be awarded white ribbon status.

 

There will be a range of events during the week to call for the end of violence against women and girls; and we Enfield Council call on the coalition government to introduce statutory provisions to make personal, social and health education include a zero tolerance approach to violence and abuse in relationships”.

 

1.2    In the name of Councillor Charalambous:

 

“This Council acknowledges with pride Chickenshed’s contribution to arts, community and education in the London Borough of Enfield over the last 40 years and restates the Council’s commitment to a continued partnership which has benefited so many of the Borough’s residents.”

 

1.3    In the name of Councillor Hamilton:

 

“I call on Enfield Council to urge the Government, and in particular the Ministry of Justice, to think again about their proposals for the privatisation of the probation service where they are proposing G4S and the like running the probation service.

 

We oppose the government’s plan to privatise the probation service to make cost savings from centrally managing more offenders in the community and closing prisons.  This will increase risk to Enfield residents”.


Meeting: 09/10/2013 - Council (Item 60)

MOTIONS

11.1    In the name of Councillor Neville:

 

"This Council notes the recent decision of the High Court in the case of Attfield v L B of Barnet, which ruled that increases in charges for residents permits by Barnet Council in 2011 were unlawful because Barnet's primary reason for imposing the increase was to raise additional income for highway maintenance and to contribute to the cost of concessionary fares.

 

This Council further notes that the report of the Director of Environment to Cabinet on 14 June 2010 proposed increases to residents parking permit charges and on street parking charges which the Cabinet approved. The June 2010 report which the Cabinet accepted, made plain the reason(s) for the proposed increases which were identical to those in the Barnet case, and must therefore be regarded as unlawful, which were repeated by Cllr Stafford, Cabinet Member for Finance, at a public meeting which was properly minuted by Democratic Services.

 

The Council notes that Barnet have as a result of the High Court ruling, decided to refund not just the claimant, Mr Attfield as they were ordered, but also to refund all residents who had paid the increased charges since their introduction. In the light of this the Council instructs the Director - Environment to make immediate arrangements for similar refunds to all affected Enfield residents."

 

11.2    In the name of Councillor Taylor:

 

“The Council reaffirms its general opposition to the consequences of the BEH Strategy and its impact upon Chase Farm Hospital and the residents of Enfield.

 

The Council also reaffirms its opposition to the decision of the Secretary of State for Health to ignore the views of the residents of Enfield and to continue to support the decision to remove A & E and Maternity services at Chase Farm Hospital, and particularly without the planned and necessary primary care improvements being made which were a precondition agreed by his predecessor.

 

The Council supports the commencement of legal proceedings to challenge this decision as advised by leading Counsel and agrees that action should be pursued expeditiously in light of criticism during previous proceedings in 2008.”

 

11.3    In the name of Councillor Charalambous:

 

“This Council notes that Enfield residents will be better off under a One Nation Labour Government rather than with the divisive policies being put forward by the other parties.”

 

11.4    In the name of Councillor Sit-in:

 

“Enfield Council's 2020 Action Plan seeks a 40% reduction in the borough's CO2 emissions by 2020 vs. a 2005 baseline, reflecting our conviction that it is a public responsibility to help incentivise eco-investment. In Enfield, this approach is contributing to the creation of new career opportunities in the construction and manufacturing sectors; our workforce is being equipped with useful, high value skills; even as we are doing what we can to fight global warming.

 

This Council invites representatives from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to Enfield in the hope that they  ...  view the full agenda text for item 60

Minutes:

1.1     Councillor Taylor moved and Councillor Ann Marie Pearce seconded the following motion:

 

The Council reaffirms its general opposition to the consequences of the Barnet Enfield and Haringey (BEH) Clinical Strategy and its impact upon Chase Farm Hospital and the residents of Enfield.

 

The Council also reaffirms its opposition to the decision of the Secretary of State for Health to ignore the views of the residents of Enfield and to continue to support the decision to remove Accident and Emergency and Maternity services at Chase Farm Hospital, and particularly without the planned and necessary primary care improvements being made which were a precondition agreed by his predecessor.

 

The Council supports the commencement of legal proceedings to challenge this decision as advised by leading Counsel and agrees that action should be pursued expeditiously in light of criticism during previous proceedings in 2008.”

 

Having been moved and seconded the motion was then put to the vote and unanimously agreed, with no abstentions.


Meeting: 17/07/2013 - Council (Item 44)

MOTIONS

20.1         In the name of Councillor Smith:

 

“This council agrees to put in place as soon as possible a transfer system itself or in collaboration with other housing organisations to assist social housing tenants in Enfield affected by the reduction of housing benefit who are under occupying their homes to enable them to swap with households that are entitled to social housing that are currently overcrowded, those transfer arrangements to include financial assistance to cover moving expenses where appropriate.”

 

20.2         In the name of Councillor McGowan:

 

“We recently celebrated the 65th birthday of our beloved National Health Service.

 

Labour created the NHS in 1948, and it is one of our proudest achievements.  It’s 65th birthday is an opportunity to celebrate.  However, if we are going to commemorate further milestones then we need to make sure our NHS is strengthened and protected for the future.

 

Will the Council do everything it can do to protect this most important public service to Enfield residents, and make sure on this important anniversary we stay true to the values that have made it the envy of the world.”

 

20.3         In the name of Councillor Sitkin:

 

“Enfield Council’s 2020 Action Plan seeks a 40% reduction in the borough’s C02 emissions by 2020 vs a 2005 baseline, reflecting our conviction that it is a public responsibility to help incentivise eco-investment.  In Enfield, this approach is contributing to the creation of new career opportunities in the construction and manufacturing sectors; our workforce is being equipped with useful, high value skills; even as we are doing what we can to fight global warning.

 

This Council invites representatives from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to Enfield in the hope that they may benefit from the work we are doing in this area and use it to inform policy.”

Minutes:

The following motions listed on the agenda, lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.1      In the name of Councillor Smith:

 

“This council agrees to put in place as soon as possible a transfer system itself or in collaboration with other housing organisations to assist social housing tenants in Enfield affected by the reduction of housing benefit who are under occupying their homes to enable them to swap with households that are entitled to social housing that are currently overcrowded, those transfer arrangements to include financial assistance to cover moving expenses where appropriate.”

 

1.2    In the name of Councillor Sitkin:

 

“Enfield Council’s 2020 Action Plan seeks a 40% reduction in the borough’s C02 emissions by 2020 vs a 2005 baseline, reflecting our conviction that it is a public responsibility to help incentivise eco-investment.  In Enfield, this approach is contributing to the creation of new career opportunities in the construction and manufacturing sectors; our workforce is being equipped with useful, high value skills; even as we are doing what we can to fight global warming.

 

This Council invites representatives from the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), Department of Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) and Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to Enfield in the hope that they may benefit from the work we are doing in this area and use it to inform policy.”


Meeting: 27/03/2013 - Council (Item 163)

MOTIONS

12.1    In the name of Councillor Goddard

 

“This Council believes that the recent report, No Stone Unturned - In pursuit of Growth - by the Right Honourable Lord Heseltine, provides a possible framework for sustainable growth not only in the UK but in Enfield and our region and sub region.

 

This Council endorses the general principle within the report that Local Government (Local and Regional) has the capability to generate growth.

 

Whilst there may be issues regarding some of the 89 recommendations which may be open to debate, Council calls upon the Government, the Mayor of London and the London LEP to begin substantial discussions with London Councils and the sub regions of London regarding the announced implementation of the report.”

 

12.2In the name of Councillor Hamilton

 

“We ask this Council to note the One Billion Rising Campaign, and the call to end violence against women and girls; and we call on Enfield Council to support the call to introduce statutory provisions to make personal, social and health education, include a zero tolerance approach to violence and abuse in relationships.

 

We call on this Council to invite a speaker from the national campaign to address the Council meeting in November to mark White Ribbon Day, in recognition that Enfield Council was the first London Authority to be awarded white ribbon status for its work on raising awareness and tackling violence against women and girls.”

 

12.3    In the name of Councillor Rye

 

“Enfield Council congratulates the Chancellor of the Exchequer The Rt Hon George Osborne on his recent Budget – as the Conservative led Government reduces the huge deficit left by the last Labour Government, this will help promote growth and benefit Enfield residents.”

 

12.4    In the name of Councillor Neville

 

“The Council is concerned to retain and improve the appearance of the borough’s street scene and instructs the Environment Cabinet Member to ensure that repairs to footways are carried out on a like for like basis i.e. replacing broken pavings with paving/blocks unless a change to tarmac is favoured by the majority of residents of a road in a consultation exercise.”

 

12.5         In the name of Councillor Levy

 

“Contrary to popular belief, the number of licensed betting shops currently operating in Enfield is approximately the same as it was in 2007.

 

But even were there to have been the kind of proliferation locally that is perceived to be the case, local authorities such as Enfield Borough Council are almost powerless to exert effective controls of the spread of such premises under current legislation and guidance. In the case of the Gambling Act 2005, councils are explicitly prevented from even considering cumulative impact as a policy option.

 

In a political climate where the concept of localism is given primacy, and where local government is continually being told to assume more responsibilities and keep its house in order, it is a major anomaly that national law places unworkable constraints on councils and other authorities in addressing the concerns of a wide  ...  view the full agenda text for item 163

Minutes:

The following motions listed on the agenda, lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.1    In the name of Councillor Goddard

 

“This Council believes that the recent report, No Stone Unturned - In pursuit of Growth - by the Right Honourable Lord Heseltine, provides a possible framework for sustainable growth not only in the UK but in Enfield and our region and sub region.

 

This Council endorses the general principle within the report that Local Government (Local and Regional) has the capability to generate growth.

 

Whilst there may be issues regarding some of the 89 recommendations which may be open to debate, Council calls upon the Government, the Mayor of London and the London LEP to begin substantial discussions with London Councils and the sub regions of London regarding the announced implementation of the report.”

 

1.2       In the name of Councillor Hamilton

 

“We ask this Council to note the One Billion Rising Campaign, and the call to end violence against women and girls; and we call on Enfield Council to support the call to introduce statutory provisions to make personal, social and health education, include a zero tolerance approach to violence and abuse in relationships.

 

We call on this Council to invite a speaker from the national campaign to address the Council meeting in November to mark White Ribbon Day, in recognition that Enfield Council was the first London Authority to be awarded white ribbon status for its work on raising awareness and tackling violence against women and girls.”

 

1.3    In the name of Councillor Rye

 

“Enfield Council congratulates the Chancellor of the Exchequer The Rt Hon George Osborne on his recent Budget – as the Conservative led Government reduces the huge deficit left by the last Labour Government, this will help promote growth and benefit Enfield residents.”

 

1.4    In the name of Councillor Neville

 

“The Council is concerned to retain and improve the appearance of the borough’s street scene and instructs the Environment Cabinet Member to ensure that repairs to footways are carried out on a like for like basis i.e. replacing broken pavings with paving/blocks unless a change to tarmac is favoured by the majority of residents of a road in a consultation exercise.”

 

1.5       In the name of Councillor Levy

 

“Contrary to popular belief, the number of licensed betting shops currently operating in Enfield is approximately the same as it was in 2007.

 

But even were there to have been the kind of proliferation locally that is perceived to be the case, local authorities such as Enfield Borough Council are almost powerless to exert effective controls of the spread of such premises under current legislation and guidance. In the case of the Gambling Act 2005, councils are explicitly prevented from even considering cumulative impact as a policy option.

 

In a political climate where the concept of localism is given primacy, and where local government is continually being told to assume more responsibilities and keep its house in order, it is a major anomaly that national law places unworkable  ...  view the full minutes text for item 163


Meeting: 27/02/2013 - Council (Item 142)

MOTIONS

13.1    In the name of Councillor Goddard

 

“This Council believes that the recent report, No Stone Unturned - In pursuit of Growth - by the Right Honourable Lord Heseltine, provides a possible framework for sustainable growth not only in the UK but in Enfield and our region and sub region.

 

This Council endorses the general principle within the report that Local Government (Local and Regional) has the capability to generate growth if only it was supported by Government.

 

Whilst there may be issues regarding some of the 89 recommendations which may be open to debate, Council calls upon the Government and The Mayor to begin the process of considering and implementing the proposals and therefore suggests to the LGA a range of regional seminars to discuss the report.”

 

13.2         In the name of Councillor Hamilton

 

“We ask this Council to note the One Billion Rising Campaign, and the call to end violence against women and girls; and we call on Enfield Council to support the call to introduce statutory provisions to make personal, social and health education, include a zero tolerance approach to violence and abuse in relationships.

 

We call on this Council to invite a speaker from the national campaign to address the Council meeting in November to mark White Ribbon Day, in recognition that Enfield Council was the first London Authority to be awarded white ribbon status for its work on raising awareness and tackling violence against women and girls.”

Minutes:

The following motions listed on the agenda lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.1    In the name of Councillor Goddard

 

“This Council believes that the recent report, No Stone Unturned - In pursuit of Growth - by the Right Honourable Lord Heseltine, provides a possible framework for sustainable growth not only in the UK but in Enfield and our region and sub region.

 

This Council endorses the general principle within the report that Local Government (Local and Regional) has the capability to generate growth if only it was supported by Government.

 

Whilst there may be issues regarding some of the 89 recommendations which may be open to debate, Council calls upon the Government and The Mayor to begin the process of considering and implementing the proposals and therefore suggests to the LGA a range of regional seminars to discuss the report.”

 

1.2       In the name of Councillor Hamilton

 

“We ask this Council to note the One Billion Rising Campaign, and the call to end violence against women and girls; and we call on Enfield Council to support the call to introduce statutory provisions to make personal, social and health education, include a zero tolerance approach to violence and abuse in relationships.

 

We call on this Council to invite a speaker from the national campaign to address the Council meeting in November to mark White Ribbon Day, in recognition that Enfield Council was the first London Authority to be awarded white ribbon status for its work on raising awareness and tackling violence against women and girls.”


Meeting: 30/01/2013 - Council (Item 124)

MOTIONS

17.1In the name of Councillor Hamilton

 

“This Council believes that the safety and security of Enfield residents and Londoners generally and the residents of our borough is being put at risk as a result of cuts to emergency services being pushed through by the Mayor and the Conservative led government to our key emergency services – the Metropolitan Police Service, the London Fire Brigade alongside the London Ambulance Service and the city’s Accident & Emergency Departments.

 

This Council believes that the cuts are going too far and too fast and that the many millions of pounds being cut from the budgets of the NHS, the Metropolitan Police Service and the London Fire Brigade will inevitably endanger families and communities across the capital.

 

This Council believes that the cuts are being carried out without consideration of the impact on Enfield residents and Londoners’ safety. The closures of police front desks, fire stations and A & E departments will mean various pockets of London could see the safety of residents threatened by longer response times.

 

This Council is opposed to the Mayor’s position that the scale of the cuts are necessary and acceptable. This Council calls on the Mayor to stand up for Enfield residents and Londoners against the cuts being imposed by the Conservative-led government and to think again about his own draconian cuts to the emergency services on which we rely to keep Enfield residents and Londoners safe.”

 

17.2    In the name of Councillor Goddard

 

“This Council believes that the recent report, No Stone Unturned - In pursuit of Growth - by the Right Honourable Lord Heseltine, provides a possible framework for sustainable growth not only in the UK but in Enfield and our region and sub region.

 

This Council endorses the general principle within the report that Local Government (Local and Regional) has the capability to generate growth if only it was supported by Government.

 

Whilst there may be issues regarding some of the 89 recommendations which may be open to debate, Council calls upon the Government and The Mayor to begin the process of considering and implementing the proposals and therefore suggests to the LGA a range of regional seminars to discuss the report.”

Minutes:

The following motion listed on the agenda, lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.1    In the name of Councillor Goddard:

 

“This Council believes that the recent report, No Stone Unturned - In pursuit of Growth - by the Right Honourable Lord Heseltine, provides a possible framework for sustainable growth not only in the UK but in Enfield and our region and sub region.

 

This Council endorses the general principle within the report that Local Government (Local and Regional) has the capability to generate growth if only it was supported by Government.

 

Whilst there may be issues regarding some of the 89 recommendations which may be open to debate, Council calls upon the Government and The Mayor to begin the process of considering and implementing the proposals and therefore suggests to the LGA a range of regional seminars to discuss the report.”


Meeting: 07/11/2012 - Council (Item 97)

MOTIONS

12.1    In the name of Councillor Charalambous

 

“Enfield Council recognises the stunning success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games respectively and congratulates the torch bearers, volunteers, athletes and participants with a connection to Enfield who were involved in making the Games such a spectacular and inspirational global event and in turn proving the sceptics and naysayers so wildly wrong.”

 

12.2    In the name of Councillor Lavender

 

“Enfield Council welcomes the Government’s support not to increase Council tax for the third year running and undertakes to support this policy and Enfield Council tax payers.”

 

12.3    In the name of Councillor Neville

 

“Enfield Council congratulates Councillor Bond on his partial U turn on Sunday car parking charges in Enfield Town. The Council welcomes a free 3 hour car parking period on Sundays in Enfield Town in the weeks from around Christmas 2012 and urges Councillor Bond to complete his U turn and offer free car parking all day all year on Sundays in Enfield Town.”

 

12.4    In the name of Councillor Hamilton

 

“Enfield Council calls on the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC) to continue to support the North London Rape Crisis Centre and not to reduce the financial support as implied.  This is not a Pan London approach and is unfairly penalising Boroughs who are trying to protect residents.

 

The Community Safety Fund has already been cut by 59% over the last two years and the Mayor expects hard pressed local authorities to increase their contributions to the Rape Crisis Centre.

 

The Mayor of London has backtracked on sharing Borough Commanders.  He should now also backtrack on other cuts to the Met Police, including the reduction in police numbers.”

 

12.5    In the name of Councillor McGowan

 

“The Council notes the scandalously poor handling of the economy by the Chancellor and his allies in Government.  The Council is concerned that despite unprecedented cuts to public services, this economic mismanagement will result in even further cuts to local authorities.

 

The Council agrees to write to the 3 local MPs asking them to write to the Chancellor expressing opposition to any further cuts to local government, and Enfield in particular, whether in terms of cuts to core funding, recalculations of entitlements, or to specific grants.”

 

12.6    In the name of Councillor Bond

 

“The impact of Government cuts is impacting on Enfield residents and the Council should advise the Government on alternatives.  Therefore the Council calls upon the Prime Minister to vote against any increase in the EU budget.  Hard working Enfield families will not accept any increase in the EU budget.”

 

12.7    In the name of Councillor Taylor

 

“Enfield Council recognises the partial funding for a Council Tax freeze in 2013/14 but calls upon the Government to properly fund Enfield Council including the removal of damping.”

 

Minutes:

1.1    Councillor Charalambous moved and Councillor Zinkin seconded the following motion:

 

“Enfield Council recognises the stunning success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games respectively and congratulates the torch bearers, volunteers, athletes and participants with a connection to Enfield who were involved in making the Games such a spectacular and inspirational global event and in turn proving the sceptics and naysayers so wildly wrong.”

 

Following a debate, the motion was unanimously agreed without a vote.

 

1.2    Councillor Hamilton moved and Councillor Cranfield seconded the following motion:

 

“Enfield Council calls on the Mayor’s Office for Police and Crime (MOPAC) to continue to support the North London Rape Crisis Centre and not to reduce the financial support as implied.  This is not a Pan London approach and is unfairly penalising Boroughs who are trying to protect residents.

 

The Community Safety Fund has already been cut by 59% over the last two years and the Mayor expects hard pressed local authorities to increase their contributions to the Rape Crisis Centre.

 

The Mayor of London has backtracked on sharing Borough Commanders.  He should now also backtrack on other cuts to the Met Police, including the reduction in police numbers.”

 

Following a debate the motion was put to the vote and agreed with the following result:

 

For: 32

Against: 23

Abstention: 0


Meeting: 19/09/2012 - Council (Item 81)

MOTIONS

19.1         In the name of Councillor Lavender

 

In order to maintain probity and transparency this Council resolves:

 

(i)         to insert in future Conditions of Grant Funding of the Enfield Residents Priority Fund Grant Agreements as a condition of the award of any element of the Grant that the Grant Applicant discloses to the Council in the related Grant Funding Application Form any membership, or other financial or property interest or obligation (each an 'Interest') that any councillor, close relative or dependant of any councillor, or any political party any councillor represents has in relation to:

 

(a)       any such Grant Applicant; or

(b)       any property occupied by such Grant Applicant; or 

(c)        in the Project

 

immediately upon the Grant Applicant becoming aware of such Interest arising; and

 

(ii)        that any councillor who either himself or herself has an Interest in, or becomes aware of any of their close relatives or dependants having any Interest in, or whose party they politically represent has any Interest in:

 

(a)       any existing or proposed Grant Applicant which has entered into a Grant Agreement; or

(b)       any property occupied by such Grant Applicant; or

(c)        in any related Project

 

shall have a duty to disclose full particulars of such Interest in the register of members' interests.

 

19.2    In the name of Councillor Lavender:

 

This Council:

 

(a)       notes the proximity of Barnet and Enfield Town Centres;

(b)       notes the existence of empty car parking spaces in both town centres;

(c)        notes the announcement on Tuesday 4th September of the reduction of car parking charges in Town Centres by Barnet Council; and

(d)       resolves to similarly reduce car parking charges in its Town Centres, particularly on a Sunday.

 

19.3In the name of Councillor Lavender

 

This Council welcomes the Coalition Government’s Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill, which intends to give statutory backing to the UK Guarantees programme announced in July and the housing guarantee schemes to dramatically accelerate major infrastructure investment and provide major support to UK exporters.

 

The Council notes that the UK Guarantees scheme has been established to ensure that where major infrastructure projects may struggle to access private finance because of adverse credit conditions they can proceed as planned.

 

The Council also notes the Government’s support for the long-term delivery of new rental homes and that the Government intends to issue debt guarantees to support the building of new private rented sector and affordable homes.

 

The Council notes that the Government is expediting the legislation in order to ensure that it can take forward detailed discussions with eligible commercial parties as soon as possible and subsequently provide suitable forms of guarantee.

 

The Council notes the scope of the Bill covers the transport, energy, communications and environmental sectors set out in the National Infrastructure Plan as well as the wider housing sector.

 

The Council resolves to monitor these developments to explore whether any of the many regeneration projects in Enfield, which were first formulated under the previous administration, but  ...  view the full agenda text for item 81

Minutes:

The remaining motions listed on the agenda, as set out below, lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.1       In the name of Councillor Lavender

 

In order to maintain probity and transparency this Council resolves:

 

(i)         to insert in future Conditions of Grant Funding of the Enfield Residents Priority Fund Grant Agreements as a condition of the award of any element of the Grant that the Grant Applicant discloses to the Council in the related Grant Funding Application Form any membership, or other financial or property interest or obligation (each an 'Interest') that any councillor, close relative or dependant of any councillor, or any political party any councillor represents has in relation to:

 

(a)       any such Grant Applicant; or

(b)       any property occupied by such Grant Applicant; or 

(c)        in the Project

 

immediately upon the Grant Applicant becoming aware of such Interest arising; and

 

(ii)        that any councillor who either himself or herself has an Interest in, or becomes aware of any of their close relatives or dependants having any Interest in, or whose party they politically represent has any Interest in:

 

(a)       any existing or proposed Grant Applicant which has entered into a Grant Agreement; or

(b)       any property occupied by such Grant Applicant; or

(c)        in any related Project

 

shall have a duty to disclose full particulars of such Interest in the register of members' interests.

 

1.2       In the name of Councillor Lavender:

 

This Council:

 

(a)       notes the proximity of Barnet and Enfield Town Centres;

(b)       notes the existence of empty car parking spaces in both town centres;

(c)        notes the announcement on Tuesday 4th September of the reduction of car parking charges in Town Centres by Barnet Council; and

(d)       resolves to similarly reduce car parking charges in its Town Centres, particularly on a Sunday.

 

1.3       In the name of Councillor Lavender

 

This Council welcomes the Coalition Government’s Infrastructure (Financial Assistance) Bill, which intends to give statutory backing to the UK Guarantees programme announced in July and the housing guarantee schemes to dramatically accelerate major infrastructure investment and provide major support to UK exporters.

 

The Council notes that the UK Guarantees scheme has been established to ensure that where major infrastructure projects may struggle to access private finance because of adverse credit conditions they can proceed as planned.

 

The Council also notes the Government’s support for the long-term delivery of new rental homes and that the Government intends to issue debt guarantees to support the building of new private rented sector and affordable homes.

 

The Council notes that the Government is expediting the legislation in order to ensure that it can take forward detailed discussions with eligible commercial parties as soon as possible and subsequently provide suitable forms of guarantee.

 

The Council notes the scope of the Bill covers the transport, energy, communications and environmental sectors set out in the National Infrastructure Plan as well as the wider housing sector.

 

The Council resolves to monitor these developments to explore whether any of the many regeneration  ...  view the full minutes text for item 81


Meeting: 04/07/2012 - Council (Item 53)

MOTIONS

20.1    In the name of Councillor Lavender

 

This Council recognises the important role played by the Green Belt in:

 

(i)           providing passive open space,

(ii)         providing publicly accessible recreation (particularly enjoyed by those who otherwise do not have access to private gardens),

(iii)       maintaining a sustainable environment for wildlife,

(iv)        inhibiting inappropriate development and arresting climate change and

(v)          preserving a sense of history and identity to Enfield, Edmonton and Southgate.

 

This Council recognises that its ability to maintain, preserve and provide such facilities and/or attributes is enhanced when its powers as planning authority are combined with the proper exercise of its power as landlord.

 

This council notes the uproar and concern caused by recent decisions of the Labour Council to dispose of interests in the Green Belt within the London Borough of Enfield.

 

This council therefore resolves not to make any further decision to dispose of any property interest within the Green Belt applicable to any land within the boundaries of the London Borough of Enfield:

 

(i)           without a full impact assessment being published in relation to the above issues; and

 

(ii)         unless such decision is made by cabinet and is not subject to delegation to members or officers.

 

20.2         In the name of Councillor Neville

 

This council notes its failure to recover over 40% (£2.5m) of penalty charges issued in the financial year 2011-2012 and also notes the fact that over £1.2million of housing benefit was overpaid by the council due to its own errors in the financial year 2011-2012.  It also notes that in total £5.8m of housing benefit was overpaid and not recovered in the financial year 2011-2012.

 

This council regrets its failure to properly safeguard public resources particularly at a time of severe austerity and instructs the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to investigate the causes of these failures and to provide a report to council.

 

20.3         In the name of Councillor Hamilton

 

This council deplores the 100s of police vacancies, plus secondments out to other boroughs that is the current situation in Enfield, which is having a detrimental impact on Safer Neighbourhood teams especially in our most deprived wards.

 

Knife and gang crime is a serious concern and the Council is opposed to any shortfall and reduction to police numbers in the borough which would limit the ability to apprehend offenders who are members of gangs and carry and use knives.

 

We urge the GLA and MOPAC to review the policing numbers in Enfield and raise staffing levels to the numbers required to meet the Borough’s policing priorities.

 

This Council also believes that imprisoning people for violent knife crime is only half the battle.  It is vital that the criminal justice system provides the resources and expertise required to rehabilitate all young offenders rather than allowing them to languish in prison and become hardened criminals.

Minutes:

The remaining motions listed on the agenda, as set out below, lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.1    In the name of Councillor Lavender

 

This Council recognises the important role played by the Green Belt in:

 

(i)                 providing passive open space,

(ii)               providing publicly accessible recreation (particularly enjoyed by those who otherwise do not have access to private gardens),

(iii)             maintaining a sustainable environment for wildlife,

(iv)              inhibiting inappropriate development and arresting climate change and

(v)                preserving a sense of history and identity to Enfield, Edmonton and Southgate.

 

This Council recognises that its ability to maintain, preserve and provide such facilities and/or attributes is enhanced when its powers as planning authority are combined with the proper exercise of its power as landlord.

 

This Council notes the uproar and concern caused by recent decisions of the Labour Council to dispose of interests in the Green Belt within the London Borough of Enfield.

 

This Council therefore resolves not to make any further decision to dispose of any property interest within the Green Belt applicable to any land within the boundaries of the London Borough of Enfield:

 

(i)           without a full impact assessment being published in relation to the above issues; and

 

(ii)         unless such decision is made by cabinet and is not subject to delegation to members or officers.

 

1.2       In the name of Councillor Neville

 

This Council notes its failure to recover over 40% (£2.5m) of penalty charges issued in the financial year 2011-2012 and also notes the fact that over £1.2million of housing benefit was overpaid by the council due to its own errors in the financial year 2011-2012.  It also notes that in total £5.8m of housing benefit was overpaid and not recovered in the financial year 2011-2012.

 

This Council regrets its failure to properly safeguard public resources particularly at a time of severe austerity and instructs the Overview and Scrutiny Committee to investigate the causes of these failures and to provide a report to council.


Meeting: 28/03/2012 - Council (Item 152)

MOTIONS

16.1         In the name of Councillor Taylor

 

The Council notes the report of the Boundary Commission published on 6 March.

 

16.2    In the name of Councillor Stafford

 

Enfield Council notes that, starting in October 2013, Universal Credit will begin to replace Income Support, Job Seekers Allowance, Employment and Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Working Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit and Support for Mortgage Interest.

 

The Council recognises that Universal Credit is a household benefit and that the income from Universal Credit will therefore be critical to the household incomes of thousands of its residents who are both in and out of work.

 

The Council therefore believes that the quality of the Universal Credit “service” will be important to the lives of its citizens and that the planned reliance on a web based delivery model backed up by remote call centres without the inclusion of a local, easily accessible, face to face service element puts the successful introduction of Universal Credit at significant risk.

 

The Council therefore resolves to approach DWP and raise its concerns to develop jointly with DWP local arrangements for the delivery of Universal Credit and to report back on progress to full Council later in 2012 specifically addressing the resources required and responses to the following basic questions:

 

·                    How will someone apply locally?

·                    Where will they apply locally?

·                    Where will they take required documents locally?

·                    Where will the local “Universal Credit” office be and what office accommodation will be required?

·                    How will the skills and experiences of existing benefit staff be utilised and how many staff will be needed?

·                    How does an individual citizen get face to face advice and help if they have a problem?

 

16.3    In the name of Councillor Sitkin

 

Council notes the implications of the Government budget on Enfield residents.

 

16.4         In the name of Councillor Cazimoglu

 

Women are being hit hardest by this Government's economic policies - losing twice as much as men from tax credits, pay, pensions and benefit changes.  We urge the Tory-led government to assess the cumulative impact of their policy and funding changes to women's lives and safety.  We therefore ask for a full report on how these legislative changes will impact upon the women of Enfield.

 

16.5    In the name of Councillor Lavender

 

This Council recognises the important role played by the Green Belt in

 

(i)           providing passive open space,

(ii)         providing publicly accessible recreation (particularly enjoyed by those who otherwise do not have access to private gardens),

(iii)       maintaining a sustainable environment for wildlife,

(i)           inhibiting inappropriate development and arresting climate change and

(ii)         preserving a sense of history and identity to Enfield, Edmonton and Southgate.

 

This Council recognises that its ability to maintain, preserve and provide such facilities and/or attributes is enhanced when its powers as planning authority are combined with the proper exercise of its power as landlord.

 

This council notes the uproar and concern caused by recent decisions of the Labour Council to dispose of interests in the Green Belt within  ...  view the full agenda text for item 152

Minutes:

The remaining motion listed on the agenda, as set out below, lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.1    In the name of Councillor Lavender

 

This Council recognises the important role played by the Green Belt in

 

(i)           providing passive open space;

(ii)         providing publicly accessible recreation (particularly enjoyed by those who otherwise do not have access to private gardens);

(iii)       maintaining a sustainable environment for wildlife;

(iv)        inhibiting inappropriate development and arresting climate change; and

(v)          preserving a sense of history and identity to Enfield, Edmonton and Southgate.

 

This Council recognises that its ability to maintain, preserve and provide such facilities and/or attributes is enhanced when its powers as planning authority are combined with the proper exercise of its power as landlord.

 

This Council notes the uproar and concern caused by recent decisions of the Labour Council to dispose of interests in the Green Belt within the London Borough of Enfield.

 

This Council therefore resolves not to make any further decision to dispose of any property interest within the Green Belt applicable to any land within the boundaries of the London Borough of Enfield

 

(i)           without a full impact assessment being published in relation to the above issues; and

(ii)         unless such decision is made by cabinet and is not subject to delegation to members or officers.”


Meeting: 29/02/2012 - Council (Item 118)

MOTIONS

11.1    In the name of Councillor Hamilton

 

Enfield Council congratulates the Enfield Independent on its campaign "don't carry, don't kill" for persuading the Conservative led government to change the bill to include a mandatory sentence for all 16 to 17 year olds "using a knife in a threatening or dangerous manner".  The Enfield Independent led this campaign which included support from Enfield Council and groups such as STOP, TAGS, Anti-Knife UK and the Enfield based Nelson Williams Foundation as well as the three Enfield MPs.

 

The Council is opposed to any reduction to police numbers in the borough which would limit the ability to apprehend offenders who have used knives.

 

This Council also believes that imprisoning people for violent knife crime is only half the battle, it is vital that the criminal justice system provides the resources and expertise required to rehabilitate all young offenders rather than allowing them to languish in prison and become hardened criminals.

 

11.2    In the name of Councillor Taylor

 

This Council notes the Mayor of London Boris Johnson's decision not to increase the GLA precept in 2012/13 but also notes that, at the same time, he has introduced huge increases in fares.

 

11.3    In the name of Councillor Laban

 

This Council congratulates the Mayor of London Boris Johnson following his announcement to reduce the Mayor's GLA precept and commends his efforts over the last 3 years in which he kept the precept at 0%

 

11.4    In the name of Councillor Hall

 

This Council congratulates the coalition government following its decision to renew its grant for another year to ensure that Council tax is maintained at the same level for a further year i.e. a 0% increase.

 

11.5         In the name of Councillor Sitkin

 

This Council deplores the reduction in Enfield residents’ purchasing power, hence in their ability to support local businesses, as a direct result of the Government’s regressive VAT hike and the London Mayor’s unwarranted fares’ hike.

 

We therefore call upon George Osborne and Boris Johnson respectively to replace these misguided policies with other more progressive funding measures that do not target the disadvantaged in Enfield’s communities the way these Conservative politicians are currently doing.

 

11.6    In the name of Councillor McGowan

 

With most of the health profession now openly against the proposed health reforms, worried Cabinet Ministers should move beyond calling for face saving measures such as 'taking the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, out to be shot', as quoted in the Times by a Downing Street source or replaced once the Bill becomes law as advocated by the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, in a recent interview with Andrew Marr.

 

They should instead join the majorities of the general public, health professionals and this Council in the movement to save the NHS and demand the Government withdraw the Health and Social Care Bill immediately.

Minutes:

1.1    Councillor McGowan moved and Councillor Cazimoglu seconded the following motion:

 

With most of the health profession now openly against the proposed health reforms, worried Cabinet Ministers should move beyond calling for face saving measures such as 'taking the Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley, out to be shot', as quoted in the Times by a Downing Street source or replaced once the Bill becomes law as advocated by the Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Simon Hughes, in a recent interview with Andrew Marr.

 

They should instead join the majorities of the general public, health professionals and this Council in the movement to save the NHS and demand the Government withdraw the Health and Social Care Bill immediately.

 

Following a debate the motion was put to the vote and agreed with the following result:

 

For: 33

Against: 17

Abstentions 4


Meeting: 25/01/2012 - Council (Item 104)

MOTIONS

14.1    In the name of Councillor Lavender

 

"This council congratulates the Government on its plans to include 16 and 17 year olds in legislation for mandatory custodial sentences for people who use a knife to threaten or endanger a person. This council further notes the crucial role played in securing this change in the law by Enfield North MP Nick de Bois who led the campaign in Parliament, the Enfield Independent newspaper that promoted the petition signed by hundreds of residents calling for 16 and 17 year olds to be included in the legislation, anti-knife crime groups such as STOP, TAGS, Anti-knife UK and the Enfield-based Nelson-Williams Foundation, and the borough's two other MPs David Burrowes and Andy Love."

 

14.2         In the name of Councillor Rye

 

This council welcomes the Mayor of London Boris Johnson's decision not to increase the GLA precept through each year he has been the Mayor.

 

This Council also welcomes the money from the Conservative-led government which is on offer to local authorities who choose not to increase council tax for the second year running.  The council notes that not increasing taxation, benefits the largest number of people possible during this present recession.”

 

14.3         In the name of Councillor Hamilton

 

“The Council notes with concern the cuts in the Metropolitan Police and is particularly concerned about the impact on Enfield Safer Neighbourhoods teams.”

Minutes:

In view of the limited time available for the remainder of the meeting it was agreed unanimously by Council that the three motions listed on the agenda as items 14.1, 14.2 & 14.3 be withdrawn.


Meeting: 09/11/2011 - Council (Item 82)

MOTIONS

14.1    In the name of Councillor Goddard

 

“Evidence of the sources of odour emanating from the different parts of the Deephams site have been provided to the Council and all Councillors by Thames Water.  Council therefore reaffirms its objective to ensure that the odour from Deephams works is thoroughly addressed in the current and future development of the site.

 

Council will continue to make representations to Thames Water about the issue through the forthcoming consultation process and public meetings that Thames Water have to organise as part of the planning process.

 

To ensure that resident views are equally heard, Council will work with Thames Water to get maximum public participation at these events and in the consultation processes.”

 

14.2         In the name of Councillor Taylor

 

“This Council notes the Secretary of States decision on Chase Farm Hospital and agrees a course of action.”

 

14.3In the name of Councillor Hamilton

 

“This Council deplores the decrease in sergeant numbers in Safer Neighbourhood teams in Enfield as a result of a decision taken by the Conservative lead Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA).  This at a time when local intelligence is of immense importance as evidenced by the unfortunate events of August.”

 

14.4    In the name of Councillor Lavender

 

"This council congratulates the Government on its plans to include 16 and 17 year olds in legislation for mandatory custodial sentences for people who use a knife to threaten or endanger a person. This council further notes the crucial role played in securing this change in the law by Enfield North MP Nick de Bois who led the campaign in Parliament, the Enfield Independent newspaper that promoted the petition signed by hundreds of residents calling for 16 and 17 year olds to be included in the legislation, anti-knife crime groups such as STOP, TAGS, Anti-knife UK and the Enfield-based Nelson-Williams Foundation, and the borough's two other MPs David Burrowes and Andy Love".

Minutes:

1.1    Councillor Goddard moved and Councillor Cicek seconded that the motion relating to the Deephams site, listed as agenda item 14.1, be withdrawn.  This was approved by Council:

 

1.2    Councillor Taylor moved and Councillor Lavender seconded that the motion relating to Chase Farm Hospital, listed as agenda item 14.2 be withdrawn.  This was approved by Council

 

In moving withdrawal of the item it was noted that:

·              The original purpose of the motion was to allow Council to be informed of the approach being developed in response to the final decision of the Secretary of State for Health on the Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Clinical Strategy;

·              Since the Council agenda had been dispatched, the Council had given notice to the Secretary of State for Health and NHS bodies of its willingness to initiate legal proceedings seeking to challenge decisions taken on the Clinical Strategy, if its requirements were not met.  It was not therefore felt appropriate to undertake any further discussion of this issue at the meeting;

·              A further progress update would be provided for Cabinet on 23 November 2011;

·              The Opposition Group, having been briefed on the matter immediately prior to the Council meeting, had expressed in principle support for the course of action initiated.

 

14.3    Councillor Hamilton moved and Councillor Brett seconded the following motion:

 

“This Council deplores the decrease in sergeant numbers in Safer Neighbourhood Teams in Enfield as a result of a decision taken by the Conservative lead Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA).  This is at a time when local intelligence is of immense importance as evidenced by the unfortunate events of August.”

 

Following a debate the motion was put to the vote and agreed with the following result:

 

For: 29

Against: 20

 

1.4    In view of the limited time available for the remainder of the meeting, Councillor Lavender moved and Councillor Waterhouse seconded that the motion relating to legislation on custodial sentences for knife crime, listed as agenda item 14.4 be withdrawn.  This was approved by Council


Meeting: 21/09/2011 - Council (Item 63)

MOTIONS

The following motions have been submitted for consideration:

 

12.1    In the name of Councillor Headley

 

“This Council resolves to hold a public meeting to ascertain the true nature and extent of the problems suffered by the residents of Eastern Enfield with odour emitted by the Deephams Sewage Works.  The Council resolves to hold this meeting at the earliest opportunity and before any further decisions are made or responses made by Enfield Council on the residents' behalf.”

 

12.2    In the name of Councillor Headley

 

"This Council applauds the response of the local police, the courts and Boris Johnson the Mayor for London to the recent riots and notes the actions the Council itself has already taken, in particular the publication of the Enfield Pledge.

 

The Council now resolves to put its words into action and therefore resolves to set up a working group of all interested parties to examine the causes of riots, how the response of the council and the police can be improved and to look at what lessons we can learn and then to allocate appropriate resources and support and to implement appropriate policies to ensure we do not experience these difficulties again."

 

12.3    In the name of Councillor Lamprecht

 

“The consultation on the future of Southgate Old Town Hall was held during August when many local residents were away on holiday.  The Council therefore resolves to reopen the consultation on the future use of Southgate Old Town Hall and hold a public meeting to engage with residents in a constructive dialogue about the proposed use of this Civic amenity.”

 

12.4    In the name of Councillor Taylor

 

“Council notes:

 

1.      The disturbances in Enfield and the action of the emergency services and Council during, and in the aftermath of, the disturbances.

2.      The high level of community and business engagement since the disturbances.

3.      The need for the best evidence based approach to ensure there are no repetitions of the disturbances.

4.      The tremendous work of the Council staff in bringing normality back to Enfield.

 

Council welcomes:

 

1.            The already agreed ESP review of youth issues bringing together a multi-agency approach.

2.            The Respect for Enfield and resident support for Enfield.

3.            The Parent Champions/Parent Engagement Panel launched last Saturday targeting hard to reach communities and young people tackling gang and knife crime.

 

Council agrees:

 

1.            To establish a Member led review to examine the specific Enfield dimension.  The review to be constituted of 4 Majority: 2 Minority Councillors.

2.            To feed views into the National Inquiry established by the Government.”

 

12.5    In the name of Councillor McGowan

 

“This Council condemns the decision of the Secretary of State for Health to ignore the views of local residents and endorse the closure of vital services at Chase Farm Hospital.

 

This Council calls on the Leader of the Council to write in the strongest possible terms to the Secretary of State calling on him to reverse his decision and stand by pledges made by leading figures of  ...  view the full agenda text for item 63

Minutes:

1.1    Councillor Taylor moved and Councillor Headley seconded the following motion:

 

“Council notes:

1.      The disturbances in Enfield and the action of the emergency services and Council during, and in the aftermath of, the disturbances.

2.      The high level of community and business engagement since the disturbances.

3.      The need for the best evidence based approach to ensure there are no repetitions of the disturbances.

4.      The tremendous work of the Council staff in bringing normality back to Enfield.

 

Council welcomes:

 

1.      The already agreed ESP review of youth issues bringing together a multi-agency approach.

2.      The Respect for Enfield and resident support for Enfield.

3.      The Parent Champions / Parent Engagement Panel launched last Saturday targeting hard to reach communities and young people tackling gang and knife crime.

 

Council agrees:

 

1.      To establish a Member led review to examine the specific Enfield dimension. The review to be constituted of 4 Majority; 2 Minority Councillors.

2.      To feed views into the National Inquiry established by the Government.”

 

During a lengthy debate, Members expressed thanks to the Police, emergency services and Council staff for their exceptional work at the time of the disturbances and in bringing normality back to Enfield afterwards.  Members also noted the following Terms of Reference for the Council Commission proposed under the motion.

 

Terms of Reference for the Council Commission to examine the August 2011 disturbances in Enfield

 

Reporting to full Council by January/February 2012

 

Lead Officer: Simon Tendeter

 

Terms of reference:

 

1.      To gather evidence to:

 

(a)    examine the causes of the disturbances in Enfield in August 2011;

 

(b)    understand the reasons which led people to take part;

 

2.      To submit findings to the National Independent Riots Communities and Victims Panel and in due course LBE Cabinet and Council.

 

3.      To report back to Council on the outcome of the Commissions review and make recommendations on actions to address its findings.  (This was highlighted as an addition to the Terms of Reference at the Council meeting)

 

The motion was agreed unanimously.

 

1.2    Councillor McGowan moved and Councillor Anne-Marie Pearce seconded the following motion:

 

“This Council condemns the decision of the Secretary of State for Health to ignore the views of local residents and endorse the closure of vital services at Chase Farm Hospital.

 

This Council calls on the Leader of the Council to write in the strongest possible terms to the Secretary of State calling on him to reverse his decision and stand by pledges made by leading figures of the Conservative Party to Save Chase Farm. Council invites the Leader of the Opposition to co-sign the letter.”

 

Following a lengthy debate the motion was agreed unanimously.  During the debate it was noted that the Health & Wellbeing Scrutiny Panel had been asked to ensure that implementation of the findings from the Independent Review Panel (IRP) in relation to primary care and transport were monitored and kept under review.

 

1.3.     Councillor Hamilton moved and Councillor Charalambous seconded the following motion:

 

“Enfield Council calls on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 63


Meeting: 06/07/2011 - Council (Item 47)

MOTIONS

14.1    In the name of Councillor Taylor

 

“Council notes the flip flopping of the Secretary of State on bin collections and the u turns on selling off forests and health service reforms.  Given the instability of the coalition, internal splits on virtually every policy, the lack of robust Government policy thinking, a summer of public discontent and the legal challenges to Government, can the Council be confident about National direction?

 

Council instructs the Cabinet Policy Sub Committee to not only look at the impact of new Government policy but also the likelihood of Government to be able to implement any of it”

 

14.2    In the name of Councillor Lavender

 

“Enfield Council resolves to:

 

(i)                 object to the identification of Pinkham Way as a suitable site for waste recycling, treatment and related uses in the North London Waste Plan, and

 

(ii)               call upon Haringey Council to apply rigorously the sequential test advocated in the NLWP in order to reject any planning application for waste uses on the Pinkham Way site.”

 

14.3    In the name of Councillor Headley

 

“The Enfield Conservative Group deplores the decision of the Enfield Labour run Council not to support option 3.34 of the Draft National Policy on Waste Water, which if implemented would have resulted in the removal of the Deephams Sewage Treatment works from the Montagu Road area of Edmonton and which blights the lives of residents in the east of Edmonton.”

Minutes:

The motions set out below lapsed due to lack of time:

 

1.      In the name of Councillor Taylor

 

“Council notes the flip flopping of the Secretary of State on bin collections and the u turns on selling off forests and health service reforms.  Given the instability of the coalition, internal splits on virtually every policy, the lack of robust Government policy thinking, a summer of public discontent and the legal challenges to Government, can the Council be confident about National direction?

 

Council instructs the Cabinet Policy Sub Committee to not only look at the impact of new Government policy but also the likelihood of Government to be able to implement any of it”

 

2.      In the name of Councillor Headley

 

“The Enfield Conservative Group deplores the decision of the Enfield Labour run Council not to support option 3.34 of the Draft National Policy on Waste Water, which if implemented would have resulted in the removal of the Deephams Sewage Treatment works from the Montagu Road area of Edmonton and which blights the lives of residents in the east of Edmonton.”