Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 25th February, 2015 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Civic Centre, Silver Street, Enfield, EN1 3XA. View directions

Contact: James Kinsella  Email: James.kinsella@enfield.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

135.

ELECTION (IF REQUIRED) OF THE CHAIR/DEPUTY CHAIR OF THE MEETING

Minutes:

The election of a Chairman/Deputy Chairman of the meeting was not required. 

136.

MAYOR’S CHAPLAIN TO GIVE A BLESSING

The Mayor’s Chaplain to give a blessing. 

Minutes:

The Mayor informed Members that the person who had been invited to give the blessing at the Council meeting tonight had unfortunately been unable to attend. It was therefore not possible to offer any blessing at the meeting.

137.

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

Minutes:

The Mayor made the following announcements:

 

(a)     Update on Mayoral and Deputy Mayoral Engagements

 

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

 

·                The “Speak Out” challenge at Kingsmead School

·                An awards ceremony for Greater London North Scouts

·                A fundraising event with the Rotary Club in Southgate

·                An induction ceremony at Cockfosters and New Southgate Synagogue

·                The UK Youth Parliament Elections

·                The Adoramous Valentine’s Concert

 

(b)     Mayors Charity Ball

 

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

138.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 231 KB

To approve, as a correct record, the minutes of the Council meeting held on Wednesday 28 January 2015.

Minutes:

AGREED that the minutes of the Council meeting held on 28 January 2015 be confirmed and signed as a correct record.

139.

APOLOGIES

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Lee David-Sanders, Turgut Esendagli, Christine Hamilton, Suna Hurman, Anne-Marie Pearce, Rohini Simbodyal, Ozzie Uzoanya.

 

Apologies for lateness were received from Councillors George Savva MBE and Haydar Ulus.

140.

DECLARATION OF INTERESTS

Members of the Council are invited to identify any disclosable pecuniary other pecuniary or non pecuniary interests relevant to items on the agenda.

Minutes:

The Mayor invited John Austin (Assistant Director – Governance Projects) to make a short statement relating to the declaration of interests in respect of Agenda Item 7 (Budget 2015/16 and Medium Term Financial Plan 2015/16 to 2018/19 – General Fund) and Agenda Item 8: (Housing Revenue Account Estimates 2015/16 and Rent Setting – HRA & Temporary Accomodation).

 

Council noted:

 

1.      Under guidance issued by the Department of Communities and Local Government members would not be required to declare a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (DPA) in relation to the budget or setting of the Council Tax.  This was on the basis that Council Tax liability would apply to the borough’s population as a whole, with councillors not having any unique position in that regard.  The requirements within Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992 would, however, still apply, which required any Member who was two or more months in arrears on their Council Tax to declare their position and not vote on any issue that could affect the calculation of the budget or Council Tax.

 

2.      The Councillor Conduct Committee (May 2013) had also granted a dispensation for all members in terms of the declaration of Disclosable Pecuniary Interests relating to the setting of housing rents

 

Subject to the requirements within Section 106 of the Local Government Finance Act 1992, this would allow all members to participate in the debate and vote on decisions relating to the setting of the Council Tax and Housing Rents.

 

Having noted the advice provided, the following declaration of interests were made at the meeting:

 

Agenda Item 10: Review & Adoption of Statutory Pay Policy Statement – the following members declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest:

 

·               Councillor Maguire as a full time employee of UNISON.

·               Councillor Stewart given the interest declared by Councillor Maguire as a close family member.

·               Councillor Lemonides as his spouse was a full time employee of the Local Authority.

·               Councillor Orhan as a relative was an employee of the Council.

 

Agenda Item 11: Exercising Discretion under the Local Government Pension Scheme

 

(a)    the following members declared a Discolsable Pecuniary Interest:

 

·                Councillor Maguire as a full time employee of UNISON.

·                Councillor Stewart given the interest declared by Councillor Maguire as a “close family member.

·                Councillor Lemonides as his spouse was a full time employee of the Local Authority.

·                Councillor Orhan as a relative was an employee of the Council.

 

(b)     As a result of clarification provided at the meeting regarding the scope of the report, the following members declared Non-Pecuniary Interests:

 

·                Councillor Achilleas Georgiou – as a member (not within Enfield) of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

·                Councillor Anderson – as a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme.

 

Agenda Item 13: The Care Act 2014 – having noted that the item had only been submitted for information, Councillor Oykener declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest given his role in an organisation operating within the domiciliary care sector.

 

Agenda Item 15.6: Motion in the name of Councillor Taylor on Free School provision – Councillor Laban  ...  view the full minutes text for item 140.

141.

BUDGET 2015/16 AND MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL PLAN 2015/16 to 2018/19 (GENERAL FUND) pdf icon PDF 4 MB

To receive the report of the Director of Finance, Resources & Customer Services presenting for approval the Budget for 2015/16 and Medium Term Financial Plan (General Fund).            (Report No.158A)

(Key Decision – Reference No.3957)

 

Members are asked to note that:

 

·               Recommendations 2.1 – 2.10 were endorsed and recommended onto Council for formal approval by Cabinet on 11 February 2015.

 

·               The report will need to be considered in conjunction with Report No.166A on the Part 2 Council agenda

Minutes:

Councillor Taylor moved and Councillor Stafford seconded the report of the Director of Finance, Resources and Customer Services (No.158A) presenting for approval the Budget for 2015/16 and Medium Term Financial Plan (General Fund).

 

NOTED

 

1.      The recommendations within the report 2.2 - 2.10 had been endorsed and referred to Council for formal approval by Cabinet on 11 February 2015.

 

2.      The report would need to be considered in conjunction with Report No.166A on the Part 2 Council agenda (Min.159 refers).

 

3.      The significant response to the budget consultation process undertaken on the proposals for 2015/16 and outcome, as detailed within section 4 and Appendix 1 of the report.

 

4.      The Leader of the Council’s thanks to James Rolfe (Director of Finance, Resources and Customer Services) and his officers for the preparation of the budget and to all those who had taken part in the consultation process.

 

5.      The ongoing pressures on the Council’s budget as a result of the reduction in local government funding and continued austerity measures by Central Government, increasing level of demand on services and the negative impact of the funding allocation damping mechanism.  As a result the Leader informed Council that the Authority was considering mounting a joint legal challenge against the Government with a number of neighbouring boroughs in relation to the damping mechanism.

 

6.         The approach highlighted by the Leader of the Council towards management of the Council’s resources and delivery of a balanced budget.  Despite ongoing austerity, cost shunting measures, reductions in funding and pressures created locally by the current economic climate, significant efficiencies had been achieved, front line services protected with the long term sustainability of key services maintained alongside a further freeze in the level of Council Tax and ongoing investment in key projects and priorities.

 

7.         The approach towards management of the Council’s resources in both the short term and through the Medium Term Financial Plan had been designed to:

 

a.      reflect the Administration’s key priorities, commitments and core aim of making Enfield a better place to live and work by delivering Fairness for All; Growth & Sustainability and Strong Communities;

 

b.      ensure that the Council continued to provide quality services that would meet the changing and growing needs and expectations of service users, support and safeguard the most vulnerable within the local community as well as keeping the borough safe and clean as opposed to only focussing on the provision of statutory services.

 

8.      The need to recognise:

 

a.      the ongoing financial pressure on the Council given the reduction in resources available to meet increasing service demands, which would continue to require difficult and tough decisions in relation to service provision and delivery of the Council’s priorities.

 

b.      the progress being made under the Enfield 2017 transformation programme towards the delivery of sustainable, integrated, efficient, cost effective and local services available to access when needed and supported through assisted self-service.

 

c.       that borrowing in relation to the Capital Programme had increased but remained affordable and within the required prudential  ...  view the full minutes text for item 141.

142.

Duration of Council Meeting

Minutes:

Given the length of debate on the 2015/16 budget item and amount of business to be completed on the agenda members were asked to consider whether they wanted to extend the time of the meeting beyond the designated time of 10:15pm.

 

As there were still a number of items that members were keen to debate Councillor Stewart moved and Councillor Taylor seconded a procedural motion under Council Procedure Rule 11 (m) to extend the time of the meeting for an additional period of 15 minutes.  This was agreed unanimously without a vote.

143.

ORDER OF BUSINESS

Minutes:

Councillor Steward then moved and Councillor Taylor seconded a proposal to change the order of business on the agenda under paragraph 2.2 (page 4-6) of the Council Procedure Rules to enable the meeting to take the following as the next item of business:

 

Item 9 – Responding to the DCLG Report Inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

 

The change in the order of the agenda was agreed, without a vote.

 

Please note the minutes reflect the order in which the agenda items were dealt with at the meeting.

144.

Responding to the DCLG Report Inspection of Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council pdf icon PDF 427 KB

To receive a report from the Director of Schools & Children’s Services advising members of the publication of the recent report by the Government’s investigation team into Rotherham Metropolitan Council and actions recommended in response by the Council.       (Report No.169 A)

Non-Key

 

Council is asked to note that Cabinet agreed the report at its meeting on 11th February 2015.  Council is therefore being asked to approve the establishment of a specialist dedicated Task Group with a strong focus on Child Sexual Exploitation and associated risks for children and young people.

Minutes:

Councillor Orhan moved and Councillor Jemal seconded the report of the Director of Schools and Children’s Services (No.169A) making recommendations to strengthen the robust governance and political oversight of safeguarding to vulnerable children and young people.

 

NOTED

 

1.         That the report proposed the establishment of a specialist task group on Child Sexual Exploitation and its allied issues (of children who are missing or unaccounted for). This to be alongside the regular reporting to Overview and Scrutiny Committee.

 

2.         The following changes to the recommendations within the report, proposed by the Cabinet Member for Education. Children’s Services and Protection when moving the item:

 

a.         recommendation 2.2 (a) to be amended so that the proposed Task Group be made up of 6 Members which would be split 4:2 in terms of membership, in order to comply with the proportionality requirements, with names to be notified by each Group.

 

b.      recommendation 2.2 (b) to be amended so that whilst the membership of the Task Group would still be set up in accordance with the requirements of political proportionality its detailed terms of reference and working arrangements would be subject to further consideration by the Group itself, and would then be reported back to Council for formal approval.

 

3.         Whilst supportive of the amendments in outlined in 2. above the Opposition Group were concerned to ensure that membership of the Task Group excluded members of the Executive, given the need for it to be able to develop an appropriate challenging role of the Executive.

 

4.         The work of the Task Group would be reported to Council on a biannual basis. The intention underpinning the recommendations was for the continuous drive for improvement by the Council and its partners in relation to the support and improved outcomes for vulnerable children.

 

During the debate on the report members were reminded that the meeting was due to end at 10:30pm.  As there was still a number of members who had indicated they wanted to speak on the item and a need to consider the 2015/16 Housing Revenue Account and Rent Setting report and Part 2 Budget Setting report Councillor Stewart moved and Council Taylor seconded a further extension of the meeting by 15 minutes under Council Procedure Rule 11 (m).  The extension was unanimously agreed without a vote.

 

Following a further period of debate the recommendations in the report (as amended) were agreed unanimously, without a vote.

 

AGREED

 

(1)       To note that Cabinet had agreed to support Scrutiny’s focus on children’s and young people’s issues and recommend that Overview and Scrutiny Committee include a standing item on every Overview and Scrutiny Committee agenda regarding children and young people’s issues.

 

(2)     The establishment of a specialist dedicated Task Group with a strong focus on Child Sexual Exploitation and associated risks for children and young people. The task group to comprise 6 Members to be split 4:2 in terms of membership in order to comply with the proportionality requirements, with names to be notified by each Group.

 

(3)     The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 144.

145.

HOUSING REVENUE ACCOUNT ESTIMATES 2015/16 AND RENT SETTING (HRA & TEMPORARY ACCOMMODATION) pdf icon PDF 456 KB

To receive the joint report of the Directors of Health, Housing & Adult Social Care & Finance, Resources and Customer Services presenting for approval the revenue estimates of the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) for 2015/16 and the updated position on the HRA 30 year business plan.

(Report No.159A)

(Key Decision – Reference No.3958)

 

Members are asked to note that the recommendations in the report were endorsed and approved for recommendation onto Council by Cabinet on 11 February 2015.

Minutes:

Councillor Oykener moved and Councillor Taylor seconded the report from the Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care and Director of Finance, Resources  and Customer Services (No.159A) setting out the proposed detailed budget for the Housing Revenue Account for 2015/16.

 

Given the time remaining to complete consideration of the agenda, the recommendations in the report were put straight to the vote and agreed unanimously without a vote.

 

AGREED

 

(1)    To approve the detailed revenue estimates of the Housing Revenue Account for 2015/16

 

(2)    The rents be increased in line with Government guidance and Enfield Council Rent Policy. This would result in an average increase of 2.2% for Enfield tenants.

 

(3)    To approve the level of service charges for 2015/16, as set out in paragraph 6.1 of the report, for those properties receiving the services.

 

(4)    To approve the proposals for increases in other income for 2015/16 as detailed in Appendix 2 of the report.

 

(5)    The Temporary Accommodation rents as set out in Appendix 6 of the report, for 2015/16 and that the authority to review in the event of any changes be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Management and the Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care and the Cabinet Member for Finance and Director of Finance, Resources and Customer Services.

 

(6)    To approve the total HRA capital programme of £52.7m for 2015/16 and a further 4 years.

 

(7)    That authority be delegated to the Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Regeneration and the Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care to approve tenders for Decent Homes and General Works.

146.

COUNCIL PROCEDURE RULE 8 - DURATION OF THE COUNCIL MEETING

Minutes:

The Mayor advised, at this stage of the meeting, that the time available to complete the agenda (following the various extensions agreed) was shortly due to elapse.  Given the need to allow time for a recorded vote on the Part 2 agenda item he advised that Council Procedure Rule 8 would therefore need to apply for the remainder of the agenda.

 

NOTED that in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 8 (page 4-8 – Part 4), the remaining items of business on the Council agenda were considered without debate.

147.

Review & Adoption of a Statutory Pay Policy Statement pdf icon PDF 229 KB

To receive the report of the Assistant Director Human Resources presenting the Council’s Statutory Pay Policy Statement for consideration and approval.                     (Report No.149A)

 

Members are asked to note that the draft Policy Statement was considered and approved for recommendation onto Council, subject to the amendments identified, by the Remuneration Sub Committee on 26 January 2015.

Minutes:

RECEIVED the report of the Assistant Director Human Resources (No.149A) presenting the Council’s Annual Statutory Pay Policy Statement for consideration and approval.

 

NOTED that the Pay Policy Statement had been considered and approved for recommendation on to Council by the Remuneration Committee on 26 January 2015.

 

AGREED to adopt, as recommended by the Remuneration Committee, the Statutory Pay Policy Statement attached as Appendix 1 to the report.

 

Councillors Lemonides, Maguire, Orhan and Stewart declared Disclosable Pecuniary Interests in this item.  As the matter was dealt with under the guillotine they did not withdraw from the meeting but took no part in the decision made on the report.

148.

Exercising Discretion under the Local Government Pension Scheme pdf icon PDF 173 KB

To receive the report of the Assistant Director Human Resources detailing new discretions available to employers introduced under the Local Government Pension Scheme 2014 and making recommendations as to how Council should exercise these discretions.  The report also reviews discretions available under previous regulations.         (Report No.150A)

 

Council is asked to note that the report was agreed and referred on to Council for formal approval, by Remuneration Committee on 26 January 2015.

Minutes:

RECEIVED a report from the Assistant Director Human Resources (No.150A) detailing the new discretions available to the employers introduced under the Local Government Pension Scheme 2014 and putting forward recommendations on how the Council would exercise these discretions.

 

NOTED that the report had been considered and agreed for recommendation on to Council by the Remuneration Committee on 26 January 2015.

 

AGREED the recommendations in respect of the discretions detailed in 3.2.1 to 3.5.1 of the report to apply with effect from 1 March 2015.

 

Councillors Lemonides, Maguire, Orhan and Stewart declared Disclosable Pecuniary Interests in this item.  As the matter was dealt with under the guillotine they did not withdraw from the meeting but took no part in the decision made on the report.

 

Councillors Anderson and Achilleas Georgiou declared non-pecuniary interests in this item.

149.

Amendments to Contract Procedure Rules pdf icon PDF 141 KB

To receive a report from the Director of Finance, Resources & Customer Services seeking approval to changes to the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules in order to reflect best practice in procurement, reduce bureaucracy and comply with the forthcoming Public Contracts regulations 2015.

(Report No.139A)

 

Council is asked to note that the revised Contract Procedure Rules were considered and approved for recommendation on to Council by Audit Committee on 8 January 2015.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RECEIVED a report from the Director of Finance, Resources and Customer Services (No.139A) proposing changes to the Council’s Contract Procedure Rules, part of the Council’s Constitution, to reflect best practice in procurement, reduce bureaucracy and comply with the forthcoming Public Contracts Regulations 2015.

 

NOTED that the revised Contract Procedure Rules had been considered and approved for recommendation on to Council by Audit Committee on 8 January 2015.

 

AGREED

 

(1)     To approve (as recommended by Audit Committee) the changes to the Contract Procedure Rules for inclusion within the Council’s Constitution.

 

(2)     To note that implementation of the changes would take place immediately after the forthcoming Public Contract Regulations 2015 were implemented by UK Government on 26 February 2015.

150.

The Care Act 2014 pdf icon PDF 295 KB

To receive a report from the Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care summarising progress on local implementation of the Care Act 2014.

(Report No.161A)

 

Members are asked to note that Cabinet considered and approved the report on 11 February 2015.  In approving the report, Cabinet requested that it also be referred on to Council for information. (Key Decision – Reference Number 3995)

Minutes:

RECEIVED a report from the Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care (No.161A) summarising progress on local implementation of the Care Act 2014.

 

NOTED

 

1.      Cabinet had considered and approved the report at its meeting on 11 February 2015.  In approving the report, they had also referred it on to Council for information.

 

2.      The progress made to implement the Care Act in Enfield and the key risks associated with implementation and the mitigating actions.

 

3.         The financial modelling to understand the impact of the Care Act would continue at both local, regional and national level including through ADASS and London Councils, as advised at July Cabinet and October Council meetings. This would include ensuring a robust response to the government consultation on the funding reforms due in February. As previously reported, when the Government introduced the Care Bill it advised that any new burdens on local government would be funded. Until clear funding allocations were made available, there was a risk that this cost would not be fully funded, although at present it was not possible to form an opinion.

 

4.         The major change taking place within Enfield 2017 which had provided a positive framework for Care Act implementation, in particular changes to the Gateway Services and assessment hub.

 

Councillor Oykener declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in this item.  As the matter was dealt with under the guillotine he did not withdraw from the meeting but took no part in the decision made on the report.

151.

COUNCILLORS’ QUESTION TIME pdf icon PDF 322 KB

14.1    Urgent Questions (Part 4 - Paragraph 9.2.(b) of Constitution – Page 4-9)

 

With the permission of the Mayor, questions on urgent issues may be tabled with the proviso of a subsequent written response if the issue requires research or is considered by the Mayor to be minor.

 

Please note that the Mayor will decide whether a question is urgent or not.

 

The definition of an urgent question is “An issue which could not reasonably have been foreseen or anticipated prior to the deadline for the submission of questions and which needs to be considered before the next meeting of the Council.”

 

Submission of urgent questions to Council requires the Member when submitting the question to specify why the issue could not have been reasonably foreseen prior to the deadline and why it has to be considered before the next meeting.  A supplementary question is not permitted.

 

14.2    Councillors’ Questions (Part 4 – Paragraph 9.2(a) of Constitution – Page 4 - 8)

 

The list of sixty five questions received and their written responses are attached to the agenda.

Minutes:

1.1.  Urgent Questions

 

None received.

 

1.2.  Questions by Councillors

 

NOTED the sixty five questions on the Council agenda and written responses provided by the relevant Cabinet Member, Associate Cabinet Members.

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.”

153.

Review of Proportionality Arrangements and Committee Memberships pdf icon PDF 84 KB

16.1    Review of Council Proportionality Arrangements, following a change in political balance on the Council

 

To receive a briefing paper from the Director of Finance, Resources & Customer Services advising members of a change in the political balance of the Council and associated review of the proportionality arrangements relating to the allocation of seats on the committees, joint committees and panels that have been set up for discharge of the Council’s functions.

 

16.2    Committee Memberships

 

To confirm any changes to committee memberships.

 

Please note any changes notified once the final agenda has been published will be tabled on the Council amendment sheet at the meeting.

Minutes:

1.1      Review of Council Proportionality Arrangements, following a change in political balance on the Council

 

RECEIVED a briefing paper from the Director of Finance, Resources & Customer Services advising members of a change in the political balance of the Council and associated review of the proportionality arrangements relating to the allocation of seats on the committees, joint committees and panels.

 

AGREED to note the change in political balance on the Council as follows – Labour: 39 members; Conservatives: 22 members & Independent (Labour): 2 members and revised proportionality arrangements in terms of the allocation of seats on Committees and other relevant bodies, as detailed in the briefing paper. which would involve the Majority Group vacating a seat on the following bodies:

 

·               Licensing Committee; and

·               Staff Appeals Panel;

 

1.2      Committee Memberships

 

AGREED the following membership change:

 

(1)       Planning Committee - Councillor Hurman to be replaced by a vacancy (replacement name to be notified).

154.

NOMINATIONS TO OUTSIDE BODIES and use of Urgent Action procedure

17.1    Use of Council Urgent Action Procedure

 

Council is asked to note the following decision taken by the Leader of the Council (4th February 2015), under the Council Urgent Action Procedure (in accordance with section 30 of the Council Procedure Rules):

 

Decision:

 

To appoint Councillor Levy as Deputy Member on the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) for a term of office to run until the Annual Council Meeting in May 2018.

 

Reason for Urgency:

 

The Council’s nominated representative on LVPRA had advised they would be unable to attend the LVRPA meeting on 5th February 2015, which was due to consider an item relating to its Trust status.  In order to ensure the Council was formally represented at this, and any future meetings, a Deputy Member was appointed.  Whilst this appointment would normally have been listed for approval on the next available Council agenda, it wasn’t possible to do so on this occasion given the timing of the LVRPA meeting.

 

17.2    Nominations to Outside Bodies

 

To confirm any changes to the nominations on Outside Bodies.

 

Please note any changes notified once the final agenda has been published will be tabled on the Council amendment sheet at the meeting.

Minutes:

1.1      Use of Council Urgent Action Procedure

 

NOTED the following decision taken by the Leader of the Council (4 February 2015), under the Council Urgent Action Procedure (in accordance with section 30 of the Council Procedure Rules) along with the reason for urgency, as detailed on the agenda:

 

Decision: To appoint Councillor Levy as Deputy Member on the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority (LVRPA) for a term of office to run until the Annual Council Meeting in May 2018.

 

1.2      Nominations to Outside Bodies

 

No changes were notified.

155.

Use of Council's Urgency Procedure pdf icon PDF 116 KB

Council is asked to note the details provided of decisions taken under the Council’s urgency procedure relating to the waiver of call-in and, where necessary, the requirement for notice on the Key Decision List along with the reasons for urgency.  These decisions have been made in accordance with the urgency procedures set out in Paragraph 17.3 of Chapter 4.2 (Scrutiny) and Paragraph 16 of Chapter 4.6 (Access to Information)of the Council’s Constitution.

Minutes:

NOTED the details provided of the following decision taken under the Council’s urgency procedure relating to the waiver of call-in and the requirements for notice on the Key Decision List along with the reasons for urgency. The decisions had been made in accordance with the urgency procedures set out in Paragraph 17.3 of Chapter 4.2 (Scrutiny) and Paragraph 16 of Chapter 4.6 (Access to Information) of the Council’s Constitution.

 

·               Terms to bid for purchase of 30-38 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6EF at auction.

156.

Called in decisions

None received.

Minutes:

None received.  

157.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

Members are asked to note that the next meeting of the Council will be held on Wednesday 25th March 2015 at 7.00 p.m. at the Civic Centre. 

Minutes:

NOTED that the next meeting of the Council would be held at 7.00pm on Wednesday 25 March 2015 at the Civic Centre.

158.

EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC

Minutes:

RESOLVED in accordance with Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972 to exclude the press and public from the meeting for the item of business listed on the part 2 agenda on the grounds that it involved the disclosure of exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A to the Act (as amended by the Local Government (Access to Information) (Variation) Order 2006) as listed on the agenda.

159.

BUDGET 2015/16 AND MEDIUM TERM FINANCIAL PLAN (GENERAL FUND)

To receive a report from the Director of Finance, Resources and Customer Services seeking approval, as part of the 2015/16 Budget and Medium Term Financial Plan, to fees and charges for Environmental Services.

 

The report will need to be considered in conjunction with Report No.158A on the Part 1 Council agenda.                                                                                                          (Report No.166A)

(Key decision – reference number 3957)

 

Members are asked to note that the recommendation set out in the report was endorsed and recommended for approval to Council, at the Cabinet meeting held on 11 February 2015.

 

(This document contains exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 (information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)) of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 as amended).

Minutes:

RECEIVED a report from the Director of Finance, Resources & Customer Services (No.166A) detailing commercial sensitive information relating to the Environmental Services fees and charges for 2014/15.

 

NOTED the report had been submitted in conjunction with Report No158A on the Part 1 agenda (Min.141 refers).  The recommendation in the report had been endorsed and recommended onto Council, at the Cabinet meeting held on 11 February 2015.

 

AGREED that the Pest Control, Commercial Waste, planning pre application service, sports pitches, golf special offers, events, Passenger Transport Services and Schools Health and Safety Fees and changes for Environmental Services for 2015/16 be approved, as detailed in section 3.1 and Appendix 12b of the report.

 

(Exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 (information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information)) of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 as amended)

 

In accordance with the Standing Order Regulations 2014 the vote recorded in relation to above decision was as follows:

 

For: 32

 

Councillor Abdul Abdullahi

Councillor Daniel Anderson

Councillor Dinah Barry

Councillor Chris Bond

Councillor Yasemin Brett

Councillor Alev Cazimoglu

Councillor Katherine Chibah

Councillor Guney Dogan

Councillor Sarah Doyle

Councillor Christiana During

Councillor Pat Ekechi

Councillor Krystle Fonyonga

Councillor Achilleas Georgiou

Councillor Ahmet Hasan

Councillor Jansev Jemal

Councillor Doris Jiagge

Councillor Nneka Keazor

Councillor Adeline Kepez

Councillor Bernie Lappage

Councillor Dino Lemonides

Councillor Derek Levy

Councillor Mary Maguire

Councillor Don McGowan

Councillor Ayfer Orhan

Councillor Ahmet Oykener

Councillor Vicki Pite

Councillor George Savva MBE

Councillor Toby Simon

Councillor Alan Sitkin

Councillor Andrew Stafford

Councillor Claire Stewart

Councillor Doug Taylor

 

Abstentions: 19

 

Councillor Erin Celebi

Councillor Lee Chamberlain

Councillor Jason Charalambous

Councillor Don Delman

Councillor Nick Dines

Councillor Peter Fallart

Councillor Alessandro Georgiou

Councillor Elaine Hayward

Councillor Robert Hayward

Councillor Ertan Hurer

Councillor Eric Jukes

Councillor Joanne Laban

Councillor Michael Lavender

Councillor Andy Milne

Councillor Terence Neville OBE JP

Councillor Michael Rye OBE

Councillor Edward Smith

Councillor Jim Steven

Councillor Glynis Vince

 

Against: 0