Agenda and minutes

Council
Wednesday, 11th November, 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

83.

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

Minutes:

Before the meeting began the Mayor announced that the meeting was being filmed so that it could be watched by those members of the public who could not be accommodated in the public gallery and were being seated in the Conference Room.

 

The election of a Chair/Deputy Chair was not required. 

84.

MAYOR’S CHAPLAIN TO GIVE A BLESSING

The Mayor’s Chaplain to give a blessing.

Minutes:

The Reverend John Hookway, from St Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, gave the blessing.

85.

MAYOR'S ANNOUNCEMENTS IN CONNECTION WITH THE ORDINARY COUNCIL BUSINESS

Minutes:

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

 

A minutes silence was held.

 

The Mayor then made the following announcements:

 

1.            Update on Mayoral Engagements

 

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

 

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

·                A visit to Chase Farm Hospital.

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

·                A Remembrance Day Service at St Demetrios’s Church

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

·                Hosting a dinner for a visiting dignitary from France. 

·                Armistice Day commemorations in Broomfield Park. 

 

2.         Clean Britain Gold Award

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

3.            Future Engagements

 

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

86.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 270 KB

To approve, as a correct record, the minutes of the Council meeting held on Thursday 24th September 2015.

Minutes:

AGREED that the minutes of the Council meeting held on Thursday 24 September 2015 be confirmed and signed as a correct record.

87.

APOLOGIES

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Jason Charalambous, Mary Maguire, Vicky Pite and Toby Simon,

 

Apologies for lateness were received from Councillors Fonyonga and Uzoanya.

88.

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 following interests were declared at the meeting:

 

Agenda Item 7: Petition – Protection of the Green Belt Land and Wildlife at Enfield Road

 

·                Councillors Lee David-Saunders, Alessandro Georgiou, Joanne Laban, Michael Lavender, Dino Lemonides, Terence Neville, Ann-Marie Pearce, Michael Rye, Edward Smith and Glynis Vince Smith declared non pecuniary interests in this item as they had signed the petition.  They remained in the meeting and took part in the debate on this item.

 

·                Councillor Jansev Jemal declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest.  She withdrew from the meeting and took no part in the consideration of this item.

 

Agenda Item 8: Opposition Business – Safeguarding the Green Belt from Residential Development

 

·                Councillor Joanne Laban declared a non-pecuniary interest as a result of her employment in the office of one of the Deputy Mayors for London.

 

·                Councillor Jansev Jemal declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest.  She withdrew from the meeting and took no part in the consideration of this item.

 

Agenda Item 15:  Motions

 

a.      Motion 15.3 (Trade Union Bill) in the name of Councillor Chibah:

 

·                The Mayor advised Members that following a request from the Leader of the Council the Monitoring Officer had agreed to grant a dispensation  under Section 33 (a) and (b) of the Members Code of Conduct for all members of the Majority Group in relation to the declaration of any disclosable pecuniary interest they may have relating to trade union sponsorship.  Members noted that declarations would still need to be made in relation to any interests not involving sponsorship.

 

·                Disclosable pecuniary interests were declared by Councillors Daniel Pearce (company engaged by Trade Union) and Claire Stewart (employed by a Trade Union).  Both Members withdrew from the meeting and took no part in the consideration of this item.

 

·                Non pecuniary interests were declared by Councillors Elaine Hayward, Robert Hayward and Michael Rye declared a non-pecuniary interest given their membership of a Trade Union.

 

b.      Motion 15.4 (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) in the name of Councillor Chibah – Councillor Michael Lavender declared a non-pecuniary interest given his employment by an American company.

 

c.       Motion 15.7 (London Living Wage) in the name of Councillor Sitkin -  non-pecuniary interests declared by Councillor Ertan Hurer (as an employer in borough) and Peter Fallart (due to the nature of his employment)

89.

Petition - Protection of Green Belt land and Wildlife at Enfield Road pdf icon PDF 410 KB

To receive a report from the Director of Finance, Resources & Customer Services detailing a petition that has been received which meets the criteria (in terms of the number of signatures) for debate at Council.

(Report No.120)

Minutes:

Before moving on to deal with this item the Mayor invited John Austin, (Assistant Director, Governance Projects) to provide a brief statement providing advice for Members regarding consideration of the Petition and also Opposition Business (items 7 & 8 on the agenda).

 

Members were informed that the advice should be taken in the context that no planning application for the development on the green belt land at Enfield Road had been received but it was likely that one would be submitted in the near future.

 

Council was informed that members of the Planning Committee had been advised that they would need to exercise caution in relation to views they expressed on the issue at the meeting.  As such, it was important that they avoided any appearance of having predetermined the assessment of any planning application by making any definitive statements for or against the acceptability of any development at Enfield Road.

 

He informed members that they could still take part in the debates and indicate a view.  However any contributions made, must not indicate that they had a closed mind on any planning application.  They must remain open to the consideration of any proposal on its individual merits as well as all other relevant factors, such as committee reports, supporting documents and the views of objectors.

 

Members noted the advice provided and Council then moved on to receive the report (No.120) of the Director of Finance, Resources and Customer Services detailing the petition, which had met the criteria (in terms of number of signatures) for debate at Council.

 

The Mayor invited Madeleine Betton and Ian D’Souza, the lead petitioners, from Enfield Roadwatch Action Group, to present their petition to the Council, who having thanked Members for receiving the petition highlighted the following issues:

 

·                The need to recognise the background and context to the petition in terms of the reasons why so many families chose to settle in Enfield given the community spirit and cohesive nature of a large multicultural society; love of green spaces and high standards of education.

 

·                That over 4,000 people had signed the petition, which it was felt showed the level of passion in terms of protecting the green belt and objection to what it was felt would be an inappropriate development that had the potential to endanger the reasons why Enfield was such an attractive place to live.

 

·                All Enfield’s strategies, reports and plans had upheld the green belt status of the site at Enfield Road that was the subject of the petition.  The site had also been listed as an area of special character, with the reasons for protecting the green belt having grown rather than diminished over the years.

 

·                Although the draft proposals had included the development of a school, this was not felt to needed in the area given its proximity to existing provision at Highlands School.  Similarly the need for additional housing in the specific area was not recognised meaning, the petitioners felt, there were no special circumstances which could be used to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 89.

90.

Opposition Business - Safeguarding the Green Belt from residential development pdf icon PDF 212 KB

An issues paper prepared by the Opposition Group is attached for the consideration of Council.

 

The Council Procedure Rules relating to Opposition Business are attached for information.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Edward Smith introduced the issues paper, prepared by the Opposition Group.  Issues highlighted were as follows:

 

1.         The strength of local opposition towards development on the green belt, as highlighted in the petition considered in relation to the Enfield Road site.

 

2.      The increased interest, which the Opposition Group claimed to have recently noted, in the development of sites in the green belt for residential development and need identified to consider the issues raised and ensure the necessary steps were taken to maintain the current safeguards against these type of developments.

 

3.      The principles and protection established within National Planning Policy Framework and the London Plan towards the function and acceptable use of the green belt.

 

4.      Whilst recognising the rapid population increase within Enfield over the last decade and need to consider, as part of the imminent Local Plan review, how this level of growth could be accommodated the Opposition Group were keen to ensure that consideration of the issues raised regarding protection of the green belt were included as part of the process.  In addition they did not support the recent figures quoted by the Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Business Development relating to the level of future ongoing population growth anticipated by 2032 and associated number of new homes identified as required (50,000).  It was highlighted that based on the current projections within the Greater London Assembly London Plan the target for Enfield had been assessed as a minimum of 798 new homes per annum (an increase from 560).

 

5.      The recognised contribution of the green belt in terms of combatting pollution, maintaining biodiversity, improving the quality of life and protecting the environment.

 

6.      The need to recognise the current restrictions within the National Planning Policy Framework and principles established under case law in terms of alteration of established green belt boundaries and the fact this should only be permitted in exceptional circumstances and linked to review of the Local Plan.  As a principle it was felt the construction of new buildings in the green belt should continue to be regarded as inappropriate and proposals for these type of developments resisted.

 

7.      Whilst recognising the increasing demand for new housing and associated infrastructure within the borough and targets within the London Plan it was felt these should not be regarded as exceptional circumstances in terms of potential green belt development.  The Opposition Group felt there was a need to make clear that large scale residential development of the green belt was not permissible with a clear steer to developers on this point and within its planning policy and guidance.

 

8.      The need to consider alternative options in terms of suitable sites for large scale housing developments, including the potential for development on brownfield land as a means of ensuring the Council was able to meet its targets within the London Plan.  In response to a Council Question submitted on this issue, the Opposition Group had noted that according to the Council’s Housing Trajectory (2014) approx.  ...  view the full minutes text for item 90.

91.

Change In Order of Business

Minutes:

Following on from Opposition Business, Councillor Elaine Hayward moved and Councillor Neville seconded the following proposal to change the order of business on the agenda under paragraph 2.2 (b) of the Council’s procedure rules as follows:

 

·                To consider item 15.3 (Motion in the name of Councillor Chibah regarding the Government’s new trade union legislation) as the next item of business.

 

The change in the order of the agenda was not agreed after a vote, with the following result:

 

For: 16

Against: 30

Abstentions: 0

 

Councillor Stewart then moved and Councillor Taylor seconded a separate proposal under paragraph 2.2(b) of the Council Procedure Rules to change the order of items on the agenda so that the following were dealt with as the next items of business:

 

        Item 10: Child Exploitation Task Group – Progress Update;

 

·                Motion 15.3: In the name of Councillor Chibah regarding the Government’s new trade union legislation;

 

·                Motion 15.5: In the name of Councillor Barry regarding Individual Electoral Registration (IER).

 

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

 

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

92.

Child Sexual Exploitation Task Group - Progress Update pdf icon PDF 182 KB

To receive a report from the Child Sexual Exploitation Task Group updating Members on the work undertaken by the Group to date and programme for the remainder of the year.          (Report No.122)

(Non-Key)

 

Members are asked to note that the Task Group was established by Council on 25th February 2015 with a requirement to report back to Council on a bi annual basis regarding their work.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Jemal moved and Councillor Elaine Hayward seconded the report of the Child Sexual Exploitation Task Group (No.122) updating members on the work undertaken by the group to date and its programme for the remainder of the year.

 

NOTED

 

1.         The task group had been established by Council on 25 February 2015 with a requirement to report back to Council on a bi-annual basis regarding their work.

 

2.         The key areas of focus for the Task Group and significant level of work undertaken to date, as detailed in section 3 of the report.  Members of the Task Group had expressed particular admiration for the work being undertaken by the various agencies and expertise and commitment of staff involved in protecting vulnerable young people and keeping them safe.  At the same time the Task Group had acknowledged the complex nature of this area of safeguarding and level of partnership working required and had recognised the need to avoid any complacency in terms of the ongoing focus in ensuring that the necessary arrangements were in place to protect vulnerable young people.

 

3.      Following on from 3. above the Task Group had established a work programme of activity for the remainder of the year, detailed within Appendix 1 of the report.  Whilst recognising the proactive nature of work being undertaken by the Task Group a number of ongoing challenges had been recognised as requiring detailed consideration given the increasing focus on tackling child sexual exploitation across the UK.

 

4.      The Task Group were keen to encourage all members to raise their awareness around safeguarding and ensure they took up the opportunities available to attend relevant briefings and training, which had formed one of their key interim recommendations.

 

5.      The thanks to all members of the Task Group for their work to date.

 

6.      The Task Group was due to produce an annual report outlining the work undertaken and key recommendations as an outcome of the review, which would be submitted to Cabinet and Council in 2016.

 

Following a short debate, the recommendations in the report were agreed unanimously (without a vote).

 

AGREED

 

(1)     To note the complex nature of this area of safeguarding and to thank the partnerships and front line staff for their commitment to tackling Child Sexual Exploitation.

 

(2)     That all members be actively encouraged to get involved by increasing their awareness of this matter and attending future safeguarding presentations that are being put into place specifically for members.

93.

Motions

Minutes:

1.1     Councillor Chibah moved and Councillor N.Cazimoglu seconded the following motion:

 

“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 deducting Trade Union membership subscriptions through our payroll.  We see this as an important part of our positive industrial relations and a cheap and easy to administer system that supports our staff.  This system is an administrative matter for the Council and should not be interfered with by the UK Government.

 

The Council resolves to support the campaign against the unnecessary, anti-democratic and bureaucratic Trade Union Bill.

 

The Council further resolves to seek to continue its own locally agreed industrial relations strategy and will take every measure possible to maintain its autonomy with regard to facility time and the continuing use of check-off.”

 

During the debate on this motion proceedings were interrupted as a result of comments made by Councillor Stafford.

 

Given the nature of the language used, the Mayor immediately asked Councillor Stafford to apologise for the comments made or advised that she would move that the member be asked to leave the Chamber.

 

Councillor Stafford offered an immediate apology, however the Leader of the Opposition did not feel this was sufficient and the Opposition Group subsequently withdrew from the Chamber for the remainder of the meeting.

 

The debate then continued, without the Opposition present, before the motion was put to the vote and agreed with the following result:

 

For: 33

Against: 0

Abstentions: 0

 

It was noted that Councillors Daniel Pearce and Claire Stewart had declared Disclosable Pecuniary Interests in the above motion and neither were therefore present during the debate on this item.

 

It was noted that Councillors Elaine Hayward, Robert Hayward and Michael Rye had declared non-pecuniary interests in the above motion.  They were present during the debate, up until the Opposition Group withdrew from the meeting.

 

1.2      Prior to commencing the debate on Motion 15.3 Councillor Barry (as the Member who had given notice and would be moving the motion) drew members attention to the following alterations that she wished to make to the wording of  ...  view the full minutes text for item 93.

94.

DURATION OF COUNCIL MEETING

Minutes:

The Mayor advised, at this stage of the meeting, that the time available to complete the agenda had now elapsed so Council Procedure Rule 8 would apply.

 

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.

95.

Approval of Enfield's Gambling Act 2005 Policy and 'No Casinos' Resolution pdf icon PDF 217 KB

To receive a report from the Director – Regeneration and Environment seeking approval to the Statement of Principles (policy) under the Gambling Act 2005, following a public consultation process.     (Report No.121)

(Key Decision – Reference Number 4199)

 

Members are asked to note that the policy has been referred on to Council for formal approval following consideration by Licensing Committee on 14th October 2015.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RECEIVED a report from the Director – Regeneration and Environment (No. 121) seeking approval to the Statement of Principles (policy) under the Gambling Act 2005, following a public consultation process. 

 

NOTED that the policy has been referred on to Council for formal approval following consideration by the Licensing Committee on 14 October 2015. 

 

AGREED

 

(1)     To note the results of the public consultation and amendments made thereafter to the proposed Statement of Principles (policy) under the Gambling Act 2005.

 

(2)     To approve the Statement of Principles (policy), under the Gambling Act 2005 as attached in Appendix 1 of the report.

 

(3)     To resolve not to issue casino premises licenses under the Gambling Act 2005.

96.

Enfield Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report 2014/15 pdf icon PDF 172 KB

To receive a report from the Director of Health, Housing & Adult Social Care presenting the Enfield Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report 2014-15.

(Report No.78A)

(Non-Key)

Members are asked to note:

 

·                The report was considered and approved by Cabinet on 21 October 2015.  As part of this process it was agreed that the Annual Report should also be referred on to Council, for information.

 

·                The Annual Report has already been published and circulated to all members as part of the Cabinet agenda.  A reference copy will be available in the Members Library, Group Offices and with this agenda as a supplemental pack on the Democracy page of the Council’s website.  If required additional copies can be obtained by contacting James Kinsella (Democratic Services Team).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RECEIVED the report from the Director of Health, Housing and Adult Social Care (No.78A) presenting the Enfield Safeguarding Adults Board Annual Report 2014-15.

 

NOTED that the report was considered and approved by Cabinet on 21 October 2015.  As part of this process Cabinet agreed that the Annual Report should also be referred on to Council for information.

 

AGREED to note the progress being made in protecting vulnerable adults in the borough as set out in the Annual Report of the Safeguarding Adults Board.

97.

Enfield's Safeguarding Children's Board Annual Report 2014/15 pdf icon PDF 414 KB

To receive a report from the Interim Director of Children’s Services presenting the Enfield Safeguarding Children’s Board Annual Report 2014-15.

(Report No.79A)

(Non-Key)

Members are asked to note:

 

·                The report was considered and approved by Cabinet on 21 October 2015.  As part of this process it was agreed that the Annual Report should also be referred on to Council, for information.

 

·                The Annual Report has already been published and circulated to all members as part of the Cabinet agenda.  A reference copy will be available in the Members Library, Group Offices and with this agenda as a supplemental pack on the Democracy page of the Council’s website.  If required additional copies can be obtained by contacting James Kinsella (Democratic Services Team).

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RECEIVED a report from the Interim Director of Children’s Services (No.79A) presenting the Enfield Safeguarding Children’s Board Annual Report 2014-15.

 

NOTED that the report was considered and approved by Cabinet on 21 October 2015.  As part of this process Cabinet agreed that the Annual Report should also be referred on to Council for information.

 

AGREED to note the Enfield Safeguarding Children’s Board Annual Report, including the summary of achievements. 

98.

Request for extension to 6 month rule on Councillor attendance pdf icon PDF 75 KB

To receive a briefing note from the Monitoring Officer detailing a request to extend the usual requirements under Section 85 (1) of the Local Government Act for a Councillor to have attended a meeting of the Authority within a 6 month consecutive period.

Minutes:

Members noted that this item had been withdrawn from the agenda.

99.

COUNCILLORS’ QUESTION TIME (Time Allowed - 30 minutes) pdf icon PDF 481 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 eight questions and their written responses are attached to the agenda

Minutes:

1.1.  Urgent Questions

 

There were no urgent questions. 

 

1.2.  Questions by Councillors

 

NOTED the sixty eight questions on the Council agenda and written responses provided by the relevant Cabinet Members. 

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.

101.

Committee Memberships

To confirm any changes notified 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:

There were no changes to committee memberships. 

102.

NOMINATIONS TO OUTSIDE BODIES

To confirm any changes notified 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:

AGREED to confirm the following nominations on outside bodies:

 

(1)       Old Enfield Charitable Trust

 

Councillor Bond to be re-appointed for a further term as the Labour Group nominated representative.

103.

Called in decisions

None received.

Minutes:

None received.  

104.

DATE OF NEXT MEETING

To note that the next meeting of the Council will be held on Thursday 28th January 2016 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 Thursday 28 January 2016 at the Civic Centre.

 

As this was scheduled to be the final Council meeting before the Christmas and New Year break the Mayor took the opportunity to wish all members and officers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.