Agenda and draft minutes

Council
Thursday, 19th July, 2018 8.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber

Contact: Penelope Williams  Email: penelope.williams@enfield.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Election if Required of the Chair/Deputy Chair of the Meeting

Minutes:

Not required. 

2.

The Mayor's Chaplain to give a Blessing

Minutes:

The Mayor’s Chaplain, Reverend Martin Legg gave the blessing. 

3.

Mayor's Announcements in Connection with the Ordinary Business of the Council

Minutes:

The Mayor welcomed everyone to her first ordinary meeting, since becoming Mayor of Enfield.  She began by saying that she had embraced her mayoral duties with great pride. 

 

1.               Citizenship Ceremonies

 

One of the Mayor’s first tasks had been to chair a citizenship ceremony.  She had been honoured to play a part, together with so many of the people of the borough, taking their place in the country.  Everyone was very excited and she had enjoyed being with them.  She had attended six ceremonies so far. 

 

2.               Invitations and Thanks

 

The Mayor said that she had had many invitations over the last two months and would like to thank the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Kate Anolue, for helping her with some of the events.  She felt that together with the Mayoral office they made a great team. 

 

3.               People

 

The Mayor had met many people involved in the Mayor’s Office including Ann Cable (Deputy Lieutenant), Kathy Worrall, Paul Everitt, Shaun Rogan, Andrea Clemons, Catherine Drake, Michael Lerpiniere and the very helpful press team.  She said that she had also received very many visitors from local organisations, many bringing flowers to the parlour. 

 

4.               Mayor’s Charities

 

The Mayor said that she had been extremely lucky to meet so many representatives from the voluntary sector and community agencies and had been overwhelmed by the amount of work that they did for the borough’s communities. From amongst these charities, she had chosen to support the following:

 

·       Enfield Voluntary Action (supporting different communities and bringing them together)

·       Mind in Enfield and Enfield Club House (helping those with mental health issues and supporting sufferers back into mainstream society)

·       Platinum Dance School for Performing Arts (inspiring young people to achieve their full potential).

·       Age UK Enfield (supporting the elderly)

·       Face Front Inclusive Theatre (disabled and non-disabled arts practitioners how make multi layered theatre accessible to all)

·       One to One Enfield (helping people with learning difficulties to have better lives)

·       The Children’s Society (fighting child abuse, making sure that no child feels alone)

·       Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice (supporting children with limited lives, and their families)

·       Edmonton Eagles Boxing Club (positive mentoring for our youth)

·       MacMillan Cancer Support

·       The Reading Agency and the Book Trust (inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds to read for pleasure and empowerment because education transforms lives)

·       Enfield Volunteer Police Cadets (Mayor’s Officer for Policing and Crime (MOPAC)) – encouraging youths to stay off the streets and give them a place to go, guiding them to a healthy lifestyle

·       Over 50’s Forum (providing support and combatting loneliness in Enfield)

 

The launch of the Mayor’s Charity on 22 June 2018 had been a wonderful event, enjoyed by many people, with many different roles, from different backgrounds and communities.  It had been an inclusive social gathering and the Mayor said that she had been overwhelmed by the amount of support that she had received.  Over 400 people had attended. 

 

Engagements

 

The Mayor had visited many local organisations, since becoming Mayor, and been amazed  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Minutes of the meeting held on 23 May 2018 pdf icon PDF 163 KB

To receive and agree the minutes of the meeting held on Wednesday 23 May 2018.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 23 May 2018 were agreed as a correct record. 

5.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Aramaz, De Silva, Susan Erbil, Eren Ergun, Greer, Neville, Orhan, Stewart, and for lateness from Councillor Lappage. 

6.

Declaration of Interests

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

Minutes:

Jeremy Chambers, Director of Law and Governance, advised members that they would need to declare a non-pecuniary interest in relation to Motion 11.2 if they worked or had close connections to people who worked in the national Health Service. 

 

Councillors Elif Erbil, Guney Dogan, Mary Maguire, Anne Brown, Ahmet Oykener, Ergin Erbil, Alev Cazimoglu, Hass Yusuf, Nesil Caliskan and Alexandro Georgiou declared non-pecuniary interests in Motion 11.2 in the name of Councillor Brett celebrating 70 years of the National Health Service.

 

Councillor Rye declared a non-pecuniary interest in Item 7 Opposition Business as he was connected to the owner of a small business which would be affected by the proposals.  

7.

Opposition Priority Business - "The expansion of the Ultra Low Emission Zone to the North and South Circulars" pdf icon PDF 415 KB

An issues paper prepared by the Opposition Group is attached for the Council to consider.

 

The Council rules relating to Opposition Business are also attached for information.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Laban introduced the issues paper, prepared by the Opposition Group.

 

1.              Issues highlighted by Councillor Laban were as follows: 

 

·       Whilst supporting the introduction of the Ultra-Low Admission Zone (ULEZ), as originally proposed by Boris Johnson, when Mayor of London, to improve London’s air quality, she could not support the current Mayor, Sadiq Khan’s, proposal to extend the zone beyond the Central London Congestion Zone to the North and South Circular Roads. 

·       She felt that the consequences of expansion had not been fully debated and the extension would have a detrimental impact on small businesses and local people living on the boundaries.  People with vehicles that were not ULEZ compliant will be charged £12.50 to enter the zone. She felt that this would have a disproportionate effect on small businesses and people on low incomes who could not afford to upgrade their vehicles. 

·       Residents living the Central London Congestion Zone had been allowed a sunset clause allowing them time to make the changes but this had not been extended to those living within the M25. 

·       People visiting North Middlesex Hospital and local schools would have to pay the charge, every time they entered the zone, dividing communities. 

·       The impact on small businesses could cause them to become financially unviable which could result in the closure of businesses and the loss of jobs.  Local businesses were she thought the lifeblood of the community. 

·       The North Circular itself was not in the zone which would mean that vehicles which were not compliant would be more likely to use it, adding to the pollution in the area. 

·       Many other outer London boroughs were concerned about the impact and felt that the zone could increase congestion and pollution in surrounding roads. 

·       It was not fair in her opinion that those in central London should be offered a sunset clause, whilst those in Enfield would have to pay on as soon as the zone was introduced. 

 

2.              Councillor Nesil Caliskan, Leader of the Council, responded on behalf of the Majority Group highlighting:

 

·     Air pollution in London was consistently breaching legal limits.  In recent times the Government had lost several challenges through failing to do something about harmful nitrogen oxide emissions. 

·     Public health advice was that improving air quality would improve health.  Most recent reports show that each car costs the NHS £8,000 due to the effects of air pollution.  She felt that a look needed to be taken at the long term savings that can be achieved by improving health and also reducing the number of deaths due to pollution.  Air pollution can cause lung cancer, cardiovascular diseases and dementia.  Air quality in many schools breaches legal limits.  In Enfield 350 deaths can be linked to poor air.  This disproportionally affects children and people living in poorer communities.

·     The introduction of the ULEZ would reduce air pollution and improve health outcomes.  It would be an even greater improvement if the zone was extended to the M25 and she felt that the Opposition should  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

Change in the Order of Business

Minutes:

Councillor Ergin Erbil moved and Councillor Anderson seconded a proposal under paragraph 2.2(B) of the Council procedure rules to change the order of items on the agenda to take the following motions in the following order:

 

11.2   Motion in the name of Councillor Brett

11.3   Motion in the name of Councillor Taylor

11.1   Motion in the name of Councillor Barry

11.6   Motion in the name of Councillor Caliskan

 

The change in the order was agreed after a vote with the following result:   

 

For:  37

Against:  14

Abstentions: 0

 

The minutes reflect the order of the meeting. 

9.

Motions

11.1    Motion in the name of Councillor Barry

 

“The results of the recent election in Winchmore Hill once more showed that our residents support the Cycle Enfield scheme.  Opposition candidates made this an election issue and their share of the vote decreased by 8.5%.

 

We ask that the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet members for Community Safety & Public Health, the Environment and Economic Regeneration & Business do all they can to ensure that the other parts of this scheme are built at soon as possible so that other parts of the borough can also benefit from the advantages it brings.”

 

11.2    Motion in the name of Councillor Brett

 

“The NHS has turned 70 on July 5th. This internationally admired British institution, the world’s first, universally public funded health care system delivering on the basis of clinical need, and not the ability to pay, employs over a million dedicated staff. It is in crisis though, following eight years of effectively frozen budgets, and reforms that have sought to undermine the integrity of the NHS. Staff deliver day in day out under the threat of repeated reorganisations.

 

The government has promised the cash starved NHS an extra 20 billion by 2023, with only 4 billion available immediately rather than the immediate 7.7billion it needs. This is disastrous and is no birthday present.

 

We call on the Council to write to the government to honour the NHS and its staff properly by appointing July 5th a Bank Holiday and by providing the funding it needs now.”

 

11.3    Motion in the name of Councillor Taylor

 

“Enfield Council notes the report of the National Audit Office on Universal Credit and calls for an immediate halt to the roll out and a fundamental reappraisal of the system.”

 

11.4    Motion in the name of Councillor Laban

 

“This Chamber agrees that the new Administration has fallen at the first hurdle by the announcement that the Annual Town Show will not be held.

 

This Council has no confidence in the leader of the council because if the administration cannot facilitate a long-standing event such as the Annual Town Show it is not competent enough to deal with the complex challenges our borough faces over the next four years.”

 

11.5    Motion in the name of Councillor Alessandro Georgiou

 

“For all future international tournaments, the St. George’s Flag should have a prominent place within the chamber whilst the England team is still in the tournament.”

 

11.6    Motion in the name of Councillor Caliskan

 

“The World Cup is a fantastic sporting event which many of us thoroughly look forward to and enjoy.

 

This Council notes the appalling statistic that domestic violence increases by 26% when England play and 38% when England loses.

 

Sadly, women experience violence and abuse at the hands of their partners every day, not just when football is on TV.  Football, like drinking, drugs and gambling is not a reason but an excuse for abuse.

 

Stopping domestic violence is a priority of Enfield Council and we will  ...  view the full agenda text for item 9.

Minutes:

Motion 11.2

 

Councillor Brett moved and Councillor Hamilton seconded the following motion. 

 

“The NHS has turned 70 on July 5th. This internationally admired British institution, the world’s first, universally public funded health care system delivering on the basis of clinical need, and not the ability to pay, employs over a million dedicated staff. It is in crisis though, following eight years of effectively frozen budgets, and reforms that have sought to undermine the integrity of the NHS. Staff deliver day in day out under the threat of repeated reorganisations.

 

The government has promised the cash starved NHS an extra 20 billion by 2023, with only 4 billion available immediately rather than the immediate 7.7billion it needs. This is disastrous and is no birthday present.

 

We call on the Council to write to the government to honour the NHS and its staff properly by appointing July 5th a Bank Holiday and by providing the funding it needs now.”

 

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

 

For:  37

Against: 15

Abstentions:  0

 

Motion 11.3 

 

Councillor Taylor moved and Councillor Brett seconded the following motion: 

 

“Enfield Council notes the report of the National Audit Office on Universal Credit and calls for an immediate halt to the roll out and a fundamental reappraisal of the system.”

 

Duration of the time allowed for Motions

 

In the middle of the debate the Mayor advised that the time allocated for motions had now elapsed.  Councillor Ergin Erbil moved and Councillor Anderson seconded a proposal to extend the time available for another 15 minutes.  The procedural motion was put to the vote and agreed with the following result:

 

For:  34

Against:  14

Abstentions: 0

 

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

 

For:  36

Against:  14

Abstentions: 0

 

Duration of the time allowed for motions. 

 

The Mayor advised, at this stage of the meeting, that the time available for motions had now elapsed so Council Procedure Rule 9 would apply.

 

Motions 11.1, 11.4, 11.5, and 11.6 lapsed under the guillotine.  

10.

Duration of Time allowed for the 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 9 would apply. No further contributions or replies were permitted.

 

NOTED that in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 9 (page 4-8 – Part 4), the remaining items of business on the Council agenda were considered without debate.

11.

References from Member and Democratic Services Group pdf icon PDF 392 KB

8.1     Health and Wellbeing Board Terms of Reference

 

To receive a report from the Executive Director of People’s Services recommending changes to the Health and Wellbeing Board Terms of Reference.                                                                          (Report No: 45)

 

Council is asked to approve the changes. 

 

8.2     Member Governor Forum Terms of Reference

 

To receive a report from the Executive Director of People’s Services recommending changes to the Member Governor Forum terms of reference.                                                                                          (Report No: 46)

 

Council is asked to approve the changes. 

 

These changes were considered by the Member and Democratic Services Group on 21 June 2018 and recommended for Council approval. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

10.1    The Council received a report from the Executive Director of People’s Services recommending changes to the Health and Wellbeing Board Terms of Reference.  (Report No:  45)

 

NOTED

 

1.               Changes to the terms of reference were considered by the Member and Democratic Services Group on 21 June 2018 and recommended for Council approval.

 

2.               Following consideration at the Member and Democratic Services Group a further change had been put forward for Council approval: that the board membership should include a representative from Enfield Voluntary Action, in recognition that this is the largest umbrella voluntary group in Enfield. 

 

AGREED the changes to the Health and Wellbeing Board Terms of Reference as set out the appendix to the report with the addition of the proposed change to the board membership noted above. 

 

10.2    The Council received a report from the Executive Director of People’s Services recommending changes to the Member Governor Forum terms of reference.  (Report No:  46)

 

NOTED

 

1.               Changes to the terms of reference were considered by the Member and Democratic Services Group on 21 June 2018 and recommended for Council approval.

 

2.               The revised terms of reference as set out in the appendix attached to the update sheet tabled at the Council meeting, replacing the appendix published with the agenda.

 

AGREED the changes to the Member Governor Terms of Reference as set out in the revised appendix to the report. 

 

It was noted that the Opposition would have voted against the changes to the Member Governor Terms of Reference, if there had been time for a vote. 

12.

Councillor Conduct Committee Annual Report 2017/8 pdf icon PDF 289 KB

To receive the annual report from the London Borough of Enfield’s Councillor Conduct Committee for 2017/18.  The report sets out the key issues dealt with by the committee during the past year.

 

Members are asked to note that the report is to be considered by the Councillor Conduct Committee at their meeting held on 11 July 2017.

 

Any changes to the report will be reported to Council after the meeting. 

Minutes:

The Council received the Annual Report of the Councillor Conduct Committee 2017/18 setting out the work of the committee over the past year. 

 

NOTED

 

1.               That the report was approved and recommended onto Council by the Councillor Conduct Committee on 11 July 2018. 

 

AGREED to note the report. 

13.

Audit and Risk Management Committee Annual Report 2017/18 pdf icon PDF 229 KB

To receive the annual report from the London Borough of Enfield Audit and Risk Management Committee for 2017/18, covering the key issues dealt with by the Committee over the past year.

 

Members are asked to note that the report was approved for referral on to Council by the Audit and Risk Management Committee at a meeting held on 20 June 2018. 

Minutes:

Council received the annual report of the Audit and Risk Management Committee 2017/18, covering the key issues dealt with by the Committee over the past year. 

 

NOTED

 

1.               That the report was approved for referral onto Council by the Audit and Risk Management Committee at a meeting held on 20 June 2018. 

 

AGREED to note the report. 

14.

Councillor Question Time pdf icon PDF 412 KB

11.1    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. 

 

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

 

Please note that the list of questions and their written responses will be published on Wednesday 18 July 2018. 

Minutes:

1.               Urgent Questions

 

There were no urgent questions. 

 

2.               Questions by Councillors

 

NOTED the thirty two questions on the Council agenda and the written responses provided by the relevant Cabinet Members and Chair of the Licensing Sub Committee. 

15.

Committee Membership

To confirm the following changes to Committee memberships:

 

·       Audit and Risk Management Committee – Councillor Hass Yusuf to replace Councillor Gina Needs.

 

To note that Councillor Aramaz has been appointed as Vice Chair of the Licensing Committee. 

 

Please note that any changes received once the agenda has been published will be tabled on the Council update sheet at the meeting. 

Minutes:

AGREED to confirm the following changes to committee memberships:

 

·       Audit and Risk Management Committee – Councillor Hass Yusuf to replace Councillor Gina Needs

 

To note that Councillor Aramaz had been appointed as a Vice Chair of the Licensing Committee. 

16.

Nominations to Outside Bodies

To confirm the following changes to the nominations to outside bodies:  

 

·       London Councils Joint Committee – Transport and Environment Committee to remove Councillor Anderson as the Council’s representative and replace with Councillor Dogan.

·       London Borough of Enfield/Enfield Racial Equality Council (LBE/EREC) Councillor Greer to replace Councillor Barry

·       Citizens Advice Bureau – to appoint Rick Jewell as a Council representative. 

 

Please note that any further changes notified after the agenda has been published will be reported to Council on the update sheet tabled at the meeting. 

Minutes:

AGREED to confirm the following changes to the nominations for Outside Bodies. 

 

·       London Borough of Enfield/Enfield Racial Equality Council (LBE/EREC) Councillor Greer to replace Councillor Barry

 

·       Citizen’s Advice Bureau – to appoint Councillor Rick Jewell as the Council’s representative. 

 

·       Safer Stronger Communities Board – Councillor Keazor to replace Councillors Aydin and Uddin. 

 

·       Enfield, Essex and Hertfordshire Border Liaison Group – Broxbourne, Epping Forest, Lee Valley RPA, Enfield, Essex and Herts – Councillors Dogan, Oykener and Hasan to replace Councillors Gunawardena, Demirel and Orhan. 

17.

Called in Decisions

None received. 

Minutes:

None received. 

18.

Date of Next Meeting

To note the date agreed for the next Council meeting is

 

·       Thursday 20 September 2018 at 7pm at Enfield Civic Centre. 

Minutes:

NOTED that the next meeting of the Council will take place on Thursday 20 September 2018 at 7pm. 

 

The Mayor thanked everyone for attending the meeting.  All sent their best wishes for a speedy recovery to Councillor Tolga Aramaz who had been involved in an accident on the previous evening.