Agenda and draft minutes

Overview & Scrutiny Committee - Tuesday, 11th August, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Virtual Meeting/Remote - Please use links on the Agenda Front Sheet to join the virtual meeting

Contact: Andy Ellis Email: (andy.ellis@enfield.gov.uk 0208 1232 1111) 

Items
No. Item

1.

WELCOME & APOLOGIES

Minutes:

The Chair, Cllr Margaret Greer welcomed all attendees to the meeting. Apologies were received from Cllr Susan Erbil (substitute Cllr Ergun Eren) and Cllr Elif Erbil.

2.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

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

 

Minutes:

None received.

3.

MINUTES OF THE MEETING HELD ON 9 JULY 2020 pdf icon PDF 204 KB

To receive the minutes of the meeting held on 9 July 2020.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 9th July were agreed, subject to the amendments from Cllr Georgiou being included as follows:

·         Cllr Stewart was not present  

·         Cllr Georgiou had been asked to circulate the Meridian Water report to OSC members. 

·         The purpose of providing funding to Housing Gateway is to enable the purchase of properties on the market. The structure of equity funding as opposed to loan structures provide Housing Gateway with more flexibility when purchasing in the market.

 

 

4.

CALL-IN: ADOPTION OF THE ENFIELD CLIMATE ACTION PLAN pdf icon PDF 223 KB

To review the decision taken at Cabinet on 15 July 2020 as a result of the matter having been Called-in.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Cllr Greer introduced this item and out-lined the process to be followed. It was re-iterated that only comments and questions relating to the points included within the Reasons for Call-in would be permitted. Cllr Greer welcomed Cllr Maria Alexandrou as the Call-in Lead.

 

NOTED THAT:

 

Cllr Alexandrou expressed her disappointment that the number of reasons within this call-in had been reduced, following assessment by the Monitoring Officer.

 

The Enfield Climate Action Plan had no comprehensive consultation on the LBE website. It was on the website for a few weeks during the peak of the covid-19 pandemic. Public events were cancelled and residents had a reduced opportunity to respond.

 

Listening to the views of residents can result in improved schemes, for example, the Fox Lane Quieter Neighbourhood Scheme.

 

If the views of local farmers had been taken in to account, the media coverage following the proposal to remove meat from Council events could have been avoided.

 

The Green Belt should not be destroyed by non-sustainable development, for a number of environmental factors, including clean air. Clean air is more important to residents than living close to a railway station.

 

The Mayor of London should promote schemes supporting the environment.

 

Cllr Greer thanked Cllr Alexandrou and invited Cllr Ian Barnes, Deputy Leader of the Council to respond. Cllr Barnes confirmed that he rejected each of the 4 points of the call-in.

 

The draft plan was on the Council website for a 6 week consultation period. A public event on 3rd March was postponed, just before full lockdown was introduced. A later event planned for April couldn’t go ahead because of the covid-19 crisis. This was a time urgent plan which had a May deadline.

 

Cllr Barnes detailed the on-going engagement. The Labour Group had a briefing on the Climate Action Plan, however, the Conservative Group didn’t respond to the offer of a briefing. The draft Climate Action Plan was circulated as part of the Member’s Newsletter on 23rd March 2020, asking for comments. Many campaign groups such as Extinction Rebellion had provided feedback, along with many comments via social media.  Cllr Barnes took part in media interviews and encouraged the public to provide feedback. There were many useful comments received from staff, following workshops on the subject.

 

Cllr Barnes commented that the Plan was an organic document and future versions will be supported by engagement with stakeholders.

 

In response to issues relating to the Green Belt, it was noted that the Green Belt has many benefits including agriculture, employment and amenity space. There are a variety of funding sources available to support public access and bio-diversity. Land use should be within the remit of the Local Plan, rather than the Climate Action Plan.

 

In response to the issue relating to the key asks of The Mayor of London, it was highlighted that the Mayor of London has responsibility for government in London and provision of public transport, which are both covered in the Climate Action Plan.

 

The Chair thanked  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS

To note the dates of future meetings as follows:

 

Business Meetings

 

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Thursday 17 December 2020 (Budget Meeting)

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Thursday 1 April 2021

 

Provisional Call-in Meetings

 

Thursday 24 September 2020

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Thursday 4 February 2021

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Thursday 25 March 2021

Tuesday 27 April 2021

 

 

 

Minutes:

To note the dates of future meetings as follows:

 

Business Meetings

 

Tuesday 15 September 2020

Thursday 17 December 2020 (Budget Meeting)

Wednesday 17 February 2021

Thursday 1 April 2021

 

Provisional Call-in Meetings

 

Thursday 24 September 2020

Wednesday 21 October 2020

Wednesday 25 November 2020

Wednesday 13 January 2021

Thursday 4 February 2021

Wednesday 3 March 2021

Thursday 25 March 2021

Tuesday 27 April 2021