Agenda and draft minutes

Extraordinary Council
Tuesday, 30th October, 2018 7.00 pm

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

Contact: Penelope Williams 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Aydin, Coleshill, De Silva, Greer, Hamilton, Jewell, Lever, Maguire, Orhan, Pite, Rawlings and for lateness from Councillors Akpinar, Achilleas Georgiou and Keazor. 

2.

Declarations of Interest

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

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest. 

3.

Local Government Boundary Commission for England - Electoral Review - Council Submission pdf icon PDF 158 KB

To receive a report from the Director of Law and Governance setting out the Council’s submission on the proposed size of the Council, as part of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s Electoral Review of the London Borough of Enfield.                                                   (Report No: 102)

 

Council is asked to approve the final submission on Council size. 

 

Council is asked to note that the proposal put forward has been recommended by the Electoral Review Panel (9 October 2018). 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Councillor Caliskan moved and Councillor Laban seconded the report of the Director of Law and Governance setting out the Council’s submission on the proposed size of the Council, as part of the Local Government Boundary Commission for England’s London Borough of Enfield Electoral Review. (Report No: 102)

 

NOTED

 

1.            The last review had been in 1999.  Two recent meetings of the Electoral Review Panel had taken place to discuss the submission and officers had been instructed to put it together, based on evidence provided and estimations of population growth.

2.            Both political groups had agreed to recommend that the Council size should remain as it currently was, with 63 councillors. 

3.            Sixty-three was felt to be a sensible proposal that could deliver good governance.  It enabled the Council to be represented by a wide variety of people, people of all ages, working and retired.  It could also give scope to enable members to take maternity leave.

4.            Since the last review there had been major changes in technology and in how constituents could be served. 

5.            The review was bound by limitations set down by the Boundary Commission and could only take account of anticipated population growth to 2024.  The borough was growing fast and was likely to continue to do so because of increasing housing targets.  The population had grown by 14.3% over the last 10 years.  Demands on councillors were also likely to increase.  With 63 councillors, all would be doing more. 

6.            The majority of opposition members were pleased to support the joint submission as they felt that this would carry more weight with the Boundary Commission.  As responsibilities were increasing, it would be unwise to reduce the numbers.

7.            Concern was expressed that the relevance to the conclusions of the information on pages 24-26 was unclear, and it was felt that this should clarified in the final report.

8.            A few opposition councillors said that they were not in support of the submission.  They felt that the Council should be smaller.  The view was that number of electors per councillor had only increased by about 500 and that this did not take into account the change to the Leader Cabinet model of governance which was felt to have led to a reduced role for backbench members.  They felt that Bexley and Harrow had made the right decision to reduce numbers.  Although many councillors did fantastic work, others were felt to be passengers. 

9.            They thought that by reducing the number of councillors, savings could be made which could then be spent on front line services. 

10.         The view was expressed that parties should bring in a more rigorous selection process to ensure that councillors were more professional and could meet increased responsibilities.  

11.         Some opposition members expressed support for the idea of a changing to a mayoral model of governance which had been a success in other boroughs.

12.         In a report that had been discussed at the Electoral Review Panel information had been provided on  ...  view the full minutes text for item 3.

4.

Committee Memberships

To confirm the following changes to Committee memberships:

 

·         Audit and Risk Management – Councillor Lee David-Sanders to replace former Councillor Jon Daniels

·         Joint Consultative Group for Teachers and Staff Forum – Councillor Glynis Vince to replace Councillor Will Coleshill

·         Licensing Committee – Councillor Dinah Barry to replace Councillor Katherine Chibah and Councillor Vicki Pite to be appointed as a Vice Chair. 

·         London Borough of Enfield/Enfield Racial Equality Council - Councillor Joanne Laban to replace Councillor Will Coleshill

·         Public Transport Consultative – Councillor Edward Smith to replace Councillor Stephanos Ioannou

·         SACRE - Councillor Joanne Laban to replace Councillor Will Coleshill

 

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

Minutes:

AGREED the following changes to Committee Memberships: 

 

·         Audit and Risk Management – Councillor Lee David-Sanders to replace former Councillor Jon Daniels

·         Joint Consultative Group for Teachers and Staff Forum – Councillor Glynis Vince to replace Councillor Will Coleshill

·         Licensing Committee – Councillor Dinah Barry to replace Councillor Katherine Chibah and Councillor Vicki Pite to be appointed as a Vice Chair. 

·         London Borough of Enfield/Enfield Racial Equality Council - Councillor Joanne Laban to replace Councillor Will Coleshill

·         Public Transport Consultative Group – Councillor Edward Smith to replace Councillor Stephanos Ioannou

·         SACRE - Councillor Joanne Laban to replace Councillor Will Coleshill

·         Green Belt Forum – Councillor Lee David-Sanders to fill the vacancy.