Agenda and minutes

Extraordinary Council
Tuesday, 23rd December, 2014 7.00 pm

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

Contact: James Kinsella 

Items
No. Item

100.

Welcome

Minutes:

The Mayor welcomed everyone to the first of two Extraordinary Council meetings that had been arranged for the evening.

 

He reminded Members that the issues to be considered at the meeting were restricted to those items of business notified at the time the meeting was requisitioned, as listed on the agenda.

 

He also advised all those present that the meeting was being filmed by the Barnet Bugle, as permitted under section 33 of the Council Procedure Rules.

101.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Katherine Chibah, Ahmet Hasan, Suna Herman, Adeline Kepez, Michael Lavender, Michael Rye OBE & Andrew Stafford.

 

An apology for lateness was received from Councillor Doris Jiagge.

102.

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:

The following interests were declared at the meeting:

 

Agenda Item 4.1: Motion in the name of Councillor Neville regarding the unlocking of park gates at night

 

        Councillor Sitkin declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest as a resident whose home backed on to one of the parks in the borough..  He withdrew from the meeting for the duration of this item and took no part in the debate or final decision.

 

        Councillor Simon declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest as a resident whose home backed on to one of the parks in the borough..  He withdrew from the meeting for the duration of this item and took no part in the debate or final decision.

103.

Councillor Questions pdf icon PDF 144 KB

Notice has been given of the following two questions:

 

3.1    From Councillor Neville to Councillor Taylor Leader of the Council

 

Did he see the statement issued by the Chief Executive of SERCO on Monday 10th November about the present state of that company and is he aware that as a result of that statement the share price in the company virtually collapsed.  The company was said by its Chief Executive to be “perilously close to breaching its banking covenants” and is forecasting a loss of some £1.5billion and is predicting “thousands of lay offs”.

 

The following questions arise:

 

(a)       Does he acknowledge that in my role as Shadow Finance Lead last year, I raised the issue of SERCO’s financial position in a question to the Cabinet Member for Finance and will he accept from me that I regularly raised the issue with the Director of Finance following several earlier profit warnings throughout 2013, together with an ongoing investigation of the company by the Serious Fraud Office in relation to the company’s role in the contract for carrying prisoners?

 

(b)       Is he satisfied that it was appropriate notwithstanding all this, to accept the recommendation at the Cabinet Meeting of 12th February 2014 to extend this contract until September 2019 whilst agreeing changes in operational scope and delivery which were to commence in October of this year?

 

(c)       Will he tell the council what the present state of play is as regards to the present contract with the council particularly having regard to the recommendation contained in the report at item 9 on the council agenda headed Enfield 2017, which was adopted at the meeting on 19th November 2014?

 

(d)       Does he believe that our procurement procedures are adequate against the background of entering into a four year extension of the contract with SERCO and the recommendation contained in item 9 referred to above, when that company had issued so many profit warnings and where most business commentators and now the company’s own Chief Executive are expressing serious concern about the company’s ongoing fortunes?

 

(e)       Has he considered what risks the council is now exposed to as a result of this decline in SERCOs fortunes?

 

3.2    From Councillor Neville to Councillor Bond, Cabinet Member for Environment & Community Safety

 

Will he confirm to the council whether prior to making the decision not to lock park gates at night of those parks adjoining residential property, that he did not, nor did the officers consult the borough police or Friends of the Parks affected?

 

Members are asked to note that written responses to these questions are currently being prepared and will be circulated in advance of the meeting.  In accordance with the procedure for dealing with Council Questions one supplementary question will be allowed on each of the above questions, but this must relate to the subject matter of the written question.

Minutes:

NOTED

 

1.      The two questions on the Extraordinary Council agenda which had received a written reply from the relevant Cabinet Member.

 

2.      The following supplementary questions and responses received for the questions indicated below:

 

Question 3.1 (Council’s contract with Serco) from Councillor Neville to Councillor Taylor, Leader of the Council:

 

“Can the Leader confirm that he is satisfied it was appropriate for Cabinet to accept the recommendation on 12 February 14 to extend the Council’s contract with Serco until September 2019, given the company background as we now know it at the time?”

 

Reply from Councillor Taylor:

 

“Yes.”

 

Question 3.2 (consultation on decision to keep park gates unlocked at night) from Councillor Neville to Councillor Bond, Cabinet Member for Environment & Community Safety:

 

“The minutes from the Overview & Scrutiny Committee (OSC) call-in meeting on this decision record the Cabinet Member as highlighting this as an operational decision yet the written response to this question states it was a management decision.  Similarly it is noted in the same OSC minutes that consultation had taken place with the Community Safety Team who had direct linkages with the police yet the written response to the questions states that officers actually spoke to the police prior to making the decision.  Can the Cabinet Member confirm which version of events is correct and advise why, if consultation had been undertaken prior to the decision, this is not referred to in the report on which the Portfolio decision was based?”

 

Reply from Councillor Bond:

 

“Consultation did take place with the police and my written answer sets out the response provided by the Borough Commander on the same issue raised at the recent Mayors Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) event.”

104.

Motions

Notice has been given of the following two motions:

 

4.1    In the name of Councillor Neville:

 

“The council deplores the decision of Councillor Bond Cabinet Member for Environment & Community Safety to authorise the borough’s parks including 22 which abut the rear of residential properties, to remain unlocked at night without any proper consultation with the police or Friends Groups, having regard to the obvious implications for burglary and other criminal behaviour, given that Enfield has the fourth highest rate of burglaries in London.

 

Following the Conservative Group’s call-in of this decision for scrutiny, Councillor Bond’s decision at the meeting to delay the implementation is welcomed, so that proper consultation could take place, but in the light of the expressed public concern, the council now instructs the Cabinet Member to abandon this senseless proposal.”

 

4.2    In the name of Councillor Neville

 

“The Council welcomes the acquisition of the Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

 

The Council welcomes the Royal Free’s assessment that the site needs to be redeveloped and it’s acknowledgement that most parts of that site are “no longer suitable for the delivery of modern health care”.  The council looks forward to working with the Royal Free NHS Trust for the early achievement of the Trust’s stated plan to build a “state of the art” general hospital on the site, which when delivered will be of real benefit to Enfield residents, and welcomes the fact that the Trust is now in the process of submitting a planning application for this development.”

Minutes:

1.1.    Councillor Neville moved and Councillor Laban seconded the following motion:

 

“The Council deplores the decision of Councillor Bond Cabinet Member for Environment & Community Safety to authorise the borough’s parks including 22 which abut the rear of residential properties, to remain unlocked at night without any proper consultation with the Police or Friends Groups, having regard to the obvious implications for burglary and other criminal behaviour, given that Enfield has the fourth highest rate of burglaries in London.

 

Following the Conservative Group’s call-in of this decision for scrutiny, Councillor Bond’s decision at the meeting to delay the implementation is welcomed, so that proper consultation could take place, but in the light of the expressed public concern, the Council now instructs the Cabinet Member to abandon this senseless proposal.

 

Following a lengthy debate the motion was put to the vote and not approved.  In accordance with section 15.4 of the Council Procedure Rules the Opposition Group requested a roll call vote, with the result as follows:

 

 

For: 20

 

Councillor Erin Celebi

Councillor Lee Chamberlain

Councillor Jason Charalambous

Councillor Lee David-Sanders

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 Andy Milne

Councillor Terence Neville

Councillor Ann Marie Pearce

Councillor Daniel Pearce

Councillor Edward Smith

Councillor Jim Steven

Councillor Glynis Vince

 

Against: 32

 

Councillor Abdul Abdullahi

Councillor Daniel Anderson

Councillor Dinah Barry

Councillor Chris Bond

Councillor Yasemin Brett

Councillor Alev Cazimoglu

Councillor Bambos Charalambous

Councillor Guney Dogan

Councillor Sarah Doyle

Councillor Christiana During

Councillor Pat Ekechi

Councillor Nesimi Erbil

Councillor Turgut Esendagli

Councillor Krystle Fonyonga

Councillor Achilleas Georgiou

Councillor Christine Hamilton

Councillor Jansev Jemal

Councillor Doris Jiagge

Councillor Nneka Keazor

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

Councillor Rohini Simbodyal

Councillor Claire Stewart

Councillor Doug Taylor

Councillor Ozzie Uzoanya

 

Abstention: 0

 

Councillors Sitkin and Simon declared a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest in this matter and both withdrew from the meeting for the duration of discussion and decision on the item.

 

1.2    Councillor Neville moved and Councillor Ann Marie Pearce seconded the following motion:

 

“The Council welcomes the acquisition of the Barnet and Chase Farm Hospital NHS Trust by the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust.

 

The Council welcomes the Royal Free’s assessment that the site needs to be redeveloped and it’s acknowledgement that most parts of that site are “no longer suitable for the delivery of modern health care.”  The Council looks forward to working with the Royal Free NHS Trust for the early achievement of the Trust’s stated plan to build a “state of the art” general hospital on the site, which when delivered will be of real benefit to Enfield residents, and welcomes the fact that the Trust is now in the process of submitting a planning application for this development.

 

Following a long debate the motion was put to  ...  view the full minutes text for item 104.

105.

End of Meeting

Minutes:

Having dealt with the items of business on the agenda, as listed above, the Mayor advised that the first Extraordinary Council meeting had been concluded.