Agenda and minutes

Second, Extraordinary Council
Tuesday, 23rd December, 2014 9.35 pm

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

Contact: James Kinsella 

Note: This meeting will commence on the rising of the first Extraordinary Council taking place on the same night. 

Items
No. Item

105.

Welcome

Minutes:

The Mayor welcomed everyone to the second 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.

106.

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.

107.

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:

None received.

108.

Order of Business

Minutes:

Councillor Elaine Hayward moved and Councillor Neville seconded a proposal to change the order of business on the agenda under paragraph 2.2 (page 4-5) of the Council’s procedure rules as follows:

 

        To consider Item 3.2 (Motion in the name of Councillor Taylor regarding the approach towards budget setting) in advance of Item 3.1 (Motion in the name of Councillor Cazimoglu regarding Chase Farm Hospital).

 

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

 

For: 20

Against: 32

Abstentions: 0

109.

Motions

Notice has been given of the following two Motions:

 

3.1    In the name of Councillor Taylor:

 

“The Council is disappointed that Government policy and chronic underfunding of our local Barnet Chase Farm NHS Trust has forced a takeover by The Royal Free London NHS Trust.

 

The hospital is currently underfunded by £35m a year and will need over £175m just to sustain it over the next five years.

 

We urge the government to adequately fund the rebuild of the hospital so that it meets the needs of Enfield residents now and into the future.

 

Council further calls upon the NHS Trust to preserve, by covenant, the footprint for health services on the Chase Farm site, for health services in perpetuity.

 

Council further believes that the failure of David Cameron and Nick de Bois to honour their promise to save A&E at Chase Farm site makes residents sceptical about the future. The Council has not heard any reasonable explanation for this failure to honour their promise and believes it would be in the public interest for them to explain.

 

The Council instructs the Leader of the Council to write to the MP for Enfield North and the PM to raise the concerns of the Council.”

 

3.2    In the name of Councillor Taylor:

 

“Council notes that:

 

1)        Working people are now £1,600 plus a year worse off than in 2010

2)        Business investment trails our international competitors

3)        The 1% tax cut for top earners takes £3 billion away from vital public services

4)        The need for food banks in Enfield is growing

Council further notes the unfunded tax pledges of the Conservative Government in the Autumn Statement, and the Deputy Prime Minister’s accusation that the Government was ‘Kidding the public’.

 

The Council agrees that any political group represented on the Council is irresponsible if it does not appreciate the calamity of Government economic and fiscal policy and its impact on ordinary people in Enfield.

 

Council condemns any politicians, local or National, who seek to ignore the impact of Government cuts on the difficult decisions Councils have to take. 

 

Council agrees:

a)        to take a responsible approach to budget setting in 2015-18 and expects any suggestions for growth, or protected spending, to be aligned with proposals for reductions elsewhere in the budget, to meet the £75 million plus pressures on the Councils’ budget.

 

b)      to write to the 3 local MPs asking them to confirm their opposition to the Conservative Government’s plan for excessive future cuts to public services as identified by the IFS, and to call for adequate funding for the London Borough of Enfield to preserve vital public services.”

Minutes:

1.1    Councillor Cazimoglu moved and Councillor McGowan seconded the following motion:

 

 “The Council is disappointed that Government Policy and chronic underfunding of our local Barnet Chase Farm NHS Trust has forced a takeover a takeover by the Royal Free London NHS Trust.

 

The hospital is currently underfunded by £35m a year and will need over £175m just to sustain it over the next five years.

 

We urge the Government to adequately fund the rebuild of the hospital so that it meets the needs of Enfield residents now and into the future.

 

Council further call upon the NHS Trust to preserve, by covenant, the footprint for health services on the Chase Farm site, for health services in perpetuity.

 

Council further believes that the failure of David Cameron and Nick de Bois to honour their promise to save A&E at Chase Farm site makes residents sceptical about the future.  The Council has not heard any reasonable explanation for this failure to honour their promise and believes it would be in the public interest for them to explain.

 

The Council instructs the Leader of the Council to write to the MP for Enfield North and the PM to raise the concerns of the Council.

 

Following a short debate Councillor Stewart moved and Councillor Taylor seconded procedural motion 12.12 (a) (ii) “that the question be now put”.  The Mayor felt there had been sufficient discussion on the matter so put the motion to he meeting, which was agreed without a vote.

 

The Mayor then put the motion straight to the vote, which was agreed, with the following result:

 

For: 34

Against: 19

Abstentions: 0

 

1.2    Councillor Fonyonga moved and Councillor Taylor seconded the following motion:

 

“Council notes that:

 

1)            Working people are now £1,600 plus a year worse off than in 2010;

2)            Business investment trails our international competitors;

3)            The 1% tax cut for top earners takes £3 billion away from vital public services;

4)            The need for food banks in Enfield is growing;

 

Council further notes the unfunded tax pledges of the Conservative Government in the Autumn Statement, and the Deputy Prime Minister’s accusation that the Government was ‘kidding the public’.

 

The Council agrees that any political group represented on the Council is irresponsible if it does not appreciate the calamity of Government economic and fiscal policy and its impact on ordinary people in Enfield.

 

Council condemns any politicians, local or National, who seek to ignore the impact of Government cuts on the difficult decisions Councils have to take.

 

Council agrees:

 

a)        To take a responsible approach to budget setting in 2015-18 and expects any suggestions for growth, or protected spending, to be aligned with proposals for reductions elsewhere in the budget, to meet the £75 million plus pressures on the Councils’ budget.

 

b)        To write to the 3 local MP’s asking them to confirm their opposition to the Conservative Government’s plan for excessive future cuts to public services as identified by the IFS, and to call for adequate funding  ...  view the full minutes text for item 109.

110.

Councillor Questions pdf icon PDF 122 KB

Notice has been given of the following question:

 

4.1    From Councillor Simbodyal to Councillor Oykener, Cabinet Member for Housing & Estate Regeneration

 

“Could the Cabinet Member for Housing and Estate Regeneration update the Council on the current situation on the additional and selective licensing scheme.“

Minutes:

NOTED the one question on the Extraordinary Council agenda which had received a written reply from the relevant Cabinet Member.

111.

End of Meeting

Minutes:

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