Venue: Council Chamber
The Mayor's Chaplain to give a blessing
Ana Yagdigar Arslan and Ali Arslanfrom London Alevi Cultural Centre and Cemevi gave a blessing.
Elect a person to preside if the Mayor and Deputy Mayor are not present
There was no business transacted under this item.
Election of Mayor
To elect the Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield for the municipal year 2023/24.
Cllr Caliskan moved, and Cllr Georgiou seconded the nomination of Cllr Hurman as Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield for the 2023/24 municipal year.
AGREED that Cllr Hurman be elected as the Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield, for the 2023/24 municipal year.
Cllr Hurman made and signed a declaration of acceptance of office and was invested with the Badge of Office.
Following her appointment, the Mayor acknowledged the honour and privilege she felt to be elected as Mayor of such a diverse borough. The Mayor thanked members of the Council for their support in appointing her and gave special thanks to her husband and family for all their love and support as a councillor and throughout her working life. The Mayor thanked officers for their support in the lead up to the Mayor Making Ceremony.
Past Mayor's Speech
The Past Mayor, Cllr Jiagge thanked her consorts and family for all their support during her mayoralty as well as expressing thanks to the chauffeurs, Mayoral Services Manager, Director of Law and Governance, Head of Governance and Scrutiny and the Governance Team. She wished Cllr Hurman the very best in her new role as Mayor of Enfield.
Election of Deputy Mayor
To elect the Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield for the municipal year 2023/24.
Cllr Caliskan moved, and Cllr Georgiou seconded the nomination of Cllr Islam as Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield for the 2023/24 municipal year.
AGREED that Cllr Islam be elected Deputy Mayor of the London Borough of Enfield, for the 2023/24 municipal year.
Cllr Islam made and signed a declaration of acceptance of office and was invested with the Badge of Office.
Appointment of Mayor's and Deputy Mayor's Consorts
Appointment of Mayor’s Consort
The Mayor to announce the appointment of the Mayor’s Consort for the municipal year 2023/24.
Appointment of Deputy Mayor’s Consort
The Deputy Mayor to announce the appointment of the Deputy Mayor’s Consort for the municipal year 2023/24.
Appointment of Mayor’s Consorts
The Mayor announced the appointment of Savvas Hurman and Ella Hurman as her consorts for the 2023/24 municipal year investing them with their Badges of Office.
Appointment of Deputy Mayor’s Consorts
The Deputy Mayor announced the appointment of Rokshana Afrose as his consort for the 2023/24 municipal year and invested her with her Badge of Office.
Announcement of Young Mayor and Young Deputy Mayor
To announce the Young Mayor and Young Deputy Mayor for the municipal year 2023/24.
The Mayor announced Darren Paul as the Young Mayor and Sila Karapinar as the Deputy Young Mayor.
Presentation of the Past Mayor's and the Past Mayor's consort badges
On behalf of the Council, the Mayor will present the Past Mayor’s and Past Mayor’s Consort badges.
The Mayor presented the Past Mayor’s and Past Mayor’s consorts badges recording the Council’s appreciation to the outgoing Mayor, Cllr Doris Jiagge and her consorts, Jannaya Jiagge-Takyi and Jessica Jiagge-Takyi.
The Mayor, on behalf of the Council, thanked them for the work they had undertaken over the last year.
Tributes to King Charles III
Ann Cable MBE, Deputy Lieutenant
On May 6th, 2023, His Majesty King Charles III became the oldest British king to be crowned, however, that has meant he’s been well-prepared for the role of Sovereign having been heir to the throne for some seventy years.
Over these last seven decades, our world has changed significantly with scientific and technological advances and changes in culture. We have learnt much about our new monarch from those years – his childhood was different; he was the first heir apparent to attend school and later University and he served in both the Royal Navy and the Royal Air Force. As Prince of Wales, he set up many charitable initiatives benefitting thousands of lives, focused on the needs of young people, education, and the arts as well as such matters as sustainability and the environment. Indeed, well known for championing the importance of protecting our planet, His Majesty stated that climate change has become the great threat of our times.
King Charles talks of how much he has learnt from the people he has met. The diversity of the Commonwealth inspires him, and he sees its great potential as a force for good, urging its peoples to unite and be bold. A man of deep faith, he has also reflected that British society had now evolved into “one of many cultures and many faiths” but with shared values, that diversity making us stronger.
His Majesty brings a change of style, but he has vowed to carry on his mother’s lifelong service albeit with his own modernising stamp. He has clearly demonstrated this in the arrangements for the coronation, by the fact that over 800 community champions were invited to be in the congregation and that the days following had a community bias towards sharing, volunteering, caring for one another.
We are reminded again of the value of service to others, of the steadfast service of her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by His Majesty King Charles’ pledge to continue that lifelong service. From fighting for the environment and the well-being of people here and across the Commonwealth, King Charles promises to lead as his mother did saying, “wherever you may live in the United Kingdom or in the realms and territories across the world and whatever may be your background or beliefs, I shall endeavour to serve you with loyalty, respect, and love as I have throughout my life.”
With that reassurance of constancy, concern for the environment and the well-being of people, of serving and valuing service to the community, whether we be public servants or simply good neighbours, we should take inspiration and hope, and all play our part in this new Carolean era.
We wish King Charles III all strength, wisdom, and grace in his reign. God Save The King!
Cllr Suna Hurman, Mayor of Enfield
The coronation of a new monarch is a unique moment for our country and indeed our borough. We pay tribute to and honour the ... view the full minutes text for item 8.
The Mayor invited everyone present to sing the National Anthem and after thanked the Enfield Harmony Choir who lead the singing.
Apologies for absence were received from Cllr James Hockney.
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.
There were no declarations of interest made relating to any items on the agenda.
To receive and agree the minutes of the previous meetings of Council and Extraordinary Council held on Thursday 23 February 2023 as a correct record.
The minutes of the Council and Extraordinary Council meetings held on 23 February 2023 were received and AGREED as a correct record.
Notification of Cabinet Membership
To note the appointment of the Cabinet by the Leader of the Council as detailed under Agenda Item 14.
Cllr Caliskan confirmed the appointments to Cabinet as set out below:
Deputy Leader: Cllr Ergin Erbil
Cabinet Member for Children’s Services: Cllr Abdul Abdullahi
Cabinet Member for Finance & Procurement: Cllr Tim Leaver
Cabinet Member for Social Housing: Cllr George Savva
Cabinet Member for Licensing, Planning & Regulatory Services: Cllr Susan Erbil
Cabinet Member for Environment: Cllr Rick Jewell
Cabinet Member for Public Spaces, Culture & Local Economy: Cllr Chinelo Anyanwu
Cabinet Member for Health & Social Care: Cllr Alev Cazimoglu
Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Cohesion: Cllr Gina Needs
Associate Cabinet Member for Enfield North: Cllr Ahmet Hasan
Associate Cabinet Member for Enfield West: Cllr Chris James
Associate Cabinet Member for Enfield South East: Cllr Mustafa Cetinkaya
Associate Cabinet Member – Non-geographical: Cllr Ayten Guzel
To establish and appoint memberships to the Council committees for the coming municipal year. (List on yellow sheet to follow).
Cllr Ozaydin moved, and Cllr Dey seconded the list of Council bodies and memberships for the 2023/24 municipal year.
AGREED to establish the Council bodies for the 2023/24 municipal year and the appointment of the members to those bodies as set out on the supplementary agenda which was circulated ahead of the meeting.
To consider the Council’s representation on outside bodies and organisations as required. (List on green sheet to follow).
Cllr Ozaydin moved, and Cllr Dey seconded the list of nominations to outside bodies for the 2023/24 municipal year.
AGREED the Council’s representation on outside bodies as set out on the supplementary agenda which was circulated ahead of the meeting.
Council Scheme of Delegation
The Council is asked to agree the authority’s Scheme of Delegation as set out in Part 3 of the Constitution.
Cllr Caliskan moved, and Cllr Dey seconded the proposal to agree the Council’s Scheme of Delegation as set out in Part 3 of the Constitution.
AGREED the Council’s Scheme of Delegation as set out in Part 3 of the Constitution.
To receive a report from the Director of Law and Governance on the Members’ Allowances Scheme for 2023/24.
Cllr Caliskan moved, and Cllr Tim Leaver seconded the report, subject to an amendment which proposed an annual uplift of 4.04%, as recommended by the Independent Panel for Remuneration of Councillors in London.
Cllr Caliskan introduced the report and noted the findings and recommendations of the IRP report which was published in January 2022 along with agreement to an annual uplift for councillors renumeration.
Cllr Georgiou advised that the Opposition would be voting against any increase in allowances but acknowledged that the Administration had gone for a reduced uplift amount compared to that contained in the constitution. He stated that although an uplift had been voted down since 2009, and he was not against a review of allowances, it was simply not the right time to do so. Councillors allowances should not be for local authorities to decide but an independent body such as Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA) in a similar way to MPs allowances. Cllr Georgiou said he was willing to send a joint letter with the Leader of the Council to the government asking to change the law and have fair pay for fair work.
A procedural motion was moved and seconded under paragraph 13.20 (v) of the Council’s Procedure Rules that the question be now put which was put to the vote and AGREED.
Cllr Caliskan agreed with recommendations made by the Leader of the Opposition and has already stated that she welcomes the government taking the steps necessary, so councillors allowances are set by an independent body. As it stands, the law does not allow for that, so there is a requirement to bring a paper annually to the Council. She stated that a 4.04% increase is well below inflation which is appropriate and in the spirit of recognising the work that councillors do and the necessary representation that good democracy requires, she was comfortable making this proposal.
A roll call vote was requested by Cllr Dey and, another 11 members of the Council having stood in support of the request, the report was then agreed with the following votes recorded:
George Savva MBE
Michael Rye OBE
That the Members’ Allowances Scheme is approved as set out in Part 6 of the Constitution but subject to an uplift of just 4.04% ... view the full minutes text for item 17.
The Council is asked to agree the calendar of meetings for the 2023/24 municipal year, subject to any further changes/additions, being delegated to the Director of Law and Governance in consultation with all party groups.
AGREED the calendar for the 2023/24 municipal year, subject to any further changes/additions being delegated to the Director of Law & Governance in consultation with both party groups.
Date of Next Meeting
To note that subject to the agreement of Agenda Item 18, the date of the next Council meeting will be Wednesday 14 June 2023.
NOTED that the next meeting of the Council will be on Wednesday 14 June 2023 at 7pm.