Agenda and minutes

from 24 October, Cabinet
Monday 7 November 2011 7.00 pm, MOVED

Venue: Room 8, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton Hill, SW2 1RW

Contact: Matthew Mannion, Tel: 020 7926 2225 Email: mmannion@lambeth.gov.uk 

Note: Moved from 24 October 

Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Interest

Minutes:

None were declared.

2.

Minutes of Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 96 KB

Minutes:

RESOLVED: That the minutes of the previous meeting held on 12 September 2011 be approved and signed by the Chair as a correct record of the proceedings.

3.

Noise Nuisance Scrutiny Commission pdf icon PDF 92 KB

(Report 176/11-12 and appendices)

 

All Wards

Key Decision

 

Cabinet Member for Environment

Executive Director for Housing, Regeneration and Environment

 

Contact: Jamie Akinola, Enforcement Manager, 020 7926 8976 jakinola@lambeth.gov.uk

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Report 176/11-12) (Key Decision: deadline for call-in 18 November 2011)

 

Councillor Mark Bennett, Chair of the Noise Nuisance Commission, introduced the report. He thanked all the Members of the Commission, officers and all other organisations and groups involved for their contributions and hard work. He considered the recommendations to be valuable proposals for improving the Noise Service and better aligning it with the needs of local residents.

 

In response, officers welcomed the report and noted that joint action groups had been set up to co-ordinate actions between different departments and organisations (such as Lambeth Living).

 

Jai Jayaraman, Lambeth Mediation Service, addressed Cabinet and highlighted the importance of mediation in resolving conflict. He explained the need to be more proactive, for example considering which tenants would be suitable for particular properties and warning new tenants about the impact of noise in their building. He stated that wooden flooring should be banned in multi story social housing. He also provided officers with a set of further ideas for future consideration.

 

The Leader of the Council thanked all Members for their work and noted the success of the cross-party working involved.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(1)       To receive the report and recommendations of the Noise Nuisance and Lambeth’s Noise Service Scrutiny Commission (Appendix 1).

(2)       To direct officers to implement the action plan prepared in response to the Commission’s recommendations (Appendix 2).

 

4.

The adoption of a Special Policy under the Licensing Act 2003 in relation to the Clapham High Street area to introduce a presumption against the granting of new or extension of existing Premises Licences for sale of alcohol pdf icon PDF 86 KB

(Report 174/11-12 and appendices)

 

Non-Key Decision

Clapham Common, Clapham Town, Ferndale, Larkhall wards

 

Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety

Executive Director for Housing, Regeneration and Environment

 

Contact: John Smith, Licensing Manager, 020 7926 6140, jsmith5@lambeth.gov.uk

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Report 174/11-12 and report to Council) (Non-key decision)

 

The Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety introduced the report. She highlighted the value of the detailed responses they had received from their consultations and the involvement of the local police and other loca organisations. She emphasised that this proposal was one part of a wider project to improve the environment on Clapham High Street including better use of CCTV, supporting businesses and improved street cleaning and more. She also highlighted the good work of the cross-party working group who helped to develop the proposals.

 

Chief Inspector Beynon, Lambeth Police, addressed Cabinet and also highlighted the other work that was being done to address problems in the area.

 

The Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety concluded by thanking Cabinet Members for their support for the report and noted that the above mentioned cross-party working group would be looking to develop a whole new licensing policy for Lambeth including taking into account issues such as spillover areas and that different policies will be right for different areas of the borough.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(1)       To recommend to Council that the Special Policy and Designated Area for the Clapham High Street Cumulative Impact Zone, as set out in Appendices 1 and 2 to this report, is adopted and incorporated into the Council’s current Statement of Licensing Policy.

(2)       To recommend to Council that this policy come into effect from 10 November 2011.

5.

Sex Establishment Licensing Policy pdf icon PDF 95 KB

(Report 175/11-12 and appendices)

 

Non-Key Decision

All wards

 

Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety

Executive Director for Housing, Regeneration and Environment

 

Contact: John Smith, Licensing Manager, 020 7926 6140, jsmith5@lambeth.gov.uk

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Report 175/11-12 and report to Council) (Non-key decision)

 

The Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety introduced the report highlighting the work of the cross-party licensing group in helping to develop the policy. She also noted the wide consultations that had been undertaken and the value of the Equality Impact Assessment report. She highlighted the importance of ensuring robust conditions protected those living and working in or near the establishments and that it aligned with the strategy to combat violence against women and girls.

 

Councillor Ashley Lumsden, Leader of the Majority Opposition Group, also thanked members of the licensing working group and expressed support for the policy. He requested that consideration be given to some specific changes to the policy relating to some conditions and also to specifically note the status of the Vauxhall gay village community. He also questioned whether the clause potentially restricting applications near religious venues was practical in a dense urban area. The Cabinet Member for Communities and Community Safety agreed to discuss these issues outside of the meeting.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(1)   To recommend to Council that Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, as amended by s.27 of the Policing and Crime Act 2009  be adopted and shall apply to the Council’s area and come into force on 19 December 2011.

(2)   To recommend to Council the adoption of the Sex Establishment Licensing Policy appended to this report.

(3)   To recommend that the Council, in pursuance of Paragraph 13 of Schedule 3 of the Local Government (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1982, resolves to make by regulation the standard conditions applicable to licences for Sex Establishments set out in the attached schedule.

 

6.

Council Performance Digest- Quarterly reports 2011-12 Quarter 1 pdf icon PDF 77 KB

(Report 177/11-12 and appendix)

 

Non-Key Decision

All wards

 

Deputy Leader

Chief Executive

 

Contact: Diarmid Swainson, Quality Assurance Manager, 020 7926 5705 DSwainson@lambeth.gov.uk

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Report 177/11-12) (Non-key decision)

 

The Chief Executive reported that performance was holding up well in light of the cuts to the Council’s budget and staffing. He highlighted successes including in increasing the number of homes being improved to the decent homes standard, the positive impact of adult social care services and the reduction in violent crime. He also noted issues to monitor such as the difficulty in hitting performance targets for the end of 2011-12 and an increase in property crime. He confirmed that officers were examining ways of tackling an increase in environmental problems around street cleanliness.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(1)       To note performance against the council’s outcomes and priorities as reported in the Council Performance Digest (CPD)

 

7.

November Finance Review pdf icon PDF 458 KB

(Report 178/11-12 and appendices)

 

All Wards

Key Decision

 

Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources

Executive Director for Finance and Resources

 

Contact: Frank Higgins, Chief Accountant, Corporate Finance, 020 7926 9316 fhiggins@lambeth.gov.uk

 

Please note that paragraph 2.5 of the report (page 45 of the second despatch) should read as follows:

 

2.5       The risk will be mitigated by using an agreed proportion of the new £2m New Homes Bonus which remains uncommitted and £1.8m from the underutilisation of some centrally retained Repair and Maintenance budgets, reducing the pressure to a manageable sum.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(Report 178/11-12 and report to Council) (Non-key decision)

 

The Cabinet Member for Finance and Resources reported that Jon Williams, Divisional Director for Corporate Finance, would be leaving the Council after this meeting. He thanked him for his efforts and the improvements he had initiated in the way the Council monitored it finances. In particular he highlighted the national and regional awards that had been collected due to his work. The Leader and the rest of the Cabinet also gave their thanks and best wishes for the future.

 

Councillor Paul McGlone introduced the report. He took Cabinet through the main points of the report in particular noting the important work in ensuring that the Statement of Accounts had been signed off on time and without audit qualification. He asked Cabinet to note the reduction in the forecast overspend from the July Finance Review, the strengthened governance of the capital programme and the key risks to the Council’s finances as set out in the report. He also noted the amendments to the report and the recommendation of the Finance Scrutiny Sub-Committee as tabled at the meeting.

 

Councillor Ashley Lumsden, Leader of the Majority Opposition Group, addressed Cabinet. He expressed concern about the slippage relating to departmental restructures, asked for information on the expected plans for pay and pensions and questioned whether the New Homes government grant was being appropriately used. He offered Liberal Democrat support for efforts to lobby the government.

 

The, Divisional Director for Corporate Finance, noted Members concerns about the risks associated holding capital in the markets and advised this was being constantly monitored.

 

The Cabinet Member for Children and Young People reported on the work to deliver an expansion of school capacity, in particular at Fenstanton School, but highlighted the significant funding shortfall.

 

The Leader of the Council welcomed the improvement in the Housing Revenue Account and reported on lobbying efforts to the government being undertaken in conjunction with other boroughs and London Councils. He emphasised that Members did not expect to see any overspend by year end.

 

RESOLVED:

 

(1)        To consider the revenue forecasts for 2011/12.

(2)        To consider the disposals risks set out in Section 5.

(3)        To be mindful of the transformation needed to deliver the Cooperative Council aims and ambitions and the changing financial context on the environment in which Service and Financial Planning takes place.

(4)        To approve the revised Capital Investment Programme set out in Appendices 1 and 2.

(5)        To approve the revised Capital Investment Pipeline set out in Appendix 3.

(6)        To remove the Shelly Road site from the disposals programme.

(7)        To approve the disposal of £2.5m of void properties (in addition to the £27.3m previously agreed) and the re-investment of the receipts into bringing other void properties back into use.

(8)        To note the Treasury risk management report at Appendix 4.