Cabinet Member for Housing: Councillor Matthew Bennett
Strategic Director, Neighbourhoods and Growth: Sue Foster
Julian Hart, Estate Regeneration Programme Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Matthew Bennett, introduced the report and provided an update on the estate regeneration programme. The council had consulted extensively with tenants and homeowners over the past two years and developed the proposed Key Guarantees. The draft offer had been reviewed by the Tenant Participatory Advisory Service (TPAS) and further changes had been made in line with their recommendations and consultation responses. Councillor Bennett apologised for any confusion caused by the presentation of the Key Guarantees.
Councillor Bennett proposed to amend Recommendation 4 to provide additional reassurance to residents. The revised recommendation should read:
4. To delegate, to the Cabinet Member for Housing and the Strategic Director for Neighbourhoods and Growth, the authority to adapt the mechanisms of the Key Guarantees to residents where required to do so by changes to government legislation or regulation. Any substantive change to the Key Guarantees will require a further Cabinet decision, subject to consultation.
Councillor Bennett provided a summary of the revised Key Guarantees as set out in the report. A booklet containing the revised Key Guarantees would be produced by officers and distributed to residents by no later than May 2017. Councillor Bennett proposed to amend Recommendation 3 to reflect this commitment:
3. To require officers to produce revised Key Guarantee booklets for tenants and homeowners, embedding the proposed changes to the Key Guarantee mechanisms as set out in Appendix B. The booklets were to be produced and reissued no later than May 2017.
The Chair, Councillor Lib Peck, invited registered to speakers to address the committee.
Mr Shemi Leira (Chair of Westbury Estate TRA, Acting Chair of Leaseholders’ Council and Chair of the Clapham Leaseholders Association), Ms Gerlinde Gniewosz (member of Leaseholders’ Council and Cressingham Gardens Residents Association) and Ms Petra Abbam (resident of Westbury Estate) addressed the committee and raised the following points:
· Mr Leira said that he spoke as the Acting Chair of Leaseholders’ Council following the resignation of the previous Chair who had stepped down citing allegations of bullying and harassment by specific councillors and officers.
The Chair halted the representation and sought clarification on this matter. The Head of Legal Services and council Monitoring Officer, Alison McKane, said that the allegations had been investigated and no evidence of bullying or intimidation had been found. Her investigation had therefore been concluded. Public representations then continued:
· Residents had informed the council of human rights violations resulting from the estate demolition programme. The Secretary of State and the high court had recently confirmed these concerns when blocking an estate demolition programme in Southwark. The Secretary of State had highlighted the detrimental impact on elderly, disabled and vulnerable residents, as well as the disproportionate impact on Black, Asian and minority residents. The Southwark programme was very similar to the programme being pursued by Lambeth.
· There was nothing in the proposed Key Guarantees to address economic, social and environmental issues. Nor was there any recognition of the disproportionate impact of on people belonging to ethnic ... view the full minutes text for item 3