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To agree the minutes of the meetings held on 10 July and 31 July (Call In) as accurate records of the meetings.
Cllr Liz Atkins, Chair, welcomed everyone to the meeting and all present introduced themselves.
Apologies for absence were noted.
A concern was raised regarding the date of the call in meeting held in July. The Chair noted this but stressed that such meetings had to be arranged at short notice and it was not always possible for everyone who wished to attend to do so.
A member of the public raised an issue which was not on the agenda and would therefore not be able to be heard at this meeting; however the Chair agreed to meet him outside the meeting to discuss his concerns.
RESOLVED: That the minutes of the meetings held on 10 July 2019 and 31 July 2019 (Call In) were agreed as accurate records of the meetings.
Declaration of Pecuniary Interests
Under Standing Order 4.4, where any councillor has a Disclosable Pecuniary Interest (as defined in the Members’ Code of Conduct (para. 4)) in any matter to be considered at a meeting of the Council, a committee, sub-committee or joint committee, they must withdraw from the meeting room during the whole of the consideration of that matter and must not participate in any vote on that matter unless a dispensation has been obtained from the Monitoring Officer.
There were no declarations of pecuniary interest.
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The Cabinet Member for Housing, Cllr Paul Gadsby, introduced the item, making the following key points:
In response to a query from a member of the public, Neil Euesden, Assistant Director, Housing Repairs and Maintenance, stated that the Section 20 notices recently received by leaseholders were deliberately broader than normal to allow maximum flexibility heading into the design phase.
The Chair then invited members of the public who had registered to speak to address the committee, also noting the written submissions received. Antony Wyn, Katherine Skingsley, Richard Moore and Rashmi Kumar stated that:
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(Second Despatch Agenda Pack, Item 5)
The Chair introduced the item and first asked the one member of the public who had registered to speak on this issue to address the committee.
Kerry Hill, local resident and leaseholder, made the following points:
Doug Perry, Assistant Director, Environmental, Community Safety and Regulatory Services, stated that:
During the discussion of this item the guillotine fell at 9.00pm.
MOVED by the Chair and
RESOLVED: That the meeting continue for a further period of up to 30 minutes.
The Chair invited comments and questions from Members, in response to which Cllr Claire Holland, Deputy Leader of the Council (Environment and Clean Air) and Doug Perry, Assistant Director, Environmental, Community Safety and Regulatory Services, stated that:
· In terms of contract length, the waste industry tended to have long term (7-10 year) contracts. This was for a variety of reasons, including the cost of procurement and the fact that contracts tended to be based around the life expectancy of vehicles (noting that a great deal of investment in infrastructure was required)
· The new contract would commence from April 2021 and six months of work had already been carried out scoping the specifications
· Around £5-10m had been saved on the waste and street cleansing contract through the years of austerity while maintaining a good service. This demonstrated that contracts could evolve over time and value for money could be achieved without needing to re-procure
· Depending on how it was felt the contract was performing, an extension of a year or more could be offered
· A great deal of thought had gone into the decision to bring estate cleansing into scope. This would give rise to a more joined up, coordinated service as a single ... view the full minutes text for item 4.
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(Main Agenda Pack, Item 4)
A discussion took place regarding the focus of future meetings. The next meeting on 13 November 2019 would be the budget meeting and Members suggested funding for the voluntary and community sector and the effect on the budget of preparations for a No Deal Brexit as two areas for focus. It was also agreed that the draft Growth Strategy and the draft report of the Events Scrutiny Commission would come to the same meeting.
Members further agreed that the meeting scheduled for 30 January 2020 would be the annual scrutiny of the Safer Lambeth Partnership, but that it would fall to the Children’s Services Scrutiny Sub-Committee to examine the progress being made in relation to the Tackling Violence Against Young People Strategy. This would in turn free up space on the Overview & Scrutiny Committee agenda to take the planned update on Homes for Lambeth as resolved at the meeting held on 6 June 2019.
1. That the Work Programme as drafted and the status of actions be noted (Appendix 1)
2. That the responses to the recommendations made by the committee at the Call In meeting held on 31 July 2019 be noted (Appendix 2)
3. That the agenda for the meeting to be held on 13 November 2019 be confirmed as:
- Draft Growth Strategy
- Draft Report of the Events Scrutiny Commission
4. That the agenda for the meeting to be held on 30 January 2020 be provisionally confirmed as:
- Safer Lambeth Partnership Performance and Priorities (precise areas of focus to be determined)
- Homes for Lambeth Update