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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 none.
Following the terror-related incident that took place in Streatham on 2 February 2020, the Mayor expressed his thanks to the highly commendable police’s, other emergency services’, and council workers’ response and support to local residents and businesses.
Councillor Mohammed Seedat, Councillor Jonathan Bartley and Councillor Tim Briggs supported the statement made by the Mayor and highlighted that the Council’s thoughts were with the victims and their families. Tribute was also paid to the hugely diverse but immensely tight knit and unified Streatham community. It was emphasized that terrorists would not be allowed to divide the borough.
Petitions and Deputations relating to the Budget
No public notice questions were received.
Petitions will be presented at the meeting by Councillors.
The deadline for the receipt of requests for a deputation is 5pm
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A deputation was made to the Council by representatives from Cherry Tree Action Group who presented plans to re-open the former Cherry Tree Children’s Centre as a parent led co-operative nursery and community asset. The speaker highlighted:
· How the local community had been working together to develop a business plan for a genuinely affordable co-operative nursery in West Norwood.
· That providing access to affordable childcare was crucial to the economic success of the borough and should feature in the Council’s budgetary considerations.
· The need to consider social value in the context of budget making.
· Concern about costs associated with unused assets, such as the security required to keep buildings like Cherry Tree empty.
· Disappointment that despite the Children’s Centre being closed for approximately six months the Council had yet to make a decision on the future use of the site.
In responses, the Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance, Councillor Andy Wilson thanked the speaker for her positive speech, acknowledged the various difficulties in balancing work and childcare, and apologised for delays that had prevented a decision, concerning the future use of the site, being made. Councillor Wilson confirmed he would work with the Deputy Leader of the Council (Children and Young People), Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite, and officers to provide the Cherry Tree Action Group with a written response which would provide clarity on how and when a decision for the site would be made.
No petitions were received.
The Mayor informed Council that an update to the Revenue and Capital Budget 2020/21 to 2023/24 report, including an additional recommendation for consideration, had been provided via an addendum to the agenda. Speakers from all parties were then invited to speak on the Budget.
Councillor Andy Wilson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance, proposed the substantive budget recommendations, set out in the report and the addendum.
Councillor Jonathan Bartley and Councillor Tim Briggs, who had both proposed amendments to the Budget, set out via the Green Group Alternative Budget and Conservative Alternative Budget respectively, each addressed Council.
The following members also contributed to the debate:
Councillor Ben Kind
Councillor Maria Kay
Councillor Scott Ainslie
Councillor Ed Davie
Councillor Lucy Caldicott
Councillor Mohammed Seedat
Councillor Becca Thackray
Councillor Scarlet O’Hara
Councillor Matthew Bennett
Councillor Nicole Griffiths
Councillor Nanda Manley-Browne
Councillor Paul Gadsby
Councillor Pete Elliott and Councillor Claire Holland both then concluded the debate. The Mayor moved to the vote and reminded Council that, in accordance with the Constitution, a recorded vote was required when voting on all budget and council tax issues at Council budget meetings.
Amendment 1, the Conservative Alternative Budget, proposed by Councillor Tim Briggs and set out via the second despatch, was put to a recorded vote and defeated.
Councillors recorded their votes on the amendment as follows:
*The Mayor did not vote.
Amendment 2, the Green Alternative Budget, as proposed by Councillor Jonathan Bartley was put to a recorded vote and defeated.
Councillors recorded their votes on the amendment as follows:
Councillor Jim Dickson, Cabinet Member for Voluntary Sector and Partnerships (job share), introduced a report concerning the Council’s submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission (LGBCE) in respect of the total number of councillors elected to the local authority.
Councillor Dickson highlighted that Lambeth welcomed the LGBCE review of the Council’s electoral arrangements and the opportunity to submit representations to the Commission. The following points were noted:
- The LGBCE was undertaking a review because Lambeth met the Commission’s criteria for electoral inequality;
- It had been 20 years since the last review;
- A cross party Member Working Group had been established to help guide the Council’s work in relation to the review; and
- An update to the report, including additional recommendations, had been provided via an addendum.
Councillor Dickson concluded by informing Council that the LGBCE’s review was undertaken across two stages. The first, set out in the report, related to Council size while stage two concerned the number and boundaries of wards; the number of councillors per ward; and ward names.
(1) That the proposal regarding Council size, set out in the report, recommending the number of councillors remain at 63 be approved for submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
(2) That the Director of Legal and Governance be authorised, in consultation with the Chair of the Member Working Group, to make amendments to the report in response to comments received from the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
(3) That the revised report be circulated to Members of the Working Group before being submitted to the Local Government Boundary Commission for England.
Before closing the meeting, the Mayor informed Council that the Strategic Director of Children’s Services was leaving the Council. On behalf of the Council, the Mayor placed on record his thanks to Annie Hudson for her years of dedicated service.