Agenda and draft minutes

Council - Wednesday 21 July 2021 7.00 pm

Venue: Assembly Hall - Lambeth Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Wayne Chandai, Democratic Services,  020 7926 0029, Email: wchandai@lambeth.gov.uk

Note: Information on how to access the meeting is set out on the agenda. However, if you just want to watch the live broadcast you can copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://bit.ly/3eBr8Ct The video will remain available to view for 180 days. 

Items
No. Item

1.

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.

     

    Minutes:

    None were declared.

2.

Minutes - 21 April 2021 pdf icon PDF 170 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 21 April 2021.

Minutes:

RESOLVED: unanimously that the minutes of the meeting dated 21 April 2021 be approved as a correct record of proceedings and signed by the Mayor.

 

3.

Minutes - 2 June 2021 pdf icon PDF 145 KB

    To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 2 June 2021.

     

    Minutes:

    The proposed amendment from the Conservative Member was NOT CARRIED by 1 vote for to 42 against and 5 abstaining.

     

    The unamended minutes were CARRIED by 42 votes for to 1 against and 5 abstaining.

     

    RESOLVED: that the minutes of the meeting dated 2 June 2021 be approved as a correct record of proceedings and signed by the Mayor

4.

Announcements

    Minutes:

    The Mayor reported that she had attended two black plaque unveilings. One unveiling was for Olive Morris and the other was for Windrush Day. The Mayor also noted that she attended a Brockwell Park Annual Tree Celebration and Dedication Ceremony and visited the Michael Tippett College Enterprise Project.

     

5.

Petitions and Deputations

    Petitions will be presented at the meeting by Councillors.

     

    The deadline for the receipt of requests for a deputation is 5.00pm on Friday 16 July 2021. Email: wchandai@lambeth.gov.uk

    Minutes:

    A deputation was made to Council opposing Low Traffic Neighbourhoods

    ·           Angela McFarlane and Georgina Shelly stated that they were representing five petitions and noted that LTNs had been implemented without consultation and were responsible for causing long-term suffering for the community, including the most vulnerable. Emergency LTNs needed to be removed with immediate effect and proper consultation and establishing pollution and traffic baselines. In particular, residents had noted approximately 60% of objections stated that their mental health and 30% their physical health had been negatively affected. There were concerns over children’s health and safety near roads with increased traffic, and some residents were considering moving home.  One school run had increased from 5 to 15 minutes and to nearly an hour on the return journey, access to health services had become difficult and one A&E trip had taken over 30 minutes. Many feared walking in LTN streets after sunset, with one resident using door-to-door taxis after having been mugged. LTNs restricted safe access to people’s homes and there was increased pollution, traffic and noise on roads outside LTNs. Delivery drivers were forced to navigate around barriers and deliveries were difficult and the sudden implementation had negatively affected businesses.

    ·           The Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air, Councillor Daniel Adilypour, responded that LTNs aimed to allow residents, the majority who neither owned nor had access to cars, to move around safely and affordably after public transport restrictions caused by Covid-19. Businesses and town centres needed to be accessible to the public. The Council wanted to avoid a car-led recovery once restrictions were lifted. The deputation was an example of the democratic processes that LTNs had gone through, with many improvements made to the LTN scheme as a result of ongoing resident feedback. There was an upcoming consultation where all residents could input and would be based on recently gathered data. However, it was noted that a small minority appeared to dislike the democratic process and that criminal vandalism of LTN sites and barriers had taken place.

     

    A deputation was made to Council in favour of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods:

    ·      Andrew Hetherington and Katrina Wright stated their support for the LTN scheme with many residents reporting improvements to their lives as a result of the LTNs. In particular, it was noted that residents’ health had improved, with one child no longer needing an asthma inhaler since traffic reductions, and they felt safer at night as roads were quieter and more people were around. Residents were now cycling or walking instead using cars or public transport, children could cycle to school on their own and one resident had reconsidered their position on LTNs and now cycled his children to school. LTNs were helping address climate change issues and lower carbon footprints. LTN equipment vandalism was a concern, which was dangerous for all road users and particularly when close to schools.  Vehicles drove through filters quicker and more frequently after damage to camera equipment and illegal behaviour would increase when filters were  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.

6.

Youth Council Annual Update

    Minutes:

    Mellisa McArthur, Commissioning Manager, Youth and representatives from Lambeth’s Youth Council, provided the following information:

     

    ·      The Youth Council allowed young people to be heard and it needed a greater profile.

    ·      Lambeth was seeking UNICEF’s Child Friendly City accreditation, which would allow for greater equality and improve service accessibility.

    ·      In December 2020, a campaign called ‘My Body Is Mine’ had started which focused on raising sexual assault awareness, period poverty and female genital mutilation.

    ·      Period poverty was not just a lack of access to sanitary products due to financial constraints, but covered education, natural biology and was a result of a patriarchal society. 10% of UK girls could not afford sanitary products and students were missing school, with My Body Is Mine seeking to distribute free sanitary products to girls in England. The Red Box Project in schools and colleges did not exist outside of educational institutions. Young boys and girls needed to be taught that periods were an ordinary part of human life.

    ·      The educational curriculum needed to be more inclusive and have a greater diversity, particularly regarding Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) history.  The curriculum was not as diverse as the Government stated, with British colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade only optional courses and being educated about such subject matters should be mandatory learning in Lambeth schools. In many cases, BAME history was not taught correctly, including the role of BAME communities in the industrial revolution or the Indian contribution to World War I, and the UK had a long way to go in tackling racism.

     

    Councillors Tim Briggs, Nicole Griffiths and Ed Davie then spoke, stating that:

     

    ·      Councillor Briggs stated that the Youth Council was a positive driver of change but disagreed with some of the points made and noted the importance to make a distinction between making points supported by evidence and value judgments.

    ·      Councillor Griffiths stated that she was inspired by the dedication shown by the Youth Council, particularly for the work during the most challenging period in their lives and the injustices they raised. The de-colonisation of the school curriculum and participation in the Citizens Assembly was essential for further progress, and Council would continue to listen.

     

    Councillor Davie recorded his inspiration and learning from young people, highlighting their positive perspectives on sexuality compared to older generations. In particular, his earlier belief that period poverty was solely about financial stability had changed to include the impact of various social issues, such as education. It was important for older generations to be challenged and educated by young people, and he would continue to be taught.

7.

Cabinet Statement

    Minutes:

    The Leader of the Council, Councillor Claire Holland addressed Council, noting the following:

     

    ·           Whilst it was positive to see Council meeting in person, it was not celebratory as Covid-19 was still ongoing, with high case rates in the borough and some individuals closely associated with the Council were isolating or shielding. There was no special fast track pilot scheme available to residents, unlike those used by Ministers. Restrictions had been lifted at a time when infection rates were increasing as the Government did not know how to manage the pandemic and was being reckless. Many residents in the borough had suffered as a result and this was demonstrated by the memorial on the wall of St Thomas’ Hospital.

    ·           The Council had a collective responsibility alongside health, law, enforcement, business and consumers to spread a message to act with caution, continue to socially distance and wear masks, following the leadership of the Mayor of London.

    ·           The Council continued to work with the NHS to increase vaccination rates and significant progress had been made for care home staff and through the Council’s outreach work.

    ·           Protecting people was the best way to rebuild the economy and local businesses and was also the morally responsible option.

    ·           Social and climate justice were intertwined, with the Citizen’s Assembly bringing forward recommendations for tackling the climate crisis, whilst considering those most at risk and building a fairer and more just society.

    ·           England’s national football team had performed well at Euro 2020 and their commitment for racial justice was praised and was a cause shared by the Council.

     

8.

Opposition Statement

    Minutes:

    Councillor Jonathan Bartley, Green Group Co-Leader, addressed Council, noting the following:

               

    ·      Mr Dernardo Samuels-Brooks had been killed in his ward on 10 June 2021 aged 17. All of the Council’s thoughts were with his family and friends. 

    ·      He and Councillor Ainslie were both familiar with Mr Samuels-Brooks.

    ·      Mr Samuels-Brooks was an outgoing young man, with significant support needs, who desired to be accepted by his peers and had a passion for football.

    ·      Mr Samuels-Brooks had been let down by the system.

    ·      The Council had a responsibility to every child in the borough, but inclusion and not assimilation was needed, and individual needs changed. Mr Samuels-Brooks was not successfully included and it was important that the processes and systems be changed and developed, with input from children, to support future generations.

     

9.

Questions from Councillors pdf icon PDF 637 KB

    Minutes:

    1.         Councillor Scott Ainslie to Councillor Claire Holland, Leader of the Council

    Supplementary Question
    Councillor Ainslie asked what new initiatives were expected to be announced at Conference Of the Parties 2026.

              Supplementary Answer

              Councillor Holland stated that the Council was continuing to lobby the Cabinet Office with three different proposals at Conference Of the Parties 2026 including an exhibition and an event. Various announcements would be made in the near future.

     

    2.         Councillor Tim Briggs to Councillor Daniel Adilypour, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air (job-share)

    Supplementary Question
    Councillor Briggs asked what date could be given for the additional traffic to evaporate after the introduction of LTNs.  

              Supplementary Answer

              Councillor Adilypour stated the data would be gathered to make assessments and then an informed decision could be made based on the data.

     

    3.         Councillor Marianna Masters to Councillor Andy Wilson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Investment 

    Supplementary Question
    Councillor Masters asked if the Council could request Council partners to continue to update risk assessments to consider the disproportionate impact of Covid-19 on specific groups such as BAME, pregnant and older workers, and how they could mitigate risks. Further, if flexible working options could be expanded upon to meet the needs of employees.

              Supplementary Answer

              Councillor Wilson stated that assistance would be given to Council partners to ensure that Covid-19 secure measures were taken, especially regarding the workforce. The Council had strong relationships with local employers and consulted with them on working terms and conditions. A project was underway to examine the best use of remote working whilst ensuring that services were still delivered to residents.  Future discussions would be held with organisations regarding the terms and conditions in relation to flexible working.

     

    4.         Councillor Paul Gadsby to Councillor Mahamed Hashi, Cabinet Member for Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air (job-share)  

    Supplementary Question
    Councillor Gadsby asked how the Council was monitoring the e-scooter scheme, how the success of the scheme would be monitored and how residents’ concerns would be addressed as a result of the trial on e-scooters.

              Supplementary Answer

              Councillor Hashi stated that a regulated trial would evaluate the safety benefits and how they would affect the reduction of emissions. It would also enable the Council to properly understand the evidence on whether e-scooters were a viable form of transport. E-scooters and other motorised transport were banned from parks and the Council needed to work on helping residents understand this. The e-scooters to be trialled would turn off automatically on specific spaces including parks.

     

    5.         Councillor Mary Atkins to Councillor Andy Wilson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Investment                                                                                        

    Supplementary Question
    Councillor Atkins asked what benefit to businesses a fair tax mark could achieve.

              Supplementary Answer

              Councillor Wilson stated that a fair tax mark could help change the local economy so that Council-contracted organisations paid a fair tax and businesses could use this to enhance their brand. Small- and medium-sized enterprises with fair tax accreditation stood a greater chance of winning Council contracts  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.

10.

Reports

10.a

Corporate Committee Annual Report 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 271 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillors Tim Briggs, Scott Ainslie and Adrian Garden spoke on the Corporate Committee Annual Report, raising the following points:

     

    ·      Councillor Briggs welcomed the report and stated that Corporate Committee could be considered more important than Scrutiny as it held officers accountable to members. One of the benefits of Corporate Committee over Scrutiny was the submission of shorter reports, quicker responses and greater accountability as a result. He also praised the outgoing Chair, Councillor Garden, for his dedicated service.

    ·      Councillor Ainslie also thanked Councillor Garden as the outgoing Chair of the Corporate Committee. There remained unresolved issues regarding corporate risk, governance, audit and accountability in Lambeth, as highlighted by the 2016 LGA peer review noting a level of corporate disobedience and non-compliance with processes with no consequence. Senior management should send a strong message about expectations and clarify where accountability sat and then take action on non-compliance. There was progress on appointing an independent person onto the Corporate Committee, but this was delayed by Members not completing a skills audit; and a Homes from Lambeth challenge session was delayed from July 2019 to February 2021.

    ·      Councillor Garden noted that additional information on Corporate Committee’s decisions, recommendations, suggestions and criticisms had been added to the Annual Report. The Committee had made many recommendations resulting in visible change and value to the borough. He offered thanks to all committee members, including Labour opposition counterparts, Councillor Ainslie and Councillor Briggs, for their dedicated work.

     

    RESOLVED: That the 2020-21 Corporate Committee Annual Report be approved. 

     

10.b

Overview and Scrutiny Annual Report 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 271 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillors Tim Briggs, Jonathan Bartley and Liz Atkins spoke on Overview and Scrutiny Committee Annual Report, raising the following points:

     

    ·      Councillor Briggs stated that the Committee should be chaired by an opposition councillor, which would result in a beneficial change of the focus and methodology, including in scrutinised areas being different to ones chosen by a Labour majority. Councillor Briggs commended both the report and Councillor Liz Atkins for her chairing.

    ·      Councillor Bartley also commended Councillor Liz Atkins for her chairing. There had been improvements, such as on questioning and the establishment of the Housing Scrutiny Sub-Committee. However, it was disappointing to see the Sub-Committee’s remit excluded regeneration and Homes for Lambeth, and appeared to have been implemented at the expense of the Children’s Services Scrutiny Sub-Committee. The implementation of the Scrutiny Improvement Review was a positive outcome, but a wider independent review was still required. Members of the Committee were more willing to hold Cabinet to account, but Cabinet appeared to have a defensive stance towards Scrutiny. However, an opposition councillor was needed as Chair or a Vice-Chair, which would help improve residents’ lack of trust, openness and accountability.

    ·      Councillor Liz Atkins stated that over the past year the Council had provided robust challenge, ensuring evidence-based decisions and a wide range of perspectives were heard. Attention was focused on reducing risk, protecting the vulnerable, ensuring sufficient resourcing and provided effective delivery. A Commission had been set up to examine LTNs, and had scrutinised the Police following the Sarah Everard vigil on Clapham Common. The Committee worked cross-party, benefitting from the expertise of the Green and Conservative councillors. However, it was important that Scrutiny widened its scope to make greater efforts to identify external witnesses and ensure challenges were not driven by party allegiance. 

     

    RESOLVED: That the Overview and Scrutiny Committee Annual Report 2020-21 be approved. 

     

11.

Motions pdf icon PDF 555 KB

    Minutes:

    Motion 1: Green: Improving Temporary Accommodation for Lambeth Residents

     

    Councillor Jonathan Bartley requested that a recorded vote be undertaken for the first motion, under procedure rule 14.3 (Constitution, Part 4, Section B(d), page 94).

     

    The amendment from the Conservative Member was NOT CARRIED by 1 vote for, to 47 against.

     

    Councillor

    For

    Against

    Abstain

    ADILYPOUR Daniel 

    x

    AINSLIE Scott

     

    x

     

    AMOS David 

    x

    ANYANWU Donatus 

    x

    ATKINS Liz 

    x

    ATKINS Mary 

    x

    BARTLEY Jonathan 

    x

    BENNETT, Matthew 

    x

    O’Hara Scarlett 

    x

    BRAY Linda 

    x

    BRIGGS Tim  

    x

    CALDICOTT Lucy 

    x

    CAMERON Marcia 

    x

    CHOWDHURY Rezina 

    x

    CLARK Malcolm  

    x

    CORRY-ROAKE Joe 

    x

    DAVIE Ed 

    x

    DOGUS Ibrahim 

    x

    DONNELLY Stephen 

    x

    DYER Jacqui 

    x

    ELLIOT Pete 

    x

    ELY Peter 

    x

    GADSBY Paul 

    x

    GARDEN Adrian 

    x

    GRIFFITHS Nicole 

    x

    HASELDEN Nigel 

    x

    HASHI Mahamed 

    x

    HOLLAND Claire 

    x

    JASER, Mohamed 

    x

    KAZANTZIS, John 

    x

    KIND Ben 

    x

    MANLEY-BROWN Nanda 

    x

    MASTERS Marianna 

    x

    MELDRUM Jackie 

    x

    MOHAMMED Irfan 

    x

    NORMAL Philip 

    x

    NYE Emma 

    x

    PICKARD Jane 

    x

    REYNOLDS Joanna 

    x

    SEEDAT, Mohammed 

    x

    THACKRAY Becca 

    x

    TIEDEMANN Martin 

    x

    VALCARCEL Tina 

    x

    WELLBELOVE Christopher

     

    x

     

    WILCOX Claire 

    x

    WILSON Andy 

    x

    WINDLE Tim 

    x

    WINIFRED Sonia 

    x

    Total 

    1

    47

    0

     

    The Original Green Party Motion, on improving temporary accommodation for Lambeth residents, was NOT CARRIED, with 5 votes for, 42 against and 1 abstention.

     

    Councillor

    For

    Against

    Abstain

    ADILYPOUR Daniel

    x

    AINSLIE Scott

    x

     

     

    AMOS David

    x

    ANYANWU Donatus

    x

    ATKINS Liz

    x

    ATKINS Mary

    x

    BARTLEY Jonathan

    x

    BENNETT, Matthew

    x

    O’Hara Scarlett

    x

    BRAY Linda

    x

    BRIGGS Tim

    x

    CALDICOTT Lucy

    x

    CAMERON Marcia

    x

    CHOWDHURY Rezina

    x

    CLARK Malcolm

    x

    CORRY-ROAKE Joe

    x

    DAVIE Ed

    x

    DOGUS Ibrahim

    x

    DONNELLY Stephen

    x

    DYER Jacqui

    x

    ELLIOT Pete

    x

    ELY Peter

    x

    GADSBY Paul

    x

    GARDEN Adrian

    x

    GRIFFITHS Nicole

    x

    HASELDEN Nigel

    x

    HASHI Mahamed

    x

    HOLLAND Claire

    x

    JASER, Mohamed

    x

    KAZANTZIS, John

    x

    KIND Ben

    x

    MANLEY-BROWN Nanda

    x

    MASTERS Marianna

    x

    MELDRUM Jackie

    x

    MOHAMMED Irfan

    x

    NORMAL Philip

    x

    NYE Emma

    x

    PICKARD Jane

    x

    REYNOLDS Joanna

    x

    SEEDAT, Mohammed

    x

    THACKRAY Becca

    x

    TIEDEMANN Martin

    x

    VALCARCEL Tina

    x

    WELLBELOVE Christopher

     

    x

     

    WILCOX Claire

    x

    WILSON Andy

    x

    WINDLE Tim

    x

    WINIFRED Sonia

    x

    Total

    5

    42

    1

     

     

    Motion 2: Labour: Supporting refugees to make Lambeth their home

    The amendment from the Conservative Member was NOT CARRIED by 1 vote for, 42 against and 5 abstentions.

     

    The amendment from the Green Party was CARRIED by 47 votes for, 0 against and 1 abstention.

     

     

    The Substantive Motion from Lambeth, on supporting refugees to make Lambeth their home, as amended by the Green Party, was CARRIED and Council

    RESOLVED, by 47 votes for, 0 against and 1 abstention.

     

    Supporting refugees to make Lambeth their home

    Council notes that Refugee Week, World Refugee Day and Windrush Day took place in June. We celebrate the role that refugees and migrants have played in making Lambeth the successful, tolerant and exciting place it  ...  view the full minutes text for item 11.