Agenda and minutes

Council - Wednesday 19 January 2022 7.00 pm

Venue: Assembly Hall, Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton, London, SW2 1RW

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

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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:

    There were none.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 730 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the previous meeting held on 24 November 2021 as a correct record of proceedings.  

Minutes:

The Minutes of the previous meeting of Full Council held on 22 September were agreed as a true record and authorised by the Mayor.

3.

Announcements

    Minutes:

    Tributes were paid to former Councillor Graham Pycock who sadly died recently.

     

    Congratulations were given to Eddie Betts, Macebearer and Mayor’s Driver who was retiring from his position and the Council.

4.

Petitions and Deputations

    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

    14 January 2022 Email: wchandai@lambeth.gov.uk

     

    Minutes:

    Deputation 1: Traffic and disruption on Lynette and Klea Avenue.

     

    Richard Young and Tristam Larder made a deputation to Council regarding traffic and disruption on Lynette and Klea Avenue. 

     

    When driving down the South Circular towards Clapham Common and Clapham South, road users often take the clear one-lane residential road, Klea Avenue as a thoroughfare, avoiding a build-up of traffic towards the traffic lights. Route-planning apps such as Google Maps and Waze often direct users down this road, creating disruptions to its residents. Some of its residents had carried out traffic counting in 2019 and 2021, which evidenced 50,000 vehicles using the road in a two-week period. These figures included 3863 trucks and 55 articulated lorries. There was an 126% increase in traffic from the 2019 and 2021 counts and 98% of the traffic was considered non-local. This usage was detrimental to the area in terms of traffic pollution as well as noise pollution, and brought danger in terms of speeding. 57% of its traffic over a two-week period was speeding, one account of which was going between 70 and 75mph in the 20mph zone. All of the other local residential streets were blocked off to vehicles.

     

    Councillor Danial Adilypour, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air responded, noting that:

     

    This was an issue that the Council was aiming to resolve across the Borough, and that this area was one of its priority places. The two Ward Members for the area were leading action for these issues and the Labour party was fully committed to the delivery of one of the most ambitious transport programmes in London. However, this was taking longer than it was hoped. Councillor Adilypour recognised the challenges that children faced in getting to school safety as a result of these issues and stated that the Council would continue working with and listening to residents.

     

    Deputation 2: Lambeth Nursery Schools Federation and a sustainable future

    Luke Page made a deputation to Council regarding Lambeth’s Maintain Nursery Schools, highlighting that:

     

    Lambeth was home to five Maintain Nursery Schools which accrued school costs but, unlike mainstream schools, require trained teachers and Special Educational Needs (SEN) teachers on site to attend the complex needs of its children. The Maintain Nursery Schools had to fun this money from its budgets. The children attending often had nowhere else to go as once mainstream schools know of any safeguarding concerns or extra support needs, they remove them from their waiting list. The children and their families deserve better. The impact that just a few months support at Maintain had on some of the vulnerable children has been life changing. Over the last 5 years, more than 800 children across Lambeth have been supported by Maintain Nurseries, including their transition to Primary Schools. Maintain would not be able to sustain the level of care offered without financial help. Mr Page asked Council whether Maintain could work with the Communications team to highlight their presence and obtain as many children on its role  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Cabinet Statement

    Minutes:

    Councillor Claire Holland, Leader of the Council addressed Full Council, noting that:

    ·       The Labour administration addressed the deeply discriminatory comments made on social media by ex-Councillor Philip Normal prior to his 2018 election. As soon as the group was made aware, the incident was referred to the Labour party and investigated resulting in Normal’s welcome resignation. The Labour party offered it sincere apologies for the statements made by a Member of its group and regret the hurt caused. It would now work to earn back the trust of the community

    ·       More residents were coming to the Council for its help among unprecedented challenges including the threat of homelessness due to increasing housing costs and the absence of Government support. 41,000 of Lambeth’s residents received cuts in Universal Credit and 21,000 residents had fallen into poverty due to low wages

    ·       Council staff had been working around the clock to provide support to those in need and keep services running. The Citizen’s Advice Bureau had seen a 300% increased demand for advice since 2019

    ·       In contrast, the Conservative Government had failed its most vulnerable, including the disabled and those with long-term health conditions. Those paid to make decisions had let its citizens down

    ·       The Leader was proud of the way the current Labour Administration and its predecessor had provided support to its residents and distributed more than £800,000 to help with food and energy bills over the Winter

    ·       Lambeth Council was doing everything it its power to ensure its residents are looked after and their futures secured, leaving no-one behind. The Economic Resilience Strategy set out a plan to build an economy that catered for all, creating pathways for residents to access jobs through training and education, and addressing structural inequalities. Lambeth was committed to building recovery and bringing investment, jobs and dignity to its diverse communities.

     

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Opposition Statement

    Minutes:

    Councillor Jonathan Bartley, Leader of the Opposition, addressed Full Council, noting that:

    ·       All Councillors were aware of ex-Labour Councillor Normal’s disgusting comments and resignation, and the Green group found it concerning that his public record had not been consulted as due diligence prior to his Councillor and Mayoral selections. The Green group had previously questioned the way he had used the politically impartial to criticize and insult Lambeth and Southwark residents. No action was taken by the Labour group, however Councillor Bartley alleged that some of its Members endorsed these comments

    ·       The Labour group had had 3 Leaders in 3 years and the Green group claimed that it put its own interests before that of the Council and its residents.

    ·       Lambeth Labour were continuing their unnecessary programme of estate demolition when its own local Labour parties passed it motions telling it not to. It needed to address its promises to its residents regarding evictions and housing. Some its Members had been absent from meetings for months but still in receipt of their expenses

    ·       Lambeth Labour were incompetent and portrayed a negative picture of the Borough in social and broadcast media, undermining the hard work of Officers

    ·       The Labour group needed to get its act together, embracing challenge and learning from its mistakes.

     

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Questions from Councillors pdf icon PDF 463 KB

    Minutes:

    1.     Councillor Jonathan Bartley

     

    To: Councillor Maria Kay, Cabinet Member for Housing and Homelessness

    In her absence Councillor Andrew Wilson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance

     

    Evictions

     

    Supplementary Question

    Councillor Bartley asked why the council was pursuing evictions again after promising residents it would stop during the pandemic.

     

    Supplementary Answer

    Councillor Wilson stated that the promise was not broken as the legislation put in place had ended as of October 2021. Moreover, that evictions were a handful in comparison to large numbers in the past and have only been implemented with residents who were able to pay but choose not to engage.

     

    2. Councillor Tim Briggs

     

    To: Councillor Mahamed Hashi and Councillor Danial Adilypour, joint Cabinet Members for Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air

     

    Low Traffic Neighbourhoods (LTN)

     

    Supplementary Question

    Councillor Briggs asked if the council would confirm their commitment to not continue with the Second Streatham Wells Low Traffic Neighbourhoods without evidence that the first LTN was not causing traffic gridlock and pollution on boundary roads.

     

    Supplementary Answer

    Councillor Adilypour stated that the proposal referenced does not yet exist as they are currently in the process of engaging with residents including those for and against LTNs. Councillor Adilypour also stated that his door was always open if the Councillor wished to engage and suggest alternative solutions.

     

    3. Councillor Jon Davies

     

    To: Councillor Andy Wilson, Cabinet Member for Finance and Performance

     

    Living Wage

     

    Supplementary Question

    Councillor Davies asked for an update regarding the stickers for the vans and the Western Riverside Waste Authority becoming a living wage employer.

     

    Supplementary Answer

    Councillor Wilson stated that with the arriving of the electric fleet there was an opportunity to rebadge vehicles. As for the Western Riverside Waste Authority, the Council was currently in the process of renegotiating the contact and waste disposal which presented an opportunity to insist all their staff were paid a living wage.

     

    4. Councillor Liz Atkins

     

    To: Councillor Jim Dickson and Lucy Caldicott, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care (job share)

     

    Council response to new variant

     

    Supplementary Question

    Councillor Atkins asked if more should be done to encourage vaccinations and whether the Councillor agreed with French President in making life more difficult for unvaccinated people.

     

    Supplementary Answer

    Councillor Caldicott stated that the risk of mandating vaccinations in Lambeth would risk increasing other inequalities because there are certain communities that are more hesitant. Therefore, mandating would automatically exclude a large part of the community. Councillor Caldicott also advised a one-size-fits-all approach may harden people’s resolve to not get vaccinated. There has been a steady flow of people getting their first and second jabs, and they were maintaining wide range of venues including community pharmacies. Finally, there were other measures people can take to avoid getting the virus (masks, hand sanitizers, etc).

     

    5. Councillor Christopher Wellbelove

     

    To: Councillor Jim Dickson and Lucy Caldicott, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care (job share)

     

    Support for Mental health services

     

    Supplementary Question

    Councillor Wellbelove asked what additional support has been given  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

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Motions pdf icon PDF 368 KB

    Minutes:

    Motion 1, Green: Action after COP26

     

    The amendment from Labour was CARRIED by 44 votes for, 0 against and 6 abstentions.  

     

    The Substantive Motion as amended by Labour, on Action after COP 26 was CARRIED and Council RESOLVED, by 49 votes for, 0 against and 1 abstention.

     

     

    Action after COP26 

     

    This Council notes that:

     

    (1) Despite being disappointing overall, the Glasgow Climate Pact (i) is significant in signalling the winding down of the extraction and use of coal, oil and gas, and an agreement by leaders to "keep 1.5C alive".

     

    (2) The moral authority shown by climate activists, based on climate science, has been clear in setting this higher ambition.

     

    (3) The Glasgow Climate Pact nevertheless did not secure National Determined Contributions (NDCs) to stay within 1.5C. It will therefore only be a game changer depending on what the UK does with its continued presidency of COP (Conference of the Parties), and wider actions and leadership across the UK.

     

     

    This Council further notes:

     

    (1) That the most climate vulnerable countries are calling for natural justice, for the rich countries to pay for current losses and damages based on historic greenhouse gas emissions.
     

    (2) That the world's governments must now accept that we are in a climate & ecological emergency mode.

     

    (3) That at COP27, to be held in Egypt November 2022, countries will have to come back with plans and pledges that at least halve carbon emissions by 2030, and set carbon budgets that stay well within the 1.5C limit.

     

    (4) That the COP26 Glasgow Leader’s Declaration on Land Use, signed by the UK, commits to “facilitate trade and development policies, internationally and domestically, that promote sustainable development, and sustainable commodity production and consumption, that work to countries’ mutual benefit, and that do not drive deforestation and land degradation”.

     

    (5) That shortly before the Glasgow conference the UK government published its Net Zero Strategy, which includes the intention to establish a Net Zero Forum to coordinate the strategy with local government following successful lobbying from councils like Lambeth. 

     

    (6) In reflecting the crucial role of local and regional government and other stakeholders, that the Glasgow Climate Pact recognises the need for multilevel action and collaboration and “...the important role of … local communities and civil society, including youth and children, in addressing and responding to climate change, and highlighting the urgent need for multilevel and cooperative action”.

     

    Therefore, Council calls on the UK government to:

     

    (1) Formally recognise the vital role local authorities have in delivering net zero by bringing them in as equal partners to the development of the national strategy and provide the necessary funding for local authorities to be able to delvier net zero at the regional, local and community level


    (2) Support the work of the Local Government Association and its commitment to helping councils achieve net zero.

     

    (3) Assist London Councils with investment and funding in their seven programmes on climate change as set out in the cross party LedNet and TEC Joint Statement  ...  view the full minutes text for item 8.