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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.


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To approve and sign the minutes of the previous meeting held on 13th July 2016




That the minutes of the meeting held on 13 July 2016 be approved as a correct record of the proceedings.




    The Mayor invited tributes from Councillors to the late former Councillor Patricia Moberly.


    Councillor Craig outlined former Councillor Moberly’s work on fighting for racial and gender diversity, as well as her work campaigning against racial injustice in the former Republic of Rhodesia. He further outlined her work in campaigning to save Block Nine at St. Thomas’ Medical School, and added that she had high regard for all colleagues she met in Lambeth.


    Councillor Gentry added that as a Councillor, Patricia Moberly was a strong advocate of what she believed in, and her work on St. Thomas’ Hospital had made it a better place, the impact of which could be seen to this day.


    The Mayor also invited tributes to the late former Councillor June Fewtrell. She began by reading out a tribute from former Councillor Peter Truesdale.


    The Leader of the Council, Councillor Lib Peck, also added that former Councillor Fewtrell had always made her voice heard, and was a community-focused Councillor with a huge range of community groups with which she worked, whose later ill-health did not prevent her from working on what she was interested in.


    Councillor Gentry also stated that former Councillor Fewtrell was a well-liked Councillor who will be missed by friends and former colleagues alike.


    The Mayor further added that a memorial service would be held for the late former Councillor Fewtrell at 11.30am on 15th November 2016 at Holy Trinity Church, Clapham Common.


Petitions, PNQs 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

    14th October 2016. Email:



    (a)  Petitions


    A petition with 33 signatures was received from Councillor Ben Kind, requesting activation of the motorised security gates at the vehicle entrance to Greenahm Close.


    Another petition was received with 33 signatures, requesting re-surfacing of paving stones on Purloss Road.


    (b)  Public Notice Questions


    There were none.


    (c)  Deputations


    A deputation was presented by Sam Billetts regarding playground facilities at Clapham Common Windmill Playground, who expressed concern at the state of disrepair in the playground and the lack of facilities available for children of all ages. He further added that the Council should be doing more for the play area given the increased number of paid-for events on the Common.


    The Cabinet Member for Families and Young People, Councillor Pickard, responded that she agreed the playground needed renovation, and that this was being worked on, but details and timescales had not yet been finalised.


    The Mayor confirmed that a full written response would be sent within 10 days.





Cabinet Statement


    The Leader of the Council, Councillor Lib Peck, made a statement to Council. She began by noting the importance of keeping communities united in the aftermath of the vote to take Britain out of the European Union. She stated that she was proud to be part of a borough which celebrated its diversity rather than merely tolerated it.


    The Leader of the Council also outlined the role of the Mosaic Clubhouse and Tree Shepherd in reaching out to people who had been out of work for a long period of time. She also added that over 100 different groups and organisations had been represented at the Borough Conference, which was encouraging.  She further outlined the role of the recently-set up Equalities Commission in aiming to tackle the growing disparity between those with access to wealth and those unable to within the borough. It was hoped that through conversations with those involved, there could be practical solutions formed to remove barriers that communities in Lambeth experience.


Opposition Statement


    The Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Tim Briggs, gave the following statement to Council:


    Madame Mayor, when I started this job as Opposition Leader 2 years ago, I assumed that because the Labour administration had been in power for such a long time, it had so many councillors, that they must know what they were doing.


    So let me just say politely - I don’t believe that any more.


    Over the Summer we heard rumours that because of the mistakes and failures of this Labour administration, the Leader of the council would be in danger of losing her job.


    So I wondered if I might – in a light-hearted way – have a look at some of the contenders.


    The suggestion also over the Summer was that Cllr Bennett - beloved of the people of Lambeth for his man-splaining why they should have their homes demolished – Cllr Bennett might take over.


    Cllr Bennett. The great listening ear - blocked with the earwax of ambition.


    Or perhaps Cllr Bingham – with his love of Twitter. Cllr Bingham has an affliction, it’s called Donald Trump finger. I hope that he’s helped with that soon.


    Or perhaps Cllr Davie – who has just been nominated for an award I read online. I am trying to understand how that happened. Congratulations. Surely he only gets one vote.



    Madam Mayor, the failures of this council are the beginning of the end of a tired Labour administration that has stopped listening, and like any failing one-party state, listens less as it goes on.


    Which new leader will deal, either now or in 2018, with the 3 great failures of this administration. We are now the 29th poorest borough in the country under Labour. The second great failing is libraries. But the main failing, the biggest failing, is regeneration.


    Because tens of millions of pounds are being sucked into this project, and spent on PR companies to try to persuade residents that everything will be ok if they lose their home. To justify the unjustifiable.


    Because the reality is that despite the 6,000 people or so actively bidding on the housing register, the small number of homes built cannot justify the trauma that residents are having to endure from the council. What one Labour-supporting TRA chair called ‘psychological violence’.


    And this is all to stop people from buying their own homes so that the ghettos of Labour voters in poorly-built and poorly-managed Myatt’s Fields type estates can be pumped full of demeaning and meaningless propaganda to vote Labour.


    I have a book here called ‘From Dictatorship to Democracy’ by Gene sharp. It’s a very apt title. In Chapter 4 the chapter is called ‘Dictatorship has Weaknesses’. It says: ‘If a strong ideology…’ – for example, thinking that you are Labour and therefore whatever you do is virtuous and good and helps people – ‘… if a strong ideology is present, that influences one’s view of reality, a firm adherence to it may cause inattention  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.


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    1.    The Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Tim Briggs, to the Cabinet Member for Housing, Councillor Matthew Bennett


    Supplementary Question


    Councillor Briggs stated that Councillor Bennett had not answered the question and asked him to confirm whether or not the tenants on the Westbury Estate would receive free independent legal advice with respect to regeneration on their estate.


    Supplementary Answer


    Councillor Bennett responded that tenants on the Westbury Estate would receive free independent legal advice. He also made allegations regarding Councillor Briggs’ professional standing.


    On a point of order, Councillor Briggs refuted the allegations made.


    2.    Councillor Max Deckers-Dowber to the Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods, Councillor Jane Edbrooke


    Supplementary Question


    Councillor Deckers-Dowber asked what communities could do in order to work with the Council as there was likely to be a £20m government funding shortfall this year, and therefore co-operative management of green spaces was essential.


    Supplementary Answer


    Councillor Edbrooke responded that the Council was still committed to co-operative values. The Council was looking at losing £55m in funding and would therefore need to work with residents to ensure services were delivered. Rosendale Playing fields, for example, was looking to set up a community interest company in order to take over the lease and raise money to ensure future investment.


    3.    Councillor Rezina Chowdhury to the Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Tim Briggs


    Supplementary Question


    Councillor Chowdhury stated that six years of austerity had impacted services significantly. Many cuts had been dealt with through efficiency but the scale of the cuts had meant job losses. She therefore asked Councillor Briggs if he supported the latest funding settlements from central Government.


    Supplementary Answer


    Councillor Briggs responded that the Labour Council could have saved at least £25m a year by instituting the savings it has brought in this year in 2009, and this could have saved around £175m in total. The economy was improving greatly, and there were 31.8m people in work. Moreover, 70% of the rise in unemployment had been in full-time work. The Labour party needed to examine its own mismanagement of the economy, which meant that in 2009 after the financial crash there was a spending boom.


    4.    Councillor Ben Kind to the Leader of the Council, Councillor Lib Peck


    Supplementary Question


    Councillor Kind stated that hotel taxes could be found in many cities around the world and could be a great boon for local investment. He therefore asked the Leader of the Council if Lambeth would join other London boroughs in supporting a hotel tax.


    Supplementary Answer


    Councillor Peck responded that Lambeth relied heavily on the tourist and entertainment trade in terms of employment. She stated that in principle the hotel tax was a good idea and had been discussed with other Council leaders around London, further adding that she felt that the new Mayor of London may be supportive of a hotel tax.


    5.    Councillor Dany Adilypour to the Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Tim Briggs


    Supplementary Question


    Councillor Adilypour questioned why one of Theresa May’s first  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.




Health and Wellbeing Board Annual Report 2015/16 pdf icon PDF 21 KB

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    Councillor Louise Nathanson addressed Council and raised the following points:


    ·         Congratulations were to be given to the hospitals involved, and to Councillor Jim Dickson who had chaired a very inclusive Health and Wellbeing Board.

    ·         The board had worked hard on strengthening partnerships but there was still a way to go in integrating health and care.

    ·         The NHS was facing increased demand with limited resources.

    ·         The Board needed to provide insight and overview into how healthcare would be delivered in future.

    ·         She praised the SH24, the Young Emotional Wellbeing Mental Health Strategy and the move towards outcomes-based commissioning.

    ·         Work with partners was in danger of providing a lack of decision making, and more executive action would be helpful.

    ·         The board needed to offer solutions as opposed to pointing fingers.

    ·         The board needed a greater strategic role and a bigger role in commissioning services.

    ·         She also asked what caused the split up of joint services between Lambeth and Southwark, why integration was not being pursued and what work could be done on health devolution agreements.


    The Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board, Councillor Jim Dickson, raised the following points in response:


    ·         He thanked Councillor Nathanson for her work on the board and also extended thanks to Dr. Ruth Wallis for her work.

    ·         Even those with an optimistic view of the situation regarded the NHS as being under attack.

    ·         Government grants were being stripped and hospitals were completely underfunded.

    ·         There was a stark divide between the life expectancy of the richest and the poorest which could be as much as five years difference in mortality.

    ·         There had been greater collaboration between residents enabling more care to be undertaken at home.

    ·         Sexual health was also of paramount importance to the Board.

    ·         There were also concerns about overrepresentation of black and minority ethnic people within the mental health system, and there was a proposed Black Wellbeing Partnership to address this.




    That the annual report of the Health and Wellbeing Board 2015/16 be noted.


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    That the Council confirms it will opt in to the sector led body approach for the appointment of the Council’s external auditor from 2018/19 for the Council and pension fund. This will be subject to receipt of a formal invitation from Public Sector Audit Appointments Ltd.


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    Councillor Briggs addressed Council and raised the following points:


    ·         The main issue was how call-ins were raised, and these proposals seemed to be a means of stopping call-ins.

    ·         Cabinet meetings had been moved to 5pm due to safety concerns but this also made people less able to attend.

    ·         Homes on estates were being demolished, libraries friends groups were being ignored and Tenants and Leaseholders’ Councils were being abolished in favour of a series of hand-picked Labour supporters.


    Councillor Gadsby raised the following points in response:


    ·         There had been no substantial changes to the mechanisms of call-ins; none of the call-ins which had previously happened would be blocked under these changes.

    ·         The Conservative group had lost its administrative support due to having lost so many seats, not because of changes to the Constitution.

    ·         Cabinet meetings had been moved to 5pm, however Councillor Gentry had wanted them even earlier than this.

    ·         The proposal to move the time of Cabinet would save the Council money in terms of overtime costs and venue hire.

    ·         Councillor Briggs should spend more time discussing how to tackle central government cuts as opposed to sub-clauses in the Council’s constitution.




    That Council approve the changes as set out in Appendix 1 of the agenda reports pack.


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    Council debated two motions. Speakers were as follows:


    Motion 1: Conservative Motion – Budget Overspend


    The Mayor invited speakers from all parties to address Council from a list submitted by the Whips. The speakers, in order were:



    Councillor Bernard Gentry 

    Councillor Lib Peck  

    Councillor Paul Gadsby

    Councillor Jane Edbrooke

    Councillor Louise Nathanson 




    For: 3

    Against: 47

    Abstention: 0


    The motion was not carried.


    Motion 2: Labour Motion – Southern Rail


    The Mayor invited speakers from all parties to address Council from a list submitted by the Whips. The speakers, in order were:



    Councillor Danny Adilypour

    Councillor Bernard Gentry   

    Councillor Iain Simpson

    Councillor Max Deckers-Dowber

    Councillor Amelie Treppass




    Amendment 1 – Councillor Gentry


    For: 3

    Against: 47

    Abstention 0


    Amendment 2 – Councillor Ainslie


    For: 47

    Against: 3

    Abstention: 0




    Council notes:


    ·         That Southern Rail passengers in Lambeth are currently experiencing intolerable and unacceptably frequent delays, cancellations and overcrowded trains on their daily commutes.

    ·         The latest results of Network Rail's Public Performance Measure and Passenger Satisfaction Survey, which show Southern Rail's performance continuing to get worseand passenger dissatisfaction increasing as a result.

    ·         That the government has agreed to bring these train services under Transport for London's control, after lobbying from local authorities like Lambeth, but only when the current franchise expires in 2021.

    ·         That local commuters do not have confidence in Southern Rail providing an acceptable level of service for the next 5 years until the franchise expires.

    ·         That the Conservative government is failing in its responsibility to provide a wellmanaged railway system to commuters.

    ·         Southern have rejected reasonable proposals that the RMT union have put

    forward, and supports the right of railway workers to strike.


    Council believes:


    ·         That the additional £20million promised by the Department for Transport will not be able to resolve the many issues with the current Southern Rail franchise.

    ·         That the government should not wait until 2021 to take action and should strip GoviaThameslink of the Southern Rail franchise and hand control of these services to Transport for London as soon as possible.


    Motion 3: Divesting




    For: 0

    Against: 50

    Abstention: 0


    The motion was not carried.


    Motion 4: Clean Air Corridors




    Amendment 1 – Councillor Ainslie


    For: 0

    Against: 50

    Abstention: 0


    Substantive Motion


    For: 47

    Against: 0

    Abstention: 3




    Council notes:


    ·         London is suffering from a clean air crisis with 10,000 people losing their lives

    ·         prematurely every year and Lambeth’s inner city location meaning it is particularly badly affected, especially along the A23 route which runs through North Lambeth, Brixton and Streatham.

    ·         Lambeth’s drive to improve air quality by campaigning successfully for cleaner bus engines to be fitted on TfL buses on the A23 route, taking action against idling cars and launching a new Air Quality Action Plan asking for resident’s views on how to tackle this problem.

    ·         The excellent start made by the new Mayor of London in raising the profile of London’s air pollution by introducing new alerts on air quality and designating the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 9.