Agenda and draft minutes

Cabinet - Monday 22 November 2021 5.00 pm

Venue: Committee Room (B6) - Lambeth Town Hall, Brixton, London, SW2 1RW. View directions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Declarations of Pecuniary Interest

Under Cabinet Rule 1.5.2, where any Cabinet Member 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 of Previous Meetings pdf icon PDF 173 KB

    Cabinet is asked to confirm as a true record the Minutes of the meetings of Cabinet held on the 13 September and 4 October and to authorise the Leader to sign them.

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

     The Minutes of the previous meetings of Cabinet held on 13 September and 4 October were agreed as a true record and signed by the Leader.

3.

Air Quality Vision for Lambeth pdf icon PDF 993 KB

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    Minutes:

    The report was introduced by Councillor Adilypour, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air who highlighted that:

     

    ·         Air quality in Lambeth had improved significantly over recent years

    ·         The levels of air pollution throughout the Borough may be legal but not safe

    ·         The Air Quality Vision would set out a number of ambitious targets to shape the Borough

    ·         Work would be done to educate and inform residents and communities on how they may take action on air quality themselves.

     

    Cabinet was addressed by Councillor Peter Elliott of the Green Group, who highlighted a number of questions surrounding:

     

    ·         The programme of rolling out air quality monitors

    ·         Whether the data collected by developers could be made public.

     

    In response to some of the questions and comments raised, Officers and the Cabinet Member advised the following:

     

    ·         Lightweight air quality monitors had been installed across the Borough

    ·         Next month it had been planned for an air quality monitoring station to be fitted which will ensure data was clarifiable

    ·         Services were being developed and expanded to ensure live data can be shared and published, increasing capability and ease of use by residents

    ·         Planning Permission had been applied to developers to ensure emissions are monitored

    ·         Discussions would be had going forward to see what could be done in terms of having data made public from developers

     

    Cabinet made the following observations:

     

    ·         The report detailed a lot of data around the effects of poor air quality on children

    ·         There was a lot of community support on these issues, including residents using sustainable transport options such as walking and cycling

    ·         A number of schools had adopted air quality monitors which showed reduced levels of pollution around their cycle paths

    ·         It would be optimal for all schools to be able to monitor their air quality.

     

    In response to some of the comments raised, Officers and the Cabinet Member advised the following:

     

    ·         A number of interventions and workshops would be presented to schools offering opportunities to learn about climate change

    ·         Discussions were being had with different groups across the Council to obtain recommendations as to where air quality monitors would be best placed

    ·         Communities and areas that were particularly impacted would be prioritised (e.g. Schools and care homes)

    ·         It was important to recognise the positive impact policies have had on air quality e.g. Bus electrification and the Ultra Low Emission Zone.

     

    Following consideration, Cabinet resolved:

     

    1. To approve and adopt the Air Quality Vision for Lambeth

4.

Low Traffic Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Commission pdf icon PDF 481 KB

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    Minutes:

    The report was introduced by Councillor Adilypour, Cabinet Member for Sustainable Transport, Environment and Clean Air who highlighted that:

     

    ·         Lambeth was the first Borough to publish a Low Traffic Neighbourhood Strategy

    ·         Significant resources had been invested in monitoring and equalities analysis

    ·         The Action Plan contained a clear response from the Overview and Scrutiny Commission.

     

    Cabinet was addressed by Councillor Mary Atkins, Chair of the LTN Scrutiny Commission, who raised a number of points including that:

     

    ·         The Scrutiny Commission gave its thanks for Cabinet’s approval of the report

    ·         One of the main focuses was around how a change could be made which would take residents with it

    ·         The importance of using evidence form trusted sources had been recognised, and that external monitoring was seen as reliable

    ·         It was important for residents to feel that the LTN report was a trusted document inclusive and available to all

    ·         It was also necessary for it to be accessible, with consideration given to language used, as to not exclude any party or community group.

     

    Cabinet made the following observations:

     

    ·         The report was thorough, and Officers and Members had done a commendable job on the LTN and the Scrutiny Commission

    ·         Some communities were not able to access the online consultation response form; accessibility must be considered going forwards

    ·         All communities would need to be engaged with in future, so they do not feel left behind.

     

    In response to some of the questions and comments raised, Officers and the Cabinet Member advised the following:

     

    ·         Lambeth recently hosted an event which covered digital inclusion, and further work was ongoing with a number of the Council’s partners

    ·         With Covid restrictions having eased, the Engagement team ran street stalls over the last consultation period to enable those unable to access online the chance to respond

    ·         EIA panel feedback had been heard and taken on board

    ·         The Council would continue to offer face-to-face ways of responding.

     

     

    Following consideration, Cabinet resolved:

     

    1. To approve the Low Traffic Neighbourhoods Scrutiny Commission action plan response, attached at Appendix 1, subject to any comments from Members.