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Declarations of Interest
Notes of the Previous Meeting PDF 83 KB
To agree the Notes of the meeting held on 24
September 2009 as a true and accurate record of the meeting.
That the notes of the meeting held on 24
September 2009 be approved as a correct record of the
Sustainability Action Plan
Forum were informed that officers were
busy working on the plan. Members requested that they be shown a
version of the plan at the earliest appropriate point.
Sustainability Forum Terms of Reference PDF 57 KB
Terms of Reference were discussed by the Forum. Points noted
The Forum’s terms of reference needed to
stress overarching themes for the borough.
Officers were asked to strengthen the commitment to
communicate widely with partners.
To what extent this forum would work in conjunction
with the Transport Partnership Forum given that transport would
play a large role in carbon reduction strategies.
The need to ensure that reports from this forum were
sent to Cabinet or equivalent to ensure that they were considered
Members were invited to suggest further
organisations to be listed as partners and officers undertook to
look to expand the list if appropriate organisations could be found
that were able to take a role in co-ordinating submissions and
circulating information widely.
Suggestion that where possible or appropriate
initiatives like Low Carbon Zones should come to this forum for
consideration as a good way of gaining cross-party
Flooding in Lambeth PDF 81 KB
Contact for Information: Owen Davies, Street
Works Co-ordinator, email@example.com
Owen Davies from Transport & Highways provided a
presentation on issues around flooding in Lambeth looking at
different types of flooding problems and potential solutions to
some of these issues but also the awareness that at some point the
borough would be hit by a serious flood of some
Members thanked Owen for the presentation and then moved to
discuss the issues highlighted. In answering questions, Owen and
other officers explained:
Promoting sustainable urban drainage was important
but made difficult by the fact that it wasn’t a compliance
matter for building companies and so could not be enforced. During
discussion it was though suggested that more could be done to
encourage observance even if it could not be enforced.
There was a role for the Council in providing more
information on how drainage systems should be designed.
Grass verges were a simple but effective option to
help soak up rainwater.
Officers were unsure the extent to which existing
projects such as that at Windrush
Square involved sustainable designs for issues such as water
run-off and officers would present any information they
It was suggested that community champions could have
a role in encouraging best practice with their
An area the size of Hyde Park had been lost in
London from people paving over their front gardens.
There was confusion over who was responsible under
new permitted development policies for enforcing rules on paving
The difficulty in creating porous pavements in urban
areas due to the frequency of pavement works by utility companies
and the need to work with them to come up with a
Officers were looking to bid for money for a small
pilot area to introduce grass verges, trees and other works to show
how much of a difference that can make.
Members also questioned a number of points including:
Whether calculations on the likelihood of floods
(e.g. a 1 in 50 year event) needed to be adjusted to allow for
changes in weather patterns. Officers undertook to provide more
detail of how these calculations were derived.
To what extent the Council could take on works
themselves and then charge utility companies to ensure satisfactory
Discussions moved on to the role of the Council’s main
works contractor, Conways and it was reported that they had a
relatively good record in sustainability terms, for example in the
extent to which they are able to recycle materials from road
maintenance. It was explained that relations with Conways were good
and both sides continued to look at further
Looking at communications issues, Members supported the role
that the Council had in disseminating information and, looking at
the specific case of dealing with problems of fat being poured down
drains, asked that the communications be brought in to look at how
this publicity could be circulated. Providing information in
schools and in other ways was also supported and Members asked to
be provided with information on how much water issues were
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This item was discussed in conjunction with
Item 5 Flooding in Lambeth above and the minutes are combined under
Dates of future meetings
The dates of the next meetings have been set
- 1 December 2009
- 13 January 2010
dates for the future meetings were noted (1 December and 13
January) and it was reported that energy and specifically peak oil
was to be the topic of the December Forum and that other topics
would be covered at informal meetings and workshops. An invite was
to be sent to all Councillors to attend the December Forum
Officers undertook to provide Members with a summary position of
the Sustainability Plan.