Agenda item

Questions from Councillors

Minutes:

1.    Councillor Louise Nathanson to the Cabinet Member for Equalities and Culture, Councillor Sonia Winifred.

 

Supplementary Question

 

Lambeth Conservatives do not want to cancel the Country Show, however we would like the administration to consider the financial responsibility of the show, as well as disruption for nearby residents and overuse of green spaces.

 

Supplementary Answer

 

Allowing residents to use our open spaces is part of our events strategy. The criticisms stated here are ignorant – we get a lot of revenue from the Country Show. In keeping with our processes, we have a robust events strategy and we also take into account our commitment to deliver sustainable and accessible events to the community. The events strategy works in line with our community health and wellbeing strategy. We engage, listen and act accordingly if events organisers do not adhere to our events strategy.

 

2.    Councillor Scott Ainslie to the Cabinet Member for Healthier and Stronger Communities, Councillor Mohammed Seedat.

 

Supplementary Question

 

The Mayor’s Officer for Policing and Crime stated that a petition from Lambeth residents on police cuts was never presented to them – why not?

 

Supplementary Answer

 

This petition was submitted to the Mayor’s Office.

 

3.    Councillor Wellbelove to the Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Tim Briggs.

 

Supplementary Question

 

Is it true that no Conservative Councillor has taken their allocated spot on the Planning Committee? Is it true that Councillor Nathanson has never turned up to the Children’s Services Scrutiny Sub-Committee? Is it also true that there is one Conservative Councillor who has not even operated a surgery?

 

Supplementary Answer

 

I am not even a representative of Councillor Wellbelove’s ward, however I am there often because there are so many issues which Labour have not addressed. Councillor Wellbelove himself missed three Council meetings last year.

 

4.    Councillor Saleha Jaffer to the Cabinet Member for Housing and Environment, Councillor Jennifer Brathwaite.

 

Supplementary Question

 

Streatham is a particularly bad area with regard to air pollution. We have seen action to address this from the Mayor of London and Lambeth Council, but what action have we seen from the Government?

Supplementary Answer

 

We have not seen much from the Government. Lambeth has, though, campaigned for the low-emission bus corridor. Since the introduction of the low-emission bus corridor on the A23, records show that levels of pollution have been lowered overnight. Air pollution causes 40,000 deaths every year – the Government is not acknowledging this and has to be dragged kicking and screaming to the courts. Their response has been a damp squid; we would like to see a proper clean air strategy from the Government. I would also like to see funding for clean air at a level which is useful for local authorities.

 

5.    Councillor Jack Holborn to the Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Tim Briggs.

 

Supplementary Question

 

I was pleased to hear at Corporate Committee that Councillor Briggs was satisfied with the measures to update fire risk assessments at Lambeth Properties. Councillor Briggs has, however, not answered my question as to what Lambeth Conservatives have done to pressure the Government to adopt fire safety regulations.

 

Supplementary Answer

 

There were no promises of financial support made from the Government – I have looked carefully for this online, and what was suggested was not a binding promise. The idea that landlords are not responsible for the safety of their properties makes no legal sense. Wandsworth, however, are providing retro-fitted sprinklers to their properties, which this administration is not.

 

6.    Councillor Joanne Simpson to the Leader of the Council, Councillor Lib Peck.

 

Supplementary Question

 

We are fortunate to have This Girl Can, which is a programme to provide women and girls with opportunities to engage in physical activity across the borough. Would Councillor Peck agree to accept our invitation to come and see first-hand the work being done by the young women in our borough?

 

Supplementary Answer

 

I would love to. Lambeth will go out of its way to encourage women in all avenues of life. I would also like to pay tribute to Dame Tessa Jowell, who has recently announced that she is suffering from brain cancer. I will be sending her a letter on behalf of the Council.

 

7.    Councillor Alex Bigham to the Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Tim Briggs.

 

Supplementary Question

 

Councillor Tim Briggs has previously stated that people getting new homes in Lambeth were a bunch of “bike riding socialists who work in the public sector and PR”. I would like to see some respect for our public sector workers. Would he rather see people who ride bikes on our estates or people who drive cars?

 

Supplementary Answer

 

It’s not a choice between bikes or vehicles – it is possible to support both. I made no comments about public sector workers or people who work in PR.

 

8.    Councillor Ed Davie to the Leader of the Council, Councillor Lib Peck.

 

Supplementary Question

 

Does the Leader of the Council recall that members of the current Conservative Cabinet promised £350m a week for our National Health Service. However, Brexit will cost roughly £125bn in lost revenue to the Treasury, which is more than the entire NHS budget. Does she agree that Tory Brexiteers were lying? And does she agree with the outgoing King’s College Hospital Chair that the NHS is in crisis and struggling to recruit?

 

Supplementary Answer

 

I do agree with him. I also agree that it was incredibly manipulative to present the figures in the way they were presented. The £350m was a complete fabrication, the impact of the lack of funding in the NHS has been particularly evident with regard to the current flu epidemic.

 

 

 

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