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Council
9 Jun 2015 - 19:00 to 22:00
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Agenda

Standard Items
1 Urgent Matters

Any urgent matters arising since the despatch of the agenda that the Mayor has agreed should be considered at the meeting.

1
Councillor Gordon moved a procedural motion.
Under Rule 12.8 to suspend Rule 14.5 for item 12A to allow the leader of the Council to speak for 10 minutes and the Leader of the Opposition for seven minutes.
He also moved to suspend Rule 14.6 to permit the Leader of the Opposition and the Leader of the second minority party to sum up at the end of the debate.
Councillor Roz Reece seconded the motion.

The motion was agreed.

There were no other urgent matters
2 Apologies for Absence

2

Councillors K. Crawford, Nagpal, Summers gave their apologies

3 Declarations of Interest

To note any declarations of interest made by members
3

There were none.

4 Matters to be Considered in Private

4

There were none.

5 Minutes

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Council meetings on 14th April and 12th May 2015.



5a

Councillor Young proposed an amendment to the minutes (Page 11 item 12)

 Paragraph 3 replace “precede” with proceed”

After paragraph 5 insert

 “At this point, the Conservative Group walked out in protest at the failure to observe standing order 14.12 of the Council’s Council and Committee Procedure rules”

 After a vote the amendment to the minutes was lost

 Councillors Conti, Dabrowska, Seema Kumar, Millican, Joy Morrissey, Theresa Mullins, Proud, Roz Reece, A. Stafford, G. Stafford, Sumner and Young asked for their dissent to be recorded.

5b

The minutes were agreed with the addition of confirming that Councillor Theresa Mullins was also a representative on the JHOSC.

6 Mayor's Announcements

6

The Mayor welcomed Father Nigel Orchard of Christ the Redeemer Church, Allenby Road Southall as her chaplain for the evening.

 She also welcomed Philip Lee-Morris as her new secretary and the evening’s guests;   Mr Dale Bond the grandson of former Mayor and Northolt West End Councillor Dave Bond and Mr Kieran Munnelly from the Council’s emergency response team accompanied by Ms Chrissy Jordan

 The Mayor announced that David Archibald was retiring from the Council as Executive Director for Children and Adults, having worked here since May 2005. Council applauded him.

 

The Mayor also congratulated the two schools that had been recognised as among the best in the capital by the Royal Institute of Architects. The awards for architectural excellence were given to Ravenor Primary School and William Perkin CE High School, both in Greenford, at the 2015 RIBA London Awards on Monday 18 May.

 Finally she informed Council that former Mayor Cllr Bagha’s final count for his Charity collection was £35,000 – to be divided amongst his chosen charities. 

7 Petitions from Members of the Public
Submitted under Council and Committee Procedure Rule 9.

7

There were no petitions from members of the public.

8 Petitions from Members of the Council
Submitted under Council and Committee Procedure Rule 9.

8

There were no petitions from members of the Council.

9 Questions from Members of the Public
Submitted under Council and Committee Procedure Rule 9.
To consider any questions from members of the public, due notice having been received.

9

 a)    Mr Witham of UB6 asked the Portfolio Holder for Finance and Performance

 Please can there be more people answering the phone at the Council instead of always using answerphones?

 Councillor Johnson replied

 We are all now used to ringing up companies and getting through to automated systems, which can be difficult to use so I understand the frustration this can cause.

 A lot of council services are now on computers and so the council’s website should be used in the first instance for general information, making payments and submitting service requests.

 There may be instances where you need to ring up and speak to a specific person. If the individual is away from their desk they should leave a message and they should return the call. If you feel that services have not been responding it is important that residents make comments so we can follow up why a service has not responded and ensure we give the best possible service.



b)    Mr Bourne of W13 asked the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Environment

 Following the public petition with 3,000 plus signatures regarding dissatisfaction with changes to Ealing’s refuse and recycling scheme I would like to know when a full debate around the changes proposed will be held?

 Councillor Mahfouz replied

 The petition will be heard as a debate in the full council meeting on 28th July as per the council’s rules for public petitions. The debate will take place at around 7.30pm and the meeting will be open to the public as usual.

 

 

10 Questions from Members of the Council
To deal with questions of which notice has been given in accordance with Rule 10 of the Council and Committee Procedure Rules.
10

Q1.      Councillor Malcolm asked the Portfolio Holder for Transport, Environment & Leisure

What was the number of households in the borough, who, after the wheelie bin consultation (about 7 years ago), were given a wheelie bin to store their household waste?

Councillor Mahfouz replied

16000

Councillors Malcolm and Mason Councillors asked supplementary questions.

 Q2       Councillor Bagha asked The Leader of the Council

Would the Leader of the Council join me, in commending the work that has been done on the Southall Broadway Boulevard project?

The Leader of the Council replied

The Southall Broadway Boulevard project has been a great success and it demonstrates the Council’s commitment to improving our streets, not just as places to travel through, but also places to stop, shop and enjoy. An attitude survey was recently conducted to obtain feedback from people visiting Southall Broadway. The survey results show a fantastic level of improvement across the board.

In summary, across 20 or so different types of questions about how pedestrians or vehicles move, or cross the road or about the quality of the experience of using Southall Broadway, every response showed a marvellous improvement. For many questions, the majority of the respondents now think that Southall Broadway is “good or very good” or movement was “easy or very easy”.

For example:

  1. Walking –across 4 different questions about walking along or crossing the street, the combined average proportion of people who said it was “easy or very easy” increased from 39% to 62%
  2. Driving along the Broadway – the % who said it was “easy or very easy” increased from 8% to 41%
  3. Parking - the % who said “easy or very easy” increased from 4% to 25%
  4. Attractive/place to enjoy time - the aggregate % who said “good or very good” increased from 31% to 54%
  5. Quality of street furniture - the % who said “good or very good” increased from 25% to 66%
  6. Personal safety day time - the % who said “good or very good” increased from 27% to 73%
  7. Personal safety night time - the % who said “good or very good” increased from 13% to 34%

Councillors Bagha and Proud asked supplementary questions.

 Q3       Councillor Morrissey asked The Leader of the Council

Would the Leader, welcome the recent election of a Conservative government?

Councillor Bell replied

 No.

Councillors Morrissey and Ahmed-Sheikh asked supplementary questions

Q4       Councillor Sharma asked the Portfolio Holder for Health & Adult Services

 Can the portfolio holder update us on the provision of maternity services at Ealing hospital?

Councillor Tailor replied

In October 2013 as part of the “Shaping a Healthier Future” programme it was decided that maternity services in North West London would be provided on six hospital sites and Ealing Hospital birth unit would be closed. On 20 May 2015 Ealing CCG Governing Body made a decision about the timing of the closure of Ealing maternity unit.

The maternity unit at Ealing Hospital will close on 1 July 2015, with the last day for deliveries the 24 June 2015 and last caesarean section on 25 June. The last baby discharged from the neonatal unit will be on 29 June and all women will be discharged from the maternity unit by 1 July.

When the maternity unit closes, mothers from the borough will be spread across six sites in North West London. These sites are: Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, Hillingdon Hospital, Northwick Park Hospital, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital and West Middlesex University Hospital.  

Councillors Sharma and Roz Reece asked supplementary questions

Q5       Councillor Sumner asked the Portfolio Holder for Transport, Environment & Leisure

On the 11 September 2011 you posted:

“to introduce two forced wheelie bins to every household in this borough and fortnightly collection of rubbish and recycling…. 

[Such a decision] is unacceptable to us as a council and you as members of the public who we serve”

 “we know this is something residents do not want (to force every household to have two wheelie bins and fortnightly collections of waste and recycling) and so have rejected it”.

 Were you posting as the Cabinet Member or a private resident?

 Councillor Mahfouz replied

A cabinet member.

Councillors Sumner and R. Wall asked supplementary questions

Q6       Councillor Mahmoud asked the Portfolio Holder for Finance and Performance

 Is the portfolio holder concerned by the year in cuts to the public health budget announced by the government?

 Councillor Johnson replied

I am very concerned and disappointed about the in-year cut to public health funding, especially as in year cuts are particularly difficult to manage. It’s going to be approximately 7.5% which is roughly £1.5m which is no sensible way to set a budget. We set our budget at our meeting in February and now we are going to have to sit down and look at this budget all over again.

The budget is ring fenced and the opposition objected when we moved the money to focus on the wider determinants of health. This is now an enormous cut from the government which will have a negative cut on Ealing.

Unfortunately this is not the first time the Government has done this. In 2010 they made in year cuts to supporting people which was very difficult to manage. I am confident our officers will be able to find these savings but this is not a sensible way for the Government to plan budgets.

Councillors Mahmoud and Seema Kumar asked supplementary questions

Q7       Councillor A. Stafford asked the Portfolio Holder for Children and Young People

Are you satisfied that all schools in Ealing are providing the best quality education for their pupils?

 Councillor Rai replied

I am pleased that Cllr Stafford has asked for an end of year school report.

Let me reassure Cllr Stafford that Ealing continues to work hard to provide the very best education experience for all its pupils and this is clearly supported by the Watchstead Performance tables, published by OFSTED.  This table is based on the most recently published Ofsted reports and Ealing is ranked against 153 regions in LAs in England.

And according to this table, 91% of Ealing pupils are now in good or outstanding primary and secondary schools, placing Ealing 13th/153 regions/LAs, as of last week, and we are expecting this figure to increase by the end of July with further successful inspections being completed.

So the headlines from the Schools report read as follows:-

91% Ealing schools are now judged to be good or outstanding (12/13 Secondary schools and 60/66 primary schools)

100% of Ealing special schools are also judged to be good or outstanding (6/6 special schools)

These rankings represent the best ever performance of Ealing schools, despite the introduction in 2012 of the more rigorous OFSTED inspection framework.

Under the new framework, 60 out of 78 primary and secondary schools have been inspected.  And I am pleased to announce that we have continued to up our game in Ealing. 

When Labour took over the Council in 2010 from the Tories, - 68% of our schools were inspected to be good and outstanding by OFSTED but today under the Labour administration, this figure has increased to 91%.

Of the 6 primary schools and one high school currently graded as ‘Requires Improvement’, ALL 7 schools are on track to be judged good at their next inspection. 

And it doesn’t stop there we will continue to work with our schools to raise standards further as schools continue to buy into our School Effectiveness programme. 

So in answer to your question Cllr Alex Stafford, as of today I would rate this Labour Administration as having achieved a grade A for its efforts in providing our children with the best possible education. 

 Councillors A. Stafford and Aslam asked supplementary questions

12 Reports from Officers
12A pdf Corporate Plan Update (130Kb)
12

Councillor Bell moved the report

Councillor Gordon seconded the report

 Councillor G. Stafford responded

Councillor Malcolm responded

Councillor Camadoo responded

Councillor Millican responded

Councillor Murray responded

Councillor Theresa Mullins responded

Councillor Johnson responded

Councillor Ahmed responded

Councillor A. Stafford responded

Councillor Sabiers responded

Councillor Mahfouz responded

Councillor Dheer responded

Councillor Young responded

Councillor Anand responded

Councillor Sumner responded

 Councillor Malcolm summed up

Councillor G. Stafford summed up

Councillor Bell summed up

 After a vote Council: agreed


Having considered the draft Corporate Plan Update for 2015-16 Council approved the report and authorised the Chief Executive, following consultation with the Leader, to make any amendments to the Corporate Plan Update required by Council prior to publication as a final document.

13

Councillor Bell moved the report

Councillor Gordon seconded the report

 After a vote it was agreed

 1.1       That members noted that the West London Waste Plan was assessed by an independent Inspector appointed by the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government who concluded that, subject to specified main modifications the plan is legally compliant and sound.

 1.2     That members resolved to adopt the West London Waste Plan (see appendix 2) subject to the other participating authorities passing a similar resolution to adopt.

 1.3       Noted and agreed that clause (i) of policy 1.2 of the Council’s Development (or Core) Strategy be superseded on adoption of the Waste Plan.

 1.4       That the Supplementary Planning Documents (SPDs) ‘Planning New Garden Space’ and ‘Southall Gateway’ be formally adopted as part of the Local Plan for Ealing on the basis set out in Paras. 3.30 to 3.43 and Appendix 5 below.

 1.5       That members noted that as published guidance the SPDs will be material considerations and therefore will be a relevant factor that should be taken into account when planning applications are considered and determined.

14

Councillor Gordon moved the report

Councillor Roz Reece seconded the report

 It was agreed

That council agrees to amend the constitution as set out in

 appendix 1 of the report.

 

13 Appointments to Committees and Other Bodies
15

Councillor Gordon moved

Councillor Roz Reece seconded the appointment below

 Councillor Walker – Local Pensions Board

 

14 Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of Council will be held on 28th July 2015.

Additional Meeting Documents

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