Meeting Details

Council
28 Jul 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.

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Councillor Gordon raised a procedural motion under Rule 12.3 to alter the order of business.

Councillor Roz Reece seconded the motion.

The motion was agreed.

2 Apologies for Absence

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Councillors Joy Morrissey, Sharma, Padda, Tailor and Woodroofe gave their apologies.
3 Declarations of Interest

To note any declarations of interest made by members
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Councillor Anand declared a pecuniary interest in item 11.2.
Councillor Ball declared a non - pecuniary interest due to his partner working for an airline.

Councillor Bell declared an interest in the petition relating to older persons services as he was a member of the Anglo – Caribbean Society. He had asked Councillor Dheer to respond to the petition in the absence of Councillor Tailor.
He also declared an interest in Council Question 4 as he was a Housing Association Tenant.

Councillor Busuttil declared a personal but non-pecuniary interest regarding the Heathrow motion due to working for an airline

Councillor Dabrowska declared her current and future financial interest in item 11.2 in that she had pensions linked to the aviation industry.
4 Matters to be Considered in Private

Item 12C Appendix 3
contains information that is exempt from disclosure by virtue of Paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972.
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The Mayor pointed out that Appendix 3 of item 12C would be considered in private if neccessary.
5 Minutes
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Council meeting held on 9th June 2015
6 Mayor's Announcements

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The mayor asked Council to join her in a minutes silence in memory of the recently deceased Bernice McNaughton, MBE and Freeman of the Borough.

Councillor Dheer then paid a short tribute to her.

The mayor welcomed Ms Clara Rubiano, from Bogota in Colombia, who was in the Chamber observing British Local Democracy in action.

The mayor reminded Council of the collection in aid of The Log Cabin, supporting children with special needs and their families with Councillor Mahfouz is doing a £500km bike ride in 4 days to raise money for them.

The mayor reminded Council that her Charity Christmas Party will be held at Ealing Town Hall on Wednesday 9th December and that she looked forward to the support of Councillors from all parties.

She also said that she would be hosting Ward Receptions in the Mayor’s Parlour and asked Ward Councillors to approach her to make the appropriate arrangements.

Finally the mayor announced that the Transport & Highways Department had recently won the “Better Streets “award for the design of Southall Boulevard from The Chartered Institute of Highways and Transport.
7 Petitions from Members of the Public
Submitted under Council and Committee Procedure Rule 9.
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1. Karen Robinson from Age UK Ealing presented a petition with over 4,500 signatures stating

We urge Ealing Council to reconsider its decision not to award any funding to enable Age UK Ealing/Southall Day Centre/The Centre for Armenian Information and Advice and the United Anglo Caribbean Society to provide valuable services to older people across the borough. Without funding these organisations will no longer be able to provide services which help older people to enjoy fuller lives and avoid social isolation.

Councillor Dheer responded
Thank you for coming to present this petition. We appreciate that a number of people feel very strongly about this issue. Unfortunately due to where we are in the process I am limited about what I can say in reply.
The council values the work of all voluntary sector groups in the borough supporting vulnerable older people. The health and social care grant process is not yet finalised. We are in the middle of the appeal process so it would not be appropriate for me to discuss details of the individual bids at this point.
Once decisions have been finalised we will work with all local organisations to ensure that appropriate and accessible services on a borough wide basis to all our communities.

2. Hugh Johnson, Chair of the Bedford Park Residents Association W4 presented a petition with 323 signatures stating

We the undersigned residents are opposed to Ealing Council’s plans to impose two wheelie bins on householders in Bedford Park from April 2016. We believe Bedford Park should be considered a special case and should be excluded from the compulsory introduction of wheelie bins, allowing residents in this unique area of architectural character to continue to use sacks and recycling containers.

Councillor Mahfouz responded
Thank you for coming to present your petition and I appreciate the concerns that have been raised and we are looking into them in more detail. We are reviewing properties and whether they are suitable for wheelie bins and I wouldn’t want to predetermine the outcome of that exercise.
On the other comments you have made I am delighted that the residents of Bedford Park are keen to participate in helping increase our recycling rate. As a council we have had record results in our recycling rate against a backdrop of flat lining and declining rates across the country. This is a result of the innovative work we have been doing to educate people on the need to recycle, however we need to do something different to achieve a step change in our recycling level.

3. Carolyn Brown Chair Hanwell Community Forum W7 presented a petition with 1,645 signatures stating
We the undersigned, call upon Ealing Council to reverse the Cabinet decision (taken on 16 June 2015) to change over to a wheelie bin, commingled recycling and waste management service across the Borough and to maintain the current kerbside sorting systems.

Councillor Mahfouz responded
Thank you for collecting and presenting this petition. You will be aware of the context of £183m of savings we need to find as a council. This is a result of Government cuts. We currently spend far too much on sending rubbish to landfill and it is one of our top priorities to increase recycling levels. In order to increase levels above 50% we need to take this decision.
We thank residents for all they have done to help increase recycling. This new system will make it easier to recycle as all recyclate will be put in one bin. People will be able to recycle as much as they want. However we will not accept more than 240l of residual waste. Two thirds of what people currently put in black bags could be recycled we want to encourage people to recycle that waste rather than throw it away. If people would like a smaller wheelie bin for their residual waste we can provide that.
We currently already provide a co-mingling service for flats, red routes and some other areas and that waste is sorted in the UK and less of that recycling is rejected currently. These proposals will make a considerable saving, even after the costs of implementation, of around £1.7m. This will rise to £2.3m after the costs of implementation have been paid off.
These proposals have been tried and tested in other areas and will deliver an increase of recycling.


4. Rob Cooke Chair White Ledges Residents Association W5 presented a petition with 31 signatures stating

The residents of the White Ledges Estate, in the Grange and White Ledges Conservation Area, petition the Council to abandon their proposal to introduce Wheeled Bins for the storage and collection of refuse and recycling. We want our open plan design and our uncluttered frontages, pathways and gardens to remain in keeping with our Conservation Area status.


Councillor Mahfouz responded
Thank you for coming to present this petition. Since your last visit we have arranged a tour around the estate to look into the issues you have raised this work is ongoing. Once our assessment of the estate is complete we will be able to come back to you more fully and give you a decision on the suitability, or otherwise of rolling out the proposals on the estate.
7a Public Petition for Debate

A debate under Rule 9.3 for a petition with greater than 1,500 signatures.

The debate concerns the proposed introduction of "Wheelie Bins" in the Borough. 
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This debate was taken together with the motion tabled at 11.1
8 Petitions from Members of the Council
Submitted under Council and Committee Procedure Rule 9.
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a) Councillor Nagpal presented a petition with 45 signatures concerning traffic issues in Dane Road Southall
b) Councillor Kang presented a petition with 38 signatures concerning the continued rat infestation in Emerald Square Southall.
c) Councillors Conti, Proud, G. Stafford, Sumner and Roz Reece all presented petitions opposing the changes to waste and recycling. There were around 2,000 signatures on the petitions.
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.

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This item was taken before Item 7A

Mr Edwin Owen, Secretary, Park Gate (Ealing) Ltd Residents Association, W5 asked the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Environment
“Has the Council recognised that certain houses or estates, either due to the property type or poor access, will be completely unsuited to the use of wheelie bins for waste and recycling collection and if so what are the criteria or constraints that will lead to?

Councillor Mahfouz replied

Thank you for this question. We do have criteria which are detailed in the FAQ that is available on the council’s website. The issue is specifically dealt with under Q7. The answer is that “A full survey of street based properties is underway. Where there is adequate space for the storage of bins away off public pavements the resident will be expected to use the new system. Residents will be able to request an individual visit if they believe they cannot create space.”
In response to requests we’ve made visits to a number of locations to examine whether they are suitable and work is continuing to examine how the roll out of the new system will work.
Mr Owen asked a supplementary question.
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.
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1. Councillor Mason asked The Leader of the Council

“Is the Portfolio Holder concerned about Northwick Park’s ability to cope with additional patients given the reports that have been in the Evening Standard about its A&E?”

Councillor Bell replied

I was extremely concerned to see that an extra sixteen admissions a day four more than expected has led to Northwick Park A&E struggling to cope. Given the wave of closures across North West London it is staggering that the NHS was not able to foresee this problem emerging.
It also casts serious doubt on the shaping a healthier future process that claimed our hospitals would be able to cope. It lends further evidence on our calls that the process should be suspended and thoroughly reviewed.

Councillors Mason and Roz Reece asked supplementary questions.

2. Councillor Dabrowska asked The Leader of the Council

“Would the Leader update us on the purpose and progress of the North Acton Square development?”

Councillor Bell replied

The scheme is continuing to move forward and has just passed the first obstacle as on the 7th July ownership of the former petrol station site formally passed to the London Borough of Ealing. Esso have already removed the petrol station buildings and the underground fuel tanks and undertaken decontamination of the site so it is suitable for use as an open space.
The cost acquiring the site and of construction of the square is funded through section 106 payments made by local developments in the area.
Before the work to create the new station square can be started, the cycle hub for North Acton station needs to be relocated to a permanent location from its current temporary location as the main steps down to the station in the new station square design pass across its current site. To create the new permanent cycle hub involves digging out the bank behind the Holiday Inn, putting in a retaining wall, concrete plinth and removing soil. Planning permission has been granted for this and work is expected to start on site in September. Once on site work is programmed for 6 months.
Planning permission has been granted for the station square design. The design requires the removal of up to 4 metres of soil to enable the level changes to be achieved. Detailed analysis and surveys are being undertaken to enable the design to be finalised.
Construction of the Square can commence as soon as the Cycle Hub is complete and is expected to take a year. Construction is expected to commence in Spring 2016 (following completion of the cycle hub) and the Square is programmed for completion in Spring 2017.
We are also exploring the potential for the cycle hub contractors to do some of the retaining walls needed for the square as they will have specialist contractors on site building retaining walls. This will speed up the construction of the square and make it easier to maintain full access to the station during the construction of the square.

Councillors Dabrowska and Midha asked supplementary questions.

3. Councillor R. Mann asked the Portfolio Holder for Community Services and Safety

“Is the Portfolio Holder worried by the latest statistics that show an alarming increase in knife crime in the borough?”

Councillor Dheer replied

I am worried by the increase in knife crime in the borough. This is not a good trend for the victims, it is not good for public safety and it is not good for public confidence in policing.
Across London knife crime has increased by 14%. Police statistics indicate that within the financial year 14/15, 389 knife offences occurred within Ealing, this represented an increase of only 8.4% from the previous period. Most of these incidents are committed by people under 25 which is particularly worrying.
This is a concerning trend and one that requires decisive action from the mayor, who needs to focus on the job that Londoners have elected him to do. He has been cutting police numbers since he was elected. He has also cut back on police stations which means the Metropolitan Police are less visible and they will find it more difficult to get a grip on this problem.

Councillors R. Mann and Seema Kumar asked supplementary questions.

4. Councillor G. Stafford asked The Leader of the Council

“Will the Leader confirm whether or not he will be exercising his right to buy on his tax payer funded second home?”

Councillor Bell replied

I have declared a pecuniary interest as a housing association tenant.
I do not believe it is appropriate to use council questions to ask about the personal and family circumstances of individual members of the council.

Councillors G. Stafford and Mohan asked supplementary questions.

5. Councillor Manro asked The Portfolio Holder for Prosperity, Skills and Employment.

"Is the Portfolio Holder concerned about the impact on employment of the Government’s cut to working tax credits?"

Councillor Hynes replied

The Welfare Reform change announced on 8th July reduces the level of tax credits in payment. This affects both child tax credit and working tax credit and it will reduce income, making payment of commitments like utilities, Council Tax, rent, etc. more difficult The details of the tax credit changes are as follows:
Withdrawal rate of Tax Credits
At the moment households receive the maximum amount of tax credits until they reach an ‘income threshold’ of £6,420. This will be reduced to £3,850 from April 2016. At the same time the ‘taper rate’ will be increased from 41% to 48%. The effect will be that anyone receiving tax credits with an annual income of more than £3,850 a year will be worse off.
In addition the threshold for applying changes of circumstances has reduced from £5000 per annum to £2500 per annum.
Two children cap
From April 2017 support provided through Child Tax Credit will be limited to 2 children, any further children born after the cut-off date will in effect be discounted from the assessment.
Family element removed.
A family premium of £545 is currently included in the assessment, this increase the amount of tax credits payable. From April 2017 this will no longer be included in new tax credit claims. The average difference for pre and post 2017 families will be £3,670 per annum.
Over the last 5 years the number of change of circumstance applications we process has changed from around 50,000 to 150,000 we are seeing more people in temporary contracts which are unsecure. We need better more secure jobs for our residents. We will do what we can as a council to make sure this happens. Despite the rhetoric of the Government I do not believe they are committed to doing this and removing people from poverty.

Councillors Manro and Millican asked supplementary questions.

6. Councillor A. Stafford asked The Leader of the Council

“As stated in your Manifesto for the 2014 local election: “This Council will continue to campaign against expansion but also against Heathrow’s closure.””
Can you confirm unequivocally whether this is still the position of Ealing Labour? 

Councillor Bell replied

We have stated in our motion a series of questions for the Government to answer on this issue. It is ultimately for the government to decide and after the publication of the Davies Commission we are still no clearer on what the Government’s position is and what will happen to Heathrow.
The Ealing labour position is clear the council will continue to campaign against the impacts of expansion if that is the Government’s decision but also against Heathrow’s closure
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Councillors A. Stafford and R. Wall asked supplementary questions

7. Councillor Malcolm asked The Portfolio Holder for Prosperity Skills and Employment

“How many people in Ealing are likely or expected to receive a reduced benefit from the government’s recent changes to the Welfare Reform & Work bill?”

Councillor Hynes replied

The majority of Welfare Reform changes will be phased in over a period of time, starting from April 2016. Because of the interplay between many of the changes it is difficult to analyse the exact numbers and the impact on working families in particular.
Reduction in the benefit cap
From an expected date of September 2016 the total annual amount of benefit out-of-work families can receive will be limited to £23,000 for families and £15,410 for singles from the current levels of £26,000 and 18,200 respectively.
It is estimated that there will be further 800 household affected by the benefit cap in addition to the current number of 792 households. All existing capped households will see their benefit cap increased and their housing benefit further reduced.
Changes to tax credits
We currently have 15,243 housing benefit recipients who receive child tax credit and 9,501 claims who receive working tax credit. 8,949 residents claim both child tax credit and working tax credit. They are likely to be affected by the changes and will see their tax credits reduced.
Other changes
Other changes with potential to affect amount of benefits residents receive, such as two children cap and removal of HB from out of work 18-21 year olds, are most likely to apply to new claims only therefore it is difficult to estimate the number of people affected.

Councillors Malcolm and Raza asked supplementary questions
11 Motions with Notice
To deal with motions where notice has been given in accordance with Rule 11 of the Council and Committee Procedure Rules.
11.1 Shadow Cabinet Motion

Councillor G. Stafford to move

"This Council notes the Labour Administration's decision to introduce a forced wheelie bin fortnightly collection across Ealing without:

1) consulting with residents on this major service change in line with their expectations;

2) regard to residents' wishes as evidenced by the several thousands who has signed petition against the change;

3) any concrete evidence which supports that this is the only way to increase the borough's recycling rate.

This Council therefore calls upon the Labour Administration to consult with residents on this major issue as the previous Conservative Administration did and respect the outcome." 

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Councillor G. Stafford moved the motion in his name. He accepted the amendment tabled by Councillor Steed.

Councillor Steed responded.
Councillor Bell responded.
Councillor Manro responded.
Councillor Conti responded.
Councillor Young responded.
Councillor Kelly responded.
Councillor Mason responded
Councillor Malcolm responded.

The mayor reminded Council of the time.
Councillor Mahfouz responded to the petition.
Councillor G. Stafford summed up.

Council noted the petition.

After a vote the motion was lost.
11.2 Other Motions for Debate

Councillor Bell to move

“Council notes that the Davies Commission was set up by the Coalition Government in 2012.

Council notes that before setting up this commission the Conservative party had promised no expansion at Heathrow and the Liberal Democrats had promised no airport expansion in the South East.

Council notes the findings of the Davies report.

Council notes that 16800 jobs in the borough currently depend on the airport.

Council seeks more information from the Government about the following issues:

  • What the noise performance targets will be?
  • How will the ban on night flights be enforced?
  • How will respite periods be worked out?
  • How will the membership of the community engagement board be decided?
  • What compensation packages will be offered?
  • How far the wider community compensation will be distributed?
  • How a noise levy would work?
  • How will the commitments on local jobs be delivered?
  • How will the membership of the community engagement board be decided?
  • What powers will the noise authority be given?

The council further notes that the decision on airport expansion will lie solely with the Conservative Government.

The Council urges the Conservative Government to respond as soon as possible as the worst possible outcome for local residents and businesses is delay and uncertainty.

The Council resolves that regardless of the Government’s response to the commission we will continue to work to get the best possible deal for local residents tackling noise and pollution whilst securing jobs and economic growth”. 

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Councillor Bell moved the motion in his name.
Councillor Nagpal seconded the motion and responded.

At this point the guillotine fell.

Councillor G. Stafford moved an amendment
Councillor Seema Kumar seconded the amendment

Councillor Ball moved an amendment
Councillor Malcolm seconded the amendment.

After a vote Councillor Ball’s amendment was lost.
After a vote Councillor G. Stafford’s amendment was lost
After a vote the motion was agreed.

The motion read

“Council notes that the Davies Commission was set up by the Coalition Government in 2012.
Council notes that before setting up this commission the Conservative party had promised no expansion at Heathrow and the Liberal Democrats had promised no airport expansion in the South East.
Council notes the findings of the Davies report.
Council notes that 16800 jobs in the borough currently depend on the airport.
Council seeks more information from the Government about the following issues:
• What the noise performance targets will be?
• How will the ban on night flights be enforced?
• How will respite periods be worked out?
• How will the membership of the community engagement board be decided?
• What compensation packages will be offered?
• How far the wider community compensation will be distributed?
• How a noise levy would work?
• How will the commitments on local jobs be delivered?
• What powers will the noise authority be given?
The council further notes that the decision on airport expansion will lie solely with the Conservative Government.
The Council urges the Conservative Government to respond as soon as possible as the worst possible outcome for local residents and businesses is delay and uncertainty.
The Council resolves that regardless of the Government’s response to the commission we will continue to work to get the best possible deal for local residents tackling noise and pollution whilst securing jobs and economic growth”

11.3 Motions not for Debate

None 
12 Reports from Officers
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Councillor Sabiers moved the report and Councillor Young seconded it.

Council agreed

i. To note and comment on the effectiveness of and improvements to scrutiny during 2014/2015.
ii. To note and comment on the Scrutiny Work Programme for 2015/2016
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Councillor Gordon moved the report and Councillor Roz Reece seconded it
Council agreed the following changes to the constitution:
1.1 Amend the constitution as set out in the appendices
1.2 Authorise the Director of Legal & Democratic Services to revise the current Housing & Regeneration Directorate delegations to reflect the recent restructuring of the Directorate
  1. pdf Appendix 1 - Investment in LA (17Kb)
  2. pdf Appendix 2- Prudential Indicators Outturn 201415 (99Kb)
  3. Private and Confidential - Lending List Appendix 3
    • Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information);
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Councillor Johnson moved and Councillor G. Stafford seconded the report

Council agreed  to:

1.1 Note the Treasury Management activities and performance against targets for the 12 months to 31 March 2015.

1.2 Note the council’s governance and reporting arrangements which is in line with CIPFA’s best practice recommendations, as set out in paragraph 7.

1.3 Note the council’s investments in other Local Authorities as at 31 March 2015 (set out in Appendix 1).

1.4 Note the Prudential indicators outturn for 2014/15 (set out in Appendix 2).

1.5 Note the council’s current lending list (set out in confidential Appendix 3).

1.6 Note that the council continues to operate a dual Treasury Management strategy for managing the General Fund (GF) and the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) debt.

1.7 Note the position on Pension Fund investments, since Pension Fund cash is being invested separately from the council.

1.8 Note (as previously reported) that through participation in an Icelandic Central Bank auction the council repatriated the remainder of the settlement received in respect of the impaired Glitnir investment that was retained in Iceland due to capital controls.
13 Appointments to Committees and Other Bodies
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Council noted that the Leader of the Council had appointed Councillor Nagpal as Cabinet Aide to Councillor Johnson
14 Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of Council will be held on 13 October 2015.
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The next meeting will be on 13th October 2015

Meeting Documents

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
Councillor Jasbir Anand11.2Councillor Anand declared a pecuniary interest in item 11.2. PecuniaryShe did not take part in the debate on the item

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