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Council
13 Oct 2015 - 19:00 to 22:00
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Agenda

Standard Items
1 Apologies for Absence

1
Councillors Aslam, Dabrowska .Gulaid, Khan, Kohli & Alex Stafford gave their apologies.
2 Urgent Matters

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

2
The Mayor was asked by Councillor Bell if he could update Council on a matter of great interest to all residents and members
He informed Council that he had received a letter that afternoon confirming that the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has confirmed the Council’s compulsory purchase order relating to the Ealing cinema site.
The next steps were to:
Complete the formalities of confirmation and publicise the Order – this includes an advert in the local paper
Enter into discussions with Land Securities about the timeframe for taking possession of the land
Land Securities and the Council will then need to take possession of the land to enable work to begin.
Land Securities need to proceed with the next stages of detailed design to get planning conditions discharged and to let a construction contract.
Construction could begin in the second half of 2016
The cinema could potentially open towards the end of 2018.
3 Matters to be Considered in Private

3
There were none
4 Declarations of Interest
To note any declarations of interest made by members
4
On Item 12C Councillor Woodroofe declared an interest as a member of the local government pension scheme (not Ealing)
5 Minutes
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Council meeting held on 28th July 2015
The minutes of the meeting were agreed.
6 Mayor's Announcements

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The Mayor said she was deeply saddened to learn of the death of Mr Pargat Singh Sahota the father of Ealing's  GLA member Dr Onka Sahotar. The funeral was taking place at Hanworth Crematorium on Wednesday 14th October.
She reminded Councillors that she was hosting a Charity Champagne and Canapes event on 16th October.
The Mayor reminded Council of two important civic dates;
Remembrance Day Services in Ealing, Southall and Greenford on Sunday 8th November and that those who not yet confirmed their attendance to contact the Mayor’s Secretary to let her know which event they would be attending.
The Mayors Charity Christmas Ball is on Saturday 12th December and she hoped every member would support the event.
The Mayor announced she had attended the wedding of Councillor Sabiers and Sara on Saturday 3rd October. Council applauded.
Finally she congratulated Councillor Padda who was celebrating his 65th Birthday on 14th October.
7 Petitions from Members of the Public
Submitted under Council and Committee Procedure Rule 9.

7
There were none
8 Petitions from Members of the Council
Submitted under Council and Committee Procedure Rule 9.

8
Councillor Kelly presented a petition signed by 230 residents of Wordsworth Avenue, Greenford requesting a CPZ in their street.
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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a) Mrs Samantha Mills of Kirchen Road W13  asked 

"I came here last year to raise this issue and sadly little has changed.
For 12 years residents in Kirchen Road W13 have suffered from the blatant abuse of parking spaces by local businesses and the poor enforcement of this by Ealing Council.
I would like to ask the Council when they will actually enforce the parking restrictions in the road including the CPZ, access to the residents’ car park and the disabled bay, as well as stopping the consistent parking on the pavement?. This particularly applies to the out of hours parking team"

Councillor Mahfouz replied
"After you raised this issue previously I promised to hold a meeting with yourself and your ward councillors. That happened earlier this year and we put an action plan together of the enforcement we were looking to impose.
Soon after your visit the legislation was changed by the Government and we are subsequently unable to use CCTV. This would have been the most effective way of enforcing on this issue.
We also now have to give a 10 minute grace period before we can issue a PCN.
Since February this year we have visited Kirchen Road over 2000 times and we have started to issue over 900 PCNs but we have only been able to issue 206 because of the changes to the rules. The best recourse available to you now is to approach the regulator which is the public carriage office.
I’ve asked our officer to assist you with any representations you might make." 

Mrs Mills asked a supplementary question

b) Mr John Green of W5 asked

"Amey the contractor, using unsuitable vehicles, has been collecting some of the kerbside sort material comingled. This has resulted in post-collection sorting costs to the local authority. The quality value of materials as a result is also lower, reducing revenue. Has the local authority incurred extra unexpected costs for the recycling service in the last financial year as a result of this performance?
This is not the system the Borough specified and bought only four years ago. Amey has failed to deliver that. It seems to the informed observer that the most obvious course for the Borough was to insist that Amey either improve the service or give up the contract. Instead, councillors and residents are now presented with a completely different service, but oddly with the same contractor. To everyone but the Cabinet, it would seem, this decision appears to reward Amey’s failure.
Could Councillor Mahfouz please explain what steps were taken to improve Amey’s performance to get it back up to expectation? "

Councillor Mahfouz replied
"The only time recycling is collected co-mingled is under exceptional circumstances when vehicles are unavailable and therefore it becomes unavoidable in order to ensure all recycling is collected on the same day. When it does happen the costs are borne by the contractor.
We tendered for the new system as a variation to our existing contract when it was agreed. Changing system under the same contractor is common practise across the country particularly in the difficult financial circumstances. We want to see a massive improvement in recycling rate to achieve our 50% target and we want to do this in the most economically viable way. To do this we need to things in a significantly different way and that is what we will be doing. We have improved our performance in the last few years through our improvement plan and we have seen street cleansing improved, missed collections going down and our recycling rate improve."  

Mr Green 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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Question No. 1
Councillor Sumner asked the Portfolio Holder for Transport, Environment & Leisure
“How much tonnages of recyclable material is currently co-mingled and what is it estimated to be when wheelie bins are enforced on us?”
Councillor Mahfouz replied
“Last year the co-mingled tonnage was 612 tonnes. When wheelie bins are introduced this figure is expected to increase to in excess of 25,000 tonnes in a full year.”
Councillors Sumner and L. Wall asked supplementary questions.

Question No. 2
Councillor Kelly asked the Portfolio Holder for Transport, Environment & Leisure
“Could the portfolio holder inform me of the results so far of the new initiative with Kingdom Securities?”
Councillor Mahfouz replied
“The new service was introduced on 23rd September. To date, 675 fixed penalty notices have been issued for littering offences mainly for general litter, cigarettes and chewing gum offences. The payment rate is nearly 50% prior to reminder by letter, more than double that experienced in other boroughs. After reminder letters are sent we will see this increase.
The activities of the enforcement officers have led to a noticeable reduction in cigarette litter in the New Broadway area and the approaches to Ealing Broadway station. A review and evaluation will take place at the end of October when the schedule for deployment in other parts of the borough will be agreed”
Councillors Kelly and Proud asked supplementary questions.

Question No. 3
Councillor G. Stafford asked The Leader of the Council
“Will the Leader condemn the support given by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn and Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell to the IRA especially comments that terrorists should be "honoured”?”
Councillor Bell replied
“The shadow chancellor has withdrawn those comments and expressed his regret for giving offense to the victims of terrorist attacks. I do not presume to speak for the shadow chancellor but I will reaffirm this council’s condemnation of terrorism in any form.
As the last place in England to suffer from an IRA attack I’m sure all residents of Ealing support the peace process and the progress that has been made to bring peace and stability to Northern Ireland.”
Councillors G. Stafford and R. Wall asked supplementary questions.

Question No. 4
Councillor Murray asked the Portfolio Holder for Housing
Could the portfolio holder tell us what the impact will be of the backroom deal agreed between housing associations and the government, to voluntarily extend the right to buy to the social rented housing stock of charitable housing associations?

Councillor Anand replied

“We have written to housing association Chairs in Ealing to express their disappointment with their decision to voluntarily accept the NHF proposals, without any consultation with local authorities, where together we would have had a stronger voice against the impact of the government’s proposals.
We are concerned that social rented properties lost under the extended right to buy will not be replaced and available for rent to local residents. Many homes affected are high in value areas where replacing social rented homes will not be financially viable. In Ealing, the policy could result in the sale of around 635 housing association homes over the next 5 years. As things stand, we would lose the ability to insist that Ealing homes sold by associations under the extended right to buy will be replaced in Ealing, since there is only a commitment to replace these in London which may favour boroughs where land is of lower value.
Also, the full replacement costs will need to be met from associations’ right to buy receipts and from the sale of high value council homes. Our main concern is the requirement that local authorities will have to sell their own stock to support the replacement of homes sold under right to buy. In Ealing, we estimate between 20-30 homes per year could be classed as high value voids and will need to be sold to support this scheme. We expect to know more about the impact once the Housing and Planning Bill is published this week.”

Councillors Murray and Steed asked supplementary questions.

Question No. 5
Councillor Conti asked The Leader of the Council
“Do you support a third run-way at Heathrow?”
Councillor Bell replied
“We made our position clear on Heathrow at the last council meeting. The decision is now firmly in the Government’s hands. After the last council meeting we wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport outlining our concerns and unanswered questions after the publication of the Davies commission. The secretary of state has not yet even bothered to send an acknowledgment of our letter let alone an answer.”
Councillors Conti and Raza asked supplementary questions.

Question No. 6
Councillor Ball asked The Leader of the Council
“Following your vote at the last Full Council against my amendment, which sought to reaffirm opposition to Heathrow expansion, did you or any of your Cabinet members attend Saturday's ‘No Third Runway’ protest?”
Councillor Bell replied
“As far as I’m aware no members of the cabinet attended the rally. We made our position clear on Heathrow at the last council meeting. The decision is now firmly in the Government’s hands. After the last council meeting we wrote to the Secretary of State for Transport outlining our concerns and unanswered questions after the publication of the Davies commission. The secretary of state has not yet even bothered to send an acknowledgment of our letter let alone an answer.
Councillors Ball and Midha asked supplementary questions.

Question No. 7
Councillor Manro asked the Portfolio Holder for Prosperity, Skills and Employment
“What does the portfolio holder expect will do more for the living standards of people in the borough, the council’s commitment to the London living wage or the Government’s cuts to working tax credits?
Councillor Hynes replied
This council is committed to paying the London living wage and more than that we want to encourage local businesses to take this up as well. This is the only way we can improve the living standards of low paid people within this borough and London as a whole.
This is contrasted with the Conservative position and recently I looked at research by Barnardos that says that 7 million people will be negatively impacted by the changes announced in the budget. In response to the Chancellors changes to tax credits and the minimum wage the IFS that it is impossible for the low paid workers not to lose out under the plans. I find myself in the rare position of agreeing with Boris Johnson in raising his concerns about this at Conservative Party conference.
Councillors Manro and Seema Kumar 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

Business Rates

"This Council welcomes the Conservative Government's announcement that local government will be able to keep the rates they collect from business, and give councils the power to cut business rates to boost growth, thus allowing this Council to set the conditions to increase employment and support regeneration.
This Council further supports the efforts made by this Government in fixing the current broken system of financing local government which will be a huge boost to local growth, help attract business and create jobs in Ealing."
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Councillor G. Stafford moved the motion in his name
Councillor Roz Reece seconded the motion
Councillor Johnson moved an amendment to the motion
Councillor Hynes seconded the amendment
Councillor Ball moved an amendment to the motion
Councillor Busuttil seconded the amendment
Councillor Proud responded
Councillor Hynes responded
Councillor Millican responded
Councillor Blacker responded
Councillor Roz Reece responded
Councillor Mason responded
Councillor Morrissey responded
Councillor Bell responded
Councillor Ball summed up
Councillor Johnson summed up
Councillor G. Stafford summed up
After a vote Councillor Ball’s amendment was lost
After a vote Councillor Johnson’s amendment was agreed
After a vote the amended motion was agreed.
The motion read
“This Council welcomes the Conservative Government's announcement that local government will be able to keep the rates they collect from business.
We encourage the government to, give councils the power to vary business rates to boost growth and invest in their local economy. This will allow this Council to set the conditions to increase employment and support regeneration.
This Council further supports the limited efforts made by this Government in fixing the current broken system of financing local government which will be a boost to local growth, help attract business and create jobs in Ealing. The council believes that despite this encouraging step the Government’s decision to cut £183m from our budget presents the council with a huge strategic challenge in the coming years."
11.2 Other Motions for Debate
Councillor Bell to move

Helping Refugees

“Council notes the current refugee crisis unfolding across Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.

This council believes that those who enjoy the freedom and security provided by a safe democratic state have a duty to help those who have to flee their homes as a result of conflict or persecution.

Council extends it sympathies and condolences to all those who have perished trying to reach freedom and safety during the current crisis.
This Council resolves to give help and practical assistance to alleviate the ongoing refugee crisis.

Council welcomes the spontaneous offers of help and aid by many local residents and faith groups as well as the work that local groups have been doing to aid refugee groups. This commitment to humanitarianism highlights the best of our borough.

The council resolves to work in partnership with the Government, the mayor of London and other councils to create a workable programme of aid and resettlement for refugees.

Council calls on central government to recognise that whilst the council is willing to help and has skills expertise and facilities that would be helpful we do not have the financial resources to provide the amount of aid required. As a borough we are also struggling to find housing to respond to the increase in homelessness, this will add even greater demand and needs to be recognised by the Government. As well as this Ealing has the highest Syrian population in the UK. In the years ahead we will need support to meet the understandable desire of refugees to move to an area with an existing Syrian diaspora, especially once the initial year of support has expired but the need for social services help continues.

Council calls on the Government to outline how its scheme will work in practise as well as making it clear how councils will be able to access the finances needed to make the scheme sustainable.”
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Councillor Bell moved the motion in his name
Councillor Manro seconded the motion
Councillor Conti moved an amendment to the motion
Councillor Young seconded the amendment
Councillor Malcolm moved an amendment to the motion
Councillor Busuttil seconded the amendment
Councillor Manro responded
Councillor Seema Kumar responded
Councillor Shaw responded
Councillor Young responded
Councillor Camadoo responded
Councillor Mullins responded
Councillor Malcolm summed up
Councillor Conti summed up
Councillor Bell summed up
Councillor Malcolm withdrew his amendment
After vote Councillor G. Stafford’s amendment was lost
After a vote the motion was agreed unanimously
11.3 Motions not for Debate
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There were no motions.
12 Reports from Officers
14
Councillor Dheer moved the report
Councillor Roz Reece seconded trhe report

After a vote it was agreed to 

1.1 Approve the revised Statement of Licensing Policy as set out in Appendix 1 as recommended by Licensing Committee on the 3rd March 2015.
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Councillor Mahfouz moved the report
Councillor Shaw seconded the report

After a vote Council agreed to
1.1 Note the new powers in the London Local Authorities and Transport for London Act 2013 (the 2013 Act) with regard to the erection of signage and street lighting on buildings in private ownership.
1.2 Approve the adoption of the London Councils’ the Code of Practice (for affixing traffic signs and street lighting to buildings in London) in Appendix 1) with effect from 1st January 2016 in order to enable the Council to exercise the new powers.
1.3 Authorise the Director of Environment and Leisure to publish notice of the passing of the resolution in paragraph 1.2 above in accordance with the requirements of section 3(4) of the 2013 Act
1.3 Delegate authority to the Director of Environment and Leisure to exercise the functions relating to part 2 of the 2013 Act
1.4. Authorise the Director of Legal & Democratic Services to amend Part 8 of the constitution to reflect the delegation of functions in paragraph 1.3 above.
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Councillor Johnson moved the report
Councillor G. Stafford seconded the report
After a vote Council agreed to
1.1 Approve the attached Local Government Pension Scheme – Ealing Council Discretions Policy 2015 (appendix “1”); and
1.2 Approve the Injury Allowance Policy and Procedure 2015 (appendix “2”).
1.3 Note that these policies will take effect from 1st November 2015.
13 Appointments to Committees and Other Bodies
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Councillor Gordon moved the following appointments
Councillor Roz Reece seconded the appointments

APPROVAL OF LOCAL AUTHORITY APPOINTMENTS FROM 27 JULY 2015 - 09 OCTOBER 2015
Governor Name Governing Body Term Start Term End Political Affiliation Appointment Date Approved
Mr A Marley St John's Primary 29-Jul-15 28-Jul-15 Labour New 29-Jul-15
Mr C Summers Petts Hill Primary 10-Sep-15 09-Sep-19 Labour Re-Appointment 10-Sep-15
Mr T Barker West Acton Primary 10-Sep-15 09-Sep-19 LA Citizen Re-appointment 10-Sep-15
Mr G Russell Wolf Fields Primary 10-Sep-15 09-Sep-19 LA Citizen New 10-Sep-15
Mr S Manro Horsenden Primary 22-Sep-15 21-Sep-19 Labour Re-Appointment 22-Sep-15
Mr A Korn Southfield Primary 28-Sep-15 27-Sep-19 N/A New 10-Sep-15
14 Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of Council will be held on 8th December 2015.
The meeting finished at 21.29.

The next meeting will be held on 8th December 2015

Additional Meeting Documents

Declarations of Interests

Member NameItem Ref.DetailsNature of DeclarationAction
Councillor Simon Woodroofe12CCouncillor Woodroofe member of the local government pension scheme (not Ealing)PersonalDeclaration was sufficient

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