Meeting Details

Full Council
24 Apr 2018 - 19:30 to 22:00

Documents

Agenda

Standard Items
1 Apologies for Absence
2 Urgent Matters
Any urgent matters arising since the despatch of the agenda that the Mayor has agreed should be considered at the meeting.

Councillor Gordon moved a procedural motion to permit item 12A to be heard before item 10.

Councillor Roz Reece seconded the motion.

It was agreed.

3 Declarations of Interest
To note any declarations of interest made by members
There were no declarations of interest.
4 Matters to be Considered in Private
There were none.
5 Minutes
To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 20th February 2018
The minutes of the meeting on 20th February were agreed.
6 Mayor's Announcements

The Deputy Mayor passed on Council’s condolences to Councillor Mahfouz for the loss of his father and Councillor Seema Kumar for the loss of her mother.

He then stated that as this was the final meeting of this 2014-2018 administration he would like to thank all those councillors who will not be returning in May for their service to the Council and the residents of Ealing. He included Councillors, Ahmed-Shaikh, Cogan, Gavan, Hynes, Jones, Kang, Khan, Kohli, McCartan, Midha, Murray, Roz Reece, Rodgers and Walker in this and was aware that there might be more.

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

a). Mrs Grace Quansha presented a petition asking the Council to “Save Ealing Libraries from Being Outsourced & Save Library Jobs”

 

Councillor Dheer replied

 

Ealing Libraries was brought in house on 1 February 2018. Given the size of the library service (13 libraries and ancillary services e.g. home library service etc. plus 136 staff, including 23 short-term contracts), this has been a smooth transition with little disruption to staff and to the service.

 

All staff who were employed by Carillion to deliver library services solely in Ealing have been contracted by Ealing Council to continue working in Ealing libraries. Staff who were contracted to work across all the Carillion library contracts (Croydon, Ealing and Harrow) have not been offered contracts to work in Ealing. Some of these staff have been offered roles in Harrow and Croydon.

 

The focus has been on stabilising the service, ensuring that staff were not adversely affected by the liquidation of their previous employer and the continuation of subcontracts and suppliers to keep the library service operating.

 

Local Authorities have a statutory duty under the Public Libraries and Museum Act 1964 to provide a comprehensive and efficient service. The Library Service was never at risk as this is a service we must provide. However, we do need to provide the service within the resources available and need to be prudent in how service are provided. Reviewing the service delivery model to ensure we get the best value for our residents and users is important.

 

The library service will be reviewed to ensure that we can continue providing a service to the public. Now that we have passed through the transition phase officers are reviewing the operating procedures and the service to ensure that we can provide an improved offer for our residents and service users. Therefore, we are looking at all options for the future delivery of services to ensure the operating model is fit for purpose and delivers the best possible service within the resources available is essential.

 

Mrs Quansha made a comment on the response.

 

 b)    Suzanne Hill of Bellvue Road W5 presented a petition asking the Council to “resolve the parking issues in Bellevue Road and neighbouring streets caused by the introduction of the Kent CPZ zone TT”.

 

Councillor Mahfouz replied

 

Thank you for your petition.  I should start by saying that I have lived in the borough for over 30 years and know your road and Scotch Common well.  For as long as I have known it, there have always been serious parking pressures on Bellevue Road.  The implementation of a CPZ in neighbouring streets has not made this a new phenomenon.

 

You have asked us to review the Zone TT CPZ.  As per our policy, compulsory CPZ reviews no longer happen because we found in the vast majority of them, no change was necessary.  We will conduct a review where there is a “substantial” level of requests.  The petition you have collected would be deemed as a “substantial” number of signatories.  However, they are all from people who live outside of the zone.  It is not possible for residents outside a zone to ask for a review within it, it would be for those residents to request such a review.

 

What we would be able to consider would be the options made available to you via officers.  The original boundary of the CPZ consultation was determined by the councillors at the time, as they paid for the consultation.

 

Had Bellevue Road have been included in the original CPZ consultation boundary in the outer zone, and had you voted against as you suggest would have been the case, then you would be in the same position as you are now: outside of the zone.

 

In relation to reviewing the charging of dual use bays within the zone, this will be something that we will follow through with

 

Suzanne Hill commented on the response.

 

 c)    Mrs Dhanwant Rapal St Joseph’s Drive Southall presented a petition stating resident’s objection to the newly created parking bays at the entrance of St Josephs Drive

 

Councillor Mahfouz replied

 

 

A key objective of the South Road improvement scheme is to make walking and cycling safer and easier. As part of this we have introduced a new style of crossing at the side road junctions within the scheme, called “blended” or “Copenhagen” crossings.

 

The level surfaces between footways either side of the junctions are easier to negotiate for anyone with mobility issues as it removes the need to step down and then back up at the kerbline. The tables also force drivers to slow down when entering or exiting the side road, which helps to reinforce that turning drivers have to give way to pedestrians who have started crossing the road, as per the Highway Code.

 

I appreciate that this is a new approach for the local area, however this style of crossing has already been used elsewhere in London. Additionally, the design has been through an extensive evaluation process, including an independent road safety audit. Even though we are satisfied that these crossings will be safe, we will monitor the new situation closely to ensure they are performing well and this will include a further independent road safety audit.

 

Having reviewed the issues raised in the petition at St Josephs Road will investigate the safety of pedestrians crossing the street and review the situation, following this and if deemed necessary we will arrange for the removal of the parking bay nearest to the junction to improve visibility.

With regards to vehicles parking opposite the parking bays we will highlight this situation to the parking enforcement officers.

 

Mrs Rapal commented on the response.

 

 

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

Councillor Dabrowska presented two petitions from residents in her ward.

One was objecting to the introduction of a CPZ and highway alterations on Popes

 Lane W5 and the other was a request for no entry to Baronsmede from Popes Lane

W5

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.

 a)    Mrs. Jaskirat Baraha of St Joseph’s Drive asked the Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport

 

Why have the residents of St Josephs Drive not been notified that the street lighting is being reduced on our road during night hours?

 

Councillor Mahfouz replied

 

As a council, we have been dealing with a 65% reduction in our budget because of central government cuts.

 

Whilst some local authorities have switched off their lights entirely, we took a very different approach to ensure we saved money whilst retaining good street lighting across Ealing.

We took the decision initially, to move from halogen lighting to LED and whilst dealing with further cuts, we then added a dimming facility onto the lighting.

 

The result is the new brighter lights see a decrease in power of 25% after 10pm and a further 25% after midnight.  The strength of the lighting is still good and I have walked our streets after this time and know this to be the case.

 

Since making these changes, we have received only 18 complaints from across the borough, representing a total of 0.005% of the borough’s population, showing that for the vast majority of people, these changes have made no difference whatsoever.

 

However, where it has made a difference is in the costs of running the lighting, which has now halved, as well as vastly improving our carbon footprint.

 

It is not my understanding that there are any lights in your street that do not work, but if there are then please do not hesitate to contact me or report it and we will get it fixed.

 

Mrs. Baraha asked a supplementary question.

 b)    Mona Rapal of St Joseph’s Drive asked the Portfolio Holder for Environment and Transport

 

 

What is being done to get to the root cause of the increasing flytipping issues on St Josephs Drive rather than the council just clearing the flytipping when reported?

 

Councillor Mahfouz replied

 

 

Because of the on-going problem of fly tipping on St Joseph’s Drive and within the alleyway.  Most the waste in the alleyway had originated from the 23 flats above the businesses in South Road (properties 52-88).  Because of this, additional waste would be added to the waste.  Thus, the ward officer at the time (2012/13) introduced 4x 1100ltr bins, at the centre of the alleyway to service the residential household waste from the flats to containerise the waste in the alleyway.  Although the situation had improved, the problem remained.

 

Due to the number of increasing reports, which included councillor report that the containers were overflowing, bulky waste surrounding the containers, repair to the damaged containers due to overweight bins/uneven ground and no access to the containers, inviably the waste contractor return to site on subsequent days which resulted more side waste and further dumping taking place in the alleyway.

 

In this regard, Community protection notices (CPN’s) were served on all businesses and residential landlord of the properties between 52-88 South Road in 2017 to take responsibility/control of their commercial/household waste. The street cleaning of St Joseph’s Drive was increased from once every 3 weeks to once every 2 weeks.  Although the alleyway is unregistered private land, the Council carried out 2x ‘deep cleaned’ of the alleyway on 8th April 2017 and 7th March 2018. 

 

It was then decided to reposition the 4x containers from the centre of the alleyway to the entrance of the alleyway where they could be closely monitored.

 

Checking the Councils official customer service reporting system from 2013 to date, 60 various reports had been received pertinent to St Joseph’s Drive/South Road area i.e. 39x fly tips, 8x emergency clearances, 4x street cleansing complaints, 4x leaf clearances, 3x fly poster removals, 2x building material on the highway, 2x flooding’s, 1x obstructions on the highway, 1x illegal skips on the highway and 1x pole hole report.

 

CCTV successes, limitations and plan for the future

 

The Council has one CCTV camera permanently installed opposite the alley.  From the footage captured from that camera 5x £80 FPNs had been issued based on the ‘Name and Shame’ posters displayed by way of anonymous callers identifying the offenders in the posters. That said, the footage is limited to the clear identity captured hence why the number of FPN’s are low. However, with the support of a local business, that figure had increased. What was also highlighted with the use of CCTV was an individual who was highlighted causing repeated offences of fly tipping in the area.  Due to the circumstances of this individual the matter has been passed onto the Councils Independent Living Team Adult Social Care services.

 

Deployment of Kingdom officers

 

Kingdom Officers were tasked to monitor this location daily commencing 28/02/2017. FPN’s issued in the South Road/St Joseph’s Drive/Hamilton Road Drive area – 63 in 2017 and 33 in 2018 to date.

 

 

Fixed penalty notices issued this calendar year

 

Total fixed penalty notices issued this year is 37 FPN’s. This figure includes 3x noncompliance to section 34 notices served on businesses and 1x fly tipping offence by a business.

 

Waste containment provision for the flats above shops on South Road

 

With effect from 1st May 2018, the 4x containers for the flats above shops will be removed and replaced with sets of 360ltr wheeled bins to be shared by each flat.  The collections will then be on an alternate weekly basis

 

Gating solution and progress

 

Volunteers to work jointly with the Council and to front the gating scheme on behalf of the local businesses/residents were two local business owners.  However, the officer responsible to initiate the scheme had left.  The matter is currently being reviewed.

 

Mona Rapal 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.
As it was 8.30 the allotted time for members questions had passed so they would be treated as written questions and the answers circulated the day following the meeting.
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
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11.1 Shadow Cabinet Motion

Councillor G Stafford to move:

 

Labour’s Record of Failure vs a Conservative Record of Action for Ealing

 

This Council notes:

 

1) The duty of any local administration is to promote social, cultural, environmental and economic well-being to meet the needs of current and future residents in a manner most cost effective to the public purse.

  

2) These objectives require a strategic vision beyond selling off assets, slashing services and wasting taxpayers’ funds, as is the policy of the current Labour administration.

 3) The true measure of any successful administration must come from the experiences of its residents, rather than peer awards and self-promotion, which the current Labour administration relies heavily on.

 

This Council therefore regrets that over the past 8 years, the actions of this Labour administration can be characterised as one of Latency, Arrogance, Betrayal, Over-taxation, Untruthfulness and Regressiveness as evidenced by:

 

× Implementing a forced FORTNIGHTLY refuse service and a paid garden service without any consultation or regard for residents wishes to retain a WEEKLY refuse and free garden service, which has created a blight on our communities between regular service failures and monstrosities of the ugly wheelie bins.

 

× Spending £3.2m purchasing wheelie bins, followed by a further ?88k to rectify bad planning of not offering smaller bins.

×  Changing the contractor for the refuse and recycling who was delivering a first-class service for a “cheaper” contract, which has delivered a service beset with problems from Day 1.

× Earning Ealing a reputation nationally as one of the UK’s Top Grot Spots; Worse for Food Hygiene Rating and Top 10 spot for Council’s with the highest income from parking.

× Launching a Grimebusters Hotline to report graffiti and fly tipping at a cost of £182 per call to the taxpayer.

×  Presiding over a local education system that is seeing a decline in the number of primary schools rated good or outstanding.

×   Axing several services such as drug intervention team; Primary Care Services for Homeless Clients with Substance Misuse and/ or Alcohol Dependence who are not registered with a GP; Ealing Community Advocacy (MIND); ROSHNI; and Disability Advocacy.

 

× Building the lowest number of affordable family-sized homes.

× Reducing the number of Council funded police officers from 50 to 8.

× Decimating the Park Ranger service by reducing it from 20 to 4 officers.

× Halving the budget for residential street cleaning to a paltry £2.3m.

×  Reducing the library budget from £7m to £2.7m, closing the mobile library service and reducing the number of study spaces at Ealing Central Library by 58%; floor space by 64% and book stock by 71%.

× Selling off several of Ealing’s cultural assets: Acton, Ealing and Southall town halls.

×  Spending £13 million on vanity projects such as Southall car park and shorter desks.

×  Increasing Member Allowances and creating a Leader’s office, costing £125k a year.

×  Closing day centres: Albert Dane and Carlton Road to name a few.

×  Introducing bus lane watch camera and banned right turn on Longfield Avenue, racking  in millions in fines. [£1.9million on Longfield Avenue alone]

×  Imposing above inflation increases for fees and charges for hundreds of services including parking permits; after school clubs (parents’ contribution); infant burial: grave purchase and internment; building control fees; planning applications; instrument loan charges; leisure fees and community hall hire.

 Council notes that only the election of a Conservative Administration will truly defend Ealing’s communities and put an end to Labour’s Latency, Arrogance, Betrayal, Over-taxation, Untruthfulness and Regressiveness.

 Council resolves that the Ealing has had enough of Labour and will be better off with a Conservative Administration who will:

1)     Reintroduce weekly street sweeping and scrap the garden waste tax

2)     Fix our dangerous roads and pavements

3)     Freeze core Council Tax

4)      Stop the ugly overdevelopment that has skyscrapers springing up locally

5)     Deliver more homes that local people can afford with the help of the Government’s £9 billion fund for social housing

 

Councillor G. Stafford Moved the motion

Councillor Young seconded the motion

Councillor Sabiers responded

Councillor Roz Reece responded

Councillor D. Crawford responded

Councillor Ball responded

Councillor Bell responded

Councillor Conti responded

Councillor Rai responded

Councillor Johnson responded

The Deputy Mayor reminded Council that the allotted time for this item had nearly arrived.

Councillor G. Stafford summed up.

After a vote the motion was lost

11.2 Other Motions for Debate

Protect the rights of Ealing’s European residents

Councillor Bell to move

 Ealing Council notes:

·    60% of Ealing residents voted to remain in the European Union.

·    There are over 30,000 European citizens living in Ealing who have been denied their say on Brexit and whose rights to live and work in the UK are under threat.

·    The local elections on May 3rd 2018 may be the last vote we have before the UK is due to be taken out of the European Union.

·    Recent polling has shown that Brexit and its impact on the economy is the number one concern of Londoners.

·    Economic studies have shown that London will lose up to 8% of its GDP as a result of Brexit Ealing. has a substantial Irish population who do not want to see the reintroduction of a hard border between north and south.

·    Theresa May insists that the UK will leave both the Single Market and the Customs Union.

·    Jeremy Corbyn’s position that jobs and the economy must come first and that we must remain in a customs union with Europe.

·    The Leader of the Ealing Conservatives said of Brexit “I’m voting leave. I think it’s really important we take back our sovereignty.”

·    The Tories’ 2017 general election candidate in Ealing Central & Acton said: “While leaving the EU would inevitably bring economic risks… in my view that is a price worth paying.”

·    Cleveland’s Tory Councillor said: “Let’s be havin’ you, let’s be out.”

·    Ealing Labour Party campaigned to keep the UK in the European Union.

·    Labour-run Hammersmith & Fulham’s call for voters to have a say on any eventual Brexit deal.

We believe:

·    All those affected by Brexit should have their say on Brexit.

·    The Tory government should immediately guarantee the rights of all EU citizens living in Ealing, London and the UK.

·    European citizens and their families should not be used as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations.

·    European citizens in the UK should have all of their current rights retained and protected, even in the event of no Brexit deal being agreed, to give them peace of mind that they are welcome in Ealing and across the country, no matter what.

We resolve:

·    To remind registered Europeans that they have a vote on 3rd May 2018 and that they should head to the polls to have their say on the Tories’ disastrous approach to Brexit.

·    To look to establish a multi-lingual advice portal on Ealing Council’s website for EU citizens resident in the Borough, so that we can reassure them of where they stand, signpost their options moving forward and answer those frequently asked questions about the Brexit negotiations.

·    To call on the Tory government to let parliament and the British people have the final say on any Brexit deal.

 

Councillor Bell moved the motion

Councillor Rai seconded the motion

Councillor Busuttil moved an amendment

Councillor Steed seconded the amendment

Councillor G. Stafford moved an amendment

Councillor Young seconded the amendment

Councillor Blacker responded

Councillor G. Stafford summed up

Councillor Busuttil summed up

Councillor Bell Summed up

After a vote, Councillor G. Stafford’s amendment was lost

After a vote, Councillor Busuttil’s amendment was lost.

Three members rose to call for a recorded vote

Members voted

For

Councillors Ahmed, Anand, Aslam, Bagha, Ball, Bell, Blacker, Busuttil, Byrne, Camadoo, Conlan,  D. Crawford, K. Crawford, Dheer, Dhindsa, Gordon, Gulaid, Hynes, Johnson, Jones, Kaur – Dheer Kelly, Mahfouz, Mahmoud, Malcolm, G. Mann, R. Mann, Manro, Martin, Mason, McCartan, Midha, Mohan, Murray, Murtagh,  Padda, Rai, Raza, Rodgers, Sabiers, Sharma, Shaw, Steed Summers, Tailor, Walker  L. Wall, and  R. Wall

 

Against

Councillors Dabrowska, Theresa Mullins, Proud, Roz Reece, A. Stafford, G. Stafford and Young.,

Abstained

Councillor Conti

No Vote

Councillor Millican and Deputy Mayor

11.3 Motions not for Debate

Ealing Labour delivers: Our Achievements to 2018

Councillor Bell to move:

Ealing Council notes the achievements of this Labour administration:

·         Core Council tax frozen for a decade, keeping down your costs while protecting services.

·         Invested £58m to expand primary schools by 2,100 new places.

·         Invested £34m to expand secondary schools by 900 new places.

·         Invested £31m in Special Educational Needs provision.

·         The Tories left only 62% of schools ‘good or outstanding’ in 2010. By 2017 Labour increased this to 92%.

·         100% of SEN Schools are outstanding.

·         In 2017 Ealing became the first Borough in London to put life-saving defibrillators in every state school.

·         Campaigned to Save Our Hospitals from Tory cuts including:

o   challenging the government’s plans in court.

o   carrying out two independent reviews which have raised serious safety concerns.

o   refusing to sign up to the STP.

o   three marches and four rallies attended by thousands of residents.

o   survey of residents’ views which revealed 90% of people disagree with plans to axe A&Es

·         Campaigned to keep the UK in the European Union while the Tory leadership in Ealing said we’d be better off out.

·         Created over 1,000 new apprenticeships for young people.

·         Achieved London Living Wage accreditation and established business rate reduction scheme for living wage employers across the Borough.

·         Established West Ealing Business Improvement District, with plans to replicate them in Acton and Southall.

·         Built 500 Council homes and delivered over 4,500 homes overall.

·         Tough action on rogue landlords, including introducing a new private renting licensing scheme, 323 Statutory licenses served and over £200,000 in fines issued.

·         Progressed estate regenerations across our Borough including: South Acton, Copley Close, Green Man Lane, Rectory Park, Dean Gardens, Havelock, Golf Links and Allen Court.

·         339 empty properties brought back into use after threat of Council CPO.

·         Tackling beds in sheds through 500 Planning Contravention Notices, 277 Planning Enforcement Notices and 20 prosecutions, resulting in Proceeds of Crime Orders totalling £250,000.

·         Retrofitted 1,293 homes with adaptations to ensure disabled residents could remain independent in their own homes.

·         Tackling street drinking through use of PSPOs in West Ealing which will soon be followed by Southall.

·         287 alley gates installed since 2014 to protect residents from ASB.

·         Increased recycling from below 40% to above 50% through the successful introduction of wheelie bins. Ealing is now the second-best recycling borough in London.

·         Crackdown on those who dirty our Borough, Issuing 8,338 FPNs for littering and 4,567 for fly-tipping.

·         We have increased the number of Green Flag parks (the kitemark standard of excellent parks) across the borough from 2 to 21.

·         Spent £14m on road resurfacing on 150 streets, keeping traffic flowing and provide safer roads for all users.

·         Secured improved designs of Crossrail stations across the Borough.

·         £5m funding for new pedestrian and cycle bridge across railway in Southall.

·         Five new and refurbished libraries opened in Hanwell, Greenford, Pitshanger, Southall and Acton.

·         Acton Old Town Hall re-opened with new library, gym, pool and community rooms.

·         Rolled out 20mph zone east of Hanger Lane, with expectation to cover the whole Borough.

·         Planted 6,775 young trees on streets and in parks since 2014 and nearly 60,000 planted in wildland in association with trees for cities.

·         Delivered over 1,200 “green doctor visits” to support residents on limited incomes reduce their energy use.

·         Delivered a £5m sports facility in Northolt, making it the home of Middlesex FA.

·         A new BMX track at Gurnell Leisure Centre and a new skate park for Acton by summer 2018.

·         Developed a low emission strategy for goods yard on Horn Lane and launched ‘no idling’ trial in Acton to clean up Acton’s air.

·         Awarded Cleaner Air Borough (CAB) accreditation by Mayor of London.

·         Won £8.5m of liveable Neighbourhoods funding to make cycling and walking safer and easy in West Ealing.

·         Southern entrance at Hanwell station opened, with a lift and a Sunday service guaranteed.

·         Secured pioneering incline lift at Greenford Station.

·         In-house reablement homecare service awarded a ‘Good’ rating from the CQC for the last 4 years, helping residents to regain confidence and skills to remain at home, usually after period of illness.

·         In 2017-18 we provided over 600 vulnerable residents with support and/or one off welfare checks.

·         ‘Shared Lives’ service has been rated as Good by the CQC, helping provide adults with learning disabilities a better-quality home life.

·         Launched loneliness and social isolation charter.

·         Protected the Solace out of hours support service for people experiencing mental health issues.

·         Appointed a mental health champion councillor.

·         Appointment of a Dementia champion and the creation of Ealing Dementia Action Alliance holding Dementia Awareness Weeks, memory walks and regular memory cafes.

·         Delivered Michael Flanders Centre of Excellence for Dementia.

·         Doubled the number of annual visits available from the Handypersons’ service.

·         Free leisure passes to carers.

·         Successful bid to Sport England to be one of only twelve pilot schemes sharing a pot of £100 million to improve the health of our residents in Southall.

·         Provided sanctuary for 50 unaccompanied child refugees.

·         Over 1,200 nursery places have been created within 132 providers across the Borough.

·         95% of Ealing’s schools have joined the Ealing Learning Partnership after Tory cuts to the Educational Support Grant.

·         Ealing’s Children’s Department is 9th best in the country.

·         Invested £6.5million in our award-winning ‘Brighter Futures’ programme to keep children and families together, removing the need for young people to move into Council care.

·         Ealing’s Leaving Care Service won the prestigious MJ Award for Best Children’s Service 2017.

 

Ealing Council further notes:

 

Ealing Labour’s key six pledges to residents towards the election on 3rd May 2018:

 

1. More genuinely affordable homes

We will build more than 2,500 new genuinely affordable homes at council, social and London Living rents over the next four years

 

2. Defending the Borough against a Tory hard Brexit 

We will protect jobs and secure investment to our borough, double the number of registered London Living Wage employers and increase the number of apprenticeships for young people by 750.

 

3. Save Our Hospitals 

We will renew the campaign to save our hospitals from Tory cuts, including a blue light ambulance service at Ealing & Charing Cross hospitals.

 

4. Tackle knife crime & antisocial behaviour

We will campaign against Tory cuts to the Met, and for more police officers on our streets. We will work to stop the rise in violent crime, tackle knife crime, drug dealing and reduce street drinking.

 

5. Boost Recycling & Deliver a Cleaner Borough 

We will boost recycling rates to 60% and crack down even harder on fly tipping and littering, including increasing fines. We will bring our bin collection and street cleaning teams back under Council control.

 

6. Protecting you from Tory austerity 

After a decade of freezing your council tax, we will keep it as low as possible. We will continue to protect the most vulnerable, and fight Tory cuts to our schools and care services.

 

Councillor Bell moved the motion

Councillor Johnson seconded the motion

After a vote the motion was agreed

12 Reports from Officers
The only report had already been dealt with.

John Beastall, the independent chair of the Standards Committee, introduced the report. He stated that members had behaved in an exemplary fashion over the year.

Councillor Bell moved the report

Councillor G. Stafford seconded the report.

The report was agreed unanimously.

13 Urgent key decisions exempted from call-in

The following key decisions have been exempted from call-in since the last meeting of council:

  1. None
There were none
14 Appointments to Committees and Other Bodies
There were none
15 Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be held on 22nd May 2018.

The next meeting will be the Annual Meeting of the Council on 22nd May 2018.

The meeting finished at 21.35.

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