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Council
27 Jan 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.


Item 12C was considered urgent.

Councillor Young rose to ask for the reasons for urgency.

It was explained that the Council Tax Support Scheme needed to be agreed by 31st January and it was omitted from the original agenda by oversight.


2 Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Martin and apologies for lateness from Councillors Gavan, R. Mann and Seema Kumar
3 Declarations of Interest

To note any declarations of interest made by members

 Councillors Tailor and Woodroofe declared an interest in item 12b by virtue of their being members of the LGPS with other authorities.
4 Matters to be Considered in Private

Item 12b 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.

5 Minutes

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the Council  meeting held on 9th  December 2014.




The minutes of the previous meeting were agreed with a few typographical corrections and that Councillor Busuttil presented a petition signed by 746 residents urging the Council not to close the Carlton Road Day Centre.

 

6 Mayor's Announcements


The Mayor, Councillor Bagha, announced that Ealing’s entry for the London New Year’s Day Parade won a special award which he showed to Council.

He had received guests from Spain, Italy, Germany, Greece and Portugal including Elected Mayors and Governors for the iParticipate Conference in the previous week.

The Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony was well attended by nearly 200 people along with 100 school children from across the borough. The mayor then thanked Councillors Blacker and Mason for helping with the children in the Chamber after the event.

The Mayor reminded Council of the Crayle Service at St Mary’s Church was on Sunday 1st February and that Ealing Abbey – will be holding their annual civic mass on Sunday 22nd March.

His next charity fund raising event will be Jazz and Curry on Wednesday 25th February at 7pm.  Tickets are only £20 for a 3 course meal and live jazz music.

He asked Councillors to contact his office to let them know if they intended to buy tickets or would be attending an event.

Finally he reminded Council that if a Ward wished they could host a ward reception in the Mayor’s Parlour – contact the office to arrange dates.
7 Petitions from Members of the Public

Submitted under Council and Committee Procedure Rule 9.


1.

Susan McGlyn and Tanya Dolphin presented a petition with over 1,500 signatures stating

“We petition the Council to reconsider the decision to make our Crossing Patrol Officer redundant

Kingshill Avenue is an exceptionally busy road, the crossing that the officer mans is used by children who attend St Raphaels, Downe Manor and Belmore school as well as older children attending local high schools. The whole community supports this petition and are outraged that this decision has been made. This is not about saving money it is about saving lives”.

Councillor  Mahfouz responded

“As a parent myself and someone who got into local politics to improve road safety it gives me no pleasure to make these proposals. I have been a resident, councillor and governor in the area concerned and have been involved in a number of campaigns to improve road safety and lower speed limits.  To improve safety at the junction concerned we have lowered the speed limit to 30mph, introduced the pelican crossing, brought in flashing signs, pedestrian guard rails, anti-skid surface and refuge islands in order to slow cars down.

However we are currently facing huge central government cuts which means we have had our budgets halved. This proposal is not something we have a choice about. If we had a choice we would have kept a crossing patrol but we still have £35m savings to identify on top of what has already been agreed. 

We contacted the relevant schools when we made the proposals. I met with representatives from Downe Manor and after our meeting we shared details of what taking on the posts would entail. Unfortunately the schools feel unable to take on the posts themselves as they are worried about pressures on their budget in the future from Government cuts.  Other options we can examine are whether we could look at sponsorship but the schools would like the sponsor to take on the post. We could also look at parents sharing the role voluntarily. If this is an option parents would like to examine we will do all we can to assist.

My view is that the last 10m of a child’s journey to school are the most dangerous. We need to do all we can to ensure that parents are not parking unsafely close to the school and endangering other children. Where we find this to be happening we will take tough action. We will also do all we can to encourage schools to help parents and children walk or cycle to school and give whatever assistance we can.”

2. 

Lynne Palmer of South Ealing presented a petition stating

Over a number of years we have suffered break ins and malicious damage to the front and rear of our properties.

Some properties have been broken into more than once. The rear service road is also being used for fly tipping.

We feel that there is lack of police presence patrolling the front and rear of the properties.

We would like CCTV cameras installed at the front of the parade to reduce the incidence of crime.

This petition is to request that CCTV cameras are installed by the council and that the police maintain a stronger presence in daylight and night patrol to the front and rear to the properties.

Councillor Dheer responded

We are very sorry to hear of the problems suffered by shopkeepers on South Ealing Road, we have begun tackling this matter prior to Christmas and are working hard to put a plan in place to hopefully reduce and prevent future incidents of crime in the area. This problem was first brought to our attention in December and since then Safer Communities in partnership with the Police have undertaken a number of actions as part of a long term plan to bring security improvements to the area.

Safer Communities met with Miss Palmer to discuss her concerns and following this carried a thorough ‘Environmental Visual Audit’ of the area. The audit established that the area would benefit from CCTV, given it is a busy main road into the borough from its Southern boundary, and has heavy footfall from the South Ealing tube station. Additionally there are a number of betting shops and off licenses/ pubs, a petrol station, a major road junction and late opening grocery stores. A suitable location for a CCTV camera was identified, that will give coverage of the shops in question from South Ealing tube station area down towards the Popes Lane cross roads.

We are currently arranging the logistics for the re-deployment of an existing camera. It should be possible to operate the camera from the CCTV control room. The aim is to have this camera at location over a short period of time while the benefit of CCTV can be assess, should the camera prove to be an asset in detecting crime we will seek to identify potential funding streams for this camera to be a permanent feature at this location.

The following points were also raised in the audit:

 •          A number of the recent incidents of vandalism had occurred in shop fronts that have a recessed front door, possibly because perpetrators would feel more secluded. These shop fronts would benefit from shutters;

•           The gates to the rear of the parade are still intact but in clear need of repair. However there are a number of problems associated with gating alleys behind shops and regular maintenance is an important and potentially expensive necessity;

•           Generally the rear service road appeared to be well maintained however a number of shops had fly tipped or dumped rubbish in their backyards, and they could benefit from a security upgrade. It was noted that there are still broken rear windows and a general feeling of not being secure along this road. As a private road it is the duty of care of that land owner to ensure that they have the correct security on their land. It would not be appropriate for public surveillance of this service road considering the other measures which would need to be looked at first.

We have produced a draft crime prevention report exploring the various options that could be taken to reduce crime on this particular parade. As the parade is privately owned, clearly the onus will be on the landlord to finance any suggested improvements, such as repair of the gates, metal shutters, lighting the rear alley etc. As such we believe the best way to approach this will be as a partnership, applying pressure to the Landlord if they are not initially willing to carry out works.

We will seek to arrange a meeting with the Landlord and present our findings in conjunction with the Police. I understand that the current owners of the parade are relatively new, and do not appear to have managed as proactively as their predecessors which may be a contributing factor to the current problems. Formally bringing the problems to their attention will we hope provoke the owners into action, however we do not have legal powers to enforce any security improvements.

Further to this the local Policing Team has advised that they will undertake additional patrols in the area and increase visibility.

- Public Petition for Debate

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

The debate concerns the proposed closure of the SOLACE Centre. 



Lena Inger a Solace Carer and Dympna Bolger a Solace user presented their petition, with 1,660 signatures, asking the Council to reconsider the proposed closure of the SOLACE Centre.

Under Rule 9.1 (b) the petition both had sufficient signatures and was received under Rule 9.3 sufficiently in advance of the meeting to trigger a debate at Council.

Councillor Reen responded

Councillor Byrne responded.

Councillor Ball responded.

Councillor Joy Morrissey responded.

Councillor Johnson responded.

Councillor Tailor concluded the debate and it was resolved

Council notes the petition and thanks the petitioners for their efforts. We also thank all the residents and users who engaged with our consultation. Council welcomes the commitment to work with third sector groups to explore whether there is an alternative way to deliver the service. The council looks forward to hearing proposals when they have been fully worked up

8 Petitions from Members of the Council

Submitted under Council and Committee Procedure Rule 9.


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.


Frank Kilduff of Greenford asked the Council

Can the council provide residents with details of its efforts to avoid closure of Horsenden Hill Golf Course and, if it ultimately decides on closure, what consultation will there be with residents about viable, sustainable and environmentally-sensitive future uses of this beautiful green space?

Councillor Mahfouz responded.

Given the context of the savings we are being forced to make the council has taken the decision that we cannot afford to continue to subsidise Golf at Horsenden Hill. Given that this course has half the number of users of our other courses we have looked to close the course.

The council are working with a number of individuals and organisations to develop and deliver a sustainable future for Horsenden Hill Golf Course as the preferred use of the golf course site is as a golf course on the basis that there is no cost to the council.  

The council have received a number of expressions of interest which are currently being evaluated as part of its due diligence before confirming next steps.   In the meantime the council have formed an agreement with the current operator to continue to manage Horsenden Hill Golf Course until 1 April 2015.

Should the expressions of interest received to date, prove to be unsuitable, then it is intended that a consultation with residents and stakeholders will be undertaken before any final decision on the future use of Horsenden Hill Golf Course is made.

Mr Kilduff also asked Councillor Mahfouz 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.
See answers to individual questions below
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

Keep Carlton Road Open

 Councillor Reen to move

 This Council:

 Asks the Labour administration to see the facts on Carlton Road and keep it open.

 Notes that:

 - the average age of carers is near the age of retirement and they are unable to take on more of the burdens of care;

- many service users are highly vulnerable;

- the current alternative provision in the borough to the same service standard is non-existent;

- the revenue savings outlined by officers will be lost totally if just two service users end up in residential care - there is in fact no saving outside the capital receipt available;

- big decisions are being made without evidence of previous day care closures being evaluated.

 Deplores the fact that the administration has distorted its personalisation policy to close a number of day care provision for the most vulnerable in the borough in the last 4 years.

 Demands that the Council recognises the personalisation and day care are not mutually  exclusive and allows the continuation of Council run day care for a complex and challenging cohort of disabled people.

 Calls on the administration to abandon its plans for Carlton Road and keep the facility open.

Councillor Reen moved the motion

Councillor Morrissey seconded the motion and responded.

 Councillor Malcolm moved an amendment to the motion

Councillor Steed seconded the amendment

Councillor Tailor responded

Councillor Mason responded.

 At this point the Mayor reminded Council that it was 21.10 and that under Rule 11.2 the other motion should start.

 Council agreed to suspend Rule 11.2 to enable the debate on the current motion to continue.

 Councillor Millican responded

Councillor Bell responded

Councillor Proud responded.

Councillor Hynes responded.

At this point the Mayor reminded Council that it was 21.30.

The Guillotine fell.

After a vote the amendment was
lost.

After a vote the motion was lost.

11.2 Other Motions for Debate

Councillor Tailor to move

Idependent Healthcare Commission

 

Council notes that waiting time performance at England’s A&Es have reached their worst levels on record under this Tory-led Government.

Council notes that the North West London Healthcare Trust contains the worst performing A&Es in England.

Council notes that we have constantly stated that the closure of four A&Es locally will lead to huge pressures on those that remained, the closure Central Middlesex and Hammersmith Hospital A&Es has confirmed.

Council notes that despite assurances alternatives to A&E are not in place or are completely inadequate.

Council welcomes the Independent Healthcare Commission chaired by Michael Mansfield QC which will investigate the impact of closures to services in North West London.

Council believes that this shows that despite what he said in 2010 the NHS is not safe in David Cameron’s hands.

Council welcomes the commitment from the Labour Party for an extra £2.5bn for the NHS should Ed Milliband be elected prime minister at the general election.

Council believes that the NHS cannot afford another 5 years of Tory-led Government.

Councillor Bell moved the motion

Councillor D. Crawford seconded the motion

Councillor Ball moved an amendment to the motion

Councillor Steed seconded the amendment

Councillor G. Stafford moved an amendment to the motion

Councillor Reen 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 following motion was agreed

Council notes that waiting time performance at England’s A&Es have reached their worst levels on record under this Tory-led Government.

Council notes that the North West London Healthcare Trust contains the worst performing A&Es in England.

Council notes that we have constantly stated that the closure of four A&Es locally will lead to huge pressures on those that remained, the closure Central Middlesex and Hammersmith Hospital A&Es has confirmed.

Council notes that despite assurances alternatives to A&E are not in place or are completely inadequate.

Council welcomes the Independent Healthcare Commission chaired by Michael Mansfield QC which will investigate the impact of closures to services in North West London.

Council believes that this shows that despite what he said in 2010 the NHS is not safe in David Cameron’s hands.

Council welcomes the commitment from the Labour Party for an extra £2.5bn for the NHS should Ed Milliband be elected prime minister at the general election.

Council believes that the NHS cannot afford another 5 years of Tory-led Government.

12 Reports from Officers

Councillor Johnson moved the report and Councillor Reen seconded it.

This report was for information only and was noted by Council
  1. pdf Appendix 1 - Investment with LAs (9Kb)
  2. pdf Appendix 2 - Prudential Indicators (23Kb)
  3. Private & Confidential Appendix 3 - Lending List
    • Information relating to the financial or business affairs of any particular person (including the authority holding that information);

Councillor Johnson moved the report and Councillor G. Stafford seconded it.
Council 
1.1         Noted the Treasury Management activities and performance against targets for the six months to 30 September 2014.

 1.2         Noted the Council’s investment balance of £215.691m as at 30 September 2014 of which £38m was invested in other Local Authorities (set out in Appendix 1).

 1.3         Noted the Council’s position on prudential indicators (set out in Appendix2).

 1.4         Noted the Council’s current lending list (set out in confidential Appendix 3).

 1.5         Noted the proposed change to the Councils Minimum Revenue Provision (MRP) policy to enable the Council not to set aside MRP in respect of capital expenditure incurred from loans made to a third party where it is anticipated that the capital receipt will be used to repay the loan.

 1.6         Members also noted that an administrative error on the part of our bankers Lloyds led to the Lloyds bank limit being exceeded by £36m overnight on the 19th November 2014. (para 7.1)

13 Appointments to Committees and Other Bodies


Councillor Gordon Moved and Councillor Roz Reece seconded the following appointments


Planning Committee - Councillor Reen

Employment Appeals Panel – Councillors Conlan, Jones, Seema Kumar, Mahmoud, Proud.

Heathrow Community Noise Forum - Councillor Conlan, ENAAC (for a representative and a Deputy)


Governor Name

Governing Body

Term Start

Term End

Political Affiliation

Appointment Type

Date Approved

Cllr Sarfraz Khan

Villiers High School

09-Dec-14

08-Dec-18

Labour

New Governor

07-Nov-14

Cllr Dee Martin

Alec Reed Academy Primary School

15-Dec-14

14-Dec-18

Labour

New Governor

10-Nov-14

14 Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Council will be held on 24th February 2015.

The meeting finished at 21.33

The next meeting of the Council will be held on 24th February 2015

Councillor Johnson moved the report and Councillor Gordon seconded it.

 1.1 Council  agreed that  Ealing’s Council Tax Support Scheme remain unchanged for 2015/16. 


Question 1

Councillor Theresa Mullins asked the Portfolio Holder for Health & Adults’ Services

Can the Portfolio Holder outline the key determinants of good health in the Borough?

Councillor Tailor replied

"Health is determined by social, environmental and economic conditions within societies, which determine the risk of people getting ill, their ability to prevent sickness, or opportunities to have access to the right treatments.

These conditions are called the social determinants of health. Many models exist that show how these determinants are interlinked and how many of these factors lie beyond the direct influence of health care. One of the most known models is the Rainbow Model by Dahlgren and Whitehead.

Dahlgren and Whitehead (1991) talk of the layers of influence on health.

They attempt to map the relationship between the individual, their environment and disease. Individuals are at the centre with a set of fixed genes. Surrounding them are influences on health that can be modified.
The first layer is personal behaviour and ways of living that can promote or damage health. – e g choice to smoke or not. Individuals are affected by friendship patterns and the norms of their community.

The next layer is social and community influences, which provide mutual support for members of the community in unfavourable conditions.

But they can also provide no support or have a negative effect. The third layer includes structural factors: housing, working conditions, access to services and provision of essential facilities.

Councillor Tailor responded  to further questions from Councillors Theresa Mullins and R.Wall

Question 2

Councillor Ahmed-Shaikh asked The Leader of the Council

“Does the Leader of the council agree with the Mayor of London and 40 Conservative council leaders that “After a 40% reduction in funding during this parliament, our efficiency savings are coming to an end. Further reductions without radical reform will have a detrimental impact on people’s quality of life and will lead to vital services being scaled back or lost. Services such as libraries, leisure centres and road maintenance continue to buckle under the strain of cuts and the ever-rising cost of caring for our growing elderly population. Failure to address this will not only jeopardise other services, but will pass costs on to the NHS which will have to pick up the pieces if we cannot protect adult social care or provide the services that keep people healthy.”?

Councillor Bell replied

I do agree with the sentiments expressed by a range of Local Government figures from all parties. What is obvious is that the people who have been tasked with delivering the Government’s austerity programme have recognised that there is no money left to find. The only way we can deliver this Government’s brutal spending cuts is to make cuts to services. Despite the rhetoric from DCLG ministers even Conservatives now accept that this is the case. 


Council Bell answered further questions from Councillors Ahmed-Shaikh  and Joy Morrissey.
Question 3

Councillor Reen asked the Portfolio Holder for Finance Performance and Welfare

Could the Portfolio Holder detail the amounts budgeted for so called "welfare changes" and how much of this has been spent so far?

Councillor Johnson replied

 The Council set up an earmarked reserve of £2m for Welfare Reform costs to protect the Council against the risks generated by legislation under the Welfare Reform Act.

 The Council has also received “Local Welfare Provision Grant” in 2013/14 and 2014/15 following responsibility for Social Fund payments and crisis loans transferring from the DWP to local authorities in April 2013. No further grants payments are expected in future years and it is anticipated that the remaining grant will fully utilised over the next two years.

 In 13/14 we spent £285,687 and so far in 14/15 we’ve spent £282,976. This money is distributed according to strict criteria that have been previously discussed at Scrutiny meetings.

 The council is also facing pressures on our temporary accommodation budgets as a result of changes to housing benefit.


Councillor Johnson answered further questions from Councillors Reen and Midha.

At this point the Mayor reminded Council that it was 20.30.

Council agreed to suspend standing order 11.1 (Shadow cabinet motions) to allow all the questions to be asked and answered.
Question 4

Councillor Busuttil asked the Portfolio Holder for Transport and Environment

Considering the uptake of the Green Redeem scheme is wildly below target, do you think this was a good use of public money?

 Councillor Mahfouz replied

The recycling rewards scheme now has nearly 10,000 subscribers. Whilst this is short of the first year target, it is acknowledged that rewards schemes perform best when introduced in conjunction with the introduction of new borough wide services or when there is a major service change.

In response to the challenge of increasing subscriptions, Green redeem have deployed door knocking teams to raise awareness of the scheme, dovetailing as promotion for other council recycling services. The quality of the Green redeem product has been improved, including the first prize draw during October, with residents able to win prizes such as iPads and Love2Choose vouchers. Green redeem are also now supported by a major new partner and this will further improve the value and range of offers. 

Councillor Mahfouz answered further questions from Councillors Busuttil and G. Mann.

Question 5

Councillor Sharma asked The Leader of the Council

Can the leader of the council tell us what has happened to residents’ satisfaction with the council in the latest residents’ survey?

Councillor Bell replied

The 2014 Residents’ Survey results show that satisfaction with ‘the way the Council runs things’ has increased from 67% in 2012 to 74% in 2014.

 Councillor Bell replied to further questions from Councillors Sharma and Roz Reece 

Question 6

Councillor G. Stafford asked the Portfolio Holder for Finance Performance & Welfare

Can the Portfolio Holder confirm the Administrations intention to raise Council Tax for the poorest of our community including those in social housing?

 Councillor Johnson replied

As we have stated in our manifesto, the previous council meeting and at cabinet meetings it is our intention to freeze council tax this year for all residents of the borough.

 Councillor Johnson replied to further questions from Councillors G. Stafford and Manro.

Question 7

Councillor Mohan asked the Portfolio Holder for Children & Young people

Does the portfolio holder share the concern of the LGA that the cost of creating places for the 880,000 extra pupils expected in England by 2023 could push schools to breaking point?

 Councillor Rai replied

Here in Ealing, we have been working actively as part of the Local government Association and London Councils to ensure that the Government recognises the scale of the school places issues in London and other areas of the Country. 

We strongly support the campaign to ensure that:

•           Sufficient funding for school places – currently the Council has had to fund approximately half of the capital required which has placed a strain on the Council’s budget;

•           The government simplifies the process for opening new schools and gives Council’s a greater role in providing new schools; and

•           Free Schools should only be approved in areas where there is the need for extra places.

Despite the constraints of the current system introduced by the Tory Government, Ealing has been proactive in meeting the challenge of proving extra school places. It has done this through expanding existing schools and working with potential promoters of new schools.

The main challenge facing us, is in meeting the projected growth in high school places through the expansion of some existing schools but also through new schools. In the case of expanding existing schools, it is essential that we obtain capital funding for the DfE to ensure the impact on the Council’s budget is minimised.  

We have being active in encouraging promoters to open schools in the borough in areas where we need places.  A significant challenge for us is to secure additional sites for schools and we are working closely across the Council and with the Education Funding Agency to achieve this.

The existing system for planning and delivery of schools places certainly needs to assign a greater role to LAs.  However, we have to operate in the system as it is and, so far, although it is more complex than it needs to be, we have been reasonably successful in ensuring that children and young people in Ealing have a school place.

Councillor Rai replied to further questions from Councillors Mohan and Millican.

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