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Venue: The Guildhall, Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1EU

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Items
No. Item

14.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Clive Chase, Tom Davies and Gaj Wallooppillai.

 

15.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare any disclosable pecuniary interests and any other non- pecuniary interests (personal interests) relevant to items on this agenda.

 

Minutes:

Councillor Jon Tolley declared a pecuniary interest in Minute item 30a below (Growth Committee Report to Council – Appendix I: ‘Eden Walk Regeneration - in principle use of compulsory purchase powers’).

 

Reason: Councillor Tolley lives and works in the location affected by the Eden Walk Regeneration proposals.

 

[Councillor Tolley withdrew from the Council Chamber during the consideration of this item.]

16.

Minutes

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting of the Council held on 16 May 2017.

Minutes:

Resolved that the Minutes of the meeting held on 16 May 2017 be approved as a correct record.

 

Voting - unanimous

 

17.

Mayor's Announcements

Minutes:

Former Mayor and Honorary Alderman Douglas Reynolds JP -

The Mayor requested the Council to observe a minute’s silence in memory of former Councillor Douglas Reynolds (who had served on the Council for over 28 years from 1964 to 1978 and as Mayor in 1974-5) who had sadly passed away two weeks previously.  Members were invited to attend the Memorial service at All Saints Church on 21 July.

Big Read -

Representatives from Kingston University attended the Council meeting to promote the University’s annual ‘Big Read’ programme.  Copies of this year’s book (‘My Name is Leon’ by Kit de Waal, a novel about growing up as a mixed-race child in the British care system) were provided for Members to take away and read.

Mayor’s Diary -

The Mayor reported on a few of the highlights of her first two months in office which including attending: Kingston Regatta (described as a bigger event than Henley Regatta) , the International Youth Arts Festival (attended by the Duke of Wessex), exhibitions on Kingston Music heritage at The Rose Theatre and on Korean art at Kingston Museum.

Forthcoming Events/Diary Dates -

Members were asked to note the dates for the following events:

22 July - Annual Cricket match Kingston Race and Equalities Council (KREC) v the Council

30 July - Prudential 100 Cycle Ride (including fundraising cyclists for Love Kingston)

3 September 12 noon - Kingston Carnival parade

9 September - a pub quiz in Berrylands in aid of ‘Love Kingston’

18 September – the Crown Court service

 

18.

Petitions pdf icon PDF 76 KB

5.1      To receive any petitions.  (Members of the Council or a member of the public may present a petition to the Council on a matter in relation to which the Council has powers, duties or which affects the Royal Borough.) 

 

5.2      To consider the report on petitions received with more than 500 signatures which is attached at Appendix A of the agenda.

 

 

Minutes:

18.1    Submission of petitions

 

The Council received (or was notified of) the following petitions submitted by Members of the Council or members of the public on matters in relation to which the Council has powers, duties or which affect the Royal Borough:

 

(a)       ‘Kingston needs a large live music venue’

 

Councillor Jon Tolley submitted a petition with 716 signatures in hard copy and (at that time) 4906 signatures online, which requested:

 

“Kingston should be proud of its thriving arts and culture scene.  Every month there are many and varied live music events, for people of all ages, from local bands to international touring artists, from new acts to number one chart-toppers.  These events contribute to a music scene of national acclaim and are provided without subsidy by tax payers. 

 

The only 1000+ capacity venue which regularly houses live music in our town, The Hippodrome, is under threat from redevelopment into shops and flats.  It may even close earlier than the redevelopment starts.

 

We the undersigned call on Kingston Council to commit to using all powers available to retain a large capacity venue for live music and concerts in Kingston town centre, and make this commitment clear to residents and potential developers.”

 

The Mayor indicated that, as this petition has over 500 signatures, it will be debated at a forthcoming Council meeting.

 

 

(b)       Malden Manor bus shelter

 

Councillor Kevin Davis submitted a petition with 202 signatures which requested:

‘We, the residents in Malden Manor, urgently need bus shelters in the area.  We have had to tolerate lack of cover with inclement weather for many years whilst waiting for buses.’

 

The Mayor indicated that this petition will be referred to the relevant Committee to consider an officer report on the matter.

 

 

(c)        Swimming Pool for Tolworth, Berrylands and the Sunray Estate

 

Councillor Ian George submitted a petition with 602 signatures which requested:

‘We call on Kingston Council to actively pursue all possible ways of providing a swimming pool and leisure facilities for Tolworth, Berrylands and the Sunray Estate.’

 

The Mayor indicated that, as this petition has over 500 signatures, it will be debated at a forthcoming Council meeting.

 

 

(d)       Berrylands Scout Hut petition

 

Mr John Sweeney an organiser of Berrylands Scout Group, submitted a petition which had received 569 signatures in hard copy form and 215 signatures online, which requested: 

 

“We the undersigned petition Royal Borough of Kingston Council (RBK) to immediately re-new the Berrylands Scouts Group Land Lease on which their HQ resides. This will enable the Scout Group to schedule much needed improvements to its building. This £60-£80k investment, funded 100% by the Scout Group and its supporters, makes the hall suitable for other community groups, including dance clubs and mother and toddler groups. In view of the efforts of the Scout Group RBK should also withdraw its unjust demands to impose a £10,000 plus surcharge for sewage and drainage repairs on their tenants Berrylands Scouts and Surbiton Pet Club. This is not within the terms of any  ...  view the full minutes text for item 18.

19.

Community Call in: Surbiton Crescent pdf icon PDF 93 KB

To respond to a Community Call-in with reference to a report at Appendix B of the agenda

Additional documents:

Minutes:

(1)       At its meeting on 14 June 2017 the Residents Committee had considered a report on the ‘Surbiton Crescent Traffic Management Order and Traffic Assessment’.  Surbiton Crescent is a key link in the RBK’s Go Cycle Programme; it forms part of both the Surbiton to Kingston and Kingston to Tolworth routes and also facilitates a connection to the Portsmouth Road scheme.  A trial scheme to restrict traffic using Surbiton Crescent as a through-route was put in place in September 2016.  The purpose of the scheme was to reduce traffic volumes sufficiently to allow cyclists to safely share the road with the remaining traffic.

 

(2)       After hearing representations and deliberations, the Residents Committee had resolved that:

1.         the formal objections received in response to the publication of the Experimental Traffic Management Order (TMO-P236) as set out in paragraphs 19-22 be noted;

 

2.         the results of the Surbiton Crescent trial traffic restrictions assessment, as set out in paragraph 8-13 be noted;

 

3.         a Traffic Management Order be made to give permanent effect to the Surbiton Crescent trial traffic restrictions contained in TMO P-236 ; and

 

4.         the Director of Place be authorised to make design or construction variations to the above scheme in consultation with the Resident Services Portfolio Holder or any successor portfolio holder and the Opposition Spokesperson.

 

(3)       A community call in was received on 27 June 2017, supported by 274 signatories, which gave the following reasons for the decisions above to be called in for review at full Council:

“We, the undersigned Call-in the Surbiton Crescent Traffic Management Order and

Traffic Assessment for review at full council for the following reasons”:

- The committee failed to call in a parking enforcement officer to discuss the issue of fines.

- The traffic assessment surveys did not publish the volume of vehicles in Maple Road and Surbiton Road before and after the trial restrictions.

- There was no published assessment of the vehicle pollution levels, before or after the trial restrictions, in Maple Road and Surbiton Road.

- The formal objections to the experimental TMO - 236 were not properly discussed or noted. Some were edited before publication and some were not published at all despite receiving responses from the Go Cycle team.

- The health and safety of schoolchildren and staff from Surbiton High School has not been addressed in any part of the Surbiton Crescent Traffic Management Order and Traffic Assessment report.

 

(4)       The Council’s procedures relating to Community Call-ins provide opportunity for a representative of the signatories to the call in to address the Council meeting on the subject.  The Council heard representations from Mr James Giles, (representing the organiser of the Community Call-in, Ms Helen Hinton) who explained in more detail the reasons for the Call-in. 

 

(5)       The options available to the Council in responding to a Call-in are to:  reaffirm the decision of the Committee; modify the decision of the Committee; or overturn the decision of the Committee; or refer the decision back to the Committee  ...  view the full minutes text for item 19.

20.

Motion

 

Standing Order No 8(A)(5) provides for the Council to debate a motion which has been submitted by Members of the Council [to alternate between a motion submitted on behalf of the Administration and a motion submitted on behalf of Opposition Members of the Council.]

 

In accordance with Standing Order No 8(A)(5), the Council will debate a motion which has been submitted by Members of the Council.

 

This will alternate, from meeting to meeting, between a motion submitted on behalf of the Administration and a motion submitted on behalf of Opposition Members of the Council. (At least one of the Opposition Motions per municipal year will be a motion submitted by the minority Opposition Group, should it so wish.)

 

The following Motion has been received from the Administration:

 

Deliveringa Brighter, Better Borough

Proposed by Councillor Kevin Davis

Seconded by Councillor Terry Paton

1.            This Council congratulates the Conservative administration on its achievements in the last three years.

2.            This Council recognises the delivery of the administration's five key pledges since 2014:

a.    30 Minutes Free Parking to support small business

b.    Investing £1.5m into our roads making them the best of surrounding Boroughs

c.    Paying for more Police to patrol our town centre and making Kingston the safest Borough in London

d.    Improving our care services - moving our Children’s services from worst to best in class and introducing coordinated care for the elderly

e.    Ending the previous Lib Dem school places crisis and opening two new free schools with more places to come to meet future housing growth

3.            This Council supports the administration on other projects it is delivering to make Kingston the best place to live, including:

a.         sustainable transport, blending the needs of all road users,

b.         building more Council Homes,

c.         restructuring the Council to focus on an agile and engaged council delivering with smaller resources

d.         successfully lobbying Government to devolve business rates and make Kingston an independent Borough by 2018/19,

e.         leading the country in calling for Government to act and support vulnerable Syrian refugees

f.          undertaking a Governance review to make the Council more open and effective,

g.         engaging residents in planning for the future,

h.         bidding for a new museum and to create a new museum for the globally important Muybridge collection,

i.           negotiating an extended leisure contract and planning for new swimming pools,

j.           investing in free wifi for the town,

k.         planning for new care homes,

l.           introducing a new recycling system,

m.        delivering a new consultation platform,

n.         opening up the administration to direct challenge by residents through the Kingston Conversation brand,

o.         delivering town centre regeneration to reverse the Borough’s decline and guarantee the town's future prosperity,

p.         planning the infrastructure to meet our Borough's growth in population,

q.         supporting community projects through the introduction of the Councillors’ grant scheme

4.            This Council now calls on the Conservative administration to continue to renew Kingston and deliver by the end of this  ...  view the full agenda text for item 20.

Minutes:

(1)               The following Motion was proposed by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Kevin Davis, and seconded by the Deputy Leader, Councillor Terry Paton, as follows:

“Delivering a Brighter, Better Borough”

 

  1. “This Council congratulates the Conservative administration on its achievements in the last three years.
  2. This Council recognises the delivery of the administration's five key pledges since 2014:

a. 30 Minutes Free Parking to support small business

b. investing £1.5m into our roads making them the best of surrounding Boroughs

c. paying for more Police to patrol our town centre and making Kingston the safest Borough in London

d. improving our care services - moving our Children’s services from worst to best in class and introducing coordinated care for the elderly

e. ending the previous Lib Dem school places crisis and opening two new free schools with more places to come to meet future housing growth

  1. This Council supports the administration on other projects it is delivering to make Kingston the best place to live, including:

a. sustainable transport, blending the needs of all road users,

b. building more Council Homes,

c. restructuring the Council to focus on an agile and engaged council delivering with smaller resources

d. successfully lobbying Government to devolve business rates and make Kingston an independent Borough by 2018/19,

e. leading the country in calling for Government to act and support vulnerable Syrian refugees

f. undertaking a Governance review to make the Council more open and effective,

g. engaging residents in planning for the future,

h. bidding for a new museum and to create a new museum for the globally important Muybridge collection,

i. negotiating an extended leisure contract and planning for new swimming pools,

j. investing in free wifi for the town,

k. planning for new care homes,

l. introducing a new recycling system,

m. delivering a new consultation platform,

n. opening up the administration to direct challenge by residents through the Kingston Conversation brand,

o. delivering town centre regeneration to reverse the Borough’s decline and guarantee the town's future prosperity,

p. planning the infrastructure to meet our Borough's growth in population,

q. supporting community projects through the introduction of the Councillors grant scheme.

  1. This Council now calls on the Conservative administration to continue to renew Kingston and deliver by the end of this year its new pledges on:

a. an extra £1m spent on pavements to start to put right the decade long decline in pavements under the previous Lib Dem administration,

b. spending £1m investing in our parks and playgrounds,

c. investing in new street bins and litter enforcement to tackle street cleanliness,

d. increasing our recycling rates - reversing decline and stagnation under the Lib Dems,

e. continuing to fight against development on the green belt.”

(2)       After a short debate, the Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Liz Green, moved under Standing Order 8 B(viii) that the question be now put. 

(3)       The Leader and Deputy Leader responded to comments made during the debate.  On being put to the vote, the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 20.

21.

Questions

(a)          In accordance with Standing Order No. 6 (8), a Member from each political party group represented on the Council may ask the Leader one question for which no notice is required.

 

(b)          In accordance with Standing Order 6 (1&2) replies will be given to questions of which notice has been given  which may be addressed to the Mayor, the Leader of the Council, Portfolio Holders,  the Leader of the Opposition, Chairs of the Standing and Neighbourhood Committees and Members representing the Council on Outside Bodies.

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

(1)              In accordance with Standing Order No. 6 (8) the following questions (of which no notice had been given) were asked of the Leader of the Council):

 

 

By Councillor Patricia Bamford:

 

Following the public event at Chessington Community College held on Saturday, the Leader of the Council will be aware of the many concerns from residents about anti social behaviour on and the future use of Chessington Golf Course set in the Green Belt. Would the Leader please update Council on the outcome of his meeting earlier today with the developer owners?

 

Reply:

 

Just to clarify, my meeting today wasn’t specifically with the owners of Chessington Golf Club - it was actually with the leadership of Kingstonian and the Chessington Golf Club owners were at that meeting. 

 

On the issue of antisocial behaviour, my understanding from the conversation I’ve had with them is that they are cooperating both with the local councillors, as owners,  and with the local police to try to stop access to the site. They are struggling with that, I fear, from what they’ve said, in so far as they put up new fencing and people then attach it to the back of a car and drive off and pull it down again – there is only so far that that can actually go.

 

I think what the owners are thinking through is how they’re going to protect that in future, and it could be they find some other outdoor activity/ alternative use during that process but it’s difficult to know what they might be at the moment but they certainly are considering it, which I think actually is quite a credit to them actually, because quite often with landowners, on those type of sites, they just lock it up and leave it and leave us to deal with the potential incursion of travellers and other such things, so it’s quite a difficult one.

 

With regard to the actual potential for the site, and what they’re intending to do with it, I ought to be clear, as I was I think last week, on Saturday rather, that the Council’s position is very clear that it is Green Belt and we don’t want development of the Green Belt – that is very much written large in what the Council does. It’s also the case that the Mayor for London is also not in favour of development on Green Belt and in fact in recent times my view is that he’s toughened his position around development on the Green Belt, even further than we had before. We do have a very significant problem which actually does threaten the ultimate future of Chessington World of Adventures because the things that are happening currently with the Mayor around some developments they are trying to put through on that site – it’s a very serious issue which we are looking to challenge the GLA and the Mayor over in the coming weeks.

 

So the Chessington Golf Club site at the  ...  view the full minutes text for item 21.

22.

Direction of Travel / Senior Leadership Structure and Designation of Statutory Officers pdf icon PDF 73 KB

With reference to the report at Appendix C: to update on the development of a new senior leadership structure for the Council; to clarify the respective roles of the Chief Executive and the Senior Staff Panel in terms of organisational change and future appointments to senior posts; to make arrangements for the designation of two statutory officer roles, on an interim basis; and to approve some related adjustments to the Council’s Constitution.

 

Minutes:

The Council considered a report which provided an update on the development of a new senior leadership structure for the Council; the report clarified the respective roles of the Chief Executive and the Senior Staff Panel in relation to dealing with organisational change (in particular, the proposed changes to the senior leadership structure and roles) and recommended arrangements for the designation of two statutory officer roles, on an interim basis.

 

The Corporate Solicitor and Monitoring Officer (Nick Bishop) and the Director of Finance (Leigh Whitehouse) have recently left the Council’s service.  Both officers occupied statutory roles, namely the Monitoring Officer under the provisions of Section 5 of the Local Government and Housing Act 1989, and the Chief Finance Officer under the provisions of S151 of the Local Government Act, 1972.  The report proposed interim designations, as set out below.

 

As a consequence of the departure of the Corporate Solicitor, the report recommended a number of changes to the Constitution, in particular to the Scheme of Delegation, Contract and Procedural Standing Orders.

 

Resolved that –

 

1.            the Council notes the latest position on the development of a new senior leadership structure and that permanent appointments to that structure will be dealt with by the Senior Staff Panel in the usual way;

2.            Paragraph 11.01(b) of Article 11 of the Constitution, which sets out the range of posts at Director level, together with Part 7 (Senior Management Structure), be deleted;

3.            the current remit of the Senior Staff Panel be revised to make it clear that the Panel is responsible for dealing with the posts of Chief Executive, SLT Directors and any posts holding a statutory officer designation if not at Director level;

4.            the Head of Corporate Governance (currently Andrew Bessant) be designated as the Council’s Monitoring Officer with effect from 6 July 2017 until an alternative appointment is made by the Council;

5.            the Head of Finance - Strategy and Accounting (currently Jeremy Randall) be designated as the Council’s S151 Officer with effect from June until an alternative appointment is made by the Council;

6.            all references in the Constitution, particularly the Scheme of Delegation, Contract and Procedural Standing Orders that refer to the Corporate Solicitor (or Head of Legal Services), along with any specific authorities for that officer to act, be amended to read Monitoring Officer;

7.            Article 11.01(c) of the Constitution be amended to reflect these interim designations and all relevant powers be delegated to those posts;

8.            Standing Order No. 42(Sealing of Documents) be amended to provide that the Monitoring Officer (rather than the Head of Legal Services) shall have power to order the affixing of the Common Seal of the Council as appropriate to documents as necessary and that, in addition to the Monitoring Officer, the Deputy Monitoring Officer, (rather than Senior Principal Solicitor, Litigation and Corporate Team) shall also be able to attest the Sealing of a document, as referred to in Standing Order No. 42 (3); and

9.            the Head of Paid Service,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 22.

23.

Amendments to Licensing Act 2003 Delegation of Decisions (Part 3B of the Council's Constitution)

[Licensing Committee - 4 July 2017 - Appendix A]

 

 

The Licensing Committee at its meeting on 4 July 2017 endorsed changes to Statement of Licensing Policy under the Licensing Act 2003  which are reflected in Part 3B the of the Council’s Constitution. The changes  amend the Licensing Act 2003 Scheme of Delegations listed at Annex 1 of the Statement of Licensing Policy and are reflected in Part 3B of the Council’s Constitution. As the responsibility for Licensing Functions under the Licensing Act 2003 is included in part of the Council’s Constitution, the report recommends that the necessary amendments to the Constitution arising from this report are approved by Council.

The amendments reflect additional powers and responsibilities of the Licensing Authority in respect of Personal Licences as a result of the implementation of the Policing and Crime Act 2017. The Policing and Crime Act 2017 introduced several changes to the Licensing Act 2003 including new powers to revoke or suspend Personal Licences where the Authority becomes aware that he Licence Holder has been convicted of a relevant offence, foreign offence or required to pay an immigration penalty.

The Licensing Committee resolved to amend the Licensing Act 2003 Scheme of Delegations, to enable these additional powers and responsibilities to be administered by the Licensing Sub-Committee.

The Licensing Committee RECOMMENDS the Council to approve the following addition be included within the Scheme of Delegation of Licensing Decisions (Part 3B of the Council’s Constitution) and that the amendments be reflected within Annex 1 and 2 of the Licensing Policy:

Matter to be dealt with

 

Full Committee

 

Sub-Committee

 

Officers

Determine status of a personal licence when the holder has been convicted of relevant offences after the licence has been granted

 

All cases

 

 

 

 

Minutes:

[Licensing Committee - 4 July 2017 - Appendix A]

 

The Licensing Committee at its meeting on 4 July 2017 endorsed changes to the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy under the Licensing Act 2003 which are reflected in Part 3B of the Council’s Constitution.  The changes  amend the Licensing Act 2003 Scheme of Delegations listed at Annex 1 of the Statement of Licensing Policy and are reflected in Part 3B of the Council’s Constitution. 

The amendments reflect additional powers and responsibilities of the Licensing Authority in respect of Personal Licences as a result of the implementation of the Policing and Crime Act 2017 which introduced several changes to the Licensing Act 2003 including new powers to revoke or suspend Personal Licences where the Authority becomes aware that the Licence Holder has been convicted of a relevant offence, foreign offence or required to pay an immigration penalty.

As recommended by the Licensing Committee, the Council resolved that the following addition be included within the Scheme of Delegation of Licensing Decisions (Part 3B of the Council’s Constitution) and that the amendments be reflected within Annex 1 and 2 of the Licensing Policy to enable these additional powers and responsibilities to be administered by the Licensing Sub-Committee:

Matter to be dealt with

Full Committee

Sub-Committee

Officers

Determine status of a personal licence when the holder has been convicted of relevant offences after the licence has been granted

 

All cases

 

 

Voting - unanimous

24.

Adults and Children's Committee remit: Schools and School Place Planning

 

Currently the following responsibilities lie within the remit of the Growth Committee:

 

‘Education and *Skills’; ‘Schools’; ‘School Places’; and ‘Approval of the Schools Budget Estimates and Schools Funding Formula’.

 

(a)          Following a recent change notified by the Leader of the Council that the responsibility for Schools and School Place Planning will be included within the Portfolio for ‘Children’s Social Care and Health’ (the holder for the which is Co Chair of the Adults and Children’s Committee), it is proposed that the above responsibilities are transferred from the remit of the Growth Committee to the remit of the Adults and Children’s Committee. This will bring the Achieving for Children related responsibilities within the remit of one committee.

 

[*There is a separately identified responsibility included within the Growth Committee remit for 'Business & Skills' which will be retained within the Growth Committee remit as it relates to the economic development role of that Committee.]

 

(b)          In addition, for clarity, it is proposed that the responsibility for ‘Adult Education’ is specifically identified within the list of responsibilities for Growth Committee (as it relates to the Arts, Leisure, Culture, and Business responsibilities of that Committee).

.

Minutes:

The report proposed a change to the Council’s Constitution to transfer the following responsibilities from the remit of the Growth Committee to the remit of Adults and Children’s Committee:

 

‘Education and Skills*’; ‘Schools’; ‘School Places’; and ‘Approval of the Schools Budget Estimates and Schools Funding Formula’. 

(*The Growth Committee retains responsibility for 'Business & Skills' which relates to its economic development role.)

 

This would bring responsibilities relating to ‘Achieving for Children’ within the remit of one committee (ie Adults and Children’s Committee) and would reflect a recent transfer of responsibilities for schools and school place planning from the remit of the Portfolio Holder for Growth and Identity to the remit of the Portfolio Holder for ‘Children’s Social Care and Health’ (who is the Co Chair of the Adults and Children’s Committee). 

 

The report also proposed that, for clarity, the responsibility for ‘Adult Education’ is specifically identified within the list of responsibilities for Growth Committee.

 

Resolved that

 

1.            ‘Education and *Skills’; ‘Schools’; ‘School Places’; and ‘Approval of the Schools Budget Estimates and Schools Funding Formula’ are transferred from the remit of Growth Committee to the remit of Adults and Children’s Committee and that ‘Adult Education’ is included within the remit of the Growth Committee; and

2.            the Head of Corporate Governance is authorised to amend the Constitution accordingly.

 

Voting - unanimous

25.

Report of the Maldens and Coombe Neighbourhood Committee - 13 June 2017 pdf icon PDF 54 KB

To receive the report at Appendix E of the agenda.

 

Minutes:

The report of the Committee was received. 

 

Voting - unanimous

 

26.

Report of the Surbiton Neighbourhood Committee - 13 June 2017 pdf icon PDF 52 KB

To receive the report at Appendix F of the agenda.

 

Minutes:

The report of the Committee was received. 

 

Voting - unanimous

 

27.

Report of the Residents Committee - 14 June 2017 pdf icon PDF 57 KB

To receive the report at Appendix G  of the agenda.

Minutes:

The report of the Committee was received. 

 

Voting - unanimous

 

28.

Report of the Health and Wellbeing Board - 15 June 2017 pdf icon PDF 62 KB

To receive the report at Appendix H  of the agenda.

Minutes:

The report of the Committee was received. 

 

Voting - unanimous

 

29.

Report of the Adults and Children's Committee - 21 June 2017 pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To receive the report at Appendix I of the agenda.

 

Minutes:

The report of the Committee was received.

 

Voting - unanimous

 

30.

Report of the Growth Committee - 27 June 2017 pdf icon PDF 81 KB

To receive the report at Appendix J of the agenda which includes recommendations relating to the making of (potential) Compulsory Purchase Orders

 

 

Minutes:

The report of the Committee was received and the recommendations of the Committee on the two items set out below were agreed:

 

30a

(a) Cambridge Road Estate Regeneration Acquisition Strategy

Minutes:

 [Growth Committee – Appendix A]

 

The Growth Committee had considered a report on the acquisition of property interests both on the Cambridge Road Estate and in areas of strategic importance close to the border of that site, in order to enable the effective overall development of the site as part its ongoing regeneration work of the Cambridge Road Estate.

 

The acquisition of the leaseholder residential properties will follow the offer set out in a Decant Policy agreed by the Housing Sub-Committee on 7 September 2017.  The acquisition of all residential and non-residential interests will be led by the Council’s appointed real estate advisors (BNP Paribas) and all offers will need to demonstrate appropriateness and value for money.  The order of acquisitions, which will also be in accordance with the Decant Policy, will be influenced by the agreed ‘phasing’ of the building programme. 

 

Accordingly, the Growth Committee authorisedthe Director of Place, in consultation with Councillor Terry Paton, Deputy Leader, to acquire property interests, through negotiation, both on the Cambridge Road Estate and in those areas of strategic importance close to the boundary of the estate, to enable the most effective overall development of the site; and recommended that the Council agree the principle of making Compulsory Purchase Orders on property interests identified within the proposed regeneration site that have not been acquired voluntarily through negotiation.  Although this will a last resort option, which would only be used once the agreed negotiation process has been exhausted, it may be necessary to use these powers in order to ensure that the development programme can progress within a reasonable timeframe.

 

During their consideration of the report, Growth Committee Members noted that the Council will ensure that the services of an independent assessor and valuer will be made available to the estate residents.

 

Resolved that the Council proceed ‘in principle’ with making Compulsory Purchase Orders (CPOs) on property interests identified within the proposed regeneration site that have not been acquired voluntarily through negotiation.

 

Voting - unanimous

 

30b

(b) Eden Walk Regeneration - in principle use of compulsory purchase powers

Minutes:

The Growth Committee considered a report recommending that in principal agreement be sought for the Council to use its compulsory purchase powers for the acquisition of land necessary for the delivery of the Kingston Town Centre regeneration scheme.  This may be required in order to assemble all of the land interests and rights required to develop the Scheme in a timely manner.  The Committee recommended that requests to pass a resolution to make and serve CPO's will be made in separate future decision(s) by the Growth Committee only once the following conditions have been reached, namely:

 

(i) an approach has been made to all landowners with a view to acquiring the land or rights required voluntarily;

(ii) the Developer has entered into an indemnity agreement with the Council and the Council is satisfied that the Developer has satisfactory resources and development strategy to implement the Scheme; and

(iii) a Statement of Reasons setting out the justification of the CPO has been prepared and the Council is satisfied it meets all the statutory tests and complies with the Guidance (defined below).

(iv) the land which Officers recommend in due course may be subject to CPO powers, if necessary, includes Eden Walk, Gough House and other areas around Kingston Town Centre needed to facilitate the development and is referred to in this report as Regeneration Area.  

 

The Growth Committee authorised officers to begin preparatory work to use the Council's compulsory purchase powers, including (subject to the 'in-principle' decision being made): serving requisitions on land owners and appointing land referencing agents to thoroughly investigate all land interests; the preparation of a Statement of Reasons; and all other necessary documentation.  The Committee noted that, if compulsory purchase orders are found to be necessary, a further report will come forward to the Growth Committee recommending the making of the compulsory purchase orders in relation to specific land.

 

Resolved that

 

1.                  the principle of using compulsory purchase powers is agreed to acquire the land and new rights within the area described in the report and shown edged red on the plan attached to the report - the Council being of the view that compulsory acquisition of the land may be necessary in order to achieve the following:

a) secure the delivery of the Kingston Town Centre regeneration scheme and its housing, job-creation and transformational objectives;

b) facilitate the carrying out of the development by way of an agreed programme and timescale in partnership with the developer; and

c) contribute to the promotion and improvement of the economic, social and environmental well-being of the Borough]; and

2.                  authority is delegated to the Growth Committee to make compulsory purchase orders arising out of the 'in principle' decision.

 

Voting – unanimous

 

[Councillor Jon Tolley declared a pecuniary interest in this item and withdrew from the Council Chamber during its consideration.

Reason: Councillor Tolley resides and has a business within the Eden Walk regeneration location.]

 

 

31.

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To receive the report at Appendix K of the agenda which includes a recommendation relating to the Safer Kingston Partnership Plan 2017-2020.

 

 

Minutes:

The report of the Committee was received and the recommendation of the Committee on the item set out below was agreed.   

 

Voting - unanimous

 

31a

Safer Kingston Partnership Plan 2017-20

Minutes:

[Treasury Committee – 29 June 2017 – Appendix B]

 

The Treasury Committee recommended Council to approve and adopt the Safer Kingston Partnership Plan for 2017/20 and the Crime, Disorder Substance Misuse and Reducing Re-offending Strategy which is incorporated into, and forms an integral part of, the Plan (enclosed within the Treasury Committee agenda).  This Plan is for the three year period 2017/20 although the Strategy Group is required to update the Plan annually if the emerging priorities change.

 

Regulations under the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 require a Strategy Group of the Safer Kingston Partnership to produce a Partnership Plan, which is to include a strategy for the reduction of crime and disorder, for combating substance misuse and for reducing re-offending, on behalf of the “Responsible Authorities”.  However, the Local Authorities (Committee System) (England) Regulations 2012 also list the Crime and Disorder Reduction Strategy as one of the plans and strategies which must be approved by the Council itself.

 

Paragraph 9 below refers to “volume crime” priorities for 2017/18 only, bespoke to Kingston and negotiated with the Mayor of London as part of a new Police and Crime Plan Performance Framework for London.  These priorities, which broadly align with local priorities, have been included in the Partnership Plan for the sake of completeness. However, as they are based on the most recent crime trends, these priorities may well change over the life of the Plan and the Committee therefore recommended that the Lead Officer for the Safer Kingston Partnership be authorised to amend the Plan if these priorities change.

 

Resolved that –

 

1.            the Safer Kingston Partnership Plan for 2017/20 attached at Annex 1 to the Treasury Committee agenda report and, pursuant to Regulations 3(1) and 3(2)(a) and the Schedule to the Local Authorities (Committee System) (England) Regulations 2012, the adoption of the Crime, Disorder, Substance Misuse and Reducing Re-offending Strategy for 2017/20, which is incorporated into the Plan, be approved; and

2.            the Lead Officer for the Safer Kingston Partnership be authorised, following consultation with the Portfolio Member with responsibility for Community Safety and, where appropriate, the relevant Responsible Authorities, to make any consequential adjustments to the Plan and Strategy arising from any new volume crime priorities which may be agreed, from time to time, between the Mayor of London and the Council over the life of the Plan.

 

Voting - unanimous

32.

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To receive the report attached at Appendix L of the agenda.

 

 

Minutes:

The report of the Committee was received.

 

Voting - unanimous

 

 

33.

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To receive the report to be circulated as late material Appendix M of the agenda.

 

Minutes:

The report of the Committee was received.

 

Voting – unanimous

 

[Note this item was considered as an urgent item on the grounds set out in Minute 35 below.]

34.

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The Council is RECOMMENDED to make the following (changes to) appointments:

 

      i.                Treasury Committee – Councillor Rowena Bass to be appointed in place of Councillor Mike Head

    ii.                Residents Committee – Councillor Mike Head to be appointed in place of Councillor Rowena Bass

   iii.                Standing Joint Health Overview & Scrutiny – Councillors Rowena Bass and Maria Netley to be appointed in place of Councillors Andrew Day and Raju Pandya

   iv.                Health and Wellbeing Board:

 

 (a) Councillors Rowena Bass and Maria Netley to be deleted from the list of substitutes (as members of the Health Overview Panel cannot serve on the Health and Wellbeing Board)

(b)  Grant Henderson to be appointed as an additional substitute (in addition to Ed Montgomery who is the other substitute member) for Siobhan Clarke, the advisory member representing Your HealthCare on the Board.

    v.                Achieving for Children Board - As a consequence of the Director of Finance having left the Council, Anne Redparth (Head of Finance-Business Insight) to be nominated for appointment as the Council's Director representative on the AfC Board with Chris Morgan (Head of Commissioning) as an alternate.

 

 

Minutes:

In addition to the recommended appointments set out in the agenda papers, additional recommendations for appointments were circulated as late material.

 

RESOLVED that the following appointments are approved:

 

    i.          Treasury Committee – Councillor Rowena Bass to be appointed in place of Councillor Mike Head

   ii.          Residents Committee – Councillor Mike Head to be appointed in place of Councillor Rowena Bass

 iii.          Standing Joint Health Overview & Scrutiny – Councillors Rowena Bass and Maria Netley to be appointed in place of Councillors Andrew Day and Raju Pandya

 iv.          Health and Wellbeing Board:

(a)  Councillors Rowena Bass and Maria Netley to be deleted from the list of substitutes (as members of the Health Overview Panel cannot serve on the Health and Wellbeing Board).

(b)  Grant Henderson to be appointed as an additional substitute (in addition to Ed Montgomery who is the other substitute member) for Siobhan Clarke, the advisory member representing Your HealthCare on the Board.

   v.          Achieving for Children Board – (as the Director of Finance has left the Council)  Anne Redparth (Head of Finance-Business Insight) to be nominated for appointment as the Council's Director representative on the AfC Board, with Chris Morgan (Head of Commissioning) as an alternate.

 vi.          The following additional substitutes be appointed to the Senior Staff Panel:

-       for Conservative Group: Andrea Craig, David Cunningham, Phil Doyle, Richard Hudson, Andy Johnson-Creek and Cathy Roberts

-       for the Liberal Democrat Group: Malcolm Self and Jon Tolley,

 

vii.          The following additional substitutes be appointed to the Health Overview Panel:

-       for the Conservative Group: Councillors Roy Arora, Andrew Day, Mike Head, Raju Pandya, Priyen Patel, Ken Smith, and Gaj Wallooppillai.

 

35.

Urgent Items authorised by the Mayor

 

 

To consider any items which, in the view of the Mayor, should be dealt with as a matter of urgency because of special circumstances in accordance with S100B(4) of the Local Government Act 1972.

 

 

 

 

Background Papers  held by Democratic Support 020 8547 5023

 

  • Relevant Committee Agendas.

Minutes:

The Mayor had consented to the consideration of the following Report to Council as urgent business:

 

·         Report of the Kingston Town Neighbourhood Committee – 6 July 2017 (Appendix L)

 

Reason: Standing Order no.9 (2) requires that all strategic and neighbourhood committees will submit a report to each Council meeting on the business they have dealt with during that cycle of meetings. The above Committee meeting was held after just before the publication of the agenda for the Council meeting and therefore the report of the meeting had to be circulated as late business.

 

 

Annex 1 Written Replies to Council Questions

Annex 1

 

 

Written Replies to Council Questions

 

By       Councillor Bill Brisbane

To       Councillor Terry Paton, Deputy Leader of the Council

 

Question:

For regeneration of the Cambridge Road Estate to be successful, communications between residents and the Council must ensure that tenants and leaseholders genuinely have a voice and they must not be marginalised.  Why have residents carried out their own consultation on whether they even want regeneration of their Estate and how are you going to reassure them this is not a gentrification exercise?

 

Reply:

We fully understand the importance of working with the residents and allowing the residents to have an important voice in the development proposals for the estate.

We are now actively engaging with the Resident Regeneration Team (Steering Group) and have recently held workshops to ensure residents views are incorporated into the proposed design brief.

We have also just commissioned an Independent Housing advisor, as recommended by the recent Mayor's Good Practice Guidance.  This role will form an important independent interface between the Council and the residents, and will provide critical support to the residents on a broad range of issues across the regeneration project.

We also intend to actively involve the steering group through the bidder evaluation and master planning process, and we will be working with the independent advisor to develop an engagement strategy that enables the most effective input from residents.

The above will help to ensure the voice of the residents is heard through the key stages of the project development and to ensure the scheme delivers the best outcomes for the Council and residents.

 

By       Councillor Rachel Reid

To       Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of the Council

 

Question:

We pay tribute to our emergency services for their immense bravery following the tragedy that unfolded at Grenfell Tower and our thoughts now remain with the grieving community following what was one of the worst fire tragedies in British history.  We must now make it our priority to ensure this never happens again and that we are open about housing safety.  Do you think there is a link to the disaster at Grenfell Tower and public sector cuts and what remedial work needs to be carried out now in the Royal Borough of Kingston to ensure there is not a similar tragedy?

 

Written reply:

There has been no proven link between the Grenfell fire and public sector spending reductions and we need to be very careful about leaping to conclusions and taking precipitate action when we, as yet, have no confirmation on what caused the fire at Grenfell Tower. 

As the Councillor well knows, the spending on Council owned properties lies within the Housing Revenue Account which is ring-fenced to be spent on Housing. In my view, attempts to link the two in Kingston would be a very insincere form of politics where spinning the facts for political gain appears to be more important than settling unfounded fears amongst residents.

As you are aware we did a lot of work on looking again at our buildings in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell fire and should there be a need for additional works we will not hesitate in prioritising it over other aspects of spending in the HRA. That said, this needs to be balanced against the Housing Regeneration scheme for which we are currently tendering a Joint Venture partner. The demolition of the existing taller buildings will mean that any replacements, of any height, will need to incorporate today's building standards which would include greater fire safety protection.

 

 

By       Councillor Liz Green

To       Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of the Council

 

Question:

 

Local government is cited as the most efficient part of the public sector and holds the key to many challenges currently facing our country.  What advice would the Leader of the Council offer to Sajid Javid, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if he will listen, to ensure local government plays a more active role in delivering a real impact on things that matter to people?

 

Written reply:

 

Not that the Secretary of State needs my advice but my view is that Local Government has to change. It needs to stop doing things to people and do them with people. It needs to stop the paternalistic approach of the past where this Council has spent the past fifteen years appearing to know what is best for people when the world around it has changed. That is changing, but change is difficult and takes time to permeate through an organisation as wide as a local authority.

The Government needs to devolve more and Local Authorities need to integrate more so that they become the one stop shop for public services across the area; Council, Employment, Police, Health etc.  Councils need to stop believing that taking decisions is the most important thing they do whereas engaging with residents in their locality is more important - having meetings to take decisions is not something residents turn out for.

Finally, Councils need to be bolder.  Too often Councils are blown off course by a small number of siren voiced residents who pretend to represent people when in reality it is councillors who represent residents.  Too often the interests of the 180,000 people in the Borough are ignored for the sake of a few hundred. In part this is because ultimate power does not lie in the hands of the local council but with unelected bodies, or worse, elected bodies who do not have the best interests of Kingston at heart.

 

 


 

By       Councillor Liz Green

To       Councillor Kevin Davis, Leader of the Council

 

Question:

 

Do you agree that the current 1% cap imposed on public sector pay should be scrapped?

 

Written reply:

 

No, but I do believe the issue of low wage public sector pay needs to be tackled. Many Public Sector staff are on pay spines that increase on seniority, and not through increased responsibility.  It is also the case that many have seen their wages grow faster than the private sector to the point where private sector pay can lag behind public sector pay.  For these employees, pay has increased at a rate greater than 1%.  It is the lowest paid workers who are my biggest concern and I am requesting of Government that they prioritise these salaries over those of higher paid employees.

 

 

By       Councillor Margaret Thompson

To       Councillor Cathy Roberts, Portfolio Holder for Adults Social Care and Health

 

Question:

 

After the Conservative dementia tax debacle during the recent General Election campaign, is there now a real risk that Social Care Reform is quietly shelved in preference of a sticking plaster?

 

Written reply:

 

I would like to assure you that the Government does have a working majority in Parliament and are intending to carry out over the next 5 years all the work outlined in the Queens speech.  This will include the reform of the Mental Health legislation and the assurance that Mental Health will be prioritised in the National Health Service in England.  Ministers will also work to improve Social Care and will bring forward proposals for consultation.

 

I would also like to remind you that RBK Adult Social Care has a full programme of work, including building a Dementia Home, setting up Locality teams in GP practices establishing well-being teams as an alternative to the current method of Home Care and setting up an LA trading company to implement this work.  For 12 years the Liberal Democrats failed to undertake or implement anything of this nature, whereas the Conservatives have accomplished all of this in 3 years.  Kingston Conservatives are committed to addressing Adult Social Care and helping to make Kingston a Brighter, Better Borough."