Hounslow Council


Agenda and decisions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence, Other Announcements and Declarations of Interest from Members

Decision:

Apologies from Councillors Puneet Grewal, Linda Green, Tina Howe and Peter Thompson.

2.

Announcements

 

To receive announcements (if any) from the Mayor, Leader, Members of the Cabinet or the Head of Paid Service (the Chief Executive)

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 316 KB

To approve the minutes of the meetings held on 15th March 2016 and 24th May 2016

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

That the minutes of the meetings of the Council held on 15th March 2016 and 24th May 2016 be confirmed as correct records and signed by the Mayor subject to the following amendments:

 

Page 4: “progress or particular issues” to read “progress on particular issues”

Page 5: “merely cautions criticisms” to read “merely cautious criticisms”

Pages 21 and 22: Councillor Ajmer Grewal had been Mayoress in 2012/13 not 2011/12.

 

 

4.

Petitions pdf icon PDF 179 KB

Report by the Head of Democratic Services 

Decision:

Noted

5.

Consultation Charter (CEX121) pdf icon PDF 134 KB

Report by Councillor Theo Dennison, Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

·         That the Consultation Charter (at Appendix A of the report) be approved; and

·         That the Terms of Reference for the Consultation Advisory Panel (Appendix B) be approved.

6.

Scrutiny Annual Report (CEX123) pdf icon PDF 191 KB

Report by Councillor John Chatt, Chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

·         That the report and the activity and progress made during the 2015/6 municipal year be noted;

·         That the three areas of focus for scrutiny in 2016/7 be endorsed as follows:

o   A greater focus on performance and in particular ensuring that the cuts that the Council has to make impact as least as possible on residents

o   To further improve how Scrutiny connects with our engagement functions moving forward and has a high profile among residents

o   Continue more in-depth reviews at some of the biggest issues facing the borough and the council, and contributing to policy development

 

7.

Treasury Management Annual Report 2015-16 (CEX124) pdf icon PDF 218 KB

Report by Councillor Theo Dennison, Cabinet Member for Finance and Citizen Engagement

 

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

That the treasury management report 2015-16 report be noted

8.

Appointments to Committees and Other Bodies

Report of the Director of Legal Services 

9.

Decisions Taken Under Urgency Arrangements (if any)

The Council is asked to note the following uses of the urgency arrangements:

Council and Cabinet Decisions Taken Under Urgency Arrangements:

·         1st June 2016: Appointment of Councillor Richard Foote as Chair of the Health and Safety Committee, to the London Council’s Greater London Employment Forum to replace Councillor Ajmer Grewal, and to the London Council’s Associated Joint Committee (London Councils Grants Committee) to replace Councillor Sue Sampson; and appointment of Councillor Linda Green to the Twickenham Stadium Events Committee to replace Councillor Sue Sampson.

·         30th June 2016: Appointment of Councillor Sue Sampson to the David Henry Waring Trust Committee to replace Councillor Keith Anderson.

Forward Plan Urgency Notices:

·         None

Decision:

Noted

10.

Councillor Sheila O' Reilly to ask Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of the Council

“Will the Leader (who is Cabinet Member for Corporate Strategy, Planning and Regeneration) agree to set up a working group to devise a borough-wide basement planning policy?”

 

11.

Councillor Paul Lynch to ask Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment

“The Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment has often assured the Chamber of the great improvements in flexibility in ground maintenance contracts since he has been in charge. This has been proved true in an unexpected way. One contractor has even taken advantage of the flexibility to remove altogether from the contract a stretch of park along the river at Strand on the Green, and removed the dog waste bins.  This important facility would be completely neglected if it Hounslow Highways had not filled it out of good will. Can the Deputy Leader explain how this situation arose, and what steps are being to regularise it?”

 

12.

Proposed by Councillor John Todd and Seconded by Councillor Gerald McGregor

"This Council notes with increasing concern, the reduction in income and overall return on the London Borough Hounslow corporate property portfolio (valued at £734m in 2014). These concerns are compounded by;

      The inadequate performance of the contractors charged with reviewing leases and rental charges.

      The failure to comply with the agreed published Corporate Property Strategy 2014-2019.

      The need for a radical review of the REDe (Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment) Directorate Management and structure

      The attachment to REDe of personnel borrowed from Lampton 360 Ltd at a cost greater than the expected management 'savings' set out in the Council's February 2016 Budget statement.

The Council therefore recommends the following remedial actions be taken without delay;

1. The commissioning of a Local Government Association (LGA) Peer Group Review of the REDE Property Unit.

2. The production of robust and comprehensive performance data relating to the management of the corporate property portfolio and for this to be part of the quarterly performance data available for inspection by Members & residents.

3. Contact be established with The One Public Estate Programme (a joint LGA and Cabinet Office initiative) with a view to the Council requesting funding and specialist advice to enable the Council's corporate property portfolio to be managed more efficiently and effectively and to assist in stimulating economic growth across the Borough."

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

That the motion be not agreed

13.

Proposed by Councillor Sue Sampson and Seconded by Councillor Steve Curran

“We agree with the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, that we all have a responsibility following the European Union referendum result to heal the divisions that have emerged, and to focus on that which unites us, rather than that which divides us.

 

We are proud to live in a diverse and tolerant society. Racism, xenophobia and hate crimes have no place in our country. This Council condemns racism, xenophobia and hate crimes unequivocally. We will not allow hate to become acceptable.

 

This Council will continue to work with the police and our partners to fight and prevent racism, xenophobia and hate crime across Hounslow.

We reassure all people living in Hounslow that they are valued members of our community.”

 

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

That the motion be agreed

 

14.

Any Other Matters That the Mayor Considers Urgent

Decision:

None

15.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Council is scheduled for 13th September 2016 and will commence at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber 

Decision:

Noted