Hounslow Council


Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Declarations of Interest from Members

Decision:

·         Apologies for absence: Councillors Foote, McGregor, Savin and Whatley

·         Apologies for late arrival: Councillors Lee, Oulds and 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 222 KB

 

To approve the minutes of the meetings held on 27th October 2015 and 24th November 2015.

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

That the minutes of the meetings held on 27th October 2015 and 24th November 2015 be approved, subject to the following amendments to the minutes have been proposed:

·         Page 3: Councillor Raj Bath first came to Britain in 1962 rather than 1965.

·         Page 27: Councillor Ed Mayne’s declaration of interest in relation to his trade union membership should read “RMT Unite” rather than “RMC Unite”.

·         Page 28: The name “Laim Gourlay” should read “Liam Gourlay”.

·         Page 28: References to “Peter Pleat” should read “Peter Fleet”.

·         Page 59: The paragraph on the debate on the motion at agenda item 16 which was attributed to Councillor Candice Atterton, should be identified as having been made by Councillor Keith Anderson.  Members are therefore asked to note that the paragraph should be amended to read as follows:

o   “Councillor Keith Anderson argued that in the last thirty years, the trades unions had been equal partners with local authorities to help reduce budgets, even if it was done with a heavy heart.  However, the Conservatives saw unions as “the enemy within” which was a misrepresentation of truth. In his view, trades unions worked tirelessly to keep services running and cost effective, despite cuts in Council funding. However, this benefit to the Council would reduce if facility time were reduced as a result of the Bill. He considered the Trade Union Bill as a way of gagging the working majority. However, only through mutual respect could everyone succeed.”

·         Page 60: Councillor Dunne’s first bullet point to be deleted and the word “however” removed from the second bullet point.

 

Minutes:

Consideration of the minutes was deferred to the meeting on the 22nd September, 2003.

4.

Petitions pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Report by the Head of Democratic Services

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

  • That the petitions that had been forwarded to other formal bodies of the Authority for consideration be noted; and
  • That the response from Members to the petition referred to the Council also be noted.

 

ACTION BY: Head of Democratic Services

TO NOTE: All

 

5.

Housing Revenue Account Rent and Service Charges 2016/17 (REG367) pdf icon PDF 241 KB

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

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

·         That Council dwelling rents be decreased by 1%, in line with Government policy, as set out in section 3, with effect from Monday 4th April 2016.

·         That HRA garage rents and HRA service charges be increased by inflation +1% as set out in section 3, with effect from Monday 4th April 2016.

·         That charges be set for the management and maintenance service of district heating and communal heating systems, as set out in section 3 and Appendix 2, with effect from Monday 4th April 2016.

·         The charges for Sheltered Housing set out in section 3 and Appendix 3 be agreed with effect from Monday 4th April 2016.

·         That the leaseholder management charge remains a two-tier fee, with this element of the service charge calculated in accordance with legislation. That the estimated charge is set at £237 and £158 for lessees with higher and lower rate bills respectively.

·         That authority be delegated to the Director of Housing to set charges for district heating and communal heating consumption with effect from Monday 4th April 2016, in accordance with legislation, as set out in section 3. 

 

ACTION BY: Executive Director, Children and Adults

6.

Leisure and Culture Strategy 2016-2020 (REG368) pdf icon PDF 178 KB

Report by Councillor Ed Mayne, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

·         That the consultation responses in Appendix 2 be noted;

·         That the final draft Leisure and Culture Strategy (Appendix 1), having been considered, be adopted; and

·         Subject to 2 above, that a report be presented to Cabinet in early 2016 seeking authority to consult with residents on a draft leisure development and savings action plan, which will be drafted using the strategy as a framework.

 

ACTION BY: Executive Director, REDE

7.

Review of Statement of Gambling Principles (REG353) pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Report by Councillor Richard Foote, Cabinet Member for Community Protection

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

That the revised version of the Council’s Statement of Gambling Principles be approved.

 

ACTION BY: Executive Director, REDE

8.

Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) 2016/17 (CEX089) pdf icon PDF 316 KB

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

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

·                 That the results of the consultation with residents on the proposed scheme as set out in Appendix A be noted;  

·                 That the proposed Council Tax Reduction Scheme (CTRS) for Hounslow residents for the 2016/17 financial year as set out in section 4 be agreed; and

·                 That authority be delegated to the Director of Finance and Corporate Services to make any minor amendments to the scheme where there appears to be ambiguity in relation to its wording and the Councils intent.

 

ACTION BY: Director of Finance and Corporate Services

9.

Revised Procedure for the Dismissal or Appointment of Statutory Officers (CEX105) pdf icon PDF 90 KB

Report by Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Housing, Equalities and Inclusion

 

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

·         That the revised process for the dismissal or appointment of a statutory officer be noted;

·         That authority be delegated to the Director, Transformation, in consultation with the Lead Member, to draft and agree a procedure that details the process for the dismissal of a relevant statutory officer;

·         That it be noted that this procedure will also incorporate disciplinary procedures for other JNC graded posts; and

·         That authority be delegated to the Head of Governance to amend Article 12 of the Constitution to reflect the recent changes in the senior management structure and statutory officer roles and to make such further changes as may be required to ensure consistency of post titles and responsibilities

 

ACTION BY: Director, Transformation and Head of Governance

10.

Appointments to Committees and Other Bodies

Members are asked to make any appointments that are nominated at the meeting for the remainder of the municipal year and delegate authority to the Chief Executive, in consultation with the Mayor and Deputy Mayor, to make any adjustments necessary to ensure political proportionality.

Decision:

There were none.

11.

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:

·       Appointment of Councillor Kamaljit Kaur to the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Council of Governors

Forward Plan Urgency Notices:

·       Waste and Recycling: Decision on Recycling Collection Method and In House/LAC for Delivery of Service (1st December 2015)

Decision:

Noted

12.

Councillor John Todd to ask Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Housing, Equalities and Inclusion

“London Borough of Hounslow Cabinet papers of October 2015 record that £9,146,951 of unallocated Section 106 (s106) affordable housing contributions was approved to be transferred to the Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Business Plan.

 

Most of this substantial funding (5 out of the 7 scheme payments ) in lieu of providing affordable housing was paid to the Council between February 2013 and September 2014 and has lain dormant until transferred after October 2015. 

 

The current HRA Business Plan highlights that housing construction costs have increased by more than 20% as at March 2015.

 

Given the resulting loss in value, will the Cabinet Member explain why this funding was not immediately applied for the use intended?”

 

13.

Councillor Peter Thompson to ask Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of the Council

“London Councils play an important role in London. The London Borough of Hounslow contributes significant funds to this entity. Crucially, Cabinet members attending have the opportunity to influence policy and/or bid for funding.

 

Can the Leader of the Council explain why two members of his Cabinet have, since their appointment, failed to attend any meetings touching on their portfolio or attend only one meeting out of four?”

 

14.

Councillor Paul Lynch to ask Councillor Sue Sampson, Cabinet Member for Communities

“Could the Lead Member for Communities outline any plans to celebrate the Monarch’s 90th birthday, in Hounslow and throughout schools in the Borough?”

 

15.

Proposed by Councillor John Todd and Seconded by Councillor Peter Thompson

“That this council requests the directors of Lampton 360 Ltd to cease their trading activities pending the production of a statutory business plan (which is required by the order below*) and a Governance  Policy - both documents to be approved by the Council's Cabinet before recommencing their activities.

 

The required Governance Policy will amongst other things: 

 

·       Give members unrestricted access to such information as is required by them to exercise their role -without the need to submit FOI requests:

·       Give the Overview and Scrutiny Committee similar unrestricted access: and

·       Reintroduce the obligation of the Executive Directors of Lampton  360 Ltd to report at least once a year to the Cabinet regarding the activities of this company.

 

* The Local Government ( Best Value Authorities)( Power to Trade) (England) Order 2009. Section 2(1), 2 and 3”

 

 

Decision:

Motion Not Agreed

16.

Any Other Matters That the Mayor Considers Urgent

Decision:

There was no such business

17.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Council is scheduled for Tuesday 23rd February 2016 and will commence at 7.30 pm in the Council Chamber 

Decision:

Noted