Hounslow Council


Agenda and decisions

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Declarations of Interest from Members

Decision:

Apologies for absence from Councillors Bandna Chopra, Steve Curran, Elizabeth Hughes, Kamaljit Kaur, Hanif Khan, Tony Louki, Khulique Malik, Hina Mir, Surinder Purewal and Sheila O’Reilly.

2.

Announcements

 

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

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 158 KB

To approve the minutes of the meeting held on 23rd February 2016

Decision:

Agreed

4.

Petitions pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Report of 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.

 

ACTION BY: Head of Democratic Services

TO NOTE: All

5.

Regeneration and Economic Development Strategy 2016-2020 (REG375) pdf icon PDF 128 KB

Report by Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Corporate Strategy, Planning and Regeneration.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

·         That the summary of consultation set out in section 15 of the report be noted;

·         That the Regeneration and Economic Development Strategy attached as Appendix 1 to the report be adopted;

·         That support be given to the implementation of Regeneration and Economic Development Strategy 2016 – 20, subject to individual governance of projects and work-streams contained within it;

·         That authority be delegated to the Executive Director Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment to make such minor changes to the Regeneration and Economic Development Strategy as may be considered appropriate and/or necessary; and

·         That it be noted that the Regeneration and Economic Development Strategy would be subject to regular review and update, subject to reporting through the Hounslow Together Board and Hounslow Economic Business Forum every six months with progress on implementation reported back to Cabinet annually in Quarter 4.

 

ACTION BY: Executive Director Regeneration, Economic Development and Environment

6.

Review of Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 173 KB

Report by Councillor Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Corporate Performance and Customer Care

Additional documents:

Decision:

RESOLVED -

 

·         That the outcome of the review be noted

·         That the Head of Governance be instructed to provide the guidance and support for members set out in Section 4 of the report.

 

ACTION BY: Head of Governance

7.

Pay Statement (CEX 103) pdf icon PDF 211 KB

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

 

Decision:

RESOLVED –

 

That the Pay Statement for 2016, attached at Appendix A to the report be agreed, as required under the Localism Act 2011.

 

ACTION BY: Director of Transformation

8.

Amendment to the Scheme of Members' Allowances pdf icon PDF 251 KB

Report by Councillor Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Corporate Performance and Customer Care

 

Decision:

RESOLVED -

 

·         That the Scheme of Members Allowances be amended to reflect some recent changes in the taxation requirements by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs – with the specific changes required included at appendix one of the report; and

·         That the Scheme of Members Allowances, as amended by the decision above and by the changing of the term “Executive” to “Cabinet”, be agreed as that for 2016/17.

 

ACTION BY: Head of Democratic Services

 

9.

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.

10.

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:

·         None

Forward Plan Urgency Notices:

·         None

Decision:

Noted

11.

Councillor Paul Lynch to ask Councillor Ed Mayne, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure

“London Councils research on the Health and Wellbeing boards last year was published as Conquering Twin Peaks. It found 'little evidence of boards yet providing genuine system leadership'. There were also concerns about whether boards were driving big strategic issues and engaging with wider stakeholders and the public.

 

Would the Cabinet Member describe the performance indicators that show to what degree this applies to the London Borough of Hounslow?”

 

12.

Councillor Gerald McGregor to ask Councillor Katherine Dunne, Cabinet Member for Housing, Equalities and Inclusion

“Would the Cabinet Member for Housing detail what action is being taken by this Council to safeguard leaseholders and shared equity holders in Hounslow Housing and in Housing Associations operating in Hounslow concerning repairs and maintenance charges that can no longer be deemed reasonable?”

 

13.

Councillor Peter Thompson to ask Councillor Richard Foote, Cabinet Member for Community Protection

“Our Greater London Assemblyman, Tony Arbour AM, recently produced a report entitled “Tri-Service: Broadening the Role of PCSOs” (Police Community Support Officers) which calls for wider responsibilities for PCSOs in dealing with fire risks by home visits and providing first aid at the level normally provided by a first responder. The Report also calls for greater powers for PCSOs to do with Council enforcement as well as Trading Standards, where PCSOs are able to identify and support victims of fraud and report alleged fraudsters to Trading Standards. Does the Cabinet Member for Community Protection support the report and its recommendations?”

 

14.

Proposed by Councillor Tom Bruce and Seconded by Councillor Lily Bath

“From April 2017, this Government plans to introduce a new National Funding Formula for schools across the country. The new formula will be based on redistribution of current money, as no new money has been identified. This approach could result in London losing significant amounts of funding and the reduction would have an impact on the ability of Hounslow schools to maintain high standards and quality provision.  Therefore, this Council calls on the Government to protect funding for London's schools and work with local authorities to ensure statutory services are fully funded at cost.”

 

15.

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."

16.

Proposed by Councillor Peter Thompson and Seconded by Councillor Sam Hearn

"This Council notes that Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that mayoral candidate Sadiq Khan’s proposal to freeze fares will cost £1.9 billion. We therefore call on Sadiq Khan to confirm which of the following investments for Hounslow would have to be scrapped if his proposal were implemented.

 

      TfL’s £148 million investment in town centres and local transport projects. Hounslow could lose £5.5 million including £2.3 million for the Feltham High Street improvements, which will deliver improved accessibility in the town centre and improved provision for cyclists and bus users.

      Upgrades to the District line. The upgrade would deliver better signaling and create 24 per cent more capacity, meaning 10,000 more passengers can use the line each hour.

      TfL’s 18 priority road improvements including the cycling route on Chiswick High Road to help cyclists through this area of heavy traffic and the pedestrian improvements at the junction with Kew Bridge Road."

 

17.

Any Other Matters That the Mayor Considers Urgent

Decision:

None

18.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Council is scheduled for 19th April 2016 and will commence at 7.30pm in the Council Chamber 

Decision:

Noted