Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

Venue: Banks Room, Spring Grove House, West Thames College (Directions attached

Contact: Kay Duffy on 020 8583 2067 or at Email: kay.duffy@hounslow.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

4.00-4.05pm Welcome

The Chair will open the meeting, invite introductions, welcome new attendees and take apologies for absence.

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed everyone to the meeting and invited a round of introductions from all present.

2.

4.05-4.10pm Previous minutes and matters arising pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Opportunity for attendees to raise any issues of accuracy before agreeing the minutes and to raise any matters arising not covered by the agenda.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 30 April 2014 were agreed and signed by the Chair as a correct record, subject to the following amendment:

 

Minute 69: Future Borough Strategy (3rd bullet point)

In the following sentence: “Stephen Fry noted that, whilst the Sikh community had acted as an anchor and invested in the borough’s housing stock…” remove ‘housing stock’ and replace with ‘local businesses’.

 

Matters Arising:

 

Minute 67: Joint Strategic Needs Assessment

It was confirmed that the 2014 JSNA had been signed off by the Hounslow Health and Wellbeing Board at its June meeting and was available to view on the Council’s website:

 

https://democraticservices.hounslow.gov.uk/documents/s105609/JSNA%202014.pdf

 

Minute 68: Local Economic Assessment

It was confirmed that the results of consultation carried out with young people had been shared following the meeting.  Ian Duke agreed to follow up with Lisa Sharp (LBH Inward Investment Officer) on the action items listed in the minutes. 

3.

4.10-4.20pm Update Report pdf icon PDF 147 KB

The update report (attached) provides updates on areas of work initiated by the partnership or in which it has previously expressed an interest. It also includes updates on the other strategic partnerships.

Minutes:

See report from Ian Duke, Head of Policy and Scrutiny, Agenda Item 3.

 

The first meeting of the Children’s Delivery Group was scheduled to happen today.  It was confirmed that the Assistant Director for Safeguarding was a member of that group and that separate children and adults safeguarding boards were in place.

 

Marjorie confirmed that a student from West Thames College had secured a place on the Sky Construction apprentice scheme, discussed at the HSTEP meeting in June.

 

It was noted that the VCS (Voluntary and Community Sector) had been redefined as the VCSE (Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise).

 

Sarah Bishop reported that a meeting had been held in Cranford on Monday and research had begun on the Stronger Together project.  Good contacts were being made in the community and a research day was planned for the end of July.  The next scheduled meeting would be held in August. 

 

Taz Nagra offered the services of her organisation, should volunteers be required.   Stephen Fry indicated that there were a lot of businesses in Cranford and asked those involved in the project to be mindful of engaging with local businesses as well as residents.

 

It was confirmed that the Skills and Employment Strategy had now been launched.

 

Ch. Supt. McGregor referred to the partnership working between the police and the Local Authority, which had resulted in the success of the dedicated estates policing team.  Following discussions at the April meeting on the perceptions amongst some young people about walking through Brentford High Street late at night, he confirmed that this area was now being targeted by police.  It was suggested that a collection of young people’s voices on their feelings about Brentford could be sent to the MPS Borough Commander for his attention.

 

Police would be carrying out community engagement over the summer, together with a number of initiatives aimed at safeguarding the community, including diversion work with young people.  Mr McGregor also talked about the links between drug and alcohol abuse and crime and the need for a cohesive strategy to tackle the affects of drug and alcohol abuse.

 

Alex Tambourides joined the meeting at this point.

 

Resolved:

1.    That the submitted report be noted.

2.    That the following documents be circulated to the Board for information:

·         Updated partnership structure diagram;

·         List of the Council’s Cabinet membership including each member’s specific areas of responsibility;

·         Current membership of the Hounslow Health and Wellbeing Board.

3.    Following discussions at the April meeting on the perceptions amongst some young people about walking through Brentford High Street late at night, it was suggested that a collection of young people’s voices on their feelings about Brentford was sent to the MPS Borough Commander for his attention.

4.

4.20-5.50pm Workshop: Future Hounslow pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Following the items “What next? The Future Borough Strategy” and “Looking towards 2030” presented to the Board recently, this item will take the form of a workshop bringing together what we know as the Board sets its goals, ambitions and priorities for the future.  The accompanying report sets out the format for the workshop.

 

Slides used in the workshop attached to the electronic agenda pack following the meeting.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report from the Head of Policy and Scrutiny, together with the presentation slides attached to the electronic agenda pack for reference following the meeting, Agenda Item 4.

 

The Chair referred members to the data presented at the April meeting and their request for further information to help them decide on a direction of travel.  Ian Duke then took members through the detailed information posted up around the room (see slides for reference).  He indicated that the six trajectories had been amended slightly from those presented at the April meeting and asked members to use the information presented to think about possible scenarios for Hounslow.  The information had been provided in three ways – by locality, by ward and by super output areas.

 

5.30pm – Kyle Kinsella left the meeting at this point.

 

During the discussion on the presented data the following points were raised:

·         Records of GP registrations placed the borough’s population at 25,000-30,000 above the Census figures, although it was acknowledged that a small percentage of those individuals could be registered with multiple GP surgeries.

·         Although residential development targets had doubled, proposed development in the borough was not expected to meet the anticipated housing demand.

·         Increased wealth inequality was anticipated across the borough, which in turn was expected to have negative impacts on crime and health projections. 

·         Members considered the wider impact of community cohesion and discussed the differences between communities to the East and West of the borough.  Members discussed the issue of community anchors and civic leadership in the context of migration trends.  It was agreed that community cohesion should be a project focus and that a report is taken to the Board’s October meeting.

·         It was noted that a percentage of those commuting out of borough worked in low paid jobs.  The challenge for the borough was the retention of those working in high paid jobs.

·         Positives included the fact that the borough’s population growth meant increased numbers of economically active people.  However, employers increasingly sought Level 4 qualifications from job seekers, a demographic that may not be represented in large numbers in the borough.

·         It was further noted that, whilst the inward investment strategy had focussed on the East of the borough, opportunities in the West of the borough would also benefit from investment, particularly as up to 65% of the borough’s SMEs (Small and Medium Enterprises) were based to the West of the borough.  Ian Duke drew members’ attention to the “West of the Borough Vision”, which aimed to look at the context of Western International Market, etc.

·         Looking at the large numbers of Portuguese recorded in the Census, was there a possibility that individuals had recorded their country of last residence as their country of origin?  It was confirmed that the Census asked for the place of birth, rather than ‘country of origin’.

·         Members considered that the impact of benefit capping on birth rates would take between one and two years to show results.

 

The Chair concluded that focus areas might include  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

5.50-5.55pm Items for the next meeting on 8 October 2014 from 4pm

Based on discussions elsewhere on the agenda, the Board will be asked to provide direction for future meetings.

Minutes:

See notes for Agenda Item 4 (above).