Hounslow Council


Agenda and minutes

Venue: Music Room, Spring Grove House, West Thames College

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 opened the meeting and welcomed introductions from all present.

2.

4.05-4.10pm Previous minutes and matters arising pdf icon PDF 217 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.

 

Please note the Board’s current Terms of Reference document, confirmed at Borough Council on 24 May 2016, is enclosed for information only. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 16 March 2016 were agreed and signed by the Chair as a correct record, subject to the following amendment:

 

Present:

It was noted that Stephen Fry was no longer the Vice-Chair of the Board, as no vice-chair had been appointed for the current year.  The Board noted that Stephen had recently been appointed Chair of Hounslow Economic Business Forum.

 

Matters Arising:

Members noted the updated Terms of Reference document included in the pack.

3.

4.10-4.30pm Update Report pdf icon PDF 431 KB

This item will present updates on the work of other strategic partnerships in the borough, areas of work initiated by the partnership and other matters of interest.  There will be specific updates on the relationship with the Health and Wellbeing Board, the Cranford Stronger Together project, future welfare reforms and financial resilience in the borough, and a proposal for a ‘Business Connector’ in Hounslow.  A presentation on Hounslow Insight, the borough’s new data observatory, will also be made.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report submitted by the Head of Policy and Scrutiny, Agenda Item 3.

 

In discussion the Board agreed that, once ready, the Community Resilience model should be taken to a future meeting of the Hounslow Health and Wellbeing Board, and that linkages between the two partnerships should be considered.

 

The Board also agreed to consider the issue of finance resilience in Hounslow in the future.  Members heard that recruitment to the position of Networks Officer in the Cranford Stronger Together project was underway, following the resignation of the previous officer.   

 

Partners were invited to attend further demonstrations and training on the Hounslow Insight data observatory, which Owen Kennedy from the Council’s Intelligence Hub introduced at the meeting.

 

Resolved:

·       The Board noted the submitted reports.

·       It was agreed that the Community Resilience model should be presented to the Hounslow Health and Wellbeing Board. 

4.

4.30-4.45 One You Public Health Offer pdf icon PDF 827 KB

In response to a request made at the Board’s last meeting, Hounslow’s Public Health team will present the borough’s ‘One You’ public service, which will help local residents of all ages to move more, eat well, drink less alcohol and be smoke free.

Minutes:

See presentation slides submitted to the meeting, published for reference with the online agenda following the meeting, Agenda Item 4. 

 

Members acknowledged the presentation on the new integrated health and wellbeing service for Hounslow residents.  Partner organisations were invited to get in touch with Buvana Ailoo at Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare (HRCH) if they or their organisation required further information on the “One You” public health service in Hounslow. 

5.

4.45-5.15 Community Infrastructure Planning pdf icon PDF 227 KB

Following previous discussion by the Board, the item will explore a new means through which the partnership can inform community infrastructure planning in the borough and the opportunities that upcoming Local Plan Area Reviews provide to do so.  This item will be delivered by Hounslow’s Strategic Planning team.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

See report submitted by the Head of Regeneration, Spatial Planning and Economic Development, Agenda Item 5.

 

Danalee Edmund, Interim Team Leader Spatial Planning, outlined how the new Board’s infrastructure sub-group would work to improve co-ordination of infrastructure planning and delivery in the borough, and how this would feed into two different ‘Infrastructure Delivery Plans’ (IDP) – both the statutory plan required for the forthcoming Local Plan reviews (Great West Corridor & West of the Borough Plan) and the ongoing IDP for the borough as a whole.

 

Questions were raised about where the ‘final decision’ lay with regards to infrastructure funding and delivery.  It was noted that the ‘decision’ in this respect was twofold:

·       Decisions on infrastructure were made on the basis of local projections, needs and the spatial requirement for these by the local planning authority (LBH)

·       The actual provision of the infrastructure could often rest beyond the borough – e.g. provision of free schools was the responsibility of the Department for Education (DfE) or the Education Funding Agency (EFA), and transport infrastructure was Transport for London (TfL) or the Greater London Authority (GLA) or Department for Transport (DfT).

 

To an extent the work of the Board’s sub-group would be to identify priorities for lobbying for infrastructure.  The sub-group would potentially feed into the governance model for the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) and S106 funding, due to be finalised later in the year.

 

Resolved:

The Board agreed that:

·       Each partner organisation should nominate a representative to sit on the infrastructure sub-group and identify relevant asset strategies, projects and priorities to inform the development of the two IDPs.

·       Policy & Scrutiny colleagues would coordinate the infrastructure sub-group in the short-term and would be in touch with partners to get this off the ground.

·       The Economic Development & Regeneration Strategy would be brought back to this Board for discussion at a future meeting.

6.

5.15-5.55 Community Resilience Model pdf icon PDF 339 KB

At the last Board meeting, the partnership agreed the next steps for the community resilience measure would be to: continue mapping resilience data in the borough, conduct further desk based research and analysis on four small local areas of interest, and select one small area to undertake the second qualitative validation stage of the model.

Minutes:

See report submitted by the Head of Policy and Scrutiny, Agenda Item 6.

 

The Board noted the submitted presentation and raised the following points:

·       Controls for the number of variables in the model to make assumptions would be challenging, particularly as this dataset related to people and perceptions.  Chosen areas could vary greatly simply because of the people resident within them.  As a result, clear parameters were needed on how the data could be interpreted and used, as well as constant validation work.

·       From the validation work, it appeared that the key variables for community resilience were:

o   Neighbourhood support – for ensuring people could take care of themselves

o   Competence – for ensuring that people felt able to make decisions, cope with change and tackle problems

o   Isolation

·     Where high levels of neighbourhood support and/or competence were evident, the assumption taken from the model was that the area was resilient.  Public policy interventions may not therefore be required – beyond providing information and awareness that services existed (to support isolated people in otherwise resilient communities) and monitoring areas as they changed.

·     The hypothesis that required further testing was whether high degrees of competence and/or neighbourhood support made an area resilient – and conversely, if low levels of competence or neighbourhood support were creating resilience issues.   Looking at different Lower Super Output Areas (LSOA) to do this would be a priority.

·     The public policy implications of any recommendations resulting from the model would be challenging, e.g. HMO (house in multiple occupation) concentration in central Hounslow, what did this mean in terms of interventions to tackle negative impact of housing churn, transience and HMOs on communities – should they be clustered so they did not disrupt other areas, or should they be evenly dispersed so the problem was not concentrated in one area?

 

Resolved:

The Board agreed that the next steps would be:

·       To continue qualitative validation in an area with low neighbourhood support and competence (e.g. Heston 004A).

·       To further test the hypothesis on neighbourhood support and competence, which were the crucial domains for resilient communities.

·       Not to progress further insight work into emotional fragility at this time given the complexities involved.

·       To complete further mapping work on crime and perceptions of crime.

7.

5.55-6.00pm AOB, agenda for next meeting and close

Minutes:

The Board agreed the following discussion items for the October meeting:

·       Community Resilience Measure

·       Financial resilience

·       Economic Development and Regeneration Strategy

·       NWL Sustainability & Transformation Plan