Hounslow Council


Agenda, decisions and minutes

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Items
No. Item

114.

Apologies for absence, declarations of interest or any other communications from Members

Decision:

Apologies had been received on behalf of Councillor Katherine Dunne.

 

Councillor Mayne declared an interest in Agenda Item 3: Youth Service Review, as an ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

Minutes:

Apologies had been received on behalf of Councillor Katherine Dunne.

 

Councillor Mayne declared an interest in Agenda Item 3: Youth Service Review, as an ambassador for the Duke of Edinburgh award scheme.

115.

Minutes of the meeting held on 18 April 2017 pdf icon PDF 165 KB

To confirm the minutes of the meeting held on 18 April 2017

Decision:

The minutes of the meeting held on 18 April 2017 were confirmed as an accurate record and signed.

 

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 18 April 2017 were confirmed as an accurate record and signed.

 

116.

CHAS 535 - Youth Service Review - Consultation Recommendations pdf icon PDF 308 KB

Report by Cllr Richard Foote, Cabinet Member for Communities.

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved:

 

That Cabinet:

 

1.    Noted the outcome of the 8 week consultation exercise for the Youth Service Review (YSR);

 

2.    Noted the comments and feedback received from the consultation; and

 

3.    Agreed the recommendation in paragraph 6.10 that officers with the support of the voluntary and community sector and other stakeholders will develop a commissioning model for the youth service. 

 

Cabinet agreed to receive a further report setting out the proposed commissioning model at the next Cabinet meeting in July 2017.

Minutes:

Please see the report by Cllr Richard Foote, Cabinet Member for Communities and the attached petitions (agenda item 3).

 

TofunmiOmisore submitted one of the petitions, regarding funding for Hounslow Youth Council and attended the meeting to speak to it. She advised that she was a member of the Youth Council and had been on the Youth Parliament when the consultation process began. Ms Omisore acknowledged the necessity for the Council of funding cutbacks but had been surprised by the proposed scale. With the overall reduction in services it was all the more important that the voice of young people and other disadvantaged groups be heard and the Youth Council were passionately concerned that they were. They were very interested to hear what the involvement of youth services was to be in designing commissioned services to ensure that the young were not neglected and also, if private providers were to be used, the Youth Council sought assurance that all young people would continue to have full access. Ms Omisore asked what would be the consequences for those who were simply unable to pay for services in future and what cover they might have if charging were to be introduced. She expressed deep concern that the number of people having access to youth clubs, the Youth Council, Duke of Edinburgh Awards etc may be greatly reduced following budget cuts.

 

Cllr Foote advised that the response to the consultation had been extremely impressive, four times higher than the national average. The Council had delayed its response to fully take the consultation into account and officers and members had found the Youth Council to be a very articulate group. They had revised their plans to incorporate Youth Council input but Cllr Foote was unable to give a definitive answer regarding the three youth clubs as the Council only part-funded them. Sadly it was not possible for the Council to do everything asked without cutting resources for other vulnerable groups but everyone would do their best to protect services as far as possible. He noted that the review had involved young people extensively and thanked all those who had taken part for their sense of citizenship, which he felt meant that democracy had a bright future. Michael Marks drew attention to paragraph 6.10 as the recommendations were designed to retain some universal services while still providing savings.

 

Cllr Tom Bruce congratulated Ms Omisore on her excellent presentation and commended her understanding that cuts had to be made. He advised that it was central government that imposed the cutbacks that the Council had no choice but to implement; it was essential that young people be heard throughout the painful process. Cllrs Amrit Mann and Corinna Smart echoed those sentiments, paying tribute to the hard work put in by the Borough’s youth.  Cllr Steve Curran advised that it was unfortunately not possible to give full guarantees about future funding but stated that the Council would guarantee that young people would be fully engaged in all future  ...  view the full minutes text for item 116.

117.

CEX 155 - Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel's review of improving children's physical activity levels in the borough. pdf icon PDF 252 KB

Report by Cllr Samia Chaudhury, Chair of Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel

Additional documents:

Decision:

Resolved:

 

That Cabinet:

 

Received the findings and recommendations of the review into physical activity levels of children in the London Borough of Hounslow; and

Agreed to respond to the findings and recommendations within six weeks of receipt.

 

Minutes:

Please see the report by Cllr Samia Chaudhary, Chair of Children and Young People Scrutiny Panel (agenda item 4).

 

Cllr John Chatt presented the report. He advised that Cllrs Samia Chaudhary, Mel Collins, Alan Mitchell and Linda Green had visited nine schools to research the report. There was a problem in that the Council was unable to directly influence most schools because of the way they were organised but could recommend that schools follow a whole school approach to support greater activity among young people. It had been found that 89% of 15 year olds did not attain the activity level required for fitness. Cllr Chatt thanked officers who had put a great deal of work into the project and he felt strongly that the report was precisely what the Council’s scrutiny function should be doing. He asked the Cabinet to agree the recommendations.

 

Cllr Tom Bruce broadly agreed but felt that the Council’s excellent relationship with all the schools in the Borough, including Free, Maintained and Academies, allowed for a great deal of influence albeit without a capacity to do more than influence. Cllrs Bruce and Chaudhary had written to Ofsted and hoped that they could have some impact, as there was a danger that without Ofsted’s influence schools may ignore the recommendations as they were focussed on rankings, which no longer took physical activity into account. Cllr Corinna Smart said that the involvement of Public Health, Beat the Streets, Walking the Mile and other schemes was very popular, especially in primary schools and schools were very responsive to the issue; everyone recognised that more could be done. Cllr Kamaljit Kaur echoed her colleagues’ sentiments and suggested that perhaps the Council could promote greater physical activity as part of youth services as well as just through schools.

 

The Cabinet voted unanimously to agree the recommendations.

 

Resolved:

 

That Cabinet:

 

Received the findings and recommendations of the review into physical activity levels of children in the London Borough of Hounslow; and

Agreed to respond to the findings and recommendations within six weeks of receipt.

 

118.

CEX 152 - Public Conveniences pdf icon PDF 253 KB

Report by Cllr Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment.

Decision:

Resolved:

 

That Cabinet:

 

·         Approved the decommissioning of the 6 automated public conveniences in the Borough; and

 

·         Agreed to the implementation of a community toilet scheme at Half Acre in Brentford and the promotion of other alternative facilities across the Borough to residents.

 

Minutes:

Please see the report by Cllr Amrit Mann, Cabinet Member for Environment (agenda item 5).

 

Cllr Mann presented the report. He drew members’ attention to the lack of use of five of the six toilets, the large savings to be made, and the various alternative options available that did not require Council funding, in particular the promotion of the community toilet scheme, where local businesses make their toilets available for public use. Cllr Sue Sampson expressed concern for mobile workers, such as refuse collectors and bus drivers, who needed public toilet provision. Cllr Theo Dennison stated that there were toilets available at bus garages and the very high cost of the automated facilities (averaging £11 a visit) meant that a better alternative was essential. Cllr Richard Foote noted that Richmond Council had recently introduced a community scheme funded by businesses which worked well.

 

Members agreed the recommendations unanimously.

 

Resolved:

 

That Cabinet:

 

·         Approved the decommissioning of the 6 automated public conveniences in the Borough; and

 

·         Agreed to the implementation of a community toilet scheme at Half Acre in Brentford and the promotion of other alternative facilities across the Borough to residents.

 

119.

CEX 149 - 2017-2018 Business Plan pdf icon PDF 836 KB

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

Decision:

Resolved:

 

That Cabinet:

 

·          Noted the overview of achievements against the 2016/7 Business Plan; and

·          Agreed the Business Plan 2017/18, including

o   Retaining 63 indicators from 2016/7

o   Revising 19 indicators from 2016/7 where changes are required

o   Adding of 4 new indicators

Minutes:

Please see the report by Cllr Steve Curran, Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Corporate Strategy, Planning and Regeneration (agenda item 6).

 

Cllr Curran presented the report.

 

Members agreed the recommendations unanimously.

 

Resolved:

 

That Cabinet:

 

·          Noted the overview of achievements against the 2016/7 Business Plan; and

·          Agreed the Business Plan 2017/18, including

o   Retaining 63 indicators from 2016/7

o   Revising 19 indicators from 2016/7 where changes are required

o   Adding of 4 new indicators

120.

CEX 154 - Lampton 360 Governance and Structure Update pdf icon PDF 161 KB

Report by Cllr Curran, Leader of the Council.

Decision:

This item was withdrawn from the agenda and not discussed.

Minutes:

This item was withdrawn from the agenda and not discussed.

121.

Exclusion of Press and Public

To resolve that the public and press be asked to leave the meeting during discussion of the remaining items of business because exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 is likely to be made known.

 

Please note that members of the public and press must leave the meeting at this point.

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

That the public and press be asked to leave the meeting during discussion of the remaining items of business because exempt information as defined in Paragraph 3 of Party I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 was likely to be made known.

 

122.

REG 501 - Contract Review

Update by Cllr Corinna Smart, Cabinet Member for Public Health & Leisure and Chief Executive Mary Harpley.

Minutes:

Members discussed the confidential report by Cllr Corrina Smart, Cabinet Member for Public Health and Leisure (agenda item 9).

 

Cllr Smart presented the report.

 

Members agreed the recommendations unanimously after full discussion.

 

Resolved:

 

That Cabinet agreed all the recommendations of the confidential report (Item 9) after full consideration.

123.

Urgent Business

Any business which the Chair agrees to accept on grounds of urgency.

Decision:

None.

Minutes:

None.

124.

Any other items which the Chair considers urgent and are exempt from publication

Decision:

None.

Minutes:

Cllr Curran stated that this was the last Cabinet meeting of the municipal year and he thanked Cllrs Richard Foote, Sue Sampson and Corinna Smart for the hard work and contributions. Cllr Foote thanked members for their support over the previous three years.

125.

Date of next meeting: 11 July 2017