Hounslow Council


Agenda, decisions and draft minutes

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Contact: Carol Stiles Tel: 020 8583 2066 Email:  carol.stiles@hounslow.gov.uk 

Note: Cabinet meeting to consider reference back from Overview and Scrutiny Committee 

Items
No. Item

139.

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

Decision:

Apologies had been received from Councillor Curran and Councillor Kaur. Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader, was in the Chair for this meeting.

 

Councillor Theo Dennison declared an interest, as he had at the December Cabinet meeting and at the Scrutiny meeting. He had a professional interest in the company Forty Shillings, who were retained by Nishkam School. However, he had had no dealings with Nishkam in respect of this matter and no business interests related to it.

Minutes:

Apologies had been received from Councillor Curran and Councillor Kaur. Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader, was in the Chair for this meeting.

 

Councillor Theo Dennison declared an interest, as he had at the December Cabinet meeting and at the Scrutiny meeting. He had a professional interest in the company Forty Shillings, who were retained by Nishkam School. However, he had had no dealings with Nishkam in respect of this matter and no business interests related to it.

140.

Scrutiny Referral of REG 287 - Free School Enabling Proposals - HIP/Relocation of Grasshoppers RFC pdf icon PDF 208 KB

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

Decision:

Resolved:

 

That Cabinet:

 

1.     Considered the Scrutiny Referral of REG 287.

2.     Considered the Leader’s response as set out in the supplementary agenda paper.

3.     Endorsed the Leader’s response to the Scrutiny Referral as set out in the letter of 11 March 2016.

 

(Councillor Dennison, having declared an interest, played no part in the debate or decision).

Minutes:

See the report by Councillor Steve Curran, Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Corporate Strategy, Planning and Regeneration –Agenda Item 2 and appendices at 2.1-2.4 and confidential appendix at Item 4.1.

 

In Councillor Curran’s absence, Councillor Amrit Mann, Deputy Leader in the Chair, introduced the report. He noted that this related to a Scrutiny referral of the Cabinet decision on REG 287, the HIP/Nishkam site, and the Cabinet’s response. All were familiar with the papers.

 

The Chair invited Councillor John Chatt, Chair of Overview and Scrutiny, to comment on the report. Councillor Chatt referred to Councillor Curran’s letter of 11 March 2016. He explained that there had been concern about the consultation and three issues had been identified as set out in his letter to Councillor Curran. There were concerns about the detail on which the decision was based. Further information had been provided in this report. Councillor Chatt spoke of the interest for people in gaining better understanding of the difficulties in creating school places needed in the borough under current arrangements.

 

Scrutiny had been reassured by the Leader’s stated intentions of advising Scrutiny of final costs. This had been a concern which Scrutiny had felt was not particularly clear in the original papers. As Chair of Overview and Scrutiny he was now reassured that the Cabinet would monitor costs strongly and officers would do their best to achieve good value from the school.

 

The Chair referred to the Cabinet response and the additional paperwork. Cabinet had taken on board the points put to them by Scrutiny and were able to give a degree of assurance in respect of costs and keeping within budget. The Leader had provided assurances on behalf of the Cabinet and the report asked Cabinet members to endorse the Leader’s response. The Chair moved the recommendations of the report and included consideration of Item 4 the confidential appendix within that.

 

Councillor Tom Bruce, Cabinet Member for Education and Children’s Services, advised that there was the opportunity to discuss the process for school places but he understood that the Scrutiny point was not about school places. All schools were trying to do what they could within the government framework and to consider opportunities that would be beneficial to the borough. He welcomed the fact that all had been able to state their positions and he was glad that Cabinet had been able to respond. He seconded the recommendations.

 

The recommendations had been moved and seconded. Members considered the report and all the issues contained therein and in conclusion agreed the recommendations and endorsed the Leader’s response to Scrutiny unanimously.

 

Resolved:

 

That Cabinet:

 

1.     Considered the Scrutiny Referral of REG 287.

2.     Considered the Leader’s response as set out in the supplementary agenda paper.

3.     Endorsed the Leader’s response to the Scrutiny Referral as set out in the letter of 11 March 2016.

 

(Councillor Dennison, having declared an interest, played no part in the debate or decision).

140a

Appendix 1 - Cabinet Review of REG 287- Free School Enabling Proposals - HIP/Relocation of Grasshoppers pdf icon PDF 118 KB

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

 

Additional documents:

Decision:

The Appendix was considered with the main report.

Minutes:

The Appendix was considered with the main report.

140b

Appendix 1 - Extract of the minutes of the Cabinet meeting of 15 December 2015 pdf icon PDF 63 KB

Decision:

The Appendix was considered with the main report.

 

Minutes:

The Appendix was considered with the main report.

 

140c

Appendix 2 - Call-in REG 287 - Resolution Letter to Councillor Curran pdf icon PDF 108 KB

Decision:

The Appendix was considered with the main report.

 

Minutes:

The Appendix was considered with the main report.

 

141.

Cabinet's response to the Overview and Scrutiny Referral pdf icon PDF 44 KB

Decision:

Cabinet endorsed the response as recorded above.

Minutes:

Cabinet endorsed the response as recorded above.

142.

Urgent Business

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

Decision:

There was no urgent business.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business.

143.

Exclusion of Press and Public

 

That the public and press be asked to leave the meeting during discussion of the following item because exempt information as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 is likely to be made known.

Decision:

Resolved:

 

That the public and press be asked to leave the meeting during discussion of the following item because exempt information, as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 is likely to be made known.

Minutes:

Resolved:

 

That the public and press be asked to leave the meeting during discussion of the following item because exempt information, as defined in paragraph 3 of Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972 is likely to be made known.

144.

Confidential appendix to Cabinet's response to the Overview and Scrutiny Referral

Decision:

The confidential appendix was considered as part of consideration of the Cabinet’s response above.

Minutes:

The confidential appendix was considered as part of consideration of the Cabinet’s response above.

145.

Date of next meeting: 26 April 2016

Decision:

The date of the next meeting was noted as 26 April 2016.

Minutes:

The date of the next meeting was noted as 26 April 2016.