Questions from the Opposition and other Non-Cabinet Members
Decision maker: Council
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
1. The written and supplementary verbal response provided by the Lead Member for Regeneration, Highways and Planning to a question submitted by Councillor Stephens regarding lobbying action to secure a more regular rail service from Sudbury & Harrow Road Station.
2. The written and supplementary verbal response provided by the Lead Member for Regeneration, Highways and Planning to a question submitted by Councillor Hector regarding the information available and way in which local residents are able to submit requests or influence decisions regarding the installation or removal of street furniture.
3. The written response provided by the Lead Member for Regeneration, Highways and Planning in relation to a question submitted by Councillor Colacicco on the promotion of sustainable construction methods ang green technology in new homes. No supplementary question was asked.
4. The written and supplementary verbal response provided by the Lead Member for Regeneration, Highways and Planning to a question submitted by Councillor Colwill on the timetable for works being undertaken to repair damaged pavements and potholes across the borough.
Responses were also provided by the relevant Lead Members on the following additional questions raised during the open session of this part of the meeting:
· Councillor Chan seeking confirmation of the Cabinet’s position in relation to the policy on Academisation and support for teachers in opposing the process at Village School.
· Councillor Kabir requesting an update on the contingency measures in place to ensure the continuation of social care for those adults whose packages are currently being delivered by Allied Healthcare, given the ongoing concerns regarding their financial position.
· Councillor Nerva on the potential to introduce a community toilet facility scheme and free access to water fountains as part of plans to promote and support local high streets and businesses.
· Councillor Kelcher on whether it would be possible to apply an amnesty in relation to penalty charge notices issued for vehicles making a right turn from Harvest Road into Chamberlain Road in Kensal Green, given problems experienced with illumination of the “No Right Turn” warning sign. Whilst not able to provide any commitment in terms of an amnesty the Lead Member for Environment advised she would look at the issue in order to come back with a response.
· Councillor Hassan seeking support for the Council’s participation in the “It’s our Turn” campaign being run by Safe Passage.
· Councillor Ethapemi highlighting concerns regarding the potential closure of GP practices within the borough.
· Councillor Kennelly raising concerns regarding the limited publicity and consultation undertaken by TfL on planned alterations to the 223 bus service given the impact on residents within his ward who relied on the service.
· Councillor Ketan Sheth regarding the potential financial impact on Brent arising from the recent Court of Appeal decision in relation to the location of ATMs given its relevance to business rates. The Deputy Leader advised she would need to come back with further details on the response currently being developed.
· Councillor Long on the need to update the Brent Connect webpage to ensure access as available to all minutes and agenda.
· Councillor Long on the problems being caused for residents in Willesden Green as a result of burst water mains in the area and requesting that these issues be raised with Thames Water, which the Lead Member for Regeneration, Highways and Planning advised she would willing to raise and provide a written response on.
· Councillor Kennelly seeking an update on progress with proposals for development of the Preston Road Community Centre following the recent consultation event with the local community.
· Councillor Donnelly-Jackson on action being taken to review and address concerns regarding the safety and structure of shop frontages in the Willesden Green area.
· Councillor Choudhary on the need to review the state of repair of local roads and the traffic management plan for event days at Wembley Stadium given the impact of increased traffic and congestion for local residents in the Wembley and Neasden area.
· Councillor Daly on the disruption, pollution and noise being caused for local residents living adjacent to the current bus terminus locations on the No.18 route created by TfLs current fleet of diesel buses and measures which could be taken to prioritise the switch of these to electric as soon as possible, which the Lead Member for Regeneration, Highways and Planning advised she would take back in order to review with TfL and provide a response on.
Publication date: 26/11/2018
Date of decision: 26/11/2018
Decided at meeting: 26/11/2018 - Council