Agenda and decisions

Venue: Conference Hall - Brent Civic Centre, Engineers Way, Wembley, HA9 0FJ

Contact: Thomas Cattermole, Head of Executive and Member Services  tel. 020 8937 5446, Email: thomas.cattermole@brent.gov.uk

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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Additional documents:

Decision:

Apologies received from Councillors Abdirazak, Conneely, Crane & Thakkar.

2.

Minutes of the Previous Meeting pdf icon PDF 195 KB

To confirm as a correct record, the attached minutes of the previous meeting of the Council held on Monday 16 September 2019.

Additional documents:

Decision:

Minutes of the Council meeting held on 16 September 2019 agreed as a correct record.

3.

Declarations of Interest

Members are invited to declare at this stage of the meeting, the nature and existence of any relevant disclosable pecuniary or personal interests in the items on this agenda and to specify the item(s) to which they relate.

Additional documents:

Decision:

None

4.

Mayor's Announcements (including any petitions received)

To receive any announcements from the Mayor.

Additional documents:

Decision:

1.1       NOTED the announcement by the Chief Executive of a casual vacancy on the Council following the resignation of Councillor Michael Pavey along with the accompanying tribute from Councillor Shafique Choudhary as a fellow Barnhill ward councillor.

 

1.2   NOTED the announcements from the Mayor in relation to:

·             Flag Raising Event – Nigerian Independence

·             World Mental Health Day

·             Black History Month

·             Hindu New Year

·             Remembrance Day Commemoration Events

·             Annual Fireworks & Diwali Celebrations

·             Mayor’s Charity Football Tournament

·             Christmas Lights – Wembley Park

·             Pride Of Brent Awards

·             100th Birthday Celebrations

·             White Ribbon Day

·             Mayors Christmas Charity Event

·             Petitions

5.

Appointments to Committees and Outside Bodies and Appointment of Chairs/Vice Chairs (if any)

To agree any appointments to Committees, Joint Committees, Forums, Panels and Outside Bodies (if any); and the appointments of Chairs/Vice Chairs (if any) in accordance with Standing Order 30(g).

Additional documents:

Decision:

AGREED the following change in Committee & Outside Body memberships:

 

1.     Councillor Pavey to be replaced as a full member by a vacancy on the following bodies:

 

(a)  Teachers Joint Consultative Group

 

(b)  Service User Consultative Forum – Voluntary Sector

 

(c)  Chalkhill Community Trust
 

2.     Councillor Pavey to be replaced as a substitute member by a vacancy on the Employees’ Joint Consultative Committee.


    

9.

Reports from the Leader and Cabinet

To receive a verbal report from the Leader of the Council in accordance with Standing Order 31 providing an update on any key or significant issues arising from any matter within the responsibility of Cabinet.

Additional documents:

Decision:

NOTED the verbal update provided by Councillor Muhammed Butt, Leader of the Council who began by also taking the opportunity to thank Councillor Pavey and wish him all the best for the future.  He then moved on to provide the following updates in relation to Cabinet portfolios:

·             Media launch of the London Borough of Culture programme;

·             The outcome of the recent Ofsted inspection at Ark Elvin Academy, which now meant that all Secondary Schools within the borough had been rated by Ofsted as either “Good” or “Outstanding”;

·             The start of the Council’s budget consultation process for 2020-21 & 2021-22;

·             The list of urgent Executive decisions taken since the last Council meeting.

6.

Deputations (if any)

To hear any deputations received from members of the public in accordance with Standing Order 32.

Additional documents:

Decision:

No requests were received for any deputations.

7.

Questions from Members of the Public & Brent Youth Parliament pdf icon PDF 107 KB

7.1     To receive questions submitted by the public to Cabinet Members, in accordance with Standing Order 33.

 

Two questions have been received under this item, which have been attached along with the written responses provided.

 

7.2     To receive questions submitted from members of Brent Youth Parliament to Cabinet Members, in accordance with Standing Order 33(d)

 

One question has been received under this item, which has been attached along with the written responses provided.

Additional documents:

Decision:

NOTED

 

1.      The written and supplementary verbal response provided by the Cabinet Member for Environment to a question submitted from a member of the public relating to the action being taken by the Council to tackle climate change, maintain the tree population and ensure the borough was carbon neutral by 2030..

 

2.      The written response provided by the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property & Planning to a question submitted from a member of the public relating to the number of social housing units, tenancy types and rent mix included within the Wembley Park development.  No supplementary question was received.

 

3.      The written response from the Cabinet Member for Environment in relation to a question submitted from the Brent Youth Parliament regarding progress on implementation of the recommendations agreed at the first Brent Council Climate Change Youth Summit.  No supplementary question was received.

8.

Petitions (if any)

For Members to refer to petitions received and debate any petition with more than 200 signatures, where such a request has been submitted in accordance with the Council’s petition rules and Standing Order 66.

Additional documents:

Decision:

No requests were received for debates on any petitions.

10.

Questions from the Opposition and other Non-Cabinet Members

For questions to be put to members of the Cabinet by opposition and non-Cabinet Members in accordance with Standing Order 35.

 

Members are asked to note that no advance notice questions have been submitted for response at this meeting of the Council.

Additional documents:

Decision:

No questions were raised for consideration at the meeting.

11.

Report from Chairs of Scrutiny Committees pdf icon PDF 76 KB

To receive reports from the Chairs of the Council’s Scrutiny Committees in accordance with Standing Order 36.  The reports have been attached as follows:

 

11.1    Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee

 

11.2    Resources & Public Realm Scrutiny Committee

Additional documents:

Decision:

NOTED the update reports provided by the Chairs of the Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee and Resources & Public Realm Scrutiny Committee.

 

No additional questions were raised for consideration at the meeting.

12.

Report from the Vice-Chair of the Audit Advisory Committee pdf icon PDF 89 KB

To receive a report from the Vice-Chair of the Audit Advisory Committee in accordance with Standing Order 37.

Additional documents:

Decision:

NOTED the update report provided by the Vice Chair of the Audit & Standards Advisory.

13.

Non Cabinet Members' Debate

To enable non Cabinet Members to debate an issue of relevance to Brent, for which notice has been provided in accordance with Standing Order 34 and to receive reports from Cabinet members, where required, on issues previously raised.

 

Members are asked to note that no item has been submitted for debate at this meeting of the Council.

Additional documents:

Decision:

No subject was identified for debate.

14.

Interim Report on Brent's Response to the Climate and Ecological Emergency pdf icon PDF 149 KB

This report provides Council with a progress update on action taken in response to the Declaration of a Climate and Ecological Emergency agreed at the Full Council meeting on 8 July 2019.

Additional documents:

Decision:

AGREED

 

(1)     To approve the Interim Climate & Ecological Emergency Action Plan (Winter 2019-20), attached as Appendix A to the report.

 

(2)     To approve the development of a borough-wide climate emergency strategy which would be issued for public consultation in the New Year and referred on to Cabinet for adoption in May 2020.

15.

Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 408 KB

This report seeks approval to formally adopt a new local Council Tax Reduction scheme (known as Council Tax Support) to be effective from 1 April 2020.  The report sets out the reasons why a change of scheme is both necessary and desirable along with the design options and features considered in the design of the new scheme.  In addition, details are provided on the findings and outcomes of the consultation arrangements for the proposed scheme carried out over a 12-week period between 19 July and 10 October 2019 and includes details of the financial and equalities impacts of the recommended scheme as well as a high level implementation plan.

Additional documents:

Decision:

AGREED

 

(1)     To approve and authorise the making and implementation of the recommended Council Tax Support Scheme as set out in section 4 and Appendix A of the report, to be effective from 1 April 2020.

 

(2)     To note the outcome of the consultation on proposals to change the Local Council Tax Support scheme, as detailed in Section 6 and Appendices G & H of the report.

 

(3)     To note the findings on equalities and other impacts arising from the proposed Council Tax Support scheme as set out in sections 5 and 10 of the report.

 

(4)     To approve the decision not to offer Transitional Protection to existing claimants who are adversely affected by the change to the new scheme, for the reasons set out in Section 5 of the report

 

(5)     To note alternative scheme options that existed and the reasons for these options being discarded.

 

(6)     To note the draft plan of implementation activities scheduled between December 2019 and March 2020.

16.

Inclusive Growth Strategy 2019-2040 pdf icon PDF 97 KB

This report sets out the Council’s Inclusive Growth Strategy for 2019-2040 for Council to endorse prior to final approval and publication.

Additional documents:

Decision:

AGREED

 

(1)     To note the Inclusive Growth Strategy 2019-2040.

 

(2)     To note that the Inclusive Growth Strategy research base, strategy documents and video would be presented to Cabinet for approval prior to publishing the strategy documents on the Council’s website, and disseminating the same to key partners and stakeholders.

17.

Revoking a Byelaw to Enable Cycling In Parks and Open Spaces pdf icon PDF 151 KB

This report details the outcome of the consultation regarding the revocation of byelaw 7ii of the Open Spaces and Pleasure Grounds that prohibits cycling in Brent’s parks and open spaces and as a result seeks formal approval to the byelaw being revoked.

Additional documents:

Decision:

AGREED

 

(1)      To approve and make the revocation of byelaw 7ii, in the terms set out in Appendix B of the report.

 

(2)      To note the process followed by officers to revoke the byelaw following approval from the General Purposes Committee on 19th March 2019.

 

(3)      To note the outcome of the public consultation conducted from 7 June and 19 July 2019 for revoking byelaw 7 (ii).

18.

Draft Statement of Licensing Policy pdf icon PDF 97 KB

This report seeks approval to formally adopt the Statement of Licensing Policy and proposed Cumulative Impact Zones within Brent.

Additional documents:

Decision:

AGREED

 

(1)     To approve the Statement of Licensing Policy as detailed within Appendix A of the report and Cumulative Impact Zones as detailed within Appendix B of the report.   

 

(2)     To note that the Cumulative Impact zones proposed would need to be reviewed within 3 years.

19.

Motions

Members are sked to note that no motions have been submitted for debate at this meeting of the Council.

Additional documents:

Decision:

No motions were submitted for consideration at the meeting.

20.

Urgent Business

At the discretion of the Mayor to consider any urgent business, in accordance with Standing Order 30(s).

Additional documents:

Decision:

None.