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20/07/2021 - Review of Housing Allocations Scheme (Non-Key Member Decision) ref: 5603    Recommendations Approved

To seek approval from the Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, in consultation with the Leader of the Council, to commence the process of statutory consultation in relation to the proposed changes to the Council’s allocations scheme as set out in section 4 of the report. after consultation, the responses will be considered and proposals to amend the Council’s allocation scheme will be submitted to Cabinet for consideration and approval.

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reform

Decision published: 21/07/2021

Effective from: 20/07/2021

Decision:

That the Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, following consultation with the Leader of the Council:

 

i)             Approves the commencement of the statutory consultation process on the proposed amendments to the Council’s allocations scheme as set out in the report.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Laurence Coaker


19/07/2021 - Any other urgent business ref: 5601    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 19/07/2021

Decision:

None.


19/07/2021 - Exclusion of Press and Public ref: 5600    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 19/07/2021

Decision:

There were no items that required the exclusion of the press or public.


19/07/2021 - Reference of item considered by Scrutiny Committees (if any) ref: 5599    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 19/07/2021

Decision:

There were no references from Scrutiny submitted for consideration at the meeting.


19/07/2021 - Petitions (if any) ref: 5602    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 19/07/2021

Decision:

Cabinet received a petition submitted by Mr Sanjeev Shah representing parents of children who play for Forest United Youth FC.  The petition called on the Council to intervene in order to save the Football Club and provide them with a permanent home.  In presenting the petition Mr Shah highlighted what he felt to be the important legacy and role the Football Club played within the local community.  Highlighting its proximity to Wembley as the home of football, Mr Shah was keen to ensure the clubs future was secured within Brent along with the provision of permanent facilities and a clubhouse on John Billam and Tenterden Sports Ground.

 

Councillor Tatler (as Lead Member for Regeneration, Property & Planning) in responding to the petition began by recognising the role which the club served within the local community.  Highlighting the Council’s support for all grass roots sports clubs across the borough, an assurance was provided of the Council’s intention to continue working with the club in order to maintain and secure their continued provision and appropriate facilities at John Billam and Tenterden Sport Ground.  Clarification was provided that the current relocation of the club had been on a temporary basis to enable essential drainage works to be undertaken in order to secure and protect the long term future of the playing fields and the clubs ongoing use of the facility.  It was also noted that a formal response would be provided to the various issues raised under the petition and in supporting correspondence from the Club.

 

Having noted the response provided Councillor M.Butt (Leader of the Council) ended by welcoming the contribution at the meeting and reaffirming the Council’s support and commitment to securing the clubs future within Brent given its value to the local community and in order to continue delivering the best outcome for all.


19/07/2021 - Matters Arising (if any) ref: 5598    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 19/07/2021

Decision:

None


19/07/2021 - Minutes of the Previous Meeting ref: 5597    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 19/07/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED that the minutes of the previous meeting held on Monday 14 June 2021 be approved as an accurate record of the meeting.


19/07/2021 - Declarations of Interest ref: 5596    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 19/07/2021

Decision:

None.


19/07/2021 - Apologies for Absence ref: 5595    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 19/07/2021

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Carolyn Downs (Chief Executive) & Gail Tolley (Strategic Director, Children & Young People who was represented by Nigel Chapman)


19/07/2021 - Kilburn Square Housing Projects ref: 5585    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet to delegate decision to Strategic Director of Community Well-being to seek approval from the Secretary of State to appropriate land and advise Cabinet of the intention to deliver infill development following consultation with stakeholders.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 27/07/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To note the importance of the refurbishment works for the tower block and low rise maisonettes, and endorse the timeline and intention to establish a portfolio of options to support leaseholders with the payment of the recharge for the refurbishment works.

 

(2)      To note the increased engagement that was planned, primarily but not exclusively with residents of Kilburn Square for the proposed development, and endorse the project team to recommended changes to the designs following the outcome of engagement.

 

(3)      To delegate authority for the Strategic Director Community Wellbeing in consultation with the Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reform to consult with those affected by the appropriation of Kilburn Square Site, the Clinic Site or the Brondesbury Road Site, (the Sites) and to consider the results from the equality monitoring highlighted in 6.2 of the report to ensure compliance with the Public Sector Equality Duty as well as the responses of the consultation and thereafter, and where relevant, to appropriate the Sites for planning purposes in order to facilitate the redevelopment of the site for which planning permission was being sought.

 

(4)      To delegate authority to the Strategic Director Community Wellbeing in consultation with the Lead Member for Housing & Welfare Reform to make an application to seek the Secretary of State’s consent under section 19 of the Housing Act 1985 to appropriate for another purpose (here for planning purposes in order to facilitate the redevelopment of the Sites for which Planning Permission is being sought) any part of Kilburn Square Site, the Clinic Site or the Brondesbury Road Site including any part consisting of a house or part of a house so that parts of these sites are no longer held for the purposes of Part ll of the Housing Act 1985.

 

(5)     To delegate authority to the Strategic Director Community Wellbeing in consultation with the Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reform to undertake the consultation pursuant to section 122 (2A) of the Local Government Act 1972 to consider the response to the consultation to appropriate the open space for planning purposes in order to facilitate the redevelopment of the open space for which Planning Permission was being sought.

 

(6)     To agree to apply section 203 of the Housing and Planning Act to override third party rights and to pay affected third parties compensation where required by statute.

Wards affected: Kilburn;

Lead officer: Kathryn Eames


19/07/2021 - Watling Gardens & Windmill Estate Infill Redevelopment Programme ref: 5586    Recommendations Approved

Cabinet to delegate decision to Strategic Director of Community Well-being to seek approval from the Secretary of State to appropriate land and if necessary seek approval to CPO leaseholder interests and approve the full infill development as proposed following consultation.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 27/07/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)     To authorise the Strategic Director Community Wellbeing to seek the approval of the Secretary of State to redevelop the sites under Ground 10A of Schedule 2 of the Housing Act 1985 to obtain vacant possession of properties at Watling Gardens and Windmill Court separately in order to redevelop and or demolish each of the Sites.

 

(2)     To delegate authority for the Strategic Director Community Wellbeing to make an application to seek the Secretary of State’s consent under section 19 of the Housing Act 1985 to appropriate any part of Watling Gardens, Windmill Court or Kilburn Square including any part consisting of a house or part of a house so that parts of these sites were no longer held for the purposes of Part ll of the Housing Act 1985.

 

(3)     To delegate authority to the Strategic Director Community Wellbeing in consultation with the Lead Member for Housing & Welfare Reform to consider the impact of the Public Sector Equality implications and to ensure compliance with such duty and thereafter to consult with those affected by the appropriation of Watling Gardens and Windmill Court and to consider the responses of the consultation and thereafter and where appropriate to appropriate each of the sites separately for planning purposes in order to facilitate the redevelopment of the site for which planning permission was being sought.

 

(4)     To note the offers made to secure tenants and leaseholders within Appendix 1 and 2 of the report which aimed to maximise choice and secure a better match with individual circumstances, by offering shared ownership and shared equity options and reversion to tenancy for vulnerable leaseholders.

 

(5)     To authorise the purchase of leasehold interests required for the schemes by private treaty and delegate authority to Strategic Director Regeneration & Environment, in consultation with the Lead Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning to agree the terms of each purchase and enter into Contracts and to agree the payment of compensation in accordance with the Circular mentioned in section 6 of the report.

 

(6)     To delegate authority to the Strategic Director Community Wellbeing to take all necessary steps to commence the process for the making, confirmation and implementation of a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) for Watling Gardens or Windmill Court separately, including securing the appointment of suitable external advisors for each of the Sites and preparing all necessary CPO documentation under delegated authority.  The key steps to make a CPO are set out in section 6 of the report and prior to doing this there will be a need to consider and have due regard to the impact of the Council’s Public Sector Equality Duty

 

(7)     To agree that the use of CPO powers is exercised after balancing the rights of individual property owners with the requirement to obtain vacant possession of properties at Watling Gardens and Windmill Court.

 

(8)     To authorise serving of the initial demolition notices to suspend the secure tenants’ right to buy at Watling Gardens and Windmill Court and to serve the final demotion notices once the date for demolition was known.

Wards affected: Mapesbury;

Lead officer: John Magness


19/07/2021 - Corporate Performance - Q4 2020/21 Performance Report ref: 5594    Recommendations Approved

Note the performance information contained in the report.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 27/07/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To note the performance information contained in the report.

 

(2)     To note the current and future strategic risks associated with the information provided and agree the remedial actions on strategic risks identified as appropriate alongside the challenge on progress being provided with responsible officers as necessary.

Lead officer: Chatan Popat


19/07/2021 - Article 4 Directions Removing Permitted Development Rights for Change of Use From Class E commercial, business and service uses to C3 dwelling houses and redevelopment of office, research and development and light industry to C3 dwelling houses ref: 5588    Recommendations Approved

To approve a number of Article 4 directions to remove permitted development rights for change of use and redevelopment of a range of Class E uses to residential Class C3 dwelling houses.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 27/07/2021

Decision:

Having noted the addendum to the report, Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To note the changes to the planning system and the options for Article 4 Directions available.

 

(2)      To approve the making of Article 4 Directions removing the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (England) Order 2015 (as amended) permitted development rights for:

 

A)        Class MA commercial, business and service uses to dwelling houses and Class ZA demolition of buildings and construction of new dwellings in their place for all Strategic Industrial Locations and Locally Significant Industrial Sites designations within the draft Brent Local Plan as set out in Appendix 2 of the report;

B)        Class MA commercial, business and service uses to dwellinghouses and Class ZA demolition of buildings and construction of new dwellinghouses in their place for all draft Local Plan site allocations as set out in Appendix 3.

C)       (as amended within the addendum) Class M certain uses to dwelling houses and Class MA commercial, business and service uses to dwelling houses at ground floor level for all designated town centres and Class MA for use class E(g)(i) offices on non-ground floors as identified in the draft Brent Local Plan as set out in Appendix 4 of the report.

D)       Class MA for office, research and development and light industrial (Use Class E (g)) in the remainder of the borough outside areas covered by a), b) and c) recommended above as set out in Appendix 5 of the report.

 

(3)      To approve the delegation of consideration of representations received and the decision on whether to confirm the Article 4 directions to the Strategic Director of Regeneration and Environment in association with the Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Property and Planning.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Paul Lewin


19/07/2021 - Qtr1 Financial Report 2021/22 ref: 5592    Recommendations Approved

To note the overall financial position and the actions being taken to manage the issues arising.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 27/07/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED to note the overall financial position and the actions being taken to manage the issues arising as detailed within the report.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Minesh Patel


19/07/2021 - Financial Outturn Report 2020/21 ref: 5591    Recommendations Approved

to note the overall financial position and the actions taken to managed the issues.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 27/07/2021

Decision:

Cabinet REOLVED to note the overall financial outturn position for 2020/21.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Benjamin Ainsworth


19/07/2021 - Brent Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy (NCIL) Projects ref: 5590    Recommendations Approved

To approve the NCIL allocation of projects close to or more than £100k for round 2 2021.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 27/07/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To approve the NCIL allocation of:

 

·                £194,988 for Jason Roberts Foundation - Connect Brent Project: to undertake much needed upgrading works at The Pavilion, the community centre where the charity was based. The project would make the centre an all-weather facility that could be used by residents and community groups all year-round, by erecting a steel canopy over the multi-games area and 5-a-side pitch.

 

·                £100,000 for Brent Music Service in partnership with local Harlesden schools and community groups – Brent Music Service Harlesden Music Centre Project: Providing local, easily accessible venues to address the barriers preventing CYP participation in out-of-school music activity. Weekly centres would be available for children in Harlesden schools and would become progressively more visible in the community as the project progressed.

 

·                £124,700 for Queen's Park Area Residents' Association (QPARA) in partnership with Brent Council – Keslake Pocket Park Improvements Project: The project would remodel Keslake Pocket Park to make it safer and design out anti-social behaviour, crime, loitering and littering by providing a layout and street components that created a well-lit, safe, and open space. There would be increased visibility both into and across the space and the new design would provide a pleasing visual amenity, as well as a small square area for the local community.

 

·                £100,000 for Alperton residents in partnership with Brent Council - Creating an Open Space for the Whole Community Project: The proposal by the residents was to enhance the quality of Alperton Sports Ground and address concerns raised by residents around the lack of outdoor and play facilities, anti-social behaviour, security and safety concerns as a result of development.

 

(2)     To note and endorse the NCIL applications less than £100,000 approved by the Panel as summarised in section 8.3 of the report.

 

(3)     To note that following approval of these projects, the final stage would involve the Grants Manager undertaking further scrutiny in order to ensure a deliverable measurable outcome analysis was completed in conjunction with the delivery agency. This would form part of a signed legally binding funding agreement that was regularly monitored. If the outcomes are not in line with Brent Council priorities and not agreed, the funding offer may be withdrawn.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Kate Lambert


19/07/2021 - Proposals to change Special Educational Need Designation and change published admission numbers (PAN) for Phoenix Arch School ref: 5589    Recommendations Approved

To alter the special needs designation at Phoenix Arch School from ASD and SEMH to ASD.

 

To increase the PAN from 55 to 68 if the school can secure planning permission to expand the building.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 27/07/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To approve the proposal to amend the designation of Phoenix Arch Special School from a designation of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) to ASD only.

 

(2)     To approve the proposal to increase the Published Admission Number (PAN) within the school from 55 to a maximum of 68, subject to the school gaining planning permission for an expansion of the existing school building.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Nigel Chapman


19/07/2021 - Housing Rechargeable Repairs Policy ref: 5587    Recommendations Approved

to ...Agree the implementation of the Rechargeable Repairs Policy

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 27/07/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To note the content of the report including the results of the resident consultation exercise and the Equality Impact Assessment

 

(2)      To approve the Housing Rechargeable Repairs Policy for implementation.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Giuseppe Coia


19/07/2021 - Medium Term Financial Outlook ref: 5593    Recommendations Approved

This report sets out the overall financial position facing the Council and highlights the significant risks, issues and uncertainties.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 27/07/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)     To note the contents of the report and the potential financial impact on the Council’s Medium Term Financial Strategy.

 

(2)     To agree the budget setting process for 2022/23, including the approach to consultation and scrutiny, as set out in section five of the report.

 

(3)     To note and agree the proposed 2020/21 capital budget carry forwards and capital virements, as set out in section six of the report.

 

(4)     To note the financial position with regards to the Housing Revenue Account, as set out in section seven of the report.

 

(5)     To note the financial position with regards to Schools and the Dedicated Schools Grant, as set out in section eight of the report.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: Ravinder Jassar


19/07/2021 - Affordable Homes Programme ref: 5584    Recommendations Approved

To update Cabinet on the programme and seek to tender various contracts.

Decision Maker: Cabinet

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Cabinet

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 27/07/2021

Decision:

Cabinet RESOLVED:

 

(1)     To note the contents of the report and progress to date on delivering both the New Council Homes Programme (NCHP) and other programmes and projects to deliver 5,000 new affordable homes in the borough by 2024.

 

(2)     To note the demand forecasts and that the current programme would continue to reduce the demand for permanent Council Homes.

 

(3)     To delegate authority to the Strategic Director, Community Wellbeing, in consultation with the Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, to agree pre-tender considerations, invite tenders, evaluate tenders and thereafter to award development / construction contracts with developers / contractors in respect of the site listed in section 6.5 of the report (Church End).

 

(4)     To delegate authority to the Strategic Director, Community Wellbeing, in consultation with the Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, to agree pre-tender considerations, invite tenders, evaluate tenders and thereafter to award development / construction contracts with developers / contractors in respect of the sites listed in section 6.3, 6.7 and 6.10 of the report, should the Council be unable to agree costs with the contractor appointed from the SCAPE Framework.

 

(5)     To delegate authority to the Strategic Director, Community Wellbeing, in consultation with the Lead Member for Housing and Welfare Reform, to agree pre-tender considerations, invite tenders, evaluate tenders and thereafter to award any High Value supply, services and/or design contracts in respect of the sites listed in section 6.0 of the report.

Wards affected: (All Wards);

Lead officer: John Magness


12/07/2021 - Approval of resolution for reason of member non-attendance at meetings ref: 5578    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

Council RESOLVED to approve in relation to each member of the Council, in accordance with Section 85 of the Local Government Act 1972, the following reason set out below in respect of non-attendance of any member until the Council’s annual meeting in May 2022:

 

The councillor has been unable to attend as a member (including remote attendance during the period that the Local Authorities and Police and Crime Panels (Coronavirus) (Flexibility of Local Authority and Police and Crime Panel Meetings) (England and Wales) Regulations 2020 were in force) any relevant meeting (as defined within paragraph 3.1 of the report) throughout a 6-month period due to the circumstances set out in section 3.4 of the report.


12/07/2021 - Financial Regulations and Scheme of Virements and Transfers ref: 5577    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

Council RESOLVED:

 

(1)      To agree the proposed Financial Regulations as set out within Appendix A of the report to replace the current Financial Regulations in the constitution.

 

(2)      To agree the proposed Scheme of Virements and Transfers as set out within Appendix B of the report to replace the current Scheme of Virements and Transfers in the constitution.


12/07/2021 - Changes to the Constitution ref: 5575    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

Council RESOLVED:

 

(1)        To agree the designation of the Operational Director, Adult Social Care as the council’s statutory Director of Adult Social Services (DASS).

 

(2)    To agree the designation of the Senior Lawyer, Constitution and Governance as the council’s Data Protection Officer (DPO).

 

(3)    To agree that the delegation of council functions in Appendix 1 of the report remain in place until the next meeting of Full Council in September 2021.

 

(4)    To note that the delegation of executive functions in Appendix 1 of the report would remain in place until the next meeting of Full Council in September 2021, unless otherwise determined by the Leader.

 

(5)    To note that, to the extent that the changes set out in this report relate to executive functions of the Council, they had been approved by the Leader.

 

(6)    To authorise the Director of Legal, HR, Audit & Investigations to amend the Constitution accordingly, including making any necessary incidental or consequential changes.


12/07/2021 - Treasury Management Outturn Report 2020-21 ref: 5574    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

Council RESOLVED:

 

(1)        To note and approve, following its consideration by Audit & Standards Advisory Committee on 11 May 2021 and Cabinet on 14 June 2021 the the 2020/21 Treasury Management outturn report, in compliance with CIPFA’s Code of Practice on Treasury Management (the Code).

 

(2)        To note that for 2020/21 the Council had complied with its Prudential Indicators which were approved by Full Council on 19 February 2020 as part of the Council’s Treasury Management Strategy Statement and Capital Strategy Statement.


12/07/2021 - Recovery from Covid-19 ref: 5573    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

Council RESOLVED:

 

(1)     To agree the establishment of a £17m reserve as detailed in the report as part of the Borough’s COVID-19 recovery plan.

 

(2)     To agree that the new £17m reserve be established through re-designation of existing reserves that were set aside to manage the financial impact of COVID-19 and, where dealing with health inequalities, the ring fenced Public Health reserves.


12/07/2021 - Apologies for Absence ref: 5562    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Abi, Akram, Colwill, Conneely, Crane, Daly, Denselow, Dixon, Donnelly-Jackson, Lloyd, R.Patel, Perrin and Shah.

 

An apology for lateness was received from Councillor Chan.


12/07/2021 - Urgent Business ref: 5580    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

No urgent items of business were raised at the meeting.


12/07/2021 - Motions ref: 5579    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

(1)      The following motion submitted by the Conservative Group was declared lost:

 

Protect Our Environment

 

This Council notes the concerns of Brent Residents Against Asphalt Pavements, namely:

 

a.      The basis for the Council’s policy adopted in May 2016 to replace paving slabs by asphalt when footways are being renewed; and 

 

b.      The implementation and apparent further evolution of the policy up to the present time.

 

This Council believes that:

 

·                The programme is atheistically ugly.

 

·                The programme is environmentally harmful.

 

The programme is costly in comparison to replacing and repairing existing slab and or block paving.

 

·                The Residents were not and are not properly consulted and their views are ignored.

 

This Council therefore calls on the Leader of the Council and the Cabinet to halt the roll out of this programme forthwith and revert to repair and replace the pavement like for like.

 

Councillors Georgiou, Kansagra and Maurice voted in favour of the above motion.  All other members present at the meeting voted against the motion.

 

(2)      The following Motion submitted by the Labour Group was approved:

 

The road to recovery

 

This Council recognises how deeply the pandemic has impacted on the lives and livelihoods of the people of Brent.

 

This Council acknowledges the toll taken on all residents, not least those already enduing, pre-COVID19, the enormous difficulties of poverty and deprivation.

 

This Council commends the huge civic effort that enabled the speedy and sustained provision of essential support to those prevented by various lockdown restrictions from meeting their own needs.

 

This Council applauds communities that have come together in these difficult times, and commends key workers that have given so much of themselves in keeping vital services running.

 

This Council notes:

 

·                The implementation of the invaluable Resident Support Fund through which thousands of households could access desperately needed financial assistance

 

·                The delivery of the Covid-19 Winter Grant Scheme supporting families in need over the winter period

 

·                The provision of nearly £100m for local business impacted by Covid-19

 

·                Its ability to help meet the third highest level of demand in England for self-employment support packages

 

·                The enhancement of Brent Start and Brent Works to ensure that Brent’s workforce remains connected to nearby employment opportunities

 

·                The outstanding help and support provided to high numbers of clinically extremely vulnerable residents

 

·                The public health partnerships that have enabled the large scale and ongoing roll out of vaccinations

 

This Council commits itself to continue building on these successes and embraces the fact that there remains much to be done on this borough’s road to recovery.

 

To that end, this Council is determined to:

 

·                Deliver on its Climate and Ecological Emergency pledge to become a carbon neutral borough.

 

·                Launch the Business Support Fund and Additional Grant Scheme, providing local enterprise with access to a wide range of financial and advisory resources.

 

·                Collaborate locally to provide affordable and creative co-working space in response to people’s new working patterns.

 

Councillors Kansagra and Maurice abstained from voting on the above motion.


12/07/2021 - Report from the Vice-Chair of the Audit & Standards Advisory Committee ref: 5571    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

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


12/07/2021 - Report from Chairs of Scrutiny Committees ref: 5582    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

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

 

Responses were also provided by the relevant Scrutiny Chairs on the following additional questions raised during the open session of this part of the meeting:

 

·                Councillor Thakkar regarding the changes that had been made to maternity services at Northwick Park as an outcome of the recent CQC Inspection and discussions between the Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee and relevant partners.


12/07/2021 - Questions from the Opposition and other Non-Cabinet Members ref: 5581    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

NOTED

 

1.      The written and supplementary verbal response provided by the Deputy Leader to a question submitted by Councillor Ahmed regarding the continued support being provided for local residents and businesses as part of the Covid-19 recovery programme.

 

2.      The written and supplementary verbal response provided by the Lead Member for Environment to a question submitted by Councillor Hylton in relation to the progress being made in building back better as part of the commitments contained within the Council’s Climate Emergency Strategy and involvement of local businesses in the Brent Environmental Network.

 

3.      The written and supplementary response provided by the Lead Member for Housing & Welfare Reform regarding progress in addressing the findings contained within the report from the Independent Poverty Commission and with specific reference to food poverty.

 

4.      The written and supplementary verbal response provided by the Lead Member for Environment to a question submitted by Councillor Maurice regarding representations being made to TfL on extension of the ULEZ and its impact on residents accessing the Household Waste and Recycling Centre  at Abbey Road.

 

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 Kelcher regarding residents’ concerns around noise and pollution from the funfair in Roundwood Park.

·                Councillor Georgiou regarding the support available to help home-based small and micro businesses during the pandemic.

·                Councillor Kennelly regarding the support available to leaseholders affected by the cladding scandal and efforts to ensure it did not happen again.

·                Councillor Thakkar regarding what had been learned from the vaccination rollout and concerns around the effects of Long Covid.

·                Councillor Afzal regarding how the Council would be working with its partners to tackle discrimination and abuse in football on social media.

·                Councillor Mahmood regarding the introduction of ULEZ charges in the borough.

·                Councillor Choudhary regarding the actions being taken by the Council to provide a Covid-19 economic recovery programme.

·                Councillor Long regarding how the Council would be working with Thames Water to resolve rainwater drainage issues across the borough and specifically within Willesden Green.

·                Councillor Kennelly regarding the funding available to tackle violent crime within hotspots identified in the north of the borough.

·                Councillor Georgiou regarding whether the Deputy Leader would be willing to meet with residents who had felt excluded from pandemic-related grant funding.


12/07/2021 - Non Cabinet Members' Debate ref: 5572    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

The following motion was agreed as an outcome of the non-cabinet member debate:

 

Somewhere to call Home

 

This Council understands that housing is amongst this city’s greatest social and economic challenges.

 

This Council recognises that there are no quick fixes or easy options, but remains nonetheless determined to make things better.

 

This Council can be proud of how far it has come in tackling the many problems afflicting the borough’s many housing markets and systems.

 

This Council notes its record of:

 

·             Helping deliver more than 11,000 new homes, almost 30% of which at social or affordable level, including more than 1,000 brand new council homes;

 

·             Bringing council housing services back in-house, leading to improvements in performance;

 

·             Beginning the process of properly regulating and responding to the needs of people living in this borough’s substantial private rental market; and

 

·             Tackling homelessness by developing i4B, an ethically managed, council-owned private rental service.

 

That said, this Council is of course alive to the fact that there is obviously much more to do if housing is to be made universally affordable, readily available, and of the highest possible standards.

 

To that end, this Council is determined to build on its proud record, and is committed to continue:

 

·             Pressing government on giving us the powers we need to roll out landlord licensing across the borough;

 

·             Campaigning against government plans to strip local residents of their democratic rights to participate in and contribute to the planning process;

 

·             Intervening earlier when residents are at risk of homelessness, giving them the best possible chance of getting back on their feet;

 

·             Helping every resident who loses their home find another they can afford;

 

·             Working with other London boroughs and local partners to provide guaranteed emergency shelter to anyone forced to sleep rough;

 

·             Growing i4B, changing the nature of the rental market from the inside, making it a fairer, more affordable, and decent place to live;

 

·             Developing a new generation of Key Worker housing;

 

·             Making it easier for those residents who need help to downsize, relocate or find a more suitable home;

 

·             Encouraging and supporting the formation of independent Tenants and Residents Associations in the homes that we provide and manage, calling on Housing Associations to do the same; and

 

·             Pressuring government to properly fund and support essential fire safety works across the public and private sectors.


12/07/2021 - Petitions (if any) ref: 5569    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

No petitions were received for debate at the meeting.


12/07/2021 - Questions from Members of the Public & Brent Youth Parliament ref: 5568    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

NOTED

 

1.          That no questions had been submitted for response by members of the public.

 

2.          That no questions had been submitted for response by the Brent Youth Parliament.


12/07/2021 - Deputations (if any) ref: 5567    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

No deputations were received at the meeting.


12/07/2021 - Reports from the Leader and Cabinet ref: 5570    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

NOTED the report and update provided at the meeting by Councillor M. Butt, Leader of the Council, highlighting the ongoing work being undertaken across each Cabinet portfolio in response to the Covid 19 recovery programme and delivery of ongoing support and services to residents.  Members were also asked to note the list of urgent Executive decisions taken since the last Council meeting.


12/07/2021 - Appointments to Committees and Outside Bodies and Appointment of Chairs/Vice Chairs (if any) ref: 5566    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

No change in the appointments to Committees or Outside Bodies were submitted for approval at the meeting.


12/07/2021 - Mayor's Announcements (including any petitions received) ref: 5565    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

NOTED

 

1.         The statement made by the Chief Executive prior to the start of the Mayors Announcements relating to the scenes around Wembley Stadium in the build up to the UEFA Championship final on Sunday 11 July 21.  Referring to the unacceptable nature of the scenes witnessed, the Chief Executive advised of the work being undertaken with partners at the FA, Police and within the Wembley Safety Advisory Group to review what had happened in order to avoid anything similar being experienced and improve the management of future major events at Wembley.  Turning to the more positive nature of the championships, the opportunity was also taken to congratulate the England Team for their achievements and inspiration provided both off and on the pitch and to thank all those involved for the work in ensuring the overall tournament was delivered successfully.

 

2.         The announcements which followed from the Mayor in relation to:

 

·                The thanks expressed on behalf of members to all staff and partners involved in the safe delivery of the UEFA Euro 2020 Championship matches at Wembley Stadium.

·                The result of the Brondesbury Park by-election and welcoming Councillor Grahl as the newly elected member to the Council.

·                The Queen’s Birthday Honours List & MBE awarded to Councillor Southwood

·                The Royal British Legion 100th Anniversary

·                The Garden Studios Tour

·                The Visit to Vaccine Centres and delivery events

·                The Windrush Day celebrations

·                The NHS Social Care & Frontline Workers Day

·                The Srebrenica Memorial Event

·                Petitions


12/07/2021 - Declarations of Interest ref: 5564    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

No declarations of interest were made at the meeting.


12/07/2021 - Minutes of the Previous Meeting ref: 5563    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Council

Made at meeting: 12/07/2021 - Council

Decision published: 16/07/2021

Effective from: 12/07/2021

Decision:

The minutes of the Annual Council meeting held on Thursday 29 April 2021 were approved as a correct record.


14/07/2021 - Barham Park Car Park Charges (Officer Recordable Decision) ref: 5576    Recommendations Approved

To summarise the outcome of consutlation on a proposed adjustment for parking charges and operational controls at Barham Park Car Park to align charges at this car park with other Brent Council owned and operated car parks.

Decision Maker: Strategic Director - Regeneration and Environment

Decision published: 15/07/2021

Effective from: 14/07/2021

Decision:

That, following consultation with the Lead Member for Environment, the Strategic Director Regeneration and Environment:

 

i)             Notes the outcome of the consultation

 

ii)            Approves authority to change Barham Park Car Park’s operational hours and charges in line with the existing Traffic Management Order (TMO) covering other Brent car parks.

 

iii)           Approves signage and operational controls to be corrected so that it corresponds to the existing TMO covering all Brent Council car parks, as a statutory requirement under the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

Wards affected: Sudbury;

Lead officer: Anthony Vartanian