Agenda and minutes

Annual Meeting, Full Council
Wednesday, 23rd May, 2018 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Hammersmith Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Kayode Adewumi  Tel: 020 8753 2499

Items
No. Item

8.1

Audio recording of the meeting MP3 37 MB

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1.

Election of the Mayor

Minutes:

7.00pm – Councillor Michael Cartwright, as the outgoing Mayor, took the Chair at the start of the meeting.

 

Councillor Colin Aherne proposed, seconded by Councillor Zarar Qayyum, that Councillor Daryl Brown be elected Mayor of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for the 2018/19 Municipal Year.

 

There being no further nominations, the proposal was formally put to the vote:

 

FOR:                           UNANIMOUS

AGAINST:                   0

NOT VOTING:            0

 

The recommendation was declared CARRIED.

 

7.05pm – RESOLVED:

 

That Councillor Daryl Brown was duly elected Mayor of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for the 2018/19 Municipal Year, following which she made the stautory Declaration of Acceptance of Office and signed the statutory undertaking to observe the Code of Conduct for Councillors.

 

Under Standing Order 21(d), the Mayor suspended the meeting while she put on the Mayor’s robes.

 

(The meeting was suspended until 7.15pm)

 

The Mayor then made a brief speech thanking the constituents of North End Ward for electing her and her fellow Councillors, the outgoing Mayor Michael Cartwright, and her family for their support. She announced that she was nominating H&F Foodbank as her charity for the year.

 

The Mayor announced that she was appointing her husband, Mr Benito Brown, as her Consort as Miss Cristina Brown, Miss Karan Brown, Mrs Diana Belshaw, and Mrs Sally Taylor as Mayoresses for the 2018/19 Municipal Year.

 

The Mayor then announced she had appointed Councillor Mercy Umeh as Deputy Mayor for the 2018/19 Municipal Year. She informed the Council that Mr Maxwell Umeh had been appointed as Deputy Mayor’s Consort for the 2018/19 Municipal Year.

 

The Mayor nominated Reverend Lesley Belinda of St. Andrews Church as the Mayor’s Chaplin.

 

The Leader of the Council (elect), Councillor Stephen Cowan, moved that the past Mayor’s Badge be presented to Michael Cartwright in recognition of his service to the Council in undertaking the office of the Mayor, and in carrying out other associated civic duties as a Councillor, which was unanimously agreed.

 

The Leader (elect) then made a speech about Michael Cartwright’s long and storied career of public service and heralded him as a role model for new members. Councillor Andrew Brown, Leader of the Opposition, also thanked the outgoing Mayor for his service. Michael Cartwright accepted his badge and made a short speech.

 

A vote of thanks was given to the past Mayoress Rosemary Pettit for her work supporting the past Mayor in carrying out his civic functions. Rosemary Pettit then came forward to receive her badge.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 376 KB

To approve and sign the minutes of the meeting held on 21 February 2018.

Minutes:

RESOLVED

That the minutes of the Council Meeting held on 21 February 2018were agreed and signed as an accurate record.

3.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

4.

Mayor's/Chief Executive's Announcements pdf icon PDF 192 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The Chief Executive, Kim Dero, introduced Hammersmith & Fulham’s new Youth Mayor, Federica Del Brollo, and H&F’s new Member of Youth Parliament, Emma Ganhem. They were elected by schools in the borough in April 2018.

 

The Chief Executive also informed the Council that Keith Simpson of the Mayor’s Office had been appointed Prime Warden of the Guild of Mace Bearers.

5.

Declarations of Interests

If a Councillor has a disclosable pecuniary interest in a particular item, whether or not it is entered in the Authority’s register of interests, or any other significant interest which they consider should be declared in the public interest, they should declare the existence and, unless it is a sensitive interest as defined in the Member Code of Conduct, the nature of the interest at the commencement of the consideration of that item or as soon as it becomes apparent.

 

At meetings where members of the public are allowed to be in attendance and speak, any Councillor with a disclosable pecuniary interest or other significant interest may also make representations, give evidence or answer questions about the matter.  The Councillor must then withdraw immediately from the meeting before the matter is discussed and any vote taken.

 

Where Members of the public are not allowed to be in attendance and speak, then the Councillor with a disclosable pecuniary interest should withdraw from the meeting whilst the matter is under consideration. Councillors who have declared other significant interests should also withdraw from the meeting if they consider their continued participation in the matter would not be reasonable in the circumstances and may give rise to a perception of a conflict of interest.

 

Councillors are not obliged to withdraw from the meeting where a dispensation to that effect has been obtained from the Audit, Pensions and Standards Committee. 

 

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

6.

Items for Discussion/Committee Reports

6.1

Results of the Local Government Elections on 3 May 2018 pdf icon PDF 224 KB

Minutes:

8.05pm – The report on the results of the Local Government Elections on 3 May 2018 was noted.

6.2

Party Appointments for the 2018-19 Municipal Year pdf icon PDF 202 KB

Minutes:

8.14pm – The report on the party appointments for the 2018-19 Municipal Year, with the amendment in the supplementary agenda, was noted.

 

Re-Order of the Agenda

Under Standing Order 15(e)3, Councillor Colin Aherne moved and Councillor Zarar Qayyum seconded a motion that Special Motion 7.1 relating to the appointment of a Leader take precendence on the agenda and be considered. This was agreed.

7.1

Special Motion 1 - Appointment of the Leader pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Minutes:

8.15pm – Councillor Colin Aherne moved, seconded by Councillor Zarar Qayyum, the special motion standing in their names.

 

“This Council agrees the appointment of Councillor Stephen Cowan as the Leader of the Council.”

 

The motion was put to the vote:

 

FOR:                          UNANIMOUS

AGAINST:                  0

NOT VOTING:           0

 

The motion was declared CARRIED.

 

8.15pm – RESOLVED:

 

This Council agrees the appointment of Councillor Stephen Cowan as the Leader of the Council.

6.3

Allocation of Seats and Proportionality on Committees pdf icon PDF 226 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

8.15pm – The report on the allocation of seats and proportionality on committees was noted.

6.4

Review of the Constitution pdf icon PDF 318 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

8.16pm – The report and recommendations were formally moved for adoption by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Cowan.

 

Speeches on the report were made by Councillor Sue Macmillan (for the Administration) and Councillor Alex Karmel (for the Opposition).

 

The report and recommendations were then put to the vote:

 

FOR:                          34

AGAINST:                  11

NOT VOTING:           1

 

The report and recommendations were declared CARRIED.

 

8.22pm – RESOLVED:

 

1.            That the composition of the Cabinet set out in paragraph 5.3 and the Cabinet Members’ Responsibilities and Portfolios outlined in Appendix 1, be noted.

 

2.            That the creation of 5 Assistants to the Cabinet positions assigned to support the Cabinet, be approved.

 

3.            That the Public Services Reform Policy and Accountability Committee be established and the terms of reference as set out in Appendix 2, be agreed.

 

4.            That the changes to Planning and Development Control Committee’s Terms of Reference, Financial Regulations, Officers’ Schemes of Delegation, and quorum of committees as set out in paragraph 5.8 and Appendices 3 - 5 of the report, be agreed.

 

5.            That subject to the approval of recommendations above, the Council’s Constitution be adopted for the 2018/19 Municipal Year.

6.5

Appointment by the Leader of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet pdf icon PDF 211 KB

Minutes:

8.23pm – The report on the appointment by the Leader of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet was noted.

6.6

Appointment of Chairs and Committee Memberships pdf icon PDF 221 KB

Minutes:

8.23pm – The report and recommendations were formally moved for adoption by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Cowan.

 

The report and recommendations were put to the vote:

 

FOR:                          UNANIMOUS

AGAINST:                  0

NOT VOTING:           0

 

The report and recommendations were declared CARRIED.

 

8.23pm – RESOLVED:

 

1.        That the Council agrees the appointments of Chairs and Memberships of Regulatory, Policy and Accountability and other Committees under its Constitution for the Municipal Year 2018/19, as set out in Appendix 1.

 

2.         This Council also notes their respective portfolios / terms of reference, as set out in the constitution.

6.7

Council Appointments to Local Government Organisations and Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 215 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

8.25pm – The report and recommendations were formally moved for adoption by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Cowan, as amended.

 

Councillor Adronie Alford made a speech on the report (for the Opposition).

 

The report and recommendations were put to the vote:

 

FOR:                          34

AGAINST:                  11

NOT VOTING:           1

 

The report and recommendations were declared CARRIED.

 

8.25pm – RESOLVED:

 

That the Council’s appointments to Local Government Organisations for 2018/19, as set out in Appendix 1 (with amendments in the supplementary agenda), and to Outside Bodies, as set out in Appendix 2 (with amendments in the supplementary agenda), be agreed.

6.8

Members' Allowance Report pdf icon PDF 348 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

8.26pm – The report and recommendations were formally moved for adoption by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Cowan.

 

The report and recommendations were put to the vote:

 

FOR:                          34

AGAINST:                  11

NOT VOTING:           1

 

The report and recommendations were declared CARRIED.

 

8.26pm – RESOLVED:

 

That the revisions to the Members’ Allowances Scheme 2018/19 as set out in the report and attached as Appendix 1, be approved.

7.

Special Motions

To consider and determine any Special Motions:

 

Minutes:

NOTE: Special Motion 1 – Appointment of the Leader was brought forward.

8.

Information Reports - To Note

8.1

The Administration's Manifesto 2018-2022 - The change we'll bring together pdf icon PDF 183 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

8.26pm – The Council received and noted the Labour Administration’s Manifesto for the Council for 2018-2022.

 

Councillor Bora Kwon made an oral presentation on the report that also served as her maiden speech. Speeches on the item were also made by Councillor Max Schmid (for the Administration) and Councillor Andrew Brown (for the Opposition).

8.2

Council Calendar 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 124 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

8.43pm – The report on the Council Calendar for 2018/19 was noted.

8.3

Special Urgency Decisions - Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 210 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

8.43pm – The monitoring report on Special Urgency Decisions was noted.