Agenda and minutes

Full Council
Wednesday, 18th July, 2018 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Hammersmith Town Hall. View directions

Contact: Kayode Adewumi  Tel: 020 8753 2499

Items
No. Item

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1.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 387 KB

To approve the minutes of the Full Council meeting held on 23 May 2018.

Minutes:

7.06pm – RESOLVED

That the minutes of the Annual Council Meeting held on 23 May 2018 were confirmed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair.

2.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Adronie Alford, Jonathan Caleb-Landy, and Sharon Holder.

3.

Mayor's/Chief Executive's Announcements

Minutes:

The Mayor informed the Council of the death of Mr Oliver Donohue, a former Labour Councillor who represented Wormholt Ward from 1970 to 1978. The Leader made a speech paying tribute to the late Mr Donohue. The Council then stood for a minute of silence in remembrance.

3.1

Youth Mayor's Activities

The Youth Mayor, Federica Del Brollo, will give a speech on the Youth Council’s activities, manifesto, and plans for the coming year.

Minutes:

The Youth Mayor, Federica Del Brollo, addressed the Council and made a speech about the Youth Council’s manifesto and goals for 2018-19. Speeches were then made by the Deputy Youth Mayor, Maddy Sala, and the Deputy Member of the Youth Parliament, Salsabeel Montague. Councillors Larry Culhane, Stephen Cowan (Leader of the Council), Andrew Brown, and Donald Johnson also made speeches on this item.

4.

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:

In respect of Special Motion 1 – ‘Heathrow Expansion’ – Councillor Mark Loveday declared a non-pecuniary interest as he had a small shareholding in International Airlines Group (IAG) the parent company of British Airways (BA). He considered that this did not give rise to a perception of a conflict of interests and, in the circumstances it would be reasonable to participate in the discussion and vote thereon.

 

In respect of Special Motion 1 – ‘Heathrow Expansion’ – Councillor Rory Vaughan declared a non-pecuniary interest as his wife owned a property in the Gatwick area. He considered that this did not give rise to a perception of a conflict of interests and, in the circumstances it would be reasonable to participate in the discussion and vote thereon.

 

In respect of Special Motion 3 – ‘Protecting Police Panels’ – Councillor Amanda Lloyd-Harris, declared a non-pecuniary interest as she was the current Chair of Palace Riverside Safer-Neighbourhood Panel. She considered that this did not give rise to a perception of a conflict of interests and, in the circumstances it would be reasonable to participate in the discussion and vote thereon.

5.

Items for Discussion/Committee Reports

5.1

Changes to Outside Bodies Appointments, Committee Memberships and Terms of Reference pdf icon PDF 238 KB

This report recommends some changes to Outside Bodies appointments, committee memberships, and committee terms of reference.

Minutes:

An amendment to this report was tabled at the start of the meeting.

 

7.23pm – The report and recommendations, as amended, were formally moved for adoption by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Cowan.

 

The report and recommendations, as amended, were then put to the vote:

 

FOR                            UNANIMOUS

AGAINST                    0

NOT VOTING             0

 

The report and recommendations, with the amendment noted below, were declared CARRIED.

 

7.24pm – RESOLVED

 

1.    That the following appointments to Local Government Organisations for 2018/19, and Outside Bodies, be agreed:

·         London Councils' Transport & Environment Committee (TEC) - Councillor David Morton as deputy for Councillor Harcourt Wesley

·         Earls Court and Olympia Charitable Trust - Councillor Daryl Brown to replace Councillor Rebecca Harvey

·         Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (Planning Committee) - Councillor Zarar Qayyum as a Substitute Member

·         Appointment of Council Nominated Trustees to the Hammersmith & Fulham CAB - Councillor Lisa Homan to replace James Doheny

 

2.    That Councillor Mercy Umeh replaces Councillor Fiona Smith on the Health, Inclusion and Social Care PAC.

 

3.    That Councillor Patricia Quigley replaces Councillor Sharon Holder on the Health and Wellbeing Board.

 

4.    To note the appointment of Councillor Asif Siddique to the Licensing Committee. That the size of the Pensions Sub Committee be reduced from 5 to 4, its terms of reference be amended, and note that the change to the size of the Sub Committee would not affect the overall Committees’ proportionality.

 

Amendment 1 – Appointments to Outside Bodies

Add the following appointments to Recommendation 1:

·         That Councillor David Morton be appointed to the Board of Directors of St Paul’s Court Ltd for a term of 1 year from 18 July 2018 to 18 July 2019.

 

·         That Councillor Patricia Quigley be appointed to the Governing Body of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust for a term of 3 years from 18 July 2018 to 18 July 2021.

 

Amendment 2 – Health & Wellbeing Board

Paragraph 4.5, bullet-point two - delete everything after “…Councillor Sharon Holder”. Councillor Lucy Richardson is to remain a deputy member of the Board.

6.

Special Motions

To consider and determine any Special Motions:

 

Minutes:

Under Standing Order 15(e)(3), Councillor Alex Karmel moved to give precedence to Special Motion 3. The motion to give precedence was then put to the vote.

 

FOR                            10

AGAINST                   32

NOT VOTING             1

 

The motion was declared LOST.

 

Under Standing Order 15(e)(3), Councillor Colin Aherne moved to give precedence to Special Motions 6, 7, and 8 (to give the following order of business - Special Motion 6, 1, 2, 8, 7, 3, 4, then 5). The motion to give precedence was then put to the vote.

 

FOR                            32

AGAINST                    10

NOT VOTING             1

 

The motion was declared CARRIED.

6.6

Special Motion 6 - Investigation into the Sale of the West Kensington & Gibbs Green Estates pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Minutes:

7.27pm – Councillor Andrew Jones moved, seconded by Zarar Qayyum, the special motion in their names:

 

“The Council notes the deal to sell the West Kensington & Gibbs Green estates to Capital and Counties Properties PLC (Capco) which was agreed at Cabinet on the 3rd of September 2012.

 

The Council notes that at that time, other comparative land sales were significantly higher in the borough and that many of the terms of the deal were bad value for the residents of the borough.

 

The Council therefore supports the full investigation into the advice received and the actions taken by those involved which led to this situation.”

 

Speeches on the special motion were made by Councillors Andrew Jones, Zarar Qayyum, Christabel Cooper, and Stephen Cowan (Leader of the Council) (for the Administration) and Councillor Matt Thorley (for the Opposition). Councillors Qayyum, Cooper, and Thorley all gave their maiden speeches.

 

Councillor Andrew Jones made a speech winding up the debate before the motion was put to the vote.

 

FOR                            32

AGAINST                    10

NOT VOTING             1

 

The motion was declared CARRIED.

 

7.57pm – RESOLVED

 

The Council notes the deal to sell the West Kensington & Gibbs Green estates to Capital and Counties Properties PLC (Capco) which was agreed at Cabinet on the 3rd of September 2012.

 

The Council notes that at that time, other comparative land sales were significantly higher in the borough and that many of the terms of the deal were bad value for the residents of the borough.

 

The Council therefore supports the full investigation into the advice received and the actions taken by those involved which led to this situation.

6.1

Special Motion 1 - Heathrow Expansion pdf icon PDF 105 KB

Minutes:

8.01pm – Councillor Andrew Brown moved, seconded by Councillor Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler, the special motion in their names:

 

“This Council believes that expansion of Heathrow Airport with a third runway, would cause very significant harm to the quality of life of residents of West London, including Hammersmith & Fulham, with regards to Air Quality, Noise Pollution & Traffic Congestion.

 

This Council will continue to oppose Heathrow expansion, working with other boroughs and the Mayor of London on a cross-party basis, and will participate fully in both public campaigns and legal challenges against the proposed third runway.

 

This Council recognises that airport expansion is important for the economy of the United Kingdom and the borough but believes that by solely focusing on expansion of Heathrow, which will be held-up by legal challenges, potentially indefinitely, much needed airport capacity will not be delivered quickly.

 

This Council further believes that expansion of other London Airports such as Gatwick and other airports around the country would be a quicker, cheaper and less environmentally damaging solution to that proposed at Heathrow.

 

This Council finally wishes to recognise the Leadership of the MP for Hammersmith, Andy Slaughter who resigned as PPS from the then Labour Government in January 2009 over Heathrow expansion, as well the MP for Chelsea & Fulham, Greg Hands, who resigned as Minister of State for International Trade to vote against Heathrow Expansion in June of this year. The borough is grateful to both our MPs for putting their commitment to the residents of Hammersmith & Fulham ahead of their Parliamentary careers.”

 

Speeches on the special motion were made by Councillors Andrew Brown and Victoria Brocklebank Fowler (her maiden speech) (for the Opposition).

 

Under Standing Order 15(e)(6), Councillor Wesley Harcourt moved, seconded by Councillor Fiona Smith, an amendment in their names:

 

“Delete all after ‘This Council’ and insert:

 

[This Council] …commends the work of the Resident Led Commission on Airport Expansion chaired by Christina Smyth and supports its conclusions that the negative impacts on the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham of expansion at Heathrow would outweigh the positive impacts.

 

This Council agrees that expansion of Heathrow Airport with a third runway, would cause very significant harm to the quality of life of residents of West London, including Hammersmith & Fulham, with regards to Air Quality, Noise Pollution & Traffic Congestion.

 

This Council will continue to oppose Heathrow expansion, working with other boroughs and the Mayor of London on a cross-party basis, and will participate fully in both public campaigns and legal challenges against the proposed third runway.

 

This Council recognises that airport expansion is important for the economy of the United Kingdom and the borough but believes that by solely focusing on expansion of Heathrow, which will be held-up by legal challenges, potentially indefinitely, much needed airport capacity will not be delivered quickly.

 

This Council further believes that expansion of other London Airports such as Gatwick and other airports around the Country would be a quicker, cheaper and less environmentally damaging solution to that proposed at Heathrow.

 

The Council wishes  ...  view the full minutes text for item 6.1

6.2

Special Motion 2 - Happy 70th Birthday NHS pdf icon PDF 194 KB

Minutes:

The special motion was withdrawn.

6.8

Special Motion 8 - Reforming the Council pdf icon PDF 166 KB

Minutes:

8.40pm – Councillor Sue Macmillan moved, seconded by Councillor Lucy Richardson, the special motion in their names:

 

“The Council supports the Labour Administration’s objective of finding smarter ways of working with residents and local businesses to get more done, more effectively and at better value.

 

The Council recognises that new ward panels will be crucial to doing this and resolves to work with residents so the panels play a critical role in supporting civic life, improving neighbourhoods across our borough, and getting more things done more effectively.”

 

Speeches on the special motion were made by Councillors Sue Macmillan and Lucy Richardson (her maiden speech) (for the Administration).

 

8.51pm – Under Standing Order 15(e)(6), Councillor Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler, seconded by Councillor Belinda Donovan, an amendment to the motion in their names:

 

“Replace “supports” in line one, first paragraph with “notes”.

 

Replace second paragraph with:

 

“This Council further recognises that the police ward panels in Hammersmith & Fulham have a reputation for being one of the best examples of their kind across London.

 

This Council acknowledges that violent crime, knife crime, moped crime, muggings, and many other forms of criminal behaviour has spiked significantly across London and in our borough.

 

This Council further acknowledges that the Safer Neighbourhood Board and the police ward panels, fall under the jurisdiction of MOPAC and the metropolitan police.

 

This Council regrets this Administration’s attempt to scrap the proven police ward panels and replace them with ward panels covering a much broader remit, which will dilute the community’s relationship with their local police and damage the ability to communicate vital intelligence to assist with police work and damage police community relations.”

 

Speeches on the amendment to the special motion were made by Councillors Victoria Brocklebank-Fowler, Belinda Donovan, Amanda Lloyd-Harris, and Andrew Brown (for the Opposition) and Councillor Sue Fennimore (for the Administration).

 

The amendment to the special motion was then put to the vote.

 

FOR                            10

AGAINST                   32

NOT VOTING             1

 

The amendment to the special motion was declared LOST.

 

A speech on the substantive motion was made by Councillor Rowan Ree (for the Administration). Councillor Sue Macmillan then made a speech winding up the debate before the substantive motion was put to the vote.

 

FOR                            31

AGAINST                    10

NOT VOTING             1

 

The special motion as amended was declared CARRIED.

 

9.25pm – RESOLVED

 

The Council supports the Labour Administration’s objective of finding smarter ways of working with residents and local businesses to get more done, more effectively and at better value.

 

The Council recognises that new ward panels will be crucial to doing this and resolves to work with residents so the panels play a critical role in supporting civic life, improving neighbourhoods across our borough, and getting more things done more effectively.

6.7

Special Motion 7 - Bin Collection Frequency pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Minutes:

9.26pm – Councillor Larry Culhane moved, seconded by Councillor Matt Uberoi, the special motion in their names:

 

“The Council notes that in 2014 the new Labour administration inherited proposals from the out-going Conservative administration to cut bin collection frequencies. The Council congratulates the Labour administration for halting these plans and furthermore supports the Labour administration in guaranteeing that it will never cut bin collections.”

 

Speeches on the special motion were made by Councillors Matt Uberoi (his maiden speech), Stephen Cowan (Leader of the Council), and Rowan Ree (for the Administration) and Councillor Andrew Brown (for the Opposition). Councillor Larry Culhane then made a speech winding up the debate before the special motion was put to the vote.

 

FOR                            32

AGAINST                    10

NOT VOTING             1

 

The special motion was declared CARRIED.

 

9.45pm – RESOLVED

 

The Council notes that in 2014 the new Labour administration inherited proposals from the out-going Conservative administration to cut bin collection frequencies. The Council congratulates the Labour administration for halting these plans and furthermore supports the Labour administration in guaranteeing that it will never cut bin collections.

6.3

Special Motion 3 - Protect Police Panels pdf icon PDF 193 KB

Minutes:

The special motion was withdrawn.

6.4

Special Motion 4 - Lannoy and Hartopp Points pdf icon PDF 78 KB

Minutes:

The special motion was withdrawn.

6.5

Special Motion 5 - Ringo and the New Visitor Permit pdf icon PDF 79 KB

Minutes:

The special motion was withdrawn.