Agenda and draft minutes

Annual Meeting, Full Council
Wednesday, 15th May, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber - Hammersmith Town Hall

Contact: Kayode Adewumi  Tel: 020 8753 2499

Items
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Audio recording of the meeting MP3 27 MB

Additional documents:

1.

Election of the Mayor

Minutes:

7.03pm – Councillor Daryl Brown, as the outgoing Mayor, took the Chair at the start of the meeting.

 

Councillor Colin Aherne proposed, seconded by Councillor Jonathan Caleb-Landy, that Councillor Daryl Brown be re-elected as Mayor of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for the 2019/20 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.

 

7.15pm – RESOLVED:

 

That Councillor Daryl Brown was duly elected Mayor of the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham for the 2019/20 Municipal Year, following which she made the statutory Declaration of Acceptance of Office and signed the statutory undertaking to observe the Code of Conduct for Councillors.

 

The Mayor then made a brief speech thanking Deputy Mayor Councillor Mercy Umeh and Mr Maxwell Umeh her Consort, her husband and Consort, Mr Benito Brown, her Mayoresses Miss Cristina Brown, Miss Karan Brown, Mrs Diana Belshaw, and Mrs Sally Taylor for supporting her during the mayoral year.  She also thanked the Leader of the Council and fellow Councillors for supporting her during the various charity events she organised to raise funds for H&F Foodbank and Baron’s Court Project.

 

She announced that she was nominating Upper Room for Ex-Offenders as one of her charities for the year.

 

The Mayor then announced she had appointed Councillor Mercy Umeh as Deputy Mayor for the 2019/20 Municipal Year.  She informed the Council that Mr Maxwell Umeh had been appointed as Deputy Mayor’s Consort for the 2019/20 Municipal Year.

 

The Mayor announced that she was appointing her husband, Mr Benito Brown and Alderman & Freeman of the Borough Michael Cartwright as her Consorts for the Mayoral year.

 

She also appointed Miss Cristina Brown, Miss Karan Brown, Mrs Diana Belshaw, and Mrs Sally Taylor as Mayoresses for the 2019/20 Municipal Year.

 

The Mayor thanked and reappointed Reverend Lesley Belinda of St. Andrews Church as her Chaplin.

2.

Presentation by the Youth Mayor and Youth Cabinet

Minutes:

7.15pmThe Mayor congratulated Scarlett Knowles (Youth Mayor), Ainhoa Reyes (Deputy Youth Mayor), Ozan Erder (Member of Youth Parliament) and Jeffrey Maili (Deputy Member of Youth Parliament) on their election and invited them to speak.  Jeffrey Maili (Deputy Member of Youth Parliament) was unable to attend the meeting.

 

The Youth Cabinet Members addressed the Council and made a speech about the Youth Council’s manifesto and goals for 2019-20. Councillors Larry Culhane, Stephen Cowan (Leader of the Council) and Andrew Brown also made speeches on this item.

 

The Mayor thanked the Youth Cabinet for all their hard work.

3.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To approve the minutes of the Budget Council meeting and the Special Council meeting held on 27 February 2019.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

7.29pm – RESOLVED

 

That the minutes of the Budget Council and Extraordinary Council meetings held on 27 February 2019 were confirmed as an accurate record and signed by the Chair subject to the amendment of the voting figures in Item 6.1        Revenue Budget and Council Tax Levels 2019/20 (Budget Council meeting) as follows:-

 

FOR                            31

AGAINST                    11

NOT VOTING             0

4.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

7.30pm - Apologies for absence were received from Councillors PJ Murphy, Guy Vincent, Rowan Ree, Sue Macmillan and Belinda Donovan.

5.

Mayor's/Chief Executive's Announcements

Minutes:

7.31pm - The Mayor thanked Ms Janis Cammel OBE for her service to the Council as an Independent Person for the past 7 years.  On behalf of the Council, she wished her all the best for the future.

 

6.

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.

7.

Items for Discussion/Committee Reports

7.1

Party Appointments for the 2019-20 Municipal Year pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Minutes:

7.31pm – The report on the party appointments for the 2019-2020 Municipal Year, with the amendments tabled, were noted.

 

 

7.2

Appointment by the Leader of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

7.31pm – The report on the appointment by the Leader of the Deputy Leader and Cabinet was noted.

7.3

Allocation of Seats and Proportionality on Committees pdf icon PDF 105 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

7.31pm – The report on the allocation of seats and proportionality on committees was noted.

 

7.4

Appointment of Chairs and Committee Memberships pdf icon PDF 95 KB

Minutes:

7.32pm – The report with the tabled amendments and recommendations were formally moved for adoption by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Cowan.

 

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

 

FOR:                           UNANIMOUS

AGAINST:                   0

NOT VOTING:            0

 

The report as amended, and recommendations were declared CARRIED.

 

7.32pm – 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 2019/20, as set out in Appendix 1 and tabled paper.

 

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

7.5

Council Appointments to Local Government Organisations and Outside Bodies pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

7.32pm – 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.

 

7.32pm – RESOLVED:

 

That the Council’s appointments to Local Government Organisations for 2019/20, as set out in Appendix 1, and to Outside Bodies, as set out in Appendix 2, be agreed.

7.6

Members' Allowances Scheme - Revisions pdf icon PDF 112 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

7.33pm – The report and recommendations were formally moved for adoption by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Cowan.

 

Councillor Alex Karmel made a speech on the report (for the Opposition).

 

The report and recommendations were put to the vote:

 

FOR:                           30

AGAINST:                   10

NOT VOTING:            0

 

The report and recommendations were declared CARRIED.

 

7.33pm – RESOLVED:

 

That the revisions to the Members’ Allowances Scheme 2019/20 as set out in the report and attached as Appendix 1, be approved.

7.7

Review of the Constitution pdf icon PDF 102 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

7.34pm – The report and recommendations were formally moved for adoption by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Cowan.

 

Councillor Alex Karmel made a speech on the report (for the Opposition).

 

The report and recommendations were then put to the vote:

 

FOR:                      UNANIMOUS

AGAINST:               0

NOT VOTING:        0

 

The report and recommendations were declared CARRIED.

 

7.34pm – RESOLVED:

 

1.    That the updated Scheme of Delegation to Officers (Appendix 2) be approvedand the associated changes to the Departmental Register of Authorities be noted.

 

2.    That the changes to the terms of reference for the Policy and Accountability Committees be approved (Appendix 3).

 

3.    That subject to the approval of recommendations above, the Council’s Constitution be adopted for the 2019/20 Municipal Year.

7.8

Appointment of Independent Persons pdf icon PDF 110 KB

Minutes:

7.35pm – The report and recommendations were formally moved for adoption by the Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Cowan.

 

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Cowan, gave a speech thanking the Independent Persons for volunteering to take on the role.

 

The report and recommendations were put to the vote:

 

FOR:                           UNANIMOUS

AGAINST:                   0

NOT VOTING:            0

 

The report and recommendations were declared CARRIED.

 

7.35pm – RESOLVED:

 

1.    That His Honour John Rylance, Dr Tom Babbedge and Ms Dilina Ostborn be appointed as Independent Persons.

 

2.     That the Independent Persons be appointed for a fixed term of two years, renewable once.

 

3.     That the Council pay each appointed person a flat rate allowance of £504 per annum payable in line with the Members’ Allowance scheme.

 

4.     That Ms Janis Cammel OBE be thanked for her service to the Council as an Independent Person for the past 7 years.

 

7.9

The Leader's Annual Report (Verbal)

Minutes:

7.36pm – The Council received a verbal report from the Leader of the Council, Councillor Stephen Cowan.  The Leader of the Opposition, Councillor Andrew Brown, made a speech on behalf of the Opposition.  The Leader then summed up the debate.

7.10

Annual Report of the Policy and Accountability Committees 2018-19 pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

7.50pm - The annual report of the Policy and Accountability Committees on their activities for the 2018/19 Municipal Year was noted.  Councillors Sharon Holder, Chair of the Public Services Reform Policy and Accountability Committee and Councillor Rory Vaughan, Chair of the Economy, Housing and The Arts Policy and Accountability Committee gave short speeches.

 

Councillor Andrew Brown (for the Opposition) and Councillor Fennimore (for the Administration) also gave short speeches on the report.

7.11

Special Urgency Decisions - Monitoring Report pdf icon PDF 87 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

8.04pm – The monitoring report on Special Urgency Decisions was noted.

 

7.12

Education City Development pdf icon PDF 285 KB

This report has an appendix which contains information exempt within the meaning of Schedule 12A to the Local Government Act 1972 and is not for publication. The appendix has therefore been circulated to all Members.

 

Any discussions on the contents of an exempt appendix will require Council to pass the proposed resolution identified at the end of the agenda to exclude members of the public and the press from the proceedings for that discussion.

 

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 - ACCESS TO INFORMATION

 

Proposed resolution:

Under Section 100A (4) of the Local Government Act 1972, that the public and press be excluded from the meeting during the consideration of the following items of business, on the grounds that they contain the likely disclosure of exempt information, as defined in paragraph 3 of Schedule 12A of the said Act, and that the public interest in maintaining the exemption currently outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

8.04pm – 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 Andrew Jones and Larry Culhane (for the Administration) and Councillor Mark Loveday (for the Opposition).

 

The report and recommendations were then put to the vote:

 

FOR:                           UNANIMOUS

AGAINST:                   0

NOT VOTING:            0

 

The report and recommendations were declared CARRIED.

 

8.19pm – RESOLVED:

 

1.       That the long-term loan/equity funding and budget of up to £28.58 million for the private rented housing in accordance with state aid compliant market terms, subject to receipt of satisfactory legal and financial advice, be approved.

 

2.       That a capital budget of up to £59,026,000 for the construction of 132 residential units and associated professional fees and development management costs funded by capital receipts, developer contributions or borrowing by the HRA and General Fund with final confirmation of the source of funding delegated to the Strategic Director, Finance and Governance, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Commercial Services, be approved.

 

3.       That the use of up to £8,938,000 of retained right to buy receipts to support the development of affordable housing within this project, be approved.

 

4.       That a capital budget of up to £3,694,000 to fund the construction of or provide a capital grant for the construction of the Youth Facility, funded by capital receipts, developer contributions or borrowing with final confirmation of the source of the funding delegated to the Strategic Director, Finance and Governance, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Commercial Services, be approved.

 

5.       That a capital budget of up to £2,111,000 for the construction of the Adult Education and Nursery Facilities, funded by capital receipts, developer contributions or borrowing with final confirmation of the source of the funding delegated to the Strategic Director, Finance and Governance, in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Finance and Commercial Services, be approved.