Agenda and minutes

Tuesday 24 January 2017 4.00 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Meeting Room GO2A, 160 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QH

Contact: Paula Thornton  Phone: 020 7525 4395 Email:

No. Item




Notification of any items of Business which the Chair Deems Urgent

    In special circumstances, an item of business may be added to an agenda within five clear working days of the meeting.


    The chair gave notice of the following late items:


    ·  Item 7: Deputation requests


    ·  Item 9: Housing Revenue Account – Appendix G, Results of Consultation


    ·  Item 13: Addendum: Amendments to Appendix A, New Southwark Plan: Site Allocations and Area Visions


    ·  Item 14: Policy and Resources Strategy 2017-18.


    Reasons for urgency and lateness will be specified in the relevant minutes.


Notice of Intention to conduct business in a closed meeting, and any representations received


Disclosure of Interests and Dispensations


Public Question Time (15 Minutes)

    To receive any questions from members of the public which have been submitted in advance of the meeting in accordance with the cabinet procedure rules. The deadline for the receipt of public questions is midnight Wednesday 18 January 2017.


    Public Question from Sue Plain


    Will the leader explain how the listing on the forward plan relating to provision of reablement services came to be changed without further reference to cabinet, and confirm that the council still intends to deliver reablement services through a direct delivery model that will deliver the ethical care charter?


    Response from the Cabinet Member for Adult Care and Financial Inclusion


    The forward plan sets out when decisions are due to be taken.  It is modified every month including the target date for decisions when a piece of work is taking longer than originally anticipated.  The forward plan is agreed by the leader under strong leader powers and is not a cabinet decision. 


    It is premature to discuss the details of the report that is due to come to cabinet on reablement, but I can assure the questioner that the council remains committed to exploring direct delivery as an option. The Southwark Ethical Care Charter relates to domiciliary care, is in place in our current domiciliary care block contracts and the council remains committed to our ethical care charter in the upcoming re-commissioning of domiciliary care. Reablement services are a different service with a different specification which will be set out in the report in due course.


    Supplemental Question


    Sue Plain asked whether the cabinet member would ensure that regardless of who provided the reablement service employees delivering a service for and on behalf of the council would have an option to work fixed hours, occupational sick pay, payment for travel time and as a minimum be paid the London Living Wage.


    Councillor Richard Livingstone, cabinet member for adult care and financial inclusion confirmed that he would write to Sue Plain with the answer and would arrange for the response to this supplemental question to be published. 




Deputation Requests

    To consider any deputation requests.

    Supporting documents:


    The deputation had not been circulated five clear days in advance of the meeting. The chair agreed to accept the item as urgent because the request was received in line with the constitutional deadline for the receipt of deputation requests.




    That the deputation request be received.


    The spokesperson for the deputation addressed cabinet about the persistent traffic violations on Champion Park/Grove Lane. Motorists were regularly exceeding the 20 mph speed limit and undertaking illegal U-turns in the road. Aside from the road and pedestrian safety issues arising, there was also increased pollution, affecting air quality in the area. 


    Photographs and a survey were circulated by the deputation to demonstrate evidence of these traffic violations.


    Councillor Ian Wingfield thanked the deputation for their representations and evidence gathered. He was awaiting a report on the issues identified and would be seeking an early meeting with the deputation to discuss and achieve a resolution once he had received this report.


Response to the Overview and Scrutiny Report on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM)


Housing Revenue Account - Final Rent-Setting and Budget Report 2017-18


Borough-wide District Heating Strategy

    To approve an interim three year investment plan whilst the options for funding the modernisation of Southwark’s heat network are fully explored.

    Supporting documents:




    1.  That it be noted that 17,000 council properties rely on district heating systems that are in need of capital investment and modernisation. There is not the funding in the current plans and models to upgrade the systems to a modern standard.


    2.  That the interim three year investment plan be approved, whilst the options for funding the modernisation of Southwark’s heat network are fully explored, including bringing the Cossall estate district heating works forward from 2020-21 to 2017-18 to address the overheating issues experienced by residents.


    3.  That it be noted that a recent study into costs of modernising the borough’s district heating concluded that in most cases that the current district heating systems should be retained and modernised. There is an estimated £44m shortfall in prioritised investment funding over the next 10 years and £350m capital investment required over the next 40 years.


    4.  That the development of decentralised energy schemes and heat networks are embedded in the London Plan and in the preferred option for the Southwark Plan be noted. These networks are seen as essential in reducing CO2 emissions. Nearly half the UK’s energy use is for heating and creating a low carbon source of heating homes is essential to meet climate change ambitions. Developing and modernising Southwark’s networks can contribute to these aims as well as deliver a cost effective and effective solution for residents.


    5.  That it be noted that to fully explore the scheme viabilities and develop a funded strategic investment plan is expected to take approximately 3 years. Officers will provide an interim update in a year on the progress made exploring options and any earlier opportunities that are being progressed. The options will aim to deliver the modernisation of Southwark’s heat network in a way that will deliver for customers and the environment, as well as levering in funding and expertise to enable this step change to be realised. 


48 Willowbrook Road, SE15 (formerly known as the Willowbrook Centre) - Disposal of Freehold Interest


Addendum to the Adopted S106 and Community Infrastructure Levy Supplementary Planning Document (2015); Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Draft Charging Schedule and Regulation 123 Lists


New Southwark Plan: Site Allocations and Area Visions - Preferred Option


Policy and Resources Strategy 2017-18