Agenda and draft minutes

Healthy Communities Scrutiny Commission
Monday 3 December 2018 7.00 pm

Venue: Ground Floor Meeting Room G01A - 160 Tooley Street, London SE1 2QH. View directions

No. Item




Notification of any items of business which the Chair deems urgent


Disclosure of interests and dispensations




Public Health presentation and report

     Professor Kevin Fenton MD PhD FFPH, Strategic Director of Place and Wellbeing & Director of Public Health will provide a presentation, enclosed,  on the below:


    ·  Evidence base, data and programmes to promote health amongst disadvantaged people and those with poor health

    ·  Behaviour change

    ·  Social regeneration

    ·  Healthy communities



    Cllr Evelyn Akoto, Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Health, will attend and input into this item.

    Supporting documents:


    The item started with a Public Health presentation by Kevin Fenton, strategic director, with input from lead cabinet member Cllr Evelyn Akoto, based on the paper circulated with the agenda.


    The chair then invited questions from members and the following issues were raised:


    Air Quality


    Members asked about the links between pollution levels and inequality; have these been mapped this out? Officers said while there is not detailed data, there appear to be a correlation as many more deprived people live near busy roads. There is a concentration in the midst of the borough, the most deprived segment.


    How much focus is there on air pollution? The strategic director responded this is identified as an important issue that the council need to address in his report. The council are monitoring and educating people; most of the solutions lie outside at regional and national level so elected members advocacy here is important. Cllr Akoto added the council is looking at tree planting to reduce pollution on the Old Kent Road.


    Lambeth are considering an emission free zone across Brixton, is this something the council could consider? This is something that could be raised with Cllr Livingston as the cabinet lead.


    What data is available? The council monitors flows, but does not gather  detailed data on pollutants ( particulates , Nitrogen Dioxide ).


    What about radical solutions to tackle air pollution  like banning car driving? Are we prioritising our interventions in areas that experience most health inequalities? What if we increased the price of cars parking, as currently cars are only used 2% of the time?  Car parking is still free on estates. Do we have a public conversation about the levels of pollution and the harm, and the kinds of actions that are needed to tackle this?  Places like Amsterdam didn’t nudge; they took drastic issues. Should the council end parking and instead plant on our streets? The strategic director said that places like Stockholm have been working on this agenda for many decades as part of the post war plan . As well incentives we need to nudge with transport.


    Cllr Akoto said the council are doing anti idling programmes and many of the new developments are now car free .She will talk to Cllr Livingston about what more is planned. Members welcomed this, given air pollution public health crisis .The strategic director agreed that air pollution is concerning ; the data on dementia is very worrying if showing significant  risks 50 metres from a major road.


    Nurseries are being monitored by the Mayor, which is good, however not on the Old Kent Road where the need seem highest.


    A member from St George’s ward mentioned the success of a temporary road closure which made a big difference. This is part of creating a ‘tranquil triangle’ and was achieved just by putting in a gate in a strategic place.




    Old Kent Road provides an example of making regeneration work for public health; for example through the provision of parks  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Review: Reducing health inequalities through council services





     The following were identified as potential lines of enquiry:


    ·  Visit Tennant Halls, allotments and community gardens


    ·  Consider how this work could link with the Great Estates initiative.


    ·  Look at use of amenities and Free Swim and Gym


    ·  Contact TRAs and survey tenants