Agenda and minutes

Cabinet
Tuesday 14 May 2013 4.00 pm

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

Contact: Everton Roberts or Paula Thornton  Phone: 020 7525 7221/4395 Email:  everton.roberts@southwark.gov.uk;  paula.thornton@southwark.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

2.

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.

    Minutes:

    The chair gave notice that the following late item would be considered for reasons of urgency, to be specified in the relevant minute:

     

    Item 7 – Deputation requests

3.

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

4.

Disclosure of Interests and Dispensations

5.

Public Question Time (15 Minutes)

6.

Minutes

7.

Deputation Requests

    To consider any deputation requests.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    This item had not been circulated five clear days in advance of the meeting. The chair agreed to accept the item as urgent as the request had been submitted in line with the constitutional deadline for the receipt of deputation requests and was therefore eligible for consideration by cabinet.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the deputation request be heard.

     

    Parent Research Team (listed on the agenda as Originally Peckham Voluntary Sector Forum)

     

    The cabinet received a deputation from parents in respect of research they had undertaken into the educational attainment level of African heritage children in Southwark, particularly Caribbean children.  The deputation informed the cabinet that they had written a report entitled ‘Our Voices, Our Children, Our Future’ from the research and outlined the key findings. 

     

    The deputation were seeking support from the council to enable the establishment and development of a black Caribbean parents support group, which would be accountable for the delivery and oversight of the recommendations contained within their report.  The support group would work closely with parents in implementing joint strategies for raising the achievements of black Caribbean pupils in Southwark schools.  The deputation indicated that they would like support in terms of a secretary and a place to be made available where the support group could meet.

     

    It was agreed that the cabinet member for children’s services and officers work with the deputation with a view to achieving their aims.  It was also agreed that cabinet receive a report in September on the issue and that any progress that could be made in the meantime is made.

8.

Draft Revised Canada Water Area Action Plan (AAP)

9.

Community Safety Initiatives 2013/14

    To note the work undertaken with the Mayors Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to fund replacements for police front counters and the work done to identify further community safety initiatives.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED:

     

    Decisions of the Cabinet

     

    1.  That the work done with the Mayors Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to fund replacements for police front counters be noted.

     

    2.  That the work done to identify further community safety initiatives be noted.

     

    Decision of the Leader of the Council

     

    3.  That authority be delegated to the cabinet member for finance, resources and community safety to determine which initiatives should be funded and the amounts to be spent from the £750,000 set aside in 2012/13.

10.

Lakanal Inquiry - Coroner's Recommendations

11.

Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Consultation on Programmes

12.

Gateway 2 - Contract Award Approval, Long-term Repairs and Maintenance Contract

13.

Gateway 1 - Approval of the Procurement Strategy for Arboricultural Services

14.

Disposal of the Site Comprising 184-188 Southampton Way, 5a Havil Street and Part of the Beacon Estate, London SE5

    To approve the disposal of the council’s freehold interest in 184-188 Southampton Way, 5a Havil Street and part of Beacon House Estate for residential purposes to Family Mosaic housing association.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED:

     

    1.  That the disposal of the council’s freehold interest in 184-188 Southampton Way, 5a Havil Street and part of Beacon House Estate (“the site”) for residential purposes on the following terms and conditions be approved:

     

    (a)  Legal interest - building lease convertable to freehold transferred upon practical completion of proposed development

    (b)  That the disposal is subject to obtaining planning consent for either of the two proposed schemes where the council can share in any profits from either of the proposed schemes

    (c)  That the disposal is subject to the council providing vacant possession of the land

    (d)  Fees - the purchaser has agreed to pay a contribution towards the council’s reasonable legal and surveying fees.

     

    2.  That the head of property be authorised to agree any variations to these terms or vary the extent of the boundary that may be necessary to achieve the successful regeneration of land comprising Southampton Way, Havil Street and part of the Beacon House Estate.

     

    3.  That in the unlikely event that this recommended sale does not proceed to exchange of contracts, the head of property be authorised to agree the terms of a sale with any one or combination of the under bidders set out in the closed report and/or any other third party.  

     

    4.  That as approximately 16% of the capital receipt from the sale of the site is housing land, that this be recycled into the housing investment programme.

15.

Motions Referred from Council Assembly - 27 March 2013

    To consider motions referred from council assembly 27 March 2013:

     

    • Basic safety and security for residents
    • Localising planning decisions
    • Fire at Walworth Town Hall / Cuming Museum

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    RESOLVED:

     

    Basic safety and security for residents

     

    That the motion referred from council assembly as a recommendation to cabinet, set out below be agreed.

     

    1.  That council assembly believes that crime and the fear of crime are among our residents’ main concerns and notes the council’s fairer future promise to crack down on anti-social behaviour and implement a violent crime strategy.

     

    2.  That council assembly notes the progress being made against the 5 priorities in the violent crime strategy including:

     

    ·  9% reduction in violence with injury

    ·  4% reduction in most serious violence

    ·  22% reduction in knives used to injure

    ·  19% reduction in youth violence

    ·  10% reduction in domestic abuse.

     

    3.  That council assembly notes that despite savings to Southwark’s anti-social behaviour unit, the number of anti-social behaviour cases that have been managed by Southwark antisocial behaviour unit (SASBU and housing officers over the last three years has actually increased by 40%; the number of acceptable behaviour contracts issued increased by 19% on last year.

     

    4.  That council assembly welcomes the establishment of the Southwark anti-violence unit (SAVU), a multiagency team working together to support individuals and families affected by gang and serious youth violence. It welcomes the fact that, the first 10 months evaluation highlights that following engagement with SAVU, 45% of SAVU clients have not come to police notice, compared with the 12 months prior to their involvement in the scheme when 100% had come to notice. Council assembly further notes the favourable review of this work by the Home Office in October 2012, in which the council was praised by the review team for its 'political leaders recognising and prioritising ending gang and youth violence work and sending out a very strong signal that this is a priority for the borough and will be resourced and supported'.

     

    5.  That council assembly also welcomes the announcement in last month’s budget of £1.4m to upgrade outdated camera systems on Southwark’s housing estates as well as 30 new redeployable cameras and an upgraded control room. It notes that CCTV has supported the police in making around 900 arrests between April and March of 2012/13.

     

    6.  That council assembly regrets the government’s decision to cut the Met’s budget by 20% and the impact this has had on police officer numbers in the borough and on closures to police stations in Rotherhithe and East Dulwich. It welcomes the council’s decision to identify £750,000 for community safety initiatives including alternative police front counters.

     

    7.  That council assembly asks the cabinet to develop plans to:

     

    • Work collaboratively with customs and excise, police and neighbouring boroughs to tackle the drugs trade
    • Work with communities and registered social landlords to develop new approaches to resolve conflicts within communities
    • Help communities gain confidence to tackle anti-social behaviour in their midst
    • Continue the excellent work of SAVU despite government cuts
    • Develop further the work with our partners to reduce re-offending
    • Work with Solace, the voluntary sector and local hospitals to develop innovative approaches to tackling violence against women and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 15.

Exclusion of Press and Public

It was moved, seconded and

 

RESOLVED:

 

That the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in category 3 of paragraph 10.4 of the Access to Information Procedure Rules of the Southwark Constitution.

 

The following is a summary of the closed part of the meeting.

16.

Minutes

Minutes:

The closed minutes of the meeting held on 16 April 2013 were approved as a correct record and signed by the chair.

17.

Gateway 2 - Contract Award Approval - Long Term Repairs and Maintenance Contract

Minutes:

This item was deferred.

18.

Gateway 1 - Approval of the Procurement Strategy for Arboricultural Services

Minutes:

The cabinet considered the closed information relating to this item. See item 13 for decision.

19.

Disposal of the Site Comprising 184-188 Southampton Way, 5a Havil Street and Part of the Beacon House Estate, London SE5

Minutes:

The cabinet considered the closed information relating to this item. See item 14 for decision.