Agenda and minutes

Housing Scrutiny Commission
Wednesday 24 June 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Online/Virtual. Members of the public are welcome to attend the meeting. Please contact FitzroyAntonio.williams@southwark.gov.uk for a link to the online meeting

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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 informed the meeting of the reports contained on supplemental agenda No.1 as follows:

     

    ·  Item 5 – Homelessness in Southwark during and Post Covid-19 Lockdown

    ·  Item 6 – District Heating Case Study – Brandon Estate

    ·  Item 7 – Update on District Heating Strategy

    ·  Item 8 – Work Programme

3.

Disclosure of Interests and Dispensations

4.

Minutes

5.

Homelessness in Southwark during and Post Covid-19 Lockdown

    To note the officer report on exploring options to eliminate rough sleeping and ending homelessness in Southwark.

     

    As part of the meeting the commission will hear from two individuals who have experienced homelessness during the pandemic, both in terms of the emergency support which has been made available and also to hear what measures could assist in the medium term to help them into secure long-term housing.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    Ian Swift, Head of Housing Solutions presented the report on homelessness in Southwark during and post Covid-19 lockdown.

     

    Following the report presentation, Ian Swift answered questions of the commission.

     

    The Commission also heard from a former homeless person who had experienced homelessness prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the report on homelessness in Southwark during post Covid-19 lockdown and the key areas for dialogue with central government and partner agencies as detailed in paragraph 41 of the report be noted.

6.

District Heating Case Study - Brandon Estate

    As part of the Housing Scrutiny Commission review into district heating, the commission will hear from residents of Brandon Estate on problems experienced with estate heating.

    Supporting documents:

    Minutes:

    The commission heard from Councillor James Coldwell, local ward councillor on behalf of residents on the Brandon Estate in respect of heating outages experienced on the estate.

     

    Councillor Coldwell raised issues around winter outages which had become more continuous, the most serious being in 2018 which had been particularly long.  The following issues were raised during the ward councillor’s address and subsequent discussion:

     

    ·  The blanket policy for compensation (£252)

    ·  No consistency with regard to communication with residents,

    ·  Lack of adequate warning when long term outages were expected.

    ·  Some residents reluctant to use electric heaters due to having key payment meters and the need to leave the house to top up key. 

    ·  Noisy pipework during lockdown.

    ·  Delay in works being completed.

     

    The cabinet member for housing management reported that there was now major investment in the heating system to make the system more reliable.  In terms of communication it was also reported that residents who have registered would receive a text message in respect outages and that there would also be pre-recorded phone messages announcing current outages.  There was also a policy being developed around compensation.

     

    RESOLVED:

     

    That the officer reports on the Brandon and Wyndham District Heating System be noted.

7.

Update on District Heating Strategy

8.

Work Programme