Agenda and minutes

Assembly
Wednesday, 25 July 2007 7:00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Barking

Contact: Valerie Dowdell, Democratic Services Ofiicer, Civic Centre, Dagenham  Telephone - 020 8227 2756 / Fax - 020 8227 2171 / e-mail -  valerie.dowdell@lbbd.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

23.

Declaration of Members' Interest

In accordance with the Council’s Constitution, Members are asked to declare any personal or prejudicial interest they may have in any matter which is to be considered at this meeting.

Minutes:

Councillor A K Agrawal declared a personal interest in Agenda Item 5 (Petition regarding parking conditions at Valence Infants’ and Junior Schools - Minute 26 below) as he is Chair of Governors at Valence Infants’ School.

 

The following Councillors declared personal interests in Agenda Item 7, (Petition requesting a new Community Centre - Minute 27 below) as follows:

 

·  Councillor N S S Gill as he is a member of the Executive Committee of the Gurdwara; and

·  Councillors S S Gill and I S Jamu as they are supporters of the Punjabi Welfare Association who organised the petition.

24.

Minutes (27 June 2007) pdf icon PDF 20 KB

Minutes:

Agreed.

25.

Petition opposing the issue of a licence to the Millennium Cash and Carry in King Edwards Road, Barking pdf icon PDF 24 KB

Minutes:

Received a report outlining details of a petition from over 100 residences regarding the issue of a licence to a business known as the Millennium Cash and Carry in King Edwards Road, Barking.

 

Noted that the Council will investigate claims of excessive noise and take action where necessary and agreed that:

 

1.  the Council should seek continuing police support for enforcement of the traffic management arrangements in King Edwards Road near to the A13 and supplement this enforcement with periodic use of CCTV units once the Council has powers to enforce moving traffic offences;

 

2.  rigorous enforcement of the parking conditions in the King Edwards Road – Movers Lane area be maintained in order to deter parking in contravention of the parking restrictions;

 

3.  any reported allegation of animal abuse be forwarded to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and residents to be informed accordingly; and

 

4.  the Council maintains a review of the conditions in the King Edwards Road/A13 area to ensure that improvements made so far are maintained.

26.

Petition regarding parking conditions at Valence Infants' and Junior Schools pdf icon PDF 23 KB

Minutes:

Received a report outlining details of a petition from over 100 residences regarding parking adjacent to Valence Infants’ and Junior Schools in the Bonham Road area in Dagenham.

 

Agreed:

 

1.  the use of a temporary CCTV unit in the Valence schools area to enforce parking restrictions and deter parking abuse by parents delivering or collecting their children to/from school following a successful trial at other schools;

 

2.  a publicity exercise with parents and children of the school with regard to the new initiative involving CCTV parking enforcement;

3.  subject to a successful bid to Transport for London, implementation of a 20 mph zone in the Bonham Road area that will improve pedestrian conditions, traffic management and parking arrangements, including improved facilities for children crossing Bonham Road; and

4.  that the Road Safety Service support both schools in developing their Travel Plans.

 

In response to Members’ comments about addressing issues highlighted in the report, mention was made of the ‘walking bus’ scheme being piloted in the Borough.

27.

Petition regarding vehicles travelling illegally along Stamford Road, Dagenham pdf icon PDF 20 KB

Minutes:

Received a report outlining details of a petition from over 100 residences regarding drivers ignoring traffic restrictions in Stamford Road, near to Monteagle School, and travelling the wrong way along a one-way road.

 

Agreed:

 

1.  to seek ongoing enforcement by the Police service to such a degree that drivers are deterred from driving the wrong way along a one-way street;

 

2.  support the Council’s efforts in gaining authority to undertake enforcement of moving traffic offences in support of the Police; and,

3.  that a CCTV unit be utilised to support enforcement of the restrictions once the Council has appropriate powers.

28.

Petition requesting a new Community Centre pdf icon PDF 18 KB

Minutes:

Received a report outlining details of a petition received by the Council from the Punjabi Welfare Association for additional community facilities for the Punjabi community on the site of The Lintons and suggesting that a commemorative statue of Elizabeth Fry be erected in the Quaker Burial Ground.

 

Noted that the Council will be undertaking a number of pieces of work that will eventually lead to a strategy for how community space is provided and managed within the Borough.  The specific request from the petitioners will be considered in the light of that Strategy, when developed.  Actions to be taken to address the suggestion for a commemorative statue of Elizabeth Fry in the Quaker Burial Ground were also noted.

29.

Petition requesting a pedestrian crossing in Gale Street near Cambell Schools pdf icon PDF 16 KB

Minutes:

Received a report outlining details of a petition from approximately 100 residences regarding the need for a pedestrian crossing facility in Gale Street, near Langley Crescent.

 

Noted that the Council has been successful in a bid to Transport for London to improve pedestrian facilities and introduce greater speed control in the area and that within the current financial year a zebra crossing will be introduced in Gale Street and a 20 mph restriction will be implemented in the Langley Crescent area.

30.

Petition regarding the closure of the Curzon Community Centre pdf icon PDF 16 KB

Minutes:

Received a report outlining details of a petition asking for the Council’s help in saving the Curzon Club from closure.

 

As a result of meetings between Council officers, the Portfolio Holder for Community Halls, members of the club and petitioners it has been established that the financial position of the club is rather better than was thought.  Club members and local residents have rallied round to help support the club and, with assistance from Council officers, a new committee is working to ensure that the club can repay debts and develop new activities.

 

Noted that since the petition was sent to the Council the club has had support from Members, officers from the Community Development Service, the Neighbourhood Management Service and from Barking and Dagenham Enterprises.  This support will continue into the future with business advice available to the club from the Business Relationship Managers working within Learning Skills and Enterprise and the Neighbourhood Management Service, giving support to further developing the community activities.

 

Agreed that all the officers involved in setting the club on the road to recovery be thanked for their hard work.

31.

Customer Service Presentation - Adult and Community Services

Presentation by Heather Wills, Head of Community Services, Libraries and Heritage.

Minutes:

Heather Wills, Head of Community Services, Libraries and Heritage, gave a presentation outlining what is being done in her division, which encompasses Libraries, the Barking Learning Centre, Heritage Services, community development, equalities and diversity, Neighbourhood Management and community cohesion, in relation to customer focus.

 

Heather highlighted the fact that satisfaction levels have all risen since the last survey was done and the maximum number of annual complaints received over the last three years was 35.  However, whilst very few complaints are received the service is not complacent and use the information from complaints, plus suggestions and comments through the ‘Tell Us’ scheme, to improve their services.  Improvements that have been made include a review of opening hours, introduction of materials in new languages to meet community needs, public toilets in new buildings, and added to some older ones, DVDs for hire and memory sticks for IT use.

 

In conclusion, Heather gave further details about how the services consult and engage with their users and how they will continue to improve.

32.

Report of the Corporate Directors of Adult and Community Services and Resources: Best Value Review of Anti Social Behaviour pdf icon PDF 20 KB

This report will be submitted to the Executive on 17 July 2007 and is being presented to the Assembly for adoption.  Any comments arising from the Executive’s consideration of the report will be presented on the night.

 

Members are asked to bring to the meeting the previously circulated copy of the Best Value Review.

Minutes:

Noted the Best Value Review and agreed:

 

1.  the four key recommendations of the review:

 

·  to ensure a co-ordinated response to anti-social behaviour in the borough.  A Council and partner-wide Anti-Social Behaviour Intervention Group should be established to consider and deliver on the strategic vision of the borough in terms of its anti-social behaviour work.

 

·  the Borough needs to develop an integrated approach to anti-social behaviour with co-located teams and a structure which allows for a holistic approach across the partnership to addressing the needs of the community, those responsible for anti-social behaviour and the partnership as a whole.

 

·  improve communication of the Council’s and its partners processes for preventing and dealing with anti-social behaviour to all members of the local community and our partners.  Implement a comprehensive Media and Communications Strategy for the partnership.

 

·  in terms of operational delivery, a Standing Case Conference should be established to address behaviours of key individuals and families and to deliver early intervention to target the previous agenda.

 

2.  for officers to work on the detailed Improvement Plan contained within this report; and

 

3.  to report back to this meeting in 6 months’ time with a progress report.

 

Members raised concerns relating to targets for improvement, graffiti and how to deal with this and facilities for young people which Glynis Rogers, Head of Community Safety and Preventive Services responded to in detail, confirming that work was underway to address all of these issues.

33.

Report of the Corporate Director of Resources: New Code of Conduct for Members pdf icon PDF 39 KB

Minutes:

Muhammad Saleem, Divisional Director of Legal Services, introduced a report on the new Model Code of Conduct for Members, published by the Government in April 2007, highlighting the main changes from the existing code.

 

Agreed that:

 

1.  the new Code of Conduct, as appended to the report, be adopted with immediate effect, in place of the Council’s current Code of Conduct for Members, and that the Constitution be amended accordingly; and

 

2.  the ten general principles governing the conduct of Members of local authorities be included as a preamble to the Code.

34.

Motions pdf icon PDF 8 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Motion 1.  Flying the St George’s Cross and Union Jack on Council buildings

 

  Received the following motion from Councillor Bailey and seconded by Councillor Barnbrook:

 

  “Now that Gordon Brown and the Labour Party are dropping the official policy on flag flying over public buildings and flying the Union Jack even over no 10 Downing Street I again move that this council should fly the flag of this country, the St Georges Cross and the Union Jack above the Civic Centre and the Town Hall in Barking.”

 

  The following amendment was moved by Councillor Fairbrass and seconded by Councillor Liam Smith:

 

  Replace the original motion with - “The Council notes that the Prime Minister has instructed that all Government buildings should fly the Union flag daily.

 

  The Council should maintain its custom of flying the Union flag on those days previously listed by the Department of Culture Media and Sport and that the flag of St George will be flown on the 23 April and on days of note for England.”

 

  The amendment was put to the vote and by a majority vote was agreed.

 

  Agreed, that the Council notes that the Prime Minister has instructed that all Government buildings should fly the Union flag daily.

 

The Council should maintain its custom of flying the Union flag on those days previously listed by the Department of Culture Media and Sport and that the flag of St George will be flown on the 23 April and on days of note for England.

 

Motion 2.  Census of Barking and Dagenham

 

  Received the following motion from Councillor Barnbrook and seconded by Councillor Bailey:

 

“A censes of the Borough of Barking & Dagenham be set up and implemented as soon as possible, to follow in line this other London Boroughs and the comment of MP Jon Cruddas. To find out the actual population of Barking and Dagenham.”

 

  The following amendment was moved by Councillor Fairbrass and seconded by Councillor Bramley:

 

  Replace the original motion with - “This Council recognises the inadequacy of the existing approach to assessing the population changes within the borough and the consequent negative impact on funding to the area.  The Council welcomes the work being undertaken by London Councils to address this issue, and notes the success of the London Council’s campaign in getting the Office for National statistics (ONS) to review the way census data is adjusted to reflect more rapid population changes.  Also that the Council notes that this work is recognised by government and will be used to inform grant settlements.  The work of the ONS already starts to recognise that the population is underestimated by the census data, but not by the amount that we believe to be the case based on more local information.  Lastly, that the Council agrees to continue to support this campaign as the most effective means of getting proper recognition for the impact of population changes in the borough.”

 

  The amendment was put to the vote and by  ...  view the full minutes text for item 34.

35.

Leader's Question Time

Minutes:

No questions were received.

36.

General Question Time

Minutes:

Question: Councillor Mrs Baillie asked if the Portfolio Holder for Community Safety, Parks Open Spaces and Events could inform the Assembly of the costs involved in the Policing and Security precautions at the Town Show following the decision of the BNP to hold a rally outside of the Town Show site?  Despite the strong advice from both the Met Police and the Council’s Chief Executive that such a rally would divert valuable police resources from ongoing national security activities.

 

  Response: Councillor Mrs Rush said that our town show was an overwhelming success again this year, with over 100,000 visitors over the two days.  The preparations were, however, overshadowed by the proposals by Councillor Barnbrook and colleagues to hold a demonstration, which would have detracted from the family fun event which is our town show.

 

  In order to police the demonstration a considerable policing presence was made available by the Metropolitan Police.  Prior to the first meeting officers were asked to remember that they were not preparing for the siege of Stalingrad.  There then followed substantial planning by both Council and police which went on in the weeks leading up to the show to ensure that any such demonstration would cause minimal disruption.  The total cost of this activity was £36,000 in police and Council time, spent on meetings and managing the protest on the day itself.  This works out at £6,000 spent on each BNP protestor who turned up on the day.

 

  This is money that could have been far better spent on delivering what people really want to see – continuing to cut crime and improve neighbourhood safety.

 

  Councillor Mrs Rush went on to say that Councillor Barnbrook claimed to have informed the police some 48 hours before the start of the show that the demonstration would probably not take place, but the genie was already out of the bottle, his call for a demonstration had been widely published on his party’s website and in the press, and is still on his party’s website today.  The Council therefore had no option other than to carry through with the policing plans.

 

  In conclusion, Councillor Mrs Rush said this just goes to show that, far from helping the community, the BNP much prefer to waste people’s valuable time and money.

 

Question: Councillor Mrs P Northover asked if the Portfolio Holder could give some information as to when the regeneration of the Heathway will be finished.

 

Response: Councillor Kallar stated that the Dagenham Heathway public realm works will take approximately 9 to12 months to complete, and the diversion for southbound traffic using the Heathway will be in operation for 20 weeks from 16 July 2007.

 

Question: Councillor Connelly said that within the Eastbrook Ward there are a number of roads that are concrete surfaced.  Some of these roads have not been resurfaced for at least 27 years and as a result become very slippery when wet, which is hazardous to the local population.  He asked if it would be possible  ...  view the full minutes text for item 36.

 

 

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