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371.

Apologies for Absence

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Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Van Looy.

372.

Declarations of Interest

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·           Councillor Arscott

Development Control Committee – 1st August 2018

Minute 206 - 18/00867/FULH (53 Leigh Cliff Road, Leigh-on-Sea) – non pecuniary interest: Objector/neighbour is known to him:

Minute 208 - 18/01006/OUT (8 Burdett Road, Southend-on-Sea) – Disqualifying non-pecuniary interest: Applicant is a close friend (withdrew);

Minute 211 (18/01225/FULH 123 Poynings Avenue, Southend-on-Sea) on the grounds that the applicant was known to them as a fellow Councillor and a Member of the Committee.

 

Development Control Committee – 12th September 2018

Minute 230 – 18/001146/OUTM – Nazareth House, 111 London Road, Southend-on-Sea, Essex SS1 1PP – Non-pecuniary interest – attends services in chapel, families and residents are known to him;

Minute 238 – 18/01234/FULH – 115 Tattersall Gardens, Leigh-on-Sea – Disqualifying Non-pecuniary interest – Acquainted with residents (withdrew);

 

Cabinet Committee – 13th September 2018

Minute 249 (Objections to Traffic Regulation Orders – Bailey Road Area Residents Parking Scheme) – Non-pecuniary interest: Patient of Highlands Surgery;

 

Development Control Committee – 3rd October 2018

Minute 317 (18/01063/FUL - Haydon House, 10 Underwood Square, Leigh on Sea) – Non-pecuniary interest: Resident is known to him;

Minute 318 (18/01421/FUL - Seabrink 1 to 9, 46 Undercliff Gardens & 18/01425/FUL - Seabrink, 10 to 19, 46 Undercliff Gardens, Leigh on Sea) – Non-pecuniary interest: Resident is known to him;

 

People Scrutiny Committee – 9th October 2018

Minute 349 - School Admission Arrangements; Minute 350 - KS2 & KS4 outcomes; Minute 352 - School Places working party and Minute 354 -  Schools Progress Report – non-pecuniary – Governor at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Primary School (Assisi Trust);

 

·           Councillor Borton

 

Development Control Committee – 1st August 2018

Minute 203 - 17/02266/FULM (The Esplanade, Western Esplanade, Southend-on-Sea) – Non-pecuniary interest: Governor at Milton Hall Primary School, which is mentioned in the report:

Minute 207 - 18/00899/FULM (Crowstone Preparatory School, Westcliff-on-Sea) – Non-pecuniary interest: Governor at Milton Hall Primary School, which is mentioned in the report:

Minute 211 (18/01225/FULH 123 Poynings Avenue, Southend-on-Sea) on the grounds that the applicant was known to them as a fellow Councillor and a Member of the Committee.

Appeals Committee A – 10th August 2018

Minute 216 – Appeal Against Dismissal – non-pecuniary interest – lives in the same residential area as the appellant;

 

Cabinet Committee – 13th September 2018

Minute 253 – Hospital Area Controlled Parking Zone – non-pecuniary interest – lives in the hospital parking zone area;

 

People Scrutiny Committee – 9th October 2018

Minute 345 - STP - non-pecuniary - Previous employee at Southend Hospital; NHS Employee at Barts; 2 children work at MEHT; step sister works Basildon Hospital and sister works for the Department of Health;

Minute 349 – School Admission Arrangements; Minute 350 - KS2 & KS4 outcomes; Minute 352 - School Places working party; and Minute 354 - Schools Progress Report – non-pecuniary - Governor at Milton Hall School;

Minute 355 - proposed mental health changes  - disqualifying non-pecuniary interest – daughter is a nurse at Basildon  ...  view the full minutes text for item 372.

373.

Communications

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Council’s Benefits Team – Award

 

The Worshipful the Mayor informed Members that the Council’s Benefits Team were awarded the “Most Improved Team of the Year” by the Institute Revenues, Rating and Valuation.

 

The Worshipful the Mayor, on behalf of the Council, congratulated the team.

374.

Questions from Members of the Public

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The relevant Cabinet Members responded to written questions received from members of the public.

375.

Questions from Members of the Council

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The relevant Cabinet Members responded to questions received from Councillors.

376.

Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 19th July 2018 pdf icon PDF 153 KB

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That the Minutes of the Meeting held on Thursday 19th July 2018, be confirmed as a correct record and signed.

377.

Minutes of the meeting of Appeals Committee B held Monday, 16 July 2018 pdf icon PDF 48 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted.

378.

Minutes of the meeting of Audit Committee held Wednesday, 25 July 2018 pdf icon PDF 64 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted.

 

379.

Minutes of the meeting of Development Control Committee held Wednesday, 1 August 2018 pdf icon PDF 195 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted.

 

380.

Minutes of the meeting of Appeals Committee A held Friday, 10 August 2018 pdf icon PDF 49 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted.

 

381.

Minutes of the meeting of Licensing Sub-Committee B held Friday, 17 August 2018 pdf icon PDF 54 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted.

 

382.

Minutes of the meeting of Licensing Sub-Committee C held Tuesday, 28 August 2018 pdf icon PDF 46 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted.

 

383.

Minutes of the meeting of Licensing Sub-Committee A held Tuesday, 4 September 2018 pdf icon PDF 51 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted.

 

384.

Minutes of the meeting of Development Control Committee held Wednesday, 12 September 2018 pdf icon PDF 283 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted.

 

385.

Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet Committee held Thursday, 13 September 2018 pdf icon PDF 89 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted.

 

386.

Minutes of the meeting of Cabinet held Tuesday, 18 September 2018 pdf icon PDF 139 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted and the recommendations contained in Minutes 266, 269, 276 and 277 be approved.

387.

Minutes of the meeting of Health & Wellbeing Board held Wednesday, 19 September 2018 pdf icon PDF 68 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted.

 

388.

Minutes of the meeting of Audit Committee held Wednesday, 26 September 2018 pdf icon PDF 64 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted.

 

389.

Minutes of the meeting of Licensing Sub-Committee B held Monday, 1 October 2018 pdf icon PDF 51 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted.

 

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Minutes of the meeting of Development Control Committee held Wednesday, 3 October 2018 pdf icon PDF 253 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted.

 

391.

Minutes of the meeting of Licensing Sub Committee C held Friday, 5 October 2018 pdf icon PDF 52 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted.

 

392.

Minutes of the meeting of Licensing Sub Committee A held Monday, 8 October 2018 pdf icon PDF 63 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted.

 

393.

Minutes of the meeting of Place Scrutiny Committee held Monday 8 October 2018 pdf icon PDF 91 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted and the recommendations in Minute 335 be approved.

 

394.

Minutes of the meeting of People Scrutiny Committee held Tuesday 9 October 2018 pdf icon PDF 112 KB

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In relation to Minute 355 (proposed changes in South Essex – Adult Mental Health Beds) the Council noted that the People Scrutiny Committee did not reach a specific conclusion.  A proposal was moved by Councillor Nevin and seconded by Councillor Salter.

 

Resolved:


That the minutes of this meeting be noted and the proposals before the Council relating to Adult Mental Health Beds, as set out below, be approved:

 

1. That the investment of £1.5m into a new primary care centre in the St Luke’s ward, be supported.

 

2. That the creation of an additional 16-20 adult inpatient beds, to reduce the need for Southend residents having to be placed out of area, be supported.

 

3. That the request from Southend Clinical Commissioning Group (SCCG) and Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (EPUT) to defer consultation due to patient and staff safety issues, until the point of determining permanent moves, be supported.

 

4. That the establishment of a clinical group with the appropriate staff side representation to review and lead changes to enhance inpatient and community treatment, care and support going forward, be supported.  This will include reviewing the options to bringing the Older People Organic Assessment beds back into South East Essex, with recommendations being completed by August 2019.

395.

Minutes of the meeting of Policy and Resources Scrutiny Committee held Wednesday 10 October 2018 pdf icon PDF 92 KB

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That the minutes of this meeting be noted and the recommendations in Minutes 365 and 367 be approved.

 

396.

Notice of Motion - Fire Safety pdf icon PDF 47 KB

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That in accordance with Standing Order 8.4, the following Notice of Motion, be referred to the Cabinet:

 

‘Fire Safety

 

 

Southend Borough Council notes that:

 

Many of our tall buildings are in excess of 10 floors, for example buildings on the Queensway Estate are 17 floors. If there is a fire that blocks the stairwell above level 10, residents have no "plan B" as an escape route, the same circumstance that residents and fire rescue teams encountered at Grenfell. According to Essex Fire & Rescue, of the 55 tall buildings in Southend, 11 are above 10 stories.

 

Under the STAY PUT POLICY, residents are told that unless smoke or fire is entering their dwelling, they should remain in their homes and await rescue.

 

The STAY PUT POLICY can fail, and compartmentalisation can be compromised by retrofitting of plumbing, electrical upgrades, installing insulation or adding inferior products. Holes in walls that are not sealed with fireproof sealant, pipe work with fire collars, allow the passage of air, smoke and flames.

 

It has come to light that the STAY PUT POLICY at Grenfell failed and fire crews were surprised at the pace, the fire spread.

 

With single-staircase buildings, if the only exit is blocked, there is no plan B to escape. At Grenfell fire crews didn't have the equipment to reach the highest parts of the building. In Southend, the fire brigade has only ladders and platforms to reach level 10, so would need to call in equipment from another part of the county. Cuts to funding for the Fire Service has not only left it short of adequate equipment, but also trained fire-fighters to operate them. Residents awaiting rescue are told their homes are safe from fire for 30 minutes, which isn't a long time. According to Essex Fire & Rescue, 2 tall buildings in Southend have a Plan B for escape. Delays cost lives.

 

Warden operated fire alarms also result in delays, when automated responses and human error is considered, it adds to the risk factor. According to Essex Fire & Rescue, the number of tall buildings with a monitored alarm is 2.

 

Fire doors from five different suppliers have now been withdrawn from sale, after being identified by the government, as failing to meet safety standards.

 

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has urged all housing providers to carry out new risk assessments, as has the National Fire Chiefs Council. Doors that under current building regulations, were supposed to withstand smoke and flames for 30 minutes, were barely lasting 15 minutes.

 

After the Lakanal House fire the Coroner, recommended retrofitting of sprinkler systems in all tall buildings. The big issue with this is cost implications for landlords, but the safety benefits are huge and it lessens the need for the installation of automated alarms and gives residents piece of mind. Concerns in Southend that landlords of buildings which are earmarked for demolition,may be unwilling to spend large amounts in the short-term, but in the long-term these landlords have a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 396.

397.

Notice of Motion - Fossil Fuels pdf icon PDF 49 KB

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That in accordance with Standing Order 8.4, the following Notice of Motion, be referred to the Cabinet:

 

Invest in the Future / Divest from Fossil Fuels

 

1. This Council notes:

  • That our council pension fund is heavily invested into fossil fuels, according to data available on https://gofossilfree.org/uk/fuellingthefire/
  • That the Paris 2015 Agreement commits our government to keep the global temperature increase within 2 degrees and aim for 1.5 degrees. Carbon budgets produced by the IPCC and UN show that avoiding 2 degrees of warming relies on not burning 60-80% of discovered fossil fuels. 
  • Repeated warnings by Bank of England Governor Mark Carney that “the vast majority of [fossil fuel] reserves are unburnable”.
  • The resulting threat to pensions that are over-exposed to fossil fuels, and therefore to local pension-holders and council taxpayers.
  • The shortage of investment into social housing, transport, and renewables.
  • The importance of a just transition for workers in sectors and communities dependent on fossil fuels, and of decent and unionised low-carbon jobs.
  • That several UK local government pension funds have committed to divesting, joining $6 trillion in fossil fuel divestment commitments worldwide.
  • That UNISON (largest union representing local government workers) and the TUC campaign for divestment in line with obligations to pension-holders.

2. This Council resolves:

  • To call on the council pensions committee to commit to divest from fossil fuels over the next 5 years.
  • To call upon the council pensions committee to seek to reinvest into the just transition, where possible and in line with obligations to pension holders.’

Moved by Councillor Willis (no behalf of Cllr Ware-Lane)

Seconded by Councillor Dent

 

 

 

 

 

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