Agenda and minutes

Venue: Hendon Town Hall, The Burroughs, London NW4 4BG

Contact: Anita Vukomanovic, Email: anita.vukomanovic@barnet.gov.uk, 020 8359 7034 

Items
Note No. Item

1.

Apologies for absence

2.

Elect a Member to preside if the Mayor is absent

3.

Prayer

4.

Declarations of Interest

5.

Minutes of the last meeting pdf icon PDF 144 KB

6.

Official announcements

    Minutes:

    The Worshipful the Mayor congratulated the Barnet winners of the Le Raincy Twin Town Digital Photographic competition, noting that Sue Willoughby had won first place, Alan Last had won second place and David Loebell had won third place. 

     

    The Worshipful the Mayor announced a Victoria Cross Paving stone laying ceremony would take place at 11am on Saturday 29th September in Station Road, New Barnet.

     

    The Worshipful the Mayor noted that 11 November 2018 would mark 100 years since the end of the Great War and advised that there would be a Civic Service of Commemoration and Reconciliation at 3pm at St Paul’s Church Mill Hill.

     

    The Worshipful the Mayor noted that on Friday 29 June 2018 he had welcomed HRH the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, to the borough when he attended the RAF Museum, Hendon, to celebrate the RAF Centenary.

     

7.

Any business remaining from last meeting

The Worshipful the Mayor informed Council that he would vary the order the business for the meeting to deal with one of the motions listed on the agenda before the other items of business.  He reported that in relation to agenda item 14.1 (Administration in the Name of Councillor Brian Gordon), the Monitoring Officer had advised that this motion should be referred directly to the Policy & Resources Committee which Council duly AGREED.

 

8.

Questions to the Leader (and Committee Chairmen if he/she has delegated) pdf icon PDF 254 KB

9.

Petitions for Debate (20 minutes)

10.

Reports from the Leader

11.

Reports from Committees

11.1

Referral from the Audit Committee - Annual Report of the Audit Committee pdf icon PDF 233 KB

11.2

Referral from the Constitution & General Purposes Committee - Electoral Review of the London Borough of Barnet Stage 1 - Council Size Submission to the Local Government Boundary Commission pdf icon PDF 240 KB

11.3

Referral from the Constitution & General Purposes Committee - Constitution Review pdf icon PDF 203 KB

7.45pm - 9.30pm

12.

Reports of Officers

12.1

Report of the Head of Governance pdf icon PDF 232 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The Head of Governance introduced the report.  Appendix A set out changes to the Calendar of Meetings.  Appendix B set out a change in membership of the Finchley and Golders Green Area Planning Committee and the North London Waste Planning Group.  Appendix C, which had been tabled, set out further changes to committee memberships and outside bodies.  The following corrections to Appendix C were reported:

     

    ·         Item 2 – amend to be a substitute Member of the Committee (rather than Member of the Committee)

     

    ·         Item 3 – amend to be the Finchley and Golders Green Area Planning Committee (rather than Area Committee)

     

    He further noted that in relation to Item 6 in Appendix C, Members were being asked to note that Council was noting the appointment to the directorship of Regional Enterprise (RE) Ltd rather than making an appointment to it as the appointment is made by Barnet Holding Limited.

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

    1.    Council notes the changes to the calendar of meetings as set out in Appendix A.

     

    2.    Council approve the change of membership of the Finchley and Golders Green Area Planning Committee as set out in Appendix B.

     

    3.    Council approve the changes to committee memberships and outside bodies and note the appointment to the directorship of RE Ltd as set out in Appendix C.

     

12.2

Council Tax Reduction for Care Leavers pdf icon PDF 162 KB

13.

Questions to Council Representatives on Outside Bodies

14.

Motions (45 minutes)

14.1

Administration Motion in the name of Councillor Brian Gordon - Boycott the Antisemitic BDS Movement pdf icon PDF 54 KB

14.2

Administration Motion in the name of Councillor John Marshall - Conserve Our Family Homes pdf icon PDF 35 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillor John Marshall moved the motion in his name.  Councillor Paul Edwards moved the amendment in his name.  Debate ensued.

     

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Paul Edwards was put to the vote.

    Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    25

    Against

    36

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    2

    Total

    63

     

    The amendment was declared lost. 

     

    The motion in the name of Councillor John Marshall was put to the vote.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    61

    Against

    0

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    2

    Total

    63

     

    The motion was declared carried.

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

    Council, recognising that the untrammelled conversion of family homes into flats can change the character of an area, and believes the borough should place a ceiling upon the extent to which such conversions can take place on any road.

     

    Council instructs Officers to investigate how this can be achieved and to present their findings to the Housing Committee.

     

14.3

Opposition Motion in the name of Councillor Barry Rawlings - Broken Election Promises in Broken Barnet pdf icon PDF 40 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    Councillor Barry Rawlings moved the motion in his name.  Councillor Anne Clarke moved an amendment in her name.  Debate ensued.

     

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Anne Clarke was put to the vote.

     

    Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    25

    Against

    36

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    2

    Total

    63

     

    The amendment was declared lost.

     

    The motion in the name of Councillor Rawlings was put to the vote.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    25

    Against

    36

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    2

    Total

    63

     

    The motion was declared lost. 

     

14.4

Opposition Motion in the name of Councillor Jo Cooper - Pesticide Free Barnet pdf icon PDF 36 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Dean Cohen was put to the vote.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    36

    Against

    25

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    2

    Total

    63

     

    The amendment was carried.  The substantive motion was then put to the vote.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    36

    Against

    25

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    2

    Total

    63

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

    Council notes that pesticides and herbicides like Glyphosate that are used in our parks and public spaces divide opinion, and some residents believe they can cause harm to people, animals and the environment.

     

    However, Council notes that residents’ complaintsabout weeds consistently outweigh those about pesticides.

     

    Council notes that LB Hammersmith & Fulham have gone pesticide free, and other councils are now taking the pesticide free route, but that the European Union authorised a further five-year lease on the use of Glyphosate in November 2017.

     

    Council requests that the Environment Committee monitor the legislative status of Glyphosate, regardless of the United Kingdom’s relationship with the European Union in 2022, as well as cost-effective and results-paritive alternatives.

     

14.5

Opposition Motion in the name of Councillor Jess Brayne - Equality in Mental Health Services for BAMER Communities pdf icon PDF 56 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Rajput’s was put to the vote.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    36

    Against

    25

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    2

    Total

    63

     

    The amendment was carried.  The substantive motion was then put to the vote.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    61

    Against

    0

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    2

    Total

    63

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

    Adults who use Barnet’s adult social care services increasingly have complex needs. There is a strong correlation between mental and physical health, and those accessing our support services will increasingly need support with both their mental and physical health. All Councillors have a responsibility to promote good mental health for all those living in our Borough.

     

    Council notes there is evidence for black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee (BAMER) disadvantage in the adult social care system. Being a borough which prides itself on its ethnic and cultural diversity, Council requests all committees place equality of access and service delivery as a primary concern when enacting the Conservative manifesto pledge to:

    “…support the integration of Social Care and the NHS and use our democratic mandate to get excellent joined-up care. We will push for parity in the importance and excellence of mental health care, which has too often been treated as a secondary concern.”

     

14.6

Administration Motion in the name of Lisa Rutter - Reunify Cyprus Allow Refugees Home pdf icon PDF 41 KB

    Minutes:

    The motion in the name of councillor Lisa Rutter was put to the vote.

     

    The motion was unanimously agreed.

     

    RESOLVED that:

     

    Barnet has a large Greek and Turkish Cypriot community. Many of these residents are refugees or descendants of refugees from the illegal invasion and occupation of northern Cyprus in 1974.

     

    As these residents’ elected representatives, in a borough twinned with the occupied town of Morphou, Council believes we all have a vested interest in the Cypriot peace process. Presently, many Barnet residents from both communities are unable to return to their ancestral homes, which remains a source of considerable distress.

     

    On 17th July the United Nations Security Council urged all sides to resume talks on a settlement for the island “towards a bizonal, bicommunal, federal solution" and sent an envoy of the Secretary-General to meet leaders last week.

     

    Council supports these efforts and joins MPs and Peers in calling for the reunification of Cyprus through a just and viable settlement, including the removal of Turkish troops, in the interests of all displaced Cypriots in Cyprus, Barnet and around the world.

14.7

Opposition Motion in the name of Councillor Ross Houston - People's Vote on the Final Brexit Deal pdf icon PDF 41 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

    The amendment in the name of Councillor Rozenberg was put to the vote.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    36

    Against

    25

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    2

    Total

    63

     

    The amendment was carried.  The substantive motion was put to the vote.  Votes were recorded as follows:

     

    For

    36

    Against

    25

    Abstentions

    0

    Absent

    2

    Total

    63

     

    RESOVLED that:

     

    Council notes that 62% of Barnet residents voting in the EU Referendum voted to remain in Europe.

     

    Council also notes that whatever is in the final Brexit deal, it will have implications for local businesses, our local economy, public services including our local NHS, local partners including Middlesex University, local jobs and our residents including circa 29,000 EU citizens and their children living in Barnet.

     

    Council notes that it is not clear whether there will be a soft Brexit, hard Brexit or no deal at all.

     

    Council therefore calls on the Government to give the British people, including Barnet residents, the best possible deal.