Agenda and minutes

Venue: Bromley Civic Centre

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Items
No. Item

225.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

Minutes:

There were no apologies for absence.

226.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

227.

QUESTIONS

In accordance with the Council’s Constitution, questions that are not specific to reports on the agenda must have been received in writing 10 working days before the date of the meeting - by 5pm on Wednesday 12th May 2021. 

 

Questions specifically relating to reports on the agenda should be received within two working days of the normal publication date of the agenda.  Please ensure that questions specifically on reports on the agenda are received by the Democratic Services Team by 5pm on Thursday 20th May 2021.

Minutes:

No questions had been received.

228.

TO CONFIRM THE MINUTES OF THE MEETINGS HELD ON 31 MARCH 2021 AND 28 APRIL 2021 pdf icon PDF 349 KB

Additional documents:

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the minutes of the meetings held on 31 March and 28 April 2021 be confirmed.

229.

EXECUTIVE APPOINTMENTS pdf icon PDF 206 KB

Minutes:

Report CSD21061

 

The Executive received a report setting out appointments made by the Leader of the Council to assist with the conduct of executive business. The Leader congratulated Cllr Kate Lymer on her new role as Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Children, Education and Families, replacing Cllr Peter Fortune who had stepped down following his election to the Greater London Assembly, and welcomed Cllr Angela Page to her first meeting of the Executive as Portfolio Holder for Public Protection and Enforcement.

 

RESOLVED that

 

(1) The appointment of Councillors to serve on the Executive and responsibility for portfolios, as allocated by the Leader of the Council, be noted.

 

(2) The appointment of Councillors as Executive Assistants by the Leader of the Council be noted.

 

(3) The appointment by the Leader of the Council of Executive Members to serve on the Health and Wellbeing Board and the Fostering Panel for 2021/22 be noted.

230.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE'S UPDATE REPORT pdf icon PDF 182 KB

Minutes:

The Chief Executive submitted a report with key updates on behalf of the senior leadership team across a number of areas, in particular –

 

·  The Council’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic;

·  The Covid-19 Staff Wellbeing Survey;

·  Return to office working approach;

·  Arrangements for committee meetings;

·  Economic Development Strategy for 2021 – 2031.

 

The Chief Executive particularly highlighted the response of staff to the pandemic – while some local authorities had struggled to mobilise their staff, Bromley officers had volunteered in large numbers. It was noted that the positive response had extended to contractors and their staff.

 

The Council had worked hard to tackle vaccine hesitancy amongst particular groups (ethnicity, deprivation, people with serious mental illness and care home staff) - some of the targeted activities were highlighted in the report. In terms of care home residents, 96.8% were vaccinated. Councillor Peter Morgan asked the Chief Executive to send more detailed statistics on vaccination to Members.    

 

Councillor Angela Page added that as Trading Standards had been unable to hold their regular meetings with residents they had developed an email alert which was reaching over two hundred residents groups.    

 

RESOLVED that the report be noted, and thanks be recorded to the Chief Executive and his staff for their outstanding performance.

231.

SUBSTANCE MISUSE SERVICES - LOT 1: ADULT SERVICES CONTRACT VARIATION; LOT 2: YOUNG PEOPLE SERVICES - CONTRACT VARIATION pdf icon PDF 272 KB

(To follow)

Minutes:

Report CSD21062

 

The Substance Misuse Service for Adults and Children provided an integrated provision for drugs and alcohol services with the aim of moving an individual from the position of problematic drugs and/or alcohol misuse to a position of stability, improved health and positive engagement with employment or education and the community.

On 21st May 2018, the Executive approved the award of two contracts to Change Grow Live for the provision of Adults Substance Misuse Services and Young Peoples Substance Misuse Services. Both Contracts were awarded for a period 3 years commencing on 1 December 2018 to 30th November 2021, with an option to extend for a further period of up to 2 years. The Adult Service contact had an annual value of £1,349k and a whole life value (inclusive of extension option) of £6,745k. The Young People’s contract had an annual value of £149k and a whole life value (inclusive of the extension option) of £745k.

On 8th April 2021, Public Health received a Section 31 Local Authority grant of £207k for one-year non-recurring funding for schemes to support improvements in interventions to reduce drug related offending and deaths in 2021/22. It was proposed to utilise this grant via a variation to the existing Adults Substance Misuse contract.

The report sought authorisation to draw down the Section 31 grant and the subsequent variation to the Adults Substance Misuse contract and to extend both contracts in accordance with their terms. 

 

The report had been scrutinised by the Executive, Resources and Contracts PDS Committee on 25th May 2021 and the Committee supported the recommendations.

 

Councillor Kate Lymer commented that, nationally, opiate and alcohol related deaths were at a record high, and it had been widely reported in the press that substance misuse had increased during the pandemic due to stress, anxiety and boredom. The figures in Bromley were lower than the rates in London or nationally, but were increasing, so she supported the recommendation.

 

RESOLVED that

 

(1) The drawdown of the total grant amount of £207k to be used as set out in Paragraphs 3.1 – 3.3 of the report be approved.

(2) The variation of £177k to the Adults Substance Misuse Services Contract for a period of one year commencing 1st June 2021 and expiring on 31st May 2022 be approved.

(3) The extension of the Adults Substance Misuse Services Contract for a period of two years from 1st December 2021 to 30th November 2023 at an annual value of £1,349k as allowed for within the Contract be approved.

(4) The extension of the Young People’s Substance Misuse Services Contract for a period of two years from 1st December 2021 to 30 November 2023 at an annual value of £149k as allowed for within the Contract be approved.

232.

BIGGIN HILL AIRPORT LIMITED (PART 1) pdf icon PDF 290 KB

Minutes:

Report CSD21048

 

Biggin Hill Airport Limited (BHAL) had formally requested to modify the definition of “Permitted User” in clause 1.8 of their lease. They had requested that the Council approve the modification, but should the Council not agree this change then, pursuant to their rights under section 84 of the Law of Property Act 1925 they could apply to the Upper Tribunal (Lands Chamber) to determine such a change. Further information was set out in a part 2 report.

 

The report had been scrutinised by the Executive, Resources and Contracts PDS Committee on 25th May 2021 and the Chairman, Councillor Christopher Marlow, provided a summary of the Committee’s debate. Councillor Marlow began by commenting that there had been no consultation with ward members in the southern part of the borough whose residents were disproportionately affected by the airport. He had written to members in eight wards and members from six wards had responded to him indicating considerable local interest. He recognised that decisions about the airport also needed to be made in the interests of the whole borough, but he requested that in future the ward members in Bromley Common and Keston, Petts Wood and Knoll, Farnborough and Crofton, Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom, Darwin and Biggin Hill wards should be consulted on proposals relating to the Airport with a noise impact; the Leader stated that he had already agreed that this should happen.

 

Councillor Marlow summarised the issues considered by the PDS Committee, and set out the main areas of concern. The first issue was trust and the Council’s overall relationship with the airport – it was considered that the application was a breach of previous commitments and a “red line” for most members; it was also contrary to the Court of Appeal judgement in 2002.  There was a feeling that the Airport was trying to achieve its aims by a salami-slicing approach. Members had received hundreds of emails about the application; all the members from Farnborough and Crofton, Petts Wood and Knoll and Darwin had written against the proposals, as had individual members from Bromley Common and Keston and Chelsfield and Pratts Bottom. It was recognised that the Airport brought employment and economic benefits to the Borough, and that the Council received rental income from the Airport. There was concern about noise from residents and ward members in the southern wards, but also more widespread concern about the broader environmental impact of increased activity at the Airport and the potential adverse impact on national and local carbon reduction targets. The Committee had also considered the legal advice in Part 2. The Committee had voted 9:2 (with 2 abstentions) against agreeing the Airport’s proposal.

 

Having heard Cllr Marlow’s presentation and studied their reports, the Leader asked Members of the Executive whether anybody present wished to make the case for granting BHAL’s application. No Member wished to do so at which point the Leader moved from the Chair that the request be declined, a proposal seconded by  Councillor Graham Arthur,  ...  view the full minutes text for item 232.

233.

PROCUREMENT OF MOVING TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS CAMERAS (PART 1) pdf icon PDF 382 KB

Minutes:

Report ES20078

 

In September 2020, Members had agreed in principle to enforce Moving Traffic Contraventions (MTCs) and approved a report setting out the best procurement route to purchase the cameras and software required. Further details were set out in a part 2 report.

 

The report had been scrutinised by the Environment and Community Services PDS Committee on 11th March 2021 and the Committee supported the recommendations.

 

RESOLVED that

 

(1) It is agreed that the thirteen new MTC cameras are procured via a variation to the existing Parking Enforcement and Associated Services (including CCTV) contract held with APCOA.

 

 (2) The existing Bus Lane and School Keep Clear CCTV maintenance contract be extended for a further two years to align with the proposed variation to allow a full procurement exercise to be undertaken to ensure best value for money is achieved for all CCTV requirements for Bus Lane, School Keep Clear and MTC enforcement within five years.

234.

CONSIDERATION OF ANY OTHER ISSUES REFERRED FROM THE EXECUTIVE, RESOURCES AND CONTRACTS POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

Minutes:

There were no additional items referred from the Executive, Resources and Contracts PDS Committee.

235.

LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT 1972 AS AMENDED BY THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT (ACCESS TO INFORMATION) (VARIATION) ORDER 2006 AND THE FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000

The Chairman to move that the Press and public be excluded during consideration of the items of business listed below as it is likely in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings that if members of the Press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information.

Minutes:

RESOLVED that the Press and public be excluded during consideration of the items of business referred to below as it is likely in view of the nature of the business to be transacted or the nature of the proceedings that if members of the Press and public were present there would be disclosure to them of exempt information.

 

The following summaries

refer to matters involving exempt information

 

 

236.

EXEMPT MINUTES OF THE MEETINGS HELD ON 31 MARCH 2021 AND 28 APRIL 2021

Minutes:

The exempt minutes of the meetings held on 31 March and 28 April 2021 were confirmed.

237.

PROCUREMENT OF MOVING TRAFFIC CONTRAVENTIONS CAMERAS (PART 2)

Minutes:

The Executive considered a part 2 version of the report with additional exempt material.

238.

BIGGIN HILL AIRPORT LIMITED (PART 2)

Minutes:

The Executive considered a part 2 version of the report with additional exempt material.

 

 

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