Agenda and minutes

Council
Monday, 22nd July, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Wallington County Grammar School, Croydon Road, Wallington, SM6 7PH

Contact: Alexa Coates, Head of Committee and Management Support  Tel: 020 8770 4990 | Email:  committeeservices@sutton.gov.uk

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7.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 61 KB

To approve as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 20 May 2019.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 20 May 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Mayor.

8.

Mayor's Announcements

Minutes:

The Mayor announced that he had attended Council’s own Take PRIDE staff awards and the relaunch of the Council’s and its partners’ commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant where he was joined by representatives from both main political parties in Sutton, the Leader, the Chief Executive, the Borough Commanders from the Police and Fire Services, the London Regional Manager for the British Legion, The Chief Executive of Community Action and senior figures from the Army, the RAF and Sutton Sea Cadets.

 

The Mayor invited Peter McBride from Oaks Way Senior Centre and Jacqui Thomas from Sutton Vision, his chosen charities, to address the meeting.

9.

Declarations of Interest

Councillors to declare any personal or prejudicial interests that they have on matters to be discussed at this evening’s Council meeting.

Minutes:

There were no declarations of interest.

10.

Answers to Questions pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Additional documents:

10a

Questions from Members of the Public pdf icon PDF 52 KB

Minutes:

There were four questions from four members of the public; the supplementary questions and answers are set out at Appendix A to the minutes.

10b

Questions from Councillors pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Minutes:

There were nine questions from eight Councillors, the supplementary questions and responses are set out at Appendix B to the minutes.

11.

Petitions

To receive any petitions which will either be dealt with at this Council meeting or stand referred for consideration by appropriate Committees of the Council.

11a

ePetition - Climate and Ecological Emergency pdf icon PDF 472 KB

Minutes:

Mark Webb presented the petition.

 

Councillor Tim Crowley moved an amendment to the petition report which was seconded by Councillor Neil Garratt that the petition prayer be accepted in its entirety.

 

Following debate, a demand was made for a poll by at least eight members of the Council rising in their places. The amendment was put to the vote and carried:

 

Amendment (Amendment)

Councillor Manuel Abellan

Against

Councillor Eric Allen

For

Councillor Martina Allen

For

Councillor Ben Andrew

Against

Councillor Lily Bande

For

Councillor Jenny Batt

Against

Councillor Moira Butt

For

Councillor Richard Clare

For

Councillor Richard Clifton

Against

Councillor Elliot Colburn

For

Councillor Steve Cook

Against

Councillor Jean Crossby

Against

Councillor Tim Crowley

For

Councillor Ruth Dombey

Against

Councillor Tom Drummond

For

Councillor Trish Fivey

Against

Councillor Tim Foster

For

Councillor Vincent Galligan

Against

Councillor Neil Garratt

For

Councillor Peter Geiringer

For

Councillor Martin Gonzalez

Against

Councillor Sunita Gordon

Against

Councillor Catherine Gray

For

Councillor Jillian Green

For

Councillor Amy Haldane

For

Councillor Drew Heffernan

Against

Councillor Marlene Heron

Against

Councillor David Hicks

For

Councillor Marian James

Against

Councillor Edward Joyce

Against

Councillor Nick Mattey

For

Councillor Jayne McCoy

Against

Councillor James McDermott-Hill

For

Councillor Annie Moral

Against

Councillor Jane Pascoe

For

Councillor Steve Penneck

Against

Councillor Holly Ramsey

For

Councillor Muhammad Sadiq

Abstain

Councillor Tony Shields

For

Councillor Jake Short

For

Councillor Ryan Stoneman

For

Councillor Sam Weatherlake

Against

Councillor Jill Whitehead

Abstain

Councillor Chris Williams

Abstain

Councillor Hanna Zuchowska

Against

Agreed

 

The substantive motion was then put to the vote and carried.

 

RESOLVED: that Council:

 

Acknowledges the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)’s Special Report on Global Warming (October 2018).

 

Notes the London Assembly has declared a Climate Emergency, recognises the seriousness of the situation and welcomes further ambitious steps.

 

Acknowledges the action already taken by Bristol, Manchester and many other city councils around the UK and the world to declare and commit necessary resources to tackling a Climate Emergency.

 

Declares a Climate Emergency, supported by specific plans of action to make Sutton carbon neutral by 2030, and to call on government to give Sutton Borough Council the powers and funding to make this possible.

 

And its partners and representatives work together to report back to council and petitioners within 6 months with specific proposals.

 

Recorded Vote
TitleTypeRecorded Vote textResult
Amendment Amendment Agreed
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  • 12.

    Committee Recommendations and Notices of Motion pdf icon PDF 66 KB

    To receive and consider the following notices of motion and recommendations of Committees.

    Additional documents:

    12a

    Motion 1 - Declaring a Climate Emergency pdf icon PDF 70 KB

    Minutes:

     

    Councillor Hanna Zuchowska moved the motion which was seconded by Councillor Barry Lewis.

     

    Following debate the motion was put to the vote and carried.

     

    RESOLVED: that Council

     

    Declares A ‘Climate Emergency’.

     

    Pledges to make Sutton carbon neutral by 2045.

     

    Supports the delivery of the Environment Strategy targets on using less energy and tackling climate change. 

     

    Calls on the Government to provide the powers and resources necessary for Sutton to accelerate its work on becoming carbon neutral by 2045 and to implement best practice methods to limit global warming to 1.5C.

     

    Will work with other local government authorities (both within the UK and internationally) to determine and implement best practice methods to limit global warming to less than 1.5°C.

     

    Continues to work with partners in the private sector and civil society across the borough and London to deliver this new goal through all relevant strategies and plans.

     

    Will report to the Environment & Neighbourhood Committee annually on progress with the delivery of the Environment Strategy and the actions the Council is taking, and will take, to address this climate emergency.

     

    To investigate all possible sources of external funding and match funding to support this commitment.

     

    12b

    Motion 2 Housing quality and Sutton’s special character pdf icon PDF 48 KB

    Additional documents:

    Minutes:

     

    Councillor Neil Garratt moved the motion which was seconded by Councillor Elliot Colburn.

     

    Councillor Jayne McCoy moved an amendment which was seconded by Councillor Jake Short

     

    Following debate, and with the consent of his seconder, Councillor Neil Garratt altered the motion to incorporate the amendment.

     

    RESOLVED: that

     

    Sutton be noted as the lead council presenting a joint statement of case against the Mayor’s Draft London Plan targets at the February 2019 Examination-in-Public on behalf of Sutton, Kingston, Merton and Richmond.

     

    A cross-party working group be established, under the remit of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee, to investigate the potential for an Article 4 direction covering HMO conversions, either in specific areas or across the whole borough.

     

    Actions the Council may take be investigated to mitigate the threat from the Mayor of London’s proposed London Plan to existing family homes in Sutton, and also to ensure that we can in future build family homes in Sutton as needed.

     

    The Government be lobbied to rethink its housing delivery test formula that would necessitate allowing  high rise development across the borough making Sutton look more like inner London than a suburban area.

     

    The Government be lobbied to withdraw Permitted Development Rights for office and retail conversions to residential and houses in multiple occupation that lead to substandard accommodation with no family housing provision.

     

    It be ensured that planning policy now and in the future encourages new development which is attractive, in keeping with the local character, and enhances Sutton’s built environment.

     

    13.

    Closure Motion

    Minutes:

    Councillor Ruth Dombey, moved the closure motion which was seconded by Councillor Jayne McCoy.

     

    That, in accordance with Standing Order 12.8, all items remaining to be dealt with at this Council meeting be approved subject to the leaders of the opposition groups being able to express dissent on them.

     

    The following items were adopted, without dissent:

    • Appointment of an Independent Audit & Governance Committee Member
    • Local Government Ethical Standards