Agenda and draft minutes

Council
Monday, 29th April, 2019 7.00 pm

Venue: Overton Grange School, Stanley Road, Sutton, SM2 6TQ

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

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38.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 613 KB

To confirm as a correct record the minutes of the meeting held on 25 February 2019.

Minutes:

The minutes of the meeting held on 25 February 2019 were agreed as a correct record and signed by the Mayor.

39.

Mayor's Announcements

Minutes:

The Mayor welcomed everyone to the meeting and reflected on the events of terror in Christchurch New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

 

He congratulated the newly elected councillor for Wallington North, Cllr Barry Lewis on his election. The Mayor announced that he had attended numerous events across the borough and throughout London, which included: Presenting a Gold Award with the Deputy Mayor of London, to Hackbridge Primary. World Prayer Day, Kurdish New Year celebrations, Sutton Women Mean Business Awards, Fairtrade weekend event, Temor Awareness Day, the Peace Symposium at Morden Mosque, the London Mayor’s Whittington Walk, an assembly at Cheam Park Farm School,, the 75th Anniversary of Operation Varsity with the Parachute regiment, Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Awards, Sutton Symphony concert at St Andrews Church and the inaugural Sutton Hindu and Buddhist New Year celebrations.

 

The Mayor invited two two representatives of his chosen charities to address the meeting. Firstly, Janet Mountford from Home-Start Sutton and then Dr Mike Bending from The Kidney Fund at St Helier Hospital, spoke about the support the Mayor had given the charities and the impact of a raised profile for their work.

 

40.

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:

Councillor Muhammad Sadiq, Non Pecuniary, as a property owner outside of the borough.

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41.

Answers to Questions pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Additional documents:

41a

Questions from Members of the Public pdf icon PDF 55 KB

Minutes:

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

41b

Questions from Councillors pdf icon PDF 65 KB

Minutes:

There were thirteen questions from six councillors, supplementary questions and answers are set out at Appendix B to the minutes.

42.

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.

Minutes:

There were no petitions.

43.

Committee Recommendations and Notices of Motion

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

43a

Motion - Vote of thanks to the Mayor

Proposed by Councillor Richard Clifton, seconded by Councillor Steve Penneck

 

That the Council place on record its grateful thanks to Councillor Steve Cook for his service as Mayor of the London Borough of Sutton during the past municipal year, for the able, courteous and impartial manner in which he has conducted the proceedings of the Council, and for his continuing devotion at all times to the welfare of the Borough.

Minutes:

Councillor Richard Clifton moved the motion which was seconded by Councillor Steve Penneck.

 

RESOLVED:-

 

That the Council place on record its grateful thanks to Councillor Steve Cook for his service as Mayor of the London Borough of Sutton during the past municipal year, for the able, courteous and impartial manner in which he has conducted the proceedings of the Council, and for his continuing devotion at all times to the welfare of the Borough.

43b

Motion - Formulating a Public Consultation Policy pdf icon PDF 45 KB

Minutes:

Councillor Catherine Gray moved the motion which was seconded by Councillor Elliot Colburn. Following debate the motion was put to the vote and lost.

43c

Motion - Ending unfair evictions and promoting housing security pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Minutes:

Councillor Mo Saqib moved the motion which was seconded by Councillor Jayne McCoy. Following debate the motion was put to the vote and carried.

 

RESOLVED:-

 

Council notes:

1. Reliance on the private rented sector has increased significantly since the law was changed in 1988 to allow section 21 ‘no fault’ evictions. Now more than 4.5 million households in England live in private rented accommodation.

 

2. Latest available figures from the Greater London Authority show that there are 37,000 private tenants in the London Borough of Sutton, across 15,000 homes. The main cause of homelessness in the borough is the ending of a private tenancy, often following use of section 21 eviction powers.

 

3. Citizens Advice research suggests that tenants who made a formal complaint about their landlord or the state of their rented home had a 46% chance of being issued with a section 21 eviction notice in the following six months.

 

4. Across England, one in four families with children are now living in the private rental sector and over 75% of renters report that having a longer term tenancy would make it easier for them to plan ahead in their lives.

 

5. Campaigns by housing organisations like Shelter and Generation Rent have highlighted the lack of adequate protection for private tenants and increase in section 21 evictions.

 

Council believes:

6. Having a decent place to live is a basic human right.

 

7. The failure of government policy to address the housing crisis and deliver more affordable homes has forced people into the private sector and - while the majority of private landlords treat their tenants well - has created the conditions where they can be exploited by bad landlords.

 

8. Lack of security of tenure has significant negative effects especially on families with children, reduces community cohesion and impacts on mental health. The current private rental market exacerbates poverty and limits housing choice.

 

Council will:

9. Welcome ministers finally accepting that Section 21 notices must be scrapped and will engage with the government consultation to ensure it happens as quickly as possible.

 

10. Support the Generation Rent campaign that calls for longer tenancies, longer notice periods and limiting rent increases in the private rented sector.

 

11. Welcome the £4.8 billion already secured by the Greater London Authority for 116,000 housing starts by 2022 and calls for longer term government investment to increase the amount of affordable homes being built, including council housing.

 

12. Continue to seek to increase the range of housing tenures in Sutton through planning policy, council house building, and through its wholly-owned housing company Sutton Living Ltd.

 

13. Provide support and advice to responsible private landlords to ensure they have the protections they need over their properties, whilst also providing greater security for their tenants.

 

14. Continue the excellent service provided via Encompass Ltd, to work positively with private landlords to prevent homelessness and ensure a good quality private rented offer locally.