ORDER OF BUSINESS - PART 1 AGENDA
MAYOR AND CABINET
Date: WEDNESDAY, 4 JUNE 2003 at 6.30 p.m.
Committee Room 2 **Please note time of meeting**
Lewisham Town Hall
London SE6 4RU
A G E N D A
A G E N D A
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Telephone: 020-8-314-8824 (direct line)
The Mayor (Steve Bullock) (L) Chair
Councillor Moore (L) Vice-Chair and Deputy Mayor
Councillor Best (L) Cabinet Member for Environment
Councillor Donnelly (L) Cabinet Member for Lifelong Learning
Councillor Holder (L) Cabinet Member for Social Care & Health
Councillor McGarrigle (L) Cabinet Member for Culture
Councillor Singha (L) Cabinet Member for Social Inclusion
Councillor Whiting (L) Cabinet Member for Resources
Councillor Wise (L) Cabinet Member for Housing and Community
Members are summoned to attend this meeting
Lewisham Town Hall
London SE6 4RU
Date: 27 May 2003
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1 Minutes 1
2 Declarations of Interests 1
3 Exclusion of the Press and Public 6
4 Response to Social Care & Health Select Committee – An update on 7
Mental Health Development
5 Response from Mayor and Cabinet to Creative Lewisham Select 13
6 Response from Mayor and Cabinet to Environment Select 20
Response to Lifelong Learning Select Committee – Education
Development Plan and Access Plan
Greenvale Special School : Determination of Proposals for Resiting
Decanting of Ipswich House on Honor Oak Estate
Environmental Statement 2001/02
Drinking Control Zone
Sixth Form Centre – Preferred Design Solution (To follow)
Framework for Multi-Agency Environments (To follow)
Victoria Climbie Inquiry Implications for Lewisham (To follow)
The public are welcome to attend our Committee meetings, however, occasionally committees may have to
consider some business in private. Copies of reports can be made in additional formats on request.
MAYOR AND CABINET
Report Title MINUTES
Key Decision Item No.1
Contributors CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Class Part 1 Date: 4 JUNE 2003
It is recommended that the Minutes of the meeting of the Mayor and Cabinet, held on
14 May 2003 be confirmed and signed (copy attached ).
MAYOR AND CABINET
Report Title DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS
Key Decision Item No.2
Contributors CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Class Part 1 Date: 4 JUNE 2003
Members are asked to make any declarations of pecuniary interests or other interests
they may have in relation to items on this agenda (if any). Members are reminded to
make any declaration at any stage throughout the meeting if it then becomes apparent
that this may be required when a particular item or issue is considered.
LONDON BOROUGH OF LEWISHAM
MINUTES of the meeting of the MAYOR AND CABINET, which was open to the
press and public, held on WEDNESDAY, 14 MAY 2003 at 6.30 p.m. at LEWISHAM
TOWN HALL, CATFORD, SE6 4RU.
The Mayor (Steve Bullock); Councillor Moore (Vice-Chair); Councillors Best,
Holder, McGarrigle, Singha, Whiting and Wise.
Under Standing Orders: Councillor Morris.
Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Donnelly.
Minute No. Action
1 MINUTES (page
RESOLVED that the Minutes of the meeting of the
Mayor and Cabinet held on 23 April 2003 be
confirmed and signed.
2 DECLARATIONS OF INTERESTS (page
None was declared.
3 EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC (page
RESOLVED that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local
Government Act 1972, the press and public
be excluded from the meeting for the
following item of business on the grounds
that it involves the likely disclosure of
exempt information as defined in
paragraphs 3, 7 and 9 of Part 1 of Schedule
12(A) of the Act:-
4 APPOINTMENT OF LEA GOVERNORS (page and
RESOLVED that, subject to the deletion of ED E & C
Dr P McGeevor, the nominees set out in
paragraph 6.1 of the report be appointed
as authority governors.
Minute No. Action
5 RESPONSE TO THE SOCIAL CARE & HEALTH AND LIFELONG
LEARNING SELECT COMMITTEES ON THE VICTORIA CLIMBIE
REPORT AND THE CHILDREN'S AND YOUNG PEOPLE'S
STRATEGIC PLAN (page
RESOLVED that the response be agreed and referred EDSC &
to the Social Care & Health and Lifelong H/Cttee
Learning Committees. Clerk
6 FAIR ACCESS TO CARE SERVICES IMPLEMENTATION UPDATE
AND RESPONSE TO SOCIAL CARE & HEALTH SELECT
COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATIONS (page and
(i) the results and issues arising out of the
progress report be noted;
(ii) the responses to the recommendations
of the Social Care & Health Select
Committee of 10 September 2002 be noted;
(iii) a further report on the complete EDSC &
implementation of Fair Access to Care H
Services will be submitted to the Mayor and
Cabinet and the Social Care & Health
Select Committee in May 2004 be noted.
7 ROAD MAINTENANCE PRIORITISATION AND BOROUGH
ROAD RESURFACING PROGRAMME (page and
The Executive Director for Resources & Deputy Chief
Executive reported that the Council on 10 February 2003
had agreed a budget allocation of £3.5m to a highways
programme of works and, as a consequence, the decision
to be made by the Mayor and Cabinet was within the
Policy and Budget framework.
(i) the revised data prioritisation methods, ED
described in Section 5 of the report, be Regen.
Minute No. Action
(ii) the carriageway resurfacing
programmes described in Appendices E
and F, utilising the priority listings obtained
from the data prioritisation methods in (i)
above be approved;
(iii) the use of the priority listings obtained
from the data prioritisation methods in (i)
above to compile future maintenance
programmes be approved; and
(iv) the need for further pro-active
maintenance programmes to address the
poor condition of the road infrastructure be
8 MAKING LEWISHAM A CLEANER, GREENER PLACE BEST
VALUE REVIEW: RECOMMENDATIONS REPORT (page
(i) the recommendations about service ED
design set out in Appendix A be agreed in Regen.
principle, subject to subsequent
consideration of the resource issues;
(ii) the service standards for key
environmental services set out in Appendix 3
to the report be agreed; and
(iii) revised delivery dates on the
improvement plan set out in Appendix C to
the report be reported as and when
9 BEST VALUE PERFORMANCE PLAN 2003/04 (page and
The Head of Policy & Governance amended the report by
deleting the reference to 'Scrutiny and Area Forums' from
the list of 2004/05 Best Value Reviews contained in the
Appendix to the report.
Minute No. Action
(i) the Best Value Performance Plan as
amended be referred to the Council for
agreement; and the Chief Executive be
authorised to make any necessary
amendments if there is a need to include
comment and commentary on
performance data as it becomes available;
(ii) the 10 pledges outlined on page 19 of HP & G
the Performance Plan and repeated in
paragraph 4.3 of the report be agreed;
(iii) performance outturn data where
available will be presented to full Council in
June be noted; and
(iv) it be noted that due to differing
closure dates, in particular, the closure of
accounts, not all the information will be
complete and the indicator tables will be
updated and amended as figures become
available; and that, following the
completion of the BVPP audit during the
summer, a new set of tables will be
The meeting ended at 7.40 p.m.
MAYOR AND CABINET
Report Title EXCLUSION OF THE PRESS AND PUBLIC
Key Decision Item No. 3
Contributors CHIEF EXECUTIVE
Class Part 1 Date: 4 JUNE 2003
It is recommended that under Section 100(A)(4) of the Local Government Act
1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items
of business on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt
information as defined in paragraphs 3, 7 and 9 of Part 1 of Schedule 12(A) of
101 Report on 2003/04 Social Housing Programme and Outturn
102 Private Sector Leasing
103 Boroughwide Estate Recycling Project
104 Downham Lifestyles PFI Project – Selection of Preferred Bidder
105 Sixth Form Centre - Preferred Design Solution
MAYOR AND CABINET
Report Title RESPONSE TO SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH SELECT COMMITTEE - AN
UPDATE ON MENTAL HEALTH DEVELOPMENT
Key Decision NO Item No.
Contributors EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH
Adi Cooper, Head of Adults Services
Maura Cardy, Group Manager for Children’s Health Partnerships
Class Part 1 Date: 4 JUNE 2003
1. Summary and Purpose of the Report
1.1. On 13 February 2003 the Social Care and Health Select Committee
received a number of reports from officers on Mental Health 2003/4
Pooled Budget and an Update on Mental Health Development in Adults
and Children’s services in Lewisham. As a result of those presentations the
Committee raised several issues to be referred back to Mayor and
Cabinet. This report provides an update on the issues and
recommendations raised at that Committee. The issues raised were:
1.1.1 co-location of the day care provision in the south and
southwest of the Borough and lack of disabled access at
1.1.2 commendation regarding the Health Act Flexibilities report;
1.1.3 a recommendation that the same attention be given to the
development of an integrated Children Mental Health
Services, as facilitated by S31 Flexibilities;
1.1.4 a Children's Forum is being established to take on the
governance responsibilities previously held by the Health
Partnership Board regarding Children's services. It is therefore
more appropriate for this issue to be raised at this new Forum,
which is chaired by the Mayor, and which Cllr Holder attends.
The Head of Children's Services will ensure that this item is
presented and discussed at the appropriate time;
1.1.5 the Select Committee would like to see a different
relationship develop between CAMHS and Sure Start and ask
that officers look at facilitating a more structured and co-
ordinated approach; and
1.1.6 the Select Committee is fully aware of the complexity of the
whole process, and are very encouraged by Mayor and
Cabinet’s commitment to seeing the process through.
It is recommended that:
2.1 the proposed response be agreed and referred to the Social Care &
Health Select Committee; and
2.2 delegated authority be given to the Executive Director for Social Care
and Health or her nominee, on advice from the Head of Law and
Executive Director for Resources & Deputy Chief Executive, the power to
finalise negotiations and sign an agreement with SLAM on the joint
management agreement for the Child and Adolescent Mental Health
3.1 Issues were raised at the Select Committee concerning the Kirkdale and
Northover buildings, which house part of the Community Opportunity
Service. Officers accepted that these current buildings are not ideal for
the relevant service requirements. The Northover site is shared with the
Community Mental Health Team and, as this team continues to expand,
the space available for the Community Opportunities service is
increasingly strained. The Kirkdale site is not accessible for disabled
people and is at the far end of the ‘patch’ which is serves. A bid has
been submitted for Supplementary Credit Approval monies of £250k in
order to relocate the service in a refurbished building in the Catford area
to reprovide for the South/Soutwest Community Opportunities service
currently provided at the Northover and Kirkdale sites. An indicative
amount of £149k has been allocated for 2003/4 and the outcome of the
further £101k is awaited. A building has not yet been identified although
officers are liaising closely with the Borough Valuers. (1.2 above)
3.2 Following agreement to a Health Act section 31partnership with
Lewisham Primary Care Trust, South London and the Maudsley Trust and
the Council, the Lewisham Social Care and Health contribution to the
Mental Health Pooled Budget for 2003/4 was agreed by Mayor and
Cabinet on 23 April 2003. This met the s31 contract requirements.
3.3 Mayor and Cabinet on 11 December 2002 approved plans to move
towards a joint management arrangement for Social Care and Health
(SCH)and South London and the Maudsley Trust (SLAM) staff working in
multi-disciplinary teams within Lewisham Child and Adolescent Mental
Health Services (CAMHS). The Joint Management Arrangement
represents an important first step towards more formal integration. It is
envisaged that this will be further developed over the next two years.
3.4 The decision to proceed with a Joint Management arrangement in
preference to other available options, that included a Section 31 Health
Act Flexibility, was taken for a number of reasons. Firstly, this arrangement
achieved the necessary managerial control and accountability for the
service without the requirement for a TUPE transfer arrangement of SCH
staff. Such a major organisational change was not regarded by SCH and
SLAM as necessary or desirable. Secondly, SCH are not seeking to transfer
Children Act 1989 functions to SLAM. Lewisham Child and Adolescent
Mental Health Services provide a range of assessment and therapeutic
interventions that are quite different from assessment and intervention
work carried out under the Children Act 1989. Thirdly, adequate
arrangements already exist for the management of joint budgets, without
requiring a Section 31 Pooled Budget arrangement.
3.5 Work has been underway to progress the joint management plans. The
Social Work Co-ordinator post for Lewisham CAMHS, reporting jointly to
the SLAM Service Manager and SCH Group Manager, was advertised in
February but no appointment could be made. This has recently been re-
advertised and it is hoped to interview potential candidates in June.
3.6 The draft Joint Management Arrangement is almost finalised. This will then
be formally consulted on with those staff affected by the changes. In the
course of this process, the potential benefits of the Service Manager post
for Lewisham CAMHS becoming a joint reporting post to SCH has been
explored. A decision will be taken regarding this by members of the
Children and Young People’s Partnership Board within the next few
weeks. (1.4 above)
3.7 A commissioning work group for CAMHS services was established in
March 2003 and will be meeting bi-monthly. Consisting of senior officers in
the PCT, SCH, Education & Culture and SLAM, this group will oversee the
implementation of strategic objectives into commissioning activity and
3.8 Lewisham CAMHS currently provide child mental health services to four
Sure Start programmes with a fifth programme planned in the near future.
These services are delivered under a Service Level Agreement and usually
involve a CAMHS employee working directly to the Sure Start programme.
These programmes have all developed individually and over different
time scales in response to available funding and local need. As a
consequence, Lewisham CAMHS has separate SLA’s with each
programme. While there is the opportunity to develop a single
agreement, as existing ones come up for annual renewal, it should be
noted that this would require the support and co-operation of each Sure
Start programme. The SLAM Service Manager for Lewisham CAMHS will
be pursuing this.
4. Financial Implications
4.1 Supplementary Credit Approval for the reprovsion of the Community
Opportunities Service has been agreed for £149k. An additional bid of
£101k has been submitted.
4.2 Current funding arrangements and budgets will not be affected by the
Joint Management Arrangement in CAMHS services. No transfer of SCH
budgets or assets is involved. There are likely to be some small, indirect
savings in terms of improved efficiency and accountability.
5. Legal Implications
The Council has powers to enable joint working with health partners.
These include S 2 of the Local Government Act 2000 (power to promote
wellbeing) and S 31 of the Health Act 1999 and Regulations (power to
carry out health functions or allow health to carry out local authority
functions). The Council is committed to joint working with Health partners
expressed in various policy commitments.
5.2 Adult Mental Health services
There is a comprehensive agreement between the Council, South
London and the Maudsley Trust and Lewisham Primary Care Trust under s
31 of the Health Act 1999 and Regulations. This authorises the PCT and
SLAM to carry out certain Council functions, in relation to Adults Mental
Health Services. Mayor and Cabinet approved participation in Year 2 of
those arrangements in April 2003 (see para 3.2 above).
5.3 Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
The decision of Mayor and Cabinet on 11th December 2002 regarding
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services, did not involve
authorisation for formal joint working under s 31 of the Health Act; it
agreed to the delegation of management of Council staff to South
London and Maudsley NHS Trust managers. The relevant Council staff are
Social Workers and Child Mental Health staff who work within CAMHS and
are employees of the Council within the Social Care and Health
5.4 The Council has powers to provide services to children (Children Act 1989
and other legislation). It is now established that the Council staff
engaged in CAMHS do not carry out assessment or intervention functions
of the Council under the Children Act 1989. It is not therefore necessary
to consider whether to delegate these functions to SLAM. However, an
agreement between SLAM and the Council will need to contain
appropriate levels of delegation to the SLAM managers and
arrangements for reporting by and monitoring and accountability of the
SLAM managers to the Council. That is because the SLAM staff will be
performing new duties to SCH staff and overseeing the exercise of
Council powers by the SCH staff
5.5 There will need to be consultation with affected Council staff on the
proposals, and the agreement between SLAM and the Council will need
to ensure that the Council’s duties to its employees and in relation to the
performance of work are protected.
6. Human Resources Implications
The existing contractual arrangements for CAMHS SCH staff will not be
affected by the Joint Management Arrangement Agreement and all
Lewisham HR procedures will continue to apply. As the Agreement will
result in a change of manager for some staff, formal consultation will be
held on the content of the changes. If a SCH member of staff leaves, the
post will remain a SCH post
7. Crime and Disorder Implications
7.1 The ARTS team provides a service to young people who are either at risk
of offending or actual offenders and work closely with the Youth
Offending Team in relation to this group. The Lewisham CAMHS service
generally deals with a large number of children at risk of exclusion from
school or family. The CAMHS Service will be a significant contributor of
staff to the BEST team (Behaviour Educational Support Team) currently
8. Equalities Implications
8.1 People with mental health problems are amongst the most marginalised
in our society. People of African and Caribbean origins are particularly
over represented in the statutory mental health sector.
8.2 There are currently two Social Care and Health posts within Lewisham
CAMHS designated as 5(2)(d) and there is a need to increase the
representation of black and ethnic minority staff employed in the service.
The proposed agreement will not affect this.
9. Environmental Implications
There are no specific environmental implications arising from this report.
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If there are any queries on this report please contact Adi Cooper, Head of Adults
Services, Town Hall Chambers, Catford, Tel. 020 8314 8141 or Maura Cardy, Group
Manager in the Children and Young Peoples Division on 020 8314 8438.
MAYOR AND CABINET
Report Title RESPONSE FROM MAYOR AND CABINET TO CREATIVE LEWISHAM SELECT
Key Decision NO Item No.
Contributors EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR RESOURCES & DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE,
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR REGENERATION, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR
EDUCATION AND CULTURE
Class Part Date 4 JUNE 2003
1. Summary and Purpose
1.1 On 30 January 2003 the Creative Lewisham Select Committee received a
number of reports from officers on Creative Lewisham projects and the
work of the Creative Lewisham Agency. As a result of those presentations
the Committee raised several issues which were referred to the Mayor
1.2 The issues raised were:
Policy on the disposal of garage sites in the south of the borough
More specific delineation of creative of live work land use in the
development of the UDP (revised draft)
The importance of the Holbeach area as a key regeneration site for
1.3 This report provides a response to those issues.
2.1 It is recommended that the proposed response be agreed and referred
to the Creative Lewisham Select Committee.
3. Policy on the disposal of garage sites in the south of the borough.
3.1 There are currently three garage sites in the south of the borough that
have been declared surplus to housing need. It is current practice to
dispose of these by auction but due to the difficult
nature of the sites in question and the need to integrate any
development successfully within the estates, the potential for
development by Registered Social Landlords is being explored in relation
to two of them. Since these sites are all within predominantly residential
locations, residential is an appropriate use, although other uses are not
ruled out. There is also a strong need for additional affordable housing
provision in the borough. However, if a viable alternative commercial
workspace development could be attracted, and if there are no
planning objections, the Council could consider disposing for less than
3.2 A viable alternative commercial development might be difficult to
achieve, however, Garage sites such as the ones in question are not
always suitable for commercial use. Access in particular is problematic,
and on all three sites in question it is unlikely that access for medium sized
vans could be easily achieved. This makes the sites unattractive for
disposal to the commercial developers who provide work space, whether
for the creative sector or more generally.
3.3 There would also be a difficulty in attracting grant for the conversion of
these spaces to creative business use from the LDA (which might be an
alternative to the commercial approach referred to in paragraph 3.2
above) because the LDA will only fund projects in Deptford and New
Cross – this is because they wish to protect the development of a cluster
of creative businesses, located in that area.
3.4 There are however other commercial spaces in the south of the borough
(such as the Downham Enterprise Centre) which has vacancies, and
which is suitable to the needs of creative businesses. The Council’s
valuation, economic development and cultural affairs officers will
continue to work with the Creative Lewisham agency to attract creative
enterprises to these locations.
4. The Revised Draft Unitary Development Plan – specific land use policies for
creative enterprise or live work
4.1 The Revised Deposit UDP [August 2001] does contain policies relating to
the creative industries and live-work units. These include:
Strategic Employment 3: Creative and Cultural Industries
To promote business clusters particularly for the creative industrial sector.
EMP 1A Promotion and Retention of Creative Industries
The Council will seek to retain existing premises in use by the Creative
Industries, and to promote the development of new premises.
In the case of redevelopment of employment sites and mixed use
sites the Council will seek, where appropriate, to retain or provide
new premises used for creative industries by s106 agreements with
developers, or by the application of planning conditions.
EMP 6 Live-Work Development
Live-work developments will be welcome in Defined Employment Areas and
locations closely associated with local shopping parades where the use
does not conflict with residential amenity or other policies in this plan.
Applications for live work developments in Defined Employment
Areas and other employment sites will be considered against the
exceptions in the relevant policies.
4.2 It is worth noting that in their comments on the draft plan the GLA stated
they consider our approach to the creative industries to be ‘exemplary’.
4.3 The legal rules for adopting a UDP provide for objections to be made and
alterations to be incorporated at the first and second deposit stage. After
this fixed period outstanding objections are considered by an
independent Inspector at a Public Inquiry. This took place between
October and December 2002. Any further modifications, that have not
been subject to the formal procedures are open to legal challenge and if
significant would require extensive consultation and the reopening of the
Public Inquiry. This would be costly and time consuming and would result
in the delay in adopting the UDP and hence the provision of legal status
for the Council's planning policies.
4.4 However, the opportunity to look again at the provision for the cultural
industries will present itself shortly. The Government is changing the
Development Plan system by abolishing UDPs and replacing them with
Local Development Frameworks [LDF]. The legislation is currently before
parliament and it is expected to become law in Spring 2004.
4.5 The new LDF procedure will be much more flexible and quicker than the
current UDP procedure. The Planning Service will take the opportunity to
look closely at the needs of the cultural industries and investigate
incorporating more policy either in the new Action Plans or as
Supplementary Planning Guidance both of which will be part of the new
4.6 There are technical limitations within the current planning system that
result from the fact that a change of use within and to a limited extent
between similar uses does not require planning permission. This is
regulated by the Use Classes Order. Most creative industries fall within the
‘Business’ Use Class and hence control over any change of use is limited.
However, this does not mean that nothing can be done within the
planning system and the new system of LDF will provide greater flexibility
to include spatial policies unlike the current UDP which is limited to land
use issues and controlled by statutory instruments such as the Use Classes
4.7 The Planning service has played a proactive role in promoting creative
industries, particularly through a flexible approach to live/work, (e.g. in
Forest Hill) and is seeking to use the Hither Green Hospital site
redevelopment as a catalyst for a similar approach in the area around
Hither Green station. Across the borough, over 300 live/work units have
now been consented.
5. The Importance of the Holbeach Area as a key Regeneration Site for the
5.1 One of the areas of activity that has been funded through the Creative
Lewisham initiative is the preparation of area development and design
frameworks. This work is being led by the Planning Service within the
Regeneration directorate. A framework for Forest Hill has been
completed, and was reported to the Strategic Planning Committee and
adopted as Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) earlier this year. A
further framework study for Deptford High Street is nearing completion,
and another is in preparation for Brockley Cross. External funding has
been secured for similar framework/masterplanning exercises in Lewisham
Town Centre (through the LDA), New Cross Gate (through NDC) and
Hither Green (through S.106). None of these has yet been commissioned,
although the first two are scheduled to go out to tender shortly.
5.2 Creative Lewisham this year is funding a framework study for Catford,
including the Holbeach area and Rushey Green. The brief has not yet
been finalised (it is currently with the GLA Architecture and Urbanism Unit,
which is taking a keen interest in Lewisham’s innovative approach to
design frameworks). However, the study will seek to highlight
opportunities for a more creative approach to mixed use development,
to improving public spaces and to strengthening accessibility. The study
will also make specific proposals for key sites, such as the land around the
5.3 The study seeks to support work currently being carried out by Transport
for London which is examining the potential for the rerouting of the south
circular road, to take it behind Laurence House. This is a less radical
solution to the by pass that was proposed some years ago, but if it is
implemented appropriately it could offer an opportunity to enhance the
environment of the town centre considerably and provide a more
attractive setting for the recently renovated Broadway Theatre, and the
5.4 The study also provides the opportunity to work with St Modwen, the
owners of the shopping centre, who have stated that they wish to invest
in Catford. It is hoped that the framework study will guide and
encourage their initial thoughts on the potential for significant
redevelopment emcompassing the shopping centre and adjacent land.
5.5 All these studies provide an advanced opportunity to assess the
opportunity to guide regeneration and to enhance the urban
environment that will be provided by the forthcoming statutory
responsibility to produce local area frameworks (LAFs) as referred to in
paragraphs 4.4-4.6 above. Officers in the Development Division will
review the approach taken at the end of this year, and this review will
inform the response to the new statutory responsibilities.
6. Financial Implications
6.1 There are no financial implications arising directly from this report. If
officers or other agencies (e.g. the Creative Lewisham Agency) were to
make proposals for the use of sites such as the garage sites currently
being disposed of in the south of the borough which would require their
disposal for less than best consideration, the proposal would need to be
6.2 The UDP review process is fully funded.
6.3 The area development and design frameworks commissioned to date are
fully funded. The costs of meeting new statutory responsibilities under
planning legislation now passing through parliament is to be the subject
of a growth bid that will be reported separated to committee, and will
need to be considered in the round.
7. Legal Implications
7.1 Garage sites
7.1.1 As highlighted in the report, the Council has statutory and fiduciary
duties to obtain best consideration when disposing of Council owned land.
Members may decide to dispose of land at less than best consideration
where they are satisfied that the non-financial benefits of the disposal
outweigh the capital receipt being foregone as a result. However, any
such disposal will require the consent of the Secretary of State either given
specifically or under one of the General Ministerial Disposal Consents.
7.1.2 Land held for housing purposes may only be disposed of under the
disposal powers contained in the Housing Act 1985. The General Disposal
Consents issued by the Secretary of State permitting disposal of housing
land at less than best consideration are generally restricted to disposals
which are made to achieve housing purposes. Therefore, if at some
stage a decision is made to dispose of land held for housing purposes to
encourage creative business use it may be necessary to first appropriate
the land from housing to an alternative use in order for the Council to be
able to rely upon one of the General Disposal Consents permitting below
market value disposals to further other (non-housing) purposes.
7.2.1 The process for the preparation and adoption of Unitary
Development Plans is set out in Part II of Town and Country Planning Act
1990 and Planning Policy Guidance issued by the Secretary of State (PPG
12). In formulating their policies authorities have to have regard to regional
and strategic planning guidance issued by the Secretary of State, current
national policies, availability of resources and such other matters as the
Secretary of State may direct. In the case of London Boroughs, plans also
have to be in general conformity with the Mayor's spatial development
7.2.2 The process involves public consultation on the authority's proposals at
both pre and post draft deposit stages and, where there are objections
to any proposals in the deposited plan, a public local inquiry must be
held before the plan can be adopted. Under section 21 of the 1990 Act,
the same process must be followed where an authority proposes to make
material alterations to the plan.
7.2.3 Under the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Bill currently passing
through Parliament it is proposed to abolish the existing unitary
development plans and to replace them with Local Development
Schemes (made up of a range of local development documents) to be
prepared by local planning authorities in conformity with Regional Spatial
Strategies which in London will be the Mayor's SDS. Under the Bill the
process for preparing local development documents will be simplified with
the stated intention of providing greater flexibility and streamlining the
process although the detailed process to be followed will be set out in
regulations which will be published nearer the implementation of the Bill.
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MAYOR AND CABINET
Report Title RESPONSE FROM MAYOR AND CABINET TO ENVIRONMENT SELECT
Key Decision NO Item No.
Contributors EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR REGENERATION
Class Part 1 Date: 4 JUNE 2003
4. Summary and Purpose of the Report
1.1 On 19 November 2002 the Environment Select Committee considered the
progress of the Highway Maintenance Capital Programme and the
review of the use of alternative fleet fuels and low emission technology.
The Select Committee raised some comments that they asked to be
brought to the attention of Mayor and Cabinet. This report outlines the
Mayor and Cabinet’s response to the issues raised.
1.2 The issues raised were:-
1.2.1 Progress of Highway Maintenance Capital Programme
The Committee were concerned to hear that there is only one Utility
Works Inspector to walk the whole borough. They were also concerned
at the disruptions and waste caused by the Public Utilities, and
considered the merits of employing more inspectors to check their work,
given that reported defects attract a fee from the utilities. They were
particularly interested to hear that the New Roads and Street Works Act
1991 allows for a maximum recovery charge of 30%, and that the actual
figure reported is only 20%.
Financial Benefits of Employing more Inspectors, and Reporting Maximum
In a sample year, approximately 6800 Opening Notices were served. Of
these 14.4 % were inspected. The fees that would have been charged for
the remaining 15.6 % were as follows:-
Inspection Fees 15,100
Defect Fees (charged against any defect found 4,000
The Select Committee recommends the Mayor to employ more
inspectors in order that works carried out by the Public Utilities are
monitored more thoroughly and defects reported to maximum capacity.
1.2.2 Review of the use of alternative fleet fuels and low emission technology
The Select Committee felt that this Council should take a pro-active
approach to alternative fuels, and discussed how this could be reflected
in the procurement policy. They looked at how contractors should be
required to turn to green fuel when contracting to this Authority.
Officers pointed out the potential anti-competitive conflict on this issue,
and suggested that the most that could easily be achieved at present is
to develop the infrastructure for the supply of alternative fuels.
Contractors are currently obliged to consider the Energy Policy, that
states as clause 9 that the Council will ‘use vehicles with low fuel
consumption and pollution reducing technology and ensure their regular
servicing and energy conscious operation. Promote and facilitate the
use of alternative modes of transport.’ Once the infrastructure and
market are better developed, it may be possible to request that only
green fuels are used on Council contracts.
In the light of the discussions above, the Committee recommends that
the Mayor encourage the Council and energy companies to develop the
infrastructure for the supply of alternative vehicle fuels. This could mean
installing further LPG and biodiesel tanks/pumps in Lewisham and
encouraging energy companies to do the same.
It is recommended that the response to the issues raised by the
Environment Select Committee outlined in section 3 be agreed and
referred to the Select Committee.
3.1 Progress of Highway Maintenance Capital Programme
We recognise the problems caused by the utility companies and
during the Transport Divisions recent reorganisation a new post of
Assistant Inspector was created. A new Head of Transport is now in post
and one of his priorities will be to recruit to this new post as soon as possible.
3.9 Financial Implications
3.21 The annual cost of the new post is £34,783.
3.10 Review of the use of alternative fleet fuels and low emission technology
3.2.1 The Executive Committee approved the policy for the Environmentally
friendly fleet and fuel plan in July 2001. Since that time a number of
measures have been introduced and these are listed below.
3.2.2 Progress to date:
A Liquid Petroleum Gas Station (LPG) has been installed at Wearside
Service Centre. This provides LPG on site and maximises discounts for
fuel due to bulk purchase.
10 new Electric powered vans have been added to the fleet these are
in use by various departments and replaced old diesel powered units.
27 new LPG powered vans have been added to the fleet in use by
various departments, these replaced old diesel powered units.
11 x 32/36 seat wheelchair accessible buses have been re-powered
with Euro 3 diesel engines complete with exhaust gas treatment
technology, this reduces harmful exhaust emissions by up to 90%
compared with the original pre-Euro engines.
4 new refuse vehicles have been added to the fleet, these vehicles
are also fitted with exhaust gas treatment and latest engine
management technology, the vehicles exceed current EU standards
for exhaust emissions (Euro 4).
3.2.3 All of the clean fuel vehicles, bus re-power programme and exhaust gas
after treatment technology has been grant funded by the Energy Saving
Trust under their Powershift and clean up programmes.
4. Financial Implications
4.1 Use of LPG will reduce fuel costs although this saving will be offset initially
by investment in the infrastructure.
5. Legal Implications
6. Crime and Disorder Implications
7. Equalities Implications
8. Environmental Implications
Use of alternative fleet fuels and low emission technology will enable us to meet
more stringent environmental legislation.
If there are any queries on this report please contact Darien Goodwin (ext.
49956) or Nigel Tyrell (ext. 49957), Regeneration Directorate.
MAYOR AND CABINET
Report Title RESPONSE TO LIFELONG LEARNING SELECT COMMITTEE - REPORT ON THE
EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT PLAN AND ACCESS PLAN
Key Decision NO Item No. 7
Contributors EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR EDUCATION & CULTURE
Class Part 1 Date: 4 JUNE 2003
1. Purpose of the report
To respond to the points raised by the Lifelong Learning Select Committee
following their consideration of the Education Development Plan and SEN
It is recommended that the Mayor and Cabinet note the points raised by
the Lifelong Learning Committee and agree the response.
3.1 The Education Development Plan (EDP) is a five year plan which
commenced in April 2003. Its predecessor ran from 1999 to September
2002. In January 2003 the Head of School Effectiveness produced a report
which evaluated the success of the previous plan and highlighted issues for
attention in the current plan. At the same meeting the Lifelong Learning
Committee considered the recent assessment of Special Educational Needs
and related services. This formed the basis for developing Lewisham’s
Access Plan which is a new statutory requirement from 1/4/2003.
3.2 On 14 February 2003 the Lifelong Learning Select Committee considered
the report and raised a number of points to be addressed.
4. Education Development Plan
A strategy should be in place for children at Key Stage 2. Members were
concerned that there has been a dip in primary performance.
The reduction in performance at key stage 2 in Maths and English was
most significant in schools who had previously obtained high results or who
had received little additional support over the year (in line with policy of
intervention in inverse proportion to success). In order to address this the
Education Development Plan and the KS2 delivery plan have been
amended to address the fall in these areas with a graded emphasis on
supporting the lower achieving schools. A brief report outlining the specific
activities currently being undertaken is attached (appendix 1).
Considerable work has also been undertaken with schools to identify and
share practice which leads to continued improvement. Our expectation is
that the dip will be reversed this year and our schools will make good
Ethnic minority achievement strategy (EMAS) does not give a clear
picture of the achievements of children from different cultures. This should
be addressed in next year’s EDP.
The strategy outlined in the 2003/04 action plan to raise the attainment of
under achieving pupils from specific ethnic minority groups is under
review and is being amended to address the substantial
underachievement in some ethnic minority groups in 2002. The groups for
whom statutory targets are set are defined by the DfES to enable them to
create a national picture. Within these groups we also monitor the
progress of pupils from differing cultures.
We are also monitoring the progress of underachieving groups on a
school by school basis. This more targeted approach will focus resources
and intervention where it is needed and will result in better outcomes for
EMAS National funding should be monitored to ensure that it is being used
The DfES has put guidelines in place for LEA’s on monitoring the use of
standards fund in order to reduce workload and bureaucracy in schools.
The outcomes for each school are being closely monitored and those
schools identified as causing concern are subject to a review by their link
School Improvement Officer.
The national review of EMAS (being undertaken by DfES) has provided us
with an opportunity to assess how this funding is deployed in Lewisham
and to what effect. We are also working with other London Authorities
and contributing to various commissions concerned with raising
attainment in underachieving groups. This work will help to focus our
attention on the best practice and ensure resources are deployed on
strategies that work.
Although there is no requirement by the DFES there should be targets for
Science in the KS2 table.
Targets have been set in Maths and English because there is a well
funded national improvement strategy. As Science is an area causing
concern at KS2 a local target of 83% has been set within Priority 1
programme 4 of the EDP.
There should be attention given to the support available for children
newly arrived in this country, and their schools. It is not just a question of use
of English but also the children’s experience of formal schooling.
The New Arrivals co-ordinator attached to the EMAS team advises schools
on appropriate strategies to support new admissions/new arrivals. These
are inclusive procedures and practices which ensure that schools are
welcoming and supportive for all their pupils and families or carers. A key
part of the co-ordinator’s role is to ensure schools are aware of national
benchmarks and that pupils are properly inducted and supported.
Officers should consider the use of the Special Educational Needs Joint
Initiative Training in schools, and report back to the committee on
whether the appropriate training is provided in-house and whether there
should be a re-subscription to SENJIT.
Previous evaluations of the use of SENJIT have found that a subscription to
SENJIT would not offer good value for money because in the past the
subscription costs were greater than the saving made. More in-house
training is being provided and schools are able to purchase support from
a variety of providers including SENJIT.
There should be action to address the large number of temporary
The recruitment and retention strategy is addressing this issue and last
year the retention of teachers improved significantly. Schools are being
supported to improve the professional development all staff and address
issues such as behaviour and workload which have a significant impact
on teacher recruitment/retention. The number of posts filled by short-term
contracts/supply fell from 5.6% in 2001 to 2.8% in 2002.
The drive to retain looked-after-children in borough for their education
should be maintained.
We are aware that educational achievement of looked after children is
greater if the children attend local schools because monitoring and
support are more readily available to children in Lewisham Schools. A
major policy strand is to strengthen the role of designated teachers in
Lewisham Schools. It is more difficult to provide the same level of support
for children placed outside of the borough, although networks are being
established to strengthen the authority’s monitoring function. Work is
progressing between the Education, Social Care and Health Directorates
and the PCT on the potential of joint-commissioning, in order that joined
up services can be more readily available, thus allowing more children to
remain within Lewisham.
5. SEN and Access Plan
There must be careful consideration of the consultation process. Parents
should be consulted in very small groups and fully involved in the change
process to ensure support and take-up of new facilities.
The new policy document ‘Making Lewisham Schools Accessible For All’
has specific targets for improving consultation with parents and carers. A
regular programme of consultation with parents/carers involving the
voluntary sector is to be established in December 2003.
For those schools identified in the first phase of Extended Schools
providing specialist SEN provision i.e. Coopers Lane, Kilmorie and Deptford
Green, there are new statutory consultation processes. Officers will
endeavour to work with schools to make the process meaningful and fully
Curriculum Support must be developed.
Increasing access to the school curriculum is covered extensively in the
plan. Targets within this section include re-shaping support services e.g.
Educational Psychology Service so that they can provide advice and
guidance at a much earlier stage. There are also targets to extend the
role of special schools so that they can provide support and services to
mainstream schools, for example, New Woodlands School provides
services to all primary schools in Lewisham.
There must be adequate training for schools.
It is essential that staff in schools have the skills and confidence to respond
to the range of children’s needs. There are many targets within the plan
for training for school staff and joint training between education, health
and social care professionals.
Education should be provided in mainstream schools where appropriate.
Large print books, access etc. Must facilitate this.
In 2001, 55% of children with statements were educated in mainstream
schools compared with 59% in inner London and 62% nationally. The
range of measures for overcoming physical and curricular barriers within
the plan should enable more children to attend Lewisham mainstream
Children with SEN and disabilities are particularly vulnerable to sexual
abuse, for example. There must be careful attention given to protection
when schools are more open to the public.
There are specific targets within the plan for ensuring training and
monitoring of new Child Protection Procedures. A task-group has been
established which includes headteachers to oversee these
developments. The work of this task group feeds into the Area Child
Visits will be made to the pilot Extended Schools to learn about their
practice of ensuring the well-being of children.
Schools must be briefed on proposals.
Schools were involved in developing the Access Plan. Task groups have
been set up to oversee developments. A regular bulletin outlining
progress on implementation is to be sent out to schools and other
The situation must be monitored to ensure proposals are implemented.
The targets within the Access Plans will be monitored regularly. It is
proposed that an annual report on progress be made to this committee.
The plan must be ready in April but officers should provide schools with
interim guidance before publication of the plan.
In order to support the schools a draft plan was sent out prior to
publication with examples of model plan and further guidance. Briefing
sessions were provided for Chairs of Governors and additional sessions
were available on request.
The committee should be briefed on progress with the inclusivity
The principal indicator for measuring inclusivity will be the number of
children with statements of SEN educated in mainstream. Targets have
been set to increase our current performance of 55%. Progress on this will
be reported annually.
4. Financial Implications
There are no financial implications arising directly from this report.
5. Legal Implications
There are no legal implications arising directly from this report.
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ITEM NO. 7
Raising Attainment at KS2
In Autumn 2002 the DfES introduced the Primary Strategy. This was initially
perceived as an amalgamation of the Literacy and Numeracy Strategies, as
many of the central training activities were now running jointly. However it has
become clear that, although raising standards in literacy and numeracy remain
central to the Primary Strategy, other aspects of the curriculum are under
consideration. Specifically they are those which promote the use of literacy and
numeracy across the curriculum, making literacy and numeracy skills more
relevant, the role which other curriculum subjects play in engaging pupils and
which contribute to raising standards in the English and mathematics. As yet
there is not a National Primary Strategy as at KS3, its design and implementation
remains an LEA responsibility
In response to this the School Improvement Team/Primary Strategy Manager
have planned strategically to raise attainment in all schools. The Strategy has 5
components, all of which already had discrete programmes or priorities within
1. Tackling under achieving schools.(EDP Priority 1 Programme 6)
2. Tackling under achieving groups across the LEA.(EDP Priority 4)
3. Improving schools causing concern. (EDP Priority 5)
4. Strengthening school and subject leadership. (EDP Priority 6)
5. Designing a curriculum of engagement .(EDP Priority 1 Programme 4)
What follows is an account of actions undertaken so far, an evaluation (where
possible) of their impact and an over view of the next stage.
Identification of underachieving schools.
The first criterion was the distance from the school/LEA agreed target, the initial
focus group was schools more than 5% below.
This was then matched to the provisional benchmark, and schools also
benchmarking below C (against similar schools) were added to the group.
All SIOs were asked to contact their schools to discuss the 2002 KS2 results and fill
in a proforma with a brief analysis of their view of the causes of under
Following this the Primary Strategy Manager met with the SIOs literacy and
numeracy, advisers for EMAG and ICT and the senior primary literacy consultant
to consider all the evidence and agree the levels of support and how the effect
of this support would be monitored. The SIOs visited the identified schools to
monitor progress towards targets and to agree an Action Plan specifically
Strategies noted in these SIO Action Plans include a range of activities focussed
on data analysis, tracking pupils, actions to improve teaching and learning,
subject and school leadership. Similar actions, but at an even more intensive
level and with an greater emphasis on developing strong leadership were
carried out in schools causing concern.
Joint monitoring by HT and SIO of the quality of teaching and learning (work
sampling), planning and assessment with feedback on improvement
Support for data analysis, pupil tracking and target setting for class teachers,
subject leaders and headteachers.
Advice on supporting the targeted teaching of ‘borderline pupils’ L3/4, L4/5
INSET on Improving Teaching, and Communicating High Expectations
Central training from Lit/Num Strategies
Support on reviewing the impact of the Lit /Num Strategies.
Support on reviewing the improvement strategies in the School Improvement
Plan with headteachers
Support for setting up effective pupil self assessment and monitoring systems
Support for developing writing across the curriculum
Termly review of progress towards Y6 targets
Support for preparing pupils for test situations
Brokering AST support.
Access to work done on raising attainment in EAZ
Access to joint LEA /Institute of Education project focussing on Learning
All actions carried out in these focus schools (24 underattaining and 14 causing
concern) are recorded in SIO Action or Support plans which are reviewed,
evaluated and amended termly. SIOs work closely with the consultants and
advisory teachers from the Literacy, Numeracy , EMAS and ICT teams to provide
a coherent package of support.
Evaluation of progress so far
Current(March) predicted progress towards KS2 targets compared to 2002
The data suggests that in the under attaining schools there will be an average
increase of about +6% in English, + 5% in maths. The schools causing concern
predict an increase of around 2% in English and 10% in maths. Schools which are
currently predicting a fall in results, or minimal improvement have been
contacted by SIOs and reasons for poor predictions, together with further
advice and strategies for improvement discussed and agreed.
NB The introduction of new testing and assessment arrangements this year has
made predictions unstable. In comparing this year with last year it is essential to
bear in mind that we are looking at a different cohort of pupils, often with
different teachers and with new and relatively unfamiliar test and marking
Specific actions this term to raise attainment at Y6.
Allocation of consultants remains based on 2002 results.
The focus from consultants this term has been on monitoring and supporting
teachers with target groups- planning , teaching, assessment, in under
attaining and causing concern schools, advising and monitoring re Booster
classes, support and advice for co-ordinators in their roles, training re new
administration, content and assessment of new SATS.
Training on the new SATs, content and assessment
SIO focus has been on providing support for HTs and senior managers on
tracking, raising expectations, improving learning and teaching.
Funding for 4 Easter schools has been allocated, but because of heavy
demand from schools 5 more have been set up from Literacy/Numeracy
A letter has been sent out to all schools with advice on preparing and
supporting pupils for SATs
Next term’s focus.
Supporting Y5 into Y6, setting targets, agreeing focus groups and support
Ensuring summer term provision for Y6 via the Transition Units.
Further support for Guided reading- developing exemplification of reading
comprehension in core texts
Support for Literacy across the Curriculum
Setting up a literature circle for teachers
Extending the dissemination of good practice via the literacy ‘buddies’, in
addition to Leading Literacy teachers.
Developing a Literacy web page which incorporates all the Literacy Team
materials and advice.
Training focus- Introduction to NLS
Speaking and listening
Literacy Co-ordinators support
Y6 transition units
Leading Literacy teachers conference
Curriculum conference for all Headteachers
Summer School Achievement Review for all satisfactory , under attaining and
causing concern schools to focus on the leadership and management of
Inclusion – specifically provision for pupils with SEN and EMAS
MAYOR AND CABINET
Report Title GREENVALE SPECIAL SCHOOL: DETERMINATION OF PROPOSALS FOR
RESITING AND EXPANSION
Key Decision YES Item No.
Contributors EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR EDUCATION & CULTURE/EXECUTIVE
DIRECTOR FOR RESOURCES/HEAD OF LAW
Class Part 1 Date: 4 JUNE 2003
1.1 On 29 January 2003 the Mayor agreed that a Public Notice should
be issued for the rebuilding of Greenvale Special School on a new
site and in so doing the size of the school should be increased from
70 to 100 places.
1.2 This report sets out the outcome of the Public Notice which is that
no objections were received and recommends that the Mayor
determine to proceed with the proposals to rebuild Greenvale
special school on a site in North Downham at an increased size of
It is recommended that the Mayor and Cabinet agrees that :
2.1 in accordance with the powers set out in Schedule 6 to the School
Standards and Framework Act 1998, the Authority does determine
to implement the proposals for Greenvale Special School, as set out
in the Public Notice issued on 5 February 2003 and attached as an
appendix to this report; and
2.2 in accordance with the powers set out in Schedule 6 to the School
Standards and Framework Act 1998 , the School Organisation
Committee for Lewisham be informed of the decision to determine
On 29 January 2003 the Mayor and Cabinet agreed that the Public
Notice, attached as appendix A to this report, be published.
This notice was published on 05/02/03. The two month period stipulated
for objections has expired. No objections have been received.
4. Additional Considerations
As reported previously the rebuilding of Greenvale school is being
planned as part of the Grouped Schools Modernisation Project involving a
private finance initiative. It is planned within this PFI Project that Greenvale be
rebuilt on its new site in time for it to be operational from September 2006. The
Project had been stalled due to the failure to attract sufficient interest from
potential consortia when the Project was advertised to the private sector last
October. Since then changes have been made to the Project (although not to
the Greenvale proposals) and the Authority went to the market again on 9 May
2003 seeking interest from consortia who may wish to bid for the proposed
works. Although there has been some slippage in the PFI project programme it is
estimated that on the basis of the current programming it should still be possible
to have the new school building open by September 2006.
5. Financial Implications
No additional financial implications have become known during this
stage of the consultation process.
6. Legal Implications
Paragraph 4(1) of Schedule 6 to the School Standards and Framework
Act 1998 provides that, if there are no objections to proposals issued in
accordance with Section 31 of the Schools Standards Act, the decision on
whether to proceed rests with the Local Education Authority.
The LEA must in accordance with the stipulations of paragraph 4(2) of
Schedule 6, make a determination within four months from the date of
publication of the proposals, and the LEA must tell the School Organisation
Committee of any determination that it has so made. Once determined the
Authority must implement the proposal.
7. Crime and Disorder Implications
No additional crime and disorder implications have become known
during this stage of the consultation process.
8. Equalities Implications
No further equalities implications have become known during this stage
of the consultation process.
9. Environmental Implications
No further environmental implications have become known during this
stage of the consultation process.
As no objections have been received it is in order for the Authority to
proceed with the determination of the Public Notice. Greenvale school will
continue to form part of the Grouped Schools Modernisation PFI Project through
which the rebuilding and expansion of the school will be funded.
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MAYOR AND CABINET 4 JUNE 2003
ITEM NO. 8
LONDON BOROUGH OF LEWISHAM
GREENVALE SCHOOL, 69 PERRY RISE,FOREST HILL,SE23 2QU
The London Borough of Lewisham hereby gives notice in accordance with the
provisions of Section 31 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998,that it
intends to make a prescribed alteration (within the meaning of Regulation 3
and Schedule 1 of the Education (Maintained Special Schools)(England)
Regulations 1999),to Greenvale School,69 Perry Rise, Forest Hill,SE23 2QU to
transfer the school to new premises to be erected on a site in Waters Road,
London SE6,and to enlarge the school from the current provision of 70 places for
pupils with severe learning difficulties of the ages of 11 to 19 years, to a provision
of 100 places for pupils with severe learning difficulties of the same age range.
The existing Greenvale School is a Community Special School within the
meaning of Section 20 of the Schools Standards and Framework Act 1998.It has
70 places for boys and girls with severe learning difficulties of the ages of 11 to
19 years. The London Borough of Lewisham is of the opinion that the existing
buildings and site of Greenvale have a number of limitations and are now in
need of substantial updating and expansion to meet current and future needs.
As it is not possible to improve sufficiently the existing buildings and site, the
London Borough of Lewisham intends to move the school to a new building on
a new site.
The London Borough of Lewisham has submitted the following proposals to the
Lewisham School Organisation Committee for the purposes of enlarging the
school and transferring it to the new site:
(a) In September 2006 a new building for Greenvale School will be completed
on a site in Waters Road, London SE6.
(b)The new building will provide 100 places for boys and girls with severe
learning difficulties of the ages of 11 to 19 years.
(c) At the end of the Summer Term 2006,Greenvale school will cease to provide
education at its existing premises in 69 Perry Rise, Forest Hill,SE23 2QU.At the
beginning of the Autumn Term 2006,it will open in the new building in Waters
Road, London SE6.
(d) At the beginning of the Autumn Term 2006,Greenvale School will increase its
provision for boys and girls of the ages of 11 to 19 years with severe learning
difficulties from the current figure of 70 places to 100 places.
(e) Arrangements will be made for the transport of pupils to the new school in
Waters Road, from and to their homes.
(f) All pupils on the roll of Greenvale School who will not have completed their
secondary education at the end of the Summer Term 2006,will continue on the
roll of the school at its new building in Waters Road, London SE6.
(g) The London Borough of Lewisham is the Admissions Authority for Greenvale
School and will remain the Admissions Authority for the school in its new building.
Paragraph 2 of Schedule 6 to the School Standards and Framework Act 1998
and Regulation 8 of the Education (Maintained Special
Schools)(England)Regulations 1999,provide that any person may make
objection to the proposals within a period of two months from the date of
publication of this notice. Any objection should be sent to Peter Savage, PPP
Unit, Education and Culture Directorate, London Borough of Lewisham,3rd Floor,
Laurence House,1,Catford Road, London SE6 4RU.
Frankie Sulke, Executive Director of Education and Culture.
Date:Wednesday 5th February 2003.
MAYOR AND CABINET
Report Title DECANTING OF IPSWICH HOUSE ON HONOR OAK ESTATE
Key Decision YES Item No.
Ward Telegraph Hill
Contributors EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR REGENERATION/HEAD OF LAW
Class Part 1 Date: 4 JUNE 2003
To inform Members of the progress of the regeneration scheme on Honor
Oak Estate. To obtain approval to decant Ipswich House, agree re-
housing arrangements and authorise home loss and disturbance
payments so that the decant programme can commence.
The Mayor is recommended to agree that:
2.1 where necessary, Notices of Seeking of Possession are served and
possession proceedings brought against secure tenants under ground 10
of Schedule 2 to the Housing Act 1985;
2.2 secure tenants and leaseholders of numbers 1 – 52 Ipswich House be
rehoused in line with paragraph 5.3;
2.3 "secondary households" be rehoused in the circumstances set out in
paragraph 5.4; and
2.3 home loss and disturbance payments be made to displaced secure
tenants and owner occupiers where appropriate in accordance with
the Land Compensation Act 1973 (as amended).
3. Policy Context
3.1 One of the key objectives of the Councils’ 2001/2 Housing Strategy is to
diversify tenure and create sustainable communities. This key objective
was greatly influenced by the findings of the Lewisham Housing
Commission and although our main objective is to provide affordable
social housing, in addition we need to increase shared ownership
options and assist tenants to purchase their own homes.
3.2 For Lewisham the regeneration and development of a small number of
key estates is a high priority. On these estates the cost of tackling the
range of physical and social problems means that solutions fall outside
the normal scope of the capital programme and an imaginative and
innovative approach has been taken to link housing to the wider
agenda to improve the lives of residents in terms of housing and social
3.3 On the Honor Oak Estate Lewisham is working in partnership with Family
Housing Association to regenerate the area by refurbishing 834
properties and building 78 new homes of which 66 will be for social
housing and 12 will be for shared or private ownership.
4.1 Works began on the Honor Oak Estate in October 2000 as part of the
Housing Investment Programme. The estate is identified as a 'priority
area' in need of physical, social and economic regeneration. A
feasibility study for the area was carried out and following extensive
resident consultation members approved the refurbishment of the
existing properties on the estate (with the exception of Ipswich House
which was considered to be uneconomic to refurbish – a view
supported by residents). Additionally it was agreed that two sites, at
Wisbeach Road and Nash Road would be redeveloped to provide new
4.2 The proposed programme has been and continues to be developed in
consultation with local residents and community groups as an on-going
process and is being managed by the Council's Regeneration
4.3 There are currently 25 secure tenants and 3 leaseholders in the block. The
remaining 24 properties are currently being used for temporary
5.1 All secure tenants and leaseholders have to be decanted. The decanting
of secure tenants and repurchase of properties sold under the Right to
Buy will give rise to entitlement to home loss and disturbance payments in
5.2 On 18 April 2002 Members agreed that the Council reacquire, at current
market value, those properties which have been sold under the Right to
Buy, and to rehouse secure tenants who wish to be re-housed. Where
appropriate home loss and disturbance payments as prescribed by the
Land Compensation Act 1973 will be paid.
5.3 Under the Council’s recently amended decant policy, secure tenants
and leaseholders who are being decanted are entitled to two offers of
alternative accommodation with the prospect of court action being used
to enforce acceptance of the second offer if necessary. In practice,
offers are carefully assessed against the residents expressed wishes as to
area and property type before they are actually made and in most cases
it does not prove necessary to use legal powers to obtain possession.
5.4 In some cases there will be "secondary households" in residence, typically
children who have reached adulthood and who may also have children
of their own. It is recommended that in such circumstances, assuming
that it is the wish of those concerned, separate rehousing be offered to
the "secondary household". This is provided that they comply with the
definition of a member of the family household in section 113 of the
Housing Act 1985 and have been resident continuously for the 12 months
prior to the decant being commenced.
5.5 Whilst it is hoped to complete the decanting programme by agreement
with all the secure tenants, the decanting policy provides for the use of
court action to gain possession where tenants refuse the offers made to
them. The courts will only grant possession where the Council can prove
one of the grounds for possession set out in Schedule 2 of the Housing Act
1985 the relevant ground in this case being ground 10.
6. Legal Implications
6.1 Section 84 of the 1985 Act provides that the Court shall not make a
possession order of a property let on a secure tenancy other than on one
of the grounds set out in schedule 2 to the Act, the relevant grounds in
this case being ground 10.
6.2 Ground 10 applies where the local authority intends to demolish the
dwelling house or to carry out work on the land and cannot reasonably
do so without obtaining possession. The demolition works must be carried
out within a reasonable time of obtaining possession.
6.2 Where the Council obtains possession against a secure tenant it is
required to provide suitable alternative accommodation to the tenant.
This is defined in the 1985 Act and requires consideration of the nature of
the accommodation, distance from the tenants' family's places of work
and schools, distance from other dependant members of the family, the
needs of the tenant and family and the terms on which the
accommodation is available.
6.3 There is a more limited re-housing liability for homeowners whose
properties are re-acquired by the Council under CPO or shadow of CPO
powers. The duty imposed by Section 39 of the Land Compensation Act
1973 is to secure that any person displaced from residential
accommodation is provided with suitable alternative accommodation
where this is not otherwise available on reasonable terms.
6.4 However, in order to facilitate early possession of properties which have
been sold under the Right to Buy it is recommended that the Council
should follow the same decanting and rehousing policies for displaced
owner occupiers as those to be followed for displaced tenants subject to
the exception for new RTB applicants and open market purchasers.
7.1. The overall cost to the Council in obtaining vacant possession of Ipswich
House is estimated at £540,000. This is made up of £440,000 in repurchase
and associated cost for the leasehold properties and £100,000 in home loss
and disbursement payments to the secure tenants. This will be paid for
from the capital programme. Provision has been made in the capital
programme for this purpose. However, actual purchase prices may
fluctuate over time from the provision made, given the buoyancy of the
property market at the present time.
7.2 One property has already been reacquired. A further three have been sold
under the RTB and there are currently no properties with live applications in
for Right to Buy, though this could change at any time. These will need to be
reacquired at full market price to progress the programme. The Council will
have to bear reasonable legal and surveyor’s fees incurred by leaseholders.
7.3 Delays in securing vacant possession of the properties affected could
potentially delay the programme and could lead to increased costs or
even put it at risk. This could in turn result in the Council finding itself still
owning a large residential block in need of refurbishment with no financial
provision to carry it out.
Human Rights Act 1998 Implications
8.1 The Act effectively incorporates the European Convention on Human
Rights into UK law and requires all public authorities to have regard to
Convention Rights. In making decisions Members therefore need to have
regard to the Convention. The rights which are of most relevance to local
authorities are summarised in Appendix A to this report.
8.2 The rights that are of particular significance to Members’ decision in this
matter are those contained in Articles 8 (right to home life) and Article 1
of Protocol 1 (peaceful enjoyment of possessions).
8.3 Article 8 provides that there should be no interference with the existence
of the right except in accordance with the law and, as necessary in a
democratic society in the interest of the economic well-being of the
country, protection of health and the protection of the rights and
freedoms of others. Article 1 of the 1st Protocol provides that no-one shall
be deprived of their possessions except in the public interest and subject
to the conditions provided for by law although it is qualified to the effect
that it should not in any way impair the right of a state to enforce such
laws as it deems necessary to control the uses of property in accordance
with the general interest.
8.4 In determining the level of permissible interference with enjoyment the
courts have held that any interference must achieve a fair balance
between the general interests of the community and the protection of
the rights of individuals. There must be reasonable proportionality
between the means employed and the aim pursued. The availability of
an effective remedy and compensation to affected persons is relevant in
assessing whether a fair balance has been struck.
8.5 Therefore, in reaching their decision, Members need to consider the
extent to which the decision may impact upon the Human Rights of
estate residents and to balance these against the overall benefits to the
community which the Kender redevelopment scheme will bring. Members
will wish to be satisfied that interference with the rights under Article 8 and
Article 1 of Protocol 1 is justified in all the circumstances and that a fair
balance would be struck in the present case between the protection of
the rights of individuals and the public interest.
8.6 It is relevant to the consideration of this issue, that should the scheme
proceed most displaced occupiers would be offered re-housing in
accordance with the Council's re-housing policy. In addition, owners will
be entitled to receive market value for their properties as well as (for
owners who have been resident for 1 year or more) home loss payments
and reimbursement of professional fees and removal expenses.
9. Environmental Implications
The new homes to be built by Hyde will be more thermally efficient than
the existing ones and hence, apart from being cheaper to heat, will
generate less greenhouse gases.
10. Implications for Law & Disorder
The Family Housing Assocaition redevelopment is planned to meet the
police’s Secured by Design standards and should lead to a reduction in
crime and the fear of crime.
11. Equality Implications
The Family Housing Association scheme will provide a much more
attractive built environment than the blocks it will replace as well as
providing the thermal and security improvements referred to earlier. This
will be of benefit to the tenants of the new social housing, many of whom
are likely to be disadvantaged.
12.1 The regeneration of the Honor Oak Estate is one of the Council’s priorities.
An imaginative and innovative programme bringing together the
community, the public and private sectors and voluntary agencies to
deal with issues of social inclusion and neighbourhood renewal.
12.2 For the programme to proceed to schedule and to avoid the Council
incurring costs from any delay it is considered prudent that the Council
begins the decant of the properties now and serves Notices of Seeking of
Possession on secure tenants as a preliminary step to seeking possession
orders where necessary.
Short title Date File File Contact Exempt
of Document location Ref Officer Inf
Executive 18.4.2002 Gov. Minute M Brown N/A
Committee Support Book
If there are any queries on this report please contact Jo Rowlands, Head of Strategic
Development on 0208 314 7071 or Robert Weyman, Capital Programme Manager on
0208 314 6401.
MAYOR AND CABINET 4 JUNE 2003
HUMAN RIGHTS ACT (1998) IMPLICATIONS
Article 2 - The right to life
Article 3 - The right not to be subjected to torture or to inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment
Article 5 - The right to liberty and security
Article 6 - The right to a fair trial
Article 8 - The right to respect for private and family life, the home and
Article 9 - The right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion
Article 10 - The right to freedom of expression
Article 11 - The right to freedom of peaceful assembly and to freedom of
association with others
Article 14 - The right to freedom from discrimination on any ground such as sex,
race, colour, language, religion, or political opinion
Article1 of Protocol 1 - The right for every person to be entitled to the peaceful
enjoyment of their possessions
Article 2 of Protocol 1 - The right to education
MAYOR AND CABINET
Report Title ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT 2001/02
Key Decision YES Item No. 10
Contributors EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR REGENERATION/HEAD OF LAW
Class Part 1 Date: 4 JUNE 2003
1. Purpose of report
To present the Council's Environmental Statement 2001/2 to the
Mayor and Cabinet for agreement.
It is recommended that the Mayor approves the Environmental
Statement for distribution to the public.
3. Background and Policy Context
3.1 At the 1992 Earth Summit, governments signed up to Agenda 21, a
programme for achieving a more sustainable and equitable society in
the 21st century.
3.2 In January 1994, Lewisham adopted the UK Local Government
Declaration on Sustainable Development which committed the Council,
amongst other things, to introduce an environmental management
system to improve the environmental performance of its activities ie: its
internal ‘housekeeping’, the day to day operations of its services and its
wider strategic policies and programmes.
3.3 Implementing EMAS was identified as a priority for Council action in
Lewisham’s 1997 LA21 Action Plan and it is a key tool in enabling the
Council to develop and implement its LA21 commitments within the Best
4. Implementation of EMAS
4.1 The main stages involved in implementing EMAS are as follows:-
4.1.1 Development of an environmental policy based on the Council's
activities, which includes:
a commitment to continual improvement in performance,
the prevention of pollution,
compliance with all relevant environmental legislation and the
Council's values and policies
and which provides the framework for setting and reviewing
environmental objectives and targets.
4.1.2 Identification of the Council's significant environmental impacts, both
positive and negative, and adoption of long term objectives to improve
4.1.3 Production of annual Environmental Programmes with targets to help
achieve the objectives.
4.1.4 Setting up operational procedures to ensure environmental legal
requirements and performance standards are met and maintained.
4.1.5 Measuring impacts over time to monitor progress in meeting improvement
4.1.6 Embedding the EMAS system in the Council's main decision making and
management system to ensure objectives and programmes are
4.1.7 Internal audit of system to assess compliance with legislation and the
4.1.8 Production of annual public Environmental Statements to communicate
progress to the public and interested public and private organisations in
an open and transparent way.
4.1.9 External verification of the system and Environmental Statement leading
to EMAS registration.
5.1 EMAS was started in Resources and Regeneration Directorates in 2000
and the first Environmental Statement was produced at the end of 2001
covering progress between April 2000 and March 2001. Copies of the full
Statement were sent to government departments, partner organisations
and the press.
5.2 A summary was produced and circulated to local community
organisations, businesses, Council staff and copies were made available
in all libraries. Comments were invited on priorities for the future.
5.3 Both the full and summary versions were placed on the Council's website
6. Environmental Statement 2001/2
6.1 The text of the full Environmental Statement 2001/2 is attached to this
report. It provides a summary of performance and progress on the
Council's key environmental objectives between April 2001 and March
2002, presented in the priority order which emerged from the public
6.2 It is based on reports from those services responsible for key
environmental impacts and objectives and has been cleared by
Regeneration and Resources Management Teams and the Chief
6.3 It is intended to place the Statement on the Council's website and
intranet and to print 200 copies for distribution. However, no summary will
be produced this year.
7. Financial Implications
The costs of design, printing and placing on the web are
approximately £1,200 and will be met from the Green Scene budget.
8. Legal Implications
EMAS is a system which, amongst other things, is designed to ensure
organisations activities comply with all relevant environmental laws. The
Environmental Statement helps to demonstrate that the Council is taking a
responsible approach to managing its environmental impacts, both
meeting and exceeding legal standards and continually improving
performance over time.
9. Personnel Implications
There are no specific personnel implications arising from this report.
However, the Environmental Statement will be made available to managers
and staff to assist in raising awareness about the Council's environmental
programme and to provide feedback on performance.
10. Environmental implications
The EMAS programme is entirely concerned with the pursuit of sustainable
development to assist in securing an improved global and local quality of
life and environment now and in the future.
11. Equalities implications
The pursuit of sustainable development is also concerned with achieving
greater economic, social and environmental equity across the world for
both current and future generations.
For further information please contact Judy Bartlett, EMAS Co-ordinator, Green
Scene, Environment Division, Regeneration Directorate, Wearside Service
Centre x 2559.
MAYOR AND CABINET 4 JUNE 2003
FINAL DRAFT 16/4/03
LEWISHAM'S ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT 2001/2
2. INTRODUCTION FROM MAYOR AND CHIEF EXECUTIVE
4. DESCRIPTION OF LEWISHAM COUNCIL
6. INTRODUCTION TO THE COUNCIL’S ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY
7. THE COUNCIL’S MAIN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
8. THE COUNCIL'S ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY AND OBJECTIVES
10. THE MAIN PRIORITIES FOR COUNCIL ACTION - SUMMARY OF RESULTS
OF PUBLIC CONSULTATION ON IMPACTS AND OBJECTIVES DEC 2001
12 PROGRESS AND PERFORMANCE 2001/2
46. THE COUNCIL'S ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
INTRODUCTION FROM THE MAYOR
I am pleased to introduce Lewisham Council's second Environmental Statement
covering our progress and performance in 2001/2. We are taking our local leadership
role on the environment seriously, ensuring action is taken to tackle global and local
environmental challenges in order to protect quality of life now and in the future.
Everyone of us needs to make a contribution so we are working to ensure these
principles are woven into the Borough's Community strategy and underpin all action
that emerges from it.
I hope that, in demonstrating the Council's current progress and future plans, this report
will encourage residents, community and business partners alike to join with us to
ensure Lewisham plays its part in creating a more sustainable world as well as a better,
more liveable local environment.
This time last year we published our first Environmental Statement in both full and
summary form. We carried out a consultation exercise by sending the summary
Statement to local community groups, schools, local businesses and contractors and
by placing copies in each local library We invited comments back on the progress
reported and views on those impacts which should be prioritised for future action.
The top 5 priorities for future action based on the responses received were as follows:-
Reduce and recycle the Council's internal waste
Reduce traffic and improve walking, cycling and public transport in the borough
Increase domestic energy efficiency across the borough
Reduce the quantity of resident's waste and recycle more
Raise public awareness of the local natural environment
Once again we very much welcome your comments and feedback on the progress
outlined and an indication of which issues you think we should give priority to in the
Steve Bullock, Mayor for Lewisham
INTRODUCTION FROM THE CHIEF EXECUTIVE
We are working towards achieving the European Union’s Eco-management and Audit
Scheme standard concentrating at present on two of our four Directorates, Resources
and Regeneration. We aim to set a good example by reducing the impact of our
activities on the environment and by demanding high environmental standards from
our suppliers and partners.
We want to ensure that consideration of the environment becomes part of the Council's
culture and that environmental management becomes part of our overall approach to
improving performance and achieving sustainable practices and programmes.
This year's Statement demonstrates the progress we made in 2001/2 in improving the
monitoring of our impacts and performance indicators and in putting some of the new
environmental policies into practice, notably around internal waste reduction and
recycling and green procurement and purchasing. There is a long way to go but we
intend to keep up the effort over the long term. I look forward to reporting on even
greater progress next year.
LEWISHAM COUNCIL - SERVICES, ACTIVITIES AND RESOURCES
The Council consists of four Directorates which provide the following services:
Revenues and Benefits
Corporate policy and governance
Press and Communications
E Government - Information technology
Strategic Finance and Advice
Audit & Programme Management
Housing and urban renewal
Transport and Fleet
Refuse and recycling collection
Parks and Nature Conservation
Cemeteries and Cremation service
Education and Culture
Special Educational Needs
Sports and Community Recreation
Social Care and Health
Mental health and disability services
In 2001/2, the Council provided these services with the following resources:
3,839 full time equivalent staff (excluding teachers and other school based staff)
400 operational buildings, including schools, depots, libraries and day centres
40 administrative buildings
27,500 tenanted homes
3,500 leased properties
a fleet of 350 vehicles and plant, approximately 230 of which are light vehicles and 120
of which are lorries and other heavy vehicles
18 nature reserves
Contracts with private companies to carry out a range of major services and activities
including information technology, catering, parking control, housing and parks grounds
maintenance, building cleaning, highways maintenance, arboriculture, leisure
management, housing management (part of stock only) and care homes.
The Council's net expenditure on providing its services (excluding schools) was £198
million, which included £114 million spent on employing staff and £46 million spent on
supplies and services.
INTRODUCTION TO THE COUNCIL’S ENVIRONMENTAL STRATEGY
The physical environment is the foundation on which our human society and economy
The Earth Summit in 1992 highlighted the growing global environmental problems
which, if unchecked, will seriously undermine our future quality of life. It was recognised
that economic development has often been achieved at the expense of the environment
and social fairness and that the world needs to find a way of developing sustainably,
ensuring that social, economic and environmental progress is mutually reinforcing.
Agenda 21 was agreed as a framework for action for organisations and individuals to
take responsibility for ensuring we meet our needs in the 21 st century in ways which
work with rather than against the environment and which are fair and equitable. Local
authorities were given a particular responsibility to lead the way on this with their
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT - meeting human social and
economic needs in ways which are fair to current and future
generations across the globe, which respect and work within the
earth's ecological limits and which keep the planet fit for all life
AGENDA 21 - a global action plan agreed at the 1992 Earth
Summit for achieving sustainable development and securing a
good quality of life in the 21st century
LOCAL AGENDA 21
Also agreed at the Earth Summit. Local authorities across the
world were to work with their communities to draw up and
implement plans to achieve a more sustainable way of life locally
and globally. At the Johannesburg Summit in 2001, this was
given renewed impetus and renamed LOCAL ACTION 21
Lewisham Council is committed to work for sustainable development in the borough
and beyond. Through its participation in Lewisham's Strategic partnership, it is aiming
to ensure this becomes a fundamental goal of the Community Strategy.
In pursuit of sustainability the Council aims to ensure that social and economic
programmes are designed to minimise environmental impact and that environmental
programmes secure social and economic benefits. To assist this it is using the
European Union's Eco Management and Audit scheme, EMAS, to help identify the
environmental impact of all Council activities, to reduce these over time through
programmes of action and to report on progress to the public through an annual
THE COUNCIL'S MAIN ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS
The Council's most important environmental impacts are described below. Some result
directly from the Council’s operations. Others are caused by residents, businesses and
other organisations but are influenced by the actions and policies of the Council.
emissions of greenhouse gases from the energy consumed by the Council to heat
and power its buildings and equipment, to transport staff, and supplies - and to
provide its services
Coal, oil and gas which provide the energy and electricity we use, give off carbon
dioxide (CO2) when burnt. This gas builds up in the atmosphere and accelerates
global warming and climate change
environmental impacts of the goods purchased by the Council to carry out its work.
These impacts arise from the extraction of raw materials, manufacturing processes,
transport and distribution as well as use of the products
disposal of the solid waste produced by Council offices and operations
traffic congestion and local air pollution from transport based services, deliveries
and staff travel
management of public land which impacts on nature conservation
the environmental impacts of the built infrastructure are influenced by the Council’s
planning policies and by regeneration, urban renewal, housing, energy efficiency, air
quality, noise and transport policies and programmes
the environmental impacts of residents, businesses and other organisations in the
borough are influenced by the Council’s services and education and awareness
raising programmes. These can affect levels of waste produced, re-used or
recycled, environmental 'friendliness' of goods purchased, energy and water
consumption, travel behaviour, impact on wildlife of management of gardens and
LEWISHAM COUNCIL'S ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
The following policy statement was agreed by the Executive Committee in March 2001
as the framework for action.
Lewisham Council is committed to improving the quality of life of both the local and wider
community now and in the future.
It recognises that quality of life in the longer term is dependent on the health and quality of the
local and global environment.
It also recognises that improvements in the standard of living of the developed countries have
been achieved through a wasteful use of resources and exploitation of fossil fuels across the
This is contributing to:
global warming and climate change through green house gases emitted by burning fossil fuels
pollution of air, land and water
loss of forests, soils, fish stocks and other resources through harvesting them more rapidly than
they can regenerate.
All three above are acting together to destroy ecosystems - the communities of interdependent
plants and animals across the globe which help regulate the environment and keep the planet fit
In the spirit of Local Agenda 21 agreed at the Earth Summit in 1992 and the Local Government
Declaration on Sustainable Development which it signed up to in 1994, the Council is committed
to continually improve its environmental performance by:
integrating and achieving environmental performance objectives within all its services,
programmes and working practices
ensuring its activities are designed to reduce adverse impact on the environment, to use
resources increasingly efficiently over time and to meet all relevant environmental legislation.
The Council will use the system provided by the Eco Management and Audit scheme to achieve
The Council is committed to encourage others in the borough to do the same in order to
promote improvements in the environmental performance of the borough and in local
The Council will take action to:
reduce Lewisham's contribution to climate change through the use of fossil fuels
reduce Lewisham's contribution to the depletion of global and regional habitats, biodiversity
and resources through the goods and services it purchases
reduce, reuse or recycle its solid waste and that of borough residents
improve local air quality and reduce traffic congestion
reduce local water, land and noise pollution
increase local biodiversity in existing wildlife habitat and encourage the creation of new
improve the environmental quality of the built environment and standards of design
The Council aims to implement the policy by:
ensuring this policy is widely communicated to all staff, elected members, contractors
raising the awareness of all staff and members about environmental issues, best
practice in tackling them in every day life and at work and motivating them to take
action, including adopting healthier, less resource intensive lifestyles
ensuring managers take environmental issues into account in all decision making,
manage and monitor the environmental impacts of their services, use resources as
efficiently as possible and continually improve environmental performance
ensuring products, materials and energy purchased to deliver Council services have
been produced in ways which do not harm, or which benefit the environment, are
sourced as locally as possible to minimise transport impacts and are re-used or
recycled at the end of their lives as far as possible
working with contractors and suppliers to help them improve their environmental
performance in meeting the Council's own standards and objectives
improving the environmental performance of Council buildings and land, managing
grounds to promote wildlife and biodiversity and ensuring any new buildings are located
to minimise the need to travel to them by car
ensuring that appropriate environmental risk assessments are conducted and
contingency procedures are in place in the event of environmental accidents or
enforcing regulations and legislation designed to protect the environment and promote
sustainable development for which Lewisham is responsible, as effectively and fairly as
raising awareness amongst local residents and businesses of global, regional and local
environmental issues and the impact of current behaviour towards the environment on
the quality of life of future generations, encouraging partnership working, local action
and the adoption of good practice
influencing national environmental and sustainable development policy and that of other
adopting and achieving within Lewisham all local, national and international objectives
and targets to protect the environment, for example, national CO2 emission reduction
targets and national waste strategy targets
measuring, monitoring and reporting on the borough's environmental impact and the
state of the local environment to show progress in achieving an improved and more
sustainable local and global environment.
The policy statement provides the framework for setting objectives, targets, annual
action programmes and procedures for achieving the principles outlined above.
The full list of objectives, indicators and targets can be found in Appendix 1.
FUTURE PRIORITIES FOR COUNCIL ACTION –
SUMMARY OF RESULTS OF PUBLIC AND STAFF CONSULTATION DEC 2001
In December 2001, 3000 copies of a summary of the 2000/1 Environmental Statement
were circulated to local voluntary and community organisations, schools, local
businesses, council managers and contractors and copies were placed in the libraries
and on the Council’s website and intranet.
The summary listed the Council’s main environmental impacts, the objectives and
targets for reducing or improving those impacts and the main areas of progress in
Consultees were invited to identify any further impacts they thought were significant
and to select the 5 objectives they felt should be prioritised for future action in the light
of progress reported for 2001/2.
150 responses were received, a response rate of 5%. No additional significant impacts
were suggested. The objectives were prioritised as follows:-
OBJECTIVE ENVIRONMENTAL DIRECT/
1. To reduce the quantity of waste generated by council Solid waste Direct
activities and increase reuse and recycling
2. To reduce road traffic in the borough, including that from Traffic congestion, Direct/
council activities, and improve opportunities for walking, global warming Indirect
cycling and travel by public transport emissions
3. To reduce the quantity of waste produced by residents Solid Waste Indirect
and businesses and achieve national recycling and
4 To achieve a 30% increase in domestic energy Global warming Direct/
efficiency in the borough by 2010 and reduce fuel emissions Indirect
5. To raise the awareness of local businesses and Natural environment Indirect
residents of their role in protecting and enhancing the
6. To ensure built development is environmentally Wide ranging Direct/
sustainable and enhances biodiversity impacts Indirect
7. To reduce the environmental impact of the goods and Consumption of Direct/
services purchased by the council environmentally Indirect
8. To protect and enhance biodiversity in the borough's Natural Environment Direct
9. To ensure air quality meets or exceeds national Air pollution Direct/
standards in all parts of the borough Indirect
10 To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the council's Global warming Direct
use of fuel and energy and meet the national target of emissions
reducing carbon dioxide emissions by 20% on 1990
levels by 2010
11. To ensure noise levels meet or exceed acceptable Noise pollution Indirect
standards in all parts of the borough
12. To reduce land and water pollution in the borough Land and water Direct/
13. To raise the awareness of local businesses and Built environment Indirect
residents of their role in protecting the built environment
14. To reduce the consumption of water in the borough Consumption of Direct/
PERFORMANCE AND PROGRESS 2001/2
Progress made in 2001/2 with practical programmes to help achieve environmental
objectives are given below in the public’s order of priority as listed on the previous
Performance in achieving environmental objectives is measured by monitoring
performance indicators during, or at the end of the Council’s financial year which runs
from April to March.
Trends are identified by comparing performance year on year against a baseline.
1999/2000 was selected as the baseline year. However, it was not possible to begin
measuring some environmental impacts at that time and in these cases the baseline
data and subsequent monitoring start later - or will start in the future.
Long term quantified targets will be agreed once monitoring has been established and a
trend has been identified.
In order to set progress within the broader sustainability context, it is intended to
demonstrate the contribution environmental programmes have made to social and
economic goals such as job creation, social participation, equity and poverty reduction
and cost reduction. This work is still largely to be developed although some examples
of cost reduction resulting from resource efficiency programmes are quoted in this
OBJECTIVE 1: To reduce the quantity of the council’s internal waste
and recycle as much as possible of the remaining waste
TARGET FOR 2001/2: Identify types and amounts of waste produced across the
Council Conduct an audit of office wastes, identify and
implement waste reduction and recycling measures
The Council produces and disposes of significant amounts of solid waste from its many
activities, but so far has been unable to quantify this in any comprehensive way. A key
task for 2001/2 was to identify:
the various types and quantities of waste currently produced across the Council,
current levels of reuse and recycling
current costs of disposal and recycling
current methods of measuring and monitoring quantities.
Following from this, performance indicators were to be agreed and measuring methods
improved where necessary in order to be able to gather data. Then cost effective
arrangements to reduce waste and increase levels of recycling were to be developed
and implemented. Finally, targets were to be set for reduction, re-use and recycling.
The following table lists the main types of waste produced by Regeneration and
NON HAZARDOUS WASTES
OFFICE WASTE Office paper
Stationery, card and other
Computers and monitors
COUNCIL PREMISES REPAIRS General Building waste
COUNCIL HOUSING REPAIRS General building waste
TRANSPORT FLEET WORKSHOP Scrapped tyres
PUBLIC ROAD AND PAVEMENT RENEWAL AND Waste paving slabs
HOUSING ESTATE PAVEMENT AND PATH REPAIR Waste paving slabs
PUBLIC LIGHTING AND STREET FURNITURE Waste lamps
Waste lighting columns
Redundant signs, bollards,
bins, seats etc
PARKS AND OPEN SPACE MAINTENANCE Green waste
OPEN SPACE LANDSCAPING AND Concrete
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT SCHEMES
Park fencing, lighting and
FLEET WORKSHOP Waste oil
GROUNDS MAINTENANCE Pesticides
PEST CONTROL SERVICE Pesticides
PRINTING Used printing chemicals
BUILDING CLEANING AND MAINTENANCE Cleaning chemicals, paint
The review revealed that certain waste streams are measured by weight, including that
from road and pavement maintenance, housing repairs, parks maintenance and
improvement work and fleet workshop operations.
However, office waste - paper, stationery, IT and other equipment, food and building
waste from the repair and maintenance of Council premises - has been disposed of as
a single stream and recorded by number of containers collected rather than by weight.
From February 2002, waste IT equipment was recorded by item.
Definition of methods of measurement and collection of data was not completed in
2001/2 and is still underway. However, the following charts illustrate quantities for
waste streams which have been measured.
WASTE FROM COUNCIL OFFICES AND OTHER PREMISES 2001/2
1200 Tonnes of waste
1000 from council
800 offices and other
Office Other Total
HOUSING REPAIRS 1999 - 2002
Waste from Council Housing repairs
Average quantity of waste per repair
16 quantity of
15.5 waste per
15 repair job
FLEET WORKSHOP WASTE
800 Waste parts
WASTE FROM PARKS LANDSCAPING AND GROUNDS MAINTENANCE WORK
The following table gives examples of total disposal costs for different waste streams
COST OF WASTE
office and housing
other repairs waste
In order to achieve a more environmentally sustainable approach to waste, the
Council's main priority is to reduce the amount produced by using materials, products,
equipment etc more efficiently.
This includes ensuring that paper, stationery and other consumables are fully used
before being discarded, ensuring that equipment is properly used and repaired to
prolong its life and, when no longer needed in one service, redeployed elsewhere in the
Council, that green waste is composted and reused in grounds maintenance etc.
The outcome should be that quantities purchased or numbers of items in use, as well
as waste arising, both reduce over time, leading to financial as well as environmental
savings. These are therefore key performance indicators to monitor, measured both as
totals and on a per employee, per job or per unit area basis as appropriate.
Measurement systems began to be established during 2001/2. The following chart
illustrates the number of items of IT equipment in use across the Council at the end of
Information Technology equipment
Total Total pc bases Total monitors Total printers
The next priority is to recycle externally as much remaining waste as possible. Waste
that can't practically be recycled should then be incinerated for heat and energy
recovery in preference to landfill. Prior to 2001/2, virtually all internally generated waste
was either incinerated or landfilled.
The following chart gives the percentage reused, recycled, composted or disposed of
by incineration or landfill in 2001/2 of a selection of the Council's waste streams.
60% % to landfill
50% or incineration
30% % recycled
0% % reused
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The following table gives the costs per tonne of recycling and disposal as incurred by
the Council in 2001/2 for several waste types. This demonstrates that recycling is the
cheaper option. Not only are landfill taxes avoided for certain waste types, but the value
of the recovered material offsets some or all of the collection and handling costs.
However, at present, where mixed construction waste is moved by a contractor, the
Council pays the rate for disposal regardless of whether the material is subsequently
sorted and recycled or landfilled/incinerated, so it is the contractor who benefits
financially from recycling the waste.
5.00 of disposal
Housing repairs mixed
white office paper
Housing repairs metal
road and pavement
HAZARDOUS WASTE PRODUCED AND DISPOSED OF BY COUNCIL
The Council's objective is to reduce the amount of hazardous materials used and waste
produced and to ensure that what is produced is disposed of in the correct manner by
following COSSH regulations and by using registered waste carriers for disposal where
The following charts give quantities and costs of disposal of some of the hazardous
wastes produced by Regeneration and Resources Directorates.
Gallons of waste oil
PEST CONTROL SERVICE
Pesticides purchased, used and disposed of
kilos of litres of kilos of litres of litres of
solid liquid solid liquid pesticide
pesticide pesticide pesticide pesticide disposed of
purchased purchased used used
Cost of purchasing and disposing of pesticides
10000.00 cost of pesticide
6000.00 cost of pesticide
In addition to the review of wastes and development of indicators, a number of waste
reduction and recycling initiatives were begun.
An important development was the negotiation of a contract between the Council and
recycling company, BoxshiftIT, to remove all IT equipment and mobile phones surplus
Council requirements for repair, reuse elsewhere, recycling or for recovery of materials.
service is free and avoids the substantial costs which would otherwise be incurred
using conventional disposal routes. BoxshiftIT also erase data free of charge in line with
Protection Act requirements, again avoiding substantial costs to the Council.
The contract began on 28th January 2002 and by 31 March 2002 had saved £1,726 in
disposal costs on 102 pieces of redundant equipment. Much of this equipment was
and the non recyclable element, totalling 0.3 tonnes, was sent to a refinery for
PROCEDURE FOR REUSE AND RECYCLING OF REDUNDANT
Staff ring IT Helpdesk when want equipment removed.
Equipment assessed by the IT provider Fujitsu - some reused
Remainder collected by BoxshiftIT free of charge.
Data erased in line with Data Protection Act requirements
reusable equipment repaired or dismantled for parts and sold.
Remainder sent to a refinery for reprocessing
Materials reclaimed and sold for remanufacturing
A toner cartridge recycling pilot scheme was also begun although monitoring of
was not established during 2001/2.
Landfill Tax funding was secured to conduct an audit of office waste and to identify and
implement paper waste reduction and recycling measures. The project started towards
end of 2001/2.
Work began on a printing and publications strategy to rationalise and increase the
efficiency of printing including reducing paper use and wastage. Multifunctional printing
devices are to be investigated as a potential standard across the Council to help
streamline the printing function and reduce the number of machines in use. Trials of
various machines and systems are to be set up in 2002/3.
During 2001/2 the Council's Highways Design and Maintenance Team produced a
Streetscape Guide which lays down standards for any development involving redesign
of roads, pavements or installation of street furniture. While the main aim of the guide
is to ensure the streetscape is easy to use and visually clear and attractive, reduction of
environmental impact is a key underlying principle. It emphasises the need for efficient
use of resources and reduction and reuse or recycling of waste by:-
1. reducing the amount of repaving works necessary by using a thicker slab, which is
more robust and will require replacing less often.
2. encouraging the use of well-designed, more robust paving and street furniture, sited
carefully, with the aim of producing longer lasting improvements and schemes which
have fewer maintenance implications.
In addition, since April 2001, all waste from repair and renewal of pavements and
and maintenance of local roads has been recycled by the Council's contractors.
RECYCLING OF WASTE ROAD AND PAVEMENT MATERIAL
The Council has two contractors responsible for road and pavement
work. F.M.Conway is responsible for all the paving works in the borough
& T.E.Beach is responsible for the resurfacing of roads.
Conway have a concrete/asphalt crushing machine at Dartford - the
largest in the UK. All of their excavated material - slabs, hardcore,
concrete, tarmac and subsoil - is processed into construction fill material.
This avoids the environmental and financial costs of both landfill and
Road planings from Beach are usually either re-cycled at Bardons, their
asphalt supplier, and used for footway surfacing material or are 'given' to
Conway for their crusher. A small amount is used directly for
constructing farm access tracks etc and has also been used for filling in
pot holes in council Car Parks!
The contract for routine maintenance (Conways) includes a fixed rate for
disposal of excavated material - this rate includes transport costs, tipping
charges and Landfill Tax. The surfacing contract (Beach) includes a rate
for planing off and disposing of the existing surface material.
If either contractor disposes of the waste in any other way they receive
the same rate from the Council but have to pay disposal costs and
Landfill Tax so there is a strong financial incentive to recycle the waste.
A scheme was begun in partnership with the Environment Agency and their contractors
restore the Quaggy channel and banks at Chinbrook Meadows. The project aimed to
the concrete channel through which the river runs to create a more natural bed.
2,196 tonnes of material was excavated and reused on site to minimise waste and
for virgin aggregate.
WASTE REUSE IN RE LANDSCAPING CHINBROOK MEADOWS
384 tonnes of crushed concrete from the former river channel, 96
tonnes of crushed concrete and stone from the cricket strips &
ornamental garden, 135 tonnes of tarmac from the former footpaths,
169 tonnes of tarmac from the basketball courts, 360 tonnes of
graded stone from the former footpaths, 338 tonnes of graded stone
from the basketball courts and 714 tonnes of ash from the basketball
courts were re-used as sub-base for new footpaths.
The only items removed from site to a licensed tip were the chain link
fencing & hedge alongside the old channel, street lighting ducts, the
former gauging station and redundant park furniture. The railings
alongside the former footpath and the basketball posts were removed
by Glendale and the old lighting columns were taken away by
The trunks of the deciduous trees were left on site as features, the
branches chipped and the chippings laid between the footpath and the
railway fence. The brushwood was removed by Connick Tree Care.
Additional chippings were collected and reused by local residents. The
fir trees near the pavilion, unsuitable for chipping, were also removed
from site by Connick.
Further re-use of materials and specification of recycled materials will
take place during the entrance landscaping and sports development
phase of the project in 2002/3.
The Housing Building Repairs service began discussions with their waste disposal
contractors on developing arrangements for separating different types of building
recycling. As a result 11% of all waste from housing repairs was recycled in 2001/2.
The Fleet workshop continued to send reusable tyres to a remoulding company. As a
29% of waste tyres were recycled in 2001/2.
PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE
Complete the identification and measurement of all council wastes - quantities and
Continue to develop cost effective methods of reduction, reuse, recycling and
Set reduction, reuse, recycling targets for each waste stream
OBJECTIVE 2: To reduce road traffic in the borough and improve
opportunities for walking, cycling and travel by public
LONG TERM TARGET: To reduce congestion from road traffic
To reduce the number of Council employees commuting by
car by 10 per cent by the end of 2001
TARGET FOR 2001/2: Produce and consult on Borough Parking Plan, Cycling and
Walking Strategies, Road Safety Plan, develop Bus Quality
Partnership and survey condition and accessibility of
pavements and footpaths. Further develop the Council's
Staff Travel Plan
TRAVEL AND TRANSPORT IN THE BOROUGH
The Council is responsible for co-ordinating and implementing the Borough Transport
Plan which aims to reduce road traffic and congestion and increase access via public
transport, walking and cycling.
In 2001/2 a Bus Lane enforcement agreement was drawn up with Transport for London
The first parking plan for the borough was agreed in July 2001. Since then new parking
policies, strategies and enforcement regimes have been implemented and tested.
Three new parking control schemes were implemented and tested and two existing
schemes reviewed and updated.
The Road Safety Plan was reviewed in September 2002. A prioritised area traffic
calming approach was adopted and is to be reviewed annually.
The Cycling and Walking Strategies were drawn up and consulted on and surveys
conducted on the condition and accessibility of pavements and footpaths.
COUNCIL STAFF TRAVEL
In July 1999 a survey was conducted of the mode of travel to work of staff based in the
main Catford offices. This achieved a 50% response rate and the results are given in
the following table. It has not been possible to repeat the survey on an annual basis so
it is not known whether the target of reducing car commuting was met by 2001.
However, in retrospect, it is felt that this timescale was unrealistic. It is anticipated that
resources will be available to conduct a survey in 2002/3 and the target date will be
reassessed once the results of this are known.
Normal mode of travel to work by staff based in main Council offices
% OF STAFF
20.0% TRAVEL TO
Ca a r o
52.5% of Council staff working in Catford come by car and 24.1% come by public
transport. This compares with the latest census findings (2002) that 30.8% of Lewisham
residents travel to work by car and 51.4% use public transport.
Distance travelled to work
% staff travelling distance
20.0% % staff
Up to Over 1 Over 2 Over 4 Over Over
1 mile and up and up and up 10 and 20
to 2 to 4 to 10 up to miles
miles miles miles 20
The survey also measured the parking impact of staff driving to the main council
in council in streets in other
car parks close to the locations
Staff Travel on Council business
The Council has been unable to fully quantify the impact of staff travel on Council
business apart from the number of miles staff drive by car, although the method used
for measuring this is not very accurate. It is based on records of mileage allowance
claims but it is known that many staff, particularly those in receipt of essential car user
allowances, do not claim for trips undertaken.
A key task for 2001/2 was to develop methods of measuring the numbers of work trips
made by public transport, walking or cycling as well as a more accurate method of
measuring car mileage. However, this has not yet been achieved.
Total business mileage by staff (excluding school staff), taken from records of
car mileage allowance claims for the last three years is shown in the following
Car mileage on council business
No of miles
Car mileage on
1999/2000 2000/2001 2001/2002
The trend is downwards. However, the number of staff decreased during that time
period and mileage per employee actually increased as the following chart shows
Av mileage/ fte
1999/2000 2000/2001 2001/2002
the cost of mileage allowances are shown in the following chart
220,000 Cost of
Number of staff receiving business cycle allowances
and essential car users allowances in 2001/2
cost of cycle and essential car user allowances in 2001/2
120 No of staff in receipt of cycle No of staff in receipt of
allowances at end 2001/2 essential car user allowance
100 at end 2001/2
Number of staff with travel related loans in 2001/2
No of staff with car No of staff with cycle No of staff with travel
loans at end 2001/2 loans at end of 2001/2 card/season ticket
loans at end of 2001/2
Cost of cycle allowances Cost of essential car
in 2001/2 allowances in 2001/2
Implementation of the staff travel plan
The Council's 'green' staff travel plan, agreed by the Executive Committee in February
2000, is outlined in the following box.
STAFF TRAVEL PLAN
The plan aims to reduce the transport impact of the Council's activities, including
reducing emissions of global warming gases and local air pollutants and traffic
congestion. It includes the following objectives:
Travel to and from work
To reduce the number of Council employees commuting by car by 10 per cent by
the end of 2001.
Travel within work
To reduce business car mileage across the Council
To increase the number of trips by officers carrying out Council business made by
public transport, walking and cycling.
The objectives are to be achieved by the following:
Management and reduction of staff travel
Line managers to audit and manage staff travel impact to reduce car use
Integrated guidance to managers on flexible working and journey planning to
Cars and Motor cycles
Review and possible termination of the car loan scheme
Revised criteria for allocating staff car parking space
Co-ordination of a car sharing scheme
Reviewing motorcycle allowances.
Encouraging the take-up of public transport season tickets
Encouraging public transport providers to offer discounted season tickets.
Increasing allowances for cycling and interest free loans for cycle purchase and
promoting their take up
Improving cycle facilities in and around Lewisham Council offices ie secure,
covered cycle parking and adequate changing, showers and locker provision for
Promote cycling for commuting and business use for both the Council and other
major employers in the borough.
Improving the pedestrian environment around the Council offices
Encouraging Council staff to walk on Council business, where appropriate.
Encouraging Council staff to walk to work.
Council fleet, alternative fuels and driver training
Encouraging the use of low impact pool vehicles (electric, gas powered etc)
Replacing fleet vehicles with greener technologies
Promotion of green travel by suppliers, visitors and customers
Reducing the transport impacts of the Council's suppliers
Ensuring that changes to Council services consider the transport implications
Encouraging the use of IT for remote access to Council services
Ensuring that visitors to Council offices are encouraged to use public transport,
cycling and walking.
Promotion of green travel plans
Promoting the adoption of green travel plans by the Council's and other
In pursuit of the policy in 2001/2, additional showering and changing facilities were
provided for staff, including cyclists in the Town Hall and Laurence House. A review of
cycling allowances, essential car user criteria and staff car parking was begun with the
aim of reducing environmental impact, increasing fairness and rationalising provision.
In line with the policy agreed in 2000 to purchase less polluting, alternative fuelled fleet
vehicles wherever possible, an additional 4 electric and 10 liquified petroleum gas
vehicles were purchased, bringing the total number of alternative fuelled vehicles in the
fleet to 23.
Following discussion with the client team, the Council's grounds maintenance
contractor decided to adopt a similar purchasing policy for their own fleet vehicles.
PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE
continue to implement local transport plan
implement positive incentives for staff to reduce car use
ensure all transport and travel related EMAS performance indicators are measured
set targets for staff travel
OBJECTIVE 3: To reduce the quantity of waste produced by residents
and businesses and increase reuse and recycling of
LONG TERM TARGET: achieve the statutory target of recycling or composting
10 per cent of domestic waste in 2003/4, 18% by 2005/6
and 30% by 2009/10.
TARGET FOR 2001/2 Continue to provide and improve established recycling
facilities. Conduct a best value review of the waste
collection and recycling service to help achieve long
The Council has a duty to collect waste from all households in the borough and to meet
government targets for reducing and recycling it. It also provides commercial and
clinical waste collection services and collects waste from the streets through street
sweeping, clearing flytips and removing abandoned vehicles. The type and range of
recycling facilities and public education on sustainable and responsible waste
management provided by the Council will influence the extent to which local residents
and businesses contribute to the waste reduction and recycling effort.
The domestic waste recycling rate is low, increasing from 4.2% in 2000/1 to 5.3% in
2001/2. However, the total quantity of household waste, which rose by 7.1% between
1999/00 and 2000/01, fell by 1.25% between 2000/01 and 2001/02.
Trends in tonnage of domestic waste collected
Tonnage of domestic waste collected
by the Council
118,000 Tonnage of
114,000 collected by
112,000 the Council
1999/00 2000/01 2001/02
Trends in tonnages of other types of waste collected by the Council
1999/00 2000/01 2001/2
Destination of domestic waste
% total tonnage
100% of household
90% waste recycled
60% % total tonnage
waste used to
40% recover heat and
30% power by
20% % total tonnage
10% of household
0% waste landfilled
1999/00 2000/01 2001/02
A Best Value Review of the waste collection, recycling and disposal service was begun
during 2001/2 in order to develop a strategy to meet recycling targets. Previous
proposals to set up a Sustainable Waste Partnership in the borough were put on hold
pending the outcome of the review.
A leaflet was circulated to residents explaining the need to reduce and recycle
household waste, giving a map of the borough's recycling facilities. A scheme offering
reduced price home composting bins was set up and a 'Real Nappy' campaign initiated.
A Recycling Centre was set up in Landsmans Way in the north of the borough taking a
range of materials from the public, including plastic, timber, computers and green waste
and the kerbside paper recycling collection scheme was extended to cover 60,000
households. As a result every household within the borough is now either provided with
a kerbside recyclables collection scheme, or lives within 1 km of a recycling centre. A
review of the free bulky household waste service was undertaken which led to charges
A 'Clean and Green' schools award scheme was launched to encourage school
children to take responsibility for the cleanliness of the school environment. This
includes measuring and recycling classroom waste. 23 schools participated in 2001/2.
The Business Excellence scheme was relaunched to encourage businesses to manage
their waste more responsibly and sustainably. In 2001/2, 91 businesses were provided
with free waste audits and advice on appropriate action to reduce and recycle waste. In
addition, 3 businesses were provided with environmental policy statements and advice
on other aspects of environmental management. The Economic Development Service
was contacted by 4396 businesses of which 1158 were referred on for free business
advice, some of which included advice on waste and environmental management.
Businesses are informed about trade waste collection and recycling facilities provided
by the Council and by the end of March 2002, 2807 Lewisham businesses had signed
Trade Waste Agreements, a 13.8% increase on 2000/1.
Trading Standards are responsible for ensuring that local businesses comply with the
Producer Responsibility Regulations on Packaging. These require producers and users
of packaging and retailers who sell packaged goods to contribute towards the cost of
meeting statutory recycling targets for packaging after use. In 2001/2, 397 local checks
on packaging were carried out. No instances of non compliance were detected.
PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE
implement the Best Value Review action plan
meet the borough's household waste recycling and composting targets
develop and monitor recycling and composting of commercial and street sweeping
increase and monitor household, business and community participation in recycling
and composting schemes
OBJECTIVE 4: To increase the energy efficiency of homes in the
borough and tackle fuel poverty
LONG TERM TARGET: To achieve the national home energy conservation
target of a 30 per cent increase in domestic energy
efficiency in the borough by 2010 and reduce fuel
The Council influences the overall level of domestic energy efficiency in the borough
directly through the measures it takes to improve the thermal efficiency of its own
housing stock, through enforcing Building Regulations in private development, through
influencing standards in the design of Housing Association dwellings and by providing
the public with advice and practical domestic energy efficiency programmes.
In 2001/2, 825 local authority homes received a package of measures including central
heating and energy works as required, at a cost of approximately £3.3 million.
Now in its ninth year, there is a commitment to continue the programme in 2002/2003.
In total over 6,000 new systems have been installed since the scheme commenced,
which has resulted in the average energy efficiency of the council’s properties
increasing from a National Home Energy Rating (NHER) figure of 3.6 in 1994, to 5.8 in
60 rating of all
40 Council dwellings
20 ratings of council
Start 2001/2 End 2001/2 through capital
In addition, refurbishment work on Lewisham Council Housing included renewing roof
insulation wherever possible. Some blocks of flats had external cladding installed to
increase thermal efficiency. As a result, the SAP ratings of the refurbished properties
(a measure of the thermal efficiency of buildings) increased by 36%.
Private Sector Housing
The Council provides discretionary grant aid for private sector home renovations. In
2001/2 68% included an element of work to improve energy efficiency. The following
installations were achieved:-
220 new heating systems, 216 replacement boilers, 123 replacement doors and
windows, 161 roofs insulated, 138 properties draught proofed.
Energy Efficiency advice to the public
The South-East London Energy Efficiency Advice Centre (SELEEAC) provides free
and impartial energy efficiency advice to the public and businesses, with financial
assistance from the Energy Saving Trust. Energy Efficiency is encouraged through
talks, newspaper articles, exhibitions and by placing survey distribution boards in
housing offices, doctors’ surgeries, libraries and other Council offices. Achievements in
4,312 Home Energy surveys were completed in 2001/2, giving estimated savings to
residents of £103,500 per annum. A total of 43,579 surveys have been completed
since 1994 providing estimated annual savings of £1.08 million
Over 300 energy efficient installations were carried out in low income private sector
houses at a cost of £1.4 million
There were 1,139 accepted referrals to the government's Warm Front scheme in the
first 6 months of 2001/2
26 loans to staff from the Lewisham Energy Loans scheme were agreed providing
£45,000 of funding, with approximately £24,000 out of £50,000 currently on loan.
The Warm and Wise scheme was set up with Greenwich, Bexley, Bromley and
Croydon . This is a bulk discount energy loans scheme to provide interest free loans
to residents for energy efficient boilers, insulation and other measures. The fund is
very small - £100k for the 5 boroughs - so only a few loans were agreed for
Lewisham residents in 2001/2.
6,474 compact fluorescent light bulbs were distributed in 2001/2, ultimately giving
savings to residents of £289,000 over their life span and reducing CO2 emissions by
2,606 tonnes. The total number distributed from the start of the scheme to March
2002 was approximately 26,600 giving lifetime savings of £1.18 million and 10,700
tonnes of CO2
A total of 272 fridges were sold at £25 each in 2001/2 giving lifetime savings of
£174,000 and 1,573 tonnes of CO22. Over 2000 fridges had been sold in Lewisham
by Mar 2002 since the scheme started giving lifetime savings of £1.28 million and
11,560 tonnes of CO2, more than other London boroughs.
A total of 4,000 kettles were given out in 2001/2 giving estimated lifetime savings of
£415,000 and 3,740 tonnes of CO2.
A list of all community groups and schools in the borough was produced with a view
to contacting them to offer talks on energy efficiency in the home. All secondary
schools were offered talks in 2001/2
Lewisham Sustainable Energy Unit signed up to the Solar for London scheme in
partnership with Southwark Energy Action and obtained committee agreement to
use £5,000 to subsidise up to 20 solar hot water installations in residential
The Sustainable Energy unit also provided £5,000 funding to subsidise the installation
of a Combined Heat and Power plant and sheeps wool insulation at the new Creekside
PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE
seek further opportunities for investing in greener energy production and
consumption in the borough
maximise take up of all available energy efficiency schemes and funding
OBJECTIVE 5: To raise public awareness of their role in protecting and
enhancing the local natural environment
In 2001/2 21.8% of the borough's total land area was in use as public and private open
space. 8.6% was classified as sites of nature conservation interest or green corridor. A
further, as yet unmeasured, area of open space is occupied by rivers, private gardens
% of borough land
classified as site
% of borough land
which is non
or private open
% of built and
grounds around business premises and other organisations.
This natural environment provides an important green framework for the built form of
Borough, a habitat for wildlife and an opportunity for human rest and recreation.
quality and quantity can be threatened by inappropriate development and management.
The Council plays a key role in raising awareness amongst residents, developers,
businesses and other landowners of the important role of local open space.
The Borough's Biodiversity Action Plan will be the main vehicle for encouraging local
participation in action to protect and enhance open space and wildlife.
The Biodiversity Partnership is leading on the development of the Borough's
Biodiversity Action Plan and in 2001/2 drew up seven draft Species or Habitat Action
Plans to be further developed and reviewed in 2002/3. Developers, residents,
contractors, community organisations and businesses will be asked to help implement
the plans once agreed.
It had been intended to start biodiversity surveys during 2001/2 but resources were not
available. English Nature was approached for funding to employ Wildspace officers to
assist with this work in the future.
The largest project in the Creekside regeneration programme aimed to protect and
enhance the ecology of the river and banks, working closely with developers on
adjacent sites. Work started on the construction of an Ecology Education centre on the
of the Creek and fundraising began for a floating classroom to be created from the
conversion of a pontoon. The centre aims to attract people from all over London to its
courses, events and walks along the Creek as well as to provide facilities and
schools and universities. The Creekside Education trust was consolidated and
a company to run and fundraise for the Education centre and its work.
Environmental Education programmes were carried out at Beckenham Place Park. The
Lewisham in Bloom competition was held again in 2001. Although this scheme is
concerned with encouraging residents to take up gardening to improve the appearance
borough, it includes a wildlife gardening category which has the potential to link
the Biodiversity Action Plan.
PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE
develop the Biodiversity Action Plan
encourage local people and organisations to participate in implementing it
ensure biodiversity indicators are developed, agreed and measured
OBJECTIVE 6: To ensure built development is environmentally
sustainable and enhances biodiversity
Lewisham's Unitary Development Plan guides the physical development of the borough
and patterns of land use. The extent to which environmental aims and objectives are
included in the UDP and implemented on the ground, has a major influence on the way
the environmental impact of the built environment changes over time. Planning
objectives and policies, including those relating to environmental protection, must put
national planning policies into effect. However, local priorities can also be reflected.
The 1996 UDP is in the process of being revised. In the 1996 UDP, 15% (2 out of 13)
broad planning aims relate to protecting and enhancing the natural environment, while
29% (17 out of 58) specific planning policies relate to protecting the environment.
In 2000 a draft revision was produced for consultation following which a draft
incorporating further revisions was produced in August 2001. In this, 33% (3 out of 9)
of strategic planning objectives (equivalent to the broad planning aims of the 1996
document) relate to protecting and enhancing the natural environment and 44% (15 out
of 34) specific planning policies relate to protecting the environment. This represents an
18% and 15% increase respectively. As well as the specific policies, the new Plan has
been formulated to ensure that most of the policies support the Council's aims in
protecting the environment
However, more important is the extent to which these policies are actually implemented
over time through development control. Monitoring of implementation has not been
undertaken but will be put in place once the new UDP is adopted in 2003.
The environmental policies contained in the UDP are consistent with the Council's
environmental policy and seek to ensure built development is resource and energy
efficient, contributes to the enhancement of biodiversity and reduction of pollution, is
located to minimise the need to travel by car and that open space is conserved and
In order to achieve this, Planning, Building Control and Environmental Health agreed in
2001 to work together on advising developers to better communicate policy and
facilitate its translation into the design of individual development proposals.
The Council aims to ensure that regeneration, urban renewal and housing schemes
are designed to meet all UDP policies, including environmental policies so, since
2001/2, project co-ordinators and consultants have been required to meet with
planners prior to the design and tendering phase to ensure this happens. In addition, all
funding applications for specific projects within regeneration and renewal schemes
must include an explanation of how the project will contribute to the Council's
During 2001/2, a number of regeneration and renewal schemes were initiated or
progressed, including Silwood Estate, the New Cross Neighbourhood Renewal
scheme, Rushey Green London Squares and Mountsfield parks area improvements.
However, the Rushey Green Home Zone scheme, begun in 2000/1, was dropped owing
to a poor response from local residents. Instead, a controlled parking zone with traffic
calming measures was been introduced to complement the London Squares
refurbishment and area face lift schemes.
Plans were agreed for two important buildings in the Creekside Regeneration area, the
Laban Dance Centre and the Ecology Education Centre, to incorporate 'brown' roofs
into their design to provide habitat for local wildlife in compensation for habitat lost
The Council's programme to conserve the built environment by returning empty, unfit
properties to occupation continued. In 2001/2, 6 long term empty properties were
brought into use along with 87 private sector properties. Renovation grants were
awarded to make fit 63 properties from the Private Sector Housing Unit.
The Economic Development service secured £2,417,706 from an overall bid value of
£2,717,411 for grant aid for small scale projects to improve the built environment.
PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE
Ensure environmental objectives and policies are communicated to developers and
implemented in new development
Ensure environmental performance indicators are monitored
OBJECTIVE 7: To reduce the environmental impact of the goods and services
purchased by the council
TARGET FOR 2001/2: Undertake training on the environmentally responsible
procurement policy, develop work programme to implement the policy including:
1. inclusion of environmental performance questions in tenderer business
2. production of model environmental clauses for inclusion in contract
3. inclusion of environmental aspects of contract in tender evaluation and
method of weighting them
4. identification and purchase of 'greener' products for carrying out council
The Council is a major purchaser of goods and services in and beyond the Borough,
spending £46 million on goods and services in 2001/2. It therefore has the potential to
exert a significant influence on the environmental standards of the products it uses
directly and on the products and practices used by contractors on its behalf.
For a number of years the Council has checked the environmental policies of its major
contractors. However, it has had no systematic and comprehensive way of assessing
the environmental performance of the goods and services it purchases.
A key task in 2001/2 was to set environmental standards within the procurement and
purchasing process ensuring these are harnessed to help achieve the Council's
environmental objectives and targets.
The following outline strategy was developed, agreed by the Executive Committee in
2001 and implementation work begun.
ENVIRONMENTALLY RESPONSIBLE (Green) PURCHASING
Agreed by the Executive Committee on 18 April 2001
The London Borough of Lewisham aims to deliver services that are
resource efficient, that minimise the generation of waste and which
contribute to a more environmentally, socially and economically
sustainable society, whilst meeting current needs.
The Council will pursue this policy, subject to funding, by:
1.) Promoting the sustainable use of resources, by encouraging
resource efficiency and waste minimisation.
2.) Introducing environmental performance management and
monitoring into contract procedures.
3.) Integrating the Council's procurement and purchasing standards
and processes with its EMAS system by incorporating the environmental
policy objectives set through the EMAS process within contract and
4.) Forming partnerships with suppliers to apply the Council’s
principles within corporate procurement and purchasing activities. Also to
promote and encourage innovative improvement in environmental
performance through the development of environmental criteria in the
award of contracts.
5.) Supporting staff in the delivery of this policy by:
providing supporting guidelines and resources, as appropriate, to allow
effective implementation of the policy
regularly communicating progress on the implementation of this policy
and providing a mechanism for staff and suppliers to be consulted and
provide feedback to the Council
providing training and awareness raising tools.
6.) Continually improving the Procurement and Purchasing Policy and
guidelines by regularly reviewing contracts and suppliers, benchmarking
this strategy with others.
7.) Use of an environmental preference method for the selection of
materials, such as the Handbook of Sustainable Building, ISBN 1-
Effectively maintaining goods and assets during their usable life.
Aiming to re-use, recycle or dispose of all end-of-life products, according
to the waste hierarchy. Effective recycling or disposal arrangements
should be considered and initiated at the time of purchase of all goods,
In addition to the above policy, the Council signed up to the London Mayor's Green
procurement Code, thereby committing itself to buy products made with recycled
content wherever possible.
Questions were added to the business questionnaire for prospective tenderers asking
them whether they have adopted environmental policies or implemented environmental
All client teams were asked to identify the environmental impacts of their contracts,
using their EMAS significant impacts where available and to develop objectives and
indicators for reducing these impacts and improving performance, again using those
developed for EMAS where available.
Client teams were asked to incorporate these objectives and indicators into contract
specifications as these are drawn up for tendering.
To assist in this process, a model environmental objectives clause was drafted for
inclusion in contract specifications. This is to be piloted in the forthcoming retendering
of the arboricultural contract.
During 2001/2, of all new businesses accepted onto the Council's approved contractors
68% had environmental policies, although none had environmental management
place. One existing contractor achieved certification to ISO 14001, the international
environmental management system standard, during 2001/2.
With regard to products, the Council aims to increase the number of products
which are verified through ecolabel or similar schemes as having low environmental
Such labelling schemes guarantee the environmental performance of products avoiding
necessity for the Council to conduct its own research.
Examples of such schemes include:
the Forest Stewardship Council scheme for sustainably harvested timber and wood
the Energy Star rating scheme verifying energy efficiency levels for electrical and
the European Union Ecolabel scheme covering a range of goods
Soil Association certification for organic fruit, vegetables, cereals and compost
100% of the Council's electricity supply is produced from verified renewable, zero net
carbon emitting, sources.
Verified 100% recycled content office copier paper was offered through corporate
contracts during 2001/2. This paper represented 1.7% of all office paper purchased
8.5% of stationery products offered by the main Council approved stationery catalogue
verified of high environmental performance. However, no measurement was
actual numbers purchased.
4.4% of the Council's fleet vehicles are of environmentally superior design (electric
and LPG vehicles).
The Sustainable Construction Handbook was supplied to all Council staff involved with
Housing and property management. This provides advice on environmentally preferable
building products and treatments for use in construction, maintenance and
PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE
Ensure all new contracts contain appropriate environmental objectives clauses
Further develop method of evaluating and weighting environmental aspects of
Ensure contractors provide a) method statements on how environmental objectives
will be achieved and b) indicator monitoring data
Ensure corporate contracts for paper, computers, photocopiers and printing
equipment supply products of verified high environmental performance
Identify further sources of supply of environmentally preferable products relevant to
Further develop monitoring of purchases by environmental performance/rating
OBJECTIVE 8: To protect and enhance biodiversity and the natural
environment in the borough's public open spaces
The Council is responsible for managing 674.72 hectares of open space in the borough,
19.43% of the total area of the borough.
The following chart shows the proportion of the borough's land occupied by each
category of open space in council management.
Housing Estate grounds
During 2001/2, 3.5% of this public open space was actively managed as habitat for
nature conservation as shown in the following chart. Four habitat types were actively
managed in Lewisham's nature reserves, woodland, grassland, ponds and scrub. One
habitat type, summer meadow, was actively managed in housing estate grounds.
The aim is to steadily increase over time both the percentage of public land managed
for nature conservation and also the quality of habitat management.
To improve quality, management arrangements for maintaining nature reserves were
reviewed. A more flexible form of management contract was developed enabling
commissioning of work on a site by site basis as needed.
Management Briefs were commissioned from and completed by the London Ecology
Unit for 11 nature reserves in 2001/2. Three nature reserves were successfully put
forward to English Nature to be awarded Local Nature Reserve status. This will provide
additional resources to assist in their upkeep and maintenance and to help monitor their
As part of the effort to expand ecologically sound land management, support and
funding was provided to restore the Quaggy channel and banks at Chinbrook Meadows
in partnership with the Environment Agency, their contractors and Groundwork Trust.
The project aimed to remove the concrete channel through which the river has run
since the 1960s and to create a more natural bed with appropriate planting on banks,
allowing recolonising by aquatic and wetland species and assisting containment of
floodwater. Contracts were tendered and let in 2001 and work began on site in
During 2001/2, Manor House Park was entered for a Green Flag award. The Green
Flag scheme verifies that management of a park achieves a high standard, including
management of the natural environment. Performance improvements and management
practices in energy conservation, pollution reduction, resource conservation, pesticide
reduction, elimination of the use of horticultural peat and horticultural technique are all
PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE
Increase the number of habitats actively managed in parks and open spaces
Develop a pesticides reduction strategy for all open spaces
Prepare more parks for the Green Flag award
Promote the use of organic methods of cultivation in allotments
Incorporate the above in the forthcoming development of the parks and open
Ensure all environmental performance indicators related to parks and open spaces
OBJECTIVE 9: To ensure air quality meets or exceeds national
standards in all parts of the borough
Poor air quality in the borough once arose from
manufacturing processes and domestic fires. Today, there
are very few manufacturing operations left in the borough
and it largely srises from traffic exhaust. The Council has
a statutory responsibility for monitoring air quality in the
borough under the 1995 Environment Act and for
establishing air quality management areas where national
standards are or are likely to be breached.
There are two air quality monitoring sites in the borough. Catford measures
concentrations of Nitrogen oxides (Nox), sulphur dioxide (SO2) and ozone (O3). New
Cross measures concentrations of Nox, SO2, O3 and carbon particles PM10s.
There are national air quality targets for NOx, SO2 and PM10s but at present none for
ground level ozone although this may change due to growing concerns about the health
impact of this pollutant.
The air quality monitoring sites were set up during 2001/2 so validated data is only
available for the Catford site for Jan, Feb and March 2002. During this period there
were no days when the measured pollutants reached nationally defined medium or high
concentrations. Validated data will be available for both sites for the whole of 2002/3.
Air quality standards are, however, expected to be breached within a few years across
inner London, including along the main roads linking New Cross, Deptford and
Lewisham, due to the anticipated growth in road traffic. The Council is participating in
London wide discussions about appropriate air quality management strategies to tackle
The Council took the following actions to reduce air pollution from a number of its
Bereavement Services ordered a new cremator with a more effective emission control
system. Installation is scheduled for 2002/3.
All transport fleet vehicles have dedicated service schedules provided by the
manufacturer or drawn up by the fleet manager. The Fleet Office enters details onto
the workshop Scheduling System. This includes frequency, type of service, safety
check and MOT requirements. For the following types of vehicle, safety checks are
carried out to meet 'Operator Licencing' requirements, the frequency are: PCV vehicles
- 4 weeks, HGV vehicles - 6 weeks.
The service schedule is designed to maximise the safety of vehicles for the driver,
passengers and public; to optimise mechanical performance and reduce the by-product
of poor performance (such as engine emissions) or leaks of oil based products. The
service schedule is designed to maximise the safety of vehicles for the driver,
passengers and public; to optimise mechanical performance and reduce the by-product
of poor performance (such as engine emissions) or leaks
In order to reduce emissions of carbon particles (PM10s) from diesel exhausts,
Continuous Recirculating Traps are being fitted on the exhaust systems of new refuse
vehicles as resources allow.
The Eberspatcher system is fitted to passenger vehicles to warm them prior to use in
the mornings. The system requires that the vehicles' engines are run for about an hour
while stationary in the depot, producing significant local levels of air pollution. To reduce
this, the system is refurbished frequently and up-graded to the latest manufacturers
The safe manoevres' driving scheme continued in 2001/2. To date approximately 80
drivers have undergone driving assessments to raise and enhance knowledge,
awareness and understanding of driving in a more controlled energy efficient way to
maximise vehicle efficiency and safety.
A policy was agreed in 2000 to purchase low emission, alternative fuelled fleet vehicles
to reduce air pollution from Council transport activities. By March 2002, out of a fleet of
approximately 390, 13 were powered by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and 10 by
There are now 4 main categories of fuel used by vehicles; low sulphur diesel, petrol,
liquefied petroleum gas, electric battery. There are no emissions of local air pollutants
from the electric vehicles and those emitted from LPG vehicles are greatly reduced per
mile on petrol and diesel vehicles. Sulphur emissions from ULSD fuels are considerably
lower than those from conventional diesel.
PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE
Continue to monitor local air quality
Continue policy of purchasing low pollution fleet vehicles and plant
OBJECTIVE 10: To reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the council's
use of fuel and energy
LONG TERM TARGET: meet the national target of reducing carbon dioxide
emissions by 20% on 1990 levels by 2010
The Council aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from its use of energy and fuel
purchasing energy from renewable sources
increasing the efficiency with which energy is used by buildings, equipment, vehicles
by encouraging its contractors to adopt the same practices within Lewisham
A major success in 2000/1 was the purchase of all the Council's electricity supply from
renewable energy sources.
The gradual contractual move to renewable or 'green' electricity during 2000/1 resulted
in a 26.4 per cent reduction of CO2 emissions on those produced in 1999/2000.
60% % electricity
40% from renewable
1999/00 2000/01 2001/2
In 2001/2 all electricity consumed was from renewable, zero net carbon emission
certified sources, including solar, wave and wind. Some is sourced from the South East
London Combined Heat and Power plant (SELCHP) which produces energy from the
incineration of waste. These contracts also supply 100% 'green' electricity as the
contract terms with London Electricity specify that only Climate Change Levy exempt
electricity (zero net CO2 emissions) is to be supplied.
In 2001/2, 29.76 million kg of CO2 were emitted as a result of the Council's
consumption of energy and fuel, a reduction of 25.3% on those emitted in 2000/1.
Emissions of CO2 in 2001/2 due to the Council's energy and fuel use
Million kg Carbon Dioxide emitted
Buildings Fleet Staff travel TOTAL
and Street within work
64 energy surveys of council buildings were undertaken by the Sustainable Energy Unit
in 2001/2 to identify where energy conservation measures need to be made. Following
the surveys, two demonstration control systems were installed at 2 sites and a total of
£40,000 worth of work planned to start in April 2002. It is proposed to continue using 2
different control products to ensure the borough receives value for money.
19 Service Level Agreements were held in 2001/2 to inspect and adjust boiler controls
in borough buildings to minimise gas consumption. A further 23 boilers were controlled
through Xyntax remote telemetry.
Energy surveys of schools were last carried out in 1992 with desktop analysis in 1998.
In 2001/2 the 4 largest schools were resurveyed prior to receiving grant aid for energy
efficiency improvement work. Funding was sought for all schools but has not yet been
achieved therefore schools may be asked to pay for their energy surveys on an
In order to increase the energy efficiency of the public lighting system, old low pressure
sodium lights began to be replaced with energy efficient high pressure sodium bulbs.
New legislation expected within the next 18 months will allow for the use of non -
illuminated bollards and signs on minor "B" roads, facilitating further reductions in
By the end of March 2002 there were 23 alternative fuelled vehicles on the Council's
fleet - 13 powered by liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and 10 electric battery vehicles.
The total fleet size was approximately 390 units. There are now 4 main categories of
fuel used by vehicles; ultra low sulphur diesel, petrol, liquefied petroleum gas, electric
The Council's IT network and equipment accounts for a significant proportion of total
electricity consumption. The IT client team began discussions with the contractor to
ensure the most energy efficient models are purchased. Allied to this, the proposed
print strategy aims to reduce the number of printers and copiers in use and to purchase
energy efficient models to significantly reduce consumption.
The Energy Manager co-ordinates work on energy across the Council through an
Energy Forum. Four meetings took place in 2001/2 with quality discussion at each
meeting. The aim is to stimulate all relevant service groups to attend meetings to
maximise the benefits of inter directorate working and information exchange.
PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE
Continue policy of buying energy efficient electrical and electronic equipment and
Continue to improve the energy efficiency of council building heating systems
Maintain purchase of 100% 'green' electricity
OBJECTIVE 11: To ensure noise levels meet or exceed acceptable
standards in all parts of the borough
The Council has statutory responsibility for tackling noise nuisance from residents and
business activity in the borough. During 2001/2, the Environmental Enforcement Team
dealt with 8147 noise complaints, an increase of 14%. 3668 of these were new
complaints. The majority of all complaints were resolved. 250 abatement notices were
served. There was an increased number of prosecutions. The total number of cases
where legal action was instigated was 19. The number of repeat complaints have
reduced, but only minimally from 55.5% to 54.9%.
PRIORITIES FOR THE FUTURE
To continue to provide an effective noise enforcement service
OBJECTIVE 12: To reduce land and water pollution in the
Land and water pollution in Lewisham results from the dropping of litter, dog fouling, fly
tipping, dumping of unwanted vehicles, inappropriate disposal of liquid wastes and
chemicals on land, in drains and rivers. In addition, a legacy of land contamination
exists due to the activities of manufacturing and other industries.
The Council has a statutory responsibility for keeping the borough clear of land
pollution. The Environment Agency is responsible for water quality.
Current legislation requires that the Council should produce and implement a
Contaminated Land Strategy for the borough. This will involve the identification and
remediation of that land defined as being contaminated. To assist with the identification
process of potentially contaminated sites,all relevant information will be incorporated
into the Councils' Geographic Information System (GIS). However, it is envisaged that
many sites will be investigated and remediated as a consequence of the planning
development process. The Council’s Contaminated Land Inspection Strategy was
produced and published 2001/2, and as part of the ongoing project additional
information will be applied to the GIS system in 2002/3.
In 2001/2 13100 abandoned vehicles were notified to the Council Of these 5768 were
collected and disposed of while the remaining 7332 were returned to the owners or
dealt with in other ways. There were approximately 1000 more notifications than in
2000/1 - reflecting both an increase in abandonment of vehicles and greater awareness
of the Abandoned Vehicles service.
In 2001/2, 13,862 fly tips were notified to the Council and cleared, a 56% increase on
10,000 Number of fly tips
8,000 reported and
1999/00 2000/01 2001/2
The cleanliness of the streets is measured by annual surveys using a national standard
by the Tidy Britain Group - now renamed EnCams. In 2001/2 2% of Lewisham's streets
were found to be below the standard at the time of the survey as opposed to 5% the
OBJECTIVE 13: To raise the awareness of local businesses and
residents of their role in protecting the built
The Council influences the level of resident and business action to protect the local built
environment through education and awareness and practical programmes.
The annual Lewisham in Bloom competition took place again in 2001/2. This
encourages homeowners and businesses alike to improve the look of the borough
through front garden and window box displays.
Town Centre programmes encourage improvements to the local built environment
through provision of grant aid for shop improvements. In 2001/2, 40 shops in Forest Hill
and Sydenham received £250,000 worth of shop improvement grants.
The Street Leader scheme co-ordinated by the Council encourages residents to take
responsibility for the state of their streets and surrounding local environment by
reporting littering, dog fouling and fly tips and by participating in clear ups and dog
events. In 2001/2 the number of active street leaders exceeded 750.
The Clean and Green Schools scheme was started in 2001/2. 23 Lewisham schools
participated in a programme to raise schoolchildren's awareness of the state of their
playgrounds and to develop action plans to reduce littering and graffiti.
OBJECTIVE 14: To reduce the consumption of water in the borough
The Council aims to reduce its use of water by installing efficiency measures. During
2001/2, 179 water consumption surveys were undertaken in Lewisham Council
buildings to identify opportunities for reducing and more efficiently managing water
usage. Annual savings of approx £80,000 were identified for a £50,000 investment.
During 2001/2 measures were installed in 72 properties. Water monitoring data for
council premises will be collated in 2002/3 and will be presented in the next
17329 cubic metres of water were used in the borough's parks in 2001/2, partly for
watering plants and partly for toilets and play facilities. The parks contractor began to
develop planting and maintenance regimes which will help reduce the need for
watering. Trends in consumption will be carefully monitored and reported in forthcoming
Statements. Nature reserves are watered entirely through natural rainfall.
Water leaks in the cemeteries were repaired within 48 hrs on average during 2001/2.
Major leaks were identified in Hither Green Cemetery requiring 3 runs of new pipes. A
bid for funding is to be made in 2002/3. Water consumption in the cemeteries is
therefore currently excessive.
OBJECTIVE: To ensure the borough as a whole develops in an
environmentally sustainable way
In order to ensure the borough develops in an environmentally sustainable way,
consideration of environmental impacts and measures to reduce these must be woven
into all strategies, policies and practices. In addition, the issues and practical actions to
reduce the environmental impacts of every day life must be communicated widely to
residents, organisations and partners in the borough.
During 2001/2 discussions began about integrating environmental objectives into the
borough's Community Strategy. In addition, environmental education and awareness
events were held at People's Day and at Street Leaders Conferences and 12 articles
on environment and sustainable living were published in Lewisham Life.
THE COUNCIL'S ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
The aim is to ensure environmental management and improvement is fully integrated
into the Council's mainstream performance management system. At present, two
Directorates, Regeneration and Resources, are tackling this.
DESCRIPTION OF THE SYSTEM
STAFF ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
A Corporate Sustainability Board of senior managers has been established which is
responsible, amongst other things, for co-ordinating and driving environmental
management and performance improvement.
Line managers are responsible for the detailed management, control and improvement
of the significant environmental impacts of their service activities and staff. All staff
have a role in helping to implement the Council's environmental policy and this is now
documented in employment contracts and from 2002/3 will be included in job
descriptions and induction information
IDENTIFYING AND UPDATING SIGNIFICANT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS,
OBJECTIVES AND INDICATORS
Managers are responsible for identifying those activities within their service which
cause significant environmental impact, both adverse and beneficial. They are then
responsible for setting long term objectives to reduce adverse or increase beneficial
Each year they review their service's environmental impacts prior to developing the
annual service/ business plan. The review takes into account any changes in activities
due to reorganisations, best value reviews, legislative changes or budget cuts.
Objectives, and performance indicators, are updated accordingly.
Environmental objectives and performance indicators for measuring progress in
achieving them are a subset of and integrated with each service’s overall objectives,
Best Value and local performance indicators. As such they not only relate to the
service’s significant environmental impacts and environmental policy but are also
aligned with the Council's corporate priorities.
Contractors carrying out work on behalf of the Council, or providing Council services
are required, through the terms of contract specifications, to meet relevant
environmental objectives, to measure environmental performance indicators and to
report on progress in the annual Environmental Statement.
UPDATING ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMMES
Following the review, progress with the previous year's environmental programme is
reviewed and an action plan developed for the forthcoming year to progress objectives
further within the constraints of available resources. This is incorporated into the
service/business plan and tasks allocated to staff and managed through the
Performance Evaluation System, along with any necessary training.
Collection of monitoring information to track environmental performance indicators is
devolved to staff with responsibility for significant impacts. These are reported on
monthly or annually as appropriate.
Managers are responsible for ensuring all activities with significant environmental
impacts are managed through procedures which control the impact, comply with any
applicable environmental legislation and are updated to reflect legal and operational
They are also responsible for ensuring staff are trained to operate the procedures.
ANNUAL ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT AND PUBLIC CONSULTATION
A full statement of performance against environmental objectives and performance
indicators is produced each year and made available to the public and interested
organisations. An annual consultation is conducted on the main results reported in the
Statement and priorities for future action.
AUDIT AND MANAGEMENT REVIEW
Each service’s EMAS system will be audited to ensure compliance with the corporate
scheme and with relevant legislation. Performance measurement systems will also be
audited to ensure they are robust and that data produced is reliable and accurate. Each
service will review its system annually based on the results and recommendations from
audits and on performance achieved and changes to activities and priorities.
Although the goal is to fully integrate the Council’s EMAS within the main performance
management system, information about the EMAS system, environmental policy,
objectives, indicators and action programmes is maintained on a dedicated intranet
page along with the Environmental Statement. This is updated annually.
Staff awareness of, commitment to and responsibility for tackling environmental impacts
is key to the successful implementation of the environmental policy and programme and
system. Implementation of the council's environmental policy was made a contractual
requirement during 2001/2 and relevant information began to be added to all staff
The recruitment process is the first point of communication with potential staff. An
information sheet was prepared in March 02 outlining the Council's environmental
policy and staff role in implementing it. This will be sent out with recruitment packs
The Council's summary Environmental Statement is now given out to all new staff
attending corporate induction courses and a brief explanation of the environmental
policy and EMAS is provided. In 2001/2 150 Statements were given to new staff.
A clause for inclusion in all new or revised job descriptions was agreed March 02. This
requires staff to assist in carrying out the Council's environmental policies within the day
to day activities of the post.
A clause requiring staff to help implement the Council's environmental policy has been
included in all new employment contracts since 1 October 2001. Between 1 October 01
and 31 March 02, 269 contracts were issued in Resources Directorate, 331 in
Regeneration Directorate, 317 in Social Care and Health Directorate and 196 in
Education and Culture Directorate
Staff environmental training and awareness raising is crucial to success. In order to
help integrate environmental management with mainstream, every day activities,
training and awareness raising is to be integrated within existing core training as far as
During 2001/2 the ability to help implement the Council's environmental policy was
included as a core competency within the Council's competency framework. This is
explained in Competency and Performance Evaluation Scheme training for staff and
managers. In addition, managers were asked to brief staff on the environmental policy,
EMAS system and staff role.
To test the effectiveness of this, informal discussions with randomly selected staff from
all four Directorates were held by the Inspectors during the Best Value Review of LA21
conducted in Dec 2001 and Jan 2002. The Inspectors concluded there was a good
awareness and understanding of the Council's environmental policy and EMAS system
amongst staff. This was recorded in the Inspectors' report on the LA21 Best Value
Training managers on their role in managing the significant environmental impacts of
their services and activities is also crucial. No training workshops were held in 2001/2,
but information about the council's environmental policy, the EMAS system and the
manager's role was communicated from time to time in the Manager's Briefing which is
distributed to 800 managers across the Council.
A telephone survey of 12 randomly selected managers in Regeneration and Resources
Directorates was conducted in December 2001 during the Best Value Review of LA21
to test their understanding of environmental issues, the purpose of EMAS and their role
within the EMAS system. Of these, 8 demonstrated an above average understanding.
A section on EMAS has been included in the in house project management course
since February 02, in Performance Evaluation Scheme training since Mar 02.
Environmental considerations were included in Best Value Procurement training during
Incorporation of environmental performance issues into Best Value Review guidance
and training is in place - it includes use of a sustainability checklist and asks services
to consider how to more effectively pursue environmental objectives set through EMAS.
The aim is to ensure all Committee reports contain environmental implications
paragraphs to guide decision making. At present some reports contain such paragraphs
but there is no consistent approach across the Council. Guidance to staff is to be
EMAS implementation continued within Resources and Regeneration during 2001/2.
35% of the EMAS system has been implemented by managers within Resources and
Regeneration Directorates but registration was not achieved in 2001/2. Corporate
procedures were all developed and consulted on and implementation begun. By the
end of March 2002, 25% were fully implemented, 45% were partly implemented and
implementation had not begun on the remaining 30%.
66% of the agreed Environmental Performance Indicators were being actively
measured by the end of March 2002.
The Environmental Statement 2000/1 was produced in both full and summary form.
4,500 summary statements were distributed in a public consultation exercise conducted
in December 2001. Positive feedback on the full Statement was received from the
Environmental Performance team at DEFRA. In 2001/2, 1 funding application and 1
tender for contract work submitted by Lewisham required the submission of a copy of
the Environmental Statement as part of the bid.
COMMENTS AND FEEDBACK ON THIS REPORT
We welcome your views on:
the impacts we have identified and the objectives we have set - are they adequate? are
any others needed?
the progress reported for 2001/2
what we should prioritise for action in the future
Please send your comments in writing or by email, marking them 'LB Lewisham
Environmental Statement 2001/2' to:
The EMAS Co-ordinator
Wearside Service Centre
LONDON SE14 7EZ
Tel: 020 8314 2559
MAYOR AND CABINET
Report Title DRINKING CONTROL ZONE
Key Decision YES Item No.11
Ward RUSHEY GREEN/LEWISHAM CENTRAL
Contributors EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR FOR SOCIAL CARE AND HEALTH
Class Part 1 Date: 4 JUNE 2003
1.1 Sections 12-16 Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 (CJPA) came into
force on September 1st 2001. This Legislation gives the Local Authority the
power to make an Order designating a part of the Borough as a "public
place" and to control the drinking of alcohol in that designated public
1.2 Any such designated public place would be one where the local authority
is satisfied that nuisance, annoyance or disorder is associated with the
consumption of intoxicating liquor in that area. In these designated areas a police
officer can require a person to stop drinking and to surrender open containers of
alcohol. If a person refuses to hand over an open container of alcohol or continues
to drink they may be arrested. This new power allows the police to tackle problem
street drinking and is being widely adopted through-out the country.
1.3 This report lays out the argument for the introduction of a Drinking Control
Zone, as legislated by the CJPA, in Rushey Green and Lewisham High Street (See
map at Appendix A). The Regulations to the Act require the order to be made by
full Council. Mayor and Cabinet are asked to take the proposal to full Council for
Having regard to the representations of the police and the local community, the
Executive Committee of the Community Safety and Drugs Action Partnership has
recommended that the proposal for a Drinking Control Zone be placed before the
Mayor. Furthermore the Mayor is asked to instigate the statutory procedures to
enable designation of an area in Lewisham, as defined in the map, as a public
place for the purposes of section 12 of the Act. A list of the streets and a
description of the open spaces involved is also included at Appendix A to this
report. The effect of this would be to control alcohol consumption in the said
designated public place and provide the police with additional powers to deal with
anti-social and unruly individuals who drink alcohol in our streets.
It is recommended that the Mayor approve the proposal for a Drinking
Control Zone under the terms of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001
(and associated regulations) for the area defined in Appendix A to this
report plus the emendation contained in the consultation report, subject
to the agreement of the Council.
4. Narrative and Consultation
4.1 Street drinking has become a long standing and unresolved issue in
Rushey Green, Lewisham High Street and its precincts. A report by
Equinox in 1998, commissioned by London Borough of Lewisham, refers to
Rushey Green as "…a historical drinking site" (Pg. 2). The report further
concludes "The impact of street drinking on Rushey Green is significant
and detrimental to regeneration of the area." (Pg. 3).
4.2 At that time Equinox conducted a survey of businesses: out of 70 retailers
surveyed 70% felt street drinkers were bad for business with the top
concerns being disturbances and intimidation of customers. The majority
of traders were affected on a daily basis and 67% supported a ban on
4.3 This research was repeated in January by Lewisham Wardens and officers
of the Community Safety Team (CST). Lewisham Wardens surveyed
retailers without a Justice’s License. The response demonstrated greater
support for a drinking control zone, 13 out of 13 surveyed.
4.4 As Regulations of the CJPA require all licensees within any control zone to
be consulted the survey was conducted separately to the business survey
of the Wardens. 48 were surveyed and the result showed that 79% of
licensees within the proposed control zone said that such a zone would
be good for business. 96% supported the introduction of a zone and 4%
were unsure, none objected.
4.5 A street survey was conducted by Wardens in Rushey Green in the week
commencing 3 February 2003. A total of 51 people were interviewed.
69% stated that they were aware of street drinkers in Rushey Green. 33%
stated the nature of their concern about street drinkers was around
intimidation and verbal abuse with 49% admitting to feeling that street
drinkers caused them to fear the risk of violence to themselves or their
4.6 Broader public consultation took place with newspaper advertisements
on 26 February (News Shopper) and 4 March (Mercury) and a leaflet
distribution in the affected area in the week commencing 24 February. A
full report on the public consultation process is attached as Appendix B.
There was almost total public support for the zone. Many of the
respondents requested extensions of the zone (outlined in para.4 of
appendix B). Many of these proposed extensions, if adopted, would be
unlawful because there is no current problem with street drinking in those
areas. Residents were concerned with displacement. The one exception
is the inclusion of two parks, Lewisham Park and Ladywell Fields, which are
now recommended for inclusion. The Parks Manager at Regeneration,
supports this development.
4.7 Although Rushey Green and the area around the Lewisham Town Hall is a
traditional drinking location there are similar but less pronounced issues in
the War Memorial Gardens and Lewisham High Street around the Clock
Tower. Lewisham Hospital also have particular problems with drinking in
their A & E Department. The managers of all the railway stations in the
zone have reported nuisance by street drinkers and disorderly behaviour
4.8 The National Action Plan for tackling alcohol related crime, disorder and
nuisance (www.homeoffice.gov.uk/pcrg/aap0700.htm) has three aims,
the second of which is "to reduce public drunkenness". The plan supports
the adoption of CJPA:
"The powers could be enhanced, for example to provide a power of
arrest not conferred by bylaws, and the adoptive procedure would be
simpler and speedier. It could be brought into play if the police and local
authorities consider that it will assist their efforts to tackle alcohol-related
unruly behaviour, particularly in city centres."
4.9 The Commander of Lewisham Police, fully supports the introduction of a
control zone recognising it as the preferred method of dealing with the
low-level anti-social behaviour of street drinkers. The Sector Inspector
responsible for Rushey Green and Lewisham High Street is committed to
policing the zone. Consultation must take place with Greenwich Council
and the commander of Greenwich Police as the proposed zone borders
that Borough. The Superintendent of Greenwich Borough Police
responded that they have no objections to the zone but would monitor
any displacement. The Chief Executive of Greenwich Council has made
4.10 All prosecutions resulting from this legislation would be conducted by the
Police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). The Chief Inspector
managing Lewisham Police Criminal Justice Unit has been briefed on the
scope of the project and has given his commitment to the processes
involved. Bromley Council implemented a control zone in Penge High
Street on 27 June 2002 and to date there have been no prosecutions.
Enforcement to date has amounted to the confiscation of alcohol. There
are no burdens placed upon council services for enforcement.
5.1 The Equinox Report, and the Wardens survey, found wide support for an
outreach worker to street drinkers. ARP (formerly known as Alcohol
Recovery Project) has two years funding for such a post in Lewisham and
a worker has been appointed. This worker is building on the excellent
work started by the Street Wardens who have been instrumental in
diverting street drinkers to appropriate services. It is anticipated that
continued efforts will lead to a general increase in standards of health
and living of street drinkers and to a percentage undertaking full alcohol
5.2 The hope of a "wet centre" in a centrally located supervised premises
where street drinkers can drink alcohol is unlikely to be realised in the
current financial climate. Equinox estimated the cost in 1998 at £500,000
over three years. However, Crisis Recovery UK has opened a day centre
in Lewisham High Street open 11am-2pm for drop in and a mid-day hot
meal. Two outreach workers are operating from this site. A recovery
programme is offered to those seeking help with addictions, primarily
those with alcohol addiction.
5.3 A further option considered has been that of a cordoned off area within
Rushey Green. Street drinkers would be encouraged to use this area to
drink. This would not address the propensity of street drinkers to beg and
intimidate shoppers and, with regard to the general regeneration of
Rushey Green, is less than ideal. The siting of such an area would, no
doubt, be contentious with retailers and residents. An isolated spot
would, conversely, not be attractive to street drinkers as part of their
motivation for coming to Rushey Green is the closeness of alcohol retailers
and the busy street scene. Another disadvantage to a cordoned off area
is that it is unenforceable.
5.4 The last options is the introduction of a Drinking Control Zone. This zone
does not make drinking in public an offence. It only becomes an offence
when an individual refuses to hand over open containers of alcohol or
continues to drink when they have been warned not to. Therefore, police
can target those people who cause an nuisance, annoyance or disorder
when drinking alcohol in public. The possible risks for Drinking Control
Zones are lack of police enforcement and displacement of the nuisance
to nearby areas. As mentioned in para.5 of this report local police
managers are committed to policing the zone. The Beat Manager would
closely monitor displacement. Many of the street drinkers who frequent
Rushey Green travel there by bus and are not local residents. It is not
envisaged that they will travel to the zone and then drink in a nearby side
street. Should this be the case the zone will be supported by action with
the Anti-Social Behaviour Action Team.
6. Financial Implications
6.1 The table below details the estimated cost of the consultation and
implementation of a control zone.
Newspaper Advertising x 2 £7,652.00
Signage for Zone £592.40
Leaflet Campaign (Consultation) £981.50
Leaflet Campaign (Launch) £981.50
6.2 The advertising cost will be incurred twice. There is a statutory
obligations to announce the proposal to implement a zone inviting comment (this
has been done) and then, should it be adopted, an obligation to announce the area
affect and the commencement date. The leaflet campaign will involve the delivery
of an information leaflet to every home and business in and around the zone.
6.3 Costs to date have been £5,057.50 which was met from Safer
Communities Initiative a Home Office funding stream to the Lewisham
Community Safety And Drugs Action Partnership. The remaining funding
requirement of £5,149 will be met in part from Building Safer Communities,
a Home Office funding programme for 2003-04 [£2,000] and the
remainder from within Social Care and Health.
7. Legal Implications
7.1 The legislation specifies various procedural steps that the Council must
take before the Zone takes effect. These include advertising the proposals
in the local press, taking reasonable steps to consult the owners of any
private land which might be affected (for example, shop doorways,
petrol station forecourts, shopping centres), and considering the
responses generated by that consultation.
7.2 The Human Rights Act 1998 has effectively incorporated a large
number of the rights set out in the European Convention on Human
Rights into English law. The Council is under a duty not to act
incompatibly with such of those rights as are relevant to this issue.
7.3 The relevant human rights in this instance are those under:
Article 6, which includes the right to a fair trial by an independent
Article 8, which includes the right of respect for private/family life;
Article 1 of Protocol 1, a person’s right to peaceful enjoyment of
7.4 The drinking control zone would work by giving the police powers to
request people either not to consume alcohol in their possession, or to
surrender that alcohol voluntarily. Criminal liability (and therefore the
issue of a fair trial) will only arise in the event of failure to comply with
such requests. It is well-established that procedures for criminal
prosecutions comply with Article 6.
7.5 The other rights listed above are not absolute, and may lawfully be
infringed in certain defined circumstances. In the case of Article 8, this
includes infringements that are necessary for the protection of the
rights and freedoms of others. With regard to Article 1 of Protocol 1,
infringement is permissible where in the public interest.
7.6 If the Council decides to act in a way which infringes those rights, then
it may only do so in accordance with, or subject to the conditions
provided for by, the law. In this instance, the infringement occurs
through restricting people’s ability to consume alcohol in the proposed
Drinking Control Zone, rather than through seizure of alcohol
(surrendering the container being a matter of choice for the
individual). This restriction can only be introduced in accordance with
the enabling legislation, and its exercise could only occur within the
provisions laid down by the law.
7.7 The infringement must also be proportionate; i.e. it must achieve a fair
balance and not go beyond what is strictly necessary to achieve the
purpose involved. Officers consider that the drinking control zone
would achieve a fair balance between competing interests.
8. Crime and Disorder Implications
The proposed zone will address issues of anti-social behaviour such as disorderly
behaviour, aggressive begging, public urination, public drunkenness and the fear of
crime as referred to above.
9. Equalities Implications
9.1 The age and gender range of street drinkers in Rushey Green/High Street
in the Equinox report was;
76% - male
24% - female
aged predominantly between 26-35 or 46-55 with the majority describing
their ethnic origin as either English or Irish.
9.2 Those most effected by the negative behaviour of street drinkers are the
vulnerable, such as lone women and the elderly, and small independent
retailers. The most worrying effect is the intimidation people suffer from
the behaviour of street drinkers. The needs of street drinkers must be
balanced against the needs of vulnerable people who visit our town
centres and our need to reduce the fear of crime and regenerate our
10. Environmental Implications
10.1 Complaints about street drinkers include references to littering and their
use of doorways and alleyways for urination and defecation. Currently a
street cleaner is deployed 13hrs a day in Rushey Green and it may be
possible to reduce these hours if street drinkers cease littering the area.
The introduction of a Drinking Control Zone is supported by the Project
Manager, Rushey Green Regeneration, the Lewisham Town Centre
Manager, and the Project Manager, Urban Renaissance SRB 6. The
legislation does not effect the drinking of alcohol in street cafés or beer
gardens that form part of licensed premises.
10.2 Any zone established under the CJPA must have "adequate" signage. The
Community Safety Team has worked closely with the Regeneration
Directorate. to establish a level of signage that meets the legal
requirement without being obtrusive. A total of 44 signs would be
purchased for the zone with only 28 featuring on the streets and in the
parks. The other 18 signs will be deployed in the railway stations and the
hospital. The proposed sign has been designed so as not to heighten the
fear of crime but still convey the legally required information (See
appendix C for an example of the proposed sign).
A Drinking Control Zone is the most cost-effective method of dealing with nuisance,
annoyance and disorder caused by the public consumption of alcohol. A zone will
contribute to the regeneration of Rushey Green and Lewisham High Street helping
to create a more welcoming environment and reducing the fear of crime. The ARP
outreach worker will complement these measures and help to balance the
competing needs of people with alcohol problems and the needs of residents,
retailers, and visitors to the town centre.
If you would like further information or have any questions about this report please
contact Sgt. Tony Unthank, Community Safety Team extension 49969 or e-mail
"An Enquiry into Street Drinking" Equinox (1998) - available from Sgt. Unthank.
Road From To
Albacore Crescent junction with Rushey Green junction with Blagdon Road
Albion Way junction with Lewisham High junction with Bonfield Road
Belmont Hill junction with Lee Bridge junction with Lockmead Road
Bradgate Road junction with Rushey Green No. 3
Bromley Road junction with Catford Road junction with Culverly Road
Brookdale Road junction with Holbeach Road junction with Wildfell Road
Brownhill Road junction with Rushey Green junction with Plassy Road
Canadian Ave junction with Catford Road No. 15
Catford Road junction with Bromley Road junction with Ravensbourne Park
Courthill Road junction with Rushey Green United Reform Church
Cressingham junction with Lewisham High junction with Lockmead Road
Davenport Road junction with Rushey Green No. 2A
Felday Road junction with Rushey Green junction with Blagdon Road
George Road junction with Rushey Green junction with Roxley Road
Hawstead Road junction with Rushey Green to the junction with Blagdon Road
Holbeach Road junction with Thomas Lane junction with Morena Street
Honley Road junction with Rushey Green junction with Merryfields Way
Ladywell Road junction with Lewisham High junction with Church Grove
Lewisham Park junction with Rushey Green Plummer Court
Lewisham Park junction with Rushey Green No. 71
Lewisham Road junction with Lewisham High junction with Lewisham Hill
Limes Grove junction with Clipper Way
Loampit Vale junction with Molesworth Railway Bridge adjacent to Lewisham
Street Railway Station
Longbridge Way junction with Rushey Green Leisure Centre Car Park
Morley Road junction with Rushey Green junction with Clipper Way
Mount Pleasant junction with Rushey Green No. 1B
Ringstead Road junction with Rushey Green No. 2
Romborough Way junction with Rushey Green No. 1
Rosenthall Road junction with Rushey Green No. 2A
Sangley Road junction with Bromley Road junction with Plassy Road
Whitburn Road junction with Rushey Green junction with Wears Road
Bredgar House Public spaces
Canadian Avenue Car at the rear of Laurence House
Catford Bridge Railway Stn Precincts and platforms
Catford Island Public spaces
Catford Mews Public spaces
Catford Railway Stn. Precincts and platforms
Charlottenburge Gardens adjoining Molesworth St.
Docklands Light Railway Precincts and platforms
Footpath running from Ladywell Road to St Mary's Church Lewisham High Street
Holbeach Road Car Park Public spaces
Kemsley House Public spaces
Kingshall Mews Car park and playground
Lewisham High Street Pedestrian Area adjacent to Lewisham Centre
Lewisham Hospital Accident & Emergency Department, walkways and
Lewisham Methodist Car Park
Lewisham Railway Station Precincts and platforms
Malling House Public spaces
Quaggy Gardens at the junction with Lewisham High St. and Lewisham
Riverdale Sculpter Park adjoining Molesworth St.
Silk Mills Path
St Mary's Church Grave yard & precincts
St. Saviours Catholic Public spaces
St. Stephen's Church Precincts
United Reform Church Car Park
War Memorial Gardens
Winslade Way Public spaces
This report will summarise the comments received from the Drinking Control Zone
consultation process. It will then answer the points raised by the respondents and
make recommendations to members based on the consultation.
The consultation was carried out by full page advertisements in The News
Shopper and The Mercury and by the distribution of over 4,000 leaflets. 2,500
leaflets were delivered to every residential and business address within and
around the zone.
The Community Safety Team has received 14 responses, 2 by mail and 12 by e-
mail. 4 were from LBL employees, 2 from LBL employees who also live in the
Borough and the remaining 10 from residents. All the respondents fully
supported the implementation of a drinking control zone.
"I must say that I fully support the proposal and firmly believe that this type of
action can only benefit the local environment and provide the general public
with a greater sense of safety and well being. I wish to congratulate you on its
introduction." - A resident.
"We are very strongly in favour of this measure and are pleased to see that our
road … is included in the area." - Local businessman
"I think this is an excellent idea and very long overdue." - A resident.
"My wife and I stopped visiting Catford with our grandchildren over two years
ago because of the nuisance caused by drunks. We think the drinking control
zone is an excellent idea and give it our full support." A resident.
"As someone who works in the Rushey Green area I fully support the proposed
drinking control zone that has been proposed." LBL employee
"I would like to register my very strong objection to the proposed Drinking
Control Zone. I am astonished that Labour-run Lewisham Council is even
considering such a draconian measure with its extremely serious and
unacceptable implications for civil liberties." A Downham Resident (comment
4. Suggestions to the extent of the Zone
A number of the respondents suggested amendments to the boundaries of the
proposed Drinking Control Zone which are listed and addressed as follows;
i) To extend the zone to include Lewisham Park, Ladywell Park and
The Community Safety Team (CST) have not initially included these parks within
the zone. There is, however, evidence of day time drinking in Lewisham Park
and Ladywell Park. Mountsfield Park does not run along side the present zone
and to include it would amount to a sizeable increase in the zone.
ii) To extend the zone to include Nelgarde Road.
Nelgarde Road is a residential road with no seating or overhead cover to
attract street drinkers. There is an off-license at the junction with Catford Road
which is within the zone. Neither the Beat Manager nor the Town Centre
Wardens report a current problem with street drinking in Nelgarde Road.
iii) To extend the zone to include Boyne Road.
This is a residential road with no seating or overhead cover and no history of
iv) To extend the zone to include all of Cressingham Road and the footpath
that joins Cressingham Road to Granville Park.
The footpath does have overhead cover in the form of a railway underpass and
a flight of steps that would be inviting to sit upon. Again, however, there is no
history of street drinking in this area.
v) To extend the zone to the Borough Boundary to include Conington Road
and the area surrounding Tesco.
During the licensee consultation the manager of Tesco stated they had no
problems with street drinking. The introduction of the zone around Tesco,
therefore, has not been pursued. Extending the zone to the Borough boundary
may invite challenge from Greenwich Council.
vi) To extend the zone south to Catford Police Station taking in Randisbourne
This would amount to a 50% increase in the size of the zone. Also, whilst there
may be problems in the specified location, Randisbourne Gardens, it would not
be possible to justify the inclusion of the road that links this to the current
The one respondent who objected to a zone was, like all respondents,
encouraged to also represent their views to their local councillor. The person
concerned then withdrew their comment as they considered the consultation
process to be too complicated. The issue of civil liberties and Human Rights is
addressed in para.8 of the full report.
It must be reiterated that a control zone may only be introduced where there is
a current issue with the public drinking of alcohol. A zone cannot, therefore, be
designed to includes locations dealing with displacement. The majority of the
suggestions made by the respondents would render the zone unlawful.
It is recommended that Ladywell Park and Lewisham Park and the adjoining
Ladywell Railway Station be incorporated within the Drinking Control Zone.
The parks issue cannot be left to the new bye-laws being drafted by the legal
dept.. Since the introduction of the Criminal Justice and Police Act 2001 (under
which the Drinking Control Zone is being imposed) the Home Office produced
model bye-laws for parks specifically omitting any reference to alcohol
consumption. Therefore, if the consumption of alcohol in our parks needs to be
addressed it can only be done through this introduction of a zone or zones
under the CJPA. Members may which to consider introducing a zone into every
park within the Borough.
8. Financial Implications
Further consultation about the parks can be conducted through the Parks User Groups.
There would be no further expense on signage as there have been some economies.
Signage has been drastically reduced after a second survey with Regeneration. A total
of 40 signs will now be deployed (44 if the recommendation for the parks and Ladywell
station are accepted).
9. Environmental Implications
Controlling alcohol consumption within the parks would reduce the amount of
litter and create a more welcoming, less threatening environment.
Whilst the degree of public response has been disappointing the support has been
nearly unanimous. The calls for the extension of the zone may be fuelled by the fear of
displacement. Whilst there may be a risk of some displacement the legislation does not
allow the zone to be shaped by these concerns. Alternative remedies such as Anti-
social behaviour orders may be deployed in such cases.