Mayor and Cabinet London Borough of Lewisham by alicejenny



                               MAYOR AND CABINET
Date:                  WEDNESDAY, 4 JUNE 2003 at 6.30 p.m.

Committee Room 2                                        **Please note time of meeting**
Civic Suite
Lewisham Town Hall
London SE6 4RU

                                                                                                                 A G E N D A
                                                                                                                 A G E N D A
Enquiries to:             Mike Brown
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
Barry Quirk
Chief Executive
Lewisham Town Hall
London SE6 4RU
Date: 27 May 2003

  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 available in additional formats on request.

Item                                                                                           Page
No.                                                                                            No.

  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
  7                                                                                              24
          Response to Lifelong Learning Select Committee – Education
          Development Plan and Access Plan
  8                                                                                              36
          Greenvale Special School : Determination of Proposals for Resiting
          and Expansion
  9                                                                                              41
          Decanting of Ipswich House on Honor Oak Estate
 10                                                                                              49
          Environmental Statement 2001/02
 11                                                                                              102
          Drinking Control Zone
 12                                                                                               -
          Sixth Form Centre – Preferred Design Solution (To follow)
 13                                                                                               -
          Framework for Multi-Agency Environments (To follow)
 14                                                                                               -
          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.


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 ).


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


    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:-

                                             101        Minutes

    4             APPOINTMENT OF LEA GOVERNORS (page                            and
                  Appendix page

                  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

                  STRATEGIC PLAN (page

                  RESOLVED                   that the response be agreed and referred        EDSC &
                                             to the Social Care & Health and Lifelong        H/Cttee
                                             Learning Committees.                            Clerk

                  COMMITTEE'S RECOMMENDATIONS (page and
                  Appendices page

                  RESOLVED                   that

                                             (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.

                  ROAD RESURFACING PROGRAMME (page and
                  Appendices page

                  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.

                  RESOLVED                   that

                                             (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


                  RESOLVED                   that

                                             (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
                  Appendix page

                  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.

                  RESOLVED                   that

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.



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
the Act:-

           101        Report on 2003/04 Social Housing Programme and Outturn
                      for 2002/03

           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


                                UPDATE ON MENTAL HEALTH DEVELOPMENT
Key Decision                    NO                                           Item No.

Ward                            All

                                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.

2.         Recommendations

     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
           Service .

3.       Narrative

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
           service developments.

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

5.1        General
           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
           under development.

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.
                                   BACKGROUND PAPERS

            Short title of                  Date of               Location       Reference     Contact
            document                        document                                           Officer

            Health Act
            2003/4                          23rd April            Gov. Support   Minute Book   M Brown
            Mayor and                       2003
            Health Act
            Flexibilities                                                                                "
            Care and                                                    "              "
            An Update on
            Mental Health
            Developments                    13th
            Social Care                     February                    "              "                 "
            and                             2003
            Health Act                                                                                   "
            Flexibilities                   11th                        "              "
            Mayor                           December
            and Cabinet                     2003
                                            December                    "              "                 "
     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

Key Decision                 NO                                       Item No.


                         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
              and Cabinet.

   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
                   the borough.

   1.3        This report provides a response to those issues.

   2.         Recommendations

   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
           best consideration.

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
           two stations.

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
           Civic Suite.

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
           reported separately.

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        UDP

               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
               strategy (SDS).

       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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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
                                                         during inspections)

                                                                       Total £19,100

           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.

2.         Recommendations

           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. Response

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.

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If there are any queries on this report please contact Darien Goodwin (ext.
49956) or Nigel Tyrell (ext. 49957), Regeneration Directorate.

                                                       MAYOR AND CABINET

Key Decision                   NO                                             Item No. 7



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
                 Access Plan.

          2. Recommendations

                 It is recommended that the Mayor and Cabinet note the points raised by
                 the Lifelong Learning Committee and agree the response.

          3.         Background

                 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

                     Point 1

                     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

           Point 2

         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
           these pupils.

           Point 3

           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.

           Point 4

      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.

           Point 5

          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.

           Point 6

           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.

           Point 7

           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.

           Point 8

           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

           Point 1

           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
           involve parents/carers.

                                                                   Point 2

           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.

           Point 3

           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.

                                                                   Point 4

           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
           Point 5

           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
           Protection Team.

           Visits will be made to the pilot Extended Schools to learn about their
           practice of ensuring the well-being of children.

                                                                   Point 6

           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

           Point 7

           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.

                                                                   Point 8

        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.

                                                                           Point 9

                   The committee should be briefed on progress with the inclusivity
                   performance indicator.


                   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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MAYOR AND CABINET                                                 4 JUNE 2003
                                                                  APPENDIX 1
                                                                  ITEM NO. 7

Raising Attainment at KS2

Primary Strategy.
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
the EDP;
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
focused onY6.

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
                   Y2/3 transition
 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

                                RESITING AND EXPANSION
Key Decision                           YES                                      Item No.


                                DIRECTOR FOR RESOURCES/HEAD OF LAW
Class                           Part 1                                 Date: 4 JUNE 2003

               1.         Summary

               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
                          100 places.

               2.         Recommendations

                          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
                          the proposals.

           3.         Background

      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.

           10.        Conclusion

      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.

                                                    BACKGROUND PAPERS

        Short title                        Date                   File        Contact       Exempt
        of document                                               location    officer       information

        Resiting and                       25/09/2002             2nd floor   David Welch
        expansion of                                              Laurence
        Greenvale                                                 Hse
        Special School
                                                                              David Welch
        Resiting and                       29/01/2003             2nd floor
        expansion of                                              Laurence
        Greenvale                                                 Hse
        Special School –
        Issuing of Public

If you would like more information or have any questions on this report please
contact David Welch, Education and Culture Directorate, 2nd floor, Laurence
House, 1 Catford Road, SE6 4RU. Tel 8314 6207

MAYOR AND CABINET                                                     4 JUNE 2003
                                                                      APPENDIX A
                                                                      ITEM NO. 8

                                         LONDON BOROUGH OF LEWISHAM


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.


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

         1.             Summary

                      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.

         2.            Recommendations

                     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.           Background

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
             social housing.

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.          Decanting

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
           most cases.

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.

  Financial Implications

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.        Conclusion

     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
                                                                  APPENDIX A
                                                                  ITEM NO.


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


Report Title                    ENVIRONMENTAL STATEMENT 2001/02

Key Decision                    YES                                               Item No. 10



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.

    2.         Recommendation

             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
               Value Programme.

    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
      EMAS/ISO14001 standard.

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.         Progress

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
           and intranet

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.

                                                    BACKGROUND PAPERS


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
                                                                  ITEM NO.












49.        FEEDBACK


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


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.

Barry Quirk


The Council consists of four Directorates which provide the following services:

Resources                       AccessPoint
                                Revenues and Benefits
                                Corporate policy and governance
                                Press and Communications
                                Property Management
                                Legal Services
                                E Government - Information technology
                                Energy Management
                                Strategic Finance and Advice
                                Financial Management
                                Audit & Programme Management

Regeneration                    Planning
                                Economic Development
                                Housing and urban renewal
                                Transport and Fleet
                                Environmental Protection
                                Refuse and recycling collection
                                Parks and Nature Conservation
                                Street cleaning
                                Trading Standards
                                Cemeteries and Cremation service
                                Registry office

Education and Culture
                   School Effectiveness
                   Special Educational Needs
                   Early Years
                   Adult Education
                   Arts, libraries
                   Lewisham Theatre
                   Sports and Community Recreation

Social Care and Health
                   Child protection
                   Adult Care
                                  Home Care
                                  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
44 parks
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.

The physical environment is the foundation on which our human society and economy
are based.


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
Environmental Statement.


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

  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
for life.
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
environmental quality.

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
  and partners

  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.

     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/
                                                                       IMPACT                   INDIRECT
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
         composting targets

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
         natural environment

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
                                                                       significant products
                                                                        and materials

8.        To protect and enhance biodiversity in the borough's          Natural Environment    Direct
          open spaces

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/
                                                                        pollution              Indirect

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/
                                                                        environmentally        Indirect
                                                                        significant products
                                                                        and materials


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
Resources Directorates.

OFFICE WASTE                                                      Office paper
                                                                  Stationery, card and other
                                                                  office materials
                                                                  Computers and monitors
                                                                  Toner cartridges
COUNCIL PREMISES REPAIRS                                          General Building waste
COUNCIL HOUSING REPAIRS                                           General building waste
TRANSPORT FLEET WORKSHOP                                          Scrapped tyres
                                                                  Waste parts
PUBLIC ROAD AND PAVEMENT RENEWAL AND                              Waste paving slabs
                                        Waste lighting columns
                                        Redundant signs, bollards,
                                        bins, seats etc
OPEN SPACE LANDSCAPING AND              Concrete
                                                                  Park fencing, lighting and
                                                                  Green waste

FLEET WORKSHOP                                                    Waste oil
                                                                  Brake fluid
GROUNDS MAINTENANCE                                               Pesticides
                                                                  Other chemicals
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.

   1200                                             Tonnes of waste
   1000                                             from council
    800                                             offices and other
    600                                             premises

              Office    Other Total

             Waste from Council Housing repairs


                                                  Waste from
             2200                                 Housing
             2100                                 repairs







                     Average quantity of waste per repair


                    16.5                                   Average
                      16                                   quantity of
                    15.5                                   waste per
                      15                                   repair job
                             2000/1      2001/2


   1200                                               Scrapped
   1000                                               tyres
    800                                               Waste parts






















The following table gives examples of total disposal costs for different waste streams



                                                        COST OF WASTE

                                                        DISPOSAL 2001/2


                       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
March 2002.

              Information Technology equipment
                       inventory 2001/2

                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
       20%                                                                                                          externally
        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.

                 30.00                                                                                            cost/tonne

                 25.00                                                                                            of
                 20.00                                                                                            recycling
                 10.00                                                                                            cost/tonne
                  5.00                                                                                            of disposal
                                              Housing repairs mixed
                         white office paper

                                                                      Housing repairs metal

                                                                                              road and pavement
                                                                                                  mixed waste

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

                                                           Gallons of
                                                           waste oil









Pesticides purchased, used and disposed of
   400.00                                                                     2000/01
   300.00                                                                     2001/2
               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
          8000.00                                purchased

          6000.00                                cost of pesticide
          4000.00                                disposal
                      2000/01     2001/2

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
                             an IT
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
              IT EQUIPMENT

                         Staff ring IT Helpdesk when want equipment removed.
                         Equipment assessed by the IT provider Fujitsu - some reused
                          within Council.
                         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.

           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
           virgin aggregates.

           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.


                   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
                           wastes for
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.


 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


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
and adopted.
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.

Staff Commuting
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
                                                                  MODE OF
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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
   15.0%                                                                       travelling
   10.0%                                                                       distance
              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

                                                                      % staff
   20.0%                                                              parking
   10.0%                                                              by
                       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
                    780,000                                               council
                    760,000                                               business
                               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

             215,000                                                       mileage
             210,000                                                       £











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.

       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
       reduce travel.

       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.

       Public transport
       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
       Council staff
       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
       Responsible driving.

       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
       Lewisham employees.

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.

 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
                                            term targets

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
              116,000                                         domestic
              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


               8000                                     waste

                                                        clinical waste

               4000                                     abandoned

                       1999/00 2000/01 2001/2

Destination of domestic waste

                                                            % total tonnage
       100%                                                 of household
          90%                                               waste recycled
          60%                                               % total tonnage
                                                            of household
                                                            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
being introduced.

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.

 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.

Council Housing
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
                                                Average SAP
   60                                           rating of all
   50                                           Lewisham
   40                                           Council dwellings

                                                Average SAP
   20                                           ratings of council
   10                                           dwellings
     0                                          refurbished
          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
2001/02 were:

 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
Eco Centre.

 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 nature
                                                importance or
                                                % of borough land
                                                which is non
                                                classified public
                                                or private open
                                                % of built and
                                                other land

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.
                             However its
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
                            resources for
schools and universities. The Creekside Education trust was consolidated and
                            registered as
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
                             of the
borough, it includes a wildlife gardening category which has the potential to link
                             residents into
the Biodiversity Action Plan.

 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
environmental objectives.

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
through redevelopment.

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.

 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.

           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
           product specifications.

           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,
           wherever possible.

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
management systems.

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
                           systems in
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
   electronic goods
 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
these contracts.

8.5% of stationery products offered by the main Council approved stationery catalogue
verified of high environmental performance. However, no measurement was
                           undertaken of
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

 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
  Council services
 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.
                                                                                        London squares

                                                                      Nature reserves


                                                                                                         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
February 2002.

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

 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
  spaces strategy
 Ensure all environmental performance indicators related to parks and open spaces
  are monitored


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
electric battery.

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.
 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
    and plant
 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
                                                                          supply procured
        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



                                        30                                                  2000/01


                                              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
individual basis.

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
energy consumption.

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.

 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%.

 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
previous year.

   10,000                                       Number of fly tips
     8,000                                      reported and
     6,000                                      removed
             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
previous year.


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
Environmental Statement.

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 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.


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

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.

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.

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.

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
when finalised.

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.

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
Environment Division
Regeneration Directorate
Wearside Service Centre

Tel: 020 8314 2559

                                                         MAYOR AND CABINET

Report Title                    DRINKING CONTROL ZONE

Key Decision                    YES                                                     Item No.11

Ward                            RUSHEY GREEN/LEWISHAM CENTRAL


Class                           Part 1                                       Date: 4 JUNE 2003

    1. Summary

    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
           that purpose.

    2. Purpose

           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.

3. Recommendation

           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
           street drinking.

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
           by revellers.

4.8        The National Action Plan for tackling alcohol related crime, disorder and
           nuisance ( 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
           no comment.

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. Options

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
           Total                                                  £10,207.40

       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
                their possessions.

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
           town centres.

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).

11. Conclusion

       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

                                                  Background Papers

"An Enquiry into Street Drinking" Equinox (1998) - available from Sgt. Unthank.

                                                                  Appendix A

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 Broadway
Catford Road      junction with Bromley Road                      junction with Ravensbourne Park
Clipper Way
Courthill Road    junction with Rushey Green                      United Reform Church
Cressingham       junction with Lewisham High                     junction with Lockmead Road
Road              Street
Davenport Road junction with Rushey Green                         No. 2A
Engate Street
Felday Road       junction with Rushey Green                      junction with Blagdon Road
George Road       junction with Rushey Green                      junction with Roxley Road
Granville Grove
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
Kingshall Mews
Ladywell Road     junction with Lewisham High                     junction with Church Grove
Lee Bridge
Legge Street
Lewis Grove
Lewisham High
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
Lockmead Road
Longbridge Way junction with Rushey Green                         Leisure Centre Car Park
Mercia Grove
Merryfields Way
Molesworth Street
Morena Street
Morley Road       junction with Rushey Green                      junction with Clipper Way
Mount Pleasant    junction with Rushey Green                      No. 1B
Myron Place
Patrol Place
Plassy Road
Rennell Street
Ringstead Road                  junction with Rushey Green        No. 2
Romborough Way                  junction with Rushey Green        No. 1
Rosenthall Road                 junction with Rushey Green        No. 2A
Roxley Road
Rushey Green
Sangley Road                    junction with Bromley Road        junction with Plassy Road
St. Stephens
Station Approach
Station Road
Thomas Lane
Whitburn Road                   junction with Rushey Green        junction with Wears Road
Wildfell Road

Location                   Description
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
                           Hosp. Grounds
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

                                                                             Appendix B

                                                       Consultation Report

1. Purpose

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.

2. Respondents

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
later withdrawn).

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
           Mountsfield Park.

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
street drinking.

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
proposed zone.

5. Objectors

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.

6. Recommendations

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.

7. Options

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.

10. Conclusion

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.
                                                                  Appendix C


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