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					COUNCIL, 4 FEBURARY 2009
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

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Parking bays for disabled people - barriers To the Cabinet Member for StreetCare & Customer Services (Councillor Barry Tebbutt) By Councillor Gillian Ford: Could the Cabinet member advise what costs were incurred for the installation and subsequent removal of the blue lowerable disabled barriers on a number of disabled parking bays throughout the borough?
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The installation of Handipark Barriers was a Transport for London (TfL) funded initiative. Barriers were installed in various car parks across the borough, however, vandalism has resulted in the scope of the initiative being scaled back to car parks that have good CCTV coverage and/or where vandalism to the barriers has not been a problem. The total cost falling toTfL was £36,150 with none falling to the Council. 2 Tenants’ choice of housing management provider To the Cabinet Member for Housing, Public Protection & Regeneration (Councillor Michael Armstrong) By Councillor Jeffrey Tucker: At the last Full Council meeting, Cabinet member for Housing, Councillor Michael Armstrong, generously shared the credit for introducing the ALMO with Havering tenants. He said “80% of tenants responding to a Council questionnaire had supported the ALMO”. Can he confirm that this questionnaire only offered a choice between the ALMO and a Housing Association and that an earlier questionnaire which included the status quo as an option, had been rejected because the status quo was the most popular choice?
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No
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Council funds - investment decisions To the Cabinet Member for Finance & Commerce (Councillor Roger Ramsey) By Councillor Jeffrey Tucker: Councillor Roger Ramsey, Cabinet member for Finance, initially said that he was not responsible for any losses in the Icelandic banks. This was because 1) it was not his decision 2) he was not consulted about the decision 3) it would be unprofessional for him to have any say in how Council funds are „invested‟. Except at the last Full Council meeting he said ALL councillors (which presumably includes him) shared responsibility for any losses incurred. Please can Councillor Ramsey clarify whether he accepts any responsibility for the decision to „invest‟ Council-taxpayers money in the Icelandic banks?
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In his question Cllr Tucker misquotes me in relation to my response to his questioning and then asks me do a clarification. I trust that he will appreciate that this is not feasible. However in order to try and assist, I will restate the position concerning the operation of the Council‟s Treasury Management arrangements. It is firstly necessary to bear in mind the distinction between the setting of the Council‟s Treasury Management Policy and Strategy and its implementation by making individual investments. As I stated at the last meeting the Treasury Management Policy and Strategy is agreed by all Members. This last occurred in February 2008 at the budget setting meeting, when the recommendations of the Chief Executive and the Chief Financial Officer were accepted by the Council as a whole. These recommendations followed standard Local Government practice. The Council as a whole, therefore, is responsible as a body for this. As I also stated at the last Council meeting individual investment transactions are taken on a daily basis by Officers in accordance with this policy and strategy. Neither I nor any other Member makes, or is empowered to make, individual decisions on investments. I monitor the implementation of this during the year and ensure that Treasury Management practices are up to date. The next review and decision concerning the Council‟s Treasury Management Policy and Strategy will be taken by Full Council at its meeting scheduled for the 25th February 2009.
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All of these matters were explained in considerable detail in a substantial briefing document given to Councillor Tucker and other Group Leaders by the Directorate of Finance and Commerce in October 2008.

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Voting at meetings of the Regulatory Services Committee To the Chairman of the Regulatory Services Committee (Councillor Roger Evans) By Councillor Jeffrey Tucker: At the last Full Council meeting, Councillor Roger Evans, Chairman of the Regulatory Services Committee, said councillors should not involve themselves in issues outside their own wards! If sincere, will he now refuse to vote on any planning applications, outside Elm Park?
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At the last Council meeting I expressed my concern that Cllr Tucker had chosen to present evidence to a public inquiry in opposition to enforcement action agreed unanimously by the regulatory services committee. I did not state that councillors should not involve themselves in issues outside their own wards, indeed I encourage members to present their cases to the regulatory services committee through an agreed process. Therefore I will not be restricting my vote in the way that Cllr Tucker suggests

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Gaynes Road Car Park – parking and penalty charges To the Cabinet Member for StreetCare & Customer Services (Councillor Barry Tebbutt) By Councillor Linda Van Den Hende: Would the Cabinet Member please set out the conditions and arrangements for car park charges at Gaynes Road, Upminster (Aldi's) car park and how the current dual-system of penalty charges is implemented and monitored?
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The Council lease the facility to Aldi Stores Ltd but the facility remains a public car park for all to use and it is not a facility exclusively for the use of Aldi customers. The car park has a Traffic Management Order covering its operation as a Pay and Display car park with a two hour maximum stay. The Council's Civil Enforcement Officers undertake enforcement activity in the car park in respect of those who do not pay and display and those who park illegally in disabled parking spaces or out of bay. The enforcement of those who overstay the two hour maximum is carried out automatically using an automatic number plate recognition system operated by Parking Eye Ltd on behalf of Aldi Stores Ltd. Parking Eye Ltd do not issue Penalty Charge Notices but instead issue Parking Charge Notices requesting those who have overstayed the maximum two hour limit to pay a parking charge for doing so. The Council does not contract with Parking Eye Ltd nor does it receive any income from charges received by Parking Eye Ltd or Aldi Stores Ltd from those who have been charged for overstaying.

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Receipts from new service charges To the Cabinet Member for Housing, Public Protection & Regeneration (Councillor Michael Armstrong) By Councillor Keith Darvill: Will the Cabinet Member for Housing, Public Protection & Regeneration disclose the anticipated receipts of new service charges from Tenants for the year 2008/09 and 2009/2010 for the following:Bulk Refuse Service Neighbourhood Warden Service Extra Cleaning Services Mobile and Fixed CCTV Service

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A) B) C)

Bulk Refuse is £191,869 for both years. Neighbourhood Warden is £481,913 for both years. Extra Cleaning is £62,402 for 2008-2009 and £96,622 for 2009-2010. 20082009 was for 31 weeks only 4

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D)

CCTV is £366,160 for 2008-2009 and £322,301 for 2009 - 2010. 20082009 was for 31 weeks only.

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Briar Road Estate – Housing Options –Timetable To the Cabinet Member for Housing, Public Protection & Regeneration (Councillor Michael Armstrong) By Councillor Keith Darvill: Will either the Deputy Leader of the Council or the Cabinet Member for Housing, Public Protection and Regeneration make a statement about the timetable for the consultation with residents of the Briar Road Estate about future housing options including possible regeneration detailing in his statement amongst other things the closing date for the initial consultation and the anticipated date that the Cabinet will make a decision as to what option to pursue?
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The next steps in the Briar Road Estate Housing Options consultation will be as follows:     a resident survey conducted by an independent agency is planned across the estate for February as a test of opinion; the results of the survey, along with all the other feedback received from residents will then be published; a decision will be taken in April on whether or not to investigate the regeneration option further; work on the Decent Homes option will continue.

Our thinking is to hold one more residents meeting at this initial stage to discuss the results of the survey and other feedback, probably towards the end of March. The date of this meeting is likely to be the closing date for feedback on this initial stage, although this has yet to be finalised.

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Forthcoming Inspection of Homes in Havering Housing Services To the Cabinet Member for Housing, Public Protection & Regeneration (Councillor Michael Armstrong) By Councillor Keith Darvill:

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When does the Cabinet Member for Housing, Public Protection & Regeneration anticipate that the next inspection by the Audit Commission will take place in Havering to determine the star rating of the Council‟s Housing Services?
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The Board of Homes in Havering have booked a re-inspection with the Audit Commission in September 2009.

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Gallows Corner To the Cabinet Member for StreetCare & Customer Services (Councillor Barry Tebbutt) By Councillor Keith Darvill: What representations have the Council made to the Highways Agency and Transport for London about the continuing disruption caused by the delay in completing the works to the Gallows Corner Fly-Over which are causing great inconvenience to residents throughout the Borough and in particular to those living in Harold Hill.
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The Council sought to bring about an early improvement in the situation throughout last year in discussions with Transport for London and it continues to do so. Most recently, the Leader of the Council and the Chief Executive met the Transport for London Commissioner in mid-January 2009 and emphasised, again, the Council‟s deep concern and, further, its disappointment about how Transport for London had failed to disseminate information on the closure and the repair programme. Harold Hill Ambitions – Employment of Consultants To the Deputy Leader of the Council (Councillor Steven Kelly) By Councillor Keith Darvill: Will the Deputy Leader of the Council disclose the total cost to date of employing consultants in connection with the Harold Hill Ambitions Project.
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The total cost of employing consultants to support development of the project and the extensive communications and consultation programme was £225,953. The increase over the costs envisaged in the original Cabinet Report was as a result of the need for complex financial appraisals to ensure viability and, in particular, a more extensive community consultation programme. As a result of the extensive consultation programme over 1,200 local residents participated in the initial consultation. The consultation on proposals attracted more than 1,000 people to the Harold Hill Ambitions Festival, in addition 4,000 Ambitions proposal documents were distributed and 16,000 summaries were sent to every home in Harold Hill to engage local people and ensure their views were reflected in the final Ambitions proposals. Children’s Trust Partners To the Cabinet Member for Education & Children’s Services (Councillor Geoffrey Starns) By Councillor Keith Darvill: What steps has the Cabinet Member for Education and Children‟s Services taken to make the Children‟s Trust Partners aware of their shared responsibility for improving outcomes for all children and narrowing the outcomes gap as well as the need to gather information to review and improve their own contributions.
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As chairman of the Children‟s Trust Board I am regularly able to discuss all of the issues with the Council‟s partners in the Children‟s Trust. The Trust also receives at Board meetings a performance report which deals with all agencies contribution towards specific performance targets contained within the Children and Young People‟s Plan and covering all of the five outcomes under Every Child Matters. Members will be interested to know that new guidance has been published relating to Children‟s Trusts and papers in response to this will be brought forward over the next few months.

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Children’s Services – Outcomes To the Cabinet Member for Education & Children’s Services (Councillor Geoffrey Starns) By Councillor Keith Darvill: What steps has the Cabinet Member for Education and Children‟s Services taken to ensure that robust governance and monitoring frameworks are in place within the Council and in Local Partnerships to ensure better outcomes of children‟s services?
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As the achievement of better outcomes for children is central to my role as Lead Member the main focus of my activity is geared towards this end. More specifically, however, I would draw attention to the following:  I meet for a lengthy briefing with all Heads of Service in Children‟s Services every two weeks and receive a full brief on all aspects of the service and take the opportunity to ask searching, detailed questions through my role as Chair of the Children‟s Trust I lead detailed discussion on the Performance Report and the Children and Young People‟s Plan I have regular briefing meetings with the Group Director, Social Care and Learning I regularly visit schools and have detailed discussions with Head teachers I have a termly meeting with Chairs of Governors of the Borough‟s schools. I frequently attend meetings of the Children‟s services Overview and Scrutiny Committee

    

Through these and other means I ensure that I am abreast of performance across services for children and of the views of key partners on these issues

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Accuracy of Information To the Cabinet Member for Education & Children’s Services (Councillor Geoffrey Starns) By Councillor Keith Darvill: What steps has the Cabinet Member for Education and Children‟s Services taken to ensure the accuracy of information on the well being of individual children in local authority care?
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Information and data regarding children in the care of the local authority (i.e. looked after children) is required to be comprehensive ranging from when they have been visited to details of individual appointments to medical practitioners. Much of the data has to be reported to Central Government and influences their assessment of the LAs performance. Therefore the accuracy of this data is vitally important. The data is kept on a secure database called Isis and in addition local databases are maintained to both act as a way of producing data reports and as a form of verifying accuracy. Data is gathered manually from a number of sources and this can be cross checked to ensure accuracy. In addition there are checks by managers and certain independent staff to ensure that what is recorded is correct. Much of the data is shared with the young people and/or their carers and this also acts as a check on it's accuracy. Data is regularly shared with all politicians and the Overview & Scrutiny Committee take a particular interest in the reports. Every child in the care of the LA has an independent person who chairs their review meetings and ensures that the plans for the child are appropriate and carried out. This will include whether proper attention is paid to the health needs of every child and their general well-being such as school attendance, diet, hobbies, exercise etc. and that this is accurately recorded. The accuracy of records and data is also part of the overall performance management for all staff involved in its collection and retention.

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Charges – VAT reduction To the Cabinet Member for Finance & Commerce (Councillor Roger Ramsey) By Councillor Ray Morgon With VAT reduced from 17.5% to 15% as from 1 December 2008, would the Cabinet Member confirm: (a) if this has been passed on to customers in full (eg off street car parking)? (b) if not, how much extra income will be collected by the Council in 2008/09 and projected for 2009/10 due to the reduction?
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All fees and charges inclusive of VAT have been revised to reflect the reduced level of VAT. In addition, the level of VAT applied to all exclusive charges has also been amended. The only exception to this is for parking charges, where the cost of changing equipment and signage was considerably more than the reduced amount of VAT that would be collected. The actual amount is obviously subject to usage, and has been estimated at around £10k to £20k over a full year. Car Parks – supplementary information To the Cabinet Member for StreetCare & Customer Services (Councillor Barry Tebbutt) By Councillor Barbara Matthews: Further to Questions 2 and 3 at the Council Meeting of 10 December 2008 and responding to supplementaries on both these questions relating to Hornchurch Car Parks, you agreed to provide Members with similar data and information on all car parks. When will this information be forthcoming please?
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a) Total income received for other car parks outside of Romford Town Centre between 1/4/08 and 3/10/08 was £104,136.40. b) Total revenue expenditure was £102,322 c) Total capital expenditure for 20 Pay and Display machines was £79,524.60
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The cleansing regime is operated the same way as in Hornchurch car parks i.e. the bins are emptied twice per week. Litter picking is carried out fortnightly and there is a mechanical sweep fortnightly. These functions are undertaken by StreetCare. In addition car park officers monitor the car parks and will react to any problems identified by them or on report by the public.. Close liaison between StreetCare‟s cleaning service and the Car Parks Manager is maintained at all times. 16 Footway maintenance To the Cabinet Member for StreetCare & Customer Services (Councillor Barry Tebbutt) By Councillor Andy Mann: Would the Cabinet Member provide expenditure details of footway maintenance, per ward, in each of the last two financial years and estimated spend for the year ending 31st March 2009?
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I am happy to provide the Councillor with this information. Given the level of detail, I will provide the answer in written form.

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Carriageway maintenance To the Cabinet Member for StreetCare & Customer Services (Councillor Barry Tebbutt) By Councillor Andy Mann: Would the Cabinet Member provide expenditure details of carriageway maintenance, per ward, in each of the last two financial years and estimated spend for the year ending 31st March 2009?
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I am happy to provide the Councillor with this information. Given the level of detail, I will provide the answer in written form.

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Youth Champion – activities To the Member Champion for Youth (Councillor Gary Adams) By Councillor Gillian Ford: Following on from the Youth Champions request for questions at the last Council meeting, how many youth events has the Youth Champion attended in the last 6 months?
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Before responding, I must correct the basis on which the questioner leads. At the last full meeting of the Council, the questioner asked the Lead Member for Legal and Democratic Services a direct question regarding Local Democracy Week. She then addressed her supplementary to both the cabinet member and myself, which is inconsistent with Council procedural rule 10.6. Following the response form the Lead Member, I indicated that should the question be correctly put, then I would be happy to answer at the following meeting. I have the right to write a balanced, measured and informed answer. It is interesting to note that the original matter being enquired about at the last meeting is in fact the last question put to me this evening. To respond to the question that has been put, in the last six months my sole activity as Youth Champion has been the attempted resolution of an ongoing dispute at the Betty Strathern Centre in respect of their Youth Club. I tried to open effective communication lines, taking a pragmatic approach in respect of the issues at hand. However, because I was unwilling to concede on a number of items in the lease, I was advised that my assistance was no longer required. I approached the resolution of this matter in a balanced and fair manner; however I was not prepared to give support on one particular issue on contention. Ever since signing the application to the Lottery Fund for the centre, I have been kept updated with its progress. I am happy to say that when recently updating with officers at the Council and Homes in Havering, my understanding is that the matter with the Youth Club is near resolution. This particular case is the only one I have dealt with in the last six months. Despite visiting the centre on several occasions, I undertook the resolution of this
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matter via telephone and email correspondence and through a discussion in Central Romford. All of my other activities as Youth Champion since May 2006 are broadly covered in the annual reports to Council. However, these do not mention a number of smaller meetings and visits undertaken or correspondence that I have entered into. Youth Champion – engagement with Youth Parliament To the Member Champion for Youth (Councillor Gary Adams) By Councillor Gillian Ford: What engagement has the Youth Champion undertaken with Havering's Youth Parliament?
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I have never heard of the Havering Youth Parliament. However, I imagine the questioner may have confused the following two bodies:  Havering Youth Council  UK Youth Parliament, (there are two Members (and two deputies) from Havering).

In respect of her question, I have had no involvement with the Havering Youth Parliament as I do not believe it exists. I recommend that the questioner uses the supplementary question to ask me about Havering Youth Council and/or the UK Youth Parliament which maybe of interest to her and other members.

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External consultants To the Cabinet Member for Finance & Commerce (Councillor Roger Ramsey) By Councillor Ray Morgon: Would the Cabinet Member state the level of expenditure on external consultants in each of the last two financial years and estimated spend for the year ending 31st March 2009?
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Actual spend in the two preceding financial years is 2006/07 £1.5m and 2007/08 £1.5m (actually £1,503k and £1,463 respectively). The estimated spend in 2008/09 is also £1.5m, but this is a provisional figure at this stage of the year.

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CCTV Car To the Cabinet Member for StreetCare & Customer Services (Councillor Barry Tebbutt) By Councillor Andy Mann: Would the Cabinet Member provide figures for: (a) Total number of PCN‟s issued by the CCTV parking enforcement vehicle for 2007/08 and how many appeals set against that figure? (b) How many PCN‟s has the CCTV car issued to date in 2008/09?
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a) The total number of penalty charges issued by the CCTV parking enforcement vehicle for 2007/08 was 23,134. b) Total number of appeals set against this figure = 8,965

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Living in Havering - cost To the Cabinet Member for Legal & Democratic Services (Councillor Eric Munday) By Councillor Clarence Barrett: Would the Cabinet Member provide a detailed breakdown of the 2008/09 total gross annual cost of the fortnightly “Living” Newspaper?
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Unfortunately the detailed breakdown of the total gross cost of Living for 2008/09 will not be available until some time after 31 March 2009. I believe you have already been advised of the forecast gross cost for the year.

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Living in Havering - income To the Cabinet Member for Legal & Democratic Services (Councillor Eric Munday) By Councillor Clarence Barrett: Would the Cabinet Member state the total advertising and other income received to date and projected to the end of the financial year for 2008/09 in respect of the fortnightly “Living” newspaper?
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The total advertising revenue to 3 February was £152,000 and the forecast to end March is a conservative £190,000. Putting these bald figures into context, one should bear in mind that this year has been a trial period and that at its beginning the advertising revenue was at a very low base, but now there is a competent advertising manager in post the revenue is growing in volume, with further avenues to be explored. Living provides residents with information on what is taking place across the borough and what services are provided by the council and is increasingly well regarded as a means of consulting with and informing residents of new initiatives.

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Speed cameras To the Cabinet Member for StreetCare & Customer Services (Councillor Barry Tebbutt) By Councillor Barbara Matthews: Would the Cabinet Member confirm how many speed cameras are located in the borough?
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Fixed speed cameras in the borough are owned and operated by the London Safety Camera Partnership. Information supplied by the Partnership on 23 January 2009 indicates that there are 22 cameras in the borough.

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Local Democracy Week – community engagement at the Brewery To the Cabinet Member for Legal & Democratic Services (Councillor Eric Munday) By Councillor Gillian Ford: Would the Cabinet Member provide this Council with the public feedback responses sourced at the community engagement event, held at the Brewery during Local Democracy Week?
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A selection of comments – both positive and negative - were published in Living. The feedback on the Big Map exercise at the Brewery has been collated, along with feedback from the same exercise at the Havering Show. The Big Map will tour the borough throughout 2009, as part of the Better Together campaign. We can then use the key trends that emerge, alongside those from other surveys and consultation exercises, to help shape services in Havering. Local Democracy Week – youth activities To the Member Champion for Youth (Councillor Gary Adams) By Councillor Gillian Ford: Would the Youth Champion advise this Council what youth involvement activities were organised during Local Democracy Week and what youth engagement activities has the Youth Champion got planned for the remainder of this municipal year?
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In 2007, Local Democracy Week focused solely on getting young people involved with, and aware of their local Council. I gave a talk to school children in Rainham and also assisted in the planning for the week, which included a video booth, competition and a political speed-dating event. In 2008, the Council widened the scope of the activities to involve residents of all ages. Residents were given the opportunity, at a “Meet the Cabinet” morning, to speak to cabinet members in Romford market. In a separate event, at the
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Brewery, shoppers were encouraged to write their likes and dislikes about their local neighborhoods on a large aerial map of the borough. Lastly, residents were given tips, in Living, on how to get more involved in their local community, for example by becoming a councillor, school governor, or Magistrate. These events were not age restricted. There were no specific costs attached to this year's Local Democracy Week. The council used merchandise and information material left over from last year's event and the Big Map was created as part of the Better Together campaign and is being used across the borough over the coming months. Based on my involvement in the 2007 campaign, I was very glad to see that there was no incremental cost this year. This was because that I felt the £5,000 spent in 2007 could have been much better deployed to front line services. You will find further details of Local Democracy Week 2007 in my annual report to Council delivered in May 2008. As at tonight, there are no further engagements in respect of my role planned for this municipal year. However, I would like to remind members that any Councillor can Champion Youth Issues or raise a matter with me. Use of Ice Rink grounds for car parking by Queen’s Hospital visitors To the Cabinet Member for Culture & Communities (Councillor Andrew Curtin) By Councillor Ray Morgon: Given that the grounds of the Ice Rink are regularly used to provide parking for the Queen's Hospital, would the Cabinet Member confirm who receives the £4.50 charge per car per day?
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The operator of the ice rink, Saturn Leisure Ltd., receive the income from the car parking on the Romford Ice Rink site.

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Trees maintenance To the Cabinet Member for StreetCare & Customer Services (Councillor Barry Tebbutt) By Councillor Andy Mann: What is the total tree maintenance budget for StreetCare in 2008/09? (a) How much of this sum is set aside for insurance claims? (b) How much has the Council paid out for tree related claims (broken down in categories) in the following years? 2006/2007 2007/2008 2008/2009 to date
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The total tree maintenance budget for StreetCare in 2008/09 is £242,000. There is no specific budget allocated for insurance claims. With regard to sums paid out, the following figures refer to the period 1st January to 31st December in each year which follows the insurance policy‟s year –

2006 Categories Structural Damage Underground plant and cables Vehicle Damage Walls fences Drives and Patios Total £ 67,860 272 800 8,474 77,406

2007 £ 15,423 0 2,886 1,234 19,544

2008 £ 0 0 0 7,512 7,512

The figure is nil for the 2009 calendar year.

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River Rom To the Cabinet Member for StreetCare & Customer Services (Councillor Barry Tebbutt) By Councillor Andy Mann: How many inspections have been carried out on the River Rom since May 2006, please supply the dates?

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The River Rom has been inspected on a 4 to 6 week basis since May 2006 by an officer from Traffic & Engineering. We have no record of the actual dates where inspections have taken place as they are incorporated with the general rivers workload.

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Housing CCTV To the Cabinet Member for StreetCare & Customer Services (Councillor Barry Tebbutt) By Councillor Andy Mann: In respect of the survey obtaining views on the Housing CCTV scheme, would the Cabinet Member confirm: (a) the number of questionnaires sent out (b) the number returned (c) the breakdown of responses by category
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It is not clear from the question which survey Cllr Mann is referring to as tenants views have been surveyed annually. In 2005 a survey was carried out which was reported to Cabinet in September 2005 where the Cabinet agreed the Caretaking and Concierge services needed to be reformed to meet recommendations for improvement by the Audit Commission earlier in 2005. In 2005, Tribal carried out a telephone survey of 288 residents some of whom received a CCTV/concierge service and some who didn't. All 288 gave answers to the survey. Hilldene Shops – trading from the footway To the Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Standards & Electoral Services (Councillor Peter Gardner) By Councillor Mark Logan:
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Why has the shopkeeper in Hilldene Avenue, whose address I have asked officers to provide direct to you, been allowed apparently to trade illegally from the pavement area, to the front of his shop for several years?
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We are aware of this shop and a number of other shops in Harold Hill and the rest of the Borough where Traders may need a Street Trading Licence if they are trading on the public footpath. Officers are carrying out an internal review due for completion by March 2009 so that the Council can clearly delineate whether retailers are trading on their forecourt, for which they do not need a licence, or they are trading on a public footpath and therefore need a licence. I can assure all Councillors that once the review is complete the Council policy on Street Trading will be rigorously applied. High-rise flats in Romford – parking provision To the Chairman of the Regulatory Services Committee (Councillor Roger Evans) By Councillor Mark Logan: Why did the Regulatory Services Committee deem it necessary to allow the building of a high-rise block of flats in Romford, with no provision for parking facilities? (Charrington Court).
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This application was considered by Regulatory Services Committee in 2006. Charrington Court is a residential development of 98 flats with 13 parking spaces. The site is in one of the most accessible locations in Romford in terms of its access to public transport and pedestrian links. In such locations, national and local planning policy requires new development to have low levels of car parking, generally less than one space per unit. In particular, national planning guidance in force at the time the application was considered, required local planning authorities to allow housing developments with limited or no off street car parking in areas with good public transport accessibility and where effective on-street parking control is present or can be achieved. This is the case in respect of this particular site.
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The proposed development was therefore considered to be entirely in accordance with planning policies and there were no material grounds to refuse the proposals on parking grounds.

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