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                         6th December, 2005 at 7.00pm

     PRESENT: Councillors Thomson (Chair), Anand, Beecroft, Brookes,
     Delaney, Dheer, Hunte, Payne and Wall.

     ALSO PRESENT: Councillors : Bell, Brooks, Mrs Pagan, Stacey and
     Mrs Yerolemou.

     Apologies for absence: Apologies for absence were received from
     Councillor Nirwal.

     In accordance with Paragraph 2.6(a) of the Constitution, Councillors
     Brooks, Stacey and Yerolemou attended the meeting, and addressed
     the Cabinet with regard to the following agenda items:

     Item 13 – “Greenford CPZ – Monitoring & Extension”
     Item 14 – “Ealing Town Centre – Dickens Yard”
     Item 18 – “Budget Strategy”

1-   Declarations of Interest

        Councillor Payne declared a Prejudicial interest in agenda item 14
         (Ealing Town Centre – Dickens Yard), by virtue of his being a
         Member of the „Christchurch Junior School‟ Governing Body.
         Councillor Payne took no part in the discussion or the decision
         relating to this item.

        Councillor Wall declared a Personal interest in agenda item 14
         (Ealing Town Centre – Dickens Yard), by virtue of his being a
         Member of the Ealing Business Partnership.

        The Chief Executive declared a Personal interest in agenda item 14
         (Ealing Town Centre – Dickens Yard), by virtue of his friendship
         with the Chief officers of two of the RSL partners of two of the four
         stage 2 developers. The Chief Executive confirmed that he had had
         no involvement in arriving at any of the officer panel
         recommendations.

2    Minutes of the last Cabinet Meeting held on 8th November 2005

     Resolved: That the minutes of the previous meeting of the Cabinet
     held on 8th November, 2005 be signed as a true and correct record.

3.   Recommendations of the School Standards Panel




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     Resolved: (I) To note the role of the Cabinet in its ongoing role in
     continually assessing the allocation of funding to the Youth and
     Connexions Service, and ensuring value for money;

     (ii) To note that the Cabinet will consider future funding of the Service
     within the wider context of the Children Act 2004, and development of
     integrated children and young people services, in particular the Youth
     Green Paper : “Youth Matters;”

     (iii) That the Cabinet notes the concerns of the Schools Standards
     Panel, in asking that future deliberations about funding levels
     ( including the Star Chamber process), that the Cabinet bear in mind that
     whilst the service currently gives adequate value for money, that
     because of new pressures upon the service (Children Act and Youth
     Green Paper) that this may not always be the case.

     Reason for Decision and Options Considered
     To consider recommendations from the School Standards Panel in
     relation to current and future council expenditure on the Youth Service.

4.    Rebuild of Greenfields Children’s Centre

      Resolved: (i) That a budget of £2,750,000 in respect of capital funding
      be approved to rebuild the Greenfields Children‟s Centre in Southall
      once all the necessary approvals are in place;

      (ii)That the Cabinet approve sources of funding as set out in section 4
      of the report to rebuild Greenfields Children‟s Centre;

      (iii) That the Cabinet authorise the sale of the Disraeli Nursery Centre
      site in Hamborough Road, to make a whole receipt capital contribution
      to the scheme and to advise that all the services currently provided
      at the Disraeli site will be relocated into the new centre with no loss of
      provision;

      (iv)That the Cabinet authorise the Interim Director of Education to seek
      all necessary planning and other approvals to rebuild the Greenfields
      Children‟s Centre, and relocate the services in temporary
      accommodation in the recreation ground in Southall during the
      construction;

      (v)That the Cabinet authorise the Interim Director of Education to
      tender for and award contracts for any consultancy or other
      professional works which may be required in connection with the
      rebuilding of Greenfields Children‟s Centre, and which for any reason
      cannot be procured through Ealing Council‟s existing School Building
      Contractor Partnering Framework contract, or pursuant to existing
      delegated authority specified in the Council‟s Contract Procedure
      Rules.



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5.   ALG Grants Scheme (London Borough Grants Scheme) – Budget
     Proposals 2006/07

     Resolved: (i) That the Cabinet agree to the recommendation of the
     Association of London Government‟s (ALG), Grants Committee and
     Leaders‟ Committee, with regard to the proposed expenditure for the
     London Boroughs Grants Scheme for 2006/2007;

     (ii)To note that if more than a third of London Boroughs reject the
     proposed budget by 1st February 2006, the overall level of expenditure
     for the Scheme will be deemed to be the same as that approved for
     2005/2006;

     (iii)To note that the ALG has recently undertaken a review of its grants
     function, and that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee at their
     meeting on 15th December 2005 will consider a detailed report on the
     recommendations of the ALG Grants Review, and the ALG Grants
     Committee‟s commissioning priorities for April 2007, and beyond;

     (iv)To note that there is now some recognition from the ALG that there
     is an issue to be addressed between the level of contribution based on
     Borough populations, and the distribution of funding according to need
     as referred to in paragraph 18 of the report.

     Reason for Decision and Options Considered
     To consider the proposed ALG‟s Grants Budget for 2006/2007 in
     accordance with the prescribed timetable.

6.   Temporary Accommodation Reduction Plan

     Resolved: (i) That the Temporary Accommodation Reduction Plan be
     endorsed, in order to meet the Council‟s target, to halve the use of
     temporary accommodation in the Borough, by 2010;

     (iii)That the Cabinet agrees to delegate authority to the Director of
     Housing and Environmental Health and the Head of Legal Services to
     agree details of the leasing, rent deposit guarantee and homeless
     prevention schemes identified in this report, or similar schemes, which
     are needed to meet the target;

     (iv)That the Cabinet agree to delegate approval of Rent Deposit
     Guarantees to the Council‟s Head of Housing Needs, Access and
     Support.

     Reason for Decision and Options Considered
     In its strategy for tackling homelessness, “Sustainable Communities:
     Settled Homes; Changing Lives”, the Government set a target, that the
     number of households in temporary accommodation on 31 December
     2004 should be halved by 31 March 2010.



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     Officials from the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister (ODPM) have
     recently met with senior officers from all local authorities with more than
     100 households in temporary accommodation. The meetings were to
     discuss temporary accommodation reduction plans, seeking assurance
     that Councils will meet the target and the authority‟s top level corporate
     and political commitment.

     In Ealing‟s case this is a very challenging target to meet and needs
     officers to develop new and imaginative schemes to provide housing
     that does not meet the ODPM definition of temporary accommodation.
     Details of these schemes are being worked on by officers but, in order
     to meet the target, delegated authority needs to be given to officers to
     agree the details of schemes.

7    Day Centre Transport

     Resolved: (i) That the Cabinet authorise the Director of Adult Services
     to invite and evaluate tenders for a contract for the provision of Day
     Centre Transport, from the 1st December 2006;

     (ii) That the Cabinet authorise the Director of Adult Services to carry
     out a separate tender procedure for the award of an interim contract for
     up to 7 months for the intervening period from 1st May 2006.

     Reason for Decision and Options Considered
     To implement and commence stages for the tendering
     process in line with procurement guidelines and timetable for
      re-tendering.

8.   Developing a Partnership with Health and Social Services –
     Service for Adults with Learning Disabilities.

     Resolved: (i) That the Cabinet note and support developments to
     modernise services for people with Learning Disabilities;

     (iii) That the Cabinet agree in principle to the establishment of an
     integrated service for adult with learning disabilities in Ealing, under
     S31 of the Health Act 1999;

     (iv)That the Cabinet agree to the establishment of an integrated service
     led by the joint Head of Service;

     (v) That the Cabinet agree to the introduction and establishment of
     financial arrangements of the joint service and the establishment of a
     pooled budget with the Council acting as host for the pooled budget on
     behalf of the PCT;

     (vi) That the Cabinet agree to the Council acting as Lead Strategic
     Commissioner on behalf of Ealing PCT;



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    (vii)That the relevant Officers be requested to prepare a further report
    in February 2006, confirming the progress made in implementing the
    formal Partnership Agreement.

    Reason for Decision and Options Considered
    The Council and the Primary Care Trust have worked closely together
    over a number of years in the commissioning and provision of learning
    disabilities(LD) services . The combined spend on LD Services is
    approximately £25 million in 2005/06.

    This report outlines progress in improving services, and plans to
    strengthen joint working through the development of a formal
    agreement for the provision of health and social care services for adults
    with learning disabilities, under S31 of the Health Act 1999.

9   Greenford CPZ Monitoring and Extension: Results of Consultation

    Resolved: (i) That the Cabinet note the results of public consultations
    for monitoring, and the proposed extension of Greenford CPZ;

    (iii) That the Cabinet accepts the recommendations of the Greenford
    Area Committee (28.09.05, and agrees to ratify the existing Greenford
    CPZ with all its operating conditions;

    (iv)That the Cabinet accepts the recommendations of the Greenford
    Area Committee (28.9.05) and agrees :-

    i)     To extend the Greenford CPZ to cover the following roads:

            Jeymer Drive, from Birkbeck Avenue to numbers 94 (even
           side) and 151 (odd side).
            Stanley Avenue (the whole length of it), and
            Lincoln Close (the whole length of it)

    That in accordance with statutory procedures

    ii) That the extension takes the same operating conditions as the
    existing Greenford CPZ, including the use of White lines across
    driveways and hours of operation from Monday to Friday, 10am-11am
    and 2pm-3pm;

    (iii) That a further review of the extension or the entire CPZ is carried
    out when the Area Committee recommends the Cabinet to do so,
    subject to the Cabinet‟s acceptance.

    Reason for Decision and Options Considered
    Public consultations have been carried out to assess how the existing
    Greenford CPZ is working and whether there is a need to modify and
    extend the CPZ, if so, to which roads.



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10   Ealing Town Centre – ‘Dickens Yard’ & Nos 2-12 New Broadway
     W5, Evaluation of Stage 2 Bids and Selection of Preferred Bidder.

     Resolved: (i) To note the report and appendices, on the four
     shortlisted bids received as Stage 2 submissions for the redevelopment
     of Dickens Yard and Nos. 2-12 New Broadway, W5;

     (ii) That the Cabinet notes the relative merits of the four bids including
     the terms of the financial offers (and associated risks), made by each
     bidder;

     (iii) That the Cabinet notes that the Panel‟s evaluation of the bids
     resulted in a very close position between two of the bidders in the
     overall scoring with „Helical Exemplar Ltd.‟s,‟ bid being scored highest
     in the unweighted scoring, but when the weighting is applied to reflect
     the relative importance of each of the evaluation criteria, „St. George
     West London Ltd‟s,‟ bid was found to have the highest score overall;

     (iv) That the Cabinet endorses the recommendation of the Evaluation
     Panel and the Council‟s professional advisors, Knight Frank, that St.
     George West London Ltd. be invited to be the Council‟s preferred
     development partner in the Dickens Yard redevelopment scheme
     (subject to Recommendation v below);

     (v) That the relevant officers (and professional advisors), together with
     a small group of Members, be instructed to negotiate with St. George
     West London Ltd. In order to clarify and secure improvements to their
     proposed scheme (summarised in paragraph. 2.26 of this report), and
     report back the proposed changes to Cabinet as soon as possible to
     confirm (or otherwise), the invitation to St. George as the preferred
     development partner;

     (vi) That the relevant officers be authorised, and professional advisors
     as deemed necessary, start negotiations on the detailed terms of a
     Development Agreement with the selected development partner, and to
     report those back to a future meeting of the Cabinet for approval;

     (vii) Resolved to recommend to Council that a Compulsory Purchase
     Order is made under the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 (as
     amended by the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004) to
     acquire, for the carrying out of the development, redevelopment or
     improvement on, or in relation, to the site or in the interests of the
     proper planning of the area in which the site is situated, all ownership
     interests in Nos. 2-12 New Broadway W5 for the purposes of securing
     a town centre mixed use development scheme, on that site in
     conjunction with adjoining land in the ownership of the Council, on the
     basis of the reasons as set out in Appendix 6 to the report;




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     (viii) That subject to the Council approving the making of the
     Compulsory Purchase Order, the relevant officers be authorised to take
     all necessary steps to progress that Order to confirmation, by the
     Secretary of State;

     (ix) That the relevant officers be authorised to negotiate with the
     owners of interests in Nos. 2-12 New Broadway, to acquire their
     interests by agreement, including the offer of reasonable compensation
     to each occupier, and the rehousing of qualifying residential occupiers
     as may be appropriate, both in advance of, and after the making and
     confirmation of the Order;

     (x) That the relevant officers be authorised to negotiate with the owners
     of other land, i.e. “Christ Church Junior School,” the “Church of Christ
     the Saviour” and “Network Rail,” affected by, or required for the
     proposed redevelopment scheme;

     (xi) That the Cabinet notes the potential timescale for development,
     and the need to provide vacant possession of the Council-owned land
     in phase with it.

     Reason for Decision and Options Considered
     The redevelopment of Dickens Yard and adjoining land is a key
     element of the Council‟s (and Ealing Centre Partnership‟s) strategy to
     create a sustainable future for Ealing Town Centre. It is also an
     important site for the Council from a financial perspective in that the
     sale of the site will generate a substantial capital receipt to make an
     important contribution to the Council‟s capital programme.

     Development options for the site were considered during
     The preparation of the town centre improvement strategy and the
     Planning Brief, approved by the Council in 2004 and embodied in the
     adopted Unitary Development Plan, requires a mixed use scheme
     including the acquisition of privately-owned land at Nos. 2-12 New
     Broadway.

11   Ealing Town Centre – ‘Dickens Yard’ – Recommendations from
     the Overview and Scrutiny Committee

     Reason for Late and Urgent Consideration
     To permit the Cabinet the opportunity to consider the recommendations
     of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee which met 01.12.05.

     Resolved: To note the recommendations of the Overview and Scrutiny
     Committee (01.12.05), arising from the Scrutiny challenge in respect of
     the process deployed in the selection of bidders for the Dickens Yard
     development.

12   Request for Authority to Issue Revised Tenancy Agreements



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     Resolved: (i) To note the comments received from tenants during the
     consultation process;

     (ii) To note the issues of concern as set out in paragraph 14 of the
     report;

     (iii) That the Cabinet approve the amended tenancy agreement
     attached at Appendix 2 of the report;

     (iv) That the Cabinet authorise the housing service to issue to all
     tenants a „Notice of Variation,‟ with their new tenancy agreement;

     Reason for Decision and Options Considered
     To allow the housing service to issue tenants with a revised housing
     tenancy agreement, in order to vary the terms of their existing
     tenancies.

13   Request for Approval to Tender for the Provision of Internal Audit

     Resolved: (i) That in accordance with Contract Procedure Rule 7.5, the
     Cabinet authorise the Head of the Strategic Procurement following
     consultation with the Head of Audit & Investigation, to conduct a
     competitive tender exercise for internal audit services from 2007/08.
     The main contract is to include a separate element for call-off for
     consultancy services. The contract is to be either a collaborative
     procurement with a number of interested boroughs, or as a stand alone
     contract for Ealing Council;

     (ii) To note that a separate report will be submitted to a future meeting
     of the Cabinet, seeking approval to award the contract.

     Reason for Decision and Options Considered
     The current contract for the provision of internal audit services
     commenced on 1 June 2002. The contract was extended in January
     2005 for 21 months, and will expire 31st March 2007, therefore a full re-
     tendering exercise will need to be undertaken to have a new contract in
     place from 1st April 2007.

14   Confirmation Concerning Ealing Homes

     Resolved: That the Cabinet authorise the Head of Finance (Housing
     and Strategic Projects), to send a letter to Messrs Baker Tilly, to allow
     Ealing Homes to complete the audit of their accounts within the
     required deadlines without qualification.

     Reason for Decision and Options Considered
     A decision is required to allow Ealing Homes to complete the audit of
     their accounts within the required deadlines without qualification.




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15   Budget Strategy

     Resolved: (i) To note the latest 2005/06 revenue and capital
     expenditure forecasts as at period 7 (October 2005);

     (ii) That the Cabinet approve the savings proposals set out in
     Appendices C and D of this report for inclusion in the draft Budget and
     Business Plan for 2006/07, which is currently being developed by
     officers;

     (iii) That in relation to the options involving reductions in staffing levels
     and potential redundancies:-

            (a) Members agree in principle the options in the appendices
                requiring reductions in staffing, subject to the outcome of
                formal consultation with the affected staff and the relevant
                recognised independent trade unions.

            (b) That, in respect of options involving reductions in staffing, the
                Director of Human Resources be authorised to enter into
                formal consultation on these options, and to make any
                amendments as necessary arising from that consultation
                process and to implement the proposals, in consultation with
                the relevant service director.

            (c) That the Cabinet has agreed that should the consideration of
                these options lead to the proposed redundancy of posts,
                with a contractual right to make representations prior to any
                final decision on structures affecting their posts in
                accordance with the Joint Negotiating Committee (JNC) for
                Chief Officers, then the hearing of such representations be
                delegated to the Director of Human Resources.

        (iv) That the Cabinet note the further work being undertaken by
        officers on Budget Options for presentation to the January 31 st and
        February 21st 2006 Cabinet meetings;

        (v) That the Cabinet note that the options will be updated, taking
        into account the views of Overview and Scrutiny Committee and the
        decisions of Cabinet meetings in January and February, 2006.

     Reason for Decision and Options Considered
     To report the latest forecast of revenue and capital expenditure against
     budget in 2005/06 and to enable Cabinet to develop provisional budget
     proposals before finalising the budget and setting council tax levels in
     March 2006.

16   Ealing Play Strategy 2006/09

     Resolved: That the Ealing Play Strategy, 2006-09 be approved.


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     Reason for Decision and Options Considered
     To consider and approve the Ealing Play Strategy 2006/09, to ensure
     that the delivery and the objectives of the Play Policy are implemented
     within the Borough

17   Courier Services Contract Award

     Resolved: That the Cabinet agrees to award the Courier Service
     Contract to „Churchill Express,‟ for a period of 4 years effective from 1 st
     March 2006, with provision to extend for a further 2 years to a total
     maximum of 6 years, in accordance with the terms of the contract.

     Reason for Decision and Options Considered
     To ensure that there is provision via a courier service to distribute, mail,
     library stock, Councillor‟s mail, and archive records between Council
     sites.

18   Instrument of Government – Various Schools

     Resolved: That the Cabinet approves the making of the instrument of
     government for schools listed in Appendix 1 of the report, and for whom
     instruments of government are attached as Appendix 2 of the report.

     Reasons for Decision and Options Considered
     It is a statutory requirement for all governing bodies to choose and
     adopt a new model for the size, and membership of their governing
     bodies by 31 August 2006.

19   Benefits Service Performance and Update Report

     Resolved: : That the Cabinet note the contents of the report in respect
     of current performance and update on issues facing the Benefits
     Service.

20   Response Programme Cabinet Update

     Resolved: That the Cabinet note the progress in the implementation of
     the Response Programme, in particular the action taken as a result of
     the Cabinet decision on 8th November, 2005 with regard to the KPMG
     report.

21   Local Public Service Agreement (LPSA 1)
     Resolved : (i) That the Cabinet note the contents of this report in
     respect of the Local Public Service Agreement.

     (ii) That the Cabinet give authority to the Chief Executive, following
     Consultation with the Executive Director for Finance and Support, to
     amend the final LPSA claim before submission to the ODPM, and to
     submit the same.


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       Reasons for Decisions and Options Considered
       This report informs the Cabinet of the outcome of the LPSA 1 and the
       estimated Performance Reward Grant (PRG), to be claimed.

22     Performance Report – Quarter 2

       Resolved : That the Cabinet note the contents of this report.

       Reasons for Decisions and Options Considered
       No decision required.

23.    Cabinet Member and Special Urgency Decisions

       Resolved : That the Cabinet note the contents of this report.

       Reasons for Decisions and Options Considered
       No decision required.

24    Local Development Framework – Publication of
      Supplementary Planning Documents for Public Participation

       Reason for Late and Urgent Consideration
       It is essential that this item is considered by the Cabinet at it‟s
       December 2005 meeting in order to comply with the required timeframe
       for adoption. The final report was not submitted in time to meet the
       agenda despatch.

      Resolved: That the Cabinet approve the following documents for
      public participation:-

      Draft Supplementary Planning Documents:

       a)     SPD 1 Affordable Housing (App 1)
       b)     SPD 2 Community Facilities (App 2)
       c)     SPD 3 Sustainable Transport (App 3)
       d)     SPD 4 Residential Extensions (App 4)
       e)     SPD 5 West London Tram Route (App 5)
       f)     SPD 6 Twyford Avenue Community Open Space (App 6)

       ii)      That the Guidance for developers on making an initial
                assessment of the impact for education from new housing
                developments in Ealing, be approved;

       iii)     That the document SPD 1 - 6: Initial Consultation Summary
                Document, be approved.

       Reasons for Decisions and Options Considered
       This report is the latest in a programme of reports to establish a
       Local Development Framework for Ealing.


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     Previous reports have introduced a work programme
     (local development scheme), a first annual monitoring report, and the
     arrangements for community involvement in planning.

     This report returns to detailed planning guidance. The documents
     attached for approval are needed to assist in the implementation of
     the adopted UDP.

25   Performance Ratings for Social Services in England 2005

     Reason for Late and Urgent Consideration
     It is necessary for the Cabinet to be given the opportunity to consider
     and debate the Council‟s star Rating at the earliest possible
     opportunity. The Council‟s Star Rating was not announced until 1st
     December, 2005 which was three days after the Cabinet agenda was
     despatched.

     Resolved: That the Cabinet notes the judgement awarded in respect of
     Ealing Council Social Services, Star Rating.

     Reasons for Decisions and Options Considered
     No decision required.

26   Policy on Special Education Needs

     Reason for Late and Urgent Consideration
     Statutory Deadlines requires that the SEN Development Plan is in
     place by January 2006. In order for this statutory timetable to be met,
     the report is required to be considered by Cabinet on 6th December
     2005. The final report was not submitted in time to meet the agenda
     despatch.

     Resolved: That the Cabinet approve the policy on Special Educational
     Needs, which has been amended following consultation. The policy will
     run from 1 January 2006 and will be reviewed within three years.

      Reasons for Decisions and Options Considered
      Each Local Authority is required to have in place a Special Educational
     Needs Policy (SEN Policy) and to keep this under review. The last
     Policy was put in place in December 2002 with a view to reviewing the
      policy within three years. The review is now completed and the Cabinet
     is being requested to approve the new policy.


                     COUNCILLOR LEO THOMSON, Chair




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