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Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies

Minutes:

Apologies were received from Deputy Rev Stephen Haines and Alderman David Graves.

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2.

Members' Declarations under the Code of Conduct in Respect of Items on the Agenda

Minutes:

3.

Terms of Reference

To receive the Sub Committee’s Terms of Reference and to note the current Allocated Members list (and guidelines for allocated members).

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Minutes:

The Chairman advised that this would be taken under ‘Items of Urgent Business’ at agenda item 18.

 

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4.

To Elect a Chairman in accordance with Standing Order 29

Minutes:

RESOLVED, that – being the only Member willing to serve, John Fletcher be appointed as Chairman of the Housing Management and Almshouses Sub Committee for 2019/20.

 

Following the election, the Chairman was duly appointed to the Housing Delivery Programme Working Group (of the Policy and Resources Committee)

 

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5.

To Elect a Deputy Chairman in accordance with Standing Order 30

Minutes:

RESOLVED, that – being the only Member willing to serve, Mary Durcan be appointed as Deputy Chairman of the Housing Management and Almshouses Sub Committee for 2019/20.

 

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6.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 114 KB

To approve the public minutes and non-public summary of the meeting held on 26 March 2019.

 

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Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the public minutes and non-public summary of the meeting held on be held on 26 March be approved as a correct record.

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7.

Outstanding Actions List pdf icon PDF 51 KB

Members are asked to note the Committee’s Outstanding Actions list.

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Minutes:

Members received the Sub Committee’s Outstanding Actions list and noted the following:

 

  • Collection of water charges from tenants – Thames Water are able to attend resident association meetings.

 

  • Petticoat Tower Balcony Doors and Windows – the Resolution had been submitted to the Procurement Sub Committee (next meeting - 30 May 2019).

 

All other items were scheduled for an update at the next or subsequent meetings.

 

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8.

Fire Doors

Assistant Director, Barbican and Property Services to be heard.

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Minutes:

The Assistant Director, Barbican and Property Services, was heard in respect of progress with fire doors.  Members noted that works to replace the door sets would now proceed under the ‘fast track’ Project (Gateway) Procedure.  Members noted that the works to Great Arthur House had been isolated as they required repairs to part of the walls, as well as the door sets. 

 

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9.

Tenancy Visits pdf icon PDF 72 KB

 

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.

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Minutes:

Members received a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services in respect of the tenancy visits project, which have been underway since August 2018.  The inspectors had visited 95.4% of the tenanted housing stock and Members noted that this would be the final update, ahead of a full report to the Sub Committee in July 2019.  The Chairman and Members commended an excellent result.

 

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10.

Allocated Members pdf icon PDF 93 KB

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.

 

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Minutes:

Members received a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services in respect of events and activities on the City of London Corporation’s Social Housing Estates.  Members noted that the report had been compiled in collaboration with the Allocated Members.

 

One Allocated Member felt that the content of their report had been somewhat edited but officers assured the Sub Committee that all the issues raised by the Member either had or were being actioned.   The other Allocated Members present confirmed that they had been consulted on the content of their reports, before they were included in the Sub Committee’s agenda. 

 

Members agreed that the activities and reports of Allocated Members were extremely valuable and therefore suggested that a review of the purpose and contents of the reports would be timely.  Members agreed that, in order to give the matter due attention, they should meet informally to debate it further, either before or after the next meeting of the Sub Committee on 22 July 2019. 

 

RESOLVED, that – the report be noted

 

 

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11.

Almshouses Update pdf icon PDF 64 KB

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.

 

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Minutes:

Members received a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services in respect of the City of London Almshouses in Lambeth and the eight Gresham Almshouses on the Estate.

 

In respect of the refurbishment works, Members noted that the Decent Homes Contractor had been secured for the next phase.  However, there was a delay in securing the funding for the 8 Gresham units and the City Solicitor had advised that, until this was resolved, the works could not proceed. Members expressed their frustration at the situation and the Chairman (of the Community and Children’s Services Committee) offered to take this up with the City Solicitor, if the matter could not be resolved shortly.  

 

RESOLVED, that – the report be noted.

 

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12.

City of London Housing Estates Play and Ball Games Areas Refurbishment pdf icon PDF 136 KB

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.

 

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services regarding City of London Housing Estates Play and Ball Games Areas Refurbishment. Members noted that the report had been approved by the Projects Sub Committee on 24 April 2019.

 

Members noted that residents would be consulted before any work was carried out, to ensure that the replacement play equipment met their needs and expectations as well conforming to modern standards. There was a further suggestion that it would be helpful for residents to see illustrations or models of what equipment was available and for officers to seek the expertise of the City Corporation’s Department of Open Spaces. 

 

RESOLVED, that Members

 

·        Approve a budget of £30,200 to reach the next Gateway; namely £6,050 staff costs and £24,150 fees.

 

·        Note the total estimated cost of the project at £271,700 (excluding risk).

 

·        Approve Option 1 (Replacement Facilities)

 

·        Note the project risk register at appendix 3 in the report

 

 

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13.

Social Housing Rents from 2020 pdf icon PDF 57 KB

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.

 

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Minutes:

Members received a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services in respect of the Government’s response  to a Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) consultation on the regulation of social housing rents from 1 April 2020.   From April 2020, registered providers would be permitted to increase rents up to the Consumer Price Index (CPI) plus 1% each year, for a period of at least 5 years. 

 

RESOLVED, that – the report be noted.

 

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14.

Housing Delivery Programme - Housing Design Guide pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.

 

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Minutes:

Members considered a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services in respect of the Housing Design Guide, which would be used to procure both design services and contractors. Members noted that the Local Authority Building Control Warranty (LABC) was more rigorous than the National House Builders’ Certification (NHBC) and that many private sector new build schemes had been found to have health and safety issues. Officers advised that, post the Hackett Review, all sprinklers and fire alarms would need to be to a very high standard. Members welcomed this report and noted that the final document would be presented to the Community and Children’s Services Committee.

 

RESOLVED, that:

 

1.           The approach taken regarding the Housing Design Guide be noted.

 

2.           Specific requirements in connection with Fire Safety, LABC Warranty, Secured by Design and Accessibility be authorised, subject to confirmation that the City Corporation would not face a legal challenge to their role as Inspectors. 

 

NB.  Subsequent to the meeting, legal opinion was been obtained and the advice given was this was unlikely to be challenged. It is therefore reasonable for the City of London Corporation to require compliance with explicit construction warranties to ensure appropriate standards are achieved and risk of defects minimised.

 

 

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15.

Major Works Programme - Progress Report pdf icon PDF 68 KB

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.

 

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services in respect of progress made with the Housing Major Works Programme. Members commended excellent progress.  In respect of the Great Arthur House front door replacement programme, Members noted that officers were awaiting feedback from the planning officers in respect of design and they would be advised once this was available. 

 

RESOLVED, that – the report be noted.

 

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16.

Housing Window Replacement Programme pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services.

NB – the appendix in respect of the Wider Estates will follow

 

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Additional documents:

Minutes:

Members received a report of the Director of Community and Children’s Services which updated Members on the timeline for the window replacement Programme across the City of London Corporation’s social housing estates.  Members noted the programme had been broken down into Golden Lane and non-Golden Lane works, and into further categories in respect of materials.  Officers had worked extensively with the Procurement Team to ensure economies of scale could be achieved.  Members asked if residents could be advised of the replacement window programme as soon as possible, along with information on key milestones, so they could see for themselves the progress that is being made.     Members were also reassured that the lessons learned from the Great Arthur House project would benefit the window replacement programme particularly, if residents are to remain in their homes whilst the work is being done.

 

RESOLVED, that – the report be noted. 

 

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17.

Questions on Matters Relating to the Work of the Sub Committee

Minutes:

There were no questions.

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18.

Any Other Business that the Chairman Considers Urgent

Minutes:

Members had discussed the scope of the Community and Children’s Services Committee’s Terms of Reference at their last meeting on 8th May 2019.  The Town Clerk advised that a recommendation would be made, to the Community and Children’s Services and the Policy and Resources Committees, to include a reference to development within existing estates.

 

Members considered the Allocated Members list (referred to in agenda item 10) and this year’s allocation was agreed as follows:

 

 

ESTATE

ALLOCATED MEMBER

Avondale Square (Southwark), including Harman Close

 

William Pimlott

 

Small Estates:

Isleden House (Islington); Windsor House (Hackney)

 

Peter Bennett 

Golden Lane (City)

 

 

Barbara Newman

 

Holloway & York Way (Islington)

 

Mary Durcan 

Middlesex Street (City) & Dron House/

Spitalfields (Tower Hamlets)

 

Jason Pritchard

 

South Bank Estates:

Southwark Blocks (Southwark)

William Blake (Lambeth)

 

Deputy Rev. Stephen Haines

City of London & Gresham Almshouses (Lambeth)

Sue Pearson

Sydenham Hill:

Lammas Green/Otto Close

(Lewisham)

John Fletcher

 

 

 

Given there were 3 new Members on the Sub Committee, the Chairman suggested that a further programme of visits to the Estates be organised.

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19.

Exclusion of the Public

MOTION - That under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act 1972, the 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 Paragraph 3 of Part I of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED That under Section 100(A) of the Local Government Act 1972, the public be excluded from the meeting for the following items on the grounds that they involve the likely disclosure of exempt information as defined in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act.

 

Item                                                                                        Paragraph

20- 22                                                                                      -          

 

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20.

Non-Public Minutes

To approve the non-public minutes of the meeting held on 26 March 2019.

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Minutes:

RESOLVED – That the non-public minutes of the meeting held on xxxx be approved as a correct record.

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21.

Questions on Matters Relating to the Work of the Sub Committee

Minutes:

There were no non-public questions.

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22.

Any Other Business that the Chairman Considers Urgent and which the Sub Committee Agree Should be Considered Whilst the Public are Excluded

Minutes:

There was no other business.

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