Agenda and minutes
Environment Committee
Thursday 16 June 2016 10.00 am

Venue: Chamber, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA. View directions

Contact: Ed Wise, Committee Officer; Telephone: 020 7983 4619; Email:  [email protected] 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence and Chair's Announcements

To receive any apologies for absence and any announcements from the Chair.

Minutes:

1.1  Apologies for absence were received from Tony Devenish AM, for whom Tony Arbour AM substituted, and from Jennette Arnold OBE AM, for whom Fiona Twycross AM substituted.

 

1.2  During the course of the meeting the Chair welcomed to the public gallery pupils from Kelvin Grove School, Lewisham.

2.

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Ed Wise, [email protected], 020 7983 4619

 

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Note the list of offices held by Assembly Members, as set out in the table at Agenda Item 2, as disclosable pecuniary interests;

 

(b)  Note the declaration by any Member(s) of any disclosable pecuniary interests in specific items listed on the agenda and the necessary action taken by the Member(s) regarding withdrawal following such declaration(s); and

 

(c)  Note the declaration by any Member(s) of any other interests deemed to be relevant (including any interests arising from gifts and hospitality received which are not at the time of the meeting reflected on the Authority’s register of gifts and hospitality, and noting also the advice from the GLA’s Monitoring Officer set out at Agenda Item 2) and to note any necessary action taken by the Member(s) following such declaration(s).

Minutes:

2.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

2.2  Resolved:

 

That the list of offices held by Assembly Members, as set out in the table at Agenda Item 2, be noted as disclosable pecuniary interests.

3.

Membership of the Committee

The Committee is recommended to note the membership and chairing arrangements for the Environment Committee, as agreed at the Annual Meeting of the London Assembly on 13 May 2016, as follows:

 

Leonie Cooper AM (Chair)

Caroline Russell AM (Deputy Chair)

Jennette Arnold OBE AM

Shaun Bailey AM

Tony Devenish AM

Nicky Gavron AM

David Kurten AM

Minutes:

3.1  Resolved:

 

That the membership and chairing arrangements for the Committee, as agreed at the Annual Meeting of the London Assembly on 13 May 2016, be noted as follows:

 

Leonie Cooper AM (Chair)

Caroline Russell AM (Deputy Chair)

Jennette Arnold OBE AM

Shaun Bailey AM

Tony Devenish AM

Nicky Gavron AM

David Kurten AM

4.

Terms of Reference

The Committee is recommended to note the following terms of reference for the Committee:

 

1.   To examine and report from time to time on –

·  the strategies, policies and actions of the Mayor and the Functional Bodies;

·  matters of importance to Greater London

 

as they relate to the environment and sustainable development in London.

 

2.  To consider environmental matters on request from another standing committee and report its opinion to that standing committee.

 

3.  To take into account in its deliberations the cross cutting themes of: the health of persons in Greater London; the achievement of sustainable development in the United Kingdom; climate change; and the promotion of opportunity.

 

4.  To respond on behalf of the Assembly to consultations and similar processes when within its terms of reference.

Minutes:

4.1  Resolved:

 

  That the Committee’s terms of reference be noted as follows:

 

1.  To examine and report on time to time on –

·  the strategies, policies and actions of the Mayor and the Functional Bodies;

·  matters of importance to Greater London

 

as they relate to the environment and sustainable development in London.

 

2.  To consider environmental matters on request from another standing committee and report its opinion to that standing committee.

 

3.  To take into account in its deliberations the cross cutting themes of: the health of persons in Greater London; the achievement of sustainable development in the United Kingdom; climate change; and the promotion of opportunity.

 

4.  To respond on behalf of the Assembly to consultations and similar processes when within its terms of reference.

5.

Standing Delegation of Authority

The Committee is recommended to note the following standing delegation:

 

At its Annual Meeting on 1 May 2013, the Assembly agreed to delegate a general authority to Chairs of all ordinary committees and sub-committees to respond on the relevant committee or sub-committees behalf, following consultation with the lead Members of the party Groups on the committee or sub-committee, where it is consulted on issues by organisations and there is insufficient time to consider the consultation at a committee meeting.

Minutes:

5.1  Resolved:

 

  That the following standing delegation be noted:

 

At its Annual Meeting on 1 May 2013, the Assembly agreed to delegate a general authority to Chairs of all ordinary committees and sub?committees to respond on the relevant committee or sub?committee’s behalf, following consultation with the lead Members of the party Groups on the committee or sub-committee, where it is consulted on issues by organisations and there is insufficient time to consider the consultation at a committee meeting.

6.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 98 KB

The Committee is recommended to confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 9 March 2016 to be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

6.1  Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 9 March 2016 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

7.

Summary List of Actions pdf icon PDF 85 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Ed Wise; [email protected]; 020 7983 4619

 

The Committee is recommended to note the completed and outstanding actions arising from its previous meetings.

Minutes:

7.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

7.2  Resolved:

 

That the completed and outstanding actions arising from previous meetings of the Committee be noted.

8.

Action Taken under Delegated Authority pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Ed Wise; [email protected]; 020 7983 4619

 

The Committee is recommended to note the action taken by the former Chair of the Environment Committee, under delegated authority, namely to agree, in consultation with the then party Group Lead Members, the Committee’s report on the environmental pressures of London’s long-term growth.

Minutes:

8.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

8.2  Resolved:

 

That the action taken by the former Chair of the Environment Committee, under delegated authority, be noted, namely to agree, following consultation with the then party Group Lead Members, the Committee’s report on the environmental pressures due to London’s long?term growth.

9.

Environmental Pressures of London's Long Term Growth pdf icon PDF 91 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Ian Williamson, [email protected]; 020 7983 6541

 

The Committee is recommended to note the report on the environmental pressures of London’s long?term growth, Growing, growing, gone: Long-term sustainable growth for London, as attached at Appendix 1 to the report.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

9.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

9.2  Resolved:

 

That the report on the environmental pressures of London’s long?term growth, Growing, growing, gone: Long-term sustainable growth for London, as attached at Appendix 1 to the agenda report, be noted.

10.

Environmental Challenges and Priorities for the New Mayoralty pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Ian Williamson, [email protected]; 020 7983 6541

 

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Note the report as background to putting questions to invited guests on environmental challenges and priorities of the new Mayoralty, and note the subsequent discussion; and

 

(b)  Delegate authority to the Chair, in consultation with party Group Lead Members, to agree any output arising from the discussion. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

10.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat as background to putting questions on the environmental challenges facing London, and possible priorities for the new Mayoralty, to the following invited guests:

·  Syed Ahmed, Director, Energy for London;

·  Richard Aylard CVO, Sustainability and External Affairs Director, Thames Water;

·  Denise Beedell, Development Manager Greater London, Federation of Small Businesses;

·  Dr Sean Beevers, Senior Lecturer, King’s College London;

·  Samantha Heath, Chief Executive, London Sustainability Exchange;

·  Richard Howard, Head of Environment and Energy, Policy Exchange;

·  Michael Jacobs, Associate Director Energy, Transport and Climate, Institute for Public Policy Research;

·  Mark Jenkinson, London City Director, Siemens; and

·  Simon Moody, London Area Manager, Environment Agency.

 

10.2  A transcript of the discussion is attached at Appendix 1.

10.3  Resolved:

 

(a)  That the report and subsequent discussion be noted; and

 

(b)  That authority be delegated to the Chair, in consultation with party Group Lead Members, to agree any outputs arising from the discussion.

11.

Environment Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 83 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Ian Williamson, [email protected]; 020 7983 6541

 

The Committee is recommended to:

 

(a)  Agree to use its next formal meeting on 13 July 2016 for:

·  A question and answer session with invited guests concerning the Mayor’s environmental priorities; and

·  A question and answer session with invited guests concerning air pollution in London and the proposed ‘T-Charge’.

(b)  Delegate authority to the Chair, in consultation with party Group Lead Members, to agree the scope and terms of reference for the question and answer sessions at the Committee’s meeting on 13 July 2016.

 

(c)  Note the record of the Committee’s visit to Millbrook Proving Ground, as attached at Appendix 1 to the report.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

11.1  The Committee received the report of the Executive Director of Secretariat.

 

11.2  Resolved:

 

(a)  That the proposal to use the Committee’s next formal meeting on 13 July 2016 for:

·  A question and answer session with invited guests concerning the Mayor’s environmental priorities; and

·  A question and answer session with invited guests concerning air pollution in London and the proposed ‘T?Charge’.

be agreed.

(b)  That authority be delegated to the Chair, in consultation with party Group Lead Members, to agree the scope and terms of reference for the question and answer sessions at the Committee’s meeting on 13 July 2016.

 

(c)  That the record of the Committee’s visit to Millbrook Proving Ground, as attached at Appendix 1 to the agenda report, be noted.

12.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled for 13 July 2016 at 2.00 pm in the Chamber, City Hall.

Minutes:

12.1  The next meeting of the Committee was scheduled for Wednesday, 13 July 2016 at 2.00 pm in the Chamber, City Hall.

 

13.

Any Other Business the Chair Considers Urgent

Minutes:

13.1  There were no items of business that the Chair considered to be urgent.

14.

Close of Meeting

Minutes:

14.1  The meeting ended at 12.11pm.