Agenda and minutes
Environment Committee
Wednesday 22 May 2019 10.00 am

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

Contact: Clare Bryant, Committee Officer; telephone: 020 7983 4616; email:  [email protected]; minicom: 020 7983 4458 

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 Jenette Arnold OBE AM, for whom Navin Shah AM substituted, and Nicky Gavron AM.

 

1.2  The Chair and the Deputy Chair on behalf of the Committee thanked the Scrutiny Manager, Ian Williams, for his work on the Environment Committee and wished him luck for the future.

2.

Declarations of Interests pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Clare Bryant, [email protected], 020 7983 4616

 

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 Committee, agreed by the London Assembly at its Annual Meeting 2 May 2019, as follows:

 

Caroline Russell AM (Chair)

Léonie Cooper AM (Deputy Chair)

Tony Arbour AM

Jennette Arnold OBE AM

Shaun Bailey AM

Nicky Gavron AM

David Kurten AM

Minutes:

3.1  Resolved:

 

That the membership and chairing arrangements for the Committee, agreed by the London Assembly at its Annual Meeting on 2 May 2019, as listed below, be noted:

  Caroline Russell AM (Chair)

Léonie Cooper AM (Deputy Chair)

Tony Arbour AM

Jennette Arnold OBE AM

Shaun Bailey AM

Nicky Gavron AM

David Kurten AM

4.

Terms of Reference

The Committee is recommended to note its terms of reference, which are subject to agreement by the London Assembly at its Annual Meeting on 2 May 2019:

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 terms of reference for the Committee, as set out in Agenda Item 4, be noted.

5.

Standing Delegation

The Committee is asked to note the following standing delegation of authority to the Chair of the Committee, which was agreed by the London Assembly at its Annual Meeting on 2 May 2019:

 

At its Annual Meeting on 1 May 2013, the Assembly agreed 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 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 standing delegation of authority to the Chair of the Committee, as set out in Agenda Item 5, be noted.

6.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 104 KB

The Committee is recommended to confirm the minutes of the meeting of the Committee held on 28 February 2019 to be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

6.1  Resolved:

 

That the minutes of the meeting held on 28 February 2019 be signed by the Chair as a correct record.

7.

Summary List of Actions pdf icon PDF 109 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Clare Bryant, [email protected], 020 7983 4616

 

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

Additional documents:

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, and additional correspondence, be noted.

8.

Action Taken under Delegated Authority pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact:  Clare Bryant, [email protected], 020 7983 4616

 

The Committee is recommended to note the recent action taken by the Chair under delegated authority, namely to agree, in consultation with party Group Lead Members, an output for the 6 December 2018 meeting’s discussion on cold and damp homes.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

8.2  Resolved:

 

That the action taken by the Chair under dleegated authority, in consultation with party Group Lead Members, namely to agree the output from the 6 December 2019 meeting, be noted.

 

9.

Mayoral Responses pdf icon PDF 76 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

Contact: Clare Bryant, [email protected]; 020 7983 4616

 

The Committee is recommended to notes the Mayor’s response to:

(a)  The Committee’s letter on embodied carbon in London attached as Appendix 1; and

(b)  The Committee’s report, Keeping out the Chill: fixing London’s cold, damp and mouldy homes.

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

9.2  Resolved:

 

  That the following Mayoral responses be noted:

(a)  The Committee’s letter on embodied carbon in London as attached at Appendix 1 of the report; and

(b)  The Committee’s report, Keeping out the Chill: fixing London’s cold, damp and mouldy homes, attached at Appendix 2 of the report.

 

 

 

10.

Green Spaces in London pdf icon PDF 165 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

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

 

The Committee is recommended to:

(a)  Agree the scope and terms of reference of an investigation into environmental quality of life, attached as Appendix 1.

(b)  Note the report as background to putting questions to invited guests on green spaces and environmental quality of life in London and the subsequent discussion.

(c)  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 green spaces in London to the following invited guests:

·  Peter Massini, Principal Policy and Programme Officer (Green Infrastructure), Greater London Authority;

·  Helen Monger, Director, London Parks & Garden Trust;

·  Tony Leach, Chief Executive, Parks for London;

·  Dave Morris, Chair, National Federation of Parks and Green Spaces; and

·  Chris Whyte, Operational Director – Environmental Services, London Borough of Brent; and Green Space Lead, London Environment Directors’ Network.

 

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

 

10.3  During the course of the discussion, the Chief Executive, Parks for London, undertook to provide the Committee with the details of the Parks Health Toolkit.

 

10.4   Resolved:

(a)  That the scope and terms of reference for the investigation be agreed.

(b)  That the report and discussion be noted.

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

 

11.

Environment Committee Work Programme pdf icon PDF 70 KB

Report of the Executive Director of Secretariat

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

 

The Committee is recommended to agrees its work programme for the beginning of the 2019/20 Assembly year, as set out in paragraphs 4.2 to 4.4.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

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

 

11.2  Resolved:

 

That the work programme for the beginning of the 2019/20 Assembly year, as set out in paragraphs 4.2 to 4.4 of the report, be noted.

12.

Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting of the Committee is scheduled for 27 June 2019 at 10am in Committee Room 5, City Hall.

Minutes:

12.1  The next meeting of the Committee was scheduled for Thursday, 27 June 2019 at 10.00am in Committee Room 5, 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 12.29pm.