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To receive any apologies.
To authorise the signing of the minutes of the Council Meeting held on 20th September 2023, attached.
Announcements from the Lord Mayor and Leader
Matters especially brought forward by the Lord Mayor and the Leader.
Deputations, Petitions and Public Questions
To receive any requests for Deputations, Presentation of Petitions or Public Questions.
Verbal Report of the Leader of the Council.
(a) Moved by Councillor Moulton
Council recognises that the planned closure of the restaurants in the Potters Court and Erskine Court Extra Care homes has not been handled well, leading to considerable distress to residents and families. The announcement of the closure with the original planned date of end of October did not allow for proper consultation or planning. Council recognises the importance of the restaurants for the wellbeing of residents and urges the Executive to work with potential alternative operators to find an enduring solution to keep them open permanently.
Furthermore, Council asks that for any such changes in the future that ward councillors are fully and proactively engaged, in a timely manner, that the welfare of vulnerable residents is properly considered, and that changes are effectively managed with co-ordination across all council departments involved.
(b) Moved by Councillor P Baillie
Southampton City Council, through the Housing Revenue Account, is the most important landlord in Southampton. Its actions as the landlord impact the lives of tens of thousands of people directly, but also many other tens of thousands indirectly, who look up to the HRA for guidance and leadership.
Council notes that since 2012 there has been a sustained lack of investment in HRA. Council also notes that the HRA has ring-fenced finances and is unaffected by outside financial turmoil.
Council thus finds the present situation of void homes taking over 90 days to get ready, the repair service in disarray, and worst of all the percentage of homes meeting the Decent Homes Standard down from 99% to around 50%, unacceptable and Council asks the Executive to prioritise getting homes fit for living in, well repaired, and that the time taken to sort out standard voids is brought below 3 weeks quickly. Council notes that the cost alone of the time taken to sort out voids is around £3.5M per year, and in addition over 550 families could have been in HRA housing for a year.
Council also notes that there has been a complete stop on Estate Regeneration for political reasons, despite an urgent need for new housing.
Finally Council notes that previous Cabinet Members for Housing have appeared to not be equal to the tasks and asks the current Cabinet Member whether she is really up to the difficult challenges ahead.
Council asks that a full apology is given to council tenants, from the Cabinet Member, for the quite terrible performance of the HRA.
(c) Moved by Councillor Powell-Vaughan
Radicalisation poses a significant threat to the safety, unity, and wellbeing of our community, leading to potential acts of violence and social division. It is the responsibility of Southampton City Council [and partners] to proactively address this issue and implement measures to prevent radicalisation among our residents.
Effective strategies to prevent radicalisation require a multi-agency approach, involving local authorities, educational institutions, law enforcement, healthcare providers, and community organisations.
Council therefore agrees to propose the following actions:
Questions from Members to the Chairs of Committees or the Mayor
To consider any question of which notice has been given under Council Procedure Rule 11.2.
Appointments to Committees, Sub-Committees and Other Bodies
To deal with any appointments to Committees, Sub-Committees or other bodies as required.
Report of the Scrutiny Manager detailing
Council with a summary of the use of the Call-in procedure since
the previous update in May 2023.
Exclusion of the Press and Public - Exempt Papers included in the following Item (if needed)
To move that in
accordance with the Council’s Constitution, specifically the
Access to Information Procedure Rules contained within the
Constitution, the press and public be excluded from the meeting in
respect of any consideration of the exempt
appendix to the
Report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Change seeking approval for the disposal of One Guildhall Square.
NOTE: There will be prayers by Fr. Anthony Chiatu Njingo in the Mayor’s Reception Room at 1.45 pm for Members of the Council and Officers who wish to attend.