Agenda and minutes

Call-In Sub-Committee - Thursday 30 July 2009 7.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber Harrow Civic Centre

Contact: Pauline Ferris, Senior Professional Democratic Services  Tel: 020 8424 1269 E-mail:

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Attendance by Reserve Members

To note the attendance at this meeting of any duly appointed Reserve Members.


Reserve Members may attend meetings:-


(i)                 to take the place of an ordinary Member for whom they are a reserve;

(ii)               where the ordinary Member will be absent for the whole of the meeting;

(iii)             the meeting notes at the start of the meeting at the item ‘Reserves’ that the Reserve Member is or will be attending as a reserve;

(iv)             if a Reserve Member whose intention to attend has been noted arrives after the commencement of the meeting, then that Reserve Member can only act as a Member from the start of the next item of business on the agenda after his/her arrival.



RESOLVED:  To note the attendance at this meeting of the following duly appointed Reserve Members:-


Ordinary Member


Reserve Member


Councillor Mark Versallion

Councillor Dinesh Solanki



Declarations of Interest

To receive declarations of personal or prejudicial interests, arising from business to be transacted at this meeting, from:


(a)               all Members of the Sub-Committee;

(b)               all other Members present in any part of the room or chamber.



RESOLVED:  To note that the following interests were declared:


Agenda Item



Nature of Interest

4.      West Harrow Area – Proposed CPZ

Councillor Julia Merison

Personal interest as a West Harrow Councillor.




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That the minutes of the meeting held on 7 April 2009 be taken as read and signed as a correct record.



RESOLVED:  That the minutes of the meeting held on 7 April 2009, be taken as read and signed as a correct record.


West Harrow Area Proposed CPZ pdf icon PDF 6 MB

The following documents are attached:-


(a)               Notice Invoking the Call-in and supporting information


(b)               Record of the Decision of the Environment Services and Community Safety Portfolio Holder and documentation sent.


Additional documents:


Prior to the commencement of the consideration of the Call-In matter, the Chairman advised that the Portfolio Holder for Environment Services & Community Safety was in attendance at the Sub?Committee to respond to the call?in as part of the requirement of that process.


The Portfolio Holder for Environment Services & Community Safety had agreed a decision in relation to the Proposed West Harrow Area Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) – Results of Public Consultation.   A Call?In Notice calling in the decision had been subsequently received, signed by more than 150 members of the public and the decision had therefore been referred to this Sub?Committee for consideration.


The Sub-Committee received the notice invoking the call?in procedure, the report of the Corporate Director of Community & Environment submitted to the Portfolio Holder and the relevant Decision Notice.


The decision had been called-in on four grounds:


·                     inadequate consultation with stakeholders;


·                     absence of adequate evidence upon which to base a decision;


·                     decision contrary to the Policy Framework;


·                     potential human rights challenge


The Chairman, after outlining the procedure to be followed at the meeting, noted the submission of additional information by the West Harrow Residents Group.  The Sub?Committee agreed the information be considered and adjourned from 7.40 pm to 7.50 pm to allow members to consider the content of the additional papers.


Upon reconvening the meeting the Chairman invited Nick Goodhart to speak on behalf of the signatories.  Mr Goodhart addressed each of the points raised within the Call In Notice outlining the concerns the West Harrow Residents Group had with regard to each and where they felt failures had occurred to the process followed to date. 


MrGoodhart referred to the consultation documents circulated stating that he considered these to not fully set out the implications of the proposed CPZ, together with the implications of the loss of parking spaces that would result.  He further expressed the view that he did not believe all persons affected had been consulted and in referring to the evidence presented by officers noted the admission of discrepancies, stating that this demonstrated the decision had been made prior to the full evidence being available.  He referred to the policy framework and human rights elements of the Call In Notice setting out how he believed these had been contravened.  Mr Goodhart concluded by requesting the sub-committee to approve the reasons for Call In of the decision and to request that the matter be referred for consideration by the full Council.


Upon being invited to respond, the Portfolio Holder for Environment Services & Community Safety advised that the process leading to her decision had been underway for some considerable time and had included reports to Transport and Road Safety Advisory Panel.  The purpose of considering CPZ’s arose when an area was identified as experiencing issues with parking.  The process undertaken most recently had been an informal consultation process to seek the views of the affected residents and businesses in respect of whether they would wish such a zone to be  ...  view the full minutes text for item 43.