Agenda and minutes

Special Council, Council
Monday, 3rd December, 2018 6.30 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, Town Hall, Katharine Street, Croydon CR0 1NX. View directions

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Disclosure of Interests

In accordance with the Council’s Code of Conduct and the statutory provisions of the Localism Act, Members and co-opted Members of the Council are reminded that it is a requirement to register disclosable pecuniary interests (DPIs) and gifts and hospitality to the value of which exceeds £50 or multiple gifts and/or instances of hospitality with a cumulative value of £50 or more when received from a single donor within a rolling twelve month period. In addition, Members and co-opted Members are reminded that unless their disclosable pecuniary interest is registered on the register of interests or is the subject of a pending notification to the Monitoring Officer, they are required to disclose those disclosable pecuniary interests at the meeting. This should be done by completing the Disclosure of Interest form and handing it to the Democratic Services representative at the start of the meeting. The Chair will then invite Members to make their disclosure orally at the commencement of Agenda item 3. Completed disclosure forms will be provided to the Monitoring Officer for inclusion on the Register of Members’ Interests.



There were no declarations of pecuniary interests. Members confirmed their disclosure of interest forms were accurate and up-to-date.


Urgent Business (if any)

To receive notice of any business not on the agenda which in the opinion of the Chair, by reason of special circumstances, be considered as a matter of urgency.


There were no items of urgent business.



Granting of the Freedom of the Borough

To consider the granting of Freedom the Borough of Croydon to Donna Karen Fraser and Roy Hodgson in the following terms:


“That this Council does hereby confer upon Donna Karen Fraser, Honorary Freedom of the London Borough of Croydon in recognition of her eminent service to sport both as a Representative of Great Britain at European, Commonwealth, World and Olympic Championships and as a sporting leader and ambassador, supporting the success of athletes in Croydon and across the UK. That the Common Seal be affixed to a copy of this Resolution.”


“That this Council does hereby confer upon Roy Hodgson, Honorary Freedom of the London Borough of Croydon in recognition of his eminent service to sport with over 40 years of top flight football management experience including as manager of Crystal Palace Football Club, the Borough’s Premier League club, and the England national team. That the Common Seal be affixed to a copy of this Resolution.”



The recommendations from the Mayoralty and Honorary Freedom Selection Sub-Committee for granting the Freedom of the London Borough of Croydon were put forward to Members of the Council.


Madam Mayor, Councillor Bernadette Khan, invited Councillors Tony Newman, Leader of the Council, and Tim Pollard, Leader of the Conservative Group, to respectively move and second each of the Freedom of the Borough recommendations and to make a short speech in support of the recommendations.


In moving the recommendation for Mr Roy Hodgson to receive the Freedom of the Borough, Cllr Newman highlighted Mr Hodgson had been born and had grown-up in the borough but was better known for his success in managing high profile football teams. It was noted that very few could match his achievements. His leadership of Halmstads BK, Malmo FF, Inter Milan, Liverpool FC and the England national team was specifically highlighted. Under his management, England gained qualification to the 2014 World Cup to the pride of the nation. In 1999, Mr Hodgson had coached a World XI team in a match played to honour Nelson Mandela. Mr Hodgson was reunited with Croydon when he was employed by Crystal Palace Football club in 2017. He went on to lead the team to Premier League survival last season.  It was also noted that Mr Hodgson had brought integrity, dignity and passion to all of his roles at a time in the 1970s and 1980s when football did not always portray those values.


In his speech Councillor Tim Pollard shared that it was a pleasure to second the nomination in recognition of Mr Hodgson’s lifetime achievements in domestic and international football, and as a leading member of the Croydon community. Mr Hodgson’s return to Croydon and Crystal Palace Football Club was welcomed and his successful efforts in keeping the club in the Premiership would be remembered for many years to come. It was also noted that Mr Hodgson had been a teacher at Monks Hill Comprehensive School.


Councillor Newman went on to make a speech in moving the motion for Ms Donna Fraser to receive the Freedom of the Borough. He shared with Members of the Council that she had been born in Thornton Heath, and had a stunning record in domestic and European athletics as a 400m runner. She had represented the country at four successive Olympic Games, an achievement matched by very few.  It was highlighted that since retiring from athletics, Ms Fraser had continued to inspire and give hope to many. She had publicly battled breast cancer and had supported many cancer charities. Additionally, Ms Fraser had put much back into sport as UK Athletics’ Equality, Diversity and Engagement Lead and then as the organisation’s Vice President.


Councillor Tim Pollard shared that it was a delight to second the nomination based on Ms Fraser’s achievements within the borough, in addition to her representation of the country on many occasions and given that she had won medals at many major championships.


Ms Fraser was recognised for being a  ...  view the full minutes text for item 37/18


Admission of Honorary Aldermen and Alderwomen

To consider the Admission of Honorary Aldermen and Alderwomen in the following terms;


That this Council do hereby admit to the Roll of Honorary Aldermen and Alderwomen of the Borough, the following former Councillors, in deserved recognition of eminent and valued public service as elected Councillors of the London Borough of Croydon:


Sara Bashford, Carole Bonner, Mike Fisher, Timothy Godfrey, Dudley Mead, Margaret Mead, Mike Selva, Wayne Trakas-Lawlor, Mark Watson, John Wentworth and Chris Wright.


and that the Common Seal be affixed to a copy of this Resolution.


The recommendations from the Mayoralty and Honorary Freedom Selection Sub-Committee for admission to the Distinguished Roll of Honorary Aldermen and Alderwomen were put forward to Members of the Council.


Councillors Newman and Pollard respectively moved and seconded the recommendations. The Council agreed to the nominations contained in the report for the admission to the Distinguished Roll of Honorary Aldermen and Alderwomen.


Madam Mayor invited Councillors Newman and Tim Pollard to make a short speech in support of those former Councillors who were nominated.


In moving the recommendation, Councillor Newman paid tribute to former Councillor colleagues from both the Labour and Conservative Parties:

·         Carole Bonner was an unsung hero for the support she offered to many through her community work, dedication and support for the then Fieldway Ward;

·         John Wentworth gave many dedicated years of public service to the Council. He served as the Labour Group Chair and led many policy discussions especially related to his passion - the good education of all of Croydon’s young people;

·         Wayne Trakas-Lawlor brought positivity and inspiration into his role as Mayor. He had transformed the lives of many he met for the better;

·         Mike Selva served the Council with a quiet distinction and dignity which few managed. He also took his role as a local ward councillor very seriously helping hundreds of local people resolve their issues;

·         Timothy Godfrey’s contribution as Cabinet Member for Culture had been significant especially in ensuring the future of Fairfield Halls, which would deliver an iconic cultural centre for residents; and

·         Mark Watson’s contribution to bashment music was highlighted along with his support for the go-digital campaign and the regeneration of Surrey Street. His greatest achievement was bringing the Pride Festival to Croydon.


In seconding the recommendation, Councillor Tim Pollard paid tribute to the over 200 years of combined service to the people of Croydon represented by those being admitted to the Honorary Roll: 129 years from the former Conservative Councillors and 72 years from Labour:

·         Sara Bashford had to step down before the last election due to taking on a job that was political restricted but her track record of service made her a very worthy nominee as a former Member of Cabinet and a Deputy Leader of the Conservatives. Personal thanks was given for her support;

·         Mike Fisher was a Leader of the Council from 2006 to 2014 taking enormous pride in the work of his administration which included bringing Westfield to Croydon;

·         Dudley Mead had a thirty-eight year career which saw him Chair many committees, in addition to having been Mayor, a Leader of the Opposition, Council Deputy Leader and a respected Cabinet Member for Housing;

·         Margaret Mead served for a twenty-eight years, was Mayor and for many years led on Adult Social Care and health integration as Cabinet Member. Her policy knowledge was encyclopaedic; and

·         Chris Wright served for twenty-eight years, was a champion of Old Coulsdon and was a font of knowledge on planning issues. He held a variety of senior positions in  ...  view the full minutes text for item 38/18


Exclusion of the Press and Public

The following motion is to be moved and seconded where it is proposed to exclude the press and public from the remainder of a meeting:


“That, under Section 100A(4) of the Local Government Act, 1972, the press and public be excluded from the meeting for the following items of business on the grounds that it involves the likely disclosure of exempt information falling within those paragraphs indicated in Part 1 of Schedule 12A of the Local Government Act 1972, as amended.”



Not required.