Yesterday's Brent Cabinet completed all 10 decision items in 40 minutes, underlining the fact that this 'public meeting' merely serves as a rubber stamp with any real discussion and debate taking place elsewhere in private.
A member of the public had applied to speak on one of the items but Cllr Butt ruled that the request had not complied with the required amount of notice.
The extensive Climate Strategy item for was dealt with in just 3 minutes with Environment lead Cllr Krupa Sheth reading aloud a short prepared statement. As well as the main report there were six Appendices. We were left unenlightened about what exactly is involved in the creation of 'Sustainable Neighbourhoods' and why there were no plans for safe and accessible cycling routes in the borough.
Cllr Promise Knight was unwell so was not present for two key items including the conversion of 24 in-fill units at Watling Gardens from London Affordable Rent to Shared Ownership. The CEO had to remind Cllr Butt of an addition to the report stipulating that the change had to be approved by the Planning Committee. This appears to have been the result of Philip Grant's intervention covered on Wembley Matters HERE.
It was also left to the CEO to make a passing mention of the risks involved in the arrangements for Brent Council's purchase of hoiusing units at the Euro House development in Wembley Park.
The meeting only livened up, if you can call a couple of questions livening up, at the end when a restructure of the counci's senior management, deleting one post, was discussed.
The items and decisions can be viewed HERE