Agenda and draft minutes

Joint meeting of the Alexandra Park & Palace Statutory Advisory Committee and the Alexandra Palace and Park Consultative Committee
Monday, 4th October, 2021 7.30 pm

Venue: Transmitter Hall, Alexandra Palace Way, London, N22 7AY

Contact: Philip Slawther, Principal Committee Co-ordinator  3541 Email: fiona.rae@haringey.gov.uk

Items
No. Item

1.

ELECTION OF A CHAIR FOR THE MEETING

Minutes:

RESOLVED

 

Nigel Wilmott was nominated as Chair for this meeting.

2.

FILMING AT MEETINGS

Please note this meeting may be filmed or recorded by the Council for live or subsequent broadcast via the Council’s internet site or by anyone attending the meeting using any communication method.  Members of the public participating in the meeting (e.g. making deputations, asking questions, making oral protests) should be aware that they are likely to be filmed, recorded or reported on.  By entering the ‘meeting room’, you are consenting to being filmed and to the possible use of those images and sound recordings.

 

The Chair of the meeting has the discretion to terminate or suspend filming or recording, if in his or her opinion continuation of the filming, recording or reporting would disrupt or prejudice the proceedings, infringe the rights of any individual, or may lead to the breach of a legal obligation by the Council.

Minutes:

Noted.

3.

APOLOGIES FOR ABSENCE

To receive any apologies for absence.

Minutes:

The following apologies for absence were received:

 

SAC

 

Cllr Moyeed, Cllr Berryman, Cllr Chiriyankandath, Cllr Ibrahim, Cllr Dixon.

 

Jason Beazley - Three Avenues Residents’ Association.

David Frith – The Rookfield Association

 

Consultative Committee

 

Cllr Hearn

Dick Hudson – Warner Estate Residents Association

Jason Beazley - TARA

4.

DECLARATIONS OF INTEREST

A member with a disclosable pecuniary interest or a prejudicial interest in a matter who attends a meeting of the authority at which the matter is considered:

 

(i) must disclose the interest at the start of the meeting or when the interest becomes apparent, and

(ii) may not participate in any discussion or vote on the matter and must withdraw from the meeting room.

 

A member who discloses at a meeting a disclosable pecuniary interest which is not registered in the Register of Members’ Interests or the subject of a pending notification must notify the Monitoring Officer of the interest within 28 days of the disclosure.

 

Disclosable pecuniary interests, personal interests and prejudicial interests are defined at Paragraphs 5-7 and Appendix A of the Members’ Code of Conduct

Minutes:

None.

5.

URGENT BUSINESS

The Chair will consider the admission of any late items of Urgent Business. (Late items of Urgent Business will be considered under the agenda item where they appear. New items of Urgent Business will be dealt with under item X below).

Minutes:

None.

6.

MINUTES pdf icon PDF 134 KB

(i)            To approve the minutes of the Joint Meeting of the Statutory Advisory and Consultative Committees held on 16 August 2021as a correct record.

 

(ii)          To note the draft minutes of the Statutory Advisory Committee meeting held on 16 August 2021.

 

(iii)         To note the draft minutes of the Alexandra Palace and Park Board meeting held on 12 July 2021.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

*Clerk’s Note - The SAC/CC induction briefing is attached to these minutes

 

 

RESOLVED

 

(i)            That the minutes of the Joint Meeting of the Statutory Advisory and Consultative Committees held on 16 August 2021 were agreed as a correct record.

 

(ii)          That draft minutes of the Statutory Advisory Committee meeting held on 16 August 2021 were noted

 

(iii)         That the draft minutes of the Alexandra Palace and Park Board meeting held on 12 July 2021 were noted.

 

SAC/CC induction briefing pdf icon PDF 441 KB

7.

CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO) UPDATE pdf icon PDF 139 KB

To receive an update from the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) on current issues and projects at Alexandra Park and Palace and additional information on the events programme and a range of activities of the Charitable Trust.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Louise Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, introduced the report which provided an update on current issues and projects at Alexandra Park and Palace and additional information on the events programme and a range of activities of the Charitable Trust. The following arose as part of the discussion of this report:

a.    Jacob O’Callaghan, Alexandra Park and Palace Conservation Area Advisory Committee, reiterated his concerns raised at the previous meeting around his view that the Trustees should be enforcing bylaws instead of the current traffic enforcement arrangements. Jacob O’Callaghan advised that he had written to the Head of Legal at Haringey Council on this point. As part of the discussion on this, it was suggested that increasing the charges associated with fixed penalty notices would not necessarily result in increased recovery of fines as the recovery process could be long and some people would simply not pay. It was suggested that there was also a correlation between the cost of the fine and its recovery rate. Cllr Stennett raised practical concerns with asking enforcement officers to operate in the area late at night.

b.    It was suggested that enforcement was difficult as it would require council enforcement officers to operate on APPCT land and would also likely require significant fines to make it financially viable.

c.    It was further commented that many people would like to see the removal of the barriers and barricades as they looked unsightly. The Chief Executive Officer acknowledged concerns about the barriers but commented that the bylaws were not considered to be the most cost effective measures and would also require using enforcement officers.

d.    The CEO advised the JSAC/CC that she was prioritising the Trust’s financial wellbeing at the minute and that she did not have a better solution to the barriers at present. The Chief Executive Officer suggested that she would continue to take stock of the issue and review it going forwards.

e.    In relation to a question, APPCT advised that the planning application for the West Hall had been submitted a while ago but they had not received any indication from the Council on when this would be taken to Planning Committee.

f.     In response to a question around public toilet locations, the JSAC/CC was advised that there was a single toilet at the Pitch and Putt but this had been closed due to poor drainage. There were also toilets outside the lakeside café. The other toilet location was a compost toilet at the Learning Zone but this was not open to the public. The JSAC/CC commented on the need for good quality public toilet provision.

g.    An application for a Changing Places scheme toilet in the East Court had been submitted. It was also noted that that the Grove Café had a toilet but that this had been closed due to Covid.

h.    The JSAC/CC commented that the Phoenix Bar looked great. APPCT advised that a new food and drinks menu had been introduced to focus on pizzas and a good  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.

8.

NON-VOTING BOARD MEMBERS FEEDBACK

Minutes:

Duncan Neill fed back to the JSAC/CC on the financial report, it was noted that the Board were looking to publish their accounts later in the year. The Trustees had a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that they were happy with the finances of the Trust and that the Trust was solvent.

9.

ITEMS RAISED BY INTERESTED GROUPS

Minutes:

The JSAC/CC were asked about APPCT commitments around climate change, particularly in light of the upcoming COP 26 meeting. In response, the Palace advised that they had made progress in some areas but less so in others. The JSAC/CC were advised that sustainability was one of the key areas that they were looking into in the East Wing. Most of the events put on at the palace were almost plastic free as they Palace used Vegware and that this was disposed of sustainably.

 

In response to a question about why the fireworks were only on for one night this year, the Palace advised that they put on what they thought was achievable in the current circumstances.

10.

NEW ITEMS OF URGENT BUSINESS

To consider any items admitted at item 5above.

Minutes:

None.

11.

DATES OF FUTURE MEETINGS

To note the dates of future meetings:

 

30 November 2021

9 March 2022

 

Minutes:

30 November 2021

9 March 2022