London Fire Brigade

Agenda and minutes

London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority
Thursday, 29 March 2018 2.00 pm

Venue: The Chamber, City Hall, The Queen's Walk, London, SE1 2AA. View directions

Contact: Rebecca Arnold, Ground Floor, 169 Union Street, London, SE1 OLL; telephone: 020 8555 1200 ext 30084; e-mail:  rebecca.arnold@london-fire.gov.uk 

Items
No. Item

1.

Apologies for Absence

Minutes:

Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Jack Hopkins and Unmesh Desai AM.

2.

Minutes pdf icon PDF 153 KB

Minutes of the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority meeting held on 24 January 2018.

Minutes:

The motion was made by the Chair – that the minutes of the Authority meeting held on 24 January 2018 be signed as a correct record.

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice-Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

 

The minutes were thereupon signed by the Chair.

3.

Minutes of Committee Meetings pdf icon PDF 73 KB

Minutes of the meetings of the Appointments and Urgency Committee held on 14 June 2017, the Strategy Committee held on 12 March 2018, the Resources Committee held on 16 March 2018 and the Governance, Performance and Audit Committee held on 19 March 2018.

 

[The above minutes are submitted to the Authority for consideration/signing by the Chair as there are no further meetings of these Committees]

 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

The motion was made by the Chair – that the minutes of the meetings of the Appointments and Urgency Committee held on 14 June 2017, the Strategy Committee held on 12 March 2018, the Resources Committee held on 16 March 2018 and the Governance, Performance and Audit Committee held on 19 March 2018 be signed as a correct record.

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice-Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

 

The minutes of the above meetings were thereupon signed by the Chair.

 

4.

Special Announcements by the Chair and reports by the Chair or the Clerk to the Authority of any Communications

Minutes:

The Chair welcomed a number of former LFEPA Members who were present, and it was noted that a reception would be held in the viewing gallery at the close of the meeting to mark what would be the final meeting of the Authority prior to abolition and commencement of the new governance arrangements.

 

On 26 January 2018, the Brigade dealt with a major flooding incident in Hammersmith. Several residential streets and commercial premises were affected including the closing of Ravenscourt Park Underground Station. Thames Water identified that a 20 inch water main had ruptured; water in the area soon reached depths up to 500mm. The incident covered an area of 65000 square metres.  In order to ensure public safety, a systematic search of all affected properties was carried out and  electricity supplies were isolated including electric car charging points. By the close of the incident, crews had assisted at over 100 properties, and led 34 members of the public to safety. Throughout the incident, there was continual close collaboration between the Brigade, the police, local authority and Thames Water. The impact on local residents and businesses was kept to a minimum.  Five days later, the Brigade assisted at another burst water main, largely covering the same area.

 

On the morning of Saturday 3 February 2018, the Brigade received multiple calls to a fire on Trout Road, West Drayton. A well developed fire was discovered in a car spares storage warehouse. Half of the warehouse was alight and the fire was breaking through the roof and impinging on adjacent units. Ten pumps were used to deal with the incident, made more challenging by the presence of several gas cylinders. Crews worked extremely hard to extinguish the fire and protect surrounding buildings.

 

On Monday 12 February 2018 at 23:28 hours, the Brigade received a call to fire in a warehouse in Long Drive, Greenford. On arrival crews were faced with a rapidly developing fire in a very large warehouse housing multiple individual units. Due to the severity of the fire, size of building, partial collapsed structure and heavy fire loading inside, it was extremely difficult to penetrate the building effectively, and in the main crews had to fight the fire from the outside. This was a 20 pump fire and crews remained in attendance, turning over and damping down, for over 7 days.

 

Brigade Control have been recognised with two awards at the inaugural National Control Room Awards ceremony. These awards recognise and celebrate the vital work of staff in emergency control rooms. Number Two Watch, the watch on duty on the night of Grenfell, won the award for team of the year. They were chosen from over 200 nominations.  Assistant Operations Manager Lyn Juby won the lifetime achievement award. Lyn has worked in Brigade Control for 30 years and has dealt with a large number of major incidents. She was nominated for her commitment to Brigade Control, in particular her involvement and dedication with introducing Vision, the Brigade’s mobilising system.  The  ...  view the full minutes text for item 4.

5.

Disclosures of Interests and Dispensations

Clerk to the Authority – known details of membership of the GLA, other functional bodies and London Boroughs are attached as an Appendix to this Agenda.  The Appendix does not remove the need for a Member to declare at the meeting an interest (whether or not listed in the Appendix) in any relevant item on the agenda paper and to state also the nature of that interest 

Minutes:

Resolved – That the details of membership of the GLA, other functional bodies and London Boroughs, as attached as an appendix to the agenda, be noted.  No further disclosures were made.

6.

2018/19 Budget - FEP 2825 pdf icon PDF 771 KB

Director of Finance and Contractual Services – presenting the final draft revenue and capital budget for 2018/19 for approval.

 

[Resources Committee – 16 March 2018]

Minutes:

Report by the Director of Finance and Contractual Services.

 

The Director of Finance and Contractual Services introduced the report setting out the 2018/19 budget which was for the approval of the Authority and adoption by the London Fire Commissioner. 

 

Greg Edwards (FBU) made a submission to the Authority in accordance with Standing Order 15.he also thanked all Authority members and previous Chairs and wished the London Fire Commissioner well for the future.

 

The motion was made by the Chair – That the Authority agrees that –

 

(1)          A 2018/19 revenue budget of £386.8m be approved, being made up of net expenditure of £401.1m with £6.5m funding from earmarked reserves, £12.2m funding from specific grants and a payment of £4.4m to the budget flexibility reserve;

 

(2)          The revenue estimates, as set out in Appendices 1, 3 and 4, showing proposed savings, growth and budget movements, are approved;

(3)          The establishment changes associated with the revenue budget, as set out in Appendices 1, 3 and 4, are approved; and

(4)          The capital programme with gross expenditure in 2018/19 of £39.1m, as set out in Appendix 6, be approved.

The motion was seconded by the Vice-Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

 

 

7.

Treasury Management Strategy Statement for 2018/19 - FEP 2827 pdf icon PDF 782 KB

Director of Finance and Contractual Services – reporting in accordance with Financial Regulations.

 

[Resources Committee – 16 March 2018]

 

Minutes:

Report by the Director of Finance and Contractual Services.

 

The Director of Finance and Contractual Services introduced the report which set out the Treasury Management Strategy Statement for approval by the Authority, to be adopted by the London Fire Commissioner. 

 

The motion was made by the Chair – That the Authority approves the contents of the Treasury Management Strategy Statement.

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice-Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

 

 

 

8.

Honours, Awards and Long Service - FEP 2838 pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Head of Legal and Democratic Services – Providing an update on honours and awards and long service in connection with former and serving employees of the Authority and members of the public.

 

Minutes:

Report by the Head of Legal and Democratic Services.

 

The motion was made by the Chair – That the Authority places on record its congratulations to:

 

(a)           The officers and members of the public mentioned in paragraphs 2, 3 and 4 who received Commissioner’s Certificates of Commendation, Assistant Commissioner’s Certificates of Commendation and Borough Commander’s Letters of Congratulations; and

 

(b)      Those officers  who received the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal or Long Service Certificate (as referred to in paragraph 5).

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice-Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

 

 

 

9.

Authority - Summary List of Actions - FEP 2839 pdf icon PDF 176 KB

Clerk to the  Authority   setting out actions arising from previous meetings of the Authority.

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Report by the Clerk to the Authority.

 

The motion was made by the Chair - That the report be noted.

 

The motion was seconded by the Vice-Chair, put and agreed.

 

Resolved – accordingly.

 

10.

Questions from Members (in accordance with Standing Order 20) – 29 March 2018 – FEP 2840 pdf icon PDF 151 KB

Clerk to the Authority – presenting questions received from Members to be answered by the Chair of the Authority or the Commissioner. 

Additional documents:

Minutes:

Questions from Members for the meeting on 29 March 2018, published in the order received in accordance with Standing Order 20, are set out below.  Additionally, some supplementary questions were asked and replied to by the Commissioner and her Officers.

 

Questions received:

 

Question 495

From Andrew Dismore AM

What progress has there been to bring the West Hampstead cottages back into use; and what is the timetable for this work to be completed to allow people to move in?

 

Commissioner’s written response

All archive searches on the site have now concluded. The planning and heritage aspects of the pre-construction phase of the project are currently being finalised and all plans and other required materials are now being prepared in readiness for a pre-application meeting with the London Borough of Camden which should facilitate a start on site during Quarter 3, 2018 (July - Sept). Assuming there are no delays due to planning or build, the cottages should be ready for occupation by the end of Quarter 1, 2019 (March).

 

 

 

Question 496

From Councillor Mehboob Khan

Does the LFB agree that the waking watch approach is only a temporary solution, if so, how long is it reasonable for this to continue before a long-term solution is implemented and under what circumstances could the LFB enforce the freeholder to implement a long-term solution i.e. replacement of cladding?

 

Commissioner’s written response

The waking watch arrangements are part of the interim measures suggested by the Government to mitigate the risk to residents from fire in high rise residential buildings that have aluminium composite cladding (ACM).  It is not possible to determine what a reasonable period for these arrangements to stay in place would be as the circumstances of each building will vary.  What is clear is that the removal of the ACM is critical to any decision to remove the interim arrangements. 

 

It is the responsibility of the building owners to obtain the advice of a competent person to determine the measures appropriate for their premises. LFB have been working closely with the responsible persons for buildings across London providing advice and guidance on the general fire precautions in these buildings and on the implementation and sufficiency of the interim arrangements. 

 

The issue of enforcement is complex and any decision to enforce would be based on the risk and the circumstances of the building in question.  With regard to the specific point of the replacement of cladding, the Government position is that cladding sits outside of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order and as such this is not an issue upon which LFB could enforce.

 

As part of our role in monitoring the interim arrangements in place, where, in the opinion of LFB officers, those arrangements are insufficient or inappropriate to mitigate the risks to residents we will advise the responsible person accordingly.  Where there is no improvement to those arrangements as a result of this advice or the interim measures remain insufficient we will consider the suitability of the fire risk assessment and  ...  view the full minutes text for item 10.

11.

Urgent Business

Any other items the Chair considers urgent.

Minutes:

There was no urgent business. The Chair paid tribute to all those Members, officers and firefighters who had worked for and served on LFEPA since 2000, and stated that members had been humbled by witnessing firefighters doing a remarkable job, in sometimes harrowing circumstances, to save lives and keep Londoners safe, and were truly grateful for this. She reported that she had enjoyed the role and thanked Authority members for their support on a cross-party basis. She expressed her thanks to former Authority members present, and the Commissioner, her Officers and the Clerk and his Officers for all their support in authority meetings. She concluded by saying she was looking forward to making the new governance structure work in her new role as Deputy Mayor and working with the London Assembly Fire, Resilience and Emergency Planning Committee.

 

 The Conservative Group Leader thanked LFB and LFEPA staff, as well as the FBU and the staff side, and paid tribute to a number of former Authority members. He stated it had been a privilege to have been one of the five Chairs of the Authority and to have worked with such good people ranging from senior staff to staff at fire stations. He concluded by wishing the Chair and the Commissioner well in their new roles, in which they would be scrutinised by the Assembly’s new Fire, Resilience and Emergency Planning Committee under Assembly Member Hall’s Chairmanship.

 

The Commissioner reported that she had enjoyed working with the Authority and thanked them for their support, She stated that she was looking forward to the challenges of the new role, and that she was committed to continuing the transparent arrangements for sharing information with the Assembly.