Barnet Labour secures road safety survey for crossing at Montrose Park

Barnet council have agreed to investigate road safety measures in the Silkstream Road and Montrose Avenue area of Burnt Oak following the death of a 4 year old boy in a road traffic accident earlier this year.

In a member's item to the Hendon Area Committee (24 July) Labour councillors called for consideration to be given to speed limits, road signage, and a temporary pedestrian crossing across Montrose Avenue from Silkstream Park to Montrose Park, until the permanent crossing that is planned there is constructed.

The Committee agreed to allocate £2,500 for a feasibility survey which will be reported back in December.

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Mayor's casting vote saves Tory Children's Chief from vote of no confidence following damning OFSTED report

Conservative Chair of Barnet's Children's Services committee, Cllr Reuben Thompstone, was saved from a vote of no confidence by the casting vote of the Mayor at last night's Full Council meeting (25 July).

Labour councillors called for Cllr Thompstone to resign following the damning OFSTED rating of Children's Services as 'inadequate', and moved the vote of no confidence during the debate on the inspection report.

Thirty one councillors voted for Cllr Thompstone to be replaced (30 Labour and 1 Lib Dem), with 31 Conservative councillors voting for him to remain and one Conservative councillor absent. The deadlock was overcome when the Mayor used his casting vote to save Cllr Thompstone.

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Barnet Council warn schools face "financial challenges" from National Funding Formula cuts

Barnet Council's end of year performance report warns that a growing number of the borough's schools are facing financial challenges because of the new National Funding Formula.

The report, which was discussed at last week's Performance & Contract Management Committee (4 July), states that: "It is estimated that Barnet schools on average will lose 1% of current funding by 2019/20 as a result of the National Funding Formula. This comes on top of growing pressures on schools budgets arising from annual pay rises and increases in employers' National Insurance and pension contributions. As a result, a growing number of schools are facing financial challenges."

Labour councillors are running a petition opposing the National Funding Formula cuts and calling for a fair deal for Barnet's schools. 

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Statement on OFSTED rating of Barnet's Children's Services as 'inadequate'

Following publication of the OFSTED report rating Barnet's Children's Services as 'inadequate', Leader of the Labour Group, Cllr Barry Rawlings said: "This is a damning report on children's social care in Barnet - children and families are clearly being let down by the standard of services Barnet Council provides. 

"The removal of a tier of middle management in a re-structure of children's services in 2014 resulted in Barnet losing 38% of its social care staff. The over reliance on a large number of agency staff following that re-structure has had a disastrous effect on the quality and consistency of social care work.

"We raised concerns about the quality of children's social care practice, and the high vacancy rate and agency worker rate a year ago at both the Performance Committee and Children's Committee, and called for additional resources for children's services to be considered. 

"While extra funds were provided to deal with recruitment and retention problems, Barnet obviously still has a significant way to go to reach the quality of service families and vulnerable children deserve. 

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Barnet Tories deliver only 12% affordable homes in 2015/16

Conservative-run Barnet Council are set to fail their affordable homes target by a mile for the last two years - delivering only 12% (190 homes) in 2015/16 and 17% (350 homes) in 2016/17 against a target of 40%, according to provisional figures published in a report at this week's Performance & Contract Management Committee (4 July).

This means Barnet has missed out on securing 837 additional affordable homes for residents in those two years, at a time when concern about the lack of affordable housing is one of the top three local issues in the Residents' Perception Survey.

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Govia to attend Barnet Environment Committee on Great Northern and Thameslink rail services

Representatives from the Thameslink and Great Northern Rail operator - Govia - will be attending the next Environment Committee meeting on 13 July to answer questions about cancellations and the poor level of service on these rail routes serving the borough.

Govia's attendance follows a member's item from West Hendon Labour councillor, Adam Langleben in October last year, which set out examples from a local resident of frequent cancellations on the Great Northern Rail.

Members of the public can submit questions or comments to the Committee by emailing paul.frost@barnet.gov.uk by 10am on Monday 10 July.
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Christ College governors vote for co-educational status

School Governors at Christ College School on East End Road, East Finchley have voted in favour of converting the school to becoming co-educational, and accepting both boys and girls from September 2018. This follows a recent public consultation in which more than two-thirds of the public who responded supported the proposals.

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Barnet Labour: Government must pay for £10m fire safety works on council tower blocks

Barnet's Labour councillors are calling on the Government to meet the £10m cost of essential fire safety works in Barnet Council's social housing tower blocks.

The Housing Committee last night (26 June) agreed a £10m initial investment from Barnet's Housing Revenue Account (HRA) for fire safety works to ensure best practice fire safety is introduced in Barnet Homes managed tower blocks.

The works include removing and rectifying cladding on three tower blocks in Granville Road which recently failed fire safety tests despite complying with building regulations laid down by Government.

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Residents celebrate as "high rise creep" development at North London Business Park is refused

Barnet's Planning Committee (22 June) have refused a planning application from Comer Homes Group for a development of 1,350 homes including high rise blocks up to 9 storeys and a new free school on the 17 hectare North London Business Park site (NLBP) in Brunswick Park ward.

The Committee found that the proposal was overdevelopment and completely out of character with the area. The Council's own planning policies state that tall buildings over 7 storeys or 26 metres are only allowed in specified locations and that “outside of these specific locations, proposals for tall buildings will not be supported”.

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Barnet agree to review emergency planning following Grenfell Tower tragedy

Barnet Council's Community Leadership Committee (21 June) has agreed to review the borough's emergency planning arrangements in light of the Grenfell Tower tragedy to ensure any lessons are learned in providing information, advice and support to members of the public following a major incident.

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