The commission's remit covers the areas of housing, leisure and culture, planning, sustainability, waste and street cleanliness. It also performs the statutory crime and disorder committee function through its scrutiny of the community safety partnership. This partnership is made up of a wide range of members including the police, probation, the Council's Chief Executive and health professionals. It has a range of duties related to community safety, including the implementation of a community safety plan for the reduction of crime and disorder in the area.
Investigations in 2017/18
Fire safety and the Council's response to the Grenfell Tower tragedy
Following the appalling tragedy at Grenfell Tower in West London, the commission is currently carrying out an investigation into fire safety. A meeting in July heard from the cabinet member of housing and relevant officers on the Council's immediate response to the tragedy.
The commission is continuing to keep the response under review. Its next meeting at 7pm on 11 September at Stoke Newington Town Hall, will further explore the Council's work to ensure that its existing and new housing is safe, and the readiness of its emergency planning service to respond effectively to issues. In addition, members are hoping to question a sample of registered providers (housing associations) and private housing providers, and the London Fire Brigade on their responses.
Residents are also invited to join members on a tour of the Council's emergency planning facilities at 6pm. These facilities are also based at Stoke Newington Town Hall.
The commission is exploring a number of other housing related items during the year. This includes aspects around the management of external contractors, and gauging progress on improving the experiences of customers reporting repairs.
On community safety, the commission will explore the response of the Council and the Police to the increase in moped-enabled and moped-related crime. It will seek an update on the progress made by local probation services in response to a critical inspection report, and will explore how a newly structured enforcement function of the Council is bedding in.
Full work programme and meetings
You can view the commission's full work programme for the year on the agenda for each of its meetings.