Statement on Feltham Assembly Hall from Hounslow Council Chief Executive

On 29 March the Council published details of a decision by the Cabinet Member for Green Policy and Leisure to change the lease and management arrangements for Feltham Assembly Hall.

Published: Wednesday, 11th April 2018

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On 29 March the Council published details of a decision by the Cabinet Member for Green Policy and Leisure to change the lease and management arrangements for Feltham Assembly Hall by granting a new lease to the Feltham Hira Association. 

As is normal practice, the implementation of this decision is subject to call-in ­- a procedure laid down in the Council’s Constitution under which a minimum of eight serving Councillors may ask for a decision to be considered by the Council’s Overview & Scrutiny Committee before it is put into effect.

Ten serving members of the Council have today called in this decision, citing concerns in areas including consultation, and the financial and legal implications of the decision. 

The decision will not therefore take effect until the call-in process has been concluded and any recommendations that arise have been considered.

After consulting with the Leader of the Council and the Chair of the Overview & Scrutiny Committee, I have decided that the Overview and Scrutiny Committee cannot now properly consider this matter until after the local election. Since the proposal was published it has generated considerable local controversy. It is not appropriate, given that we are now in the pre-election ‘purdah’ period and we have Councillors seeking re-election on both sides of the argument – both proposing the new arrangements and supporting the call-in – to proceed any further at this point. 

Once we have held the Council’s Annual General Meeting on Tuesday 22nd May and know which Councillors have been appointed to which positions, we will take the call-in forward. If any of the Councillors who have supported the call-in are not standing for re-election or are not re-elected, this will not affect the validity of the call-in, which will still proceed.

So, the clock is in effect stopped on the decision and the call-in process until after Tuesday 22 May, after which date I will be clear with everyone about the process and timetable going forward.

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