Decision Maker: Lead Member for Transport and Environment
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: Yes
To consider the Notice of Motion proposed by
Councillor Field and seconded by Councillor Lambert
12.1 The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport along with written comments from Councillor Kathryn Field as the proposer of the motion.
12.2 The Lead Member RESOLVED to recommend that the County Council approve an amended motion as set out below:
(1) The Environment Agency to swiftly complete a full and transparent investigation into the 5th February Eastbourne discharge, and sewage discharges across East Sussex.
(2) Recommendations from investigations be published with clear action plans agreed with the regulators where appropriate.
(3) Southern Water to take responsibility for sewage discharges in East Sussex and apologise to residents, businesses and visitors where appropriate to do so and offer a full explanation.
(4) The regulators to consider stronger penalties or mechanisms to reduce incidents of unauthorised discharges of sewage.
12.3 The Council recognises the importance of this issue and the impact that it has on East Sussex residents, businesses, visitors and the environment.
Report author: Nick Claxton
Publication date: 13/06/2022
Date of decision: 13/06/2022
Decided at meeting: 13/06/2022 - Lead Member for Transport and Environment
Effective from: 18/06/2022