Agenda and minutes

Full Council
Tuesday, 5th December, 2017 10.00 am

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, Lewes. View directions

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Minutes of the meeting held on 17 October 2017 pdf icon PDF 275 KB

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39.1     RESOLVED – to confirm the minutes of the previous meeting of the County Council held on 17 October 2017 as a correct record subject to paragraph 31.6 being amended to read Ringmer Library rather than Lewes Library.


Apologies for absence

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Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Tania Charman and Darren Grover.


Chairman's business

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41.1    The Chairman paid tribute to Trevor May, who had represented the Old Hastings and Mount Pleasant Division from 1997 to 2001, following his recent death.  On behalf of the Council the Chairman offered condolences to Trevor’s  family and friends.

41.2    The Council stood in silence as a mark of respect for their former colleague Trevor May.


41.3    The Chairman reported that he had attended a number of engagements since the last meeting including: the visit of guests from Blois at Lewes Town Hall, the Eastbourne Silver Band Concert of Remembrance, the Remembrance Day Parade in Lewes, the East Sussex Prayer Breakfast and the British Empire Medal investiture ceremony at Brighton Town Hall. The Vice Chairman also attended a number of events.


41.4     The Chairman thanked the Reverend Steve Daughtery of Southover Church, Lewes for leading th prayers before the meeting.


41.5     The Chairman informed the Council that immediately before the meeting the following petitions had been received:

Councillor Philip Daniel

- calling on the County Council not to close Ringmer Library


Councillor Godfrey Daniel


- calling on the County Council to replace the crumbling and dangerously uneven roadway, pavements and kerbs, and to enhance the street lighting in the area of York Gardens, Hastings


Councillor Lambert


- calling on the County Council to withdraw the Get a Grip campaign and issue a public apology  


Councillor O’Keeffe

- calling on the County Council to install a pedestrian Crossing on the Offham Road, Lewes 

Councillors Daniel Shing and Stephen Shing

-  calling on the County Council not to close Polegate and Willingdon Libraries


Councillor Shuttleworth


- calling on the County Council not to close Langney Library


Councillor Swansborough

- calling on the County Council not to close Willingdon Library

Councillor Tutt

- calling on the County Council to improve footways in St Anthony’s ward



Questions from members of the public pdf icon PDF 341 KB

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42.1     Copies of the questions asked by Richard Moore from Lewes, Esme Needhan from Hastings, Hugh Dunkerley from Brighton, Anna Reggiani from Forest Row, Gabriel Carlyle from St Leonards on Sea, Arkady Johns from St Leonards on Sea, Arnold Simanowitz from Lewes, Dirk Campbell from Lewes, Fran Witt from Lewes, John McGowan from Lewes, Greg Lewis-Brown from Forest Row, Simon Lewis from Seaford, Jo Nye from Bexhill on Sea, Emma Lynch from Seaford, Layla Dyer from Lewes, Karen Wilkinson from the Parents Union, Stephen Keogh from Willingdon, Ella Lewis from Seaford, Judy Lewis from Lewes, Lorraine Heugh from Robertsbridge, Julie Ryan from Hastings, Felicity Bull from Lewes and Nick Swift from Forest Row and the answers from Councillor Stogdon (Chair of the Pension Committee), Councillor Standley (Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability) and Councillor Bentley (Lead Member for Communities and Safety) are attached to the minutes. Supplementary questions were asked and responded to.


Declarations of Interest

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43.1     There were no declarations of interest


Petition pdf icon PDF 268 KB

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44.1 Ella Lewis (representative of the petitioners) addressed the County Council prior to the debate. The Council agreed to vary procedure to enable all councillors who wished to speak to do so.


44.2 The following motion was moved by Councillor Standley and seconded:


That the Council, whilst noting the petitioner’s comments:


1.    Recognises the need for action to reduce avoidable absence from schools in East Sussex;


2.    Agrees that the Get A Grip campaign successfully highlighted the concerns regarding attendance; and


3.    Agrees that the Council continue to work with teachers and parents to improve attendance as part of the policies to improve educational attainment in all schools across the County.



44.2     The following amendment was moved by Councillor Lambert and seconded:


Delete Councillor Standley’s motion and replace it with:

Responsible parents are well aware of the need to ensure maximum school attendance by their children.  We all want the best results from education for our children – they are our future. 

Parents acknowledge the concerns of the County Council in wishing to highlight the importance of regular school attendance.  However, the Get a Grip campaign has been detrimental in achieving this.  Responsible parents feel under attack, and it is unlikely that those less committed to their children’s education will be motivated by the campaign which is viewed by many people as patronising and aggressive in tone.

This Council resolves to request the Executive to:

·         pause the campaign

·         acknowledge the concerns of large numbers of parents about the nature of the communications they have received from the Council

·         establish a forum with volunteer parents and other appropriate stakeholders to find a more constructive way on engaging with this issue to enable the campaign to move forward on a constructive and positive basis that engages and motivates, rather than alienates, parents.


35.5 The following amendment to Councillor Lambert’s amendment was moved by Councillor Stephen Shing and seconded. The amendment was LOST:


Insert the following point at the end of Councillor Lambert’s amendment:


·         Council should use its resources to work with the 5% of children missing school to help those vulnerable children to attend school


35.6 A recorded vote on Councillor Lambert’s amendment was requested and taken. The amendment was LOST, the votes being cast as follows:




Councillors Philip Daniel, Field, Lambert, O’Keeffe, Osborne, Rodohan, Daniel Shing, Stephen Shing, Shuttleworth, Swansborough, Tutt, Ungar and Wallis



Barnes, Beaver, Belsey, Bennett, Bentley, Boorman, Bowdler, Charles Clark, Martin Clarke, Davies, Chris Dowling, Claire Dowling, Earl, Elford, Elkin, Enever, Ensor, Fox, Galley, Glazier, Liddiard, Loe, Maynard, Pragnell, Sheppard, Simmons, Smith, Standley, Stogdon, Taylor, Tidy, and Whetstone.





Councillors Godfrey Daniel, Scott and Webb


35.8 A recorded vote was requested on the motion moved by Councillor Standley as follows:


That the Council, whilst noting the petitioner’s comments:


1.    Recognises the need for action to reduce avoidable absence from schools in East Sussex;


2.    Agrees that the Get A Grip campaign successfully highlighted  ...  view the full minutes text for item 44.


Questions from County Councillors pdf icon PDF 75 KB

(a)  Oral questions to Cabinet Members

(b)  Written Questions of which notice has been given pursuant to Standing Order 44



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45.1     The following members asked questions of the Lead Cabinet Members indicated and they responded:






Councillor Philip Daniel

Councillor Simmons

Support for restoration of Lewes to Uckfield railway line in light of the Government’s strategic vision for rail 


Councillor Field

Councillor Glazier

Number of children in East Sussex living in absolute poverty and plan to tackle this issue


Councillor Ungar


Councillor Maynard


Plans to ensure continuity of care in the event of the closure of any care homes in the county


Councillor Webb

Councillor Maynard

Funding for adult social care arising from  government settlement   


Councillor Scott

Councillor Bennett

Plans for severe winter weather and provision of ‘Hippo’ bags in local areas 


Councillor Belsey


Councillor Simmons


Impact of decision by ferry operator to continue service from Newhaven for a further 5 years




Councillor O’Keeffe

Councillor Elkin

Role of County Council in determining the policy of the District and Borough Councils in East Sussex regarding discretionary council tax rebate or relief




Councillor Stephen Shing

Councillor Bennett

Programme of dropped kerb installations


Councillor Lambert


Councillor Bennett

Policy for installation of electric charging points for vehicles in East Sussex

Councillor Daniel Shing

Councillor Bennett

Standard of work undertaken by highway contractor


Councillor Stephen Shing


Councillor Bennett

Cost of repair of potholes




45.2    Two written questions were received from Councillors Shuttleworth and Fied for the Lead Member for Strategic Management and Economic Development and the  Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability. The questions and answers are attached to these minutes.


45.3 The Lead Members responded to  supplementary questions