Agenda and minutes

Full Council
Tuesday, 27th March, 2018 10.00 am

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

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Items
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55.

Minutes of the meeting held on 6 February 2018 pdf icon PDF 402 KB

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55.1     RESOLVED – to confirm the minutes of the previous meeting of the County Council held on 6 February 2018 as a correct record

56.

Apologies for absence

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56.1     An apology for absence was received from Councillor Matthew Beaver, Bob Bowdler, Dsaniel Shing and Richard Stogdon.

57.

Chairman's business

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BROADBAND REVIEW

57.1     The Chairman reported that following requests from the Economy, Transport and Environment Scrutiny Committee, officers had prepared an information pack regarding the Broadband Project in East Sussex and that a copy of the pack had been left for every councillor in their pigeon hole.

CHAIRMAN’S ACTIVITIES

57.2     The Chairman reported that he had attended a number of engagements since the last meeting including: a citizenship ceremony at Hookstead House, Crowborough, the unveiling of a blue plaque  for the British West Indies Regiment Nubian Jak Community Trust at Seaford railway station,  the Jim Green Challenge by the Education Committee of the South of England Showground Trust for young people with learning difficulties across East Sussex, West Sussex and Surrey, a reception by the High Sheriff to launch the fund raising appeal for a ramped access to the kitchen at St Anne’s Parish Church in Lewes, a dinner for the Vice President of the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal hosted by the High Sheriff, the Chairman of Kent’s Charity Symphony Concert at Mote Hall, Maidstone and that he had met the Care Team at the  Chestnut Tree House office in Eastbourne. The Vice Chairman has also attended a number of events.

PRAYERS

57.3     The Chairman thanked the Reverend Peter Clark, Padre to 249 (Hailsham) Squadron Royal Air Force Cadets for leading prayers before the meeting.

PETITIONS

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

Councillor Godfrey Daniel

- calling on the County Council to investigate the suitability of shared residents parking on certain roads in the West Hill area of Hastings

 

 

Councillor Pragnell

 

- calling on the County Council to introduce single yellow line parking restrictions in Little Ridge Avenue, St Leonards on Sea.  

 

Councillors Tutt and Ungar

 

- calling on the County Council to save Milton Grange and Firwood House, Eastbourne 

 

 

58.

Questions from members of the public pdf icon PDF 117 KB

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58.1 A copy of the question asked by Gabriel Carlyle from St Leonards on Sea and the answer by Councillor Fox (on behalf of the Chair of the Pension Committee) are attached to these minutes.

59.

Declarations of Interest

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59.1     The following member declared a personal interest in items on the agenda as follows:

 

Member

Position giving rise to interest

Agenda item

 

Whether interest was prejudicial

 

 

Councillor Godfrey Daniel

 

 

Holder of a Blue Badge 

 

 

Item 8b

 

No

 

 

60.

Reports

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60.1     The Chairman of the County Council, having called over the reports set out in the agenda, reserved the following paragraphs for discussion:

 

Cabinet                                                     -      paragraph 1

Governance Committee                          -     paragraph 2

Lead Member for Transport and             -    paragraph 1     

Environment

East Sussex Fire Authority                     -    paragraph 2

 

NON-RESERVED PARAGRAPHS

 

60.2     On the motion of the Chairman of the County Council, the Council ADOPTED those paragraphs in the reports of the Committees that had not been reserved for discussion as follows:

 

Governance Committee report paragraph 1 – Pay Policy Statement

Lead Member for Transport and                   -  Statement of Community Involvement

Environment Paragraph 2

 

 

61.

Report of the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 150 KB

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Paragraph 1 (Council Monitoring)

61.1     Councillor Glazier moved the reserved paragraph of the Cabinet’s report

61.2     The motion was CARRIED after debate

62.

Report of the Governance Committee pdf icon PDF 316 KB

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Paragraph 2 (Review of Scrutiny Arrangements)

62.1     Councillor Glazier moved the reserved paragraph of the Governance Committee’s report.

62.2     The following amendment was moved by Councillor Osborne and seconded:

 

To insert the following additional wording at the end of the motion moved by Councillor Glazier

            (6) All scrutiny committees should be chaired by a member of the opposition

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

FOR THE AMENDMENT

Councillors Charman, Godfrey Daniel, Philip Daniel, Field, Grover, Lambert,  Osborne, Rodohan, Scott, Stephen Shing, Shuttleworth, Swansborough, Tutt, Ungar, Wallis and Webb

AGAINST THE AMENDMENT

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

ABSTENTIONS

Councillor Smith

The following motion was moved by Councillor Glazier and CARRIED:

(1)  toagree to the revised scrutiny structure as set out in section 2 of the report;

 

(2) to agree to the proposed remits of the new Scrutiny Committees and the proposed terms of reference of the Audit Committee as set out in Appendix 5;

 

(3) to agree that the Chair of the Audit Committee receive a Special Responsibility Allowance (SRA) at the rate equivalent to that of the Chair of a scrutiny committee;

 

(4) to agree to delegate authority to the Assistant Chief Executive to update the Constitution accordingly; and

 

 (5) to note the plans to improve scrutiny as set out in the report.

 

63.

Report of the Lead Member for Transport and Environment pdf icon PDF 97 KB

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63.1     Councillor Bennett moved the reserved paragraph (Notice of Motion: Elimination of avoidable plastic waste) in the report of the Lead Member for Transport and Environment.

 

63.2     The following amendment moved by Councillor Godfrey Daniel and seconded was lost:

The County Council supports the Government ambition to eliminate avoidable plastic waste (particularly single use plastic) over the next 25 years (insert) [and calls on the Government to work together with the European Union both to ensure international co-operation and to expedite this intention]. In support of this ambition the County Council will review the use of plastics in its own supply chain and the plastic recycling facilities available on its estate, to identify and increase the opportunities to reduce, re-use or recycle more plastic”.

63.3     The following motion was moved by Councillor Bennett and CARRIED:

The County Council supports the Government ambition to eliminate avoidable plastic waste (particularly single use plastic) over the next 25 years. In support of this ambition the County Council will review the use of plastics in its own supply chain and the plastic recycling facilities available on its estate, to identify and increase the opportunities to reduce, re-use or recycle more plastic”.

 

 

 

64.

Questions from County Councillors pdf icon PDF 152 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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64.1     The following members asked questions of the Lead Cabinet Members indicated and they responded:

Questioner

Respondent

Subject

 

Councillor Ungar

Councillor Maynard

Measure to reduce Adult Social Care overspend  

 

Councillor Philip Daniel

Councillor Maynard

Consultation on adult social care day services

 

Councillor Tutt

 

Councillor Maynard

Number of 15 year old children using cannabis in the County and action being taken to tackle this issue

 

Councillor Scott

Councillor Bentley

Decrease in funding for police services and impact on community safety   

 

Councillor Godfrey Daniel

Councillor Bennett

Objections by Wealden District Council to development applications across the south east

    

Councillor Webb

Councillor Maynard

Implementation of actions in the Care Quality Commission Local Area Review report.

 

Councillor Stephen Shing

Councillor Bentley

Cost of the recent consultation in relation to the Libraries Transformation Programme

 

Councillor Whetstone

Councillor Simmons

Update in relation to those parts of the County are not yet covered by the Broadband project and the surveys to be undertaken in Phase 3.

 

Councillor Stephen Shing

Councillor Bennett

Monitoring of work undertaken by highways contractor

 

Councillor Whetstone

Councillor Bennett

Reporting of work on the highway that is of a poor standard

 

WRITTEN QUESTIONS PURSUANT TO STANDING ORDER 44

 

64.2     Four written questions were received from Councillors Godfrey Daniel, Lambert and Philip Daniel Lambert (2) for the Lead Member for Adult Social Care and Health, the Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability and the Lead Member for Resources (2). The questions and answers are attached to these minutes.

64.3     The Lead Members responded to supplementary questions

 

 

65.

Report of the East Sussex Fire Authority pdf icon PDF 174 KB

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65.1     Members commented on paragraph 2 of the East Sussex Fire Authority’s report