Agenda and minutes

Full Council
Tuesday, 10th July, 2018 10.00 am

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

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Items
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19.

Minutes of the meeting held on 15 May 2018 pdf icon PDF 525 KB

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19.1     RESOLVED – to confirm as a correct record the minutes of the County Council held on 15 May 2018 as a correct record.

20.

Apologies for absence

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20.1     Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Martin Clarke and Darren Grover.

21.

Chairman's business

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CHAIRMAN’S ACTIVITIES

21.1   The Chairman reported that he had attended a number of engagements since the last meeting including: the annual council meetings in Hastings and Lewes, the Air Training Corps Service of Thanksgiving to mark the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Royal Air Force, the High Sheriff’s summer reception, the Family Support Work launch, the Chairman of West Sussex County Council’s summer reception,  the formal opening of the refurbished Hastings Library and the Civic Service for the Mayor of Seaford. He also attended the British Empire Medal Investiture Ceremony. The Chairman reported that he had hosted a summer reception. The Vice Chairman had also attended a number of events including the Sussex Armed Forces Briefing and the opening of the Eastbourne combined emergency services display.

 

PRAYERS

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

 

PETITIONS

21.3      The following petitions had been received from members immediately before the meeting:

 

Councillor Field                                                                                            

- calling on the County Council to reduce the speed limit to 30 mph at Marley Lane, Battle

 

 

Councillor Daniel Shing

 

- calling on the County Council to address traffic speeding and vibration in the Farmlands Way/ Farmlands Avenue/Coppice Avenue area in the Polegate and Willingdon Division   

 

Councillor Stephen Shing

 

- calling on the County Council to address traffic speeding and vibration in the Farmlands Way/ Farmlands Avenue/Coppice Avenue area in the Willingdon and South Downs Divison 

                                                                                   

22.

Questions from members of the public pdf icon PDF 718 KB

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22.1     Copies of the questions asked by Gabriel Carlyle from St Leonards on Sea, Arnold Simanowitz from Lewes, John Enefer from St Leonards on Sea, Hugh Dunkerley from Brighton and Rebecca Whippy form Eastbourne and the answers from Councillor Stogdon (Chair of the Pension Committee) and Councillor Standley (Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability are attached to these minutes. Supplementary questions were asked and responded to.

23.

Declarations of Interest

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23.1     There were no declarations of interest.

24.

Petition pdf icon PDF 218 KB

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24.1     Jane Humberstone (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.

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

The Council notes the petition and welcomes the steps taken by the Council to explore a realistic, sustainable future strategy for the East Sussex Music Instrumental Service in line with the Lead Member decision on 30 April 2018.

24.3     The following amendment was moved by Councillor Shuttleworth and seconded:

 

The (insert) [County] Council (delete) [notes the petition and welcomes the steps taken by the Council to explore a realistic, sustainable future strategy for the East Sussex Music Instrumental Service in line with the Lead Member decision on 30 April 2018.] (insert) [requests the Cabinet to withdraw the proposed cuts to the East Sussex Music Service and undertake serious discussions with music managers and potential partners to find a way to continue the Service in its current form, ensuring that the current fee remissions will apply].

 

24.4     The following amendment was moved by Councillor O’Keeffe and seconded:

 

(insert) [This] (delete) The Council (delete) [notes the petition and welcomes the steps taken by the Council to explore a realistic, sustainable future strategy for the East Sussex Music Instrumental Service in line with the Lead Member decision on 30 April 2018.] (insert) [takes full account of the enormous public support shown for the Music Service, including the maintaining of the instrumental service, and commends to the Lead Member alternative plans which suggest a way of preserving this service as being a viable way forward.]

 

24.5     With the agreement of the Council, Councillor Shuttleworth amended the wording of his amendment to read:

 

The County Council requests that the Cabinet withdraw the proposed cuts to the East Sussex Music Service, in recognition of the enormous public support, and undertake serious discussions with music managers and other potential partners to find a way to continue the Service including looking at all alternative plans but ensuring that the current fee remissions will apply .

 

25.6     With the consent of the seconder,, Councillor O’Keeffe withdrew her amendment.

24.7     A recorded vote on Councillor Shuttleworth’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, Lambert, O’Keeffe, Osborne, Rodohan, Scott, Daniel Shing, Stephen Shing, Shuttleworth, Swansborough, Tutt, Ungar, Wallis and Webb

 

AGAINST THE AMENDMENT

Councillors Barnes, Beaver, Belsey, Bennett, Bentley, Bowdler, Charles Clark, 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

 

ABSTENTIONS

None

24.8     A recorded vote was requested and taken on the motion moved by Councillor Standley as follows:

 

The Council notes the petition and welcomes the steps taken by the Council to explore a realistic, sustainable future strategy for the East  ...  view the full minutes text for item 24.

25.

Reports

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

 

Cabinet report paragraph 1 (Council monitoring)

Lead Member for Transport and Environment – Paragraph 1 (Notice of Motion – air quality and reducing  pollution from diesel vehicles

 

NON-RESERVED PARAGRAPHS

 

25.2     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:

 

Cabinet report paragraph 2 – Ashdown Forest Trust Fund

Governance Committee report paragraph 1 – Lewes Public Library and Museum Charitable Trust

 

 

26.

Report of the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 155 KB

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Paragraph 1 (Council Monitoring)

 

26.1     Councillor Glazier moved the reserved paragraph of the Cabinet’s report.

26.2     The motion was CARRIED after debate.

27.

Report of the Lead Member for Transport and Environment pdf icon PDF 119 KB

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27.1     Councillor Bennett moved the reserved paragraph (Notice of Motion: Air quality and reducing pollution from diesel vehicles) in the report of the Lead Member for Transport and Environment.

27.2     The following amendment was moved by Councillor Philip Daniel and seconded was LOST:

1) notes the Government’s actions to:

1.    Develop and deliver a strategy and action plan to phase out the use of diesel by (delete) [2040] (insert) [2015] including measures to help the owners of these vehicles switch to clean vehicles and alternatives to driving,

2.    Ensure that air pollution standards for new diesel vehicles are adhered to,

3.    Ensure local authorities have the powers and resources necessary to reduce pollution from diesel vehicles, including the power to ban diesel vehicles and new powers to control emissions from buses; and

 (2) As there is no known safe limit for some pollutants, the Council will - working with others as necessary, including the Health & Wellbeing Board and the public, particularly those most affected by air pollution - continue to take action to further reduce pollution levels to at least recommended World Health Organisation levels, particularly in locations where there is a concentration of vulnerable people (e.g. around schools).

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

1) notes the Government’s actions to:

1.    Develop and deliver a strategy and action plan to phase out the use of diesel by 2040, including measures to help the owners of these vehicles switch to clean vehicles and alternatives to driving,

2.    Ensure that air pollution standards for new diesel vehicles are adhered to,

3.    Ensure local authorities have the powers and resources necessary to reduce pollution from diesel vehicles, including the power to ban diesel vehicles and new powers to control emissions from buses; and

 (2) As there is no known safe limit for some pollutants, the Council will - working with others as necessary, including the Health & Wellbeing Board and the public, particularly those most affected by air pollution - continue to take action to further reduce pollution levels to at least recommended World Health Organisation levels, particularly in locations where there is a concentration of vulnerable people (e.g. around schools).

 

28.

Questions from County Councillors pdf icon PDF 6 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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28.1     The following members asked questions of the Lead Cabinet Members indicated and they responded:

Questioner

Respondent

Subject

 

Councillor Philip Daniel

Councillor Bentley

Relationship between the parking service and library service and impact on library staff.  

 

Councillor Tutt

Councillor Glazier

Monitoring of savings agreed by the Cabinet on 26 June 2018

 

Councillor Field

 

Councillor Simmons

Charges to businesses wishing to place A boards, tables and chairs etc on the footway   

 

Councillor Godfrey Daniel

Councillor Bennett

Programme for the surface dressing of roads   

 

Councillor Scott

Councillor Bentley

Removal of neighbourhood policing from the Sussex Policing Plan

   

Councillor Stephen Shing

Councillor Bennett

Enforcement action in relation to vehicles for sale on the highway, banners on railings etc

 

Councillor O’Keeffe

Councillor Bennett

Applying for parking permits for those who are not able to apply on-line 

 

Councillor Ungar

Councillor Elkin

Further information regarding funds to mitigate the adult social care overspend in 2017/18 including the new Improved Better Together Fund and other funding

 

 

WRITTEN QUESTIONS PURSUANT TO STANDING ORDER 44

 

28.2     One written question was received from Councillor Enever for the Lead Member for Transport and Environment. The question and answer are attached to these minutes.