Agenda and minutes

Full Council
Tuesday, 4th December, 2018 10.00 am

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

Contact: Andy Cottell  01273 481935

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Minutes of the meeting held on 16 October 2018 pdf icon PDF 345 KB

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37.1     RESOLVED – to confirm as a correct record the minutes of the County Council meeting held on 16 October 2018 as a correct record.


Apologies for absence

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38.1     Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Nigel Enever, Roy Galley and Phil Scott


Chairman's business

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39.1     The Chairman, Group Leaders and other members paid tribute to Stuart Earl; following his death in October. Stuart was a respected councillor both at Rother District and at the County Council where he served from 2013His knowledge and commitment will be greatly missed. On behalf of the Council, the Chairman offered condolences to Stuart’s family and friends.


39.2     The Council stood in silence as a mark of respect for their former colleague Stuart Earl.



39.3      I have attended a number of engagements since the last County Council meeting including: the dedication of the new Rotherfield Village war memorial, the Encompass Care in Rye celebration event,  the Mayor of Newhaven’s Casino night, Remembrance services in Eastbourne, Hastings and Chichester. I would like to thank a number of councillors who also attended remembrance events in their divisions and laid wreaths on behalf of the Council. I also attended the Queen’s Birthday Honours British Empire Medals Investiture ceremony,  the Rother District Council Chairman’s Civic Service, the Sussex Pathways 10 year anniversary event and the Friends of Sussex Hospices Christmas Fair.


39.4     The Vice Chairman has also attended a number of events including: the unveiling of the new clock at Eastbourne Pier and remembrance services at Newick and Lewes.




39.5      The Chairman thanked  the Reverend Paul Mundy From St Mary’s Church, Newick for leading the prayers before the meeting




39.6      The following petition was presented by a member immediately before the meeting:


Councillor O’Keeffe                                                                                             

- calling on the County Council to restore the ability of local residents to buy visitor scratchcard permits over the counter where advice about parking is given (currently Lewes Library) rather than having to register online and not be able to collect them immediately




Questions from members of the public pdf icon PDF 246 KB

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40.1     Copies of questions asked by Richard Pike from Forest Row, Frances Witt from Lewes, Karen Hardy from Seaford, Lottie Rodger from Lewes, Emily O’Brien from Newhaven and Hugh Dunkerley from Brighton and the answers from Councillor Stogdon (Chair of the Pension Committee), Councillor Glazier (Leader and Lead Member for Strategic Management and Economic Development) and Councillor Simmons (Lead Member for Economy) are attached to these minutes. Supplementary questions were asked and responded to.


Declarations of Interest

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41.1     There were no declarations of interest



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42.1     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

Governance Committee report – paragraph 1



Report of the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 169 KB

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Paragraph 1 – (Reconciling Policy, Performance and Resources


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


43.2     The motion was CARRIED after debate.


Report of the Governance Committee pdf icon PDF 90 KB

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Paragraph 1 – Notice of Motion: Webcasting of Scrutiny Committee meetings


44.1     The Chairman stated that as the recommendation of the Governance Committee was to reject, rather than proposing an amendment, the Council would vote on the original motion as proposed by Councillor Ungar and seconded by Councillor Tutt as follows:

"That this Council will, from the date of agreeing this motion, live webcast all its Scrutiny Committee meetings with the exception of when dealing with confidential/exempt items as directed by the Council’s Monitoring Officer.”


44.2     A recorded vote on the motion was requested and taken. The amendment was lost, the votes being cast as follows:



Councillors Boorman, Charles Clark, Philip Daniel, Field, Grover, Lambert, O’Keeffe, Osborne, Rodohan, Stephen Shing, Shuttleworth, Swansborough, Tutt and Ungar



Councillors Barnes, Beaver, Belsey, Bennett, Bentley, Bowdler, Charman, Martin Clarke, Godfrey Daniel, Davies, Chris Dowling, Claire Dowling, Elford, Elkin, Ensor, Fox, Glazier, Liddiard, Loe, Maynard, Pragnell, Sheppard, Simmons, Smith, Standley, Stogdon, Taylor, Tidy and Webb



Councillor Whetstone


Questions from County Councillors

(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 Tutt

Councillor Standley

Proposed closure of the English as an Additional  Language Service and the need for constructive consultation



Councillor Philip Daniel

Councillor Standley

Whether the prospect of reduced educational services within the ESCC revenue budget was resulting in more schools considering a move to academy status


Councillor Shuttleworth


Councillor Bentley

Update regarding position in relation to the seven libraries the Cabinet agreed to close and the progress made in relation to community libraries opening  


Councillor Lambert

Councillor Tidy

Access to children under the 1989 Children Act   


Councillor Godfrey Daniel

Councillor Tidy

One off early intervention funding allocated top the Police and Crime Commissioner and the need for representations to be made for funding to be restored to local authorities to enable them to undertake youth service related work


Councillor Webb

Councillor Standley

Consultation regarding proposals in relation to the English as an Additional Language Service.  


Councillor Beaver

Councillor Bennett

Resurfacing of roads in Hastings and additional funding allocated to ESCC for highway related works  


Councillor Whetstone

Councillor Tidy

Details regarding the number of children living in poverty in East Sussex


Councillor O’Keeffe

Councillor Standley

Opportunity for parents to be balloted in relation to proposals for a Multi Academy Trust .  


Councillor Stephen Shing

Councillor Glazier

Reporting of defects on the highway works  


Councillor Rodohan

Councillor Bennett

Planned maintenance of pavements


Councillor Field

Councillor Glazier

Representations regarding restoring local planning consent for fracking


Councillor Lambert

Councillor Elkin

Expenditure from the Chairman’s budget over past 3 yearsPlanned maintenance of pavements




45.2     There were no written questions from councillors.