Agenda and minutes

Full Council
Tuesday, 16th October, 2018 10.00 am

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

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Minutes of the meeting held on 10 July 2018 pdf icon PDF 803 KB

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29.1     RESOLVED – to confirm as a correct record the minutes of the County Council held on 10 July 2018 as a correct record.


Apologies for absence

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30.1     Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Charles Clark, Chris Dowling, Stuart Earl and Gerard Fox


Chairman's business

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31.1     The Chairman informed the Council that Councillor Stuart Earl had been admitted to a hospice. On behalf of the Council the Chairman stated that the Council’s thoughts were with Stuart and Deirdre at this time. It was noted that the family had asked that councillors refrain from contacting them at this difficult time.


31.2      The Chairman reported that he had attended a number of engagements since the last meeting including: the grand opening of Thomas Exley’s wheelchair swing, a cream tea organised by Hastings and Rother Voluntary Association for the Blind, the Dieppe raid commemorations, a Citizenship ceremony, a Victoria Cross Memorial Stone Ceremony, a National Piers Society event. I also attended the Royal visit at the Joff Centre, Peacehaven, a production of Mamma Mia at the Azur hosted by the St Leonards Dementia Action Alliance, the National Town Crier competition and that he had hosted a tea for volunteers. The Vice Chairman had also attended a number of events including the High Sheriff’s Judicial Service and a School Award Ceremony


31.3    The Chairman thanked the Right Reverend Martin Warner, the Bishop of Chichester, for leading the prayers before the meeting.


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


Councillors Charman and Webb                                                                                             

- calling on the County Council not to close the Isabel Blackman Centre, Hastings  



Councillor Grover


- calling on the County Council to stop night working at the scrap metal business in Newhaven     



Questions from members of the public pdf icon PDF 271 KB

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32.1     Copies of the questions asked by Marie Hennelly from Eastbourne, Malcolm Pither from Seaford, Hugh Dunkerley from Brighton, Patricia Patterson-Vanegas from Forest Row, Frances Witt from Lewes, Richard Moore from Lewes and Councillor Johnny Denis from Ringmer (on behalf of Emily O’Brien from Newhaven) and the answers from Councillor Bennett (Lead Member for Transport and Environment), Councillor Glazier (Leader and Lead Member for Strategic Management and Economic Development), Councillor Stogdon (Chair of the Pension Committee) 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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33.1     The following member declared a personal interest in items on the agenda as follows:



Position giving rise to interest

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Whether interest was prejudicial



Councillor Shuttleworth



Chair of the Trustees of the Langney Community Library 



Item 6a






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


Cabinet report – paragraphs 1, 2 and 3


Report of the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 263 KB

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Paragraph 1 (Council Monitoring), Paragraph 2 (Reconciling Policy, Performance and Resources – State of the County) and Paragraph 3 (Ofsted Inspection of Children’s Services)


35.1     Councillor Glazier moved the reserved paragraphs of the Cabinet’s report.

35.2 The motions were CARRIED after debate


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





Councillor Ungar

Councillor Glazier

Council’s ability to respond to any impact arising from Brexit


Councillor Field

Councillor Standley

Period of time to implement an EHCP following a High Court judgment finding  in favour of a young person and family


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 Charman

Councillor Standley

Use of pupil premium budgets in East Sussex Schools   


Councillor Stephen Shing

Councillor Bennett

Fly-tipping following the introduction of charges at HWRS


Councillor Tutt

Councillor Bennett

Cost of replacing parking meters in Eastbourne


Councillor Philip Daniel

Councillor Bentley

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


Councillor Daniel Shing

Councillor Bennett

Prosecution of highway related offences





36.2     There were no written questions from councillors.