Agenda and minutes

Full Council
Tuesday, 26th March, 2019 10.00 am

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

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Minutes of the meeting held on 5 February 2019 pdf icon PDF 400 KB

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56.1     RESOLVED – to conform as a correct record the minutes of the County Council  meeting held on 5 February 2019 as a correct record.


Apologies for absence

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57.1     Apologies for absence were received from Councillors Pat Rodohan, Richard Stogdon, Sylvia Tidy and Francis Whetstone


Chairman's business

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58.1     The Chairman welcomed representatives of the Youth Cabinet to the meeting and reminded all councillors that the representatives would be giving a presentation to all members immediately after the meeting.




58.2     The Chairman reported that he had attended a number of engagements since the last County Council meeting including: One Hastings Many voices events at the Greek Orthodox Church Hall, Hastings, a Samaritans Charity dinner in Kent, 2 citizenship ceremonies in Crowborough, a celebration of International Mother Language day in Eastbourne, the Lord Lieutenant’s Poppy Awards ceremony in Eastbourne and a civic reception at Herstmonceux Castle hosted by the Chairman of Wealden District Council.




58.3     The Chairman thanked Councillor Michael Ensor for leading the prayers before the meeting.




58.4     The following petitions were presented by members immediately before the meeting:


Councillor Philip Daniel                                                                                             

- calling on the County Council to guarantee that Ringmer swimming pool will remain open, and that before any decision is taken that would result in a significant reduction in community availability, it will discuss all options with Ringmer residents, the school and other authorities


Councillor Osborne                                                                                             

- calling on the County Council to reduce the speed limit to 40 mph on the A259 between Newhaven and Seaford, enforced by speed cameras





Questions from members of the public pdf icon PDF 409 KB

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59.1     Copies of questions asked by Ben Christie from Forest Row, Gabriel Carlyle from St Leonards on Sea, Frances Witt from Lewes, Hugh Dunkerley from Brighton, John Enefer from Hastings, Lottie Rodger from Lewes, Arnold Simanowitz from Lewes, Alice Burchfield from Peacehaven and Emily O’Brien from Newhaven and the answers from Councillor Fox (on behalf of the Chair of the Pension Committee), Councillor Standley (Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability) 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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60.1     There were no declarations of interest



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61.1     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)

Governance Committee report – paragraph 2 (Amendment to Constitution – Health and Wellbeing Board terms of reference)

Lead Member for Transport and Environment report – paragraph 1 (Notice of Motion: condition of pavements in Eastbourne)




61.2 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)



Report of the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 148 KB

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Paragraph 1 (Council monitoring)


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


62.2     The motion was CARRIED after debate


Report of the Governance Committee pdf icon PDF 190 KB

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Paragraph 2 (Amendment to the Constitution – Health and Wellbeing Board terms of reference)


63.1     Councillor Glazier moved the reserved paragraph in the Governance Committee’s report.


63.2     The motion was CARRIED after debate.


Report of the Lead Member for Transport and Environment pdf icon PDF 131 KB

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Paragraph 1 – Notice of motion: condition of pavements in Eastbourne


64.1     The Chairman stated that as the recommendation of the Lead Member for Transport and Environment was to reject the motion rather than proposing an amendment the Council would vote on the original motion as proposed by Councillor Rodohan and seconded by Councillor Swansborough as follows:


‘Given the deplorable state of pavements in Eastbourne which have continued to deteriorate over many years, we call on East Sussex County Council to allocate at least 50% of the surplus funds from the Eastbourne Controlled Parking Scheme to a rolling annual programme of improvements to pavements in Eastbourne commencing in 2019/20’


64.2     The Chairman stated that in voting on the motion, all councillors should note that any concerns about the condition of any pavement or road in their division should be reported to their Highway Steward.


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




Councillors Charman, Philip Daniel, Field, Grover, Lambert, O’Keeffe, Osborne, Scott, Shuttleworth, Swansborough, Tutt, Ungar, Wallis and Webb.



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



Councillor Godfrey Daniel




Questions from County Councillors pdf icon PDF 10 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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65.1     The following members asked questions of the Lead Cabinet Members indicated and they responded:





Councillor Osborne

Councillor Bennett

Impact of charging for certain items at HWRS and working with borough and district councils to tackle the issue of fly-tipping



Councillor Philip Daniel

Councillor Glazier

Potential cost of preparation for Brexit, cost of delay and measures to mitigate traffic disruption at Newhaven in result of no-deal Brexit


Councillor Field

Councillor Maynard

Number of patients per GP, requests for Adult Social Care help and staff vacancy rates in East Sussex against comparator authorities base on CQC report 


Councillor Charman

Councillor Maynard

Recommissioning of services for former users of the Isabel Blackman Centre and the future use of the site   


Councillor Scott

Councillor Bentley

Increase in violent crime and knife crime and funding for targeted youth support


Councillor Ungar

Councillor   Maynard

Policies, procedures and protocols under which social workers in East Sussex operate

Councillor Webb

Councillor Galazier

Meeting of the 5 group leaders at ESCC to consider updates in relation to Brexit 




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


65.3     The Lead Member responded to a supplementary question.



Report of the East Sussex Fire Authority pdf icon PDF 168 KB

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