Agenda and draft minutes

Full Council
Tuesday, 9th July, 2019 10.00 am

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

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Minutes of the meeting held on 14 May 2019 pdf icon PDF 478 KB

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23.1     RESOLVED – to confirm as a correct record the minutes of the County Council held on 14 May 2019 as a correct record.


Apologies for absence

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Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Sarah Osborne, Alan Shuttleworth and Trevor Webb.


Chairman's business

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25.1     I start with the sad news of the death of Professor Julian Crampton. As many of you will know Julian was a good friend and advocate of East Sussex, having not only lived in the County but promoted and fostered opportunities in the county during his time as Vice Chancellor at Brighton University, as Chairman of Seachange Sussex and as a deputy Lord Lieutenant. Julian believed that a higher education offer in Hastings was possible and in 2015 was awarded a CBE for services to education. Perhaps, most of all he will be remembered as the driving force behind Seachange Sussex, our regeneration board. Without his passion and belief I doubt we would be in the position we are in now. He oversaw the development of Havelock Road in Hastings, Pacific House in Eastbourne, the North Bexhill Access Roads, the Queensway Gateway Road and the employment space this has generated. Whilst these are achievements for which we shall forever be indebted I think the most important achievement Julian brought to East Sussex was his absolute belief in creating opportunity and the way in which he went about it with kindness and compassion for all he came into contact with. We will miss this and we will aspire to the behaviours and values that he displayed. The Council stood as a mark of respect to Julian.




25.2     On behalf of the Council the Chairman wish to congratulate the East Sussex Foster Care Association who had been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The Association  is a local independent charity serving the needs of Looked After Children within foster families, while simultaneously recognising the important role of the foster family and their own need for support.  This award recognises the exceptional work achieved by the Association. This is a prestigious award, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK and equivalent to an MBE.


25.3     The Chairman took the opportunity to remind all councillors rthat each year Christmas presents are collected at the main council offices in Eastbourne, Hastings and Lewes for children who would not otherwise receive a present. This project is very much valued by the children and families and I would ask that you support this when the 2019 Project Randolph is launched later in the year       




25.4   The Chairman reported that he has attended a number of engagements since the last County Council meeting including: Attending the visit of the Duchess of Cornwall to Charleston, the Mayor Making ceremony of Lewes Town Council, the 1066 Community Awards, a citizenship ceremony in Hastings, the High Sheriff’s Summer reception at Charleston and the Eastbourne Samaritans AGM. I also attended the visit of the Duke of Gloucester to the Royal Hippodrome Theatre in Eastbourne, the Eastbourne tennis event, the opening ceremony of the Eastbourne 999 combined emergency services display, the Lord Lieutenant’s reception and open air concert at Herstmonceux Castle and an afternoon tea to celebrate  ...  view the full minutes text for item 25.


Questions from members of the public pdf icon PDF 318 KB

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26.1     Copies of questions from Rose Gauntlett from Seaford, Barbara Dye from Seaford, Gabriel Carlyle from St Leonards on Sea, Gemma Aellah from Eastbourne, Alice Burchfield from Peacehaven, Naomi Bos from Telscombe Cliffs and Scrlett McNally from Eastbourne and the answers from Councillor Standley (Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability), Councillor Claire Dowling (Lead Member for Transport and Environment) and Councillor Fox (Chair of the Pension Committee) are attached to these minutes. Supplementary questions were asked and responded to.


Declaration of Interests

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27.1     There were no declarations of interest.



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27.1     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 (Council monitoring) and 2 (Ashdown Forest Trust Fund)



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

Governance Committee  report paragraph 1 – Procurement and Contract Standing Orders




Report of the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 157 KB

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Paragraph 1 (Council Monitoring) and paragraph 2 (Ashdown Forest Trust Fund)


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

29.2 The motions were CARRIED after debate


Questions from County Councillors pdf icon PDF 264 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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30.1     The following members asked questions of the Lead Cabinet Members indicated and they responded:





Councillor Field

Councillor Standley

Information regarding schools where there is a risk of exposure to asbestos


Councillor Philip Daniel

Councillor Claire Dowling

Action to tackle speeding on approach and exit roads that are through routes and also  residential streets


Councillor Swansborough

Councillor Claire Dowling

Publication of the Walking and Cycling Strategy 


Councillor Godfrey Daniel

Councillor Claire Dowling

Notification to all residential parking permit holders of proposed changes to parking charges   


Councillor Scott

Councillor Claire Dowling

Grass cutting and weed removal on verges adjacent to roads


Councillor Philip Daniel

Councillor Claire Dowling

Disposal of tetra packs under new contract  

Councillor Ungar

Councillor Glazier

Timing of consultation in relation to proposed service changes and approval of the Council’s budget


Councillor Stephen Shing

Councillor Claire Dowling

Cutting of grass verges by residents



Councillor Whetstone


Councillor Claire Dowling


Output of energy recovery facility at Newhaven




22.2     Two written question were received from Councillors Filed and Swansborough for the Lead Member for Transport and Environment and the Lead Member for Resources. The questions and answers are attached to these minutes. The Lead Members responded to supplementary questions