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53.1 RESOLVED – to confirm as a correct record the minutes of the County Council meeting held on 7 February 2023.
Apologies for absence
54.1 Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Chris Collier, Johnny Denis, Gerard Fox, Nuala Geary, Alan Hay, Sarah Osborne, Peter Pragnell and John Ungar.
55.1 The Chairman announced that Councillor Pragnell was unwell and therefore unable to attend the meeting. On behalf of the Council, the Chairman wished Councillor Pragnell a full and quick recovery.
55.2 The Chairman reported that Councillor Pragnell had attended a number of events since the last Council meeting, including a visit to Ashdown Forest and attending the Conservators Financial and Regulation Committee.
55.3 The following petitions were presented before the meeting by councillors:
transition to a green energy system.
Councillor Daniel Shing - calling on the County Council to introduce double yellow lines either side of driveway on 63 St Johns Road, Polegate.
*(on behalf of Councillor Denis)
55.4 The Chairman thanked Mr. Michael Ensor, former Chairman of the Council, for leading prayers before the meeting.
Questions from members of the public
56.1 There were no questions from members of the public.
Declarations of Interest
57.1 There were no declarations of interest.
58.1 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 – Quarter 3 2022/2023)
Governance Committee report – paragraph 1 (Pay Policy Statement)
58.2 On the motion of the Chairman and the County Council, the Council adopted those paragraphs in reports that had not been reserved for discussion as follows:
Governance Committee report – paragraph 2 (Remote Attendance at Meetings)
Paragraph 1 (Council Monitoring – Quarter 3 2022/2023)
59.1 Councillor Bennett introduced the reserved paragraph in the Cabinet report.
59.2 The paragraph was noted after debate.
Paragraph 1 (Pay Policy Statement)
60.1 Councillor Glazier moved the reserved paragraph in the Governance Committee Report.
60.2 The motion was CARRIED after debate.
(a) Oral questions to Cabinet Members
(b) Written Questions of which notice has been given pursuant to Standing Order
61.1 The following members asked questions of the Lead Cabinet Members indicated and they responded:
Questioner Respondent Subject
Councillor Lambert Councillor Glazier Lewes District Council legal
action with regard to Vision Properties in the case of Talland Parade, Seaford
Councillor Councillor Claire Quality of pothole repairs
Councillor Field Councillor Standley Early years funding in settings controlled
by the County Council
Councillor Daniel Councillor Glazier Highways in Hastings and the
installation of fibre networks
Councillor Daniel Councillor Glazier Effects of the National Government
budget on local government
Councillor Maples Councillor Claire Lewes bus station and temporary
Dowling bus stops
Councillor Maples Councillor Bennett Housing developments on greenfield
Councillor Murphy Councillor Bowdler Provision for childcare for 0-4 year-olds
following the National Government budget announcement
Councillor Hilton Councillor Bennett Queensway Gateway Road
Councillor Scott Councillor Claire Review of the criteria used for highway
Dowling repairs and success of repairs
Councillor Stephen Councillor Bennett Site formerly known as Hindlands
Shing playing fields in Polegate, and
Councillor Tutt Councillor Claire Initial estimate of the Bexhill-Hastings
Dowling relief road cost to date, and the
Councillor Georgia Councillor Claire Long-term repairs to highways and
Taylor Dowling potholes in Forest Row and the
effectiveness of the work of highways contractors
Councillor Councillor Glazier Conservative councillors asking
Kirby-Green questions at Full Council meetings
61.2 Two written questions were received from Councillors Field and Stephen
Shing for the Lead Member for Transport and Environment. The Lead Member
responded to supplementary questions.