Agenda and draft minutes

Full Council - Tuesday, 9th July, 2024 10.00 am

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

Contact: Hannah Matthews  Governance and Democracy Manager


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Minutes of the meeting held on 7 May 2024 pdf icon PDF 536 KB

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18.1     RESOLVED – to confirm as a correct record the minutes of the County Council meeting held on 7 May 2024.



Apologies for absence

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19.1     Apologies for absence were received on behalf of Councillors Sam Adeniji, Godfrey Daniel, Kathryn Field, Eleanor Kirby-Green, Carolyn Lambert, James MacCleary, Steve Murphy and Phil Scott.



Chairman's business

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20.1           The Chairman congratulated the new and returning MPs on their success in the General Election.

20.2           The Chairman reported that he had attended a number of engagements since the last County Council meeting including: a Reception with the Lord-Lieutenant, a D-Day Anniversary Remembrance dinner, the Royal Voluntary Service Business and Community Networking lunch, the Ashdown Forest Conservators Board meeting, and officiated two Lord-Lieutenant’s citizenship ceremony.

20.3           The Chairman thanked the Vice Chairman for his ongoing support, including his attendance at the Lord Lieutenant’s King’s Award for Voluntary Service, the Mayor of Eastbourne’s Thank You party, the D-Day Remembrance Service held by the Mayor of Peacehaven, the Wealden DC D-Day 80th Anniversary Event held in partnership with ESCC, Rother DC, Eastbourne BC, and Lewes DC, and the Annual Chattri Service.



20.4           The following petitions were presented before the meeting by members:

Councillor Bennett     - Full traffic safety survey through the villages of Arlington and Caneheath.



20.5           The Chairman thanked Reverend Danny Pegg, Associate Vicar for Mission & Discipleship, St Mary's Church, Church Street, Willingdon for leading the prayers before the meeting.


Questions from members of the public pdf icon PDF 210 KB

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21.1     A copy of the question from the member of the public and the answer from Councillor Nick Bennett (Lead Member for Resources and Climate Change) is attached to these minutes. There was no supplementary question.



Declarations of Interest

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22.1     There were no declarations of interest.




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23.1     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), paragraph 2 (Reconciling Policy, Performance and Resources – State of the County), and paragraph 3 (East Sussex, South Downs and Brighton & Hove Waste and Minerals Local Plan Review – Adoption).

Report of the East Sussex Fire Authority – paragraph 8 (Mayfield Options Appraisal) and paragraph 9 (Mayfield options appraisal – consultation and communications plan).



23.2     On the motion of the Chairman of the County Council, the Council agreed to remit paragraph 1 of the Governance Committee report back to the committee for reconsideration before coming back to Full Council, and adopted those paragraphs in reports that had not been reserved for discussion as follows:

Governance Committee – paragraph 2 (Amendment to Constitution – Scheme of delegation to officer) and paragraph 3 (Amendment to Constitution – Employee Code of Conduct).



Report of the Cabinet pdf icon PDF 619 KB

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Paragraph 1 (Council Monitoring Q4 2023/24 Year End)

24.1     Councillor Bennett moved the reserved paragraph.

24.2     The paragraph was noted after the debate.


Paragraph 2 (Reconciling Policy, Performance and Resources (RPPR) – State of the County)

24.3     The Chairman indicated that there would be a single debate on the Cabinet Priorities for 2024/25 (Item 6) and the State of the County report.

24.4     Councillor Glazier outlined the priorities for the forthcoming year and introduced paragraph 2 of the Cabinet report. The other Group Leaders commented on these, following which there was a debate.

24.5     The paragraph was noted after the debate.


Paragraph 3 (East Sussex, South Downs and Brighton & Hove Waste and Minerals Local Plan Review – Adoption)

24.6     Councillor Claire Dowling introduced the reserved paragraph in the Cabinet’s report.

24.7     Councillor Claire Dowling moved the adoption of paragraph 3 of the Cabinet’s report. The motion was CARRIED after debate.


Cabinet priorities for the forthcoming year

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25.1        This item was taken with paragraph 2 of the Cabinet report.</AI8><AI9></AI9><AI10>








Questions from County Councillors pdf icon PDF 248 KB

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Report of the East Sussex Fire Authority pdf icon PDF 320 KB

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27.1     Members commented on paragraphs 8 and 9 of the East Sussex Fire Authority’s report.


Questions from County Councillors pdf icon PDF 231 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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26.1     The following members asked questions of the Lead Cabinet Members indicated and they responded:




Councillor Shuttleworth

Councillor Claire Dowling

Council parking strategy – continuing legality of Ringo additional payments.

Councillor Tutt

Councillor Glazier

Representation to Central Government in relation Metrics for Office of Local Government

Councillor Holt

Councillor Claire Dowling

Levelling up fund – Exceat bridge and Terminus Road

Councillor Robinson

Councillor Bowdler

Education otherwise than at/in a school (EOTAS) – support to families who would qualify for free school meals.

Councillor Maples

Councillor Claire Dowling

Parking restrictions outside schools

Councillor Stephen Shing

Councillor Claire Dowling

Complaints received against Parking Enforcement Officers.



26.2     Seven written questions were received from Councillors Hilton, Taylor, Tutt and Wright for the Lead Member for Transport and Environment. The Lead Members responded to supplementary questions.