Agenda item

Chairman's business




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 national volunteers week.



25.5      The Chairman thanked Councillor Colin Belsey for leading the prayers before the meeting.




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


Councillor Belsey                                                                                            

- calling on the County Council to install a pedestrian crossing near to the Broadway shops on Lindfiled Road, Eastbourne to ensure the safety of the children and young people crossing the road to Parkland School, Lindfield School and the Eastbourne Academy


Councillors Martin Clarke and Godfrey Daniel                                                                                             

- calling on the County Council to install either a Zebra or Pelican crossing where St Helen’s Park Road merges with Downs Road in Hastings to enable children going to ARK Blacklands Academy to cross the road safely


Councillor Wallis


calling on the County Council to introduce traffic calming measures in Cavendish Avenue, Eastbourne