Agenda item

Chairman's business




18.1     The Chairman welcomed David Elkin back to the Chamber and paid tribute to his work while he had been Chairman of the County Council. The Chairman stated that David had chaired  meetings in a professional manner particularly during his last year as Chairman when Council meetings had been held virtually. As a result, business has been properly and effectively handled. The Chairman acknowledged the role that David undertook as an ambassador for the County Council, hosting and attending a number of engagements, ensuring that the work of the Council was recognised in communities within and outside East Sussex. The Chairman also thanked David for his support for young people which was highlighted by his support and promotion of Project Rudolph each year.


18.2     The Leader of the Council, Group Leaders and other councillors paid tribute to the way in which David Elkin had carried out his duties as a councillor since 2005 and as Chairman of the County Council over the past two years. The Chairman, Leader of the Council and Group Leaders also paid tribute to Sandra Elkin for her role and support as consort. David Elkin responded to the comments made. The Chairman presented David Elkin with the past Chairman’s badge and presented Sandra Elkin with a consort’s badge and a bouquet of flowers.




18.3 The Chairman reminded the Council that Stuart Gallimore was retiring at the end of the month.  Stuart first joined the Council in 2000 as Head of Safeguarding before leaving to take a up the position of Assistant Director of Children’s Services at Portsmouth City Council. He then was appointed as the Deputy Director and subsequently Director of Children’s Services at West Sussex County Council. He returned to East Sussex as Director in April 2014. He has had a great impact on the lives of children in this County and in working to ensure that we provide the best service possible. He is passionate about the services provided and he will be greatly missed. The Leader of the Council, Group Leaders and other councillors also paid tribute to Stuart.  On behalf of the Council the Chairman wished Stuart all the very best for the future.




18.4     The current Lord Lieutenant will be retiring next month. Sir Peter Field was appointed Lord Lieutenant of East Sussex in 2008 and has been a wonderful ambassador for the County. On behalf of the County Council I wish Peter a long and happy retirement.




18.5     The Chairman reported that he had attended a number of events

since the last Council including being the guest of the Family Support Team at the South of England Show, attending the Eastbourne Access Group open day in Eastbourne town centre and hosting a summer reception.



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


Councillor Daniel                                                                                              

- calling on the County Council to extend residents parking in Lowers Park Road, Hastings

Councillors Daniel and Hilton                                                                                              

- calling on the County Council to increase safety measures on the blind bend on Robertsons Hill, Hastings

Councillor Daniel and            Marlow-Eastwood

-  objecting to the proposed cycling measures in Alexandra Park, Hastings


-  calling on the County Council to extend the 40 mph speed limit on the London Road (A2100), Battle



-  calling on the County Council to take action regarding speeding and overtaking along Whatlington Road, Battle from Caldbec Hill to Punchbowl Corner



-  calling on the County Council to repair The Street, Rodmell


Stephen Shing

-  calling on the County Council to restore the hedge in Tas Combe Way, Willingdon


Stephen Shing

-  calling on the County Council to introduce a speed restriction in the hamlet of Milton Street