18.1 The Cabinet considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport
18.2 It was RESOLVED to –
(1) note the significant progress that has been made with the establishment of Transport for the South East as a Shadow Sub National Transport Body;
(2) note the recent award of a £1.1million of grant monies from the Department for Transport to fund the development of a Transport Strategy: and
(3) note that investment of £58,000 in 2018-19 has been made by East Sussex County Council (ESCC) as its contribution towards the staff costs and the development of the constitutional arrangements to secure statutory status for TfSE
18.3 Significant progress has been made with the establishment of Transport for the South East (TfSE) as a shadow Sub National Transport Body with ESCC being its accountable body and officers and members from ESCC leading its development. There have been a number of significant achievements in the last year and TfSE is already fulfilling its role of speaking with one voice about strategic transport issues across its geography. TfSE has gained traction with Government and this has resulted in the award of £1.1miliion of grant funding to take forward the development Transport Strategy. There is much work still to do to on this and the proposal to Government to achieve statutory status. As a consequence, it will be necessary to continue to levy contributions from each of the constituent authorities with ESCC making a contribution of £58,000 in 2018/19.