Decisions

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Decisions published

29/07/2021 - Disposal of the Council's Leasehold interest in land transaction with Eastbourne College, Eastbourne ref: 1518    Recommendations Approved

Land at Eastbourne College, Eastbourne

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Resources and Climate Change

Made at meeting: 29/07/2021 - Lead Member for Resources and Climate Change

Decision published: 03/08/2021

Effective from: 10/08/2021

Decision:

27.1     The Lead Member considered a report by the Chief Operating Officer, together with exempt information contained in a later agenda item.

 

DECISIONS

 

27.2     The Lead Member RESOLVED to (1) declare the asset known as Eastbourne Grounds Service Depot, Willingdon Road, Eastbourne (the Site) surplus to the County Council’s requirements;

 

(2) approve the disposal of the Council’s leasehold interest in the Site; and

 

(3) delegate authority to the Chief Operating Officer to determine the detailed terms of the disposal and agree all documents and take any other actions necessary to achieve best value in accordance with the Local Government Act 1999.

 

Reasons

 

27.3     The asset was formerly used as a grounds maintenance depot, and forms part of a larger site owned by East Sussex College, Eastbourne.  The College has secured outline planning permission, and the Council supports the College’s approach to maximise the value of the Site which may take the form of a joint sale or a surrender of the lease to East Sussex College, Eastbourne. 

 

[Post meeting note: references in the reports to Eastbourne College should be read as East Sussex College, Eastbourne.]

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Resources and Climate Change

Made at meeting: 29/07/2021 - Lead Member for Resources and Climate Change

Decision published: 03/08/2021

Effective from: 10/08/2021

Divisions affected: Eastbourne - Ratton;

Lead officer: Nigel Brown


22/07/2021 - Proposed re-designation of Special Educational Needs facility at Wallands Community Primary School. ref: 1513    For Determination

To seek Lead Member approval to publish a statutory proposal to re-designate the SEN facility at Wallands Community Primary School from 1 September 2022, to also include pupils with a primary need of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability

Made at meeting: 22/07/2021 - Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability

Decision published: 22/07/2021

Effective from: 30/07/2021

Decision:

35.1     The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Children’s Services seeking approval to publish a statutory notice in respect of a proposal to extend the designation of the specialist facility at Wallands Community Primary School.

 

35.2     RESOLVED – to

1) Authorise the publication of  a statutory notice in respect of a proposal to extend the designation of the specialist facility at Wallands Community Primary School; and

2) Delegate authority to the Director of Children’s Services to amend the proposal prior to its publication if required.

 

Reason

 

35.3     The local authority wishes to extend the designation of the specialist facility at Wallands Community Primary School to ensure it can meet the needs of local pupils with Special Educational Needs, reflecting the changes being seen to the type of Special Educational Needs being presented. Feedback from the initial consultation was largely positive, with 11 out of 15 respondents being supportive

Divisions affected: Lewes; Ringmer and Lewes Bridge;

Lead officer: Aaron Sams


22/07/2021 - In-year admission arrangements 2021-22- permission to consult ref: 1511    For Determination

To approve to consult on the changes to in year admission arrangements for 2021-22 required by the School Admissions Code 2021 (currently before parliament). These changes will involve a new co-ordinated scheme for community and Voluntary Controlled schools, as well as tighter timescales for in year admissions to reflect the deadlines in the new Code.

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability

Made at meeting: 22/07/2021 - Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability

Decision published: 22/07/2021

Effective from: 30/07/2021

Decision:

33.1     The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Children’s Services seeking permission to consult with schools on an in-year variation to admission arrangements, to vary in-year arrangements and introduce admissions co-ordination for 2021-22 as required by the Schools Admissions Code 2021.

 

33.2     RESOLVED – to

1) approve consultation with schools on amendments to in-year admission arrangements as set out in Appendix 1 of the report (this will require an In-Year Variation to be consulted on at the same time)

2) Approve consultation on the introduction of  a co-ordinated scheme of admissions for in-year applications as set out in Appendix 2 of the report.

 

Reason

 

33.3     Consultation approval is being sought so that East Sussex County Council can meet its consultation requirements for the changes expected by 31 October 2021, as set out in the report.

 

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);


22/07/2021 - Proposed amendment to the school term and holiday dates for the academic year 2021/2022 ref: 1512    For Determination

The Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability (Lead Member) is due to consider a report on 22 July recommending that the 2021/2022 school year finishes one day early, on 21 July 2022.

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability

Made at meeting: 22/07/2021 - Lead Member for Education and Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disability

Decision published: 22/07/2021

Effective from: 31/07/2021

Decision:

34.1     The Lead Member considered a report on the proposed amendment to the school term and holiday dates for the academic year 2021/22.

34.2     RESOLVED – to approve that the academic year 2021/22 finishes one day early on, Thursday 21 July 2022.

 

Reason

 

34.3     The additional bank holiday on 3 June 2022,  to celebrate the Queens Platinum Jubilee falls within the East Sussex school term and holiday dates for 2021/22. The expectation is that arrangements will be put in place to ensure that the schools’ workforce benefit from the additional bank holiday if the date falls in the school holidays. The school term and holiday calendar for 2021/22 will be updated to reflect the decision. Schools, relevant services and other key stakeholders will be notified of the decision.

Lead officer: Elizabeth Funge


22/07/2021 - East Sussex Domestic Abuse Refuge Service Commission ref: 1514    Recommendations Approved

To allow for the timely and smooth implementation of extended Domestic Abuse refuge provision within East Sussex a decision is required before the end of July 2021.


Decision Maker: Director of Adult Social Care and Health

Decision published: 22/07/2021

Effective from: 29/07/2021

Decision:


The decision taken by the Director of Adult Social Care will enable the provision of a contract for domestic abuse refuges within East Sussex.

Lead officer: Mark Stainton


21/06/2021 - Notice of Motion: To request the Cabinet set an authority-wide default 20mph limit for urban and village roads ref: 1509    Recommendations Approved

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Made at meeting: 21/06/2021 - Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Decision published: 21/07/2021

Effective from: 21/06/2021

Decision:

6.1       The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport.

 

DECISIONS

 

6.2       The Lead Member RESOLVED to recommend to the County Council to:

 

1)      reject the notice of motion to set an authority-wide default 20mph speed limit for urban and village roads;

 

2)     note the County Councils speed limit policy is in line with current central government guidance, including our approach to 20 mph speed limits;

 

3)     note that those urban and village roads that demonstrate a history of personal injury crashes will continue to be identified and appropriate road safety measures introduced,  which may include 20mph speed limits, if the scheme is of sufficient priority for funding from the County Council’s capital allocation for local transport schemes; and 
 

4)     note that, where appropriate, the Council will continue to support 20mph speed limit schemes funded externally or, where possible, through our community match programme. 

 

Reasons

 

6.3       The Council’s current speed limit policy is in line with central government guidance and 20mph speed limit schemes can be implemented under the existing policy where there is an assessed need and funding is available. This includes utilising funding from stakeholders and other sources, such as the community match funding and planning contributions.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Brian Banks


21/06/2021 - ESCC response to Government Bus Strategy ref: 1510    Recommendations Approved

To decide whether ESCC will indicate to government its notice of intent to prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and accompanying Enhanced Partnership Scheme, as required and set out in section 138F of the Transport Act 2000.

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Made at meeting: 21/06/2021 - Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Decision published: 21/07/2021

Effective from: 21/06/2021

Decision:

7.1       The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport.

 

DECISIONS

 

7.2       The Lead Member RESOLVED to:

 

1)         Approve the development of an Enhanced Partnership for East Sussex and the giving of a notice of intent to prepare an Enhanced Partnership Plan and accompanying Enhanced Partnership Scheme, as required and set out in section 138F of the Transport Act 2000.

 

Reasons

 

7.3       The establishment of the Enhanced Partnership together with required additional funding from Government is an opportunity to make significant improvements to bus services in East Sussex.From 1 July 2021 COVID-19 Bus Services Support Grant (CBSSG) and any successor funding to it; funding to transform services as outlined in the Strategy; and Bus Service Operators Grant, will only be available to Local Transport Authorities who have committed to entering into Enhanced Partnerships or started the statutory process of franchising services, and to operators who co-operate with the process. There would therefore be a very significant impact of not complying with the requirements of the Government Bus Back Better Strategy, potentially leading to the collapse of the commercial East Sussex bus market and a call on unsustainable levels of Council funding to replace it.

Divisions affected: (All Divisions);

Lead officer: Carl Valentine


19/07/2021 - Eastbourne Town Centre Improvement Scheme Phase 2a (Terminus Road: Bankers Corner to Langney Road) ref: 1507    Recommendations Approved

To consider the final design of the Eastbourne Town Centre Improvement Scheme Phase 2a ahead of advertisement of the associated Traffic Regulation Orders and construction

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Made at meeting: 19/07/2021 - Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Decision published: 21/07/2021

Effective from: 28/07/2021

Decision:

11.1     The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport, together with a petition which had been submitted to the County Council.

 

11.2     Mr Andy Spirou spoke on behalf of the petitioners, to request an extension to the road closure in Bolton Road to assist with al fresco dining.

 

11.3     Officers confirmed that, based on available budget and without having to revisit design work, a small amendment to the scheme by extending the closure approximately 10m to the south could be accommodated without the need for further consultation or impacts on funding.  Officers further confirmed that Eastbourne Borough Council had agreed to the designation of five disabled parking bays in Hyde Gardens, which would lead to a net gain of three such spaces. 

 

DECISIONS

11.4     The Lead Member RESOLVED to (1) approve the final detailed design for the Eastbourne Town Centre Improvement Scheme as set out in Appendix 2 and in paragraph 11.3;

 

(2) approve the construction of the scheme in accordance with the final detailed design;

 

(3) delegate authority to the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport, in consultation with the Lead Member, to make any necessary minor amendments to the scheme; and

 

(4) approve publication of the associated Traffic Regulation Orders.

 

Reasons

 

11.5     Phase 2a of the Eastbourne Town Centre Movement and Access Package focuses on the section of Terminus Road between Bankers Corner and Langney Road and builds on the earlier phase that was completed in January 2020.  The shaping of the final detailed design has been positively influenced in a number of ways through the ongoing engagement with Eastbourne town centre stakeholders, the outcomes of the access assessment undertaken on the scheme design and the Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA).  This has resulted in changes to the palette and location of materials and street furniture being used within the scheme design to address any impact on groups with protected characteristics. 

 

11.6     In addition, alternative provision of on road blue badge parking in the town centre, as well as in surface car parks, has been sought to negate the loss in current blue badge spaces in Bolton Road and Langney Road area.  Officers will continue to investigate alternate provision.  The necessary Traffic Regulation Orders related to the Pedestrian Zone in Terminus Road as well as changes to traffic movements and parking restrictions required as part of the scheme will be advertised later in the summer.

 

Divisions affected: Eastbourne - Devonshire; Eastbourne - Meads;

Lead officer: Haley Wiltshire


21/06/2021 - Petition to improve road safety on the B2116 near Plumpton Lane ref: 1508    Recommendations Approved

To consider the petition calling on the County Council to improve road safety on the B2116

Decision Maker: Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Made at meeting: 21/06/2021 - Lead Member for Transport and Environment

Decision published: 21/07/2021

Effective from: 21/06/2021

Decision:

5.1       The Lead Member considered a report by the Director of Communities, Economy and Transport.

 

DECISIONS

 

5.2       The Lead Member RESOLVED to advise the petitioners that:

 

1)         During June 2020, East Sussex Highways undertook repairs east of the junction with Plumpton Lane. The work included a large patch repair to address the undulation in the road and a new road marking to highlight the edge of carriageway.

2)         The B2116/A275 junction has been identified as a Local Safety Scheme.  Works will be carried out, this financial year, to improve the existing signing on the approaches to the junction to encourage lower speeds and highlight the need for drivers to give way.

3)         The B2116 between the County boundary near Keymer and A275 junction near Offham is one of the routes identified for a Strategic Casualty Reduction study during 2021/2022.

 

Reasons

 

5.3       A number of actions, as detailed in the report, have been taken to address the petitioner’s concerns and improve the road safety of the B2116. In addition, the B2116 is an identified route for a Strategic Casualty Reduction study, and a range of safety improvements will be considered for implementation later this financial year following a detailed analysis of the available crash data.

 

 

Divisions affected: Chailey; Ouse Valley West and Downs;

Lead officer: Michael Higgs


23/07/2021 - The East Sussex (U7403 Harveys Lane & Bradfords Lane, Ringmer & Little Horsted)(Temporary Prohibition of Traffic) Order 2020 ref: 1506    Recommendations Approved

To allow Kier on behalf of UKPN to carry out joint bay works, East Sussex County Council have made an Order under Sections 14(1) and 15(1)(b) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, which will temporarily close the following lengths of road in phases;

Decision Maker: Director of Communities, Economy and Transport

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 23/07/2021

Decision:

Temporary Road Closures
Harveys Lane - from the junction of U7403 Bradfords Lane to the junction of B2192 The Broyle
Diversion via B2192 The Broyle – B2192 Terrible Down Road – B2192 Lewes Road – A22 Eastbourne Road – U7403 Bradfords Lane and vice versa.

Bradfords Lane - from the junction of U7403 Harveys Lane to the junction of A22 Eastbourne Road
Diversion via A22 Eastbourne Road – B2192 Lewes Road – B2192 Terrible Down Road – B2192 The Broyle – U7403 Harveys Lane and vice versa

A safe route will be provided for pedestrians and vehicular access for residents and to properties maintained whenever possible.

The Order commenced 15 April 2020 and lasts for a period of 18 months, or until works are completed, whichever is earlier. However, it is anticipated works will now be completed by 14 October 2021 depending upon the weather conditions.

If you require further information telephone Network Management on 0345 60 80 193.

Lead officer: Rupert Clubb


23/07/2021 - The East Sussex (C11 Walshes Road/ U7487 Stone Cross Road, Crowborough) (Temporary Prohibition of Traffic) Order 2021 ref: 1505    Recommendations Approved

To allow South East Water to carry out new mains works, East Sussex County Council have made an Order under Sections 14(1) and 15(1)(b) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, which will temporarily close the following length of road;

Decision Maker: Director of Communities, Economy and Transport

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 23/07/2021

Decision:

Temporary Road Closure
Walshes Road/ Stone Cross Road - from the junction with U7168 Luxford Road to the junction with C483 Burnt Oak Road.
A safe route will be provided for pedestrians and vehicular access for residents and to properties maintained whenever possible with an alternative route for through traffic as follows;
Light vehicles via C483 Alice Bright Lane - C11 Whitehill Road - C252 Church Road - B2100 Crowborough Hill - C11 Western Road and vice versa.
HGVs via C483 Alice Bright Lane - C254 Hurtis Hill - Sheep Plain - A26 Beacon Road - Eridge Road - C70 Bunny Lane - A267 Frant Road - Mayfield Road - Tunbridge Wells Road - B2100 Catts Hill - Station Road - Church Road - Rotherfield Road - C11 Western Road and vice versa.

The Order commences on 24 July 2021 and lasts for a period of 18 months, or until works are completed, whichever is earlier. However, it is anticipated works will be undertaken between 24 July & 19 October 2021 depending upon the weather conditions.

If you require further information telephone Network Management on 0345 60 80 193.

Lead officer: Rupert Clubb


23/07/2021 - The East Sussex (U7844 Motts Mill, Motts Hill, Groombridge)(Temporary Prohibition of Traffic) Order 2021 ref: 1504    Recommendations Approved

To allow East Sussex Highways to carry out structure repairs works and to maintain public safety on site, East Sussex County Council have made an Order under Sections 14(1) and 15(1)(b) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, which will temporarily close the following length of road to all users;

Decision Maker: Director of Communities, Economy and Transport

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 23/07/2021

Decision:

Temporary Road Closure
Motts Mill - from the junction with U7466 Forge Road to the junction with B2188 Cherry Gardens Hill.

A safe route will be provided for residents and vehicular access for residents and to properties maintained whenever possible with an alternative route for through traffic via U7466 Forge Road - A26 Eridge Road - C11 London Road - Summersales Hill - Lye Green – B2188 Plumyfeather Lane and vice versa.

The Order commences on 26 July 2021 and lasts for a period of 18 months, or until works are completed, whichever is earlier. However, it is anticipated works will be undertaken between 26 July & 27 August 2021 depending upon the weather conditions.

If you require further information telephone Network Management on 0345 60 80 193.


Lead officer: Rupert Clubb


23/07/2021 - The East Sussex (U7852 Brookhouse Bottom, Furners Green)(Temporary Prohibition of Traffic) Order 2021 ref: 1503    Recommendations Approved

To allow South East Water to carry out new mains works, East Sussex County Council have made an Order under Sections 14(1) and 15(1)(b) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, which will temporarily close the following length of road;

Decision Maker: Director of Communities, Economy and Transport

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 23/07/2021

Decision:

Temporary Road Closure
Brookhouse Bottom - from the junction with U7491 Tanyard Lane to the junction with U7491 Tanyard Lane.
A safe route will be provided for pedestrians and vehicular access for residents and to properties maintained whenever possible with an alternative route for through traffic via U7491 Tanyard Lane and vice versa.
The Order commences on 26 July 2021 and lasts for a period of 18 months, or until works are completed, whichever is earlier. However, it is anticipated works will be undertaken between 26 July & 5 November 2021 depending upon the weather conditions.

If you require further information telephone Network Management on 0345 60 80 193.



Lead officer: Rupert Clubb


23/07/2021 - The East Sussex (C26 New Town / C58 Lewes Road, Ridgewood / B2102 High Street / New Town, Uckfield)( Temporary One-way Traffic, Temporary Prohibition of Parking, Temporary Prohibition of Traffic & Temporary 30 mph Speed Limit) Order 2021 ref: 1502    Recommendations Approved

To allow UKPN to carry out new power connection works, East Sussex County Council have made an Order under Sections 14(1) and 15(1)(b) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984, as amended, which will temporarily impose the following restrictions;

Decision Maker: Director of Communities, Economy and Transport

Decision published: 19/07/2021

Effective from: 23/07/2021

Decision:

Temporary One-way Traffic
C26 New Town - restricting traffic travelling southbound from the junction with B2102 Framfield Road to Highlands roundabout.
Restriction is anticipated to be in place between 24 July & 3 September 2021.

Alternative route for southbound through traffic via B2102 High Street - Bell Lane - Bell Farm Road – A22 Uckfield Bypass – C58 Lewes Road

Temporary Prohibition of Parking
C26 New Town – both sides - from the junction with B2102 Framfield Road to Highlands roundabout
Restriction is anticipated to be in place between 24 July & 3 September 2021.

As works progress, the following additional traffic management measures may be required during the period 6 September to 30 November 2021. Consultation and advanced warning signage will be placed on site when the exact dates are known.

Temporary 30 mph Speed Limit
C58 Lewes Road – from the A22 Little Horsted roundabout to Ridgewood House

Temporary One-way Traffic
B2102 High Street / New Town - restricting traffic travelling southbound from the junction with B2102 Framfield Road to the junction with B2102 Bell Lane

Alternative route for southbound through traffic via B2102 Bell Lane - Bell Farm Road – A22 Uckfield Bypass – C58 Lewes Road

Temporary Road Closure
C58 Lewes Road - from the junction with the Little Horsted roundabout to the junction with U7723 New Barn Lane

Diversion via C26 Eastbourne Road – A22 Uckfield Bypass and vice versa.

A safe route will be provided for pedestrians and vehicular access for residents and to properties maintained whenever possible.

The Order commences 24 July 2021 and lasts for a period of 18 months, or until works are completed, whichever is earlier. However, it is anticipated restrictions will be in place as detailed above depending upon the weather conditions.

If you require further information telephone Network Management on 0345 60 80 193.

Lead officer: Rupert Clubb