Lewes District Council Full Council
Monday, 24th February, 2020 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber at County Hall, St Annes Crescent, Lewes

Contact: Committee Services on 01273 471600 

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No. Item

LDC Council Seating Plan - February 2020 pdf icon PDF 211 KB


Minutes of the meeting held on 25 September 2019 pdf icon PDF 137 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting of the Council dated

25 September 2019.


Apologies for absence


Declarations of interest

Disclosure by councillors of personal interests in matters on the agenda, the nature of any interest and whether the councillor regards the interest as prejudicial under the terms of the Code of Conduct.


Announcements pdf icon PDF 162 KB

To receive any announcements from the Chair of the Council, Leader of the Council, Members of the Cabinet or the Chief Executive. A list of the Chair of the Council's engagements since the previous meeting is enclosed.


Urgent items

Items not on the agenda which the Chair of the meeting is of the opinion should be considered as a matter of urgency by reason of special circumstances as defined in Section 100B(4)(b) of the Local Government Act 1972.


Questions from members of the public

To deal with questions which members of the public may wish to put to members of the Cabinet in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 11 (if any).



No petitions have been received for consideration under Council Procedure Rule 13.


Council Budget and Setting of the Council Tax for 2020/21 pdf icon PDF 99 KB

Report of Councillor Nicholson on behalf of the Cabinet.  Referred from Cabinet on 10 February 2020, incorporating the recommendations from the Cabinet reports on:

·         General Fund Revenue Budget 2020/21 and Capital Programme

·         Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Revenue Budget and Rent Setting 2020/21 and HRA Capital Programme 2019-23

·         Treasury Management and Prudential Indicators 2020/21, Capital Strategy and Investment Strategy


A copy of a General Fund amendment received from Councillor Linington is attached.  Any further amendments received by the deadline of 6 pm on 23 February will be circulated.  


Please note that the Local Authorities (Standing Orders) (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2014 requires named votes to be taken and recorded when setting the annual budget and council tax, this to include on the substantive motions and any amendments.

Additional documents:


Other matters referred from Cabinet or other Council Bodies.

The following matters are submitted to the Council for decision:-


Corporate Plan 2020-24 pdf icon PDF 61 KB

Report of Director of Regeneration and Planning.   Referred from Cabinet on 10 February 2020. 

Additional documents:


Making the Seaford Neighbourhood Plan pdf icon PDF 71 KB

Report of Councillor O’Brien on behalf of the Cabinet.Referred from Cabinet on 10 February 2020.


Adoption of the Lewes District Local Plan Part 2: Site Allocations and Development Management Policies pdf icon PDF 74 KB

Report of Councillor O’Brien on behalf of Cabinet.   Referred from Cabinet on 20 February 2020.


Local Council Tax Reduction Scheme 2020/21 and Council Tax Class C Discount pdf icon PDF 97 KB

Report of the Director of Service Delivery.   Recommendation from the meeting of Cabinet on 28 October 2019.    Appendix 1 is circulated as a separate document.

Additional documents:


Appointment of Returning Officer and Electoral Registration Officer pdf icon PDF 72 KB

Report of the Assistant Director – Legal and Democratic Services.



Governance Review Report pdf icon PDF 92 KB

Report of the Assistant Director – Corporate Governance and Assistant Director – Legal and Democratic Services (Monitoring Officer).

Additional documents:


Calendar of Meetings 2020-21 pdf icon PDF 79 KB

To agree the proposed Calendar of Meetings for 2020/21. 


This includes amendments to the date of Annual Council to be 18 May 2020, and to the date of the first Cabinet of the new municipal year to be 11 June 2020.


Please note: The Council dates will be subject to final approval at the annual meeting of the Council, in accordance with legislation.



Urgent decisions taken by the Cabinet, Cabinet members or Officers

In accordance with Scrutiny Procedure Rule 17, to receive details of any urgent decisions taken by the Cabinet, Cabinet members or Officers since the previous meeting.



IT Provisions Decision Notice - Urgent decision taken by the Leader (18 December 2019) pdf icon PDF 88 KB


Newhaven Neighbourhood Plan Decision Notice - Urgent decision taken by the Deputy Chief Executive (27 November) pdf icon PDF 230 KB


Notices of motion. pdf icon PDF 60 KB

To consider notice of motion which has been received from Councillor Davy.


Written questions from Councillors

To deal with written questions which Councillors may wish to put to the Chair of the Council, a Lead Councillor on the Cabinet or the Chair of any Committee or Sub-Committee in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 12 (if any).  The deadline for receipt of questions is 5 pm on 18 February 2020.  


Questions to the Leader of the Council

To deal with questions (if any) which Councillors may wish to put to the Leader of the Council.  It will be at the Leader’s discretion to re-direct questions to relevant Members of the Cabinet. A Councillor wishing to raise a question must notify the Chair of the Council of the text of the question prior to the commencement of the meeting.


(NB - This item is limited to a maximum of 5 questions, with no more than 1 question being asked per Councillor. If a question requires a detailed or technical response, the Leader may decide that a written response is more appropriate).


Ward issues

To deal with ward issues which councillors wish to raise (if any).


Reporting back on meetings of outside bodies pdf icon PDF 140 KB

To receive any reports from the Council's representatives who serve on outside bodies in respect of meetings they have attended.