Lewes District Council Full Council - Monday, 20th November, 2023 6.00 pm

Venue: Council Chamber, County Hall, St Anne's Crescent, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1UE

Contact: Committee Services on 01273 471600 


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Minutes of the meeting held on 25 September 2023 pdf icon PDF 117 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting of the Council dated 25 September 2023.

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Apologies for absence

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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.

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Announcements pdf icon PDF 187 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 will be circulated.

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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.

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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).

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To receive petitions from councillors or members of the public in accordance with Council Procedure Rule 13 (if any).

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Urgent decisions taken by the Cabinet or Cabinet members

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

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Code of Conduct Matter

The Monitoring Officer (MO) received several complaints regarding the conduct of Councillor Sean Macleod, following a social media post in March 2023.


The MO dealt with the complaints under the Council’s arrangements for alleged failures to comply with the Code of Conduct.  A thorough investigation took place, including interviews with key individuals.  In reaching his conclusion, the MO consulted with the Council’s Independent Person, Neal Robinson.


Councillor Macleod has accepted the conclusion of the Monitoring Officer in full regarding this matter and will issue a verbal apology at the meeting.


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Recommendations from Cabinet, Committees and Other Bodies

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Updated and Aligned Scheme of Delegation to Officers pdf icon PDF 106 KB

Report of the Monitoring Officer and Legal Officer.


Considered and Referred by Audit and Governance Committee on 4 September 2023, and Cabinet on 4 November 2023.

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Lewes Local Plan - Preferred Options and Policies Directions pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Report of Councillor O’Connor on behalf of Cabinet held on 9 November 2023.

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Housing Benefit War Pensions and Armed Forces Compensation Policy pdf icon PDF 81 KB

Report of Councillor Nicholson on behalf of Cabinet held on 9 November 2023.


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Polling Districts and Polling Places Review pdf icon PDF 123 KB

Report of the Head of Elections and Local Land Charges.


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Notices of motion.

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Motion for the Ocean pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To consider the notice of motion submitted by Councillor Francomb.

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Motion on Puppy Farms pdf icon PDF 55 KB

To consider the notice of motion submitted by Councillor Hoareau.

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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).

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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).

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Ward issues

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

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Reporting back on meetings of outside bodies pdf icon PDF 85 KB

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

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Date of Next Meeting

The next meeting is scheduled for 19 February 2024 at 6 pm.

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