Lewes District Council Full Council - Monday, 19th February, 2024 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 20 November 2023 pdf icon PDF 127 KB

To confirm and sign the minutes of the meeting of the Council dated 20 November 2023.

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Apologies for absence

Apologies were received from Councillors

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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 168 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.

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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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Member Attendance

To approve the absence of Councillor Coupland from attendance at any Full Council, Committee or Sub-Committee meeting of Lewes District Council pursuant to Section 85(1) of the Local Government Act 1972, due to his current ill health, for a period from 19 February 2024 up to and including the date of the November Full Council meeting, scheduled to be 18 November 2024.

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Recommendations from Cabinet, Committees and Other Bodies

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Council Budget and Setting of the Council Tax for 2024/25 pdf icon PDF 136 KB

Report of the Chief Finance Officer and the Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets on behalf of the Cabinet. Referred from Cabinet incorporating the recommendations from the Cabinet reports on:


·         General Fund Revenue Budget 2024-25 and Capital Programme

·         Treasury Management and Prudential Indicators 2024-25 Capital Strategy

·         Housing Revenue Account (HRA) Revenue Budget and Rent Setting 2024-25

·         Council Tax Discounts and Premiums 2024-25


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, including on substantive motions and any amendments.


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Local council tax reduction scheme pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing on behalf the meeting of Cabinet on 7 December 2023.

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Re-imagining Lewes District: Delivering the Vision 2024 - 2028 pdf icon PDF 84 KB

Report of the Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets on behalf the meeting of Cabinet on 1 February 2024.

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Approval of Licensing Fees 2024/2025 pdf icon PDF 82 KB

Report of the Chair of the Licensing Committee on behalf of the Committee, referred from the meeting of Licensing Committee held on 14 December 2023. 


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Members' Allowances Scheme - Report of the Independent Remuneration Panel (IRP) pdf icon PDF 103 KB

Report of the Head of Democratic Services (and Monitoring Officer).

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Notices of motion.

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Motion - Support for Zane's Law pdf icon PDF 77 KB

Submitted by Councillor Makepeace.

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Motion - Giving Children the Best Start in Life pdf icon PDF 54 KB

Submitted by Councillor MacCleary.

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Calendar of Meetings 2024-25 pdf icon PDF 82 KB

To agree the proposed Calendar of Meetings for 2024/25.


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


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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 103 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 20 May 2024.

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