East Sussex County Council

Election 2017 Results

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Latest Updates

Go-ahead for specialist school in Hailsham

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Proposals to build a new special school in Hailsham have been given the go-ahead by council planners.

East Sussex County Council’s planning committee unanimously approved an application to build a specialist school for children with Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs at Reef Way in Hailsham.

While the application had been put forward by the county council itself, the school is expected to be run as an academy free school by The Beckmead Trust.

Anthony Julian of the East Sussex Inclusion, Special Educational Needs and Disabilities team said: “In January 2016, out of 2,756 children with special educational needs, 420 had SEMH. But by January 2019 there were 605 pupils with SEMH.

“While many of these children are placed within mainstream schools, that isn’t always satisfactory. It is not always a good provision and cannot always meet their needs."

He said the site had been set aside for a school for some time.

Plans for new school
East Sussex County Council

While the application was approved unanimously, some concerns were raised over the potential disruption to residents of Reef Way from school traffic.

Councillors heard the authority would be seeking a traffic regulation order to prevent parking there and any other measures considered to be appropriate by the highways department.

The school would also be expected to operate staggered timings for drop-off and pick-up times, which is intended to avoid overspill of parking into Reef Way.

It will provide places for about 80 pupils between the ages of four and 16.

Proposals to increase parking charges in East Sussex

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

East Sussex County Council is to consult on proposals to increase its on-street parking fees, with the prices of residents’ permits and pay and display tickets both set to rise.

According to the council the proposals would come alongside the first significant increases to pay and display parking charges for about 11 years, with fees costing from between 20p to £1.90 more per hour depending on the area.

The proposals would also see low emission vehicles pay a lower rate for a parking permit.

As a result of the low emission pricing scheme most permit holders in Hastings would see their charges fall or stay the same, rather than increase, the council said.

Most permit holders in Eastbourne, however, are expected to see their charges increase under the same system, as the borough’s current permit scheme is set at a lower cost.

£1.4m plans to improve country park

Lizzie Massey

BBC Live reporter

Adonis blue butterfly
Adonis blue butterfly

The South Downs National Park Authority is set to take over the running of the Seven Sisters Country Park and is announcing £1.4m plans to improve the area.

Following a decision by East Sussex County Council, ownership of the 280-hectare site will transfer to the National Park Authority by March 2020.

The authority is to improve the habitat for seven animal and plant species: the breeding Lapwing, Adonis blue butterfly, redshank, meadowsweet, ringed plover, reed warbler and the wigeon.

It is also planning to improve the nature trails, wildlife watching facilities, the visitor centre and landscape to be bio-diverse.

The breeding Lapwing
The breeding Lapwing

East Sussex recycling changes due at end of June

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Recycling collections in East Sussex are set for changes from 28 June, with East Sussex residents no longer able to put Tetra Pak cartons in with their normal household collections.

At the same time, Hastings, Rother and Wealden residents will no longer be required to separate out glass, and will be able to mix it in with the rest of their recycling waste instead.

People living in Eastbourne and Lewes District will not be affected by the change to glass collections, but will be affected by the changes to Tetra Pak collections.

Music services could be outsourced

Huw Oxburgh

Local Democracy Reporter

Children playing instruments
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About 3,000 young people "depend on the service", the council heard

Music services in East Sussex could soon be run by a private contractor after proposals were approved in principle.

On Monday, the council’s lead member for education Bob Standley backed plans to award registered charity Brighton Dome and Brighton Festival (BDBF) with a contract to run the county’s music service.

He described the decision as a "significant stepping stone".

By awarding the contract to BDBF, the council hopes to avoid closing its instrumental teaching service.

However, Liberal Democrat councillor Alan Shuttleworth said: “If you commission this service out, none of us can second guess how that will turn out."

“There are over 3,000 children and young people who depend on the service at the moment.”

His comments drew criticism from Mr Standley, who said: “We have spent some considerable time looking at solutions. It's not just your group that takes it seriously.”

Hi-tech 'blast' for potholes


East Sussex Highways is deploying a fleet of three Roadmaster machines to repair potholes, cracks and other defects on the county's roads.

The hi-tech machinery will blast high pressure air into the holes before they are then quickly filled with a mixture of bitumen and fine stone and grit.

The scheme begins this week in Burwash, Battle and Blackboys, with other areas set to benefit during the three-month programme including Bexhill, Eastbourne, Hailsham, Hastings, Lewes and Seaford.

Councillor Claire Dowling, of East Sussex County Council, said the Roadmasters were "far quicker and more cost-effective than traditional methods" and caused less disruption and congestion.

Public consultations on adult social care savings

Sue Nicholson

BBC News

Plans to cut adult social care funding by £730,000 in East Sussex are to go out to public consultation.

Proposals to consult on removing the subsidy for meals in the community - currently received by about 750 people across the county - and a review of long-term support for working age adults were approved by East Sussex County Council's lead member for adult social care and health earlier.

Both proposals will now be subject to 10 week public consultations.

The consultation into the meals in the community subsidy will begin on 28 May, while the consultation on long-term support for working age adults will start on 4 June.