Friday 31 May 2013

East Sussex County Council signs £35.44 million broadband deal

A multimillion pound contract to bring faster broadband speeds to thousands of homes and businesses in East Sussex was signed with BT on Friday 31 May, 2013.

The ‘e-Sussex' project, led by East Sussex County Council in partnership with Brighton & Hove City Council, was launched to improve Internet access for homes and businesses that suffer from poor broadband speeds and, in some cases, no access at all to modern broadband.

The deal between BT and the County Council builds on BT's on-going commercial fibre rollout and means that 96 per cent of homes and businesses in the county are expected to be able to access superfast broadband services (with speeds of at least 24Mbps and above) within the next three years.

The new fibre network will transform broadband speeds across the county and its rural areas. According to Ofcom in November 2012, the average downstream speed in East Sussex was 8.4Mbps whilst 11.7 per cent of premises received less than 2Mbps.

BT has been chosen following an extensive and thorough selection process. The company is contributing £9.8m towards the overall cost of deployment in “non-commercial” areas while East Sussex County Council is contributing £15m towards the project, with £10.64m coming from the Government's Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) funds.

Cllr Keith Glazier, Leader of East Sussex County Council, said: “It's absolutely vital this broadband technology is made available to all our residents and small businesses. We want everyone in East Sussex to have access to reliable and faster broadband within the next three years and I'm delighted by this announcement as it's a major step forward in the project.”

“We know how many residents and businesses are frustrated by slow or no broadband access in East Sussex, especially in rural areas; it's one of the biggest issues facing our county.”

“With the contract now signed, work on the project can get underway to bring the county up to speed with faster and more reliable broadband. This will give East Sussex the competitive edge it needs to attract new businesses and will empower our communities by providing access to services, jobs, education.”

Bill Murphy, managing director of Next Generation Access for BT, added: “This is great news for East Sussex. Fibre broadband will provide a strong, reliable connection to the rest of the world – opening new horizons, helping us to be more efficient and keeping us in touch with vital services.

“Faster broadband will help local businesses grow, attracting inward investment and boosting the local economy. If they thrive then everyone thrives – local businesses are the lifeblood of every community, creating jobs and stimulating growth.”

Jason Kitcat, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, said: “Having better, faster broadband in the city will support our growing digital media and creative sector as well as giving residents greater flexibility to use new technology for learning and entertainment. Improved and faster connectivity will unleash even more of our city's and our region's potential.”

Communications Minister Ed Vaizey said: “Today's announcement is fantastic news for the people and businesses of East Sussex, Brighton & Hove. Widespread access to superfast broadband will provide a tremendous boost to the local economy and these plans will see 96 per cent of properties benefiting from all the benefits superfast speeds have to offer .”

William Hague to issue Brussels 'red card' on unwanted EU laws

William Hague is set to to demand a new ‘red card’ system that will allow individual nation states be given powers to block unwelcome laws from Brussels.

In a bid to quell Tory turmoil over the UK’s relationship with Brussels, the Foreign Secretary will today outline plans for a new 'red card' system for national parliaments that would result in greater democratic accountability from the European Commission.

In a landmark step, it is the first explicit request of Europe from the Tory-led UK Government since it announced plans to hold an in-out referendum in 2017.

As part of the bickering coalition's attempt to renegotiate powers over Europe, Mr Hague is set to argue that national parliaments should be able to overrule unwanted legislation coming from the European Union in a speech to a foreign policy think tank in Germany today.

In a hard-hitting speech, he will say that only by devolving powers to elected national MPs, rather than MEPs who are far less accountable to their voters, will Europe be able to restore the democratic deficit.

Mr Hague believes that only by reshaping the way the decisions are made in Brussels will Britons be able to see themselves tied into a long-lasting relationship with the EU.

The European Parliament has "failed" to introduce democratic accountability to the EU, he will say later today.

The proposed 'red card', would be an extension of the little-known 'yellow card' system already in place.

At present, parliaments in member states can issue a 'yellow card' to the European Commission, forcing it to reconsider a law. The introduction of the 'red card' would altogether thwart any EU legislation deemed inappropriate.

A senior source said: "He is going to make the case that the European Parliament is not the answer to the democratic deficit in the EU.

"In every treaty over the last 30 years the European Parliament has been given more powers and in every European election turnout has dropped.

"The answer lies in national governments and national parliaments. We need to give them more powers to do things better.


Thursday 30 May 2013

Iain Duncan Smith accuses Brussels of 'blatant land grab' in immigrant benefit row

Britain will “not stand by” while the European Commission tries to give some unemployed immigrants more rights to claim benefits, the Work and Pensions Secretary said last night.

Iain Duncan Smith promised to “fight every step of the way” after Brussels said it will sue Britain for requiring EU immigrants to pass an extra test before claiming benefits.

As Conservative MPs reacted with fury, Mr Duncan Smith said he would never “cave in” to the demands, which could cost taxpayers £155 million a year.

"People in this country expect me to protect the benefits system from abuse and protect the money of hardworking taxpayers,” he said. “So I will not stand by while the European Commission tries to water down the valuable protections we've put in place.”

The move casts doubt on whether David Cameron will be able to deliver his promised crack-down on “benefit tourists”, after he said there were too many foreigners “abusing” Britain’s generous system earlier this year.

The European Commission said the UK’s existing arrangements are illegal and “discriminatory” because British people do not have to pass the same strict “right to reside” test as EU immigrants.

It argues welfare is "unfairly and illegally" denied to thousands of EU citizens living in the UK, who should have been getting child benefit, child tax credit, income based jobseeker's allowance, state pension credit and income based employment and support allowances.

According to EU law, anyone should be able to claim benefits in a member state if they have passed a “habitual residence” test, proving they have a “genuine link” with the country and have “moved their centre of interest” there.

However, Britain argues this is not enough to stop unemployed people from abusing the system. Its “right to reside” test requires immigrants from the EU to jump through extra hoops, such as proving they are looking for work, in work, a student, self-employed or independently wealthy. This is designed to stop unemployed people simply moving from an EU country to Britain to claim unemployment benefits, pension credit and housing benefit, a Whitehall official said.

Peter Lilley, a Conservative MP and former Social Security Secretary, said the European Commission's intervention would be "costly, unwelcome and undemocratic".

Douglas Carswell, a eurosceptic backbencher, also said the "lunatic and offensive decision" would make it easier to convince people "that we need to leave the EU completely".

However, the European Commission accused the UK of stoking up anti-EU sentiment and exaggerating the risk of so-called benefit tourism.

“It is inevitable that it will fan the flames of debate. It has been misrepresented and misinterpreted by some,” a spokesman said.

“It is simply not true that people can claim benefits after getting of a plane under EU rules.

“It is a dialogue of the deaf. They insist they are right and that the commission, the guardian of the treaties, is wrong.”

The commission said 64 per cent of 42,810 EU nationals applying for benefits in Britain 2009 to 2011 were refused, arguing that this is evidence of discrimination.

Commission officials told the Telegraph that repeated meetings with the Government, including "informal contacts, had failed to bridge the impasse leading to the court challenge to British law".

"As a result of this discriminatory test EU citizens cannot receive social security benefits, such as child benefit, to which they are entitled under European law," an official said. "The commission asked Britain to end this discrimination against EU nationals in September 2011 but no measures have been notified to us."

Commission lawyers are acting on complaints made by EU nationals living in Britain and there are a number of petitions complaining about discrimination lodged in the European Parliament.


UK's growing economy will leave Europe behind: Austerity is 'appropriate' says OECD as eurozone stagnates

The British economy will perform better than all its major European rivals this year as the sluggish recovery picks up pace, a leading global watchdog said yesterday.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development forecast growth of 0.8 per cent in the UK in 2013 – slightly weaker than the 0.9 per cent previously expected.

But it slashed its forecast for the eurozone from a decline of 0.1 per cent to a reverse of 0.6 per cent – with Britain doing better than Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

Pier Carlo Padoan, the group’s chief economist, said: ‘The British economy is recovering slowly and that reflects the fact that Europe is doing poorly. Growth is expected to pick up gradually through 2013 and 2014.’ 

The Paris-based think tank said Chancellor George Osborne’s austerity plans were ‘appropriate’ and ‘necessary’ and added that the outlook in the UK was far brighter than on the Continent, where the situation is ‘dire’.

But, in its twice-yearly Economic Outlook report, it said ‘much more needs to be done’ to repair Britain’s battered finances and bolster growth.

The OECD called for increased spending on infrastructure projects such as housing and transport to help the UK overcome the ‘strong headwinds’ buffeting the economy.

‘Continuing to shift the composition of public expenditure in favour of infrastructure investment would enhance growth prospects,’ said the organisation, which cast doubt over the decision to protect large parts of public spending from cuts, such as the NHS, education and overseas aid.

Jorgen Elmeskov, its deputy chief economist, said: ‘We are perhaps somewhat doubtful [as] to the idea of ring-fencing certain spending areas. That tends to lead to deeper cuts in other areas which may not be warranted.

‘You may or may not want to cut down less on health than on other areas, but that should be a result of an assessment of the costs and benefits of doing it, not because you carve out health and thereby impose bigger adjustments on other expenditure items.’ 

But the report from the OECD, which represents around 30 of the world’s biggest economies, will come as a relief to Mr Osborne as the austerity debate rages on.

The International Monetary Fund last week called on the Chancellor to loosen the purse strings this year to bolster growth.

But the OECD said further cuts are ‘necessary to store the sustainability of public finances’. It warned that prolonged weakness in the eurozone ‘could evolve into stagnation with negative implications for the global economy’.

Growth forecasts in Germany were cut from 0.6 per cent to 0.4 per cent while the OECD now expects the French economy to shrink by 0.3 per cent instead of expand by 0.3 per cent.

Spain and Italy are set to fare even worse.

Jose Manuel Barroso, president of the European Commission, admitted that governments need to ‘do more to help themselves get back to growth and move Europe beyond the crisis’. He added: ‘There is no room for complacency.’ 

Mr Padoan said the pace of recovery around the world was ‘still disappointing’ but insisted that ‘the global economy is moving forward’. He called on the European Central Bank to combat the recession through measures such as a money-printing programme dubbed quantitative easing or QE.

‘Europe is in a dire situation,’ he said. ‘The eurozone could consider more aggressive options. We could call it a eurozone-style QE.’ 

The OECD said rising unemployment ‘is the most pressing challenge’ facing the region.

Construction: Chancellor George Osborne, pictured on a visit to the Port of Liverpool, is urged to invest in house building.

It's your library, so get e-Reading at Eastbourne

Residents are being encouraged to Get e-Reading at Eastbourne Library on Thursday 6 June, 2013.

Between 2pm and 4pm an expert from the RNIB (Royal National Institute of the Blind) will be giving a free talk and demonstration about eBooks, eBook Readers and downloading audio books.

The Get e-Reading event is part of Make a Noise in Libraries Fortnight, the RNIB's annual campaign to bring public libraries and blind and partially sighted people together to improve access to books and information.

There will also be a selection of the latest audio and large print books and “reminiscence resources” - objects which help to re-awaken people's memories of their experiences and lives – available at the event.

Councillor Chris Dowling, East Sussex County Council's Lead Member for Community Services, said: “Reading and listening to stories is a vital life skill that contributes to health and wellbeing, especially for blind and partially sighted people; and let's not forgot it's their library too.”

To find out more about this free event contact Eastbourne Library, Grove Road, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4TL, call 03456080196 or email Or just drop in on Thursday 6 June, 2013 between 2pm and 4pm.

The British Success story that is Jaguar Land Rover, continues as profits are up 11%

The Jaguar Land Rover success story shows no sign of abating, as the company reports another significant rise in sales and profits during the past 12 months. The company has reported revenues of £15.8bn for the fiscal year ended 31 March 2013, up 17% year on year (£13.5bn last year).

Retail sales increased 22% to 374,636 vehicles, supported by significant product actions including the Range Rover, Jaguar all-wheel drive XF and XJ and the XF Sportbrake. The company generated positive sales growth in all regions: China up 48%, Asia Pacific up 27%, UK up 20%, Europe up 18%, North America up 9% and other overseas markets up 19%. Profit before tax increased by 11% to £1,675m for the fiscal year (£1,507m last year).

Commenting on the results, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Executive Officer, Dr Ralf Speth said: ‘The positive result for the financial year demonstrates that we have strong demand for our great, solid product portfolio all around the world. During this period Jaguar Land Rover unveiled major new products, the all-new all aluminium Range Rover and the Jaguar Sportbrake, the AWD XF and AWD XJ and the stunning F-Type.’

Dr Speth continued: ‘Jaguar Land Rover invested significantly in the product creation process, in our advanced manufacturing sites and created more than 3000 jobs. This commitment is set to continue with a sustained programme of investment which will see us spend in the region of £2.75bn on new product, people and infrastructure in the year to March 2014.’

Jaguar Land Rover 2012/13 Fiscal Year Retail Sales:

TOTAL374,636 up 22%
Europe80,994 up 18%
China77,075 up 48%
UK72,270 up 20%
North America62,959 up 9%
Asia Pacific17,849 up 27%
Overseas63,489 up 19%


Caroline speaks out in support of brave members of the Armed Forces & their families

Conservative Parliamentary Challenger for Eastbourne & Willingdon, Cllr Caroline Ansell addressed a Cabinet Meeting at Eastbourne's Town Hall on Wednesday evening to persuade members to support Eastbourne Borough Council's signing up to an East Sussex wide scheme called the Community Covenant which pledges to provide every assistance to our brave members of the Armed Forces and their families.

Caroline said;

"I welcome that Eastbourne Borough Council has formally signed the joint local Community Covenant and embraced the principles which the Covenant upholds.


With recent events in Woolwich, we are reminded, again, of the terrible price some pay in the service of our country, they and their loved ones.


In my teaching years, when working in a boarding school, I was in loco parentis for the daughters of military personnel and so have privileged insight into the lives of military families, incredible cameraderie often but also the everyday sacrifices in service life;  I saw too the challenges of coming out of the Forces, particularly around Health, Housing and Education.


The Community Covenant recognises the unique circumstances of Service Life and affirms the special relationship we have with our Armed Forces.


And, through the Community Covenant Grant Scheme, I look forward to seeing local community groups coming forward with initiatives which will enhance and extend that relationship".

Sunday 26 May 2013

Don't glamourise these losers by treating them as international terrorists

Bu Dan Hannan, Conservative MEP for South East England

When we call a man a terrorist, we bestow a certain status on him. He ceases to be a common criminal, a violent narcissist, a drop-out. He becomes, instead, a man with a cause.

Bellicose young men, in all ages and nations, look for ideologies that justify their aggression. Sometimes, they latch on to an organisation that already exists – the Baader-Meinhof Gang, the IRA, al-Qaeda. Sometimes, as with Anders Behring Breivik or Seung-Hui Cho, they develop their own Weltanschauung – often in language so conceited and hackneyed that, in other circumstances, it would be laughable.

I've mentioned before that what these killers tend to have in common is not so much ideology as personality. Whether they are Islamists or animal rights extremists, loners or ETA bombers, they tend to fit a certain profile. They are overwhelmingly male and in their twenties. They are often slightly brighter than average, and tend to have some education. They have frequently had a history of petty crime. They have rarely been successful with girls.

Michael Adebolajo, the man waving his blood-stained hands in front of the phone cameras, seems to fit the profile well enough. Neighbours recall a hostile boy who once punched a girl in the face when she called to retrieve a ball, who loved shooter video games and who later became involved in drug peddling and gang violence.

At first blush, his doesn't seem an Islamic way of life. For the point about Adebolajo is not that he was a Muslim – few Muslims would recognise him as a coreligionist – but that he was an anti-social thug. Lord Macaulay, who had useful things to say about virtually every subject, observed:
The experience of many ages proves that men may be ready to fight to the death, and to persecute without pity, for a religion whose creed they do not understand, and whose precepts they habitually disobey.
Indeed. And if not a religion, something else. We are dealing with people who have faulty empathy, and who have latched on to causes that tell them that the problem is not theirs, but everyone else's.
Don't build up these smalltime crooks as international terrorists. Don't nod towards their view of themselves as soldiers engaged in a war. Don't treat them as representatives of any religion. Don't, in short, do anything that will tempt the next saddo trawling the web from his mother's basement to think that an act of violence will somehow be treated by the authorities as a challenge to the state.

Treat the Woolwich abomination like a crime: an unusually nauseating crime, to be sure, but a crime rather than an ideological act. Let the police deal with it. Spare us the Churchillian rhetoric. If you absolutely must meet in Cobra, call it by its pedestrian full name: Cabinet Office Briefing Room A.
Let people see these men for the losers they are, with their underpants bombs, their belief that you can set glass-and-concrete airports on fire by driving into them, their tendency to blow themselves up in error, their childishly self-obsessed statements. Trumpet the sheer banality of their evil.


Wednesday 22 May 2013

Planning Permission Comment from New Eastbourne Free School Headmistress Designate

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Dear All,

We are thrilled to announce that the Eastbourne Borough Council Planning Committee has unanimously approved our application to develop the former Dental Estimates Board site in line with the plans submitted earlier this year.

We were confident that the planning application had many aspects to recommend it, but we all breathed a huge sigh of relief when the announcement was made yesterday evening and have not stopped smiling since!

We now look forward to changing our registered address to Compton Place Road and, most importantly, to starting the renovations ready to welcome our first pupils in September.

Exciting plans for the future

Gildredge House Plans

What we eventually plan to offer at Gildredge House will harness the best of our imposing red-brick buildings, together with an ingenious remodelling of the more recent ones. This will be enhanced by some brand new purpose-built facilities, including a four-court sports hall.

The Education Funding Agency has been involved at every step of the way to ensure that the school opens on time, which means that, whilst all the new buildings will be in place by September 2014, we will in the meantime have the use of a substantial portion of the site with all necessary facilities and resources to enhance the education of our first Year 7 and Reception groups.

The heart of the school

Gildredge House Plans

The courtyard area will be enclosed and transformed into the main entrance and Multi Use Performance Space. This area will incorporate tiered seating and will be large enough to hold whole-school performances. Other exciting features include a black box drama space below the seating and a glass-fronted Science classroom.

Gildredge House Plans


Gildredge House Plans

September 2014

The extension

 Images used throughout are artists impressions, subject to further design development. © 2013 Lee Evans Partnership LLP and Fabrik Ltd.

The 1960s block will be extended to house the Lower School. The Art Rooms will also be situated in this extension, benefiting from excellent natural light and views of the Downs and playing fields. The low-level building that currently stands next to this will be replaced with outdoor classrooms, a play garden and a hard play space for the Lower School. A four-court sports hall with an integrated pavilion will be built next to the trees adjacent to Paradise Drive.

The E-shaped block, which is situated behind the Victorian main building, consists of large open-plan office space and will be converted to house the Middle and Upper Schools. The Sixth Form will be situated in the main building. The outdoor areas around the E-shaped block will provide further playgrounds, an outdoor dining space and teacher supervised curriculum zones. 

Space has been meticulously planned in alignment with our curriculum. Although the school has defined areas for the Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, a main benefit of an all-through school is that the different age groups will come together when meeting with their houses and when sharing the various facilities situated across the site.

With just 15 weeks to go until opening, the schedule for the Phase 1 conversion is tight but we are reassured that it is achievable, thanks to the expertise and experience of our contractors who have successfully completed many school building projects. 

"The school is about its pupils"

"We are absolutely delighted that planning permission has been granted and that the contractors can now prepare to make these fantastic visuals a reality. Ultimately, however, the school is about its pupils and I look forward to welcoming our 'pioneers', the first Year 7 and Reception cohorts who are going to help us realise this vision of excellence for the school. My team and I look forward to discovering their interests, inspiring their passions and developing their many personal skills in a stimulating and challenging environment. We aim to provide a fertile climate for learning, which of course includes very high expectations of behaviour and engagement, in which each individual can nurture a love of learning and be the very best that he or she can be."
Mrs Lea Gilbert, Headmistress Designate

We are recruiting!

We are currently advertising for an experienced, enthusiastic and enterprising professional to direct the finance and administration of our school. The closing date for applications is 3rd June with a start date of 1st July.

Apply for the Director of Finance and Administration Director role

We will shortly be advertising for a School Secretary, a post which has already generated some considerable interest from several Eastbourne residents. We are looking forward to welcoming the successful candidate to the support staff team; he or she will certainly be busy! Full details of the application process will be published in our next newsletter.

Our most recent recruitment phase was a great success, and we look forward to announcing our new teaching staff shortly.

And finally...

We welcome Tim Firth as a Governor. Tim is a chartered accountant and has a wealth of experience in the financial and business sectors. He is a long-standing member of our local community, acts as trustee and consultant to a number of charitable trusts and is a director of Eastbourne Borough Football Club.

“I rated my grammar school education very highly and am committed to ensuring that Gildredge House offers its pupils an equally high quality of education. I am excited about the promise this new school holds and intend to use my professional skills to support its development and ensure it is well governed.”

Read about the Governors on our website

Don't forget to follow the Headmistress' Blog for weekly updates

Kind regards
The Gildredge House Team

Tuesday 21 May 2013

For any swivel eyed loons like me that didn't get the message from the PM, here it is:

Message to Conservative Party Members from The Prime Minister, Rt Hon. David Cameron MP

After the news this weekend, I wanted to write a personal note to members of our Party.

I’ve been a member of the Conservative Party for 25 years. Some time after I joined I became Chairman of my local branch and was one of the volunteers dedicated to getting Conservatives elected to the local council. Since then I have met thousands and thousands of party members. We’ve pounded the pavements together, canvassed together and sat in make-shift campaign headquarters together, from village halls to front rooms. We have been together through good times and bad. This is more than a working relationship; it is a deep and lasting friendship.

Ours is a companionship underpinned by what we believe: that everyone should be able to get on in life if they’re willing to work hard; that we look after those who cannot help themselves; that it’s family and community and country that matter; that a dose of common sense is worth more than a ton of dry political theory; that Britain is a great and proud nation that can be greater still.
That’s why I am proud to lead this party. I am proud of what you do. And I would never have those around me who sneered or through otherwise. We are a team, from the parish council to the local association to Parliament, and I never forget it.

Does that mean we will agree on everything? Of course not. The Conservative Party has always been a broad church – one which contains different views and opinions – and we must remain so today. But there is also much we must do together. We can shout from the roof-tops about how far we’ve already some. The deficit has been cut by a third. We’ve seen 1.25 million new jobs created in our private sector. 24 million working people have had their income tax cut.

And we can be clear about where we are going, too. We are engaged in a great fight to rebalance our economy, to bring excellence back to our schools, to fix the welfare system. And yes, we have a policy on Europe that is right for our country. Amid all the debate, remember this: it is our party that has committed to an in-out referendum on Europe by the end of 2017. Not Labour, not the Liberal Democrats, but the Conservatives who are committed to giving the British people their say.

So to those reading this, here is my message: there will always be criticism from the sidelines. But we must remember what this Party has always been about: acting in the national interest. Our task today is to clear up Labour’s mess and make Britain stand tall again.

We have a job to do for our country – and we must do it together.

New minority Conservative administration sworn in at East Sussex County Council following election

Key positions on East Sussex County Council have been approved at the authority's first full council meeting since the election.

Colin Belsey, member for Eastbourne Ratton, is the new chairman of the council, taking the chains of office from Framfield and Horam councillor Chris Dowling, while Michael Ensor, member for Bexhill King Offa, will serve as vice-chairman.

Councillor Belsey, who will be accompanied on ceremonial duties by his consort, wife Terri, paid tribute to his predecessor, whom he described as ‘a wonderful ambassador' and said he hoped to see ‘respect' from all sides of the council chamber during his year in office.

He told the meeting at County Hall, in Lewes: “It's going to be a great privilege for me and Terri and we shall work hard for the county.

“I hope we can work together at all times and that fairness both inside and outside the chamber will be the name of the game.”

Keith Glazier, member for Rye and Eastern Rother, was confirmed as the new leader of the council, succeeding Peter Jones, who stood down at the election, with Eastbourne Sovereign representative David Elkin as his deputy.

Councillor Glazier, who will head up a minority Conservative administration, will fulfil the role of lead cabinet member for strategic management and economic development, and will also be responsible for public health, while Councillor Elkin is lead member for resources.

Councillor Dowling takes the community services portfolio while other new additions to the cabinet are Heathfield member Rupert Simmons (economy) and Crowborough councillor Sylvia Tidy (children and families).

Retaining their cabinet posts are Brede Valley and Marsham member Carl Maynard (transport and environment), Hailsham and Herstmonceux councillor Bill Bentley (adult social care) and Alfriston, East Hoathly and Hellingly member Nick Bennett (learning and school effectiveness).

The meeting also saw council committee chairmanships agreed, with the posts allocated to reflect the new political make-up of the authority.

Crowborough councillor Richard Stogdon will chair the regulatory committee, economy, transport and environment scrutiny committee, standards committee and pension fund investment panel.

Hastings Ashdown and Conquest member Peter Pragnell chairs the adult social care and community safety scrutiny committee, Councillor Glazier chairs the governance committee and Councillor Ensor chairs the health overview and scrutiny committee.

Mike Blanch, Liberal Democrat member for Eastbourne Hampden Park, chairs the audit, best value and community services scrutiny committee, his party colleague and Battle and Crowhurst member Kathryn Field chairs the children's services scrutiny committee while Labour's Godfrey Daniel, member for Hastings Braybrooke and Castle, is chairman of the planning committee.