New mayor elected for Brighton and Hove

A new mayor has been elected for Brighton and Hove. Councillor Lynda Hyde, 67, was voted in unopposed and unanimously by fellow members of Brighton and Hove City Council this afternoon (Thursday 21 May). Councillor Hyde, the former chairman of the council’s Planning Committee,...
Posted On 21 May 2015 at 5:24 pm

Brighton’s Mazda fountain saved as part of Valley Gardens rethink

The Mazda fountain has been granted a last minute reprieve as part of Labour’s review of the Valley Gardens revamp. More than a thousand people signed a petition started by Brighton journalist and mum Sarah Booker-Lewis after she read about it’s proposed removal...
Posted On 21 May 2015 at 5:01 pm

Strike called off as Network Rail makes revised pay offer

A 24-hour strike which was due to start at 5pm on Bank Holiday Monday (25 May) has been suspended. The threat was lifted by the RMT and TSSA trade unions after a revised pay offer from Network Rail. Brighton and Hove’s main train operator Southern had said that it would not...
Posted On 21 May 2015 at 3:09 pm

Union leader wins Brighton conference support for ‘targeted and sustained industrial action’

The leader of the PCS told the trade union’s annual conference in Brighton that a fighting fund would support more “targeted and sustained industrial action”. Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the PCS (Public and Commercial Services Union), won backing for his “campaigning...
Posted On 21 May 2015 at 12:54 pm

Strike prompts Southern to scrap train service to and from Brighton and Hove

Brighton and Hove’s main train operator Southern said that it would not be running any services on Tuesday (29 May) if a threatened strike goes ahead. Southern said: “Members of the RMT and TSSA trade unions employed by Network Rail have voted in favour of taking industrial...
Posted On 21 May 2015 at 12:15 pm

Brighton kebab shop’s plea to stay open later is rejected

A Brighton kebab shop has been told that it cannot extend its opening hours until 4am. Sussex Police objected to the proposed longer hours and said that officers were investigating a sex attack reported to have taken place at Albion Kebabs, in Queen’s Road, Brighton. The...
Posted On 21 May 2015 at 11:52 am

Older People’s Council elections to be held in Brighton and Hove

People aged 60 or over in Brighton and Hove are being invited to get involved in the Older People’s Council elections. A postal ballot will be held in June and early July. The OPC is non-party political so parties are not allowed to promote candidates or campaign for them. OPC...
Posted On 21 May 2015 at 11:28 am

Labour calls for urgent meeting over closure of Brighton seafront terraces

A senior member of the new ruling Labour group has called for an urgent meeting over the closure of the Madeira Terraces on Brighton seafront. Councillor Gill Mitchell, deputy leader of the Labour group on Brighton and Hove City Council, is raising the issue after local...
Posted On 21 May 2015 at 11:14 am

Southern train drivers vote to strike over pay

Train drivers working for Southern have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike in a dispute over pay. Their union, ASLEF, announced the result yesterday (Wednesday 20 May), rejecting a pay offer from the company. Today representatives from the union are due to meet bosses from...
Posted On 21 May 2015 at 7:37 am

Brighton children in good voice to welcome Rugby World Cup team

Children from a Brighton school have been chosen to welcome one of the teams taking part in the Rugby World Cup. Westdene Primary School Boys Choir is one of 20 to have been selected to be part of the tournament’s official welcome ceremonies in September. The school’s music...
Posted On 21 May 2015 at 7:10 am
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