Rogue billboard taken down after community complaints

A huge advertising hoarding erected without permission which blocked two elm trees planted by the community has been taken down after a storm of protests. The structure was put up in March on a patch of council-owned land next to the rail bridge at the junction of the Old...
Posted On 25 May 2016 at 4:42 pm

Council wins £485k grant to help people get out of their cars

The council has won a grant of almost half a million pounds to help it persuade people to leave their cars behind in East Brighton – but the money cannot be spent on infrastructure such as cycle lanes. The money has come from the Government’s sustainable travel...
Posted On 25 May 2016 at 4:41 pm

Award for police team who get criminals to apologise to victims

A team who reconcile offenders and victims have won a national award for their outstanding work. The Sussex Restorative Justice Partnership (SRJP) was selected at the Restorative Practice UK National Awards ceremony in London and won the ‘Communities’ category. The award...
Posted On 25 May 2016 at 3:40 pm

Brighton drag queen told he shouldn’t be buying women’s clothes

A high street store has apologised to a Brighton drag queen after he was told he shouldn’t be buying women’s clothes when he tried to get a refund on a faulty silk dress. Charlie Bridge, who performs as Victoria Vanity, said he was outraged when a store manager at TK...
Posted On 25 May 2016 at 3:33 pm

Southern releases sickness figures as furious row with union continues

The rate of conductor sickness has doubled since strike action started, Southern said today. Members of the RMT have taken part in a series of strikes over plans to take conductors off new trains or refocusing their duties to issuing fines rather than safety. Services on...
Posted On 25 May 2016 at 3:04 pm

Brighton & Hove Albion annouce pre- season fixtures

The Albion will kick off their pre season campaign with the traditional curtain raiser against Crawley Town at the Broadfield Stadium on Saturday 16th July. Three days later the squad will take on Fulham at Aldershot’s recreation ground  On Saturday 23rd July Chris...
Posted On 25 May 2016 at 1:18 pm

Cut in council cleaners’ hours cancels out Living Wage increase

Some of the city’s lowest paid workers will see their take home pay slashed despite a rise in the Living Wage after their hours were cut. Cleaners working for Nviro at Brighton and Hove City Council offices have had their hourly rate increased to the Outside London Living...
Posted On 25 May 2016 at 12:44 pm

Uber-style model blamed for unacceptable performance by non-emergency ambulance firm

Health chiefs wanted to run the non-emergency ambulance service along the lines of Uber, with drivers standing by their mobile phones as bookings came in. But the contract was given to a provider that was out of its depth using technology that hasn’t always worked, with a lack of...
Posted On 25 May 2016 at 12:22 pm

Waiting for an ambulance? It may be in a queue at A&E

Patients risk being kept waiting for an ambulance after dialling 999 because so many of them are waiting outside hospital accident and emergency (A&E) departments. Ambulance chiefs – from the South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb) – met Brighton hospital bosses in the...
Posted On 25 May 2016 at 11:57 am

Brighton and Hove head shops visited by police as new legal highs ban comes into force tomorrow

Police will visit head shops in Brighton and Hove tomorrow as new legislation on so-called ‘legal highs becomes law. Sussex Police say it is planning to police the Psychoactive Substances Act, which puts a blanket ban on the production, supply and importation of new...
Posted On 25 May 2016 at 11:39 am
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