Southern and Aslef end ACAS talks without agreement

The train drivers’ union Aslef and bosses at their employer Southern have ended talks at the arbitration service ACAS without reaching agreement. Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) said: “No Southern trains will operate … You are advised not to travel.”...
Posted On 15 Dec 2016 at 9:04 pm

Barred from Brighton Town Hall – the young people asking why youth services are being cut

Dozens of young people were told they could not enter Brighton Town Hall this afternoon when one of them asked a public question about cuts to youth services. They were told that they should have booked tickets in advance despite the unusually high number of empty seats in the...
Posted On 15 Dec 2016 at 6:36 pm

Mayor chosen for the year after next

Councillors in Brighton and Hove have chosen the mayor for the year after next with the unanimous selection of Councillor Dee Simson. She will become deputy mayor in May, following Councillor Mo Marsh, who will step up to become mayor in place of Councillor Pete West. She was...
Posted On 15 Dec 2016 at 5:39 pm

Business Secretary backs Brighton business in response to Hove MP’s Brexit concerns

Business Secretary Greg Clark gave a vote of confidence to Brighton-based American Express during an exchange in the House of Commons where the Hove MP Peter Kyle raised concerns about Brexit. Mr Kyle, who recently voted against the Prime Minister’s approach to leaving the...
Posted On 15 Dec 2016 at 2:10 pm

New lighting for ‘lethal’ stairs to Brighton Station

A set of stairs which provide a shortcut from London Road to the back of Brighton Station which were hailed as a “stairway to heaven” when they first opened a year ago became more like hell for commuters this winter after the lighting failed. The steps, leading up...
Posted On 15 Dec 2016 at 1:21 pm

Twitten takes to Twitter to complain about blocked drain

A Twitter account has been set up in the name of a Brighton twitten to complain about a blocked drain and bins blocking its narrow passageway. Pool Passage, which runs from the Old Steine to Pool Valley, has been partially under filthy water for about five weeks after the drain...
Posted On 15 Dec 2016 at 12:02 pm

Cat thieves caught on camera

Two cat kidnappers have been caught on camera enticing a much-loved family pet with food before picking him up and taking him away. Mr Cheeky, who belongs to Ollie Wilson and Laura King at their home in Hove, was last seeing being taken from Brunswick Street East on Sunday, 4...
Posted On 15 Dec 2016 at 10:39 am

Brighton MP urges Prime Minister to sack Grayling, freeze fares and strip GTR of Southern trains franchise

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas urged the Prime Minister Theresa May to sack Transport Secretary Chris Grayling, freeze fares and strip GTR of the Southern trains franchise. The Green MP slated Mr Grayling at Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons yesterday...
Posted On 15 Dec 2016 at 4:00 am

‘Outstanding’ Sussex Beacon could close within months after latest NHS funding cuts

The “outstanding” Sussex Beacon faces closure as a result of NHS funding cuts, with the prospect of the Brighton charity shutting up shop in six months’ time. The Beacon, which cares for hundreds of people living with HIV, has made a desperate plea for help to survive. Its plight...
Posted On 15 Dec 2016 at 3:01 am