Valley Gardens scheme moves a step closer as Brighton and Hove planners give their backing

  Changes to Valley Gardens in the centre of Brighton won the backing of a key council committee this afternoon (Wednesday 8 November). The council has spent years trying to create a new-look park there by remodelling the green spaces where traffic merges from the A23 London...
Posted On 08 Nov 2017 at 4:52 pm

Sixty homes approved for Sackville Hotel site on Hove seafront

Sixty homes have been approved for the site of the old Sackville Hotel on Hove seafront. The scheme, drawn up by the Hyde housing association and HGP Architects, includes 10 “affordable” homes – five for rent and five for shared ownership. Forty of the 60 homes...
Posted On 08 Nov 2017 at 3:12 pm

Council flushed with loo success – but peeing public seems unconvinced

Brighton and Hove’s loos have been heaped with awards by a national team of inspectors – but despite a clutch of gold and platinum awards, the news doesn’t seem to have impressed the people who actually use them. An annual audit by the national, independent ‘Loo...
Posted On 08 Nov 2017 at 2:55 pm

The end of the strikes? Southern train drivers accept latest deal

Light has finally been spotted at the end of the Southern tunnel as train drivers vote to accept the latest deal struck between their union and rail bosses. The latest ballot results were announced by the Aslef union this afternoon, with 79.1% of drivers endorsing the deal on an...
Posted On 08 Nov 2017 at 1:48 pm

Ten-minute Brighton Rock remake on the search for extras

If you have a 1940s outfit and are willing to brave a dip in the November seas – or just play on the pebbles – a breakneck remake of Brighton Rock is looking for you. Brighton Rock: Redux is using local volunteers as cast and crew to shoot the same scenes from the...
Posted On 08 Nov 2017 at 1:42 pm

Brighton policeman charged with downloading child porn

A Brighton police officer has been charged with three offences following an investigation. Deputy Chief Constable Bernie O’Reilly said: “PC Martin Harris, 37, a police officer based at Brighton, has been charged with misconduct in a public office, possession of...
Posted On 08 Nov 2017 at 1:28 pm

Could bin arsonist have struck again?

An arsonist who torches bins in Brighton and Hove could have struck again last weekend – on the busiest night of the year for firefighters. Brighton and Hove crews were sent to a variety of callouts over the weekend, including domestic fires, flooding and car crashes. But...
Posted On 08 Nov 2017 at 11:36 am

One in 69 Brighton people homeless

One in 69 people in Brighton and Hove are either in temporary accommodation or sleeping on the streets, making it by far the worst area in the south east for homelessness, a shocking new reports reveals today. Housing charity Shelter today said it was launching an urgent appeal...
Posted On 08 Nov 2017 at 9:51 am

Result of train drivers’ pay deal vote due today as guards start two-day strike

The train drivers’ union ASLEF is due to announce the result of a vote at lunchtime on whether to accept a pay offer from Southern. The ballot result will be declared hours after on-board supervisors – formerly guards – belonging to the RMT union start a 48-hour...
Posted On 08 Nov 2017 at 9:39 am

School catchment plan is indefensible, say Hove councillors

Two Hove councillors have branded proposed school catchment changes “indefensible”. Councillors Robert Nemeth and Garry Peltzer Dunn, who represent Wish Ward, made the comment after the head of Blatchington Mill spoke out about the plans. The two councillors said that Blatch head...
Posted On 08 Nov 2017 at 12:52 am