Mears faces more questions as fresh claims of overcharging surface in Brighton council audit report

Housing contractor Mears faces more questions about its practices as fresh claims of overcharging have surfaced in a Brighton and Hove City Council audit report. The questions come after Mears repaid the council about £513,000, including costs, after systematic overcharging by a...
Posted On 19 Oct 2017 at 3:05 am

Brighton Kemptown seat to include Newhaven and Seaford under boundary review

Brighton Kemptown will stretch as far east as Newhaven and Seaford under proposals put forward in a boundary review. But the parliamentary constituency – to be called Brighton Kemptown and Seahaven – will lose the Brighton and Hove City Council ward of Moulsecoomb and Bevendean...
Posted On 18 Oct 2017 at 12:17 am

Hove MP backs campaign urging train bosses to tackle railway station’s ‘third class’ conditions

Campaigners are urging train operator Southern to stop treating people like “third class” passengers at Aldrington Station. Their drive to improve the station has won the backing of the Labour MP for Hove, Peter Kyle, and Westbourne Ward councillor Tom Bewick. Commuters and...
Posted On 15 Oct 2017 at 8:11 am

Developers could be taxed to pay for city improvements

A levy could be imposed on new developments to go towards paying for community infrastructure such as schools, roads and parks under plans currently being consulted on by Brighton and Hove City Council from today. The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) allows local councils to...
Posted On 13 Oct 2017 at 2:58 pm

Brighton and Hove council to merge with NHS commissioning body

Brighton and Hove City Council is to merge with the Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). The two organisations will set up a Health and Social Care Integration Board which will spend its first year operating as a “shadow organisation” – paving the way for a full...
Posted On 12 Oct 2017 at 6:29 pm

Planners back scheme for Hove pub to be demolished and replaced with 33 homes

Planning permission has been granted for a Hove pub to be demolished and replaced with 33 homes, including a four-storey block of flats. The Downsman in Hangleton Way could be pulled down next spring or summer for work to start on two terraces of houses and a block of 23 flats....
Posted On 12 Oct 2017 at 12:46 am

Brighton church to be pulled down to make way for 24 homes

A Brighton church is to be demolished to make way for 24 homes, after planning permission was granted this afternoon (Wednesday 11 October). The Montpelier Place Baptist Tabernacle, which was built in the 1960s, closed five years ago, has fallen into disrepair and been vandalised...
Posted On 11 Oct 2017 at 3:29 pm

Hove MP grills Uber over 40,000 jobs fear ‘hypocrisy’

Hove MP Peter Kyle has accused Uber of hypocrisy for accusing TfL of putting 40,000 drivers out of work while also denying it employs anyone at all – and working towards replacing human drivers with self-driving cars. The exchange came during a parliamentary committee...
Posted On 11 Oct 2017 at 2:23 pm

Rising crime spurs Brighton and Hove councillors to call on government for extra police funding

Rising crime in Brighton and Hove has spurred councillors to call on the government for extra funding for policing. The call comes after it was revealed that crime went up just over 9 per cent in the year to the end of March compared with the year before. And first quarter...
Posted On 10 Oct 2017 at 12:59 am

Visitor numbers booming in Brighton, according to council

Visitor numbers appear to have soared over the summer, according to Brighton and Hove City Council. The council said: “Visits to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion were up by 6 per cent this summer and are on target to reach an estimated 325,000 this year. “Between April and September the...
Posted On 09 Oct 2017 at 12:12 pm