Brighton and Hove apprentices used as 'cheap labour', union claims

A union activist is claiming Brighton and Hove City Council is using apprentices as “cheap labour” to replace the scores of staff it is laying off to cut costs. The council has already created 70 posts, and has pledged to create 500 by 2012, to help young people learn...
Posted On 02 Mar 2010 at 9:11 am

Brighton's first shopping festival kicks off next month

Hundreds of Brighton boutiques are to take part in the city’s first shopping festival next month. The month-long festival aims to show off the best clothes shopping opportunities Brighton has to offer, from high street fashion to cutting edge independent outlets. The event...
Posted On 02 Mar 2010 at 8:46 am

Brighton priest launches scathing attack on 'anti-Christian' election candidates

An outspoken Brighton priest says none of the main political parties are offering anything for Christians to vote for. Father Ray Blake, of the Catholic St Mary Magdelen Church in Upper North Street, says he used to vote Labour, as most priests in the Catholic church did. But...
Posted On 02 Mar 2010 at 7:58 am

Could plans to shorten council meetings stifle debate?

Brighton and Hove City Council meetings could come with a strict time limit in future under plans to make them more “efficient, streamlined and productive”. Under new plans, meetings would be automatically stopped after four hours, and councillors would be limited to...
Posted On 01 Mar 2010 at 7:25 pm

Appeal launched to turn Ditchling Beacon land into nature reserve

Sussex Wildlife Trust is launching an appeal to raise £50,000 to buy eight acres of land at Ditchling Beacon and restore it to chalk grassland. The land sits adjacent to the north west corner of its 52 acre nature reserve, and the area has been designated a site of special...
Posted On 01 Mar 2010 at 11:30 am

New bid to make Brighton and Hove a leading city of culture

Brighton and Hove could become one of the UK’s leading cultural cities, a new council report suggests. Last year, the city council pulled out of the running to become the first official UK City of Culture in 2013, saying the estimated £10m price tag was too much. Now, it is...
Posted On 01 Mar 2010 at 10:26 am

Loyalty card scheme for London Road?

London Road is set to get its own business directory to encourage residents to shop locally – and this could lead to a loyalty card scheme. The Another London Road group, formed to oppose now-defunct plans for a Tesco superstore in the area in 2008,  is planning several...
Posted On 01 Mar 2010 at 8:59 am

Cyclist badly hurt after Brighton hit and run

A 62-year-old Hove cyclist was seriously hurt when he was knocked from his bicycle in Montpelier Road on Friday. The collision occurred at about 5.15pm as the man was riding south down the road. The car involved did not stop at the scene. It is described as a white vehicle, but...
Posted On 01 Mar 2010 at 8:30 am

Jedward mania comes to Brighton

Crowds of screaming fans gave Jedward and their X Factor friends a vocal send-off as they left the Brighton Centre on Saturday night. The fans gathered at the back of the venue in Russell Road after Saturday night’s X Factor Live tour finished at about 10pm. Their screams...
Posted On 01 Mar 2010 at 8:21 am

Preston Park garden to show how to live the Good Life

Do you fancy having a go at growing your own fruit and veg? A new vegetable garden in Preston Park aims to show budding Tom and Barbaras just how easy it is. Harvest Brighton and Hove is planning to set up the demonstration garden, on a small patch near the Rotunda Cafe by the...
Posted On 01 Mar 2010 at 8:05 am