Brighton Pavilion MP failed to declare Cyprus holidays

Brighton Pavilion’s outgoing Labour MP David Lepper is one of 20 MPs who broke parliamentary rules in accepting free overseas trips from foreign governments. The BBC has uncovered hundreds of breaches in declaring hospitality in questions or debates. Mr Lepper visited...
Posted On 23 Mar 2010 at 6:29 pm

Brighton schools released from ‘disaster’ PFI deal

Three Brighton secondary schools will take back responsibility for managing their own buildings after eight years of a PFI deal dubbed a “disaster” by headteachers. Dorothy Stringer, Patcham High and Varndean will retake control of “soft services” including catering, grounds...
Posted On 23 Mar 2010 at 9:25 am

Keep secure, keep safe, say police

Two anti-crime pushes have been launched this week to stop burglars preying on unsuspecting householders. Sussex Police are warning people to make sure their gardens and sheds are locked up securely to stop opportunist thieves breaking in. And the police have also teamed up with...
Posted On 23 Mar 2010 at 9:12 am

Sainsbury's refused planning permission – after opening without it

A new superstore which opened without being given planning permission for its store frontage has now had its retrospective application turned down. Sainsbury’s attracted criticism from some for opening in Western Road as the chosen site is opposite an existing Tesco. There...
Posted On 23 Mar 2010 at 8:34 am

New figures show solid support for "scrapped" cycle lane

Two in three people who responded to a £96,000 consultation agreed with now-defunct plans for a cycle lane along Old Shoreham Road, new figures reveal. In February, Brighton and Hove News revealed that the Tories were considering scrapping the plans before the consultation...
Posted On 22 Mar 2010 at 2:29 pm

£1m secured for creative and digital youth training

Almost £1m is to be spent training umemployed youngsters in the cultural, creative and digital media field. Brighton and Hove City Council has been given £975,000 to create 150 six-month placements, which if matched by employer funding could go on to become year-long...
Posted On 22 Mar 2010 at 1:47 pm

New health centre for Whitehawk opens today

Whitehawk’s Wellsbourne Health Centre officially opens today. The centre in Whitehawk Way will be the new home for doctors from Broadway Surgery and Whitehawk Medical Practice. Other NHS services currently based at Whitehawk Clinic will move into its top floor, and there is...
Posted On 22 Mar 2010 at 1:42 pm

Wildlife protection written into Brighton and Hove planning rules

Roof gardens, bird boxes and wildlife ponds are set to become more common in Brighton and Hove if new planning guidelines come into force. The city council’s Nature Conservation and Development Supplementary Planning document aims to show developers how to prevent damage to...
Posted On 22 Mar 2010 at 1:02 pm

Locked door foils Elm Grove bookies raid

A masked man attempted to rob a bookmakers in Brighton but fled empty handed when he couldn’t open a locked door. The man tried to get into the staff area of Ladbrokes in Elm Grove via a side door at about 9pm on Wednesday, March 10. But when he couldn’t get in, he...
Posted On 22 Mar 2010 at 12:30 pm

Is an end to Sussex Uni's problems in sight?

Strike action and protests at the University of Sussex could be drawing to a close after the union said it had its “most positive meeting” so far with university management on Saturday morning. The University and College Union met with outgoing deputy vice chancellor...
Posted On 22 Mar 2010 at 11:10 am