Preston Park Velodrome needs £300k of repairs

The Preston Park Velodrome needs £300,000 of repairs to its perimeter fence, a survey commissioned by British Cycling has found. The track was closed for competitive racing last month after British Cycling visited and found it did not meet safety standards. Since then, a petition...
Posted On 27 Feb 2015 at 5:55 pm

Horse and Groom was sold today

Contracts were today exchanged for the sale of the freehold of Brighton pub the Horse and Groom. A campaign was started last month to get the pub listed as an asset of community value, which would have delayed any sale by six months and given residents a chance to bid for it. But...
Posted On 27 Feb 2015 at 5:44 pm

Hove lettings agents sentenced for benefit fraud

A Hove couple who fraudulently claimed nearly £54,000 in benefits while running a lettings agency were handed suspended jail sentences at Brighton Crown Court today. James Furness, 50, told the council he only had one bank account but a joint investigation by Brighton and Hove...
Posted On 27 Feb 2015 at 5:43 pm

After epic budget meeting finishes in stalemate, row over cuts continues

The row over what budget to set for Brighton and Hove next year is continuing even after an epic seven-hour council meeting failed to throw up an agreement. Last night’s full council meeting saw the city’s three parties – Greens, Labour and Conservative –...
Posted On 27 Feb 2015 at 1:47 pm

Wetherspoons still interested in London Road Co-Op

JD Wetherspoons is still looking at opening a branch at the former Co-Op in Brighton’s London Road. The Brighton and Hove News understands the pub chain is still exploring the possibility of taking the remaining unit on the ground floor of the former department store, on...
Posted On 27 Feb 2015 at 9:18 am

Caroline Lucas’s Railways Bill gets second reading today

Caroline Lucas is today preparing for a second reading of her Railways Bill in Parliament. The Brighton Pavilion MP launched her private members bill last year, with the aim of renationalising the railway network. This morning, she and supporters posed for this picture at...
Posted On 27 Feb 2015 at 9:09 am

Brighton and Hove councillors fail to set budget and council tax

Brighton and Hove City Council members failed to set a budget this evening and will reconvene on Tuesday (3 March). The meeting at Hove Town Hall today was an echo of last year’s proceedings when it proved impossible to broker a compromise at the first attempt. At just after...
Posted On 26 Feb 2015 at 10:38 pm

Labour makes case for 2 per cent rise in council tax for Brighton and Hove

Labour set out its stall in the annual Brighton and Hove City Council budget and council tax debate at Hove Town Hall this evening (Thursday 26 February). The opposition Labour group leader Warren Morgan argued for a 2 per cent rise in council tax in the year from April....
Posted On 26 Feb 2015 at 9:47 pm

Old brothel clients confused by new Brighton bakery

Clients of a former Brighton brothel have been disappointed to find it is being turned into a bakery. Most residents are thrilled at the news that artisan bakery The Flour Pot is opening on Elm Grove at the end of next week. But builders busy carrying out its refit have been...
Posted On 26 Feb 2015 at 9:29 pm

Conservatives make case for council tax freeze in Brighton and Hove at annual budget meeting

Two leading Conservatives made the case for a council tax freeze at the annual budget meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council today (Thursday 26 February). Councillor Ann Norman paid tribute to Green council leader Jason Kitcat and wished him well after he steps down in May....
Posted On 26 Feb 2015 at 8:03 pm