Greens make case for 5.9 per cent rise in Brighton and Hove’s council tax

The Greens have made their case for a 5.9 per cent rise in council tax in Brighton and Hove in the annual budget debate. Council leader Jason Kitcat, proposing the rise, said that demand for services was growing as was the population, especially the number of over 85s. Councillor...
Posted On 26 Feb 2015 at 6:24 pm

Kitchen store to take second London Road Co-Op unit

Another unit of the former Co-Op in Brighton’s London Road is to be a kitchen equipment shop. Nisbets will be opened next Friday, 6 March at 11.30am by Great British Bake Off contestant Kate Henry. She will also be signing copies of the latest Great British Bake Off book...
Posted On 26 Feb 2015 at 5:36 pm

Brighton’s sewers get a lick of paint

The hosts of Southern Water’s world-famous Sewer Tours are giving parts of Brighton’s Victorian sewers a fresh lick of white paint. Stuart Slark and his fellow tour guides will spend the next few weeks refreshing the main areas of the sewers ready for this year’s tours, which...
Posted On 26 Feb 2015 at 4:26 pm

Brighton and Hove 2015 budget in tweets

This year’s budget is probably the most complicated and fought over in the city’s history. At stake are cuts to children’s centres, public toilets, bus routes, social services – and possibly the whole budget itself. For a guide to the ins and outs of the...
Posted On 26 Feb 2015 at 4:17 pm

Health Secretary agrees extra £60m for Brighton hospital modernisation

The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt visited the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton this afternoon (Thursday 26 February) to announce an extra £60 million towards an eight-year modernisation project. He accepted that inflation in construction costs meant that the bill had gone...
Posted On 26 Feb 2015 at 3:40 pm

Valley Gardens revamp would see Mazda fountain removed

The Mazda fountain in Victoria Gardens would not survive a £20m reworking of Valley Gardens. The ambitious plans, which were this week given £8m of funding by the Local Transport Board, would see the road layouts changed from St Peter’s to the Aquarium roundabout. But while...
Posted On 26 Feb 2015 at 2:14 pm

Annual council tax debate today will set Brighton and Hove budget and shape election battle

The amount that we pay in council tax in the coming year is due to be decided today (Thursday 26 February). It is decided at the annual budget meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council. It is a decision that rests with all 54 councillors who obliged to set a legal budget. It...
Posted On 26 Feb 2015 at 11:46 am

Reverbathon marks Brighton community radio station’s eighth birthday

Brighton and Hove’s community radio station is celebrating eight years on the air with a live marathon broadcast next weekend. The station, which usually broadcasts pre-recorded shows made by volunteers, will be on live from next Friday evening, 6 March until midnight on...
Posted On 26 Feb 2015 at 11:40 am

Missing teenage girl found safe and well in Brighton

A missing teenage girl has been found safe and well in Brighton. Elouise Herridge-Dawson, 15, known as Ellie, had been missing since lunchtime on Saturday (21 February). She sent her mother a text message on Sunday (22 February) but did not return to her home in Newhaven. This...
Posted On 26 Feb 2015 at 10:48 am

Greens told to vote for referendum budget at crisis meeting as handful of councillors plan march against cuts

Brighton and Hove’s Green councillors have reportedly been urged to vote for the party’s budget proposals at a crisis meeting this week. The meeting was called after the party’s Brighton and Hove branch voted last month to refuse to set any budget – which...
Posted On 26 Feb 2015 at 10:32 am