So many people responded to a consultation on a proposed smoking ban on Brighton and Hove’s beaches and parks that a report into what they said has been put back two months.
More than 1,500 people took part in the consultation, which asked people what they thought about a voluntary smoking ban in a range of public outdoor spaces, including beaches, parks and even pavements outside pubs and restaurants.
The online consultation closed at midnight last night, and a report will now go to the city council’s health and wellbeing board in February.
A council spokeswoman said: The public smoking consultation closed at midnight and more than 1,500 have made their voice heard.
“We expect a paper to go the Health and Wellbeing Board in February – not as originally planned in December due to the wealth of responses and interest in this consultation.”
One of those responding was the pro-smoker pressure group Forest, who wrote: “Not everyone visits the city for the candy floss and the ‘Kiss Me Quick’ hats.
“Many of us visit Brighton, or used to, because we enjoyed the feeling that here was a city that embraced a diverse range of lifestyles and didn’t judge people.
“Ban smoking in outdoor public spaces and Brighton will destroy any lingering link it has to its proud bohemian tradition. Instead it will be seen as one of the most puritanical cities in the UK, a model for nanny statists the length and breadth of the country. Is that how councillors want Brighton to be seen?”
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