Councillors go through the motions thanks to snowflake pressure

Mayor Dee Simson chairing last night’s meeting

Council business finished early without debate last night as councillors rushed home to escape snow.

Councillors concerned about getting home to outlying areas, such as Woodingdean and Hangleton, asked for normal business to be suspended when snow started falling across Brighton and Hove.

Four motions were up for debate before the end of business at the full council meeting at Brighton Town Hall on Thursday 31 January.

But instead of discussing the motions, each item was instead decided with a quick show of hands.

Councillors agreeing to ask the authority’s chief executive to write to the government to bring forward targets to rid the nation of unrecyclable plastic packaging.

A report will also be brought before the next Health and Wellbeing Board into the prospect of a GP hub, minor injuries unit, cancer diagnostics centre and mental health facilities on the Toads Hole Valley site.

Councillors voted to instruct the chief executive to write to the Education Secretary asking him to bring forward plans to expand mental health services in schools and colleges.

Councillors Tom Druitt, who also runs Big Lemon, and his wife Alex Phillips left the room briefly while a motion to revisit the Valley Gardens Phase Three project, asking for the retention of the Aquarium roundabout and two-way traffic along Madeira Drive.

This motion was defeated with 19 Conservative councillors voting for it and 27 Labour and Greens against.

Clarification: Green councillors voted for the council to continue the meeting until all business was done but lost the vote as Conservative and Labour councillors voted to end the meeting

  1. Christopher Hawtree Reply

    The point of Notices of Motion us the debate itself, for which there is much preparation. I led one, carried unanimously about Female Genital Mutilation. This was not an off-the-cuff thing but involved several hours’ work. A debate should be a debate not reduced to a swift vote redolent of saloon-bar talk.

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