Four schools to reduce class numbers

Steps have been agreed to try to reduce some of the hundreds of spare places in primary schools across Brighton and Hove. The move disappointed parents at two of the schools after petitions failed to persuade councillors to have a rethink about their approach. But councillors...

Traders at Brighton’s only on-street market fight proposed new rules

Traders at Brighton’s only regular on-street market are fighting new rules which they say could threaten its future. At present, the rules at Upper Gardner Street allow traders to spread out from their pitch if there are gaps, so that the market doesn’t look patchy....
Posted On 14 Jan 2020 at 6:27 pm

Patient list capped at Brighton surgery as strains on family doctors surface again

The strains on Brighton and Hove’s family doctors have surfaced again with a request by one GP (general practitioner) to have his patient list “capped”. The request came from Dr Tom Gayton after a GP partner left the Montpelier surgery, in Victoria Road, Brighton, in October....
Posted On 14 Jan 2020 at 3:24 pm

Environmentalists call for pause on golf course decision

Environmentalists have called for a pause before the future of two council-owned golf courses is decided. Councillors are being asked to recommend awarding a 25-year lease for Waterhall Golf Course to a rewilding company when they meet on Thursday. But, subject to further...
Posted On 14 Jan 2020 at 2:07 pm

The fight for youth services isn’t over

Youth services have borne the brunt of 10 years of Conservative government hard. Across the country you see the same picture almost everywhere – a shell of what the youth service used to be. Figures released last year from the YMCA indicated that funding has been cut 69 per cent...
Posted On 14 Jan 2020 at 1:21 pm

School site may become base for social workers

A former school and sixth form centre could become a base for children’s social workers. The site at the corner of Mile Oak Road and High Street, Portslade, was vacated when the King’s School moved to Hangleton Way, in Hove, last year. It previously housed sixth formers from the...

Firefighters called to microwave fire

A faulty microwave sparked a fire in a Brighton kitchen yesterday afternoon. East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service has issued a microwave fire safety warning following a small fire in Stafford Road. Crews were called to the Prestonville road at 1.54pm when the fire started while...
Posted On 14 Jan 2020 at 11:18 am

Day of action to combat street drinking and drug dealing in St James’s Street

Street drinking and drug dealing in St James’s Street were tackled during a day of action by police officers and PCSOs from the city prevention team yesterday. Officers joined forces with the local authority, a specialist mental health nurse and homeless agencies to carry...
Posted On 14 Jan 2020 at 10:58 am