Five things you might miss about Hove

1) We’ll start with the obvious. It was 23 years ago today that Brighton and Hove Albion played their last match at the Goldstone Ground. A 1-0 home win against Doncaster Rovers ensured that a draw against Hereford a week later would be enough to survive and maintain their...
Posted On 26 Apr 2020 at 11:16 am

Coronavirus death toll reaches 96 at Brighton hospital trust

The death toll of patients with the covid-19 coronavirus now stands at 96 at the main hospital trust for Brighton and Hove. The news came on the day that the death toll nationally went up by 813 to pass 20,000. The figures do not include people dying in care homes or in their own...
Posted On 25 Apr 2020 at 7:27 pm

Conservative government supports Brighton and Hove in the battle to beat covid-19

Last Saturday the Local Government Minister Robert Jenrick announced a further £1.6 billion was on its way to local councils across the country. And I am delighted that yet another grant from the government will help support the battle to beat the covid-19 coronavirus in Brighton...
Posted On 25 Apr 2020 at 5:31 pm

Our frontline staff have stepped up so give us the money we need

This week I want to begin by thanking council staff, who are on the frontline of the covid-19 crisis. From providing social care, to schooling the children of key workers, to getting PPE (personal protective equipment) to our NHS staff, ensuring local businesses are receiving...
Posted On 25 Apr 2020 at 5:18 pm

Coronavirus crisis should spur better care for rough sleepers, say councillors

Two councillors are calling for financial support to move rough sleepers on to longer-term housing. During the coronavirus crisis, Brighton and Hove City Council has housed about 190 rough sleepers into hostels, bed and breakfasts and even university halls of residence. But Green...

Fire chiefs to consult on shake up despite coronavirus concerns

A public consultation on “drastic changes” to the fire service is to go ahead despite calls to defer the process until after the coronavirus crisis. At a virtual meeting yesterday (Thursday April 23), members of the East Sussex Fire Authority agreed to ask the public about the...

Dozens of drivers fined for flouting coronavirus lockdown rules

Dozens of drivers have been fined over the past week for flouting the coronavirus lockdown rules, Sussex Police said today (Friday 24 April). The force urged drivers and passengers to follow the rules and “stay home, protect our NHS and save lives”. Sussex Police said this...
Posted On 24 Apr 2020 at 5:52 pm

Pubs, shops and music venues offered protection from developers

Councillors have approved protections for the pubs, music venues and independent shops that give Brighton and Hove some of its character. The protections were put forward as part of the council’s planning blueprint for the next 10 years. They are intended to help independent...

Coronavirus crisis could cost council £30m

The coronavirus crisis is likely to cost Brighton and Hove City Council about £30 million. Council finance chiefs have been juggling millions of pounds of extra cash coming in from the government with an anticipated loss of income from things like parking charges. The extra...

Tougher rules to restrict spread of student houses in Brighton and Hove

Tougher city-wide restrictions on new shared houses are weeks away from coming into force in Brighton and Hove. The rule changes, which take effect in June, were flagged up as councillors debated a 10-year blueprint for homes, jobs and the environment at a “virtual” meeting. And...