Former Brighton Festival Chorus music director jailed for child sex abuse

The former music director of the Brighton Festival Chorus has been jailed for 24 years for child sex abuse. Jonathan Smith, also known as Jonathan Grieves-Smith, was jailed today (Tuesday 19 May) by Judge Paul Tain at Hove Crown Court. Smith, 57, who studied music at Sussex...
Posted On 19 May 2020 at 9:26 pm

Brighton ‘ice rink’ hotel faces objections to drinks licence application

The owner of a new hotel faces opposition to its plans for a licence to sell alcohol to guests. Supercity Aparthotels has applied for a premises licence for the Q Square, in Queen Square, Brighton, on the site of the old ice rink. The application by the hotel’s bosses – to sell...

Business bosses criticise council for delays in passing on coronavirus grants

A small business owner who was forced to close because of the coronavirus lockdown has spoken out about delays in receiving money promised by the government. John Harwood, who runs a small holiday let in King’s Road, Brighton, said that he found the entire process frustrating. He...

Hove renamed West Brighton in council leaflet glitch

Community campaigners reacted with horror when Hove was renamed “West Brighton” in a leaflet from the council and one of its partners. The leaflet, produced by Brighton and Hove City Council’s Community Engagement Team and the Trust for Developing Communities, went out to homes...

Hove petrol station seeks 24-hour drinks licence

A petrol station operator has applied for a 24-hour licence to sell alcohol but faces opposition from officials and a neighbour. The BP filling station, in Kingsway, Hove, also known as Hove SF Connect, is already open 24 hours a day but its off-sales licence runs from 8am to...

Coronavirus lockdown prompts Hove seafront protest

A group of protesters marched along Hove seafront yesterday to protest about the continued coronavirus lockdown. A woman with a megaphone spoke about our rights being restored and questioned whether people were scared to live their lives. But the messages carried by the three...
Posted On 19 May 2020 at 12:33 pm

Dance studio plans to open in former pound shop

A Brighton theatre school is planning to open a dance studio in a former pound shop in London Road. The Institute for Contemporary Theatre has applied for permission to transform the now-empty Poundstretcher store into a dance and performance training suite. Meanwhile, a property...
Posted On 19 May 2020 at 11:58 am