Council halves £600k monthly bill for PPE

Council spending on personal protective equipment (PPE) has halved from more than £600,000 a month to less than £300,000. The bill has come down since the government’s PPE “Portal”, initially known as the Clipper system, started operating on Monday 8 June after a two-month delay....

Businesses accused of exploiting Brighton and Hove parks

Councillors are concerned that a growing number of businesses are operating in local parks without paying for the use of public land. Green councillors Hannah Clare and Phélim Mac Cafferty are bringing up the issue at the next meeting Brighton and Hove City Council’s Policy and...

Hove offices could become home to more flats

A developer wants to build on top of an existing office block in Hove to make room for more flats. The developer, Stonegate Homes, already has planning permission to convert Palmer and Harvey House in Davigdor Road into dozens of flats. Now the company has applied to Brighton and...

Reclaimed road space will benefit business as much as pedestrians and cyclists

During lockdown, while we adapted almost every part of our lives, it was virtually impossible not to notice the sudden drop in traffic levels and pollution. In Brighton and Hove, we saw a 70 per cent drop in traffic. Roads that were once a polluted gridlock became free for...
Posted On 03 Jul 2020 at 3:01 pm

Mums doing lion’s share of lockdown childcare

Mothers have been doing more childcare than fathers during lockdown, Brighton researchers have found. University of Sussex psychologists have been asking 2,000 mothers who have a male partner about how the lockdown has affected them and their child. Three in four mums say that...
Posted On 03 Jul 2020 at 2:57 pm

Private test result publication sees official Brighton and Hove coronavirus cases rise by 50%

The publication of private coronavirus test results for the first time has raised the number of official cases in Brighton and Hove by more than 55%. Yesterday afternoon, the official number of cases in the city since the outbreak started was 490 – but after private test...
Posted On 03 Jul 2020 at 1:46 pm

Concerns remain about home to school transport despite progress and reassurances

Time is running short to prepare the home to school transport service for the new school year, councillors and officials were told yesterday (Thursday 2 July). Work is well under way to try to ensure that the council-run service, supporting hundreds of the most vulnerable...