Council staff hand out a million items of PPE

Council staff were praised for working flexibly after switching from their day jobs to hand out more than a million items of personal protective equipment (PPE) in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The praise came from the deputy leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, John...

Councillors to look again at whether businesses should pay for licences to use parks

Big businesses using Brighton and Hove’s parks, greens and seafront lawns may have to apply for a licence to use council-owned open spaces in the future. The prospect follows a request from two Green councillors which sparked a heated public debate. Hannah Clare and Phélim Mac...

Interim housing chief costs council £1.2k a day

The council is paying almost £1,200 a day for its latest interim housing chief, it was revealed today (Thursday 9 July). It means that tenants will be billed £156,000 for six months – as much as council chief executive Geoff Raw was paid in the most recent full financial year for...
Posted On 09 Jul 2020 at 9:00 pm

Fire breaks missing from block destroyed in blaze

Some fire breaks were missing from the roof of a block of flats destroyed in a rapidly-spreading blaze last year. A fire investigation report into how flames spread at the block of 12 flats in Pankhurst Avenue says it took just 17 minutes for the fire on a balcony to become...
Posted On 09 Jul 2020 at 5:34 pm

Planners grant outline permission for £25m flats scheme in Hove

A £25 million scheme to build four storeys of flats and offices in Hove has been granted outline planning permission. The proposal, by Martin Homes, in Portland Road, involves demolishing three buildings – six semi-detached houses – in Portland Road, Hove, between the corner of...

Adur council leader calls Brighton and Hove ‘a dump’

The leader of Adur Council has sparked anger for calling Brighton and Hove “a dump”. Councillor Neil Parkin, who works in Brighton and Hove as a taxi driver, made the comments in response to a Labour colleague’s suggestion that Worthing town centre was “in...
Posted On 09 Jul 2020 at 11:28 am

Police ask for help finding wanted man from Brighton

A wanted man from Brighton is being hunted by police so that they can return him to prison. Sussex Police said that Stephen Lowe, also known as Stephen Gumbrill, had threatened to kill someone. Lowe has a number of tattoos on his arms and at least one on his neck. The force said...
Posted On 09 Jul 2020 at 10:37 am

Hove restaurant granted planning permission after two-year battle

A restaurant has been granted planning permission two years after it opened. Persia in Church Road, Hove, started trading two years ago even though Brighton and Hove City Council turned down a planning application for a change of use from a shop. At the time councillors were...