Brighton’s new homes target ‘set to quadruple’

Brighton and Hove may have to build thousands more houses under government plans to quadruple its target for new homes. According to the Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils in England and Wales, a new Government algorithm would increase Brighton and...

Special needs teacher forced to shell out £150 for covid test

A teacher at a special needs school ended up paying out £150 for a private covid-19 test after spending hours reloading the government website. Gemma Sharp from Telscombe Cliffs thought she had secured a test for her three-year-old daughter Loki, at the mobile site at Withdean...

New whisky bar coming to North Laine

A specialist whisky shop can open a bar in the North Laine after councillors unanimously agreed planning permission. Covent Garden-based Woolf Sung Limited applied to change the use of the former Trafalgar Wines off licence at the bottom of Trafalgar Street into a shop with a...

Valley Gardens now officially complete

The two year transformation of Valley Gardens is now complete, the council has announced. The rerouting of traffic from St Peter’s Church to the Royal Pavilion started in the summer of 2018, and continued through the lockdown. Although the original vision to create a new...
Posted On 18 Sep 2020 at 4:27 pm

No covid outbreak from first positive test since city’s schools returned

The first group of pupils who were put into self-isolation after a teaching assistant tested positive are all now back at school. Cardinal Newman sent their year seven pupils home in the first week at their new school following the positive test. One more member of staff...
Posted On 18 Sep 2020 at 3:48 pm

Police investigating ‘man with machete’ near Brighton school arrest a man

A man has been arrested by police investigating reports of a man with a machete near a Brighton school yesterday (Thursday 17 September). Sussex Police said this afternoon: “Police investigating reports of a man with a machete outside a school in Brighton have arrested a...
Posted On 18 Sep 2020 at 2:46 pm

Level funfair closed amid virus spike

The funfair on the Level has been asked to close by public health officials who are concerned about a rise in coronavirus cases in the Brighton and Hove. The council announced this morning that Coles Amusements, which runs the fair on the Level every autumn, had agreed to close...
Posted On 18 Sep 2020 at 12:19 pm

Council’s cycle lane chief steps down

The councillor at the eye of the storm over road closures and new cycle lanes in Brighton and Hove has stepped down from chairing the committee responsible for overseeing the policy. Pete West will also be replaced on the committee by a colleague as the Green administration...
Posted On 18 Sep 2020 at 11:33 am

Missing Portslade pensioner found safe and well

A missing man from Portslade has been found safe and well. Pensioner Patrick Phelan went missing on Tuesday afternoon (15 September). Sussex Police said that they were extremely concerned for his welfare. The force said yesterday: “Missing 76-year-old Patrick Phelan from...
Posted On 18 Sep 2020 at 10:57 am

Pause, consult and get it right

Much has been said by both sides about the merits and deficiencies of the current “temporary” cycle lanes. What is inarguable is that they were put up in a short space of time with minimal – if any – consultation. Certainly there was none with disability groups. The A270 Old...
Posted On 18 Sep 2020 at 8:20 am
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