Three potential academy sponsors have Brighton primary school in their sights

Moulsecoomb Primary School has attracted interest from three potential academy sponsors, with one of them pressing for a meeting. The school was earmarked for conversion to academy status after education watchdog Ofsted rated it as “inadequate” in May 2019 – a verdict challenged...
Posted On 26 Feb 2021 at 2:55 pm

Champagne shoplifter sentenced and vitamin thief banned from the centre of Brighton

A shoplifter who stole champagne from a supermarket has been sent to rehab while another, who took vitamins from an organic and wholefoods specialist, has been banned from the centre of Brighton. The pair were among four Brighton and Hove thieves targeting local stores who have...
Posted On 26 Feb 2021 at 12:32 pm

Hove woman charged with making hundreds of hoax 999 calls

A woman from Hove has been charged with making hundreds of hoax 999 calls, Sussex Police said. Wendy Sirisena, 39, unemployed, of Sherbourne Road, Hangleton, has been bailed to appear before magistrates on Thursday 1 April. Sussex Police said: “Police have charged a 39-year-old...
Posted On 26 Feb 2021 at 12:21 am

Brighton and Hove’s office market shows signs of post-pandemic life

It would be wrong to write off the office market in Brighton and Hove, according to commercial property agents Graves Jenkins. The firm said that it had secured “another office letting during lockdown even though government guidelines are to stay at home”. And it added: “This is...
Posted On 26 Feb 2021 at 12:11 am

Average council tax bills in Brighton and Hove to top £2,000

The average “band D” council tax bill in Brighton and Hove will top £2,000 in the coming financial year after councillors agreed their first £1 billion budget. The higher bills will be sent out in the next few weeks after Brighton and Hove City Council set its 2021-22 budget...
Posted On 25 Feb 2021 at 9:47 pm

Coronavirus rate in Brighton and Hove among Britain’s lowest 10 per cent

The rate of new coronavirus infections in Brighton and Hove is among the lowest 10 per cent in the country, the director of public health said today (Thursday 25 February). Alistair Hill said: “In the seven days up to (Friday) 19 February, based on data published on (Tuesday) 23...
Posted On 25 Feb 2021 at 9:27 pm

Fire authority asks Brighton and Hove council tax payers for £8.7m

The fire service will cost Brighton and Hove council tax payers £8.7 million for the coming financial year – or £97.43 on a band D council tax bill. East Sussex Fire Authority is putting up the precept by £1.90 for a band D property from £95.53 – a rise of 1.99 per cent. The...
Posted On 25 Feb 2021 at 8:53 pm

Covid jab take-up rates drop in Brighton and Hove in younger age groups

Brighton and Hove is falling behind with its vaccination schedule as fewer people over 70 or classed as clinically vulnerable are making appointments compared with the over 80s. Health bosses said that work was under way to encourage more people to take up appointments either...

Conservative leader sets out alternative budget ideas for Brighton and Hove

Conservative leader Steve Bell responded to the Green’s budget proposals for Brighton and Hove City Council for the coming financial year. Councillor Bell thanked council staff for all their work supporting people in Brighton and Hove during the coronavirus pandemic as well as...
Posted On 25 Feb 2021 at 6:28 pm

Green leader of Brighton and Hove City Council sets out vision for recovery in budget speech

The Green leader of Brighton and Hove City Council has spoken about plans for recovery from the coronavirus crisis at the annual budget council meeting this afternoon (Friday 25 February). Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty said: “We set the budget this year with the covid crisis...
Posted On 25 Feb 2021 at 5:51 pm