Brighton takeaway found operating as late-night karaoke bar

A Chinese takeaway in the centre of Brighton has been found operating as an unlicensed late-night karaoke bar. Utopia – also known as No 1 Restaurant – in Ditchling Road, close to the Open Market, also had a separate room where the tile-based game mahjong was being played....

Binmen to strike over Brighton Pride weekend

Binmen and street cleaners are to go on strike over the Brighton Pride weekend at the start of August. The GMB union has given formal notice to Brighton and Hove City Council of its intention to strike, with the first day of action planned for Monday 29 July. An overtime ban will...
Posted On 15 Jul 2019 at 2:30 pm

Work to start soon on biggest low-cost housing scheme in Brighton for a generation

Work is expected to start soon on building hundreds of low-cost homes in Brighton after four years of planning and preparation. The scheme was described as “the largest single development of 100 per cent affordable housing in the city for a generation.” The 242 homes in Coldean...
Posted On 15 Jul 2019 at 2:22 pm

Brighton and Hove doctors extend £1.2m ‘Practice Assist’ phone support contract

A telephone service to help doctors’ surgeries struggling to cope with their patient workload is being extended. Health chiefs in Brighton and Hove have agreed to continue using “Practice Assist” for a third year, bringing the contract cost up to £1.2 million. The telephone...

Work help agreed for refugees

The modest number of refugees in Brighton and Hove may be given help to find work after an intervention by Green councillors last night (Thursday 11 July). They asked council chiefs to explore ways to support the recruitment of refugees during a debate on Brighton and Hove City...

Parents petition council to stop closing schools on polling day

A petition has been handed in to try to prevent schools from having to close when elections take place. The petition was started by Downs Infant School parent Faye Brockwell and presented to councillors by Arthur Gallagher, the vice chair of governors at Cottesmore St Mary...

Revised plans agreed for former Astoria site

Revised plans for the former Astoria site in Brighton have been agreed by councillors. The planning application for the scheme known as the Rox – a joint venture between investment firm Cogress and developer Ktesius – was approved. Brighton and Hove City Council’s Planning...

Revised plans approved for former dairy

Changes to plans for homes on the site of a disused dairy in Hove have won praise from councillors. The proposed houses at the former Dairy Crest depot in The Droveway were given planning permission in January. But a new application included changes to the scheme which took on...

Forest school granted planning permission

A formerly derelict allotment can become a full-time forest school after councillors approved the plans. Bee in the Woods currently operates three days a week at the Foredown Allotments in Thornbush Crescent, Portslade. The owner Lucy Collins is licensed to use the land by...

Independent outsider to review claims being made at Brighton Cityclean depot

An independent outsider is to review the claims and counterclaims being made at the council’s Cityclean depot in Hollingdean. The agreement emerged after binmen went on unofficial strike today (Friday 12 July). Members of the GMB union at the Brighton and Hove City Council...
Posted On 12 Jul 2019 at 5:39 pm