Clear up begins at Brighton's worst fly-tipping sites

Eight of the worst fly-tipping sites in Brighton and Hove are being cleared up. The council is also promising measures to prevent further dumping as part of an operation to improve council estates. Brighton and Hove City Council said that it was carrying out the clean up in a...
Posted On 20 Mar 2011 at 1:45 am

Estate agent boards survive the ban

The number of estate agent boards has more than halved since they were banned in conservation areas last year. But some are still flouting the ban. A survey by residents in the Montpelier and Clifton Hill Conservation Area has found that the number of For Sale and To Let boards...
Posted On 19 Mar 2011 at 7:26 pm

Health chiefs prescribe derelict church to host Hove medical services

A disused church in the heart of Hove is likely to be converted into a medical centre to house two doctors’ surgeries. Sackville Road and Central Hove surgeries could move into Holy Trinity Church in Blatchington Road by the end of next year if the conversion goes ahead as...
Posted On 18 Mar 2011 at 12:57 pm

Mears brothers jailed for Lapland theme park scam

Lapland theme park fraudsters Victor and Henry Mears have been jailed for their million-pound rip-off. The brothers from Brighton were each jailed for 13 months by a judge at Bristol Crown Court today. Victor Mears, 67, of Selsfield Drive, Moulsecoomb, and Henry Mears, 60, of...
Posted On 18 Mar 2011 at 12:34 pm

Police seek missing boy in Hove

A missing teenage boy has been sighted in Hove and now police are urging him to get in touch. Reece Cruz, 15, went missing from Northolt, Middlesex, six weeks ago (Wednesday 2 February), taking his Xbox with him. The Metropolitan Police said that he was seen in a café in Hove and...
Posted On 18 Mar 2011 at 12:49 am

Campaigners to save Brighton swimming pool given boost

Saltdean Lido has had its listed status upgraded. The change – from Grade II to Grade II* listed status – was announced by the Conservative Minister for Tourism and Heritage John Penrose. Campaigners to save the lido hope that it will give greater protection to the 1930s Art Deco...
Posted On 18 Mar 2011 at 12:15 am

Wikileaks journalist shares story with Brighton students

By Claire Smyth One of the journalists who broke the Wikileaks US diplomatic cables story spoke about the scoop to a group of trainee reporters in Brighton. Nick Davies, the award-winning investigative journalist and author of Flat Earth News, also talked about meeting Wikileaks...
Posted On 18 Mar 2011 at 12:12 am

Trading standards team warns wine lovers about a corking scam

It’s a vintage year for plonk being peddled as premier cru wine. So trading standards officers are urging wine-lovers in Brighton and Hove to be on the alert for counterfeit wine. Their advice follows incidents during which they have seized cheap wine being passed off as more...
Posted On 17 Mar 2011 at 4:34 pm

Top Brighton school looks at becoming an academy

One of Brighton’s most popular secondary schools is to consider becoming an academy. Varndean School governors and head teacher William Deighan took the decision at a meeting yesterday (Wednesday 16 March). Mr Deighan and Ray Gold, the chairman of governors, issued a joint...
Posted On 17 Mar 2011 at 3:47 pm

Brighton MP to raise concern over hospital helipad proposal

A Brighton MP has promised to raise concerns about plans to build a helipad in Kemp Town. Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown, said that worried constituents had contacted him about the proposal. It would allow air ambulances to land at the Royal Sussex County...
Posted On 17 Mar 2011 at 1:58 pm