Rare epilepsy diagnosis changed Brighton family’s life

A Brighton family have spoken about how their baby daughter being diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy changed their lives. Paige Stocker, now seven, was diagnosed with Dravet Syndrome just before her first birthday, after months of seizures and ‘blue light’ ambulance dashes to...
Posted On 24 Jun 2022 at 1:19 pm

Ukrainian refugees swell demand for free English courses

A big rise has been reported in the number of people signing up for free English language courses in Brighton and Hove since Russia invaded Ukraine. More than 100 Ukrainians have registered for the government-funded courses in the past five weeks alone – with just one local...
Posted On 23 Jun 2022 at 7:18 pm

Council warn of impersonation scam in Portslade

Scammers attempted to trick Portslade residents into paying for gardening work by impersonating council contractors yesterday. Two men knocked on at least six doors in Maplehurst Road , claiming to represent Brighton and Hove City Council They attempted to gain access to...
Posted On 23 Jun 2022 at 4:05 pm

Homeless OAPs win £7k compensation after council left them in B&B for 18 months

A pensioner couple have been awarded almost £7,000 in compensation after the council housed them in a B&B for 18 months during lockdown. The couple were put in the single room with just a microwave, mini-hob and mini-fridge after becoming homeless. Meanwhile, the council...
Posted On 23 Jun 2022 at 1:52 pm

East Brighton campaigners sceptical of ‘vague’ plan for buses

Campaigners hoping new bus funding would be used to improve school services in East Brighton say they are “underwhelmed” by the vagueness of plans to spend it. Brighton and Hove was given £27.9 million to improve services and get more people onto buses by the...
Posted On 22 Jun 2022 at 2:19 pm

‘Glowing’ Ofsted report for Woodingdean school

Rudyard Kipling Primary School has again been rated as good by inspectors despite a difficult year fighting the prospect of lowered pupil numbers. In the latest Ofsted report, the Woodingdean school was praised for its “ambitious and engaging curriculum” as well as for...
Posted On 22 Jun 2022 at 1:45 pm

Drink drive suspect arrested in pub

Police looking for a drink driver yesterday found their suspect in a nearby pub with a freshly pulled pint in front of him. Officers were called to Station Road after a 999 call alerted them to a car being driven erratically at about 3.40pm. The car was traced on CCTV, and soon...
Posted On 22 Jun 2022 at 12:49 pm

Man rescued after getting stuck up tree while chasing parrot

A man who climbed 40ft up a tree to rescue his missing parrot had to call 999 to be rescued himself when he got stuck. Chris Merrit’s macaw Charlie was frightened off by a flock of about 100 seagulls in the garden of their home in Hillside, Bevendean on Tuesday. Chris...
Posted On 21 Jun 2022 at 12:53 pm

Bevendean two-bed set to become six-person HMO

A student housing developer wants to convert a two bedroom home in Bevendean into a six bedroom shared house. Rivers Birtwell, which has converted dozens of family homes in Brighton into student houses, has submitted a planning application for 55 Auckland Drive. It includes a...
Posted On 17 Jun 2022 at 2:29 pm

Developer plans to turn Hollingdean home into HMO

A developer wants to turn a family home in Hollingdean into a shared house. The three-bedroom house at 5 Stanmer Villas is proposed to change to a four bedroom HMO, with a bike rack and bin stores. Brighton and Hove City Council has a policy of not approving applications for new...
Posted On 16 Jun 2022 at 4:54 pm
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