Union issues strike notice for housing staff joining council from contractor

The GMB union has issued a strike notice over pay for housing staff who have joined Brighton and Hove City Council from the contractor Mears. The union said that a pay claim – for an 8 per cent rise – had been made last October to Mears which was then running the housing...
Posted On 14 Jul 2020 at 9:38 am

Post office bosses thwart hopes of reopening busy branch

Post office bosses have thwarted customers’ hopes that a busy branch in Hove would be reopened. The news came in a letter from Post Office Ltd which said that the company was “unable to restore a service locally” after the closure of the branch in Western Road, Hove. It follows a...
Posted On 14 Jul 2020 at 9:18 am

Councillors to look again at whether businesses should pay for licences to use parks

Big businesses using Brighton and Hove’s parks, greens and seafront lawns may have to apply for a licence to use council-owned open spaces in the future. The prospect follows a request from two Green councillors which sparked a heated public debate. Hannah Clare and Phélim Mac...

Planners grant outline permission for £25m flats scheme in Hove

A £25 million scheme to build four storeys of flats and offices in Hove has been granted outline planning permission. The proposal, by Martin Homes, in Portland Road, involves demolishing three buildings – six semi-detached houses – in Portland Road, Hove, between the corner of...

Hove restaurant granted planning permission after two-year battle

A restaurant has been granted planning permission two years after it opened. Persia in Church Road, Hove, started trading two years ago even though Brighton and Hove City Council turned down a planning application for a change of use from a shop. At the time councillors were...

More flats approved for old Palmer and Harvey office building in Hove

A developer has been granted planning permission to add an extra floor to a Hove office block being turned into flats. Brighton and Hove City Council’s Planning Committee approved the plans for P&H House, in Davigdor Road, at a “virtual” meeting this...

Planners approve £18m scheme to build 83 flats to rent in Brighton

Councillors have approved an £18 million scheme to build a block of 83 “co-living” flats for young professionals on the site of an old garage and joinery in Brighton. They voted five to three in favour of the scheme to put up a six-storey block of “build to rent” flats in...

Brighton academic expert calls for end to coronavirus ban on reusable cups

An expert from Brighton University has called for an end to the coronavirus pandemic ban on reusable cups and mugs. Leading virologist Sarah Pitt said that recently washed cups and mugs were likely to be safer in preventing the spread of the coronavirus than single-use containers...
Posted On 08 Jul 2020 at 4:50 pm

Chaotic management of Wimpy where manager tried to rape woman revealed

A catalogue of licensing breaches at a burger bar culminating in an attempted rape are a “ghastly demonstration” of what happens when laws aren’t followed, a panel heard today. The Wimpy in Station Road, Portslade could lose its licence after Sussex Police...

More student housing planned for Lewes Road

A four storey block of student housing is planned for the site currently occupied by the Lewes Road Co Op. Developer Alumno is working with the Brighton Screen and Film School on the block, which would house 60 of its students. Under the plans, submitted to Brighton and Hove City...
Posted On 07 Jul 2020 at 3:38 pm