Neighbours speak out over extra bedroom planned for shared house in Brighton

Neighbours, councillors and a community group have objected to plans to enlarge a shared house in Brighton. The property’s owner, Anindita Sengupta, 42, of Bank Street, London, wants to add a single-storey rear extension and dormer in the roof of 184 Saunders Hill, Coldean. The...

Taj to open two new Brighton stores

Taj the Grocer is preparing to open two new Brighton stores in the coming weeks. The independent supermarket, which specialises in groceries from around the world, is refitting the former Poundstretcher unit ready for an August opening. And it is also opening a new store on the...
Posted On 30 Jun 2022 at 3:03 pm

Plan for decking outside town hall to go back before councillors

Rain stopped play when councillors listened to the case for decking outside Hove Town Hall. Discussions about co-working company Platform 9’s proposals to instal decking next to its entrance at Hove Town Hall ended when rain started pouring through the ceiling of the council...

Seafront venue drops plans for late-night parties during Brighton Pride

A seafront venue has dropped its plans to hold clubbing-style parties until 2am on the same weekend as Brighton Pride. Sussex Police and Brighton and Hove City Council officials lodged formal objections to the proposals for Shelter Hall, opposite the bottom of West Street. The...

What are developers doing to cut dependency on fossil fuels?

It’s a strange world. Our government is sending aid and weapons to Ukraine on the one hand and all the while we send millions to Russia every day in exchange for gas – money they use to arm their troops to fight the Ukrainians. With a carbon-neutral future planned and Russian...
Posted On 30 Jun 2022 at 12:45 am

Workers who hacked back Brighton’s historic green wall were following council orders

Workers who almost completely removed a stretch of the historic “green wall” on Brighton seafront were following the council’s own “plans and design drawings”, an audit has found. The 200-year-old living wall had been designated a local wildlife site by Brighton and Hove City...

Sometimes, a house in not a home – but it could and should be

The last week or so has, unusually for me, been all about housing – or more precisely the shortage of homes across our city at any level of affordability, and what we might be able to do about that. It isn’t unusual for the Labour group as a whole to be focusing on housing...
Posted On 26 Jun 2022 at 9:38 pm

Police object to Brighton seafront venue’s Pride plans

One of Brighton’s newest seafront venues wants to stay open until 2am for Pride but police and council officials have lodged objections. The Shelter Hall, in King’s Road Arches, told Brighton and Hove City Council that it planned two ticketed events – from 10pm to 2am on Friday 5...

Councillor claims report on housing repairs costs has been ‘kicked into the long grass’

A councillor is concerned that a report into the cost of bringing the housing repairs service “in house” is being “kicked into the long grass”. Conservative councillor Anne Meadows wants to know the final cost of setting up the in-house service after Brighton and Hove City...

Moves agreed to tackle rogue landlords who bar tenants on benefits

Councillors have backed moves to try to prevent private landlords from discriminating against people on benefits. Although discrimination is against the law, research by community union Acorn suggested that landlords told 61 per cent of private renters in Brighton and Hove that...