Hippodrome awaits drinks licence verdict

The Hippodrome’s owner has applied for a drinks licence to serve alcohol at the premises which it plans to reopen as a hotel, private club and public bar. Matsim Properties, owned by the Lambor family, started repairing and restoring the grade II* listed theatre last year. The...

Travellers policy comes under scrutiny

Travellers have been pitching up at parks and open spaces in Brighton and Hove but have not directed to the dedicated camp site, according to a councillor. Conservative councillor Dawn Barnett has written to the co-chair of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Housing Committee to...

Dozens evicted for making threats, dealing drugs or anti-social behaviour

Just over 90 people were evicted from emergency housing in a year, mostly for threatening staff or for anti-social behaviour, according to a new report. The evictions came after Brighton and Hove City Council housed 800 people during the coronavirus pandemic as part of the...

Wheelchair user seeks help reaching beach with closure of Brighton seafront lift

Lack of access to the beach for people with disabilities and those who can’t use steps has prompted a woman to ask councillors for help. Lina Talbot, who uses a wheelchair, struggles to reach Madeira Drive because the Madeira lift is out of action. She wants Brighton and Hove...

Hove coffee shop seeks drinks licence but rival business objects

A coffee shop has applied for a drinks licence so that it can serve alcohol too but a rival business has objected to its plans. Small Batch Coffee Company wants a drinks licence to run from noon to 10pm at one of its premises in Hove. The address is in Church Road although the...

Tories and Labour demand plan to tackle weed-infested streets

The council is failing in its legal duty to keep the streets free of weeds, councillors said last night (Wednesday 21 September). And they have told officials to prepare a report “with options for alternative methods of weed removal that are both cost-effective and...

Council puts off decision on whether to bar disabled drivers from Brighton shopping street

A decision on whether to close a busy shopping street to traffic seven days a week has been delayed after concerns were raised about access for people with disabilities. Councillors were due to discuss closing Gardner Street, in Brighton, to all traffic except cyclists from 11am...

A259 seafront cycle lane to be extended in Hove

Councillors have voted to extend the A259 seafront cycle lane from Fourth Avenue, in Hove, to the Lagoon traffic lights. One of the current lanes, which is used by cars, buses, vans and lorries, will restricted to cyclists only by Brighton and Hove City Council. The proposal...

Councillors call for action over rubbish and recycling collections

Councillors want action to solve long-running problems with rubbish and recycling collections as their email inboxes are full of complaints. They said that despite a pay rise and talks to solve management issues after a strike last year, parts of Brighton and Hove were still...

For families in draughty homes ‘a third of energy bills go straight out the window’

Some families are seeing up to 30 per cent of their energy bill “go straight out of the window” because of a lack of insulation, Citizens Advice has warned. The advice service said that many families would continue to struggle with high energy costs and cold damp homes despite...