Even with national problems, locally we have to do the right thing

I have submitted a request to the chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council for an emergency extraordinary meeting of the full council to be held within a week. The purpose of the meeting would be to discuss legal avenues available to the council to make urgent...
Posted On 30 Jan 2023 at 12:28 am

We will do what it takes to restore trust in police

Trust in police was shaken again when we heard that a serving police officer is a serial rapist. He exploited his warrant card and status to coerce, abuse and rape women over a 20-year period. David Carrick was an armed police officer who was still entrusted with protecting...
Posted On 29 Jan 2023 at 1:31 pm

Council faces frightening financial situation as budget – and elections – approach

I’m sure I’m not alone in having sleepless nights right now about several issues at the council, not least the rapidly approaching yearly budget meeting. We had a Policy and Resources Committee meeting recently and the black hole in Brighton and Hove City Council’s finances is...
Posted On 28 Jan 2023 at 6:31 pm

Give late-working staff free transport home, urges councillor

Employers should help staff who work late at night to get home safely, according to a councillor. Labour councillor Nancy Platts plans to propose a motion at the next meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council to make safe and free transport more likely. Councillor Platts wants...

Tories urge council to close or rent out empty offices

As more backroom staff work from home, Conservative councillors are calling for a look into the benefits of “downsizing” council office space. Conservative councillor Alistair McNair plans to ask Brighton and Hove City Council for a report detailing the occupancy of council...

Decision due on plans for land where protected trees were felled

A row over plans to build a house on land where protected trees were damaged and felled could be settled by councillors next week. The land owner Bulent Ekinci said that more trees would be planted than lost on the plot, next to a property known as Hillside, in Ovingdean Road,...

Concerns over missing children prompt council to request formal review

The latest revelations about refugee children missing from a hotel in Hove have prompted the council to call for an independent safeguarding review. Brighton and Hove City Council has asked the independent scrutineer of the Brighton and Hove Children’s Safeguarding Partnership to...
Posted On 27 Jan 2023 at 6:39 pm

Planners turn down 5G mast to save tree in Brighton

Plans for a 5G mast and cabinets were turned down for a patch of green space in Brighton because they would have been too close to a tree and too unsightly. More than 205 people signed a petition and 186 people sent letters objecting to the proposed mast and cabinets at the...

Madeira Terraces propping work to start next week

Temporary structural propping work is to start on the Madeira Terraces next week, Brighton and Hove City Council said. The props will support four of the 152 bays beneath the terrace as “part of the safe management” of seafront landmark. The council said: “The grade II* listed...
Posted On 27 Jan 2023 at 12:40 am

Southern Water urged to fund public toilets in Brighton and Hove

Southern Water should pay towards the cost of keeping public toilets open in Brighton and Hove to compensate for sewage going into the sea, a councillor said this week. Green councillor Zoe John made the suggestion to Southern Water’s director of environment and corporate affairs...