Council meeting abandoned after councillor receives positive covid test result

A council meeting was abandoned after a councillor received a positive coronavirus test result this evening (Thursday 21 October). It was the first meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council at Brighton Town Hall in more than 18 months. But, at 7.32pm, after councillors returned...
Posted On 21 Oct 2021 at 9:32 pm

We have to get the housing repairs service right for our tenants

We must address concerns raised by residents about serious failures in the council housing repairs service. And we must acknowledge that more effort needs to go into working in a way that delivers the absolute best service that we can for council tenants. That means making sure...
Posted On 21 Oct 2021 at 6:55 pm

Council housing repairs backlog doubles, prompting criticism from Conservatives

The housing repairs backlog has doubled since Brighton and Hove City Council brought the service in-house, prompting criticism from the Conservatives. And the number of empty council houses and flats has risen by more than 70 per cent despite thousands desperate for a home. The...
Posted On 21 Oct 2021 at 6:40 pm

Bin strike raises key issues beyond the immediate deal

I would like to raise several key issues which I’ve certainly struggled with in the run-up to, and throughout, this unfortunate process of resolving the bin strike – not least in last week’s seven-hour meeting. I would like to start by saying that while I am weary of the GMB...
Posted On 21 Oct 2021 at 2:23 pm

David Amess, death threats and being accessible as an MP

I went back to my office in Parliament after an emotional day in the Commons on Monday. I’d sat and listened to the MPs who knew David Amess best talk about their friendship and his character. It was a lovely moment when the Prime Minister announced city status for Southend. Then...
Posted On 21 Oct 2021 at 1:58 pm

What the Brighton and Hove bin strike really reveals about local politics

In an opinion piece on Tuesday (19 October), Conservative councillor Robert Nemeth purported to explain the underlying politics of the recent industrial action by Cityclean HGV drivers. The strike by GMB members did indeed reveal a lot about the politics and economics of our...
Posted On 21 Oct 2021 at 9:14 am

Brighton seafront venue looks to prove itself to licensing chiefs

A Brighton seafront venue has asked for a chance to prove itself by selling alcohol without customers having to have a meal. But Sussex Police objected to plans by zipwire operator Brighton Zip to sell alcohol over three consecutive weekends from its premises in Madeira Drive....

Union hails official end of bin strike in Brighton and Hove

The GMB union thanked the public as it declared the bin strike officially over today (Wednesday 20 October). The union, which represents the bin lorry drivers, said that they had had “amazing public support despite the inconvenience”. It also said that many more low-paid staff at...
Posted On 20 Oct 2021 at 7:25 pm

Brighton store and hamper firm argues for more flexible licence

A luxury hamper and deli company wants to extend the range of alcoholic drinks that it sells at its Brighton shop. The owners of Artisan Deli Market, in Duke Street, told a licensing panel that they also wanted more of the shop to be given over to drinks. And they want to be able...

Greens and Labour welcome end to bin strike but differences emerge

The Greens and Labour have welcomed the end of the bin strike although differences between the two parties have emerged. Labour said: “The council as a whole needs to reflect and learn serious lessons from this debacle.” A deal with the GMB union was agreed by councillors...
Posted On 20 Oct 2021 at 3:40 pm