Council halves £600k monthly bill for PPE

Council spending on personal protective equipment (PPE) has halved from more than £600,000 a month to less than £300,000. The bill has come down since the government’s PPE “Portal”, initially known as the Clipper system, started operating on Monday 8 June after a two-month delay....

Businesses accused of exploiting Brighton and Hove parks

Councillors are concerned that a growing number of businesses are operating in local parks without paying for the use of public land. Green councillors Hannah Clare and Phélim Mac Cafferty are bringing up the issue at the next meeting Brighton and Hove City Council’s Policy and...

Hove offices could become home to more flats

A developer wants to build on top of an existing office block in Hove to make room for more flats. The developer, Stonegate Homes, already has planning permission to convert Palmer and Harvey House in Davigdor Road into dozens of flats. Now the company has applied to Brighton and...

Reclaimed road space will benefit business as much as pedestrians and cyclists

During lockdown, while we adapted almost every part of our lives, it was virtually impossible not to notice the sudden drop in traffic levels and pollution. In Brighton and Hove, we saw a 70 per cent drop in traffic. Roads that were once a polluted gridlock became free for...
Posted On 03 Jul 2020 at 3:01 pm

Concerns remain about home to school transport despite progress and reassurances

Time is running short to prepare the home to school transport service for the new school year, councillors and officials were told yesterday (Thursday 2 July). Work is well under way to try to ensure that the council-run service, supporting hundreds of the most vulnerable...

Decision due on £25m Hove flats scheme

The fate of a £25 million scheme to build flats, shops and offices in Hove is due to be decided by councillors next week. The plans involve demolishing three buildings made up of six semi-detached houses in Portland Road, Hove, between the corner of Olive Road and the Portland...

Attacks on shop staff soar by a third

The number of attacks on shop staff has more than trebled in a year prompting police chiefs and business bosses to hold a meeting aimed at tackling the problem. Sussex police and crime commissioner Katy Bourne convened the meeting after hearing about the rise physical assaults,...
Posted On 01 Jul 2020 at 7:27 pm

Neighbours divided by scheme to replace Brighton garage and workshop with 83 flats

Neighbours appear to be divided over plans to turn a garage and joinery workshop in Brighton into “build to rent” flats. More than 50 people have objected to the proposed six-storey scheme in Melbourne Street but 70 letters of support have been sent to Brighton and Hove City...

Brighton’s main shopping street to have £1.5m ‘new deal’ makeover

The government will put £1.5 million towards a makeover for Western Road as part of a “new deal” spending package announced today (Tuesday 30 June). The money is expected to be spent resurfacing large sections of the road which has suffered wear and tear from heavy vehicles,...
Posted On 30 Jun 2020 at 8:16 pm

Plans for eight-storey block on Hove seafront goes to appeal

A developer who wants to build an eight-storey block of flats on Hove seafront has appealed after his planning application was turned down. Councillors voted against a proposal by Agenda Homes to build 37 flats in place of three houses, which would be demolished, on the A259...