Traders criticise council over delays in paying out grants

Business owners are angry and frustrated that it has taken weeks to receive restart grants from Brighton and Hove City Council. Restart grants to support businesses as they reopen after lockdown were started on Thursday 1 April but many businesses in Brighton and Hove are still...
Posted On 15 May 2021 at 12:10 am

Don’t take us for a ride on petitions – council chiefs to tighten up rules

New rules will require people signing petitions to the council to provide their postcode as evidence that they live, work or study in Brighton and Hove. The proposal to tighten up the rules follows claims in the past year that some petitions have been hijacked by campaigners from...

A time to step back and say thank you

This is my last Brighton and Hove News column as leader of the opposition ahead of me handing over at Annual Council on Thursday 20 May. It’s been a real honour to have led the city I call home, both as leader of the council and the opposition. I want to thank everyone who has...
Posted On 14 May 2021 at 10:40 am

Parents and children protest about school places outside Hove Town Hall

Families staged a protest outside Hove Town Hall today (Thursday 13 May) because their children were not given a place at their catchment area schools. The group of parents and children gathered before a meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Policy and Resources Committee...

Council may set up gazebos for covid-safe resident meetings

Resident groups could use pop-up gazebos so that members can get together in a covid-safe way as the coronavirus lockdown restrictions are eased. The idea was mentioned in a council report after questions about when resident groups could use community rooms on council estates. A...

Police oppose late licence for new restaurant at Brighton Marina

A new restaurant has applied for a licence until 2am but faces opposition from Sussex Police. The applicant Heman Rasul has asked Brighton and Hove City Council for a late licence for the new Al Agha Lounge Middle Eastern restaurant at the Waterfront in Brighton Marina. But...

Schools win fight over cuts in pupil numbers

Two popular primary schools have won their fight against cutting pupil numbers. Goldstone Primary School and Downs Infant School appealed to the schools adjudicator when they were ordered to reduce their intake from September next year by Brighton and Hove City Council. The...

Brighton and Hove Labour’s new joint leaders spell out their roles

The two new joint leaders of the Brighton and Hove Labour group of councillors have spelt out the division of their responsibilities. Councillor Carmen Appich and Councillor John Allcock were elected as joint leaders of the group at its annual meeting yesterday (Tuesday 11 May)....
Posted On 12 May 2021 at 12:02 pm

Licensing panel rejects Brighton chip shop’s request to trade until 3am

A fish and chip shop owner has been told that he cannot stay open until 3am and even later at weekends. His request was rejected because his business is in a busy part of Brighton where late licences would be granted only in exceptional circumstances. Licensing officials from...

Brighton and Hove Labour group elects joint party leaders

The Brighton and Hove Labour group has elected two councillors as joint leaders after the resignation of Nancy Platts. Councillors John Allcock and Carmen Appich are due to take the helm from Brighton and Hove City Council’s “annual council” meeting next week. They were elected...
Posted On 11 May 2021 at 11:09 pm