Former Brighton council leader becomes paperback writer

What next for a former council leader? After stepping down from the helm of Brighton and Hove City Council in 2015, Jason Kitcat started writing his first novel, which he self-published late last year. Described by the author as “a mix of Henning Mankell’s socially aware...
Posted On 16 Jan 2019 at 9:25 am

Hove MP tells Prime Minister to go back to the people

Hove Labour MP Peter Kyle told the Prime Minister Theresa May to go back to the British public during the debate on Brexit – Britain’s exit from the European Union. Mr Kyle spoke in the marathon debate on the Prime Minister’s proposed “withdrawal deal” with the EU late yesterday...
Posted On 15 Jan 2019 at 8:11 pm

Violent crime rises in Brighton

Crime is still on the increase in Brighton and Hove, according to a report going before councillors. A report to Brighton and Hove City Council’s Neighbourhoods, Inclusion, Communities and Equalities Committee said: “In 2017-18 there were a total of 26,142 crimes recorded...

Brighton businesses to meet this morning to battle jobs threat posed by proposed road layout changes

A business and residents’ group is holding an open meeting this morning (Tuesday 15 January) as part of their battle against proposed road layout changes. They are concerned that the aim stated by a council official of increasing congestion as a way of deterring drivers will...
Posted On 15 Jan 2019 at 9:03 am

Ofsted says Brighton council-run nursery is ‘inadequate’

A council-run nursery has been rated inadequate by the independent watchdog Ofsted. Bright Start Nursery was given the worst rating having previously been graded good – the second highest of the four official verdicts. The nursery, which is run by Brighton and Hove City Council,...

Brighton and Hove children’s chief steps down

The chair of the committee that oversees schools and children’s services in Brighton and Hove is to step down. Councillor Daniel Chapman will return to his previous position as deputy chair of the Brighton and Hove City Council Children, Young People and Skills Committee. He is...
Posted On 14 Jan 2019 at 4:00 pm

Working together isn’t always easy – but it’s almost always right

I have often talked about the importance of working in partnership across the city to ensure the best possible services and outcomes for those who live, learn and work in the city. I genuinely believe that through shared working and stronger links between public sector,...
Posted On 14 Jan 2019 at 3:10 pm

Broken promises and uncollected bins

Labour was elected in 2015 on a manifesto promise to make collecting refuse and cleaning the streets a top priority. They stated that Labour councillors would directly oversee the waste service. Yet after four years of running the council, residents have been left to pick up the...
Posted On 14 Jan 2019 at 3:01 pm

City’s tourism chief quits after 18 months

Brighton’s new tourism chief is quitting her post after just 18 months to move back to the Midlands. Val Birchall joined Brighton and Hove in July 2017 tasked with progressing plans to move the Royal Pavilion and the city’s museums into a trust. But a behind-doors...
Posted On 14 Jan 2019 at 2:43 pm

Dozens join forces to oppose proposed road layout changes in centre of Brighton

A new group has been set up for residents, businesses and other local organisations concerned about controversial plans for a congested area being pushed through by Brighton and Hove City Council. The Valley Gardens Forum describes itself as “a group of central Brighton...
Posted On 14 Jan 2019 at 8:05 am