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Residents deserve a real say over government plans for housing

This piece by Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty originally appeared in Brighton Argus Until next Friday residents can still comment on the plan for new housing and development in our city – known as ‘City Plan Part two.’ This lays out proposals to pin down the city’s approach to housing development. It pushes for warmer homes, […]

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As Covid-19 grows, we must protect each other, and prevent local lockdown

This piece by Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty originally appeared in Brighton Argus This week, our city’s Covid-19 alert level was raised to ‘amber.’ This tells us there’s a rise in cases in Brighton and Hove. Our rising number of infections now puts us only a step away from Government restrictions, so we all need to […]

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Black History Month: we can all learn from the past and take action for the future

This piece by Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty originally appeared in Brighton Argus October is Black History Month – and while Covid-19 restrictions may move events online, it would be wrong to make the need to celebrate and acknowledge this month any less visible. As Black Lives Matter protests have reminded us – work to celebrate […]

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We cannot come out of the Covid-19 crisis only to tumble back into the climate crisis.

The below text is Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty’s speech in proposing an amendment to encourage the council to do more for cycling and walking as we come out of the crisis. I think one of the glaring omissions from the government recovery strategy is the necessary focus on achieving environmental outcomes as well as those […]

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A car-free North Laine could be the assistance our residents, traders and independent businesses need after Covid19

Shortly before the Covid19 outbreak, discussions within the council had already started on the potential for a ‘car-free’ city centre. Something that had been circulating around the North Laine for years. Views among residents do vary, some identifying worrying hotspots such as the junction between Trafalgar Street and Blackman Street, and the hazardous nature of […]

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Covid-19: continuing to push for answers

In his fortnightly column, Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty, Convenor of the Green Group of Councillors, writes on the questions green councillors are continuing to ask. A fortnight ago I wrote about the pandemic seeing the city’s biggest force for good – and communities have sprung into action across our city with an outstanding, heart-warming effort. […]

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