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Green Councillors blog

Below are a collection of blogs published by the Green Group.

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Where next for Brighton & Hove’s economy?

By greengroup | 5th June 2020 | Comments Off on Where next for Brighton & Hove’s economy?

Right now, in a parallel universe, Brighton Festival is drawing to a close, the city’s hotels, bars and restaurants have had a bumper month, shops are busy and everyone is in a good mood. May is a wonderful month to be in Brighton & Hove. But now, back in the real world, Brighton Festival is […]

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

By hannahclare | 31st May 2020 | Comments Off on 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

By greengroup | 13th May 2020 | Comments Off on 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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We can’t go back to an underfunded NHS

By greengroup | 17th April 2020 | Comments Off on We can’t go back to an underfunded NHS

In his fortnightly column, Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty, Convenor of the Green Group of Councillors, writes on the need to support our NHS now more than ever. At the time of writing 60 health and social care workers around the country have died from the pandemic. Over the weekend the Prime Minister expressed platitudes about […]

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Covid-19: continuing to push for answers

By greengroup | 3rd April 2020 | Comments Off on 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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Time to rethink local budget cuts on International Day of People with Disabilities

By greengroup | 3rd December 2019 | Comments Off on Time to rethink local budget cuts on International Day of People with Disabilities

Today is International Day of People with Disabilities, a day on which we acknowledge and promote the voice, dignity, rights and well-being of the millions of disabled people worldwide, in particular the 16% of people in our city living with disabilities. The day highlights the need to increase the understanding and awareness of issues relating […]

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Standing in solidarity with the trans community this trans day of remembrance – now and always

By greengroup | 20th November 2019 | Comments Off on Standing in solidarity with the trans community this trans day of remembrance – now and always

Once again, this year we stand together for Transgender Day of Remembrance on 20th November 2019. […]

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Why public toilets are an equalities issue

By greengroup | 18th November 2019 | Comments Off on Why public toilets are an equalities issue

I vividly remember my disappointment as a small child when an invitation to “spend a penny” turned out to be a visit not to the nearest sweet shop but to the loo. But this was the 1970s and euphemism was the name of the game, at least when it came to biology. It was a […]

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Britain’s roads need to be safer for the benefit of all road users

By greengroup | 18th November 2019 | Comments Off on Britain’s roads need to be safer for the benefit of all road users

Road safety week is upon us again. Seven days to highlight the biggest single killer of under 25s, 168 hours to focus on an issue that takes the lives of approximately 1,770 lives per year, 147 per month or around 5 people per day. It’s clear that Britain’s roads need to be safer for the […]

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“Libraries help to combat the full spectrum of economic, social and environmental issues we currently face”

By greengroup | 10th October 2019 | Comments Off on “Libraries help to combat the full spectrum of economic, social and environmental issues we currently face”

When I was growing up in London we would regularly visit the local public library and spend hours choosing and reading books. I loved the high-ceilinged Victorian building, the sense of purposeful calm and order, and the seemingly endless choice of reading material. Partly as a result of this I developed a lifelong love of […]

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