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Green Councillors blog

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

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Residents deserve a real say over government plans for housing

By greengroup | 23rd October 2020 | Comments Off on 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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Against the odds, our city continues to shine

By greengroup | 16th October 2020 | Comments Off on Against the odds, our city continues to shine

This piece by Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty originally appeared in Brighton Argus With Covid-19 continuing to affect every part of our lives, it can be hard to take stock of how much has changed. But I am reminded every day in Brighton and Hove of the strength of our communities and the efforts so many […]

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Better is possible

By greengroup | 10th October 2020 | Comments Off on Better is possible

Today is World Mental Health Day and this year’s theme is ‘mental health for all’. It’s poignant – in a year where many of us have had our wellbeing impacted by the pandemic – that we think about the importance of everyone being able to being able to get support from friends, family and professionals […]

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

By greengroup | 9th October 2020 | Comments Off on 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

By greengroup | 2nd October 2020 | Comments Off on 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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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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