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Green Councillors blog

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

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A more ambitious future for East Brighton: Guest blog by Green candidate Ed Baker

By hannahclare | 30th January 2018 | Comments Off on A more ambitious future for East Brighton: Guest blog by Green candidate Ed Baker

Ed Baker lives in East Brighton and is the Green candidate in the upcoming East Brighton by-election on 8th February. On 27th December Lloyd Russell-Moyle resigned his council seat representing East Brighton. With the election date set for 8th February, the four main party candidates are on the campaign trail. I’m very proud to have […]

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Brexit: What it truly means to 'Let the People Decide.'

By hannahclare | 30th January 2018 | Comments Off on Brexit: What it truly means to 'Let the People Decide.'

Brighton and Hove City Council has become the first to support a Green proposal for a public say on the terms of any Brexit deal (a so-called ‘Ratification referendum’). Green Councillor Leo Littman questions whether a ‘hard Brexit’ really is ‘the will of the people.’  — Who said: “In a 52-48 Referendum this would be […]

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Greens react as Labour Council pursues controversial Royal Pavilion and Museums proposals

By hannahclare | 25th January 2018 | Comments Off on Greens react as Labour Council pursues controversial Royal Pavilion and Museums proposals

  Controversial new arrangements for the Royal Pavilion and Museums Trust have been voted through by the Labour Council despite staff concerns. (See report, below). Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, convenor of the Green Group of Councillors, commented: “As far back as 2015 Greens raised that transferring staff from the Royal Pavilion and Museums into a […]

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Catchment chaos: Greens condemn stress for families as Labour Council u-turn

By hannahclare | 10th January 2018 | Comments Off on Catchment chaos: Greens condemn stress for families as Labour Council u-turn

Greens have welcomed news that the secondary school catchment areas for the city will remain unchanged, following months of lobbying from local parents and students concerned about the negative impact of new proposals. Local Green Councillors have slammed the Labour Council for failing to adequately manage a ‘chaotic’ schools allocations process, after proposals to change […]

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Drum out abuse

By hannahclare | 19th December 2017 | Comments Off on Drum out abuse

Councillors Alex Phillips and Amanda Knight comment on the issue of violence against women and girls following a march in aid of local domestic abuse charity, RISE, this month   Councillor Alex Phillips Domestic and sexual violence has never in my memory received so much media attention, with waves of recognition such as the #metoo campaign […]

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Greens react to Brighton and Hove Budget Proposals 2018-19

By hannahclare | 22nd November 2017 | Comments Off on Greens react to Brighton and Hove Budget Proposals 2018-19

Brighton and Hove’s Labour Council leadership have now published the blueprint for the city’s budget (Policy, Resources and Growth Committee papers, available here: P&R Papers). Green Councillors have reacted to the announcements, raising concerns about the number of services and members of staff facing damaging cuts. The Green Group Finance Lead, Councillor Ollie Sykes commented: […]

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Greens on Autumn statement: "The best way to solve our housing crisis is to let our Council build."

By hannahclare | 17th November 2017 | 1 Comment

It is bizarre at best – and cruel at worst – that councils can borrow to build a swimming pool or a hotel, but not for desperately-needed homes, writes Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty on the upcoming Autumn budget  November 22nd is the Autumn Statement. It is vital that the Government takes this opportunity to deal […]

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Events in our city need to pay back to our communities and respect our environment

By hannahclare | 17th November 2017 | Comments Off on Events in our city need to pay back to our communities and respect our environment

Greens propose new sustainability criteria for city events, but Labour Councillors vote down proposals and idea to improve funding for parks and open spaces Labour Councillors have rejected Green proposals for a fairer fee structure for events coming to the city that would have improved funding for our parks and open spaces. Speaking at a […]

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Shame on the dinosaurs on the East Sussex Pension Fund (ESPF) Board

By hannahclare | 17th November 2017 | Comments Off on Shame on the dinosaurs on the East Sussex Pension Fund (ESPF) Board

The illogical practice of Councils investing in fossil fuel companies must stop now, writes Brighton and Hove Green Party Councillor Louisa Greenbaum Divestment from fossil fuels is a powerful and important step towards halting climate change and yet in the two years since the Paris Accord, the percentage of funds invested by Local Authorities in […]

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Greens and local campaigners call for a ‘plastic free’ city

By hannahclare | 24th October 2017 | Comments Off on Greens and local campaigners call for a ‘plastic free’ city

Greens urge Council to ‘go plastic free’ and encourage traders, residents and businesses to do the same in a bid to reduce damage plastic waste causes the environment and public health The Green Group of Councillors and local campaigners [quoted below] are calling on the Council to take serious action on plastic waste in Brighton […]

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