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Green Councillors blog

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

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Major concerns over 'Public Space Protection Orders' (PSPOs).

By hannahclare | 31st March 2017 | Comments Off on Major concerns over 'Public Space Protection Orders' (PSPOs).

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty Greens have major concerns about the introduction of Public Space Protection Orders (PSPOs). They are a blunt and ineffective instrument to deal with anti-social behaviour. Many of the areas currently affected such as St Nicholas Churchyard and Brunswick Square are not even covered by PSPOs. We already have many powers to […]

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Article 50 – our exit from the E.U now underway

By hannahclare | 31st March 2017 | Comments Off on Article 50 – our exit from the E.U now underway

The triggering of Article 50 will put Brighton and Hove and the country into a state of uncertainty. The Conservative government is pursuing an extreme exit from the European Union with no assurances on the environment, workers’ rights or, as the so-called ‘party of business’, even trade. Brighton and Hove City council now faces a […]

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LGBT people and the Council's budget

By hannahclare | 24th February 2017 | Comments Off on LGBT people and the Council's budget

  Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty This is a horrendous time for the city council’s funding. Figures from the Local Government Association tell us that almost 80% of councils the length and breadth of the country will struggle to make ends meet. Conservative government cuts are perpetuating inequality in our communities in Brighton and Hove. LGBT […]

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Budget Council Open Letter

By hannahclare | 23rd February 2017 | Comments Off on Budget Council Open Letter

  Throughout the last number of weeks, the Green Group has examined the Labour budget proposals. Through a combination of reasonable charge increases, spend to save measures and a focus on prevention; we sought to reverse some of the most toxic proposals in the budget. Our group is allowed to submit amendments to Labour’s budget, […]

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Public Services are best provided by local authorities or third sector organisations; not unaccountable private companies. Why do Brighton & Hove’s Labour Councillors disagree?

By hannahclare | 15th February 2017 | Comments Off on Public Services are best provided by local authorities or third sector organisations; not unaccountable private companies. Why do Brighton & Hove’s Labour Councillors disagree?

by Councillor Leo Littman When elected as a Councillor, I signed up to the seven principles of public life (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-7-principles-of-public-life/the-7-principles-of-public-life–2) These include accountability and openness. Sadly, private companies which run many of our vital public services; from NHS contracts to railway franchises, are not obliged to make the same commitments. Often, the public have to […]

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Greens taking action to halt Downland sales – now let’s push to stop sales altogether

By hannahclare | 8th December 2016 | Comments Off on Greens taking action to halt Downland sales – now let’s push to stop sales altogether

Earlier today, following our amendment that was submitted to Policy and Resources Committee, we have successfully called for a halt to the fast-moving sales of parcels of land in the Downland Estate. We put forward both a letter, setting out clearly why the Downland must be protected, but also two concrete proposals which, supported by […]

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Cuts to youth services

By hannahclare | 30th November 2016 | 2 Comments

The cuts to youth services in Brighton and Hove just announced will mean the end of the local authority youth service […]

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Greens say PSPO plan needs more thought

By hannahclare | 18th July 2016 | Comments Off on Greens say PSPO plan needs more thought

July 15, 2016   Green councillors yesterday set out their opposition to a council plan to introduce Public Space Protection Orders in the city’s open spaces, calling for a delay to allow time to improve the effectiveness of the proposals.  The proposal was agreed by Labour and Conservative councillors at the meeting of the Policy […]

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Greens say Brighton & Hove must shine brighter in face of division

By hannahclare | 24th June 2016 | Comments Off on Greens say Brighton & Hove must shine brighter in face of division

Greens vow to fight for workers and the environment after Brexit win June 24th, 2016 Green Councillors in Brighton and Hove have vowed to fight against a “bonfire of regulations” which could be seen following the EU referendum result to leave the EU.  Greens say they will oppose any weakening of environmental protection or worker’s […]

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Saving Hove Library is a Victory for Residents

By hannahclare | 9th June 2016 | Comments Off on Saving Hove Library is a Victory for Residents

BY CLLR PHÉLIM MAC CAFFERTY & CLLR OLLIE SYKES Hove Library is saved!  Earlier today, Greens secured the future of Hove Library in its present home, while committing the Council to keep ALL of its libraries open for the foreseeable future. Following a joint amendment submitted by the Greens and the Conservative Group (Addendum Two […]

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