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Greens lead council calls for local powers to make big retailers support small shops

13th June 2014 | Comments Off on Greens lead council calls for local powers to make big retailers support small shops

  Pic: Big supermarkets like Tescos should contribute something back to the local economy, say Greens Brighton & Hove City Council has adopted a Green proposal to join the national campaign by councils for local powers to rebalance their local economies. The campaign seeks powers from local government for councils to introduce a levy upon […]

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Statement on the deferral of a council report on homes for people with Learning Disabilities

9th June 2014 | Comments Off on Statement on the deferral of a council report on homes for people with Learning Disabilities

  Commenting on the deferral of a report that was due to be considered at the Health & Wellbeing Board meeting tomorrow (Tuesday 10th June), Councillor Jason Kitcat, Chair of the Health & Wellbeing Board said: “I have deferred the report on learning disability homes from tomorrow’s Health & Wellbeing Board meeting agenda so that […]

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Councillor Sven Rufus resigns from East Sussex Fire Authority in protest at cuts

5th June 2014 | Comments Off on Councillor Sven Rufus resigns from East Sussex Fire Authority in protest at cuts

  Cllr Sven Rufus, Vice Chair of the East Sussex Fire Authority (ESFA), today announced his resignation in protest at a budget cut of £7 million being imposed by the coalition on the Fire Service which Labour have said they will not reverse if they form the next national government. Sven explained his decision: “It’s […]

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Disability campaign groups welcome action to make pavements safer

3rd June 2014 | Comments Off on Disability campaign groups welcome action to make pavements safer

  Pic: guide dog courtesy of Adactio Green councillors on Brighton & Hove City Council are supporting a council campaign to make the city’s streets safer for pedestrians. June sees the start of a targeted awareness and enforcement campaign by Brighton & Hove City Council to create safer pavements in key areas of the city. […]

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City’s big retailers should contribute to health of small independent retailers – Greens propose local scheme

1st June 2014 | Comments Off on City’s big retailers should contribute to health of small independent retailers – Greens propose local scheme

  Brighton & Hove Green councillors are seeking cross-party support for a national campaign to give councils powers to introduce a levy on bigger retailers, in order to rebalance the economy in favour smaller ones. The proposal is being considered at the council’s Policy & Resources Committee meeting on 12 June. Greens have highlighted research […]

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Council-run ballot urged of parents on Hove school’s academy plans

28th May 2014 | Comments Off on Council-run ballot urged of parents on Hove school’s academy plans

  In proposals coming to a Brighton & Hove City Council meeting next week (2 June), the Green administration is proposing that the council organise a ballot of parents at Hove Park School, which is currently considering becoming an academy. Academies are independent of the local education authority and operate outside of democratic oversight and […]

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Thank you! Strong city support in Euros – a launch pad for general election

25th May 2014 | Comments Off on Thank you! Strong city support in Euros – a launch pad for general election

  Pic: Keith Taylor MEP – re-elected to represent Southeast England at the EU Parliament Keith Taylor, the Green Party MEP for South East England, has been re-elected to the European parliament with a strong vote in Brighton and Hove for the Greens. The Greens beat the Liberal Democrats in the region and across the […]

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Greens overtake LibDems in the national polls for European elections

21st May 2014 | Comments Off on Greens overtake LibDems in the national polls for European elections

  The Green Party has hit its highest ratings in opinion polls ahead of the European Elections on Thursday. [1] The polls suggest that the Greens could be on target to elect more Green Euro-MPs across the country.  Alexandra Phillips, the second on the list for the Greens in Southeast after MEP Keith Taylor, only […]

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Community given opportunity to bid for endangered pub

20th May 2014 | Comments Off on Community given opportunity to bid for endangered pub

  Pic: Caroline Lucas MP (second right) and staff at the Rose Hill Tavern near Brighton’s Ditchling Road The Rose Hill Tavern, which was put up for sale and could have been converted into flats, has been listed by Brighton & Hove City Council as an ‘Asset of Community Value’. This halts the sale for […]

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Blind Tiger music venue – local councillors' update

19th May 2014 | Comments Off on Blind Tiger music venue – local councillors' update

  Following the decision of The Blind Tiger venue on Grand Parade in Brighton to close its doors, Green councillors for the local area have issued a statement to help clarify the situation: Councillor Stephanie Powell, Chair of the council’s Licensing Committee and local councillor for the area, said, “We know how intolerable noise can […]

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