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Caroline Lucas MP found not guilty and vows to continue opposition to fracking

17th April 2014 | Comments Off on Caroline Lucas MP found not guilty and vows to continue opposition to fracking

  Pic: Caroline reads statement outside Brighton Magistrates Court after ‘not guilty’ verdict All five of the Balcombe anti-fracking campaigners on trial at Brighton Magistrates’ Court were today found not guilty of obstructing the public highway and failing to comply with conditions imposed by a senior police officer. The five, Josef Dobraszczyk, Ruth Jarman, Caroline […]

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Results of Green convenor elections 2014

31st March 2014 | Comments Off on Results of Green convenor elections 2014

  pic: Jason Kitcat, Ruth Buckley and Ian Davey The new team to lead the Greens on Brighton & Hove City Council is announced today, following a ballot of all party members and councillors. The Convenor and Deputy Convenor positions of the Green Group were all contested and Councillor Jason Kitcat has been re-elected as convenor […]

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City's Green MP and councillors welcome equal marriage for all

29th March 2014 | Comments Off on City's Green MP and councillors welcome equal marriage for all

  Pic: LGBT rainbow freedom flag Brighton and Hove’s Green politicians have welcomed the coming of equal marriage for all and have congratulated the first same-sex couples marrying in the city. Saturday, 29 March, was the first day same-sex couples can join in civil marriage following a change in the law last year. Previously, same-sex […]

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Successful Brighton 'City Deal' will see £170m injection into green and digital sectors

12th March 2014 | Comments Off on Successful Brighton 'City Deal' will see £170m injection into green and digital sectors

  Pic: Jason Kitcat signing the City Deal with cities minister Greg Clark (centre) and John Peel of Coast to Capital (left) Brighton & Hove City Council, neighbouring councils and local businesses have successfully negotiated a deal with Government to bring new funding to the city region. The ‘Greater Brighton’ City Deal includes commitments from […]

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i360 deal given go-ahead, project to begin in months

6th March 2014 | Comments Off on i360 deal given go-ahead, project to begin in months

  pic: Brighton i360 visualisation (F10 Studios) Councillors today (6th March) agreed to facilitate a government loan to the i360 tower project, meaning it could be open as soon as summer 2016. The council is supporting borrowing from the government’s Public Works Loans Board, which lends to profit-making infrastructure projects across the country. The funding […]

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Message on the budget from the Green Group of Councillors Women’s Champions

6th March 2014 | Comments Off on Message on the budget from the Green Group of Councillors Women’s Champions

  Following the decision to agree a Council Tax increase of 1.99% at the reconvened Budget Council, Women’s Champions Cllrs Ruth Buckleyand Liz Wakefield said: “Brighton & Hove City Council agreed a 1.99% increase in council tax due to the threat of Eric Pickles interfering in local democracy. The Greens believe this budget is not the one that […]

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Keeping Pickles out was the right thing to do, say Greens on budget decision

5th March 2014 | Comments Off on Keeping Pickles out was the right thing to do, say Greens on budget decision

  Green councillors have blasted the ‘short-sightedness’ of the other parties in blocking the referendum on a council tax rise to protect the future of local services, after a reconvened council meeting tonight passed a budget. (5th March). Cross-party negotiations since the budget first fell last week resulted in a successful all-party amendment incorporating proposals […]

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Green councillors' budget proposals would permanently put meaningful funds into social care services

27th February 2014 | Comments Off on Green councillors' budget proposals would permanently put meaningful funds into social care services

  Thursday’s Brighton & Hove City Council budget meeting was adjourned at 10:30pm after the budget (without a referendum) failed to pass. Green councillors have issued the following statement: “Our proposals were the only ones put forward on the night that would permanently put meaningful funds into social care services, the voluntary sector, Able & […]

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Labour and Tories attempt to block the people’s right to decide

14th February 2014 | Comments Off on Labour and Tories attempt to block the people’s right to decide

  Brighton & Hove’s Green city councillors have condemned an attempt by Labour and Tory councillors to implement additional cuts to the council’s budget without giving city residents an opportunity to vote on the topic. Green councillors plan to take a proposal for a 4.75% increase in council tax – the funds from which would […]

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Confident that a democratic approach on the budget is the right choice for the city

31st January 2014 | Comments Off on Confident that a democratic approach on the budget is the right choice for the city

  Following a non-binding motion of no confidence passed by Labour and Conservatives, Green councillors last night faced down calls from the Labour Group to form a cross-party coalition with the Tories, describing this as unthinkable. Council Leader Jason Kitcat said: “As all Labour councillors know, Councillor Morgan’s motion is an utterly meaningless gesture. “If […]

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