Council to ask voters for election day opinions

Brighton and Hove City Council is asking voters in the city to provide feedback on whether polling stations are located in the correct area and run efficiently. With local elections due to be held next May, the council want to determine whether the current provisions in place are adequate. A council statement has urged voters [...]

Brighton and Hove set for 800 new council homes

A new report looks set to rubber-stamp a plan for 800 new council homes to be built in Brighton and Hove. Prospective sites will be discussed at a meeting of the city council’s cabinet next month. Brighton and Hove currently has a housing waiting list of 12,000. The first planning applications will be for 15 [...]

New England House revamp could create 900 jobs

Planned redevelopment of New England House could lead to the creation of 900 jobs should an ambitious £10 million revamp get the go-ahead, according to an economic expert. Plans to transform the building could be finalised as early as next week, with an extension expected to add further potential for new jobs. Many business experts [...]

Councillor praises proposed changes to housing finance system

Commenting on today’s announcement by housing minister Grant Shapps to reform the housing finance system, Brighton & Hove City Council Councillor Maria Caulfield, Cabinet Member for Housing, said: “This council has campaigned long and hard for reform to the unfair way that millions of rent paid by our tenants is siphoned off when it is [...]

Primary education makes a return to Connaught Centre in Hove

Brighton & Hove City Council is to lease the Connaught Centre building in central Hove and use it for primary education, starting in September 2011. An agreement reached with the building’s current owners, City College Brighton & Hove, means that: * City College is giving the council a 30 year lease on the Connaught Centre [...]

Brighton Housing Trust team up with the Albion for charity game

Sussex homelessness charity Brighton Housing Trust has teamed up with Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club to organise a 5 a side football tournament for people living in hostels in Brighton and Hove. BHT’s Fitness 4 All programme has joined forces with the Division One football club to help them launch their Albion Goal programme [...]

IKEA ponder Brighton store opening

Swedish furniture giants IKEA are examining the viability of opening a store in Brighton and Hove. The company are keen to bring the flat pack furniture experience to Sussex, but it remains to be seen whether any sites in the city will be large enough to house the retail outlet. Crawley is the other Sussex [...]

Museum to be built on AMEX stadium side

Amex Stadium

Brighton and Hove City Council have given the go ahead for a museum, club shop and administrative offices to be incorporated into the American Express Community Stadium site. The club believe the decision could lead to the creation of 20 jobs. Commenting on the reasons behind approving the application, Councillor Linda Hyde revealed: “This application [...]

Lewes Road Community Garden – Update

Lewes Road Community Garden

Police have commented on the developing Lewes Road community garden situation. Bailiffs and police arrived at the site today at at 2am following a long protest to prevent it being redeveloped. Inspector Paul Betts has revealed the officers’ presence was “at the specific request of the attending bailiffs who are executing an order granted by [...]

Controversy continues at Lewes Road community garden site

Lewes Road Community Garden

Police and bailiffs have arrived at the Lewes Road community garden in order to execute a court order to seize the site. Protesters have refused to hand over the site to developers Alburn Minos, who have plans to build residential accommodation and a new Tesco shop on the current garden. Garden co-founder Duncan Blinkhorn had [...]

Council calls on residents to have their say

Anston House

Brighton and Hove City Council is extending an open invitation to city residents to join the process of identifying sites in the city in need of urgent redevelopment. The council believe community activists can be all important in flagging up sites in need of attention. The authority is now contacting developers, residential associations and amenity [...]

Council housing scheme to help disabled

Maria Caulfield, Councillor

Hundreds of disabled people to benefit from new council housing contract A new contract for adapting council houses and flats to better suit the needs of people with disabilities is set to help hundreds of people in Brighton & Hove. The council has agreed a new housing adaptations contract worth up to £850,000 with four [...]

Affordable housing scheme given green light

Lewes Road

An affordable housing scheme has been granted planning permission after a five year battle. The plans will see 39 affordable flats built on the former Covers Yard site in Lewes Road. The scheme’s approval follows several years of planning applications, public inquiries and design alterations. The site represents one of the first ‘tall’ buildings close [...]

Popular Victorian church to close

Holy Trinity Hove

Hove locals will bid a sad farewell to a Grade II listed church in a ceremony this Sunday. After falling into disrepair, the parish of the Holy Trinity Church will no longer exist from the end of the month. Parishioners will have the chance to enjoy the grand old church for one last time in [...]

Lucas: Housing benefit cuts to hit Brighton and Hove

Caroline Lucas

Brighton Pavilion’s Green MP has warned that government cuts in housing benefit will affect Brighton and Hove more seriously than anywhere else in the South East – and may hit Brighton and Hove particularly hard. The Green Party leader was commenting on a new report by homelessness charity Crisis. Caroline said:”The cuts in housing benefit [...]