Politics

Brighton’s i360 viewing tower one step closer to being constructed

Brighton’s i360 viewing tower one step closer to being constructed

Brighton seafront’s i360 viewing tower is one step closer to being constructed as the kickstart loan for the project looks set for approval. Councillors look set to grant approval to Brighton and Hove City Council borrowing up to £15m to lend on to the project’s developers. If agreed, the deal would be set up by [...]

Brighton MP Simon Kirby welcomes Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit to Britain next month

Simon Kirby, the Conservative MP for Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven has welcomed the news that pro-democracy campaigner and Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi will address both Houses of Parliament on her visit to Britain next month. Aung San Suu Kyi’s visit follows a promising move towards democracy in Burma and it will be [...]

New electric car for Brighton and Hove’s brand new Mayor

New electric car for Brighton and Hove’s brand new Mayor

Brighton and Hove’s new Mayor, Councillor BIll Randall will soon be travelling to all of his appointments and events in the city in a brand new electric car. The Fluence Z.E. car, which is clean, low-cost and energy efficient, has been provided to the Mayor free of charge by Renault. The car is being provided [...]

Brighton & Hove City Council gets new leader, Mayor and structure

Brighton & Hove City Council gets new leader, Mayor and structure

Brighton & Hove City Council have announced their new leader and their new structure. Councillor Jason Kitcat will take over as the current leader and Cllr Bill Randall becomes Brighton and Hove’s first Green Mayor. Cllr Bill Randall said; “It is a great honour to have been selected as the first Green mayor of Brighton [...]

Wildlife habitats set to be enhanced after Green Ridge grant awarded

Wildlife habitats set to be enhanced after Green Ridge grant awarded

Local wildlife group, Keep the Ridge Green (KTRG) and Brighton & Hove City Council’s countryside team will carry out some fantastic improvements to Green Ridge and Coney Woods. Contractors working in partnership with the two groups will carry out the work which is being funded by a grant of £27,269 from Community Spaces, Big Lottery [...]

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas to step down as Green Party leader

Brighton Pavilion MP Caroline Lucas to step down as Green Party leader

Brighton Pavilion and leader of the Green Party, Caroline Lucas, has announced that she will step down as Green Party leader at the end of her current term. In September 2012, Caroline Lucas will reach the end of her second term as the national Green Party Leader. Yesterday (Sunday 14 May 2012), Caroline Lucas announced [...]

Caroline Lucas MP launches innovative ‘City Skills & Jobs’ shop

Caroline Lucas MP launches innovative ‘City Skills & Jobs’ shop

Caroline Lucas MP was the guest of honour recently at the official launch of an innovative new ‘skills shop’ in Brighton, City Skills & Jobs. The shop has been established by City College Brighton and Hove to be a vibrant and welcoming ‘one stop shop’ to facilitate connections between employers and their potential employees while providing information and support [...]

Brighton opinion: Will Brighton and Hove children be saying “Hola!” to a new bilingual primary school?

Brighton opinion Will Brighton and Hove children be saying “Hola!” to a new bilingual primary school

Plans to open the UK’s first bilingual Free School in Brighton and Hove have divided opinion across the city and complicated the process for primary school admissions. Here, Brighton and Hove Free Press contributor Elizabeth Hughes takes a look. Plans to open the UK’s first bilingual Free School in Brighton and Hove will be making [...]

Brighton opinion: Restoration of the Uckfield to Lewes train line

Brighton opinion Restoration of the Uckfield to Lewes train line

In this article, Brighton and Hove Free Press contributor James Stilgoe takes a look at the campaign for the re-opening of the Uckfield to Lewes train line, the implications it has for Brighton and other commuters in the surrounding area, plus the obstacles the campaign has faced. In 1969 the Lewes to Uckfield railway link [...]

Brighton and Hove City Council sign up to WWF pledge

Brighton and Hove City Council sign up to WWF pledge

Brighton and Hove City Council have pledged to make sure that all of the timber products they buy come from entirely legal sources. The WWF pledge that the authority signed up to has three levels – gold, silver and bronze, and the council has signed the gold WWF badge for wood procurement. The WWF initiative, [...]

Aung San Suu Kyi, Honorary Freewoman of Brighton and Hove, congratulated by Council Leader

Aung San Suu Kyi, Honorary Freewoman of Brighton and Hove, congratulated by Council Leader

Aung San Suu Kyi, Nobel Laureate and Honorary Freewoman of Brighton and Hove, has been warmly congratulated by Brighton and Hove City Council Leader Bill Randall after her historic victory in the Burmese Parliament elections. The National League for Democracy (NLD), Aung San Suu Kyi’s opposition party, claimed 43 of 44 seats in Sunday’s by-election [...]

Is Brighton about to become internationally famous? Major European summit April 2012

Is Brighton about to become internationally famous? European summit April 2012

Next month, Brighton will be hosting a conference of The Council of Europe to decide whether to accept changes to the European Convention on Human Rights to give national courts more powers. Major European summits, such as the one coming to Brighton on 18 – 20 April 2012, have helped cement otherwise relatively unknown resorts [...]

Brighton council wants to make city fit for cycling

Brighton council wants to make city fit for cycling

Brighton and Hove City Council has pledged its support for a national newspaper campaign which wants to make cities ‘fit for cycling’. At a council meeting last night (22 March) councillors voted unanimously in support of The Times’ cycling campaign and they also invited government ministers to visit the city and see first hand the [...]

Caroline Lucas MP: “This Budget is a regressive document from a regressive Government”

The leader of the Green Party and MP for Brighton Pavillion, Caroline Lucas, commenting on the 2012 Budget stressed that it will do nothing to deliver a greener or more prosperous economy – and shows the Coalition completely failing the fairness test. According to Mrs. Lucas: “This true blue Budget is the nail in the [...]

Budget 2012: £50m broadband investment could benefit Brighton and Hove

Budget 2012 £50m broadband investment could benefit Brighton and Hove

£50m has been allocated to allow smaller cities, such as Brighton and Hove, to become ‘super-connected’ with ultra fast broadband. The announcement came yesterday (Wednesday 21 March 2012) as part of Chancellor George Osborne’s 2012 Budget. The announcement comes after a campaign in Brighton and Hove to ‘Let Brighton Bid’ to be one of 14 [...]