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In reaction to the news that Brighton & Hove City Council has decided that the Brighton Wheel will not have its lease renewed, Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Council and the Labour and Co-operative Group, said:

In my personal view, and as a councillor for the eastern part of the seafront, I would have hoped that there was room for two such attractions in Brighton and Hove, and the Wheel has become a familiar part of the Kemp Town skyline. However, lease agreements were signed under the last Administration and they must be respected.

Councillor Morgan on the Brighton Wheel

In reaction to the news that Brighton & Hove City Council has decided that the Brighton Wheel will not have its lease renewed, Councillor Warren Morgan, Leader of the Council...

CG06wLXWQAAM1Wv_1_.jpgNancy Platts has been elected Chair of Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party at a meeting attended by hundreds of local members. The local Labour Party has a membership of over 2,000 and covers the area from Portslade to Peacehaven and everywhere in between.

Nancy Platts said:

I am very honoured to be elected by the local Party to lead our fast growing membership. I am determined to remain a strong voice for the thousands of people who voted for a Labour government that would have tackled the rising culture of low pay and job insecurity that is leaving people using food banks and sleeping on our streets. We have achieved a position of strength by taking control of the Council and even from opposition nationally we can still make a difference to people’s lives and be a positive advocate for change within our communities.

Nancy Platts takes over from Mel Davies, who stood down as Chair after serving a two-year term

She continued:

I want to thank the outgoing Chair and Exec for their hard work throughout a very busy election period and I am personally very appreciative of their support.

Nancy Platts elected Chair of Brighton, Hove & District Labour Party

Nancy Platts has been elected Chair of Brighton, Hove and District Labour Party at a meeting attended by hundreds of local members. The local Labour Party has a membership of...

The city’s newly elected Labour administration has delivered its election pledge to review the proposals to redesign Valley Gardens. In March, a petition with a large number of signatures was given to Full Council asking for the Mazda Fountain to be saved. The previous administration would have scrapped the fountain. The newly elected Labour administration has listened to the people and has ensured that the fountain will stay and will be restored.

Councillor Gill Mitchell, Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said:

The previous Green administration, with support from the Conservatives, has allowed the Valley Gardens scheme to progress to an advanced stage. Despite our reservations, we will now make sure that we take into account fully the concerns of the local residents as the final designs of the scheme are developed. In order to make sure that the scheme will be delivered on time and on budget, we have asked for the most senior people at the council to take charge of the project. In addition, we will consult closely with key stakeholders, such as the bus companies and the police. It is clear that the previous administration had not given the project the focus it requires.

The Government have given the council £14 million for this project. Returning the money to the Government has never been an option as this would mean that we would jeopardise investment for future projects. What we have to do now is reshape the project as much as we can without giving up the funding. 

Importantly, the last part of the scheme has not yet been finalised. This is the part closest to the seafront and includes the Aquarium roundabout. We will make sure that these plans provide the biggest benefit for our city's seafront, which, as we know, is in need of significant investment.

The newly elected Labour administration will take the following practical steps:

  • Make sure the final designs keep traffic flowing at peak times, especially at junctions.
  • Make the design fit with the growing Brighton and Hove of the future.
  • Put the most senior people at the council in charge of the project to minimise disruption.
  • Save the Mazda Fountain.
  • Make sure that the final phase of the project is changed so that it brings the maximum benefit to the seafront.

The Leader of the Council, Councillor Warren Morgan, said:

The next five years will see an unprecedented amount of new development in the city as disused brownfield sites are regenerated and the building of the new hospital gets underway. At the same time our transport infrastructure and seafront needs investment and renewal.  Our challenge will be to deliver the projects that will take the city forward while keeping it on the move.

Returning the funding to the Local Enterprise Partnership was never an option for us and we are determined to maintain our good relationship with regional partners to the benefit of the city and our Sussex neighbours.

Reshaping the Future of Valley Gardens

The city’s newly elected Labour administration has delivered its election pledge to review the proposals to redesign Valley Gardens. In March, a petition with a large number of signatures was...

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