A disused communal area at a block of flats in Kemp Town has been transformed to create three new council homes, as part of an innovative project by the Labour administration on Brighton & Hove City Council.
Councillor Anne Meadows, chair of the council’s Housing and New Homes Committee, officially opened the new flats at St James' House in High Street.
The homes, on the ground floor of St James' House, will provide much needed affordable rented accommodation for people on the city’s housing register. They consist of a one bedroom flat, a two bedroom flat and a three bedroom flat. St James' House, a 1960s high rise council-owned building, already has 120 existing flats.
The new flats are the first in a project aiming to convert redundant spaces in council owned properties to provide extra homes – typically on the ground floor of high-rise blocks, such as former caretaker’s rooms or storage areas.
They are in addition to new council homes already being provided under the council’s New Homes for Neighbourhoods programme, which is aiming to build at least 500 new council homes by 2020.
Cllr Meadows said: “We are being creative in how we can provide more council homes, whether it is by converting part of an existing building, or building new homes on pockets of little-used council land.
“These new flats are a great example of how an empty space can be given a completely new lease of life. The communal area at St James’ House had fallen into disuse over the years, now it will be home to three households.”
A disused communal area at a block of flats in Kemp Town has been transformed to create three new council homes, as part of an innovative project by the Labour...
Community groups in Brighton & Hove will soon be reaping the rewards from the Labour council’s new textile recycling scheme.
The scheme, which was introduced in March this year, has already raised more than £5,000 for local projects after the council collected 86 tonnes of unwanted clothes and shoes.
The money will be distributed as part of Brighton & Hove City Council’s annual grant funding scheme.
Now residents are being encouraged to raise even more money for local projects by donating all their unwanted clothes and shoes. They are also being invited to suggest new locations for the popular recycling banks.
Environment councillor Gill Mitchell, said: “It’s great that, after just four months, community groups will soon be benefitting from the textile recycling scheme. We hope that many more residents will be encouraged to make full use of this service, dropping off their unwanted clothes and shoes at one of our textile banks, and raising valuable funds for community groups across the city.”
Brighton & Hove City Council introduced the scheme in a bid to streamline textile collection services in the city, help boost recycling rates and ensure that any money raised would be spent locally and benefit Brighton & Hove residents.
There are currently 65 sites with textile banks across Brighton & Hove and council officers are keen to hear suggestions for additional sites. New banks have recently been installed outside Kings House in Garden Avenue, Hove and Bartholomew Square in Brighton. The council is also considering offering collections to schools and other organisations.
The textile banks are supplied, maintained and operated by ‘European Recycling Company.’ Textiles are taken to facilities where they are sorted in to different grades. Wearable items are sold on either in the UK or abroad and the remainder is sold to the ‘flocking industry’ for shredding and re-spinning.
Revenue from the scheme goes towards improving recycling services in the city, and 40 per cent is set aside for grants to local community groups and charities.
Community groups in Brighton & Hove will soon be reaping the rewards from the Labour council’s new textile recycling scheme. The scheme, which was introduced in March this year, has...
We are very pleased to welcome Lloyd Russell-Moyle as our newly elected Labour Councillor for East Brighton.
Lloyd said on his election "I'd like to thank the people of East Brighton, the ward where I live, for putting their trust in me. It has been great getting to know you even better. I look forward to working as part of the fantastic Labour team on the
council, and I'd like to pay tribute to my predecessor Maggie Barradell."
Cllr Morgan said "This is a ringing endorsement of the work we are doing leading the city council - building new homes, creating new jobs and getting the basics right."
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We are very pleased to welcome Lloyd Russell-Moyle as our newly elected Labour Councillor for East Brighton. Lloyd said on his election "I'd like to thank the people of East...