Leader of the Official Opposition, Labour Councillor Nancy Platts, on how we all have a role to play in shaping the city’s recovery:
“The global pandemic has affected everyone and every area of our lives. Nothing has stayed normal and no one has escaped the impact.
The recovery process needs planning and discussion and Labour councillors stand ready to help.
Children have missed out on their education. In some of the more disadvantaged areas, there was already a significant attainment gap when compared to the wealthier parts of our city.
We will need radical action to ensure that children growing up in these areas don’t suffer a lifetime of disadvantage because of the public health crisis.
We have seen businesses struggle and sadly some go under. At a time when the retail market was already rapidly changing, the pandemic has accelerated the shift to online shopping.
Our independent shops in The Lanes and North Laine area represent the essence of a unique and quirky Brighton that attracts visitors to our great city.
Rather than have shops lie empty for years, why not support our entrepreneurs who set up co-operatives, community interest companies and community businesses with cheaper rents and rates.
We could see this as an opportunity to plan our shopping centre away from large, corporate chains towards smaller retailers…”
Read Councillor Platts’ full article in Brighton & Hove News: https://www.brightonandhovenews.org/2021/01/08/we-all-need-to-be-involved-in-shaping-the-recovery-in-brighton-and-hove/
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