Covid-19 Update 26.11.20

Dear all

Your Updates below

  1. Tier 2
  2. Historic seafront lanterns
  3. The Spending review
  4. Floral Clock Christmas Tree
  5. Funding secured to prevent long term homelessness

If there are any other local issues you’re having please email us and we will do what we can do about it.

Lockdown is here because Covid-19 is sadly still making people sick and killing people.

Please continue to stay safe

National restrictions

Stay at home, except for specific purposes.

Do not mix with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.

Certain businesses and venues must close.

More detail https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

(1)Tier 2

Today we heard that we will be put into Tier 2 after lockdown ends next week. Lockdown continues till 2nd December. Thank you for all of your serious sacrifice in driving down infections and please continue to observe the national restrictions. More about what Tier 2 means here.

The government has made this decision, there’s no negotiation, but we will have the situation reviewed again on 16th December. Our rates of transmission have fallen over all in a positive way in the last two weeks, but they remain high for those aged over 60, also we have had volatility with our numbers over the last number of weeks. The new guidance this time states that local council areas will no longer be counted on their own but their region will have an average. In effect this means that although technically we would have returned to Tier 1 next week under the old system, the new one means our average from growing cases around us in East Sussex bumps us up.

Our task now will be to keep up the good work on driving down- and keeping down- transmissions. Please see the comment from the Director of Public Health and my comment in the council’s press release below.

(2)Historic seafront lanterns

I was horrified 2 of our historic seafront lamps ended up for sale online. I wrote immediately to the Chief Executive of Colas Ltd, the contractor for the work.

I am pressing for

-an urgent investigation & public apology

-measures in place to ensure this won’t happen again

(3)The Spending review

Although there was some welcome investment in things like funding for adult social care and rough sleeping, I criticised the Chancellor’s spending review for a number of reasons:

–there is no new money for public health (at the height of a public health pandemic)

–although investment in council services has never been more desperately needed after a decade of cuts, the government passed the buck on national action, preferring to shift the burden onto councils to raise council tax in local communities rather than fund our budget gap directly with a government grant.

(4)Floral Clock Christmas Tree

Timetable for the Floral Clock Christmas Tree.

Today, Thursday 26 November: installation of c30ft Nordmann fir tree

Friday 27 November: installation of fencing around tree

Tuesday 8 December: installation of lights on tree and lighting.

Sadly the pandemic means it’s highly unlikely we will be able to have a community celebration event this year. The tree will still be lit for everyone to enjoy.

(5)Funding secured to prevent long term homelessness

Some of the city’s most vulnerable rough sleepers will be able to benefit from targeted, appropriate support and accommodation after Green Councillors secured backing to expand the ‘Housing First’ scheme in Brighton and Hove. Housing First, which was first introduced in the city under the first Green council, is a programme that provides support to homeless people failed by traditional approaches, and who may otherwise remain on and off the streets for a longer period.

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

@phelimmac

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

Covid-19 city update

Dear colleagues

The government has today announced that when lockdown ends at midnight next Wednesday 2 December, Brighton & Hove will be in Tier 2 along with the rest of Sussex.

The latest figures show that that cases of Covid 19 have reduced in the past week in all age groups. The case rate among people over 60 years old has fallen which is encouraging, but the level of infection in older people still remains a concern. You can find all the data about the current rate of cases in the city on our website.

I want to thank everyone who has helped reduce the rate of transmission in the city during lockdown. But I continue to ask that we all keep this up when lockdown ends and we go into Tier 2 next Wednesday.

If you experience any Covid related symptoms – even if very mild – self-isolate immediately along with your household and apply for a test.

It is really important that we don’t relax our efforts now.

Kind regards

Alistair Hill

Director of Public Health
Brighton & Hove City Council

Phélim Mac Cafferty, Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, said:

“To every person that has stayed at home, made space for others, worn a mask, washed their hands, followed the guidelines – thank you for the sacrifices you continue to make. The individual actions we are taking, together, are saving lives and protecting the NHS. But I would appeal to everyone that we have a long way to go until we have beaten this pandemic.

“While some businesses in the city will be looking forward to reopening I am acutely aware of the continuing effect on the hospitality sector during what is normally one of their busiest times of the year. I urge them to seek advice and lobby for further financial support as well as check for eligibility to the council’s business grants scheme.

“We should respect the sacrifice many have already made and keep working to bring down and keep down transmission rates of Covid in the city. 

“The worst scenario before we have a vaccine would be to have a big increase in cases at the very time of the year when our hospitals would usually be busy. Let’s not take that risk. 

“Please think about others and continue to stand up for most vulnerable.” 

The Tier 2 (high alert) rules are:

  • You can’t socialise indoors with anyone you do not live with, or who is not in your support bubble
  • You can meet in a group of up to six outside – including in a garden, or a public place
  • Shops, gyms and personal care services (such as hairdressing) can reopen if they are Covid-secure
  • Pubs and bars can only open if they serve substantial meals. Alcohol can be served with that meal
  • Sports can resume with up to 2,000 spectators, or 50% capacity, whichever is smaller
  • Collective worship, weddings and outdoor sports can resume with restrictions
  • Non-essential foreign travel is allowed subject to quarantine rules.

Covid-19 Update 19.11.20

Dear all

Some updates below.

(1)Growth in Covid cases

(2)Lockdown government business grants open today

If there are any other local issues you’re having please email us and we will see what we can do about it.

Lockdown is here because Covid-19 is sadly still making people sick and killing people.

Please continue to stay safe

National restrictions

Stay at home, except for specific purposes.

Do not mix with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.

Certain businesses and venues must close.

More detail https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

@phelimmac

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

(1)Growth in Covid cases

A message from the Director of Public Health. Please read it carefully, our cases are again rising. I am especially worried about the 57% increase among the 40 to 59 age group and 50% increase among those aged 60 and older. This steep rise demonstrates why the whole city needs to take this second lockdown seriously to break the chain of transmission.

Dear Colleagues

When we reported the drop in numbers last week, I warned it was too early to say that this would be sustained. Unfortunately, the numbers of confirmed cases of Covid-19 are again going up among all age groups.

The full data is available on our website. In summary, there has been a 46% increase in cases in the city’s population as a whole. There was an especially sharp 57% rise in adults aged over forty and a 50% rise among people aged over 60. This growing spread of Covid among our older and most vulnerable residents is very worrying.

It has been suggested some of the increase in cases seen nationally in the last week reflects extra social interaction in the period leading up to the national lockdown. This highlights why the lockdown guidelines to stay home and to avoid meeting people outside your household (except where allowed) are so necessary to stop Covid spreading out of control in our city.

With such high stakes, we must all take this second lockdown as seriously as the first one. We are already two weeks in with only a short time left to play your part in helping to reduce the numbers of cases in our city.

Work from home if you can and only go out for essential activities to avoid close contact with people outside your household. If you cannot work from home follow Covid safety guidelines in your place of work.

If you experience any Covid related symptoms – even if very mild – you must immediately self-isolate with your household, apply for a test and follow the self-isolation guidelines to stop the virus infecting more people.

To break the chain of transmission we need everyone who is contacted by NHS Test and Trace to respond to the calls and emails to provide the information they ask for.

The Council’s Community Hub can provide support and advice for all residents, especially people who need to self-isolate. If you or anyone you know needs help during this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to contact our Community Hub.

Please share this message widely with your contacts.

Kind regards

Alistair Hill

Director of Public Health
Brighton & Hove City Council

(2)Lockdown government business grants open today

Subject:                Business Support Grants

Date:                     19 November 2020

We want to tell you and the businesses and organisations in the neighbourhood that the application process for business support grants is now open. Apply here. We of course cannot give any assurance about eligibility or the likely success of obtaining a grant but we encourage you to read the information below and apply through the online portal. Relevant documents attached too.

This affects businesses in the city that are

  1. Closed because of the pandemic, or
  2. Open but severely affected by the lockdown restrictions from 5 November to 2 December.

Background

The government is providing funding for two local schemes – the Local Restrictions Support Grant and the Additional Restrictions Grant which is discretionary. Businesses not eligible for the main local restrictions grant may be able to get a discretionary payment.

We are writing to businesses that we think may be eligible for a grant to encourage them to apply. These are businesses that we have on our records from the previous Covid grants process in the summer.

We are also notifying business support organisations and partnerships  in the city so that they can share the information through their networks.

We have set up a secure online form for businesses to apply.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (closed)

Businesses that pay business rates and have had to close may be eligible for a grant of up to £3,000 for the period of closure.

The amount will depend on the rateable value of the property.

All types of businesses that are registered rate payers including Community Interest Companies, community centres, and charities with trading arms may be eligible for a grant.

The council will make the payments. As long as businesses have made a genuine claim, they will not have to pay back the grant.

Additional Restrictions Grant (discretionary)

The council can use discretion on which businesses to target for a small payment. In Brighton & Hove they will be mostly businesses which have fallen through the cracks of the main grant due to a technicality and those most affected by the lockdown.

The grant allocation of £5.8 million covers two financial years, so we have the flexibility to hold half of the allocation back to support businesses during future lockdowns.

The principles of how to distribute the grants were agreed at the Policy & Resources Urgency Sub-Committee on 13 November. Read the report or view a recording of the committee meeting.

Local Restrictions Support Grant (Sector)

There is an additional local restriction grant available for businesses that had to close on 23 March and have not been able to re-open as a result of the Covid-19 restrictions.

The only businesses eligible for this grant are nightclubs, dance halls, discotheques and adult entertainment venues.

More information about who can apply and the application process can be found at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/covid-business-support

Latest update

Applications are now open. There is one application form for both grant funds.

The application form and guide are on our website at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/covid-business-support.

Please urge businesses to read the guide before they go onto the portal, as it will tell them what information they need to have to hand before they start. This is important because applicants will not be able to suspend their application and go back to it once they have started.

The guide will also help them through the form so that they provide the information that we need to assess their claim.

We expect both schemes to be over-subscribed. We will be directing businesses that are unsuccessful to other available government support. More information about these schemes are on our Covid-19 businesses and employers web page.

How we are letting businesses know about the grants

From our records the council is proactively contacting more than 5,500 businesses that fall within scope of paying rates to encourage them to check their eligibility and apply.

Business and community organisations in the city are contacting their members.

Council teams which come into contact with businesses, for example VisitBrighton, and the environmental health team, are helping to distribute information.

Information is being shared with the community and voluntary sector.

We are sharing information on our news and social media channels.

We are getting a transcript of the applicant’s guide translated into five of the main languages spoken by residents in the city: Arabic, Polish, Mandarin, Bengali and Farsi.

We welcome suggestions about how we can let every small business know about this opportunity. If you have a suggestion please let us know at news@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Covid-19 Update 10.11.20

Dear all

Today’s lockdown update.

1.Message to the city as we enter lockdown

2.Support available

3.Digital inclusion

4.Nick May, Sussex Police Divisional commander update

1.My message in the Argus to the city as we entered lockdown

Thank you for all that you are doing. Let’s pull together, and stick together, to save lives. We can do this. https://bit.ly/355eIyv

2.Support available

Please find below and attached the council’s latest leaflet identifying support available. The idea of the leaflet is to share the latest Covid advice and the support available in the city. This will also be delivered by Royal Mail to all homes in Brighton & Hove next week. Additional copies will be shared through food parcels and various services and community groups later this week. Please share the attached digital version if it is useful. If you would like any printed copies please email rachael.harding@brighton-hove.gov.uk with the number you require and delivery details. Please also find the government reminder of the national measures in place across different sectors.

3.Digital inclusion

More detailed information about the support and resources available can be found on the website: https://digitalbrightonandhove.org.uk/covid-19-network-response/

  • Digital Inclusion support continues to be offered through Digital Brighton & Hove matching people who need help.

Digital Helpline 07475 946084 and get help from one of our volunteers

AbilityNet are providing free one-to-one remote support for anyone who needs help to get online during the pandemic (e.g. setting up a new device, keeping in touch with family, online shopping, staying safe online). Call 0800 048 7642 to get some help now!
Please note this service is extended to everyone, not just older people or disabled people.

Collection of tablets for lending out are being fully used and there is a waiting list for these.  Currently evaluating their impact and looking at supporting partner organisations to obtain more devices.

Tablet Loan Scheme: We’re part of the DevicesDotNow campaign and have donated a limited amount of connected tablets to those vulnerable groups who would benefit the most from being online during the pandemic. We hope to get more soon! Please complete this form to express interest in receiving a tablet. TechTakeback is progressing with plans for collection of old tech for refurbishing to redistribute to people who need it.  Challenge is finding locations to collect this equipment.  Looking to set up some more  pop-up events to collect old tech during November.  More information when I know it.

4.Nick May, Sussex Police Divisional commander update- first of his monthly updates

https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/campaigns/campaigns/divisional-commanders-monthly-newsletter-for-partners/

I’m glad Nick has asked his offices to concentrate on, among other things, dealing with offences which impact on the “look and feel of the city” such as graffiti.

If there are any local issues you’re having please email us and we will see what we can do about it.

FINALLY

Lockdown is here because Covid-19 is sadly still making people sick and killing people.

Please continue to stay safe

National restrictions

Stay at home, except for specific purposes.

Do not mix with people you do not live with, except for specific purposes.

Certain businesses and venues must close.

More detail https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

@phelimmac

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

Covid-19 update 5.11.20

Dear all

Your update today below

1.Requesting help during lockdown

2.Affected council services

3. Message from Director of Public Health

4.Healthwatch update- PDF attached

5.Brighton and Hove Buses Update

6.Youth Climate Summit 9-13th November

If there are any local issues you’re having please email us and we will see what we can do about it.

FINALLY

Lockdown is here because Covid-19 is sadly still making people sick and killing people.

Please continue to stay safe

  • Keep your distance from people outside of your household
  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
  • Use hand sanitiser when outside your home
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Wear face masks or face coverings
  • Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

a high temperature

a new, continuous cough

a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

@phelimmac

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

1.Requesting help during lockdown

On the council’s main Covid-19 page you can request help with things like shopping and collecting prescriptions, you can apply for self-isolating payments, access advice regarding debt and support your wellbeing. We can of course help you or flag the query with someone who can.

https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

2.Affected council services

Over the coming days, the council will publish how different services are affected- we are still waiting for government guidance in many different areas. So far, to note: public toilets remain open, as do recycling centres. Library buildings will be closed to the public during the lockdown period from 5th November to 2nd December. Digital library services are still available. Some home delivery services will also operate-more details to follow.

https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/libraries-leisure-and-arts/libraries/borrow-electronic-books-and-audiobooks

Hove Town Hall civic reception is closed

Brighton Town Hall is only open to registrars and the Local Land Charges Personal Search Terminal

Our switchboard is operating a reduced service.

More information https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/coronavirus-covid-19

3.Message from Director of Public Health

The message from the DPH is straight forward and although this is a communication to council staff, I thought it was useful to distribute to you all.

Current Covid-19 alert level and guidance

Dear colleagues,

The Government’s new national restrictions came into effect today, Thursday 5 November. The Government has suspended the Local Alert Level system while the new national restrictions are in place.

It will be difficult for all of us to enter lockdown again, but it gives us an opportunity to drive down rates of infection in the city.

In the seven days up to 30 October (based on data published on 4 November) we had 408 confirmed new COVID-19 cases in Brighton & Hove. This is an 8% reduction compared to the previous seven day period, however the rates remain too high. The full data is published in detail on our website so I will not go into detail here.

The new national restrictions gives us an opportunity to slow the spread.  Our goal is to turn this situation around and drive down rates of transmission in the city so that we are in a much better place by the end of the four week period. To do this we all need to stick to the national guidelines.

In addition:

  • If you experience any Covid related symptoms – even if they are very mild – please self-isolate, along with your household members, and apply for a test immediately.
  • Closely follow the self-isolation guidelines to stop the virus infecting more people.
  • Respond to NHS Test and Trace if they contact you to help break the chain of transmission.

Please share this message widely with everyone who needs to see it. Tomorrow Geoff will be messaging the whole organisation outlining the latest guidance, advice and support for working during this next period.

Kind regards,

Alistair Hill

Director of Public Health
Brighton & Hove City Council

4.Healthwatch update- PDF attached

Lots of health resources as ever from Healthwatch

5.Brighton and Hove Buses update

Bus services continue uninterrupted by second lockdown

With the second national lockdown taking effect tomorrow, I wanted to share very briefly some important information with you for your own stakeholders. 

Following discussions with the Department for Transport, we can confirm that current levels of service on all of our bus networks will be maintained during the four-week lockdown.  While volumes of passenger movements will be much reduced, this position offers certainty for everyone, and especially key workers who will continue to need to access work, and for others who cannot work at home or who need to access shops and essential services.

Bus services have continued to be delivered safely thanks to the magnificent efforts to keep them clean and to operate in a safe manner by all transport staff, and I hope that you and the wider public have been further reassured by independent investigations such as that by the Dispatches TV programme last week and the BBC’s investigation in London this week. We will continue to do everything we can to deliver clean and safe bus services and to work in partnership with our customers who have such a vital role in helping keep themselves and other members of the community safe by adopting safe behaviours on public transport at all times.

Full information about the continuation of services is being published through all of our channels today, together with continuing communications to encourage safe behaviours and reassure people as to the safety of our services.

Kind regards

Martin Harris

6.Youth Climate Summit 9-13th November

Details below

View this email in your browser   Just one week until the Youth Climate Summit!   There is still time for your class, school or eco-council to get involved in one, several or many of the 150 events for primary and secondary schools!

To help set the scene for the week of events, we have prepared a simple powerpoint for assemblies, introducing climate change, global and local action and the role your school can play in addressing the issue.  You can download it here and adapt for your school.

Finally, please complete this short survey to tell us which YCS events you are attending and/or how your school may get involved with an exciting climate focused event for head teachers in Spring 2021.     Youth Climate Summit     9-13 November 2020   There are over 150 online events for schools and teachers to join for FREE.  
You can see the primary programme here and secondary programme here (including events run by St Lukes Primary, ONCA and Sussex Wildlife Trust).
Sign up to online sessions here and do tell us what events you are attending here!     Let’s Go Zero   The Youth Climate summit will also see the launch of Let’s Go Zero – a campaign for schools to pledge to be carbon zero by 2030.  Schools across the country will reduce their own climate impact and demand greater government support to achieve this goal.
This supports Brighton & Hove City Council’s Carbon Neutral 2030 pledge.    Please do get in touch if you’d like more information on any of the above Katie
katieeberstein@sussexwt.org.uk
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Covid-19 Update 2.11.20

Dear all

I trust this finds you well. 5 updates for you.

Updates

  1. Preparing for lockdown
  2. Call for government support for city’s vital businesses
  3. Council consultation on commercial bins
  4. Pavement parking
  5. Building Design Planning Document

1.Preparing for lockdown

You will now have heard that we are facing another lockdown. I understand the frustration so many of you feel, however, I know our neighbourhood and our city can once again rise to this challenge.

On Sunday evening with council leaders across the country I was briefed by the Secretary of State for Local Government about how the lockdown will affect councils and communities and this morning I convened a meeting of the city’s NHS, MPs, business, universities, Sussex Police and East Sussex and Fire Rescue Service. We have been preparing in recent weeks in anticipation of stricter Covid-19 restrictions being imposed by government. I want to stress that the city council stands with all of our residents and businesses now facing a second lockdown, and to reiterate that I am now pushing to find the answers our city desperately needs on the key questions affecting all of us.

This evening the council released a statement from me detailing the support that is available for residents and outlining that we will be working hard this week to provide support for residents and businesses. There’s lots of help outlined below the statement and we will be reading government guidance as it’s published this week to provide support, but if you have queries or need help don’t hesitate to contact Hannah or myself.

As a reminder, these are the main restrictions being proposed and likely to come into effect on Thursday:

  • To stay home except for education, work (if it can’t be done from home), exercise and recreation, medical reasons, shopping for food and other essentials, or to care for others
  • Pubs and restaurants to close, but takeaways and deliveries are permitted
  • Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues to close – supermarkets can sell non-essential goods
  • No households mixing indoors or in private gardens unless they’re in your support bubble
  • Schools, colleges and universities are set to stay open

2.Call for government support for city’s vital businesses

Today I reiterated that there must be solid commitments from government to ensure that vital industries in our city are protected. I obviously welcome the extension of the furlough scheme, but remain concerned the late announcement regarding lockdown means some employers will have already made plans and that will have included redundancies. I am getting clarity on just how many jobs and employers this constitutes. I also remain concerned about the impact of a second lockdown on the self-employed.

3.Council consultation on commercial bins

Consultation on only allowing businesses to have their bins and/or bags of waste on the highway between 6am and 9am for collection purposes. We also need businesses to use the commercial waste sacks not to take up so much space. There has been a huge growth of the bins and the council has been receiving mounting complaints about them blocking pavements and roads, attracting fly-tipping and vermin, and causing problems with social distancing. The consultation ends on 24th November.

4.Government consultation on pavement parking

Many of you have complained about careless car parking on pavements especially on the narrower streets in the city. The government is consulting on whether the pavement ban (currently allowed in the London boroughs, but not here) should be rolled out. It’s open till 22nd November.

5.Building Design Planning Document

This document includes showing how good urban design can help to improve existing areas, shape new places and deliver more active, inclusive, accessible, sustainable and climate-resilient buildings, spaces and places for the city; its residents, businesses and visitors. The consultation runs until 11 December 2020. Have your say here.

If there are any local issues you’re having please email us and we will see what we can do about it.

FINALLY

Lockdown is here because Covid-19 is sadly still making people sick and killing people.

Please continue to stay safe

  • Keep your distance from people outside of your household
  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
  • Use hand sanitiser when outside your home
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Wear face masks or face coverings
  • Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

a high temperature

a new, continuous cough

a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

@phelimmac

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

Covid-19 Update 23.10.20

Dear all

I trust this email find you well. 5 key issues for you.

  1. We must all continue to play our part in the fight against Covid-19
  2. Support for families in half term
  3. Council consultation on commercial bins
  4. Government consultation on pavement parking
  5. Eaton Rd pavement
  6. Community tidy ups continue
  1. We must all continue to play our part in the fight against Covid-19

On Monday I convened a meeting of the city’s MPs, councillors, Public Health, Healthwatch, NHS leaders, university Vice Chancellors, police chiefs and business experts about the ongoing growth of the pandemic which shows no signs of remission sadly and our confirmed cases today are again increasing. Most cases are still among young people aged 15-24 years old but there is an increase among older adults, especially 30-44 year olds. The rate remains too high and we cannot afford to be complacent. As we have seen in other parts of the country, the situation can change rapidly. We must all continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of Covid in our city.

During this meeting, city leaders agreed to up our work together and have agreed a series of key messages that I hope you can share:

Please reduce your social contacts.

Please meet outside wherever you can.

Please keep your face covering on at all times when you’re out and about but especially when there’s a risk you can’t maintain two metres distance from others not in your household or bubble.

At yesterday’s council meeting we also successfully called for the end to the government’s failed test and trace system in the hands of Serco and for it to be resourced adequately before being brought into the control of local councils.

  1. Support for families in half term

Despite government not stepping up to support our most vulnerable children, we’re working hard over the half term to once again provide a safety net for families in the city with the council emergency food hub, our partnership with the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership and the Chomp lunch club. If you, a relative or friend in the city need this help especially during the half term, check out the info on the web link or simply email us for more help.

  1. Council consultation on commercial bins

Further to the successful trial of CCTV which in 24-hours caught six fly-tippers, with fines totalling more than £2000, we are continuing the work on improving the look of the city. This time with a consultation on only allowing businesses to have their bins and/or bags of waste on the highway between 6am and 9am for collection purposes. We also need businesses to use the commercial waste sacks not to take up so much space. There has been a huge growth of the bins and the council has been receiving mounting complaints about them blocking pavements and roads, attracting fly-tipping and vermin, and causing problems with social distancing. More information here: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news/2020/help-us-resolve-growing-problem-our-streets-and-pavements

The consultation ends on 24th November. I tested the weblink earlier and although it isn’t working (I have complained) I am more than happy to take your thoughts.

  1. Government consultation on pavement parking

Many of you have complained about careless car parking on pavements especially on the narrower streets in the city. The government is consulting on whether the pavement ban (currently allowed in the London boroughs, but not here) should be rolled out. It’s open till 22nd November. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/managing-pavement-parking/pavement-parking-options-for-change

  1. Eaton Road pavement

After many years of requesting the pavement to be resurfaced, we have finally won a commitment from the council’s highways team to improve the pavement. We met the engineers through the week and work begins in a few weeks. We have also made several requests for pavement improvements across the entire ward, getting extra money put into the budget in February for this work. Watch this space for when that will be coming along.

  1. Community tidy ups continue

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the great success of the Keep Brighton and Hove Tidy campaign across the neighbourhood, every Friday Hannah and myself are litter picking every few streets across the ward and using the opportunity to catch up with you if you have any queries in person. We leaflet a few streets in good time for the Friday.

If there are any local issues you’re having please email us and we will see what we can do about it.

FINALLY

The virus is still here, it’s sadly still making people sick and killing people.

Please continue to stay safe

  • Keep your distance from people outside of your household
  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
  • Use hand sanitiser when outside your home
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Wear face masks or face coverings
  • Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

a high temperature

a new, continuous cough

a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

@phelimmac

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

From: Alix Macfarlane <Alix.Macfarlane@brighton-hove.gov.uk>
Sent: 23 October 2020 18:34
To: News <News@brighton-hove.gov.uk>
Subject: Councillor Briefing – information for half term and Halloween

Brighton & Hove City Council          
This briefing has been sent to: all Brighton & Hove City Council councillors, the council’s Executive Leadership Team, the council’s Public Health team and the council’s Communications team   Councillor briefing   Subject:                            Advice for a Covid safe half term and Halloween Date:                                6pm Friday 23 October 2020 Briefing number:      1 Contact:                      news@brighton-hove.gov.uk                                       This briefing covers:   Halloween during a pandemic Having a Covid-safe half term with your family Support available for families needing help with food during half term   Tips for a Covid safe Halloween   We’re asking people not to go trick or treating this year. Now is not a time to take risks with your health because everything we do affects all the people we meet and live with.   There are plenty of ways to enjoy Halloween at home and stay Covid safe, including watching spooky movies and making autumnal food with the family.   Find out more on our council newsroom   Image for you to use on social media:   Guide to a Covid safe half term   This is usually a time when many families organise play dates. But we are living through a pandemic and need to ask everyone to take extra care this year.

Find out about advice on playdates and fun things to do at home in the week ahead, more details on our council newsroom.   Image for you to use on social media:  
Half term food for families

Support is available for families needing help with food during the half term. Information about services and organisations who can help are listed on this story on our council newsroom.   Image for you to use on social media:  
Share the message
Please share the links and images with your residents and in local community groups online to help the message reach people across the city. Thank you.   Website:        www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news Twitter:           https://twitter.com/BrightonHoveCC Facebook:     https://en-gb.facebook.com/BrightonandHoveCityCouncil/  

Alix Macfarlane | Deputy Head of Communications | Brighton & Hove City Council

Room 166, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

Telephone 01273 291031 | Mobile 07879 117331

Email alix.macfarlane@brighton-hove.gov.uk

To contact the communications team in the event of an emergency or a major incident outside of office hours, please call 07833 483181. Non urgent enquiries will not be responded to.

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  1. We must all continue to play our part in the fight against Covid-19
  2. Support for families in half term
  3. Council consultation on commercial bins
  4. Government consultation on pavement parking
  5. Eaton Rd pavement
  6. Community tidy ups continue
  1. We must all continue to play our part in the fight against Covid-19

On Monday I convened a meeting of the city’s MPs, councillors, Public Health, Healthwatch, NHS leaders, university Vice Chancellors, police chiefs and business experts about the ongoing growth of the pandemic which shows no signs of remission sadly and our confirmed cases today are again increasing. Most cases are still among young people aged 15-24 years old but there is an increase among older adults, especially 30-44 year olds. The rate remains too high and we cannot afford to be complacent. As we have seen in other parts of the country, the situation can change rapidly. We must all continue to do everything we can to stop the spread of Covid in our city.

During this meeting, city leaders agreed to up our work together and have agreed a series of key messages that I hope you can share:

Please reduce your social contacts.

Please meet outside wherever you can.

Please keep your face covering on at all times when you’re out and about but especially when there’s a risk you can’t maintain two metres distance from others not in your household or bubble.

At yesterday’s council meeting we also successfully called for the end to the government’s failed test and trace system in the hands of Serco and for it to be resourced adequately before being brought into the control of local councils.

  1. Support for families in half term

Despite government not stepping up to support our most vulnerable children, we’re working hard over the half term to once again provide a safety net for families in the city with the council emergency food hub, our partnership with the Brighton and Hove Food Partnership and the Chomp lunch club. If you, a relative or friend in the city need this help especially during the half term, check out the info on the web link or simply email us for more help.

  1. Council consultation on commercial bins

Further to the successful trial of CCTV which in 24-hours caught six fly-tippers, with fines totalling more than £2000, we are continuing the work on improving the look of the city. This time with a consultation on only allowing businesses to have their bins and/or bags of waste on the highway between 6am and 9am for collection purposes. We also need businesses to use the commercial waste sacks not to take up so much space. There has been a huge growth of the bins and the council has been receiving mounting complaints about them blocking pavements and roads, attracting fly-tipping and vermin, and causing problems with social distancing. More information here: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news/2020/help-us-resolve-growing-problem-our-streets-and-pavements

The consultation ends on 24th November. I tested the weblink earlier and although it isn’t working (I have complained) I am more than happy to take your thoughts.

  1. Government consultation on pavement parking

Many of you have complained about careless car parking on pavements especially on the narrower streets in the city. The government is consulting on whether the pavement ban (currently allowed in the London boroughs, but not here) should be rolled out. It’s open till 22nd November. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/managing-pavement-parking/pavement-parking-options-for-change

  1. Eaton Road pavement

After many years of requesting the pavement to be resurfaced, we have finally won a commitment from the council’s highways team to improve the pavement. We met the engineers through the week and work begins in a few weeks. We have also made several requests for pavement improvements across the entire ward, getting extra money put into the budget in February for this work. Watch this space for when that will be coming along.

  1. Community tidy ups continue

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the great success of the Keep Brighton and Hove Tidy campaign across the neighbourhood, every Friday Hannah and myself are litter picking every few streets across the ward and using the opportunity to catch up with you if you have any queries in person. We leaflet a few streets in good time for the Friday.

If there are any local issues you’re having please email us and we will see what we can do about it.

FINALLY

The virus is still here, it’s sadly still making people sick and killing people.

Please continue to stay safe

  • Keep your distance from people outside of your household
  • Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
  • Use hand sanitiser when outside your home
  • Avoid crowded spaces
  • Wear face masks or face coverings
  • Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:

a high temperature

a new, continuous cough

a loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or taste

Yours sincerely

Phélim

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Council

Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City Council

Chair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee

Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee

Member of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association

phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

@phelimmac

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Ward surgeries at 7.15pm on last Weds of every month at the Cornerstone Community Centre, Palmeira Square (except August and December)

From: Alix Macfarlane <Alix.Macfarlane@brighton-hove.gov.uk>
Sent: 23 October 2020 18:34
To: News <News@brighton-hove.gov.uk>
Subject: Councillor Briefing – information for half term and Halloween

Brighton & Hove City Council          
This briefing has been sent to: all Brighton & Hove City Council councillors, the council’s Executive Leadership Team, the council’s Public Health team and the council’s Communications team   Councillor briefing   Subject:                            Advice for a Covid safe half term and Halloween Date:                                6pm Friday 23 October 2020 Briefing number:      1 Contact:                      news@brighton-hove.gov.uk                                       This briefing covers:   Halloween during a pandemic Having a Covid-safe half term with your family Support available for families needing help with food during half term   Tips for a Covid safe Halloween   We’re asking people not to go trick or treating this year. Now is not a time to take risks with your health because everything we do affects all the people we meet and live with.   There are plenty of ways to enjoy Halloween at home and stay Covid safe, including watching spooky movies and making autumnal food with the family.   Find out more on our council newsroom   Image for you to use on social media:   Guide to a Covid safe half term   This is usually a time when many families organise play dates. But we are living through a pandemic and need to ask everyone to take extra care this year.

Find out about advice on playdates and fun things to do at home in the week ahead, more details on our council newsroom.   Image for you to use on social media:  
Half term food for families

Support is available for families needing help with food during the half term. Information about services and organisations who can help are listed on this story on our council newsroom.   Image for you to use on social media:  
Share the message
Please share the links and images with your residents and in local community groups online to help the message reach people across the city. Thank you.   Website:        www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news Twitter:           https://twitter.com/BrightonHoveCC Facebook:     https://en-gb.facebook.com/BrightonandHoveCityCouncil/  

Alix Macfarlane | Deputy Head of Communications | Brighton & Hove City Council

Room 166, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ

Telephone 01273 291031 | Mobile 07879 117331

Email alix.macfarlane@brighton-hove.gov.uk

To contact the communications team in the event of an emergency or a major incident outside of office hours, please call 07833 483181. Non urgent enquiries will not be responded to.

Our customer promise to you

We will make it clear how you can contact or access our services |  We will understand and get things done |  We will be clear and treat you with respect   

Covid-19 Cases Rising

Please take heed of the really important message from the Director of Public Health below. There is a growing number of Covid-19 cases in the city. There has been a new alert level, using a traffic light system to closely follow infection rates. It is up to us all to continue to be vigilant and do our bit in ensuring transmission is kept as low as possible. Of course a whole lot of the current problems we are facing is because of the testing fiasco. I’ve written more here in Brighton and Hove News and will be writing in my column in the Argus about the problems associated with the test and trace system. To this end on Sunday I also wrote to the Secretary of State for Health, Matt Hancock, insisting that Brighton and Hove deserves safe, locally led track and trace and asking for track and trace resources to be diverted to council public health teams, not failing Serco and Sitel. Thank you to the hundreds who have written to me about this important issue. https://new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/news/2020/covid-19-alert-level-and-guidance-cityCity tidy upHannah and I took to the streets of the city centre on Monday morning where the grime and graffiti is very bad and worked with council teams removing graffiti, stickers from lampposts, and de-greasing the pavements. The tidy up continues closer to home and Hannah and I are wanting to litter pick every street in the ward over the next few weeks. We have already targeted a number of areas. Next in our sights is Lansdowne Place at 5PM on Friday to litter pick. You’d be very welcome to join us, Cityclean can provide tools to help. Table below with our remaining community litter picks which are part of Keep Brighton and Hove Tidy, running for the next 2 weeks. More here. I was out with residents in Palmeira Square tidying up on Sunday and it was a brilliant effort. Holland Road lamppostsOur work for you in the ward obviously continues too- in the past week we have dealt with noise complaints, problems with pavements, parking, planning queries, commercial bins, dilapidated bikes, anti-social behaviour, helping residents have disabled bays installed, raising environmental health complaints on behalf of residents. For residents on Holland Road I raised how dark the street is at night and reported two missing lamps. When contractors attended to install a new bracket and lantern it was discovered that the section of the columns that the bracket is installed on to is damaged beyond repair. This means that sadly the council will no longer be able to use the cast iron columns at these locations, and steel replacements are on order with contractors told to undertake this work as soon as they are able to, however apparently works of this nature usually take in excess of 6 weeks to complete. I am trying to get this period brought down. If there are street lighting issues on your street please report to us and cc Daniel.McParland@brighton-hove.gov.ukAs ever, if you have any queries please do contact us at our email above. FINALLYThe virus is still here, it’s sadly still making people sick and killing people. Please continue to stay vigilant to stay safe and continue to follow guidelines• Keep your distance from people outside of your household• Keep your hands and face as clean as possible• Use hand sanitiser when outside your home• Avoid crowded spaces• Wear face masks or face coverings in enclosed spaces• Do not leave home if you or someone you live with has any of the following:a high temperaturea new, continuous cougha loss of, or change to, your sense of smell or tasteYours sincerelyPhélimCouncillor Phélim Mac CaffertyLeader of the Council Green Party Councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide, Brighton and Hove City CouncilChair, Policy and Resources Committee and Covid-19 Recovery Sub-Committee Member of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture CommitteeMember of the Greater Brighton Economic Board; Strategic Delivery Board; Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited and Royal Pavilion and Museums Foundation; Representative to the Local Government Association phelim.maccafferty@brighton-hove.gov.ukHove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ@phelimmachttp://www.brighton-hove.gov.ukFrom: Corporate Email Broadcast <Corporate.EmailBroadcast@brighton-hove.gov.uk> Sent: 17 September 2020 10:37Subject: Important message from Alistair Hill, Director of Public Health on the current rate of Covid-19 cases in Brighton & Hove Dear colleagues,Yesterday (Wednesday 16 September) we introduced an escalation framework, using a traffic light system – from green to yellow, amber and red – to keep everyone in the city, including staff, up-to-date about the current rate of confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Brighton & Hove and how we can all help to prevent the spread of infection. Starting this week the city’s status will be updated weekly on a new Current Alert Level and Guidance web page. The current alert level in Brighton & Hove is yellow. This means confirmed cases are increasing, so please visit the webpage to learn more about what this means. As needed in the future, we will also highlight groups and settings that are particularly affected on this webpage so people can make extra efforts to reduce their risk. I’m asking everyone to keep playing their part and follow the guidance. To slow the virus we all need to step up physical distancing, wear face coverings where advised, limit contact between households and follow the ‘rule of six’. Please share this information with your colleagues, friends and families and with anyone who you think would find it useful.We will be sending you a regular email updating you on the latest situation, please look out for it in your in-boxes and consider printing and giving it to staff who don’t have regular access to a council computer or email.Thank you for your support and the actions you are taking to prevent the spread of Covid-19.Alistair HillDirector of Public HealthBrighton & Hove City Council DATE TIME LOCATION 11.9.20 4PM Cambridge, Brunswick, York and Norfolk Roads 12.9.20 1PM Brunswick Square, Terrace, Brunswick St East and West and Upper and Lower Market Street 13.9.20 10AM-1:30PM Palmeira Sq, Adelaide Crescent 18.9.20 5PM Lansdowne Place, Lansdowne Street, Holland Road, Farm Road 20.9.20 11:30AM Beach 25.9.20 4PM Waterloo, Cross, Farman, Little Western and Western Streets

Let’s tidy up our city: 11-27 September

Dear all

I wanted to let you know about an initiative the city council will be starting next week as part of the annual Keep Britain Tidy campaign, which runs from tomorrow (Friday 11) to Sunday 27 of this month. I wrote about the plans in The Argus two weeks ago and I’ve written in the Argus today with more detail. You can find out more information from the city council’s news story which was published on the council’s website yesterday.

We’re launching our own Keep Brighton & Hove Tidy campaign by carrying out a major clean up along Queens Road, North Street and West Street. Cityclean will use high pressure hoses to jet wash bins, street furniture, lamp posts and pavements and paint out graffiti tags on council owned property. As part of our campaign I’m asking communities across the city to consider joining the clean-up effort – including residents, volunteers, council staff, tidy up teams, beach cleaners and students. I‘ve written to businesses setting out the council’s plans and asking for support where practicable, including cleaning outside their premises, removing graffiti from their buildings and asking staff to get involved. I am receiving lots of support from all over the city from business and organisations too, which is great news.

With all of this brilliant community work about to start, I’d also like to take this opportunity to ask you in our neighbourhood to get involved in Keep Brighton & Hove Tidy.

Last week I was out litter picking along Queen’s Gardens and Kingsway, Second Avenue, Wilbury Road, Eaton Road, Lansdowne Road and Brunswick Place. I have already spotted Palmeira and Adelaide are holding a tidy up on Sunday 13th September and we can help your immediate area organise a tidy up and promote it. Myself and Hannah over the next few weeks will aim to litter pick every street in the ward- times and dates in the table below. If you’d like to join us on your street, please drop us a line. Recognising precious marine life we will also be helping the Surfers Against Sewage tidy the beach.

Help can mean anything from litter picking, removing graffiti, weeding and beach and parks cleans. The city council can provide the equipment, including litter pickers and gloves for rubbish and paint and brushes for graffiti removal. People can email communitycleanup@brighton-hove.gov.uk for more information.

We’ll also be thanking anyone we know of who carries out a clean-up by posting supportive messages on the council’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. I hope you’ll see this as one of the positive ways of helping to tidy our city while complementing the good work Cityclean does daily.

I want Brighton & Hove to be successful and confident, and cleaning up our city is an essential part of that.

Yours sincerely

Phélim

DATETIMELOCATION
11.9.204PMCambridge, Brunswick, York and Norfolk Roads
12.9.201PMBrunswick Square, Terrace, Brunswick St East and West and Upper and Lower Market Street
13.9.2010AM-1:30PMPalmeira Sq, Adelaide Crescent
18.9.205PMLansdowne Place, Lansdowne Street, Holland Road, Farm Road
20.9.2011:30AMBeach
25.9.204PMWaterloo, Cross, Farman, Little Western and Western Streets

No return for Brunswick after Post Office admit they are “unable to restore a service locally”

Green Councillors for Brunswick and Adelaide ward raise concerns over announcements that a post office on Western Road will remain closed.

Councillors Hannah Clare and Phélim Mac Cafferty have raised more concerns over the continued absence of a post office on Western Road, Hove after a recent letter from Post Office Ltd that claims they are “unable to restore a service locally”.

This follows a 2015 decision to close the crown Post Office on Western Road on the grounds that the branch was “no longer commercially sustainable”. The Post office then closed in 2016, in spite of a campaign of residents, politicians and businesses, which amassed a petition with over 5,400 signatures.

A year after the closure, the Post Office installed a new branch in a newsagent, located only a few doors down from the closed Crown Post Office, but it later closed in 2019.

Green Councillors have claimed the recent letter is “another blow to our community” but have pledged to continue to campaign for the return of a service.

Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty, ward councillor for Brunswick and Adelaide said:

We have been troubled by the lack of communication from the Post Office to both councillors and residents and this announcement comes as yet another blow to the community.This is but the latest saga in the appalling treatment of the community from Post Office Ltd.

“In 2016, Post Office Ltd made the penny-pinching decision to close the well-used and much-loved Crown post office, with a fake argument that there was no market for a post office and the fantasy that Churchill Square would take the slack. Green councillors alongside the community always maintained the post office was viable but that was rubbished.

“Then in 2018, the post office was brought back literally a few yards from where it was. Then in May last year they decided to close it again. Despite this further disappointment, Green Councillors will continue to campaign for local services to remain in our area.”

Councillor Hannah Clare, who also represents Brunswick and Adelaide ward commented:

“The last few months have shown how important it is to have local services, like post offices, that are accessible to all members of the community.

“In light of the pandemic, residents have hugely valued local shops and services and we have to do all we can to continue to fight for our local shopping areas, like that in Brunswick Town.

“Even though the most recent branch was no little match for a Crown Post office in terms of the services it provided, it still provided a vital community asset that is thoroughly missed.

“It is a shame that the Post office has essentially abandoned all hope of Brunswick residents having an effective Post office return to the area”