Covid-19 update 14.5.20

Dear all

I proposed changes (attached) to the transport plan for the city at today’s urgency committee about bringing in new measures to expand space for outside exercise, walking and cycling in Brighton and Hove. Those measures will provide a strong response to help the city recover with wider pavements, more access for people on the A259 (the seafront road) and will help small traders. We were able to convince Labour to support it to get through. Many of you have approached us during lockdown about the problems of us all wanting to have safe social distance and the city’s transport plan will now enable us to do that. It’s far from over and we are happy to continue banging the drum to have more space for all of us to get out for our exercise.

Some of you will already have received the community newsletter from the city council and a number of the city’s community and voluntary sector groups. I am looking for kind volunteers to help deliver the rest. Drop me a line if you’re fit and healthy and fancy it.  

You may recall that we have been calling for weeks- since 30th April- for the city’s waste sites (tips!) to be reopened mainly because it was seeing a lot of people burning rubbish and increasing air pollution. We are glad to see that the council is now reopening them but please note the very tight restrictions. This follows waste centres around the country being inundated so please only go if you absolutely must. Both Brighton and Hove will reopen as of Monday at 10AM.

Please note East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service are having a consultation about the future of the service. You can make comments here.  

We have raised massive concerns about the consultation which will cut appliances and jobs and have said the timing of the consultation-during a global pandemic- is not right!

We will answer your queries just as soon as we can. If you are self-isolating and need shopping or a prescription delivered or just a chat on the phone, both Hannah and I are more than happy to help.  

If you have a neighbour who would like to be added to these emails, or you want to be removed please drop me a line.

Please continue to stay safe!

Yours sincerely


Councillor Phélim Mac Cafferty

Leader of the Official Opposition

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

Opposition Spokesperson on the Policy and Resources Committee

Member of the Tourism Development and Culture Committee and Planning Committee

Greater Brighton Economic Board, Strategic Delivery Board, Board of Trustees Brighton Dome & Festival Limited, Representative to the Local Government Association

Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ


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

City briefing

Subject:                            Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Date:                           3:45pm Thursday 14 May 2020

Briefing number:     49

Queries about this briefing can be sent to:            

Click here to view today’s briefing online

Full council meeting virtually

The meeting is available to view via the council’s website where you can also find the meeting’s agenda.

During the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, Brighton & Hove City Council has been holding meetings virtually in order to continue with day-to-day business while continuing to be held accountable to residents.

You can read more about how the council is embracing ‘digital democracy’ in our newsroom.

Mayor Making 2020

Cllr Alan Robins will become the Mayor of Brighton & Hove when he is elected by fellow councillors at the Annual Council Meeting later today.

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