Your Covid-19 update is below. For the time being it looks like the council will publish updates twice a week. We have thanked the city’s many brilliant charitable organisations that have helped through the pandemic and called for further support for them.
We have very detailed FAQs from the local NHS about how you can access health care as it reopens, we can provide this on request. It’s a huge document which is why I don’t want to attach it.
New communal bins
This week, residents on Wilbury Road and Waterloo Street have had new communal bins installed. We have been pushing for over 18 months for this and it’s taken many questions from us at council meetings. Far from ideal. We are now asking you to help us compile a list of communal bins that need parts and replacements. You can contact us in all the usual ways- please send an image too.
We are continuing to raise complaints with some of the bins in the neighbourhood run by private companies and pressing for businesses in the neighbourhood as they open to practice safe social distancing.
Work on anti-social behaviour
We have continued to raise significant concerns with both the city council and Sussex Police about anti-social behaviour and I supported measures at the tourism committee through the week to deal with the more serious breaches of by-laws. We have also made clear our contempt for the vandalism and the intimidating behaviour on the seafront and in our squares with a comment in today’s Argus. We have had the stencils around Brunswick Square re-painted with the slogan ‘Clean it up or £75 fine’ and we can explore this for your street too. Please continue to report ASB using firstname.lastname@example.org and cc the PCSO Amy.Green@sussex.pnn.police.uk and ourselves in. Please also find updated reporting guide attached.
Supporting the city to recover
Further to lots of work on supporting local business, Greens called this week for more support for local culture organisations who are a key part of our city’s offer.
We have a letter into next week’s Environment committee about rubbish on the beach and lawns. We are in the press today calling on the council to take more action on single use plastics, more sustainable packaging options. On our community litter picks we are finding lots of waste from big businesses so we are lobbying them to contribute to clean-up efforts, prevent single use plastic waste at source and have more staff to patrols the Lawns, promenade and beach. Many of you have contacted us about access. Green Councillors at the same meeting are calling for any permanent changes to transport schemes to be done in ways which will maintain access for people with disabilities and our older residents.
We have also produced a film asking people to tidy up after themselves on the Lawns, beach and in our squares, to think about others and the city so we can recover well.
Term Dates 2021-22
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Last but certainly not least- we are here to help if we can. PLEASE continue to practice safe social distancing, and stay safe.
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)
Subject: Coronavirus (COVID-19) update
Date: 5.45pm Friday 19 June 2020
Briefing number: 62
Queries about this briefing can be sent to: email@example.com
Residents asked to be wary of unsolicited mail on Covid-19
We’re asking residents to rely on official sources of information following distribution of a publication containing misleading stories harmful to our communities.
Councillor Carmen Appich, chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee, said: “I am dismayed that this publication is being circulated in the city.
“Despite appearing professionally produced, it’s full of distortions and messaging that is frankly racist. It’s clear the organisation behind it is not to be trusted.
“We do not tolerate any form of hate in this city. Publications like this are not welcome here and will be referred to the police.
“We’ve made a commitment to amplify our actions on an anti-racism to make sure everyone can live a full life free from discrimination and harm.
“We stand together with all of our communities, and we are here to support anyone who has been harmed by receiving this publication or by any hate incident.”
Wearing face coverings on public transport
In line with guidance from the government, if you can you must now wear a face covering when travelling on public transport in England. This will help protect against transmission when physical distancing is not possible.
But remember, not everyone can wear a face covering. Some people don’t have to wear a face covering for health, age or equality reasons. It is not always obvious why people can’t or don’t wear one so please be understanding and support your fellow passengers by wearing a face covering if you can.
People using buses in Brighton & Hove may choose to carry or show a Helping Hand card but this is not a requirement. A downloadable Helping Hand card is also available to print or save to your phone to show to the driver. Read more about wearing face coverings when travelling on Brighton & Hove Buses.
Councillors to consider transport changes to aid Covid-19 recovery and support active travel
Plans for a range of measures to support Brighton & Hove’s continued recovery from Covid-19 and encourage active travel across the city will be considered by the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee on Tuesday 23 June.
Tackling racism and bias in schools
Councillors in Brighton & Hove have agreed to do more to help schools address racism and bias in the educational curriculum.
All training offered by the council to schools, teachers and trainee teachers will now include building understanding of the impact on pupils and staff of bias, discrimination, white privilege and institutional racism.
Council commits over £120,000 to emergency food network
We’ve committed £124,500 of funding to the emergency food network in the city, covering expenses for supporting vulnerable residents for the next three months.
Since mid-March, the council has been leading the city’s response to Covid-19 along with our partners Brighton & Hove Food Partnership. We’ve been supporting food hubs to provide food parcels and hot meals to those in need.
This new funding commitment of £124,500 will be split between food banks already in existence pre-Covid19, newly set up food hubs, funding for community meals, same day emergency food parcels and funding for the children’s centre food bank. You can read the full story online on our newsroom
Brighton & Hove Food Partnership have also posted a recent blog about the city’s Covid-19 food response, you can read it in full on their website
Infographic showing key actions in the city during Covid-19
Our communications team has worked with our Covid-19 response cells to highlight key actions taken in the city in response to the pandemic.
Learning Disability Week: 15-21 June 2020
An estimated 5,861 adults live with a learning difficulty, disability or Autism in Brighton & Hove.
Many already experience higher levels of loneliness and social isolation and this will have only been made worse by the Covid-19 lockdown. Physical distancing can also be difficult and those who are in isolation with little or no support will need help to understand guidelines to keep themselves and others safe, as well as to access the vital support or supplies they need.
Since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic the organisations and teams who work with people with learning disabilities and/or autism have been finding new ways to provide information and activities, support service-users to manage their anxieties, changes in routines and challenges, and help them keep in touch with their families and friends.
Brighton & Hove Libraries awarded Library of Sanctuary status
Brighton & Hove libraries have become only the second library service in the country to be awarded ‘Library of Sanctuary’ status.
The announcement coincides with this year’s Refugee Week.