I trust this finds you well. 5 updates for you.
- Preparing for lockdown
- Call for government support for city’s vital businesses
- Council consultation on commercial bins
- Pavement parking
- 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.
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
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
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)