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:  
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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

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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”

Covid-19 Interim walking and cycling plan

Dear all

Please see below some important information about the cycling and walking plan. Some of this is quite complex and I’ve tried to keep it simple but more than happy to help with queries and discuss further too.

Interim Covid-19 Response Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan

This plan was agreed this week and outlines temporary improvements to Brighton and Hove’s walking and cycling network to aid the city’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. The ‘interim’ bit is important because there will be a permanent plan too- see further down.

From the very earliest days of lockdown many of you have contacted us with your concerns about safe social distancing and this provides one of the key, if temporary, ways that the city can deal with this.

The plan has to allow safe commuting while trying to put in place measures to prevent our roads being clogged with polluting traffic as we recover from a pandemic which attacks our lungs.

It has to

  • assist with physical distancing
  • need for increased active travel- eg cycling and walking
  • reopening of the economy

It follows a strong instruction from the Department for Transport to implement ambitious schemes which provide a significant reallocation of road space to pedestrians and cyclists. In short, this plan exists partly because Government is also instructing local councils to look at making more road space for social distancing.

The interim plan reviews all temporary measures currently under consideration by the council. It also identifies other locations where the need for temporary walking and cycling measures should be considered in accordance with government guidance. Changes that have so far been agreed during the crisis  have included the new cycle lane on Old Shoreham Road, wider footpaths, signage across the city and a temporary road closure on Madeira Drive.

However, please NB the other design suggestions that were discussed this week- that image of the seafront cycle lane for example- that you may have seen circulating are not designs for things that will be installed now, but instead map out some of the potential options for the long term. These are high-level and would be subject to design development and road safety assessment were they to be taken further. For eg the image that the media has decided to talk about on the seafront is only an idea of what it might look like.

The full details are here

https://present.brighton-hove.gov.uk/mgAi.aspx?ID=79529#mgDocuments

Similarly, costings have not been prepared at this stage and this, together with available funding, will be a factor in determining how many measures can be taken forward. These emergency measures are partly only funded by proposals to the Department for Transport. However half-hearted measures won’t get government funding.

As well as measures for cycling, the report also provides

  • additional footway space for pedestrians to maintain physical distancing in city locations with high footfall
  • increased signage and floor markings along the seafront and in the city centre to remind people to use shared walking and cycling space responsibly and to maintain physical distance
  • from a Green proposal adopted at the meeting, there is also a programme for School Streets in the city which will support the safe reopening of all primary and nursery schools.

Consultation

A successful proposal from Green Councillors at the meeting means that any potential permanent changes would be done in coordination with disability groups and taking the very serious needs of older people and people with mobility needs into account.

Any proposals that are indeed put forward as permanent need to come to the environment committee in September. You will be allowed your say over any permanent changes- this has to be allowed by law. Further to contact with many of you over the issue of transport, residents will be fully consulted about changes and we will of course remind you when this is so you can take part.

There is however also a survey on the temporary changes, that I would encourage you to fill out. There is also ongoing stakeholder engagement and as your councillors we will speak to our colleagues on the working group on this.

Please NB this survey doesn’t yet include the proposals in Brunswick and Adelaide just yet. I chased that this afternoon.

https://new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/travel-and-transport

Parking

Pre Covid-19 many of you already contact us with difficulty finding a space in Zone M. I acknowledge that there will be a significant impact to parking. The temporary proposal will mean the loss of 52 shared bays in Zone M- although as I write above, this is only the initial design. Zone M will now be very close to the resident permit limit too.

I have contacted the parking department to understand what mitigation measures can be adopted at speed. Some of my questions with them.

–neighbouring parking zones to have borders blurred to allow use from Zone M;

–several trader permits all being used for work at one location- often happening for prolonged periods especially over the warmer months- can controls be put in place for each property;

–can current uses in parts of Zone M be changed to allow more parking- eg trader only bays;

–not allowing new residents permits to be added to Zone M for the time being, to at least cap the problem.

As ever, we are happy to respond to questions and discuss this further too.

Yours sincerely

Phélim

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

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 19.6.20

Dear all

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 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk 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

Please find the proposed term dates for 2021-2022, if you have any comments on this, please email us.

If you wish to be removed from this email list, simply drop me a line.

Last but certainly not least- we are here to help if we can. PLEASE continue to practice safe social distancing, and stay safe.

Yours sincerely

Phélim

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

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)

City briefing

Subject:                            Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Date:                           5.45pm Friday 19 June 2020

Briefing number:     62

Queries about this briefing can be sent to: news@brighton-hove.gov.uk            

Click here to view today’s briefing online.

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.”

Find out more on our newsroom

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.

Read more on our newsroom

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. 

Find out more on our newsroom

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.

Have a look at some examples of what local services have been doing in response to the ever-changing challenges that the coronavirus has presented.

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

Read the full story on our newsroom