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My submission to the local Housing Allocations Review

I’m aware that Brighton and Hove City Council is currently running a consultation on proposed changes to the local housing allocations policy.  Since housing is by far the biggest issue that residents experiencing difficulty contact me about, I’m keen to comment on some of the proposals being made.

Caroline holds an advice surgery at the Jubilee Library in the North Laine

Saturday 6th February marks National Libraries Day. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the value that libraries bring to our communities.

It’s not just the contents of the bookshelves that hold so much importance and value, the buildings themselves are vital hubs in our towns and cities; centres that bring people together to share experiences and knowledge.

Caroline writes to NHS England about the threatened closure of 5 local GP surgeries

It’s been a week that has seen junior doctors take strike action for the first time in 40 years over the safety of new contracts being imposed upon them. The news about the threatened closure of 5 of the city’s GP surgeries highlights that the NHS is under attack from all angles – and that when profit is a factor in healthcare contract decisions there’s a real risk of the fallout we might see if the closures take place.

Opposition to Burger King in The Lanes

The application is seeking to turn the ground floor of a Grade 2 listed building into a Burger King fast food restaurant.
 
Brighton's economy thrives when independent and local businesses are allowed to flourish, not from multinational companies draining profits away from the city.
 
I do not believe that Brighton needs another multinational fast food chain, let alone one in The Lanes, a conservation area that is full of independent cafes, restaurants and shops.
 

Position advertised - Senior Constituency Caseworker to support Caroline

Senior Constituency Caseworker for Caroline Lucas MP (Brighton Pavilion)
Salary range: £27,000-£30,000 per annum

 

Location: Brighton

We need an experienced caseworker to support Caroline in her work as Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion.

You will need excellent organisational and communication skills, be flexible and calm under pressure, and you should have a strong understanding of the main issues facing constituents in Brighton.

You do not need to be a member of the Green Party.

Role includes:

Home Office visa decisions

Decisions that frequently keep married couples apart from each other, partners separated, and children away from their parents.

I was contacted by a local resident because the application for her husband to stay in the UK was refused. She's a British national, he's a Canadian firefighter. They are understandably distraught at the prospect of being apart. They have a 6 month old child, and it really is devastating news for them all as a family.

Rose Hill Tavern - ACV decision upheld

Unfortunately, the story doesn’t end there, as the developer challenged the decision via the courts and ploughed ahead with its plans to turn the building into a residential property by submitting a planning application to the council.
 
Today there has been some more positive news, the First Tier Tribunal agreed with the Rose Hill Tavern Action Group, and Brighton and Hove City Council, that it was right to grant ACV status to the pub.
 
With the news that the tribunal upheld the ACV status decision, I’ve gone back to ask the Council what impact th

Residents call for a pedestrian crossing in Hollingdean

 

They would like Brighton and Hove City Council to install a crossing on a stretch of road that leads from a residential area to the Sure Start Children’s Centre and a number of local schools, including Hertford Junior School and the Cedar Centre, a school for children with complex needs.

It’s something they’ve been trying to make happen for some time. Indeed, it’s something that I’ve already raised with Brighton and Hove City Council a number of times over the last year.

Windsor Court and the shortgage of affordable and decent emergency accommodation in Brighton

 

It’s situated at the heart of the city centre, walking distance from the Clock Tower and the North Laine – a much sought after location. Sadly, the experience for many of those housed at Windsor Court, is not a happy one.  

 

Since being elected it’s the building I’ve been contacted about most and I’ve visited a number of my constituents there over the past few years. Each of the rooms I’ve seen has been damp, dark, and depressing. The inner courtyard reminds me of a prison with the metal staircases and floors that run off it. 

 

Maximus

In addition to sounding like the lead character from the film Gladiator, they’re a private company based in the US who “partners with governments to deliver critical health and human services programmes”.
 
As many of my constituents know from experience, their predecessor, Atos, were not fit for purpose.

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