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The new limits, part of the council’s campaign for safer streets, will apply from Monday the 16th of June. See here for your self in which streets the new limits apply.
Here is the brief sent by the Transport Planning office.
Safer Streets – Better places
Phase 2 of the 20mph programme to be implemented on Monday 16th June 2014 as part of the council’s campaign for safer streets.
As you will no doubt have noticed, the last 2 months have seen the 20mph signage and road markings being installed across the Phase 2 implementation area – this covers many of the residential areas of the city including West Hove, Preston, Hollingdean, Moulsecoomb, Bevendean, Coldean and East Brighton.
As with the implementation of Phase 1, all the new signage has be “blacked out” initially as the limit is not, just yet in force.
Given the size of the area, it was not possible to implement all the signage and road markings overnight and where road marking have been painted they cannot be covered so will be showing already in many areas.
The legal Speed Limit Orders, which makes the 20mph limit the legal speed limit on those roads where it has been signed and marked, will come into force on Monday 16th June 2014.
A map showing the roads covered by the new limits can be found at:
The black covering on the 20mph signage will be removed on Monday 16th June on all entry ways into the areas but it may, due to the size of the area, take a day or two before all the smaller repeater signs are all completely uncovered.
There have been and will continue to be communications (e.g., press releases, advertising, radio, website, social media, emails such as this one) both city wide and targeted in the directly affected areas in the past few and coming weeks to alert drivers and other road users to the change in the speed limit.
The implementation of this second Phase was approved, with cross party, unanimous, support at the Council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability (ETS) Committee in March 2014
The printed decisions and minutes of the March Committee can be found on the Council website at:
and the Committee report relevant to this decision can also be found on the Council website at:
Our bees are in danger again! On Tuesday, David Cameron and his cabinet are going to decide whether to allow banned bee killing pesticides to be used on fields across the UK.  Unbelievably, a mega pesticide company called Syngenta has just made an emergency appeal after their product was banned across Europe last year due to the risk it poses to our bees.
We’ve not got long to act. But if enough of us make a huge fuss right now, we could persuade David Cameron to throw out Syngenta’s request and uphold the ban.
Can you sign a petition to David Cameron right now demanding that he protects our bees?
The powerful pesticides that Europe banned last year are called neonicotinoids — and they pose a huge risk to bees.  Even though there is a Europe-wide ban on these pesticides, David Cameron could override it — but only in emergency circumstances.
Bees pollinate apples, cucumbers, strawberries, tomatoes, cauliflowers, onions, cabbages, broccoli, carrots and many many more of our fruit and veg.  Without bees, we wouldn’t last very long!
Now Syngenta are trying to wriggle out of the ban, even though yesterday, scientists from across the world said there’s ‘conclusive’ evidence that Syngenta’s products are killing our bees.  And just last week, Barack Obama called for a wholesale review of the pesticides. 
Matt Shardlow, chief executive of bee-friendly charity Buglife said: “If the government approves Syngenta’s kneejerk and cynical application then the public are bound to question whether ministers are too close to the agrochemical companies and too distant from the ecology that feeds us.”
Please can you demand that David Cameron puts our bees before Syngenta’s profits?
Our bees don’t have a voice, but previously hundreds of thousands of 38 Degrees members have fought for them. We’ve marched on Parliament Square, we’ve signed petitions, we’ve sent thousands of emails and we’ve challenged the environment minister Owen Paterson in person. And we’ve worked alongside campaigners from across Europe to get these killer pesticides banned.
Now, before Tuesday, we need to pull out all the stops — again — to stop Syngenta sneaking through the back door and breaking the European ban.
Click here to sign the petition and put David Cameron under pressure to uphold the law:
Thanks for being involved,
Robin, Susannah, Blanche & the 38 Degrees team.
 The Guardian — Syngenta seeks ‘emergency’ exemption to use banned insecticide on UK crops
Farmers Guardian — Government considers neonicotinoid derogation request
 The Independent — Pesticides linked to mass bee deaths also affect other friendly organisms including birds and fish
 List of crops pollinated by bees
 BBC — Widespread impacts of neonicotinoids ‘impossible to deny’
 Washington Examiner — Obama moves to save the honey bees, targets pesticides
 38 Degrees blog
‘I don’t really understand why we were targeted, because I was not doing anything controversial. I was simply helping women, saving their lives.’
This script, a collaboration with Amnesty UK, is intended as a resource to support Amnesty’s ongoing campaign to end violence against women in Afghanistan. Afghan women are too often portrayed as faceless, passive victims who are powerless to change the grave human rights abuses they are regularly affected by. But this ignores the countless Afghan women who are fearlessly working to promote women’s rights and support their communities.
The script is drawn from in-depth interviews with three Afghan women fighting for peace and protection for women’s rights in their conflict-affected country.
It was launched at Amnesty International (UK) on 28 February 2014, and is now available to interested groups wishing to stage their own reading of the play.
Here is a Play Reading by Brighton and Hove Amnesty Group
Green Party parliamentary candidate Davy Jones discusses the housing crisis, particularly in the private housing sector with Amanda and David from the Living Rent Campaign.
This week, on the eleventh anniversary of the Iraq War, Davy Jones hosts a discussion in which Jo Wilding talks about her experiences in Iraq just as the war was starting and thereafter. Riad El-Taher talks about the war the reasons why it happened and the roles of some of the major players.
LISTEN HERE TO LATEST INTERVIEW ON FRACKING .
Three under 16 work experience students discuss their own topic which has been put into a collaborative radio show. Jordaine — Pride, Finn — Gossip, James — The World Cup.
LISTEN HERE to their show
LISTEN HERE to ‘Flash Gordon’ radio play Vintage Sci-fi brought to life by our excellent work experience volunteers James Jordaine and Finn. Thanks to Martin Nichols, theatre producer, for his help with this.
The speaker this time at the United Nations Association Meeting was Peter Crowhurst, who is a retired history teacher and the current Chair of the North Laine Community Association in Brighton.
Energy Minister visits Brighton Energy Coop’s
new solar energy scheme
Minister of State for energy and climate change Greg Barker praises Brighton Energy Coop’s new renewable energy project after visit
- Brighton Energy Coop latest share offer raises £240,000 from the public for a 800-panel solar energy scheme at Shoreham Port
- Total raised by Brighton Energy Coop for renewable energy in the city is now more than £700,000 – the largest such scheme in the south east
Minster of State for energy and climate change, Greg Barker, today praised Brighton Energy Coop’s latest community-funded solar energy scheme after a visit to Shoreham Port.
Accompanied by MP for Hove and Portslade Mike Weatherley, Barker climbed on to the roof of Shed 3a at the port to view the new 800-panel solar array, which is currently being installed and will start generating renewable electricity from mid July.
Greg Barker, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change said:
“Since I became a minister in 2010, more than half a million homes have started to generate their own electricity using solar PV and new community energy projects are opening up the opportunity to join the solar revolution to engage in the community.
“This project here in Shoreham Port, championed by Mike Weatherley MP is a great example of community action.”
Mike Weatherley MP for Hove and Portslade said: “When my colleague Greg Barker MP asked where he should visit in Brighton & Hove, I instantly suggested a tour of Brighton Energy Co-op’s latest scheme at Shoreham Port, which I had the honour of turning on earlier in the year. Greg’s presence is an indication of just how serious the Government is about renewable energy schemes.”
The £240,000 scheme has been funded entirely by members of the public, who have bought shares in Brighton Energy Coop over the past three months, ranging in value from £300 to £20,000.
The 200kW solar array will provide enough green electricity to power offices, a repair workshop and other port operations.
Come to the public meeting
The Living Rent Campaign and Brighton People’s Assembly have joined forces to hold a public meeting with a difference. As well as hearing inspiring speakers such as Eileen Short of Defend Council Housing and Caroline Lucas MP, there will be space in the meeting to bring your own ideas and energy to really make a difference to Brighton & Hove’s housing crisis. Join us on Thursday July 10th, 7pm, at the Brighthelm Centre.
There will be a follow up meeting on Wednesday 16th July, to take forward ideas and actions from the launch. All welcome.
Information and links
A century of home ownership and renting
Official government figures illustrate the way political decisions have changed housing over the last 100 years.
Over 200 people attended a lively debate on education at the Sallis Benney Theatre on 23rd April. The panel of speakers (Caroline Lucas MP, Andy Schofield, Dr. Jon Berry and Max Hyde) answered audience questions on issues including whether the national curriculum stifles creativity, baseline testing for four-year-olds, Troops to Teachers, schools becoming academies, and the value of strike action.
The meeting also heard speakers from the local campaign to stop Hove Park School becoming an academyand from UCU at City College, where a package of major cuts and redundancies is being forced through.
A local campaign for education has been formed by people who attended this meeting. If you want to get involved in taking action on education issues, here are some things you can do:
Sign the petition against Hove Park School becoming an academy
Book your tickets for this fantastic film screening about the whirlwind of immigration to be screened on June 26th.
The details of the film screening in the link below. People who book will only get charged if the target number of people pre-book.
Plot synopsis: Omar, a charismatic Afghan teenager, is at the precarious juncture of having his refugee status decided. The arrival of a boy from back home threatens to change everything. Forced into a position where the outcome may be?the difference between life and death, his only options are to tell the unbelievable truth or to tell a good story??For Omar, and thousands like him, who arrive alone and scared on our shores each year, the?asylum system is a cruel game of chance.
“This exhibition brings together art photography with a key national issue: the accelerating privatization of our NHS, the companies involved, and the consequences for us all of this shameful sell-off”
24–26 June, Brighthelm Centre, Brighton. The exhibition will be open between 11 and 7 30 pm on Tuesday & Wednesday and until 9pm on Thursday.
Formal press opening of the exhibition at 12pm by Caroline Lucas MP — all welcome.
And “Who are the Fat Cats of Health and who is paying the price?”, a public meeting to take place on the main auditorium on Thursday the 26th at 7 30 pm.
An update about ‘Balcombe Drilling: Cease the oil exploration activities of Cuadrilla in Balcombe.’ on Change.org
The tide of opinion continues to turn against fracking/unconventional oil and gas extraction and we need to encourage and harness this feeling wherever we can. Recent announcements of the government’s suggestion that they be allowed to drill under our homes are galvanising people. The British Geological Society’s report on gas and oil prospects in the South of England also describes how much of the oil in the shales will be difficult to extract (needing unconventional means). Shale expert, Professor Andrew Aplin, of Durham University, said: “We might estimate that 1% of the Weald oil resource might be recoverable.” This would equate to 0.05 billion barrels, which is about two months of UK consumption, he said. “From a national perspective, this seems to be a rather small prize.” So we have a government prepared to destroy Sussex countryside for two months of UK oil consumption. This message is beginning to get out and we need to let our Councillors and MP’s hear it far and wide. These ideas are in consultation now. So now is the time to act and tell your elected representatives not to support the latest proposals.
What we can do:
If you are from West Sussex please sign this very important anti-fracking petition or forward on to any West Sussex residents you know. It calls on West Sussex County Council to declare West Sussex a ‘Frack Free Zone’. If we can get the numbers up to 3000 then WSCC will have to formally debate this. Please don’t sign more than one person from the same email account, it seems not to register you as a West Sussex resident if you are the second and it may mean you are not counted. Please don’t sign if you are not from West Sussex as it will give an inflated impression of the numbers that will actually count. If you do one thing on the basis of this email then please sign or forward this, it’s a vital stage in the campaign! Please copy and paste the address into your browser to bring up the page.
Signing doesn’t replace action, so please write to your local councillors if you haven’t already, many say they have received nothing on the issue of fracking.
To support Kirdford and Wisborough Green’s Campaign, please respond to their consultation with WSCC — information is on their website below. This must be done by the 20th June, so this is the last weekend to do your objection.
Green Peace and Friends of the Earth have also started a large petition to send a strong message to the government that MP’s must vote against letting people drill under our homes. You can sign this wherever you live so please do forward.
Again, please write to your MP to tell them how you think they should vote.
The Government is putting their plans to consultation for a short period which finishes in August, so please tell them what you think at:
What electricity company do you use? Ecotricity are the world’s first green energy company and have pledged to be shale gas frack free. They actively support the anti-fracking movement in Britain and re-invest their money into building new sources of green energy. Unfortunately, we can only vote for our government once every 4 years, but we can put our money where our mouths are by refusing to support energy suppliers wishing to frack us. What better way to make our views known? Refuse to support this industry and pay your energy bills with a clear conscience.
When your normal provider calls you to find out why you left, you can enjoy telling them!
Finally, to our delight, Paul McCartney and a host of other stars, including Vivienne Westwood and Bianca Jagger (2 wonderful women who visited Balcombe) support the campaign ‘Talk Fracking’. As part of this campaign there has been a series of debates around the Country, the last remaining one is in London on Monday 16th June 8 pm start (Central Hall Westminster). There are still tickets for this event. Please attend and put your informed reasons not to frack forward. Go to the website and email for free tickets.
Thank you for doing what you can to support the fight against Unconventional Oil and Gas extraction. Every bit counts, every email sent, every individual persuaded.
LISTEN HERE to Flemmich’s interview with Jessie Treverton of Sea Shepherd UK
Sea Shepherd’s Mission Statement
Sea Shepherd UK is a registered marine conservation charity whose mission is to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife around the UK’s coastline and across the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.
Sea Shepherd UK uses innovative direct-action tactics to investigate, document and take action when necessary to expose and confront illegal activities commited against marine wildlife and habitats. By safeguarding the biodiversity of our delicately balanced oceanic ecosystems, Sea Shepherd UK works to ensure their survival for future generations.
Statoil’s drilling rig is heading to Bear Island — but we’ve intercepted it. A team of 15 activists just arrived at the rig. They’ve hung a banner and will stay on the rig as long as possible to stop it drilling.
Norway paused the plans after our outcry, but it’s going to take more of us joining in to protect Bear Island for good!
It’s not easy hanging out on a freezing oil rig in the Arctic. Can you build the pressure on Norway AND keep the spirits of the team warm by adding your name to the petition?
Bear Island is a nature reserve. It’s home to snow-white Arctic foxes, a million breeding sea birds and the occasional hunting polar bear. If a Statoil rig leaked, oil could engulf Bear Island in seven days and be nearly impossible to clean up.
Norway’s environment agency had suspended Statoil’s licence to drill while the dangers were reviewed. But yesterday, the suspension was lifted.
Our best chance now is a massive surge of international pressure on Norway and its environment minister to protect Bear Island. Then we can show Norway that it needs to live up to its reputation as an environmentally-responsible nation.
Sign here: https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/bear-island
The team of 15 Greenpeace volunteers on the oil rig are holding on tight in the face of freezing temperatures. And they’re stopping the rig from going anywhere. Let’s send the number of people who’re joining them online soaring and protect Bear Island together.
Pete and everyone aboard the Esperanza,
73° north, Barents Sea
PS: Greenpeace is all about beating the odds, together. For our Arctic, our rainforests, and for the future of every creature on earth. One forest, one river, one island at a time, if we need to. Sign now for Bear Island:https://secure.greenpeace.org.uk/bear-island
With the increased presence of the Green Party in both Europe and on our own turf after the recent elections, the climate change dialogue is becoming more and more transparent. Below are links to two pieces of propaganda: the first being the Exxon Outlook for Energy 2040, a publication aimed at Exxon shareholders and the politicians who work for them; the second being a report from the Arctic Methane Emergency Group, backed by science and science alone.
The former makes no mention of methane and fails to acknowledge the rapidly accelerating climate change crisis. The latter uses information from the IPCC to try and identify areas of weakness and formulate some progression from where we are now, placing serious catastrophe within a four year reach. Who are you going to believe?
Download the Exxon report here:
View and share the AMEG information here:
Live Classical Recital with the fantastic Rachel Gorman. In this 40 minute intimate show, Rachel showcases a repertoire of;
–Mozart– K454 Sonata in Bb for Violin and Piano
–Ysaye– Ballade for Solo violin
–Messiaen– Theme and Variations