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Listen here: Why STOP the March for England? Politics Show on StopMFE

by on Mar.31, 2014, under News

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The March for Eng­land are return­ing to Brighton on Sunday 27th April.

_ Who are they?
_ Why is this a prob­lem?
_ Why do we need to oppose them?
_ Is there another way?

 

The cur­rent situ­ation of war and eco­nomic hard­ship, com­bined with the anti-immigrant scare­mon­ger­ing of the press and the UKIP has cre­ated a cli­mate where extreme right-wing groups can flourish.

Dis­cus­sion with: Davy Jones Green Party Par­lia­ment­ary Can­did­ate for Kemp­town & sct­iv­ists from Stop MFE

Twit­ter: @stopmfe
Web: stopmfe.wordpress.com
Email: stopmfe@ymail.com

 

 

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Listen here: Young people from Prince’s Trust discuss Unemployment

by on Mar.28, 2014, under News

LISTEN HERE : Tom and Tristan inter­view Rebecca Adams, Rob­bie Bry­ant and Ben Glazebrook about the prob­lem of unem­ploy­ment in Bri­tain, espe­cially for young people.

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Listen here: Third Show Cypher Under The Station

by on Mar.10, 2014, under News

 

LISTEN HERE to the third in the series

LISTEN HERE to the first of a new series of hip hop rap shows spon­tan­eously exud­ing from Adam Feld­man and his guests  - some of the most tal­en­ted Brighton artists. Catch up with future shows Thursday nights 8pm.

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Listen Here: BUDS presents Hamlet nos 1–4

by on Feb.18, 2014, under News

Listen here BUDS dis­cuss their tech­nical plans

Listen Here BUDS Inter­view with Polo­nia and Horatio

Listen Here BUDS Inter­view with Hamlet

On April the 28th Brighton Uni Drama Soci­ety (BUDS) will per­form a pro­duc­tion of Ham­let at the Marl­bor­ough Theatre. Join Rob and Scott (in their return to the sta­tion) as they dis­cuss dir­ect­ing the show and inter­view their cast and crew. This week Rob and Scott intro­duce the series and are joined by Hugo Har­wood, who plays Claudius — King of Denmark.

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Listen here: The Big Green Interview

by on Jan.08, 2014, under News

 

LISTEN HERE to Flem­mich inter­view­ing Amy­Anslow co-founder of hiSbe

LISTEN HERE Journ­al­ist Flem­mich Webb inter­views Pro­fessor John Chap­man, dis­cuss­ing his research into ‘Emo­tion­ally Dur­able Design’ at the Uni­ver­sity of Brighton.

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Urgent : Please listen here ‘Just Giving’ Syria Appeal Syed-Jung

by on Jan.03, 2014, under News

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LISTEN HERE Syed Jung Chair of Brighton and Hove Muslim Forum appeals for dona­tions from just £3 to help refugees in Syria. www.justgiving.com/Syed-Jung. He explains how he has explored the most effect­ive route he can find to get­ting aid to the people who need it most.

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Listen here to Davy Jones Politics Show with Brighton’s Firefighters

by on Dec.20, 2013, under News

LISTEN HERE TO DAVE JONES DISCUSS THE CUTS BEING MADE TO BRIGHTON FIRE SERVICE

LISTEN HERE TO DAVY JONES WITH KEITH TAYLOR MEP

LISTEN HERE TO DAVY JONES JO WILDING AND RIAD EL-TAHER ON 11th ANNIVERSARY OF IRAQ WAR

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 DISCUSSION OF RECENT WEATHER EVENTS WITH NATALIE BENNETT

LISTEN HERE TO DISCUSSION OF LOCAL BUDGET WITH LEO LITTMAN

LISTEN HERE TO DISCUSSION WITH AERON DAVIS ON AUSTERITY

LISTEN HERE TO INTERVIEW WITH JOHN WEEKS. .

LISTEN HERE TO LATEST INTERVIEW ON FRACKING .

LISTEN HERE TO INTERVIEW WITH SUE BOWES AND TOM HICKEY ON AUSTERITY

 LISTEN HERE TO INTERVIEW WITH MAX KEISER ON CAUSES OF AUSTERITY

LISTEN HERE TO INTERVIEW WITH JOSE BOVE, REBECCA HARMS AND OTHER AT BALCOMBE ANTI FRACKING DEMO 19−01−14

LISTEN HERE TO POLITICS SHOW ON FUEL POVERTY WITH KAYLA ENTE

LISTEN HERE TO INTERVIEW WITH CAROL DAWES AND KATHRYN MCWHIRTER ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF FRACKING

LISTEN HERE TO DISCUSSION WITH ALI GHANIMI AND IAN CUNNINGHAM ABOUT EDUCATION 

LISTEN HERE FOR DISCUSSION ON RACISM WITH LOUISE PURBRICK AND MATTHEW CARR

LISTEN HERE FOR DISCUSSION ON YOUNG PEOPLE, THEIR ISSUES AND THEIR EFFECT ON SOCIETY WITH MADDY WILLIAMS AND TOM ROBINSON

LISTEN HERE FOR INTERVIEW WITH MADELEINE DICKENS AND ANDY WORTHINGTON ON THE NHS 

 LISTEN HERE FOR DISCUSSION ON THE TRANSPORT ISSUES IN BRIGHTON WITH DUNCAN BLINKHORN

LISTEN HERE FOR DISCUSSION OF CURRENT STATE OF THE BENEFITS SYSTEM WITH IMOGEN FORBES

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Listen here to the charity song for the Mlambe Project!

by on Dec.18, 2013, under News

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Listen here to the song and  buy via. www.buzzbnk.com/themlambeproject

Two Door Cinema Club’s Ben Thompson per­formed with the char­ity — called the Mlambe Pro­ject – which is work­ing with Mlambe vil­lage, South­ern Malawi, to build a primary school for 480 children.

The des­per­ately needed school will be a boost for local teach­ers, who struggle to cope with around 97 pupils per class, though as many as 150 study in some lessons.

The scheme uniquely aims to sup­port stu­dents in their final two years of study, by help­ing them to design a pro­ject to work on when they graduate.

Team­ing up with children’s char­ity Wings of Hope, it is the first scheme of its kind in the UK and the song – called Rolling On by Phil Hus­sey– will provide a wel­come boost to their efforts. Adam Ruther­ford, from the band Machine People also plays bass.

Pro­ject Man­ager Jamie Proc­tor, a Phys­ics and Philo­sophy gradu­ate from Sus­sex together with a group of friends  — who were all at The Uni­ver­sity of Manchester  — came up with the idea while studying.

He said: “After we came up with the idea for the gradu­ate pro­gramme, we felt the best way to get it estab­lished would be to run the first pro­ject ourselves, to prove that it really works.

This is much more than your stand­ard ‘gap year’ work exper­i­ence scheme. It’s a sub­stan­tial com­mit­ment for stu­dents and fant­astic oppor­tun­ity for newly qual­i­fied gradu­ates to make a real dif­fer­ence without hav­ing to pay for the privilege.

It’s also a power­ful way to get work exper­i­ence and make your­self a more attract­ive pro­spect for employ­ers.”
The team has worked tire­lessly over the past year to raise the money for The Mlambe Pro­ject with the back­ing and sup­port of a local char­ity called HELP Malawi, with the sup­port of the Uni­ver­sity and local Rotary Clubs.

Their efforts included a mobile phone char­ging stall at the Gla­ston­bury music fest­ival, util­ising their skills to make bike gen­er­at­ors and a char­ging set up. They also run a fort­nightly live music event in Brighton called Backjammin.

Jamie Proc­tor also set up a primary edu­ca­tion fun­drais­ing pro­gramme — get­ting schools in the UK to twin their classroom with one they are build­ing in Mlambe.

More recently the team has recruited more volun­teers from Manchester, Brighton and Sus­sex uni­ver­sit­ies to help them raise cash. This Christ­mas, they are run­ning an online Crowd­fund­ing cam­paign to raise more money.

Jamie added: “We urge the pub­lic to log on to our crowd­fund­ing cam­paign — www.buzzbnk.com/themlambeproject — and back the pro­ject. In return you will receive perks which range from our Christ­mas single to nam­ing a classroom and vis­it­ing Mlambe on a lux­ury tour of Malawi.

But first and for most – get the song!”

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Hurray : We reach phase 2 of 20s Plenty. Listen here to Chris Todd FoE and sign petition for more streets where children are in danger without 20mph

by on Dec.11, 2013, under News

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Listen here to Chris Todd from Friends of the Earth

It’s good news that all parties have agreed to Phase 2 of Brighton and Hove’s 20 mph speed limit pro­gramme, but some roads used by many chil­dren and par­ents going to school around Five­ways, have been wrongly excluded.

Pre­ston Drove (in the photo) and Stan­ford Avenue lost out due to a pro­posal by Labour Coun­cil­lor Gill Mitchell, sup­por­ted by other Labour and Con­ser­vat­ive coun­cil­lors, to exclude the roads on the basis that they were “key bus and taxi routes and a major­ity of res­id­ents in both roads hav­ing voted against these roads being included within the 20mph scheme.”

Sign the peti­tion to save lives and restore some bal­ance to these roads!

See: http://goo.gl/xzFlZI

1250 sig­na­tures will trig­ger a full coun­cil debate!

These roads are NOT key routes for buses (which only use sec­tions of the roads or are infre­quently sched­uled), and the res­id­ents’ response rate was only around 20% almost evenly split, for and against.

Fur­ther amend­ments by Con­ser­vat­ive Coun­cil­lor Geof­frey Theo­bald and the Labour Group hadSur­renden Road, Bray­bon Avenue and an area west of Ditch­ling Road denied 20 mph speed lim­its des­pite over­whelm­ing road safety evid­ence to sup­port speed reduc­tion, and a com­munity road safety cam­paign. Also, due to amend­ments, Port­land Road has to await fur­ther monitoring.

Becky Reyn­olds

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Fol­low­ing a spe­cial meet­ing of the envir­on­ment, trans­port and sus­tain­ab­il­ity com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day 11 Decem­ber, approval has been given to move to the next stage of con­sulta­tion on revised pro­pos­als for Phase 2. The pub­lic will have the oppor­tun­ity to com­ment on, sup­port or oppose the pro­pos­als in Janu­ary 2014 and coun­cilors will con­sider the pro­pos­als again in March 2014.

Nearly 15,000 people respon­ded to the con­sulta­tion on pro­pos­als for the second phase of 20mph speed lim­its, cov­er­ing nine areas of the city (PDF 2.62mb). Responses were col­lated with inform­a­tion from traffic sur­veys, road cas­u­alty data and street assess­ments, and a num­ber of revi­sions were made to the pro­pos­als going to the com­mit­tee.

Fur­ther amend­ments at the meet­ing removed a num­ber of pro­posed streets from the new scheme or deferred decisions on them. These include Port­land Road which remains at 30mph pending fur­ther monitoring. Stanford Avenue and Pre­ston Drove will stay at 30mph. A decision on part of Holling­bury bounded by and includ­ing Ditch­ling Road, Sur­renden Road, Bray­bon Avenue and Carden Avenue was deferred indef­in­itely so stays at 30mph for the fore­see­able future.

Full details of the final 20mph phase 2 pro­pos­als will be avail­able here soon.

The aim of intro­du­cing the limit is to improve the street envir­on­ment for all road users, includ­ing car drivers, by redu­cing the num­ber and sever­ity of col­li­sions and cas­u­al­ties on the city’s roads, improv­ing traffic flows and mak­ing the city a safer and bet­ter place to live in.

We hope that mak­ing the streets safer and more pleas­ant to use will encour­age more cyc­ling and walk­ing espe­cially for local trips. This will not only bring road safety bene­fits, but will also help to improve over­all health and well­being, reduce con­ges­tion and could improve air quality.

A wide range national and inter­na­tional research shows that 20mph speed lim­its lead to a reduc­tion in road col­li­sions and the sever­ity of cas­u­al­ties, improves in the qual­ity of life of local neigh­bour­hoods and encour­ages more walk­ing and cyc­ling for local trips. A Royal Soci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Acci­dents study showed that at 20mph there was a 2.5% chance of ped­es­tri­ans being fatally injured, com­pared to a 20% chance at 30mph. A Depart­ment for Trans­port paper on set­ting local speed lim­its reports that on urban roads with low aver­age traffic speeds, any 1mph reduc­tion in aver­age speed can reduce the fre­quency of col­li­sion fre­quency by around 6%.

Where it’s the limit, it’s the law…

20mph is now the legal speed limit on most roads in cent­ral Brighton & Hove — please look out for the signs.

The city centre was Phase 1 of the 20mph scheme (PDF 5.8mb) to intro­duce the speed limit for res­id­en­tial and shop­ping streets in the city, approved at Trans­port Com­mit­tee in Janu­ary 2013. The 20mph limit was intro­duced in cent­ral Brighton & Hove in April 2013 and is now leg­ally enforce­able. Road mark­ings and signs have been installed across the area.

The pro­gramme is planned to be rolled out city-wide over the next two to three years, with con­sulta­tion on phase 3 fol­low­ing the cur­rent work on the phase 2 areas.

The over­all pro­ject budget is £1.5m spread over three to four years but this will be reviewed annually.

Fre­quently asked questions

Why are you pro­pos­ing to intro­duce a 20mph limit for most of Brighton & Hove?

Fol­low­ing pub­lic con­sulta­tion in 2012 and a grow­ing num­ber of peti­tions from local com­munit­ies, a major­ity of res­id­ents across the city have told us they are in favour of the reduced limit for res­id­en­tial and local shop­ping areas.

National and inter­na­tional research is increas­ingly show­ing that a 20mph speed limit leads to a reduc­tion in road col­li­sions and the sever­ity of cas­u­al­ties, improves in the qual­ity of life of local neigh­bour­hoods and encour­ages more walk­ing and cyc­ling for local trips. This in turn would bring sig­ni­fic­ant health bene­fits and reduce con­ges­tion, all of which should make our city a bet­ter place to live, work in and visit.

A Royal Soci­ety for the Pre­ven­tion of Acci­dents study showed that at 20mph there was a 2.5% chance of ped­es­tri­ans being fatally injured, com­pared to a 20% chance at 30mph. A Depart­ment for Trans­port paper on set­ting local speed lim­its also reports that, on urban roads with low aver­age traffic speeds, any 1mph reduc­tion in aver­age speed can reduce the fre­quency of col­li­sion fre­quency by around 6%.

Fol­low­ing the ini­tial con­sulta­tion in 2011 and intro­duc­tion of the city centre limit earlier this year, our plan has always been to con­sult on the fol­low­ing phases as soon as we can. There is enough evid­ence to show how 20mph lim­its improve road safety without wait­ing to show the effect­ive­ness of intro­du­cing the lim­its in the city centre. How­ever, early mon­it­or­ing from the first six months of Phase 1 in the city centre shows there has been:

  • A decrease in traffic speed on 74% on the roads.
  • A sig­ni­fic­ant reduc­tion in the num­ber and sever­ity of col­li­sions, and no fatal col­li­sions since imple­ment­a­tion. This includes a 20% decrease in the num­ber of col­li­sions and a 19% decrease in the num­ber of cas­u­al­ties (based on five months of 2013 data com­pared with the three year aver­age for the same five months in the pre­vi­ous three years.)

Which roads will be included?

The first phase includes most of the res­id­en­tial streets in cent­ral Brighton & Hove, plus the com­mer­cial heart of the city. Most major roads and the more sig­ni­fic­ant or arter­ial routes bey­ond the Phase 1 cent­ral area are pro­posed to remain at their cur­rent lim­its, includ­ing the A259 seafront road, Old Shore­ham Road, New Church Road, Ditch­ling Road, Lon­don Road and Lewes Road.

A 20 mph limit or ‘blanket ban’ across the entire city is not part of the pro­pos­als. The phase 2 pro­pos­als focus on res­id­en­tial streets, with most of the main arter­ial roads such as Old Shore­ham Road, New Church Road, Ditchling Road, Lon­don Road and Lewes Road pro­posed to remain at their cur­rent speed lim­its — see the phase 2 city-wide map (PDF 2.62mb) for details. The con­sulta­tion ques­tion­naire asked res­id­ents for their views on which roads in their areas should be included or excluded.

The leaf­lets below detail the ori­ginal pro­pos­als in the nine areas included in phase 2. The con­sulta­tion closed on 4 Octo­ber 2013.

Is my street/neighbourhood included?

All streets within the Phase 1 area (PDF 5.8mb) are included. We con­sul­ted on the neigh­bour­hoods and indi­vidual roads included in phase 2 and are going through the responses now. You can see the cur­rent map of the pro­posed areas for each phase (PDF 2.38mb).

Will the new 20mph lim­its be enforced?

The 20mph lim­its will be enforced in the same way that the 30mph has been. Where 20mph lim­its are installed, they are both legal and enforce­able. Under the Road Traffic Act 1984, local author­it­ies have the legal power to set speed lim­its on roads under their con­trol. The lim­its are enforce­able by the police and speed guns can detect speeds below 20mph. Please remem­ber, where it’s the limit, it’s the law.

How long will it take to imple­ment the proposal?

Fol­low­ing the 20mph speed limit being intro­duced in the city centre in April 2013,  the plan is to roll out the pro­gramme city-wide, with fur­ther con­sulta­tion on the later phases, over the next two to three years.

Con­sulta­tion on the phase 2 areas closed on 4 Octo­ber. The responses of the con­sulta­tion were put together with inform­a­tion from traffic sur­veys, road cas­u­alty data and street assessments, and revised pro­pos­als went to the Envir­on­ment, Trans­port & Sus­tain­ab­il­ity Com­mit­tee on Wed­nes­day 11 December. Approval was given to move to the next stage of con­sulta­tion and the pub­lic will have the oppor­tun­ity to com­ment on, sup­port or oppose the pro­pos­als in Janu­ary 2014 and coun­cil­lors will con­sider the pro­pos­als again in March 2014.

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