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:
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
LISTEN HERE:Caroline Lucas MP presents In Our Hands: Public Services for People recorded at Brighthelm May 2nd
LISTEN HERE TO THIS PUBLIC MEETING RECORDED AT BRIGHTHELM MAY 2nd
In Our Hands:
Public Services for People
at Brighthelm Church & Community Centre
Inspired by national campaign ‘We Own It’, Caroline Lucas MP and a panel of high profile speakers explored why public services should be brought back into public hands. They discussed how to do this and and how to ensure that the private companies currently running everything from our NHS and public transport to our schools and benefits system are more accountable and transparent.
- See more at: http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/events-and-film/6333/in-our-hands-public-services-for-people#sthash.j3IGg2vz.dpuf
“ONCA is One Network for Conservation and the Arts”. They are “a gallery and a possibility, filled with paintings, stories and songs, with artists, volunteers, innovators, teachers, performers, philosophers and conservationists…”.
Seems interesting? Check their website, and support their crowd funding campaign! - http://onca.org.uk/
Listen here to Brenda Pollack FoE response to West Sussex allowing Cuadrilla more drilling/fracking exporation
LISTEN HERE Interview with Brenda Pollack, Friends of the Earth on West Sussex County Council decision to permit Cuadrilla further exploratory drilling at Balcombe. We’ve just heard from the court in Brighton where five Balcombe anti-fracking protestors including Caroline Lucas MP are on trial. And the verdict is… NOT GUILTY! We hope that you’re as happy as we are with this fantastic news. But we’re not celebrating quite yet. As Caroline Lucas said this afternoon from outside the court in Brighton: “We are pleased that the court upheld our right to peacefully protest against fracking, but this judgement is not a victory. We will continue to campaign to end fracking and celebrate when that has been achieved.” “In the light of the UN’s latest report on climate change, it is clearer than ever that the only safe and responsible thing to do with shale gas is to leave it in the ground.” “All five of us would like to thank everyone who has turned up to support us and thank the thousands of people who have sent letters, emails and tweets to express their support.” You can read Caroline’s full reaction to the not-guilty verdict here. BBC — ‘Green MP Caroline Lucas cleared over Fracking Protest’ Huffington Post — ‘Lucas found Not Guilty Over Anti-Fracking Protest’
Thank you to the Uni of Sussex dept of Physics and astronomy for letting us share this lecture from a public meeting April 10th. LISTEN HERE
Moulsecoomb Forest Garden Project is a small award winning charity that packs a big punch in East Brighton.
Our community gardens are a melting pot of people and our work targets some of the cities most troubled youngsters. We’ve been going nearly 20 years and have got an impressive track record. Now we are beginning to be able to offer pupils the chance to get qualifications, our work has become even more important. So we are asking if you can help make us as sustainable as the fruit and vegetables we grow. We currently raise £130 a month through our Friends of the Forest Garden fund where people make monthly standing orders. We would love to get this to £500 before Christmas. So could you afford £2 or more a month and save us from endless grant applications so we can get on with the job that we are good at. £2 a month will buy all our broad bean seeds for the year £5 a month will buy us a new wheelbarrow and fork £10 a month will buy us all our seed potatoes for the year We aren’t a big charity. None of us are on a big wage. We don’t have an office. Our overheads are low. Our advertising budget is zero. We rely on goodwill and freebies and some fantastic volunteers to get by. That’s not to say we aren’t professional! We do charge schools for our services and self-generate 35% of our funds. If you become a Friend not only will you get that warm feeling of making a big difference, but you will be the first to find out details of our events and get an invite to our Christmas party where it always snows!
Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership have submitted a bid to UNESCO to become the UK’s newest Biosphere Reserve. The bid documents are the end product of two years’ work by partners. To mark the occasion, Chris Todd, chair of the Biosphere Partnership, handed over the bid documents to James Bridge, Chief Executive of the UK National Commission for UNESCO (UKNC), at an event in Brighton.
It is hoped that becoming a Biosphere Reserve will drive up environmental standards by inspiring people to get involved with their local environment and encourage public and private and voluntary bodies to work more closely together. This will help improve the quality of life for residents, while also making it a more attractive place to visit.
Read the bid here.
The proposed Biosphere Reserve covers the whole area between the River Adur and the River Ouse, including extending 2 nautical miles out to sea. To the north it follows the South Downs National Park boundary. It has almost exactly the same area as the Isle of Wight.
Chris Todd, Chair of the Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership said:
We’ve brought together a growing wide range of partners who have been inspired by the bid. This has already improved networking within and around the area. A successful outcome can only strengthen this partnership and will hopefully inspire more people to get involved with their local environment.”
James Bridge of the UK National Commission for UNESCO said:
We’re proud to endorse the Brighton & Hove and Lewes Downs Biosphere bid. The bid highlights the area’s outstanding environment. It is worth adding that our most recent study shows that the UK’s five existing Biosphere Reserves generate an estimated annual financial benefit to the UK of £2.3 million.”
The UKNC has endorsed the Biosphere bid.
A Biosphere Reserve is an international site of excellence to bring together nature conservation and sustainable development in practice, as a working example of a more balanced relationship between people and nature. The UK currently has five Biosphere Reserves.
Find out more about the bid at www.biospherehere.org.uk.
LISTEN HERE to an update with Dr Stefanie Ortmann on the current situation in Ukraine 10−04−14
LISTEN HERE to previous talk on this subject
Dr. Stefanie Ortmann Lecturer in International Relations (International Relations, School of Global Studies) University of Sussex discusses the current situation in Ukraine, followed by a Q&A.
- Her geographic area of research is Russia and the former Soviet space (in particular relations between Russia and Central Asia).
- More concretely, she is currently pursuing four research projects:
- - the evolving identity of the Russian state as “hyper-Westphalian” Great Power and sovereign democracy in the post-Soviet period, and the light this sheds on the concept of identity and state socialization in constructivist IR.
- - political conspiracy theories in the former Soviet space
- - the possibility of a critical approach to Area Studies and the relationship between fieldwork/area research and IR
- - A Leverhulme-funded research project (2010−1013) investigates élite networks between Russia and Central Asia and their implications for post-Soviet state building, the nature of “international politics” in the CIS, and the perpetuation of the post-Soviet space.