Phase 2 of the 20 mph speed limit program rolls on

by on Jun.14, 2014, under News

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.

Dear Sir/Madam


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:$$$Decisions.doc.pdf  and$$$Minutes.doc.pdf


and the Com­mit­tee report rel­ev­ant to this decision can also be found on the Coun­cil web­site at:$$ADocPackPublic.pdf

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by on Jun.13, 2014, under News

Com­ment­ing on West Sus­sex County Coun­cil turn­ing down Celtique Energie’s applic­a­tion to test drill for shale oil near the pic­tur­esque vil­lage of Wis­bor­ough Green, Brenda Pol­lack, South East Cam­paigner at Friends of the Earth said:
“This was abso­lutely the right decision. Nobody wants to see Sus­sex ruined by indus­trial drilling for dirty fossil fuels. If Celtique had been allowed to test for oil or gas, then there’s every chance that frack­ing would have followed.
“Local people would have seen their peace­ful neigh­bour­hoods shattered by the drilling and the extra lor­ries and other indus­trial traffic that comes with it. It has been clear from the start that this applic­a­tion must be refused for a range of reasons.
“Sus­sex could and should be at the heart of Britain’s grow­ing clean, green energy and eco­nomic trans­form­a­tion with a drive to waste less energy and source it from the wind, sun and waves.”
A future based on and renew­able tech­no­logy and cut­ting waste could provide many jobs: renew­able energy could sup­port 400,000 jobs across the UK by 2020 and an energy effi­ciency pro­gramme could cre­ate 71,000 new jobs by 2015.
Notes to editors
1. WSCC Plan­ning com­mit­tee met today to dis­cuss the applic­a­tion by Celtique Ener­gie to carry out test drilling (a ver­tical and con­tin­gent hori­zontal well). Details of the applic­a­tion can be found here.
2. Renew­able Energy Asso­ci­ation 23rd April 2012 ‘Report on employ­ment and skills in the UK renew­able energy sec­tor
3. Friends of the Earth brief­ing on frack­ing avail­able here.
4. For more than 40 years we’ve seen that the well­being of people and planet go hand in hand – and it’s been the inspir­a­tion for our cam­paigns. Together with thou­sands of people like you we’ve secured safer food and water, defen­ded wild­life and nat­ural hab­it­ats, cham­pioned the move to clean energy and acted to keep our cli­mate stable. Be a Friend of the Earth – see things dif­fer­ently. To find out more or fol­low us on Twit­ter @wwwfoecouk
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What Climate Change propaganda is/isn’t telling us…

by on May.26, 2014, under News

Graph depict­ing the increased pres­ence of Meth­ane, Car­bon Diox­ide and Nitrous Oxide, all of which pose a dir­ect threat to the polar ice caps and cli­mate at large.

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:


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Listen Here : Rachel Gorman Violin Recital

by on May.02, 2014, under News


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

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LISTEN HERE:Caroline Lucas MP presents In Our Hands: Public Services for People recorded at Brighthelm May 2nd

by on May.02, 2014, under News


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:

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Get to know and support the ONCA Gallery!

by on Apr.26, 2014, under News, Uncategorized

Listen here to our inter­view with Lauren Davis from the ONCA Gallery.

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! -

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Listen here to Brenda Pollack FoE response to West Sussex allowing Cuadrilla more drilling/fracking exporation

by on Apr.17, 2014, under News


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’

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Listen Here : Let’s Accelerate With Particles!!

by on Apr.14, 2014, under News

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

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Listen Here: Big Green Interview with Warren Carter of Moulscoomb Community Garden

by on Apr.14, 2014, under News



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

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Listen here: Update on situation in Ukraine with Dr Stefanie Ortmann

by on Apr.10, 2014, under News

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.
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