Monthly Archives: January 2016

Funding secured for Preston Park Cycle Track

From British Cycling

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British Cycling and Brighton and Hove City Council have jointly finalised the funding package which will allow safety improvement works to take place at the historic Preston Park Cycling Track.

The track was closed to competitive cycling in 2015, after users identified concerns over the velodrome. Throughout last year, representatives of British Cycling met with officers of Brighton and Hove City Council in a bid to progress repair work as quickly as possible in order to meet the needs of local cyclists.

With the funding package now agreed, work on the track will commence early this year. The work is scheduled to be completed – and the site will be fully operational – in the spring.

The total cost of the works is £160,000, most of which is being funded by a grant award from British Cycling, with the remaining £50,000 coming from section 106 funding contributions from planning applications.

John Mills, British Cycling coaching, education and development director said: “Preston Park provides an excellent, traffic-free cycling facility, which is of great value to the people of Brighton and the wider South East Region. We are delighted to have agreed a partnership funding package for the work which will see this track return to full operation in the spring.”

Council leader, Warren Morgan, said: “This announcement is excellent news for the cycling community. The Preston Park velodrome is a much loved part of our city’s history, being the oldest cycling track in the country. The funds will be put to good use to replace the fencing and carry out minor repairs.

“The track is used by riders of all abilities and after the repairs are completed everyone will be able to enjoy it, knowing it is a safer and refurbished place to cycle. It will also be wonderful for the Track League to return as it is a great community event every week, bringing people together from all over Sussex and further afield to compete in or spectate the racing.”

The cost of the scheme is lower than originally anticipated meaning more funding will remain for investment in the rest of Preston Park in line with its management plan.

Happy New Year from Healthwalks!

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Happy New Year to everyone, I hope that you had a lovely Christmas and New Year break.  If you’d like to be more active in 2016 remember that Healthwalks is a great way to do that as it is a form of exercise that almost anyone – regardless of age or ability – can get involved in, and it’s also really sociable too.  Another great benefit of walking is that you get out into our beautiful countryside and open spaces, which my favourite three pictures that I took in 2015 above show!  And don’t forget, all of our walks are on bus routes so you can be active and travel actively too.

You can view or download the current programme of walks from www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/healthwalks, or you can call me for a hard copy (01273 292564).  I’ve also listed this month’s special walks below.

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Corinna Edwards-Colledge, Healthwalks Manager

Sports Development Team | Brighton & Hove City Council

Working days: Tuesday – Thursday. Tel:  01273 292564 | 01273 292574

Website: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/healthwalks | Find us on Facebook and Twitter

Brighton and Hove operators win £500k towards greener buses

From Brighton and Hove News

Bus operators and Brighton and Hove City Council have been given almost £500,000 to help clean up more of the vehicles in the local fleet.

The money has been awarded from the government’s Clean Bus Technology Fund to Brighton and Hove Buses, the council and other bus operators.

Brighton and Hove Buses said: “The new fund – worth around £7 million in total – was awarded to 18 local authorities across England.

“The award for Brighton and Hove will enable 35 buses to be fitted with technology that will reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by up to 90 per cent.”

Full story here.

The City Innovation Challenge

The City Innovation Challenge is to encourage new ideas and solutions for Brighton & Hove. The council is facing unprecedented cuts in funding from government which means that they will have to review how they deliver all services and some may be discontinued.

Over the next four years, they need to save around £68 million and their budget proposals for 2016/17 outline how they plan to make savings.

The Council is now asking residents, businesses and community groups for ideas and you could win a cash prize of £1,000 for your solution. They are looking for bold and creative ways to save money, bring a benefit to your neighbourhood or community, or ways to generate income to fund services.

Submit your idea.