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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.

Rose Hill Tavern back on sale

From The Argus

Regulars take part in an earlier protest to keep the Rose Hill Tavern open

Regulars take part in an earlier protest to keep the Rose Hill Tavern open

A PUB is up for sale again after plans to convert it into flats were rejected.

Campaigners could now have the chance to buy the Rose Hill Tavern and keep it as a pub after the latest development fell through.

Owner Joanne Harris, of Evenden Estates, told The Argus she was selling up after Brighton and Hove city councillors threw out her request to transform it into two three-bedroom flats.

She bought the pub, in Rose Hill Terrace, Brighton, from Enterprise Inns which closed it in May 2014 after branding the business unviable.

It means campaigners keen on protecting the building – like the Rose Hill Tavern Action Group – can register their interest to buy with the council. But it leaves the property open to be snapped up by other developers with fresh ideas for the site.

Ms Harris said she was frustrated with the council’s decision but had no issue if campaigners wanted to buy the property.

She said: “The councillors went against the officer’s recommendations on our application. I have decided to sell because our plans were rejected but I don’t believe that will affect the price.

“If the campaigners can raise the funds I don’t have a problem with it. But last time it was on the market no one was interested in it as a pub.

“If it was valued by the community it wouldn’t have been failing before as a pub.”

She said an agent for the sale had not yet been confirmed.

Action group member Richard James said: “It is very feasible to raise funds by the community and purchase it. The community has a right to bid but not a right to buy. It can be sold to whoever Evenden wants to sell to.”

He previously said the council decision showed how elected members cared for their community.

Others in favour of changing the use of the building argued ten pubs were in walking distance of the local. They claim new owners may not be able to make it a thriving venture.

More than 700 people signed a petition to save the pub.

History of Rose Hill and Round Hill

The Rose Hill Tavern, in Rose Hill, Brighton, is more than 100 years old. It opened in 1870 and has a distinctive design with stained-glass windows.

It is one of a handful of pubs in Brighton with a green tile frontage which represents United Ales and Stout.

The pub was the second property in Brighton and Hove, after Saltdean Lido, to be added to the council’s assets of community value list.

The pub sits in the inner suburban area of Brighton known as Round Hill.

Round Hill itself was developed mostly in the late 19th century and quickly became a desirable middle-class suburb.

London Road finalist in Great British High Street award

London Road Area Local Action Team

London Road was finalist in the 2014 Great British High Street awards – “Local Centre” category.

The awards are part of the “Great British High Street” initiative associated with Mary Portas’ government-backed drive to revitalise the High Street. Penny Mordaunt MP, minister for shops, presented the awards at a ceremony 11/12/14 in Westminster.

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The regeneration of London Road has been rapid and  obvious to all, and has bucked the trend for revitalisation which experts have said takes decades to achieve.

There has been a combination of factors coming together to bless London Road – the re-launch of the Open Market, the prospect of 351 students spending money (?) where there was a huge empty building, the arts-led revival epitomised in the Emporium, Council initiatives such as…

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Brighton’s growth outstrips the national average

From The Argus

Economic growth in Brighton and Hove is outstripping the rest of the country.

The economy expanded by 5% in 2013 compared to 3% regionally and nationally, official figures show.

The value of goods and services produced per head went up by 3.75%, while the national figure was 2.5% and the South East 2%. The top sectors driving growth were production, which increased by nearly 20% – or £55 million.

Of this, manufacturing accounted for an extra £21 million and an increase of 14%.

Information technology grew by 15.5%, adding £55 million to the economy. Public administration, education and health rose by 7.2%, boosting the city by £96 million.

Councillor Geoffrey Bowden, chairman of the economic development and culture committee, said: “This is very encouraging. National studies have identified Brighton and Hove as having potential to lead the way out of recession because of its strengths in the high-tech industries of the future.

“The council and neighbouring authorities are busy trying to encourage that through initiatives like the City Deal.

“The signs are that we’re as attractive to businesses as we are to tourists.”

He added: “But we must remember that these growth figures do not tell us how increased wealth is distributed.

“Making sure that the economy is as inclusive as possible, offering opportunities to all, continues to be our goal.”

Tony Mernagh, executive director of the Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership, said: “It doesn`t surprise me in the least that Brighton has performed so well.

“Our productivity has been increasing at a phenomenal rate since the 1990s, albeit from a low start.

“We have the key ingredient to economic success – a fantastically creative and well qualified workforce thanks to our two universities, the fourth best qualified in the UK.”