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Friday, September 13 2013 Your free weekly newspaper Your free weekly newspaper Inside: News |and Spor t | Business | Jobs | Ar News | Spor t | Business | Jobs | Ar ts and enter tainment | Food and Inside: drink | Fashion lifestyle | Motors WIN ONE OF TWO PAIRS OF WEEKEND TICKETS compe FESTIVAL Exclusive competition: TO THE BLUES, ROOTS AND BEER Exclusive A CITY AT WAR OVER 20mph Coun Valley Gardens News Exclusive by Greg Hadfield Balcombe protestors Masterplan revealed Page 5 ‘No more condoms on carrots’ Page 8 Jean Calder 5 16 Hove Park Property prices 100 most expensive homes Page 16 BRIGHTON AND HOVE CITY CABS We’ll get you where you want to be whatever time of day • Laptop & PC Repairs • We buy all used Laptops • 10% Student discount Preston Park Page • New & used laptops from £99 • Apple MacBook Repair flood A full-scale war of words has fight on erupted over council plans to Page extend 20mph speed limits to large areas of Brighton and Hove. An anonymous group of Exclusive by Greg Hadfield individuals - including prominent local businesses and at least A FLOOD of information about one senior Conservative Party Brighton and Hove City Council is figure - are behind a series of be released in a radical shift towar advertisements that accuse the greater transparency. Green-controlled city council of Detailed results of more than declaring war on motorists. 1,000 requests a year made under The first advertisement, which the Freedom of Information Act ar appeared on Wednesday, was to be published online, Brighton & headlined: “Council declares war on Hove Independent can reveal. city motorists…”. GCSE results It will also be easier for citizens It accused the council of How our schools performed to make requests, following “draconian parking charges” and a pioneering agreement with “eradication of essential parking Page mySociety, a charity that uses digi spaces”. technology "to help people become And it said: “Despite the total more powerful in the civic and lack of evidence to support the Portslade democratic parts of their lives". council’s transport plans, they are The 20mph zone is set to be one of the largest in the country Currently, only the person who ploughing on regardless with Phase makes a direct request 2 and ultimately intend to extend there was “no evidence” to suggest to the Advertising Standards advertisements to be “honest and to the coun Hove sees the response. the 20 mph limit as far afield as measures reduced accidents, Authority. truthful”. Today, we can also Saltdean in the east and Portslade carbon emissions, air pollution, or The letter - a version of which “It seeks to discredit aspects of report for Brighton the first time that recent Freedom in the west.” congestion. has been seen by Brighton & this council’s transport policy in of Information requests have Most controversially, the fullAs a result, Ian Davey - the Hove Independent – alleges the order to influence the outcome of disclosed: page newspaper advertisement Green Party lead member for advertisement breached rules set a current public consultation,” the • £51,690 claimed legal experts “poured transport - has drafted a formal by the Committee of Advertising draft complaint states.has been spent on legal for3 evictions of travellers scorn” on council findings and said complaint, on behalf of the council, Practice (CAP) that required Continuedservices on page from illegal encampments across Pick-up points Pick-up points the city since 2004; the legal costs Find out where to getDooryour to-door involving Wild Park alone total copy of the paper delivery £3,810; THE LAPTOP SHOP 82 queens road, Brighton BN1 3XE 01273 95 88 35 We are 30 seconds down from Brighton Station (01273) 205 205 205205 (01273) 205 205 20 ENHANCE YOUR LOVE LIFE KUMAGRA •Safe •Herbal •No Prescription Needed TABOO 2 Surrey Street, Brighton BN1 3PA - 01273 263 565 TABOO 8 Blatchington Road, Hove BN3 3YN - 01273 220 911 LUST! 43 Gardner Street, Brighton BN1 1UN - 01273 699 344

Brighton & Hove Independent Issue 106 13th September 2013

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