Kirsty Adams Interview

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Speaking to the Brighton & Hove Independent, Kristy Adams said her proudest moment was hosting Theresa May at the Modern Slavery Garden at the Chelsea Flower Show the team had designed to highlight the scourge of slavery in Britain today. This was the culmination of her long standing campaign on the issue.
Her priorities for Hove & Portslade are:

  • Campaigning for more housing, with all developments to be accompanied by sufficient good schools, doctors’ surgeries and transport links
  • Commitment to the NHS, with the Government’s over £400m to rebuild the Royal Sussex and investment of £8 billion more nationally in the next Parliament
  • Supporting education and apprenticeships. £4bn more for schools by 2022 and a revolution in technical qualifications.

Generations of Kristy’s family lived and worked in Sussex and Kristy has lived in Hove for several years. She runs a small design business in the constituency and sends her children to local state schools.
Vote Kristy Adams for a better deal for Hove & Portslade.

Kristy Adams LGBT+ Statement

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Speaking to GScene on Monday 22nd Kristy Adams said: “I supported the government as they introduced same sex marriage four years ago and would vote against any attempt to repeal the legislation; I am committed to all forms of equality.

I value acceptance of people of all backgrounds, sexes and sexuality. My personal view is that I can’t believe in 2017 that I would need to state the obvious, I have never been homophobic and find it disturbing to hear of people who are.

The LGBTQ community in Brighton and Hove champion tolerance and fight injustice and I share their desire to make our community a place of acceptance; I am unambiguous in my support for the LGBTQ community.”

 

Speaking to the Argus Kristy Adams said: “I supported the government as they introduced same sex marriage four years ago, I am committed to all forms of equality. I value acceptance of people of all backgrounds, sexes and sexuality.

My personal view is that I can’t believe in 2017 that I would need to state the obvious, I have never been homophobic and find it disturbing to hear of people who are homophobic.

“The LGBT community in Brighton and Hove champion tolerance and fight injustice, I share their desire to make our community a place of acceptance. Theresa May said in the Conservative manifesto that it doesn’t matter you’re your background is or who you are, we are here to give you the best chance in life to achieve your potential.”

KRISTY ADAMS SELECTED AS HOVE AND PORTSLADE CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE

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Kristy Adams has been selected to represent the Conservative Party in Hove and Portslade. Local Conservative Party Chairman, Councillor Lee Wares announced, “we are delighted that Kristy has been selected and she will be an outstanding MP for Hove and Portslade.”

Kristy Adams, who is well known to Hove residents through her design business and work to promote the arts, said “I am absolutely delighted to be chosen to represent the Conservative Party in Hove and Portslade. Four generations of my family have lived in Hove. I grew up in Sussex, and went to a state secondary school and then Brighton College 6th form. I started my career as a store manager in a busy shop on East Street, Brighton, and now run my own business, based in Hove. Both my children attend local state schools.”

Kristy runs a successful small business and stands firmly on the side of those for whom life is a struggle. She volunteers at the Brighton night shelter, works on a campaign to re-use school uniforms and worked with Theresa May fighting for the rights of people who have suffered modern slavery. She offers Hove and Portslade the opportunity to vote for an MP who will promote prosperity and opportunity whilst looking out for the most vulnerable.

Kristy added “I applied to be a candidate when the Conservatives reached out to people from a wider range of backgrounds such as women, community champions, and people with a passion for social justice. I knew I wasn’t a ‘career politician’, and I think it’s important that our MPs have experienced what it’s like to live and work in the community they represent.”

Kristy looks forward to supporting Theresa May in securing a strong and stable government delivering jobs and security for Hove and Portslade.

STATEMENT FROM CONSERVATIVE GROUP LEADER GEOFFREY THEOBALD

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Cllr Geoffrey Theobald

At the last elections I advised my local Conservative Party Association that they would be my last, and I confirmed that again at the beginning of the new Council term in 2015.  So, as my colleagues in the Conservative Group know, I will be leaving the City Council in two years’ time when my term of office expires.

As I was first elected to Brighton County Borough Council at a By-election in 1968, next year I will have had the honour of continuously serving as a councillor in Brighton, where I was born, for Brighton, East Sussex and Brighton & Hove councils for 50 years.  For the last 33 of these years, I will have had the great privilege of representing the residents of Patcham Ward and I will always be grateful for the continued support and friendship that I have enjoyed over all this time.

I have either held office as Leader, Opposition Leader, Cabinet Member or Committee Chairman for all but my first two years, and I was Mayor of Brighton in 1982/3 when I welcomed Margaret Thatcher and her Government to Brighton. I have decided that my last two years will be spent in the same way as my first, and I therefore advised my Group on Monday that I will not be standing for re-election as Leader at our Annual General Meeting next month.

I have been enormously proud of my involvement in bringing on to the Council, and continuing to encourage, a number of new and younger Conservative councillors.  So, I think that the time is now right for those who will be leading the Conservative Party into the next local elections in two years’ time, and then forming what I expect to be a Conservative Administration, to take the lead.

My successor as Leader of the Conservative Group, who will take over from me at the Council’s Annual Meeting on the 18th May, will of course have my full support and encouragement.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Conservative Group members, past and present, for their continued support over all these years, which I have much appreciated.

Councillor Geoffrey Theobald OBE

Conservatives celebrate Albion success

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Conservatives supporting the Albion at a recent Full Council meeting

Conservative Group Leader on Brighton & Hove City Council, Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald, has expressed his delight at the decision by Brighton & Hove Albion to hold an end of season victory parade along the seafront on Sunday May 14th.

On behalf of the Conservative Group, on Tuesday he also wrote to the Club’s Chairman, Tony Bloom, congratulating him, and everyone involved with the Seagulls, on their achievement in securing promotion to the Premier League.

Cllr. Theobald said: “4 days on from that historic day and it still hasn’t really sunk in what the club has achieved. To say that it has been a rocky road since 1997 would be an understatement and this makes their promotion to the top tier all the more remarkable. I’m delighted that the club will be holding a victory parade and I’m sure that half of Sussex will turn out to salute their heroes! I am already looking forward to exciting times ahead next season welcoming the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea to the AMEX!”

Brighton and Hove Conservatives Welcome General Election

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Credit to Conservatives

 

The Conservative Group of Brighton and Hove City Council has today welcomed the Prime Minister’s decision to call a General Election on 8 June.

Leader of the Conservative Group Councillor Geoffrey Theobald commented “I wholeheartedly agree with the Prime Minister’s statement that we cannot continue with the divisions within Westminster and threats to vote against the final agreement we reach with the European Union over Brexit. A General Election at this stage, prior to detailed negotiations with Europe, will give the government a clear mandate from the people of our country to get the best deal for Britain and I have every faith in Theresa May that she will do exactly that.”

“The Group is delighted that Simon Kirby intends to stand again in Brighton Kemptown and Peacehaven as he has served as a great MP since his election in 2010. We will also be firmly backing the fantastic individuals campaigning to be the next local Conservative MP in Hove and Portslade and Brighton Pavilion who will be announced shortly.”

Residents of the city can ensure they are registered to vote by visiting www.gov.uk/register-to-vote and make their views known on 8 June.

Patcham Councillors Write to Transport Secretary Over Highways England Inaction on Patcham Roundabout

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Picture: Google Street View

The Rt. Hon Chris Grayling MP – Secretary of State for Transport
Department for Transport
Westminster
London

10th April 2017

Dear Chris

Highways England’s traffic island at the main A23/A27 gateway to the city of Brighton & Hove, which is passed by many thousands of motorists every day, is a complete eyesore. We are sure that you will have noticed this on your recent visits to the City.

Well over a year ago, Highways England cleared the tall, unruly and dense vegetation previously on the roundabout in order to improve sight lines, and hence road safety, for drivers approaching the roundabout, but its appearance remains dreadful.

As the local Patcham Ward councillors, we have initiated meetings between Highways England and Brighton & Hove City Council yet, despite repeated promises by Highways England that they would allow the roundabout to be replanted with something more suitable, nothing has happened.

As you will be aware, the Council is unable to do anything until they are given a license by Highway’s England. And as they continue to ignore the City Council’s requests, we are asking that you intervene as a matter of urgency in order to unblock this impasse.

We have even managed to source local businesses who would be willing to sponsor the works but, frustratingly, the Council is unable to take them up on their offer due to Highways England’s inaction.

This weekend we had the hugely successful Brighton Marathon and shortly the city will host England’s largest arts festival – the Brighton Festival and Fringe. As elected representatives of this city we are frankly embarrassed that the first impression of Brighton & Hove that many of the visitors to these great events are given, is of this unsightly mess.

We would be most grateful if you would give this matter your urgent attention.

Yours sincerely

Cllr. GeoffreyTheobald, Cllr. Carol Theobald and Cllr. Lee Wares

UBER “NOT PLAYING BY THE RULES” SAY LOCAL CONSERVATIVES

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The Conservative spokesperson for Licensing in the city has spoken out against Uber’s apparent disregard of the spirit of the commitment made by them to operate in Brighton and Hove.

Councillor Lee Wares, who leads for the Conservative Group on the Licensing Committee commented “Uber’s commitment to the City and me as one of the Councillors who granted their operators licence was simple; that they would only use Brighton and Hove licensed drivers and vehicles. The reason this is important is that drivers and vehicles have to comply with the Council’s ‘Blue rule book’ which determines the safety standards of the vehicle, the training and background checks of drivers, identification, the provision of CCTV and the ability for the Council to inspect at will any vehicle and any driver. Where vehicles or drivers fail inspections, or drivers are subject to complaints, the Council can take them off the road.”

However, since Uber’s operator’s licence was granted, the City has been flooded with vehicles and drivers not licenced by Brighton and Hove. It is therefore impossible to know who is licenced or not and with the Council having no ability to inspect, who has been checked.

Whilst it recognises that Brighton and Hove’s existing local taxi trade can be the subject of complaints, the Conservative Group does acknowledge that they operate to some of the highest set of rules in the country. The Group therefore strongly believes that Uber should fulfil the commitment it made at the Licensing Committee and only use Brighton and Hove licensed drivers and vehicles who comply with the Council ‘Blue rule book’ to ensure both passenger safety and that taxi and private hire vehicles in our city operate on a level playing field.

In the meantime, Cllr Wares has highlighted “Resident’s freedom to use vehicles operated by Uber exists, however it should be noted that the Council’s ability to mitigate risks to their welfare does not. It is important that the standards we operate in this City are the highest they can be and I shall press Uber to achieve this.”

Cllr Wares added “Uber could, if they wished, block out any vehicle on their App covering the City that is not licensed by Brighton and Hove. It is in their gift if they wish to play by the same rules as everybody else”.

Redevelopment of Sackville Trading Estate

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Photo Credit to Google Maps

Conservative Hove Park Ward Councillor, Jayne Bennett,  has spoken about new plans to redevelop the Sackville Trading Estate and Corralls coal yard in Hove.

The plans include 600 new homes, 50,000 square feet of offices and 20,000 square feet of ‘cultural industrial space’.

Jayne stated: “We do need new homes but they have got to be in proportion. They need to be in character with the area and there needs to be the infrastructure to support it. We know that the site is going to be developed and it needs to be developed but the local roads could not cope with a development of that size. The traffic lights at Sackville Road and Old Shoreham Road have been over capacity for years.”

Conservative Calls For Developers To make Their Economic Viability Assessments Public

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Cllr Robert Nemeth, Conservative Group Economic Development & Culture Spokesman, has called for developers to make their economic viability assessments public. This is following recent high profile examples of developers claiming that they cannot afford to meet the Council’s requirements to provide affordable housing on site.

Planning legislation, known as Planning Gain, allows local planning authorities to require developers to build a certain percentage of social housing on new sites.

However, developers have been able to avoid the social housing obligation by claiming that it is not economically viable for them and inevitably many make this claim, resulting in less affordable housing.

If developers have to make their economic viability claims public, this will allow public scrutiny, assisting Brighton & Hove Council to judge which developers genuinely cannot afford to meet their obligations.

Robert Nemeth stated that the Conservative Group could not support social housing plans where they affect developments of between 5 and 9 units, because they are counterproductive and can result in no homes at all being built.

He believes this will help to maximise the amount of affordable housing being built. 

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