Brighton and Hove City Council
Brighton and Hove City Council
Coat of arms
|Founded||1 April 1997|
|Preceded by||East Sussex County Council|
Mayor of Brighton & Hove
Cllr Alan Robins
since May 2020
Leader of the council
Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty, Green
since 23rd July 2020
Deputy Leaders of the council
Cllr Hannah Clare and Cllr Sue Shanks, Green
since 23rd July 2020
Leader of the opposition
Cllr Nancy Platts, Labour
|Greater Brighton City Board|
Length of term
|First past the post, multi-member|
|2 May 2019|
|Brighton Town Hall|
Hove Town Hall
Brighton and Hove City Council is the local authority of the city of Brighton and Hove. It is a unitary authority, having the powers of a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. It provides a full range of local government services including Council Tax billing, libraries, social services, processing planning applications, waste collection and disposal, and it is a local education authority.
Powers and functions
The local authority derives its powers and functions from the Local Government Act 1972 and subsequent legislation. For the purposes of local government, Brighton and Hove is within a non-metropolitan area of England. As a unitary authority, Brighton and Hove City Council has the powers and functions of both a non-metropolitan county and district council combined. In its capacity as a district council it is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, it is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. In its capacity as a county council it is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal.
The council's museums service takes the name Royal Pavilion & Museums, and operates the Royal Pavilion, Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Hove Museum and Art Gallery, the Booth Museum of Natural History and Preston Manor.
The current makeup of the council is:
Since the first election to the council in 1996 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:
|Party in control||Party in minority lead|
|No overall control||2003–present||Labour||2003–2007|
The Green led council from 2011-2015 was the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. The Greens regained control of the Council in 2020, after the incumbent Labour administration collapsed and made way for a Green minority government.
Councillors and wards
When Brighton Borough Council and Hove Borough Council merged in 1996 the wards were carried over from the respective councils who had both been under East Sussex County Council. There were originally 26 Wards each with three councillors totally 78 councillors in the newly created Brighton and Hove Borough Council: Brunswick and Adelaide, Goldsmid, Hangleton, Hanover, Hollingbury, Kings Cliff, Marine, Moulsecoomb, Nevill, North Portslade, Patcham, Portslade South, Preston, Queens Park, Regency, Rottingdean, Seven Dials, St. Peters, Stanford, Stanmer, Tenantry, Vallance, Westbourne, Westdene, Wish, Woodingdean
The 2001 boundary review  reduced the wards to 21 Wards with a mix of two or three councillors each totalling 54 councillors for the then city council. These boundary were used in the 2003 election for the first time with the following wards: Brunswick and Adelaide, Central Hove, East Brighton, Goldsmid, Hangleton and Knoll, Hanover and Elm Grove, Hollingbury and Stanmer (which then became Hollingdean and Stanmer in 2007), Stanford (which became Hove Park in 2007), Moulsecoomb and Bevendean, North Portslade, Patcham, Preston Park, Queen's Park, Regency, Rottingdean Coastal, South Portslade, St Peter's and North Laine, Westbourne, Wish, Withdean, Woodingdean.
Latest results for Brighton and Hove City Councillors by ward:
|Phelim Mac Cafferty||Green Party of England and Wales||Brunswick & Adelaide||2011||Convener of the Green Group|
Leader of the Council
Chair of the Policy and Resources Committee
|Hannah Clare||Green Party of England and Wales||Brunswick & Adelaide||2019||Deputy convenor of the Green group|
Chair of the Children, Young People and Skills Committee
|Clare Moonan||Labour and Co-operative||Central Hove||2015|
|Gary Wilkinson||Labour and Co-operative||Central Hove||2019|
|Gill Williams||Labour and Co-operative||East Brighton||2019|
|Nichole Brennan||Independent||East Brighton||2019||Resigned from Labour in July 2020 following accusations of anti-Semitism|
|Nancy Platts||Labour and Co-operative||East Brighton||2018||Leader of the Labour & Co-operative Group|
Leader of the Opposition
|John Allcock||Labour and Co-operative||Goldsmid||2019|
|Marianna Ebel||Green Party of England and Wales||Goldsmid||2019||Joint chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee|
|Jackie O'Quinn||Labour and Co-operative||Goldsmid||2015|
|Dawn Barnett||Conservative Party||Hangleton & Knoll||2007|
|Tony Janio||Independent||Hangleton & Knoll||2007||Left the Conservative Party to stand as an independent in 2019|
|Nick Lewry||Conservative Party||Hangleton & Knoll||2015|
|David Gibson||Green Party of England and Wales||Hanover & Elm Grove||2015||Joint chair of the Housing committee|
|Elaine Hills||Green Party of England and Wales||Hanover & Elm Grove||2019|
|Steph Powell||Green Party of England and Wales||Hanover & Elm Grove||2019||Joint chair of the Tourism, Equalities, Communities & Culture Committee|
|Tracey Hill||Labour and Co-operative||Hollingdean & Stanmer||2015|
|Theresa Fowler||Labour and Co-operative||Hollingdean & Stanmer||2019|
|Martin Osborne||Green Party of England and Wales||Hollingdean & Stanmer||2019|
|Samer Bagaeen||Conservative Party||Hove Park||2019|
|Vanessa Brown||Conservative Party||Hove Park||2003|
|Amanda Grinshaw||Labour and Co-operative||Moulsecoomb & Bevendean||2019|
|Kate Knight||Independent||Moulsecoomb & Bevendean||2019||Resigned from Labour in July 2020 following accusations of anti-Semitism|
|Daniel Yates||Labour and Co-operative||Moulsecoomb & Bevendean||2015||Deputy Leader of the Labour & Co-operative Group|
Chair of the Audit & Standards Committee
|Peter Atkinson||Labour and Co-operative||North Portslade||2015|
|Anne Pissaridou||Labour and Co-operative||North Portslade||2019|
|Carol Theobald||Conservative Party||Patcham||2003|
|Alistair McNair||Conservative Party||Patcham||2019|
|Lee Wares||Conservative Party||Patcham||2015||Deputy Leader of the Conservative Group|
|Amy Heley||Green Party of England and Wales||Preston Park||2019||Joint chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee|
|Siriol Hugh-Jones||Green Party of England and Wales||Preston Park||2019||Joint chair of the Housing committee|
|Leo Littman||Green Party of England and Wales||Preston Park||2011||Chair of the Planning Committee|
|Clare Rainey||Green Party of England and Wales||Queen's Park||2019|
|Amanda Evans||Labour and Co-operative||Queen's Park||2019|
|Nick Childs||Labour and Co-operative||Queen's Park||2019|
|Tom Druitt||Green Party of England and Wales||Regency||2015|
|Alex Phillips||Green Party of England and Wales||Regency||2009|
|Bridget Helen Fishleigh||Independent||Rottingdean Coastal||2019|
|Mary Mears||Conservative Party||Rottingdean Coastal||2003||Deputy leader of the Conservative group|
|Joe Miller||Conservative Party||Rottingdean Coastal||2015|
|Les Hamilton||Labour and Co-operative||South Portslade||2003|
|Alan Robins||Labour and Co-operative||South Portslade||2015||Mayor|
|Lizzie Deane||Green Party of England and Wales||St Peter's & North Laine||2010|
|Sue Shanks||Green Party of England and Wales||St Peter's & North Laine||2019||Deputy Convener of the Green Group|
Chair of the Heath and Wellbeing Board
|Pete West||Green Party of England and Wales||St Peter's & North Laine||1996||Joint chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee|
|Carmen Appich||Labour and Co-operative||Westbourne||2019|
|Chris Henry||Labour and Co-operative||Westbourne||2019|
|Robert Nemeth||Conservative Party||Wish||2015|
|Garry Peltzer Dunn||Conservative Party||Wish||2003|
|Sarah Nield||Green Party of England and Wales||Withdean||2019|
|Steve Davis||Green Party of England and Wales||Withdean||2019|
|Jamie Lloyd||Green Party of England and Wales||Withdean||2019|
|Steve Bell||Conservative Party||Woodingdean||2015||Leader of the Conservative Group|
|Dee Simson||Conservative Party||Woodingdean||2003|
Duke and Duchess of Sussex debate
In December 2018 Brighton and Hove City Council held a debate in response to a petition on behalf of residents which called on the council to reject the usage of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex title, which is "disrespectful to the county of East Sussex".
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- "Councillors & Meetings". Brighton & Hove City Council. Archived from the original on 25 August 2009. Retrieved 8 October 2009.
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