29.5.18…..Is there ANYTHING that any of us could ever do to get the Brightoncentric council to stop seeing Hove as a store cupboard it can raid to prop up sleazy old Brighton? Or, in this case, to stop seeing the exceptional Grade 2 Listed Hove Library and its spectacular interior (buried under dross) as a way to pay for the Brighton Jubilee Library’s PFI contract obligations? The Labour Administration’s current Machievellian schemings see the front of the ground floor as baby boogie in the Children’s area as usual, with a cafe on the other side of the frontage. At the back they will shortly rip out 3 more of the original 7 radial shelves that were ranged around the entire bayed back wall. To comply with DDA legislation, 2 were removed 2004/5 for a disabled loo and offices. Now they want MORE offices to replace book shelving so that a nursery school can have the basement and outside yard. Only a token 2 of the original 7 Listed shelves (freestanding and against the windowed wall) are to be retained….for now.
These vile people have already smugly given themselves Listed planning consent to destroy three of the remaining five radial shelves and most knew nothing about it. They refused to allow it to go to the planning committee for decision. Officers made the decision and it was legal. Immoral. Unethical. Sleazy. But legal. And just look at this cheeky banner outside the side entrance. Months before planning consent to use the basement FOR their wretched nursery school.
And from June 4th, the library is closed so they can demolish the Listed interior at will. THIS is what you are losing:
Note they call it Essential Maintenance….
On Thursday, a PUBLIC MEETING WITH COUNCILLORS AND OFFICERS is being held at Hove Library . People should turn up! And defend this building! Next week, even before they get the Planning Committee to rubber stamp the nursery applications, they will just demolish the interior. See the Hove Library post two down for details.
STOP THE NURSERY!
The two nursery school planning applications are still live but go to Planning Committee next Wednesday. Only 8 have objected to use of the basement for a nursery school and 40 piled into objecting but using the yard application number!!!! Mayhem from cars picking up & delivering children to the nursery, squealies and tears all day long from the children (it is what this age group DO!), a cafe application to come and baby boogie continuing in the children’s library. Quiet use of the library cannot continue if this happens.
THIS neglected application needs your URGENT attention and OBJECTION CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS
17.5.1…..Email from Cllr AndrewWealls today informs us of the following:
“….there will be a meeting on May 31st at 6pm-7.30pm, for residents hear about the changes underway and to ask questions. Please pass on through your networks. Larissa Reed, Sally McMahon, will be there together with reps of café Domenica and Hove Village Nursery….”
02.05.18…..In an interview with ABC television, lawyer and 7th Director of the FBI, James Comey, (A Higher Loyalty, Flatiron Books, New York, 2018), made it clear he holds the American public responsible for ending the Trump presidency and that it is for them to eat crow (be humbled & shamed) rather than for any impeachment to happen. On the eve of local elections in the UK (not in Brighton & Hove this year), it is a sage rebuke to people who don’t take responsibility for knowing enough about who they vote for and their true worth or who don’t vote at all. He said this:
“I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they’re duty-bound to do directly. People need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values.”
-The Washington Post, article by Aaron Blake