Highlights of the amendments pushed through by Green/Labour councillors:
* Council tax will be frozen rather than dropped by 1% as the Conservatives proposed
* The Drive/Grand Avenue (D2) cycle lane won't be demolished (at cost £1.1m).
* Residents parking permits won't be reduced
* Additional funding est. at £2.5m will be available for front line services including school support, care, community safety etc.
The Greens lost their bid to allocate £200,000 to planning for a sustainable city. They couldn't get agreement with the other two major parties. The parties wanted the £200,000 spent as follows (according to Brighton Argus, whose reporter Tim Ridgeway provided excellent on-line live coverage of the budget, well done Argus):
"Tories - spend a small amount on new library books, money for a bus study and for sports development
Labour - for works on Brighton seafront east of palace pier
Greens - to support the planning team which they see as vital for the future growth of city."
Personally, I can't wait for a Green controlled council - just imagine what a city planned around sustainable development - rather than ad-hoc fixes - might look like, and be like to live in.
|Green Councillors and Candidates outside Brighton Town Hall 3 March 2011|