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Local Democracy Reporter
Rother District Council has pledged to become carbon neutral by 2030, after becoming the latest local authority to declare a climate emergency.
The pledge was made at a full council meeting on 16 September, as councillors unanimously passed a motion put forward by the Rother Alliance – the council’s cross-party leadership group.
As well as the pledge to become carbon neutral by 2030, the motion called on the council to ask Government to provide additional powers and funding to become carbon neutral, seek other external funding to achieve this goal, and identify climate champions for communities in Rother.
It also requested that cabinet set up a steering group responsible for creating an action plan for the council’s future work on climate change.
In passing the motion, Rother District Council became the fifth district or borough council to declare a climate emergency in East Sussex, with a pair of similar motions set to be discussed by East Sussex County Council at a meeting of its Place Scrutiny Committee on 18 September.
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Two Brighton and Hove council leaders have pledged to join schoolchildren skipping school to take part in a climate strike.
The city council leader Nancy Platts and opposition leader Phélim MacCafferty said that they would join children missing school on the picket line next week.
They also agreed that Brighton and Hove City Council should work with schools to support young people who want to take part in the protest.
They gave their backing at an urgent meeting of senior councillors at Hove Town Hall to discuss the proposed climate strike on Friday 20 September.
It is the latest in a series of monthly climate change protests which started in February.
Two of the young people who plan to take part – Uma Krieger and Annapurnea Marley – listened to the town hall debate and were delighted with the outcome.
Miss Krieger said: “It is really great to get it passed. I hope everyone who was not allowed to strike will now be able to."
The council will send advice to head teachers suggesting that they require written permission from parents for their children to be out of school.
Secondary school pupils should have a member of staff accompanying them to the march.
Primary school pupils would be expected to collect them for the event.
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Controversial plans to convert a village pub into a doctors’ surgery have been given the go-ahead.
Rother District Council’s approved an application to convert The Smuggler in Pett Level into a surgery and cafe.
While approved, the scheme had proven controversial with many residents of the village,
A group of them are in the process of attempting to have the vacant pub listed as an asset of community value, with the aim of opening it again for business.
Groups of young people have been reported fighting with weapons in Newhaven, police say.
A dispersal order was authorised following reports of fighting and antisocial behaviour in Newhaven High Street on Tuesday.
The order allows officers and PCSOs to tell individuals or groups to leave an area and not return for up to 24 hours.
No-one was located when police turned up to Newhaven High Street but there have since been reports of disputes among young people with some suffering minor injuries.
Sussex Police say the reports are being investigated.
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Train drivers in Sussex are being offered extra help when they experience traumatic events like a death on the tracks.
Govia Thameslink, which runs Gatwick Express and Southern trains, has introduced a new system called Trauma Risk Management, where staff are taught to spot the signs of trauma and point each other towards help.
In the South East, Oliver and Olivia have been revealed as the most popular baby names.
The figures are from 2018 and some believe the show Peaky Blinders has been an inspiration behind many of the choices.
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