Campaigners pledge to fight Brighton and Hove music cuts

Protesters campaigning against cuts to Brighton and Hove Music Service earlier this year

Protesters campaigning against cuts to Brighton and Hove Music Service earlier this year

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Music service campaigners have pledged to fight planned funding cuts to an award-winning centre.

More than 4,000 people signed a petition earlier this year against Brighton and Hove City Council ending the subsidy to the service, which supports hundreds of people every week.

Councillors had been unanimous in agreeing an amendment which said it would remain fully funded for at least two years.

However, the local authority’s budget proposal for 2013/14 highlights a reduction of 25% to its annual council grant.

Keith Turvey, of the Campaign for Music and Arts Service, said: “Obviously we are disappointed that the council are proposing to go ahead with the budgeted cuts of 25% for 2013/14 and that Cabinet have not felt able to fully honour the amendment.

"However, we recognise that these are difficult times for councils.

“Despite the proposed cuts for 2013/14, we are hopeful that this amendment will be honoured |with ongoing support over the coming years. We would be very concerned about any further cuts to the 25% cuts proposed for 2013/14.”

Comments are currently being accepted on the budget process. A final decision will be made at a meeting of all 54 councillors on February 28.

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10:18am Fri 7 Dec 12

FC says...

Stop paying for travellers, start paying for those who contribute to society.
Stop paying for travellers, start paying for those who contribute to society. FC
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11:28am Fri 7 Dec 12

thucydides says...

Where is the centre or have I missed that ?
Where is the centre or have I missed that ? thucydides
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4:14pm Fri 7 Dec 12

The Gnome says...

I'm guessing they mean the centre off Carden Avenue. The music service has given some wonderful opportunities to our kids over the years. We would not have been able to afford it otherwise. The way things are going, the arts will become exclusively for the wealthy, as they were 100 years ago. Before anyone says it's a luxury, its worth pointing out that the Arts are one of the few things (other than arms) which actually generate some UK exports these days. You will only have excellence if you can recruit the very best from all backgrounds.- not just those ones who can afford it.
I'm guessing they mean the centre off Carden Avenue. The music service has given some wonderful opportunities to our kids over the years. We would not have been able to afford it otherwise. The way things are going, the arts will become exclusively for the wealthy, as they were 100 years ago. Before anyone says it's a luxury, its worth pointing out that the Arts are one of the few things (other than arms) which actually generate some UK exports these days. You will only have excellence if you can recruit the very best from all backgrounds.- not just those ones who can afford it. The Gnome
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4:23pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Dealing with idiots says...

Yet another nail in the coffin of the electoral prospects of the Green party. Don't bite the middle class hand that feeds you chaps. At least they are now exposing themselves for what they are and have always been champagne marxists. Time for them to go.

Vote of no confidence in the Green administration e- petition now live on the Brighton and Hove City Council website. If you love your city and want to end the waste and destruction of the Greens, please sign the petition. We need 1250 signatures to get this discussed in full council. Surely there are 1250 angry people in the city who want to make a difference? Save Our City.
http://present.brigh
ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP
etitionDisplay.aspx?
ID=360&RPID=6033530&
HPID=6033530
Yet another nail in the coffin of the electoral prospects of the Green party. Don't bite the middle class hand that feeds you chaps. At least they are now exposing themselves for what they are and have always been champagne marxists. Time for them to go. Vote of no confidence in the Green administration e- petition now live on the Brighton and Hove City Council website. If you love your city and want to end the waste and destruction of the Greens, please sign the petition. We need 1250 signatures to get this discussed in full council. Surely there are 1250 angry people in the city who want to make a difference? Save Our City. http://present.brigh ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP etitionDisplay.aspx? ID=360&RPID=6033530& HPID=6033530 Dealing with idiots
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8:34am Sat 8 Dec 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Protestors this council is spending money on vanity schemes. It is ripping out the perfectly adequate cycle lane on the Lewes Road to build a new one at a time when the council leader is saying the city has no money. It installed electric car charging points which are never used as you need to buy a £20,000 electric car to use them. Oh but the mayor has one so the rest of us can get stuffed.
Look at similar vanity projects and oppose them.
This is your money being wasted while services for local people, young and old are being left out in the cold because they don't fit with the ideology of these self obsessed councillors.
I'm surprised these individuals have not commissioned art works and statues of themselves as in other dictatorships.
Protestors this council is spending money on vanity schemes. It is ripping out the perfectly adequate cycle lane on the Lewes Road to build a new one at a time when the council leader is saying the city has no money. It installed electric car charging points which are never used as you need to buy a £20,000 electric car to use them. Oh but the mayor has one so the rest of us can get stuffed. Look at similar vanity projects and oppose them. This is your money being wasted while services for local people, young and old are being left out in the cold because they don't fit with the ideology of these self obsessed councillors. I'm surprised these individuals have not commissioned art works and statues of themselves as in other dictatorships. Maxwell's Ghost
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