Brighton and Hove mayor axes party, and helps kids in care

Brighton and Hove mayor Bill Randall pictured earlier this year with children from Grove Road

Brighton and Hove mayor Bill Randall pictured earlier this year with children from Grove Road

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Town hall chiefs have cancelled their Christmas drinks and are using the funds to organise a party for children in care.

Mayor of Brighton and Hove Bill Randall had originally arranged with his council colleagues to meet for a festive party this week.

But in the true spirit of Christmas, he has cancelled the drinks and instead organised a yuletide celebration for more than 130 local children in care or in foster homes.

The party at the City College restaurant in the AMEX Stadium tomorrow (December 14) will feature kids’ entertainers, singers, dancers, food, table tennis and a climbing wall.

Mr Randall said: “I won’t be getting involved in the climbing wall but I am going to have a cameo in a Father Christmas costume.

“I just thought in this current climate it would be appropriate to do something for other people and putting on a party for local children in care is a good idea.

“The kids, carers and foster parents will be entertained with performances from the great Brighton Youth Choir, a young local breakdancer who is very good and children’s entertainers.

Celebration

“It’s a good opportunity for the children to enjoy themselves this holiday and for the carers and foster parents to have a well deserved celebration.”

Mr Randall said he wasn’t yet sure how much the party would cost but it would definitely not cost any more than the original town hall shindig.

He added: “City College have been very generous in their support and help with organising the party so I must thank them and everyone else involved.

“I look forward to Friday and hope everyone has a great time.”

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7:12pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Good on you Bill. Now how about cancelling all your vanity projects to help families across the city.
You might make some grown up friends.
Good on you Bill. Now how about cancelling all your vanity projects to help families across the city. You might make some grown up friends. Maxwell's Ghost
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9:26pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Vigilia says...

Just think how many parties could be held for the less privileged children across the City for the £1,000 a day being squandered on travellers of every description. £600 per day to subsidise the transit site and at least £200 per days for each of the squatter colonies. And because of their lifestyle, these people enjoy disposable incomes beyond the dreams of our own less fortunate residents.
Happy Christmas Brighton and Hove City Council.
Just think how many parties could be held for the less privileged children across the City for the £1,000 a day being squandered on travellers of every description. £600 per day to subsidise the transit site and at least £200 per days for each of the squatter colonies. And because of their lifestyle, these people enjoy disposable incomes beyond the dreams of our own less fortunate residents. Happy Christmas Brighton and Hove City Council. Vigilia
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10:23pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Surely not! says...

The usual suspects...please grow up.
The usual suspects...please grow up. Surely not!
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11:14pm Thu 13 Dec 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Oh surel not I laid my cards on the table a few weeks ago at your request and asked you to do the same yet you failed to do so.
Are you a member of the Green Party or a Green Councillor. Can you confirm you have a political affiliation to the party?
Oh surel not I laid my cards on the table a few weeks ago at your request and asked you to do the same yet you failed to do so. Are you a member of the Green Party or a Green Councillor. Can you confirm you have a political affiliation to the party? Maxwell's Ghost
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11:14pm Thu 13 Dec 12

VanessaW says...

Praise where praise is due. It's a good example and our kids in care will have an experience to remember. They are all of our kids! Well done Bill, let's hope more follow in your footsteps.
Praise where praise is due. It's a good example and our kids in care will have an experience to remember. They are all of our kids! Well done Bill, let's hope more follow in your footsteps. VanessaW
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11:19pm Thu 13 Dec 12

NickBrt says...

Miss McCaferty can stop wasting resources on stopping people being called mr or mrs, that should save a few bob.
Miss McCaferty can stop wasting resources on stopping people being called mr or mrs, that should save a few bob. NickBrt
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12:57am Fri 14 Dec 12

funkyyoyo says...

i had to refresh the screen,am i reading correctly,b & h council giving something away !!! i swear i need to change my drugs !!!!
i had to refresh the screen,am i reading correctly,b & h council giving something away !!! i swear i need to change my drugs !!!! funkyyoyo
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6:45am Fri 14 Dec 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Mr Randall said: "I just thought in this current climate it would be appropriate to do something for other people."
Yes Mr Randall, there are people in the city who desperately need help and this is the right thing to do.
Now go back to the town hall and tell your colleagues the news and get the to stop frittering away our money on their own projects and start spending it on other people who actually need help.
Mr Randall you are digging up the adequate cycle lane on the Lewes Road and making a new one......in this climate where every two minutes in the UK someone loses their home and in this city 12,000 people are on the council waitin list.
Aren't you even a little bit ashamed of your party's selfish waste of money on their own pet project and other similar schemes which stroke your colleagues' egos and ignore the real issues in the city?
Mr Randall said: "I just thought in this current climate it would be appropriate to do something for other people." Yes Mr Randall, there are people in the city who desperately need help and this is the right thing to do. Now go back to the town hall and tell your colleagues the news and get the to stop frittering away our money on their own projects and start spending it on other people who actually need help. Mr Randall you are digging up the adequate cycle lane on the Lewes Road and making a new one......in this climate where every two minutes in the UK someone loses their home and in this city 12,000 people are on the council waitin list. Aren't you even a little bit ashamed of your party's selfish waste of money on their own pet project and other similar schemes which stroke your colleagues' egos and ignore the real issues in the city? Maxwell's Ghost
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6:47am Fri 14 Dec 12

george smith says...

Whatis worrying is that they feed their faces at our expense in the first place, I am not interested they had to forgo their party and I am supposed to feel they have done a wonderful thing.
Whatis worrying is that they feed their faces at our expense in the first place, I am not interested they had to forgo their party and I am supposed to feel they have done a wonderful thing. george smith
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9:26am Fri 14 Dec 12

Dealing with idiots says...

Get involved and get them out!

You can now order your Vote of no confidence in the Green administration poster and petition page for you to fill out on greensoutnow@gmail.c
om

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
Get involved and get them out! You can now order your Vote of no confidence in the Green administration poster and petition page for you to fill out on greensoutnow@gmail.c om 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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9:45am Fri 14 Dec 12

Morpheus says...

Unfortunately this gesture will not be extended to everybody else. The shopping trollies are already being piled high.
Unfortunately this gesture will not be extended to everybody else. The shopping trollies are already being piled high. Morpheus
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11:04am Fri 14 Dec 12

HJarrs says...

Dealing with idiots wrote:
Get involved and get them out! You can now order your Vote of no confidence in the Green administration poster and petition page for you to fill out on greensoutnow@gmail.c om 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=6033
530& HPID=6033530
Despite all your and others postings for weeks and your petition being in the Argus it has 193 signatures. If there was really a popular backlash I would have expected thousands to have signed up by now. I can't believe you can't get 1250 of your own supporters to have signed up by now!

The Argus will be giving you a bit of free advertising soon I should imagine but you Tories are not very popular.
[quote][p][bold]Dealing with idiots[/bold] wrote: Get involved and get them out! You can now order your Vote of no confidence in the Green administration poster and petition page for you to fill out on greensoutnow@gmail.c om 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=6033 530& HPID=6033530[/p][/quote]Despite all your and others postings for weeks and your petition being in the Argus it has 193 signatures. If there was really a popular backlash I would have expected thousands to have signed up by now. I can't believe you can't get 1250 of your own supporters to have signed up by now! The Argus will be giving you a bit of free advertising soon I should imagine but you Tories are not very popular. HJarrs
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11:22am Fri 14 Dec 12

HJarrs says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Mr Randall said: "I just thought in this current climate it would be appropriate to do something for other people." Yes Mr Randall, there are people in the city who desperately need help and this is the right thing to do. Now go back to the town hall and tell your colleagues the news and get the to stop frittering away our money on their own projects and start spending it on other people who actually need help. Mr Randall you are digging up the adequate cycle lane on the Lewes Road and making a new one......in this climate where every two minutes in the UK someone loses their home and in this city 12,000 people are on the council waitin list. Aren't you even a little bit ashamed of your party's selfish waste of money on their own pet project and other similar schemes which stroke your colleagues' egos and ignore the real issues in the city?
Adequate cycle lanes? They are dreadful. Lets not forget that a young woman died a few years ago on the "adequate" cycle lane towards Falmer precisely because the cycle lane is so poor and the cycle lane is so "adequate" that only a tiny percentage of potential users actually cycle down the Lewes Rd!

The proposed Lewes Rd cycle lane is such a terrible idea that even the NHS is providing some of the funding as the long term health benefits are such a no-brainer. It is so wasteful financially that it is drawing in millions of external funding, much of which will be spent in the local economy.

I don't know why you don't want to encourage more people to cycle? It certainly isn't going to happen with the shambles we have at present.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Mr Randall said: "I just thought in this current climate it would be appropriate to do something for other people." Yes Mr Randall, there are people in the city who desperately need help and this is the right thing to do. Now go back to the town hall and tell your colleagues the news and get the to stop frittering away our money on their own projects and start spending it on other people who actually need help. Mr Randall you are digging up the adequate cycle lane on the Lewes Road and making a new one......in this climate where every two minutes in the UK someone loses their home and in this city 12,000 people are on the council waitin list. Aren't you even a little bit ashamed of your party's selfish waste of money on their own pet project and other similar schemes which stroke your colleagues' egos and ignore the real issues in the city?[/p][/quote]Adequate cycle lanes? They are dreadful. Lets not forget that a young woman died a few years ago on the "adequate" cycle lane towards Falmer precisely because the cycle lane is so poor and the cycle lane is so "adequate" that only a tiny percentage of potential users actually cycle down the Lewes Rd! The proposed Lewes Rd cycle lane is such a terrible idea that even the NHS is providing some of the funding as the long term health benefits are such a no-brainer. It is so wasteful financially that it is drawing in millions of external funding, much of which will be spent in the local economy. I don't know why you don't want to encourage more people to cycle? It certainly isn't going to happen with the shambles we have at present. HJarrs
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12:30pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Dealing with idiots says...

HJarrs wrote:
Dealing with idiots wrote: Get involved and get them out! You can now order your Vote of no confidence in the Green administration poster and petition page for you to fill out on greensoutnow@gmail.c om 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=6033 530& HPID=6033530
Despite all your and others postings for weeks and your petition being in the Argus it has 193 signatures. If there was really a popular backlash I would have expected thousands to have signed up by now. I can't believe you can't get 1250 of your own supporters to have signed up by now! The Argus will be giving you a bit of free advertising soon I should imagine but you Tories are not very popular.
Hi Councillor. You are only seeing the online, make it as difficult as possible to register my vote B&H website votes not the paper ones being gathered all over the city. Happy Christmas.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dealing with idiots[/bold] wrote: Get involved and get them out! You can now order your Vote of no confidence in the Green administration poster and petition page for you to fill out on greensoutnow@gmail.c om 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=6033 530& HPID=6033530[/p][/quote]Despite all your and others postings for weeks and your petition being in the Argus it has 193 signatures. If there was really a popular backlash I would have expected thousands to have signed up by now. I can't believe you can't get 1250 of your own supporters to have signed up by now! The Argus will be giving you a bit of free advertising soon I should imagine but you Tories are not very popular.[/p][/quote]Hi Councillor. You are only seeing the online, make it as difficult as possible to register my vote B&H website votes not the paper ones being gathered all over the city. Happy Christmas. Dealing with idiots
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3:22pm Fri 14 Dec 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

HJarrs just because beauracrats from money wasting public sector organisations throw money at something doesn't mean something has value.
Check out the results for obesity surgery, smoking cessation clinics etc.
As for the lane being inadequate, you don't cycle along there, you live in hanover and sometimes post that you might be tempted to take the little one to the park on a summer's day.
You are out of touch with real people and perhaps getting back into the workplace at this time may give you an insight into the challenges working families are facing.
HJarrs just because beauracrats from money wasting public sector organisations throw money at something doesn't mean something has value. Check out the results for obesity surgery, smoking cessation clinics etc. As for the lane being inadequate, you don't cycle along there, you live in hanover and sometimes post that you might be tempted to take the little one to the park on a summer's day. You are out of touch with real people and perhaps getting back into the workplace at this time may give you an insight into the challenges working families are facing. Maxwell's Ghost
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