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Sale of Brighton and Hove mayor's CD1 plate for £165,000 stalls

The Argus: The CD1 number plate on the Brighton and Hove mayor's car The CD1 number plate on the Brighton and Hove mayor's car

An historic number plate remains unsold – six months after going on the market for a cool £165,000.

For years CD1 has signalled the arrival of Brighton and Hove’s mayor.

But, despite some claiming it was “madness” to sell off the family silver, the number plate was put up for sale in July.

Brighton and Hove City Council claimed the proceeds could go towards one-off grants to support charities and community groups.

But six months on, the plate remains unsold, with the local authority admitting there had only been a “couple of inquiries” for it in that time.

A spokeswoman for CarReg.com, which is advertising the plate on its website, said: “Sometimes they can sell in a matter of hours or overnight but sometimes it takes up to 12 months.

'Desireable plate'

“There’s no rhyme or reason for it.

“It is a very desirable plate. Those with initials with 1 after it are the most valuable available.

“With CD1 I think it’s due to the price, as there are not many people about with that kind of money.”

During the council budget discussions last year, the potential sale of CD1 was one of the most controversial topics.

At the time, council leader Jason Kitcat called it “just a piece of plastic with a number on it”.

But others claimed the plate, which was the first registration number issued by Brighton Borough Council in 1904, was a priceless part of the city.

'City heritage'

Labour councillor Penny Gilbey said: “I would love to keep CD1 which I do consider as part of the city’s heritage.

“If it can still be saved I would love to see it kept and hope that this could be considered again.

“It is, after all, a CD1 and only.

“I wonder in these difficult times who could afford to buy a personalised plate.”

A council spokeswoman said: “The price is based on estimates from three different dealers.

“The funding was earmarked for a new voluntary sector grants scheme.

“This will not be initiated until the plate is sold and therefore has no direct impact on the budget.”

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2:16pm Tue 8 Jan 13

paul76 says...

Why sell it when it has been in the town since 1904? Another bloody stupid idea from the Greens in their effort to rid Brighton of cars.

How about Brighton rids the town of the Greens? Maybe sell them to another town?
Why sell it when it has been in the town since 1904? Another bloody stupid idea from the Greens in their effort to rid Brighton of cars. How about Brighton rids the town of the Greens? Maybe sell them to another town? paul76
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2:30pm Tue 8 Jan 13

terrace cred. says...

'just a piece of plastic...'?!
jk, ur a1
- but at least you're biodegradeable.
holding up the carrot of charity grants makes the sale none the more wholesome.
next you'll be trying to convert the mayoral chain into summat that'll clank around a bicycle pedal.
anyone wanna buy a couple of floreatin' coats of arms?
'just a piece of plastic...'?! jk, ur a1 - but at least you're biodegradeable. holding up the carrot of charity grants makes the sale none the more wholesome. next you'll be trying to convert the mayoral chain into summat that'll clank around a bicycle pedal. anyone wanna buy a couple of floreatin' coats of arms? terrace cred.
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2:37pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Pebbles says...

Shame on you Mr KitKat and all of you others on the council who voted to get rid of a piece of local heritage.

Why not have the same attitude towards the statue of Queen Victoria and others, because lets face it, they are simpy blocks of iron.

Hopefully you and the others will be disgarded when the people come to vote.
Shame on you Mr KitKat and all of you others on the council who voted to get rid of a piece of local heritage. Why not have the same attitude towards the statue of Queen Victoria and others, because lets face it, they are simpy blocks of iron. Hopefully you and the others will be disgarded when the people come to vote. Pebbles
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3:15pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Algeria Touchshriek says...

Colin Dexter may be interested.

Can't think of any other celebs with CD as initials.
Colin Dexter may be interested. Can't think of any other celebs with CD as initials. Algeria Touchshriek
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3:19pm Tue 8 Jan 13

ThinkBrighton says...

How did Kit Prat anounce this one -"I have a cunning plan" Baldrick style
Another Greens B**LS UP
Vote them out
How did Kit Prat anounce this one -"I have a cunning plan" Baldrick style Another Greens B**LS UP Vote them out ThinkBrighton
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3:27pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Vigilia says...

What a shame it didn't sell.
It would have raised just about half the annual cost of supporting their travellers.
What a shame it didn't sell. It would have raised just about half the annual cost of supporting their travellers. Vigilia
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3:57pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Crystal Ball says...

Algeria Touchshriek wrote:
Colin Dexter may be interested.

Can't think of any other celebs with CD as initials.
Charles Darwin? Christian Dior? Cathy Dennis? Celine Dion?
[quote][p][bold]Algeria Touchshriek[/bold] wrote: Colin Dexter may be interested. Can't think of any other celebs with CD as initials.[/p][/quote]Charles Darwin? Christian Dior? Cathy Dennis? Celine Dion? Crystal Ball
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4:26pm Tue 8 Jan 13

T.J. says...

The local council, of what ever party, are not at liberty to dispose of the CD 1 number plate.It belongs to the residents of the City of Brighton & Hove and is part of the heritage of the City.
The local council, of what ever party, are not at liberty to dispose of the CD 1 number plate.It belongs to the residents of the City of Brighton & Hove and is part of the heritage of the City. T.J.
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4:38pm Tue 8 Jan 13

sussexram40 says...

It should be of interest to Brighton's top transvestite - whoever that may be. CD is an abbreviation for 'Cross Dresser' so a CD1 plate would suit such a person down to the ground.
It should be of interest to Brighton's top transvestite - whoever that may be. CD is an abbreviation for 'Cross Dresser' so a CD1 plate would suit such a person down to the ground. sussexram40
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4:53pm Tue 8 Jan 13

xc90chris says...

I agree with paul76 - there is currently a petition vote of no confidence in the green council at http://present.brigh
ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP
etitionDisplay.aspx?
Id=360.
I agree with paul76 - there is currently a petition vote of no confidence in the green council at http://present.brigh ton-hove.gov.uk/mgEP etitionDisplay.aspx? Id=360. xc90chris
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5:35pm Tue 8 Jan 13

GIVE UP says...

A quick look at the number plates for sale sites has got one company trying to sell it for £180,000, and the site BHCC have got it up for sale at £165,000 before they get their cut and that's well overpriced when you look at other number plates they've got up for sale
A quick look at the number plates for sale sites has got one company trying to sell it for £180,000, and the site BHCC have got it up for sale at £165,000 before they get their cut and that's well overpriced when you look at other number plates they've got up for sale GIVE UP
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5:45pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Sussex jim says...

This plate should be retained for the day when Brighton gets back it's civic pride.
Some time in the future, when both the Council and the streets have been cleaned up.
This plate should be retained for the day when Brighton gets back it's civic pride. Some time in the future, when both the Council and the streets have been cleaned up. Sussex jim
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8:11pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Seedy 1......sell it to one of the many celebs who are appearing in court on sex assault charges and then donate the money to charities which protect children from perverts.
Seedy 1......sell it to one of the many celebs who are appearing in court on sex assault charges and then donate the money to charities which protect children from perverts. Maxwell's Ghost
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9:53pm Tue 8 Jan 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Seedy 1......sell it to one of the many celebs who are appearing in court on sex assault charges and then donate the money to charities which protect children from perverts.
hahahaha, nice one Maxwell, that's a good one!
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Seedy 1......sell it to one of the many celebs who are appearing in court on sex assault charges and then donate the money to charities which protect children from perverts.[/p][/quote]hahahaha, nice one Maxwell, that's a good one! Hoarder12345444
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12:33am Wed 9 Jan 13

funkyyoyo says...

maybe they should swap the plate for p5 nis and then give the car to kitcrap or maybe p1 ebs! even better!!!
maybe they should swap the plate for p5 nis and then give the car to kitcrap or maybe p1 ebs! even better!!! funkyyoyo
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12:41am Wed 9 Jan 13

funkyyoyo says...

my cheque books ready for when the pavilions up for sale!! ill offer £11.37
my cheque books ready for when the pavilions up for sale!! ill offer £11.37 funkyyoyo
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12:48pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Uncle_Meat says...

Unlike the nasty shed it's attached to, the number plate won't go down in value. In fact it's probably a sound investment to keep it.
Unlike the nasty shed it's attached to, the number plate won't go down in value. In fact it's probably a sound investment to keep it. Uncle_Meat
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8:55pm Fri 11 Jan 13

Idontbelieveit1948 says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
Algeria Touchshriek wrote:
Colin Dexter may be interested.

Can't think of any other celebs with CD as initials.
Charles Darwin? Christian Dior? Cathy Dennis? Celine Dion?
Caroline Ducas !
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Algeria Touchshriek[/bold] wrote: Colin Dexter may be interested. Can't think of any other celebs with CD as initials.[/p][/quote]Charles Darwin? Christian Dior? Cathy Dennis? Celine Dion?[/p][/quote]Caroline Ducas ! Idontbelieveit1948
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