A council leader is confident Brighton and Hove is well placed for 2014 despite the government spending squeeze biting hard.

Writing exclusively for The Argus, Brighton and Hove City Council leader Jason Kitcat said he was committed to doing the best he could to help the city flourish over the next 12 months.

With budget cuts, seafront repairs and pressures on the independent retail sector among the challenges, the Green politician admitted that it was unlikely to be easy.


But Coun Kitcat said he was confident there was enough talent in the city to help it flourish.

Writing in The Argus today Coun Kitcat said: “Many challenges and opportunities lie ahead in 2014.

“We will keep supporting those in need, helping local businesses and charities while delivering services.

“Brighton and Hove moves into 2014 in a strong position, with a creative energy ready to surprise and impress as we continue to attract visitors from far and wide.”

Listing his highlights from 2013, Coun Kitcat pointed to Brighton and Hove success in becoming a host city for the Rugby World Cup and the awarding of money to roll out ultrafast broadband across the city.

He also praised the organisers of major events, such as the Brighton Marathon and Brighton Festival and Fringe, for keeping the city on the map.

The Green councillor also claimed the administration’s controversial transport measures were a success, pointing to the “significant” growth in the number of walking, cycling and using the bus.

Looking ahead the convenor of the Green group said he was hoping to sign the Greater Brighton City Deal, which he believes will see developments move more quickly.

He is also looking forward to the rolling out of communal recycling and pay by phone parking in the city.

Coun Kitcat said: “Another absolutely key task is transforming social care and the local health system overall.

“Almost everyone agrees that council social care and the NHS need to work better together to improve services for our residents and make sure it’s affordable.”

Speaking about the spending squeeze, Coun Kitcat said: “There are no easy choices left for councils.

“But I’m committed to doing the best we can for citizens with whatever government leaves us in our spending pot.”