- Brighton and Hove
City of Brighton and Hove — Unitary authority & City — Sovereign state United Kingdom Constituent country England Region South East England Ceremonial county East Sussex Administrative seat Hove City status 2000 Government – Type Unitary authority & City – Governing body Brighton and Hove City Council – Local government form Leader & Cabinet – Control Green (council NOC) – MPs Simon Kirby (C)
Mike Weatherley (C)
Caroline Lucas (G)
Area – Unitary authority & City 33.80 sq mi (87.54 km2) Population (2008 est.) – Unitary authority & City 256,600 – Density 7,880/sq mi (3,040/km2) – Urban 461,181 – Ethnicity
(Office for National Statistics 2007 Estimate)
4.9% South Asian
2.3% Mixed Race
2.0% Chinese and other
Time zone Greenwich Mean Time (UTC+0) Postcode span Grid ref. ONS code 00ML ISO 3166-2 GB-BNH NUTS 3
Brighton and Hove forms part of the Brighton/Worthing/Littlehampton conurbation, the 12th largest conurbation in the United Kingdom. Along this area of the south coast, there is little or no gap of countryside between these large towns and city. Directly to the west is Shoreham-by-Sea, and a short distance to the east are Peacehaven and Newhaven. The city, district and urban areas of Brighton and Hove have the biggest populations in the South East England region.
Brighton and Hove themselves were results of amalgamations:
- Brighton was incorporated as a municipal borough in 1854, later becoming a county borough under the Local Government Act 1888; it covered the parish of Brighton and part of Preston
- Hove became a local board of health in the late 19th century, originally covering the parish of Hove
- In 1893 the parish of Aldrington was added to Hove local board
- Hove became incorporated as a municipal borough in 1898
- Hangleton, Preston Rural and West Blatchington were added to Hove in 1928
- Ovingdean, Patcham and Rottingdean were added to Brighton in 1928
- Portslade-by-Sea was added to Hove in 1974 under the Local Government Act 1972 : both Brighton and Hove became non-metropolitan districts of East Sussex
The football team, Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., predates the unification of the two boroughs by 96 years.
On 15 October 2004, Brighton and Hove was granted Fairtrade City status.
Elections are held every four years, with the last elections occurring on May 5, 2011.
Party Councillors Change
Green 23 +10 Conservative 18 −8 Labour 13 ±0[clarification needed] Liberal Democrat 0 −2 Independent 0 NC Total 54 - Source: Brighton & Hove City Council
Administration and directorates
The leader of the council elected on 19 May 2011 is Councillor Bill Randall (Green Party), although the Greens only hold a minority of seats. The current mayor of Brighton and Hove is Councillor Anne Meadows. John Barradell, OBE, started as Chief Executive on 1 October 2009. There are six directorates in the council structure.
Introduced in June 2008, the council's corporate priorities are:
- protect the environment whilst growing the economy
- better use of public money
- reduce inequality by increasing opportunities
- fair enforcement of the law
- open and effective city leadership
Towns and districts
The city of Brighton and Hove comprises the following areas (not necessarily directly corresponding to administrative wards or parishes):
- former borough of Brighton
- Black Rock
- Kemptown — built up around a self-contained development of 1823, Kemp Town
- The Lanes
- Brighton Marina
- New England Quarter — a large new mixed-use development
- North Laine
- Preston Park
- Preston Village
- Rottingdean Village
- Queen's Park
- Saltdean (West)
- former borough of Hove
- Brunswick — developed 1824 in a similar manner to Kemp Town (see above)
- Knoll (see also neighbouring Hangleton, above)
- Mile Oak
- Portslade by Sea
- Portslade Village
- St. Ann's Well
- West Blatchington
The first census of Brighton was in 1801.
The resident population of Brighton and Hove at the 2001 census was 247,817 persons, comprising 114,479 households: 48.4% male, 51.5% female.
In the same census, Brighton and Hove had the highest percentage of citizens indicating their religion as Jedi among all principal areas of England and Wales). The next census was carried out on 27 March 2011.
Wording of the Letters Patent
The Letters Patent of 2000 that confers City status is worded thus:
ELIZABETH the SECOND BY THE GRACE OF GOD OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND NORTHERN IRELAND & OF OUR REALMS & TERRITORIES QUEEN HEAD OF THE COMMON WEALTH DEFENDER OF THE FAITH.
To all to whom these Presents shall come Greeting. Whereas We for divers good causes and considerations Us thereunto moving are graciously pleased to confer on the Towns of Brighton and Hove the status of a city Now Therefore Know Ye that We of Our especial grace and favour and mere motion do by these Presents ordain declare and direct that the TOWNS OF BRIGHTON AND HOVE shall henceforth have the status of a CITY and shall have all such rank liberties privileges and immunities as are incident to a City. In witness whereof We have caused Our Letters to be made Patent Witness Ourself at Westminster the thirty first day of January in the forty ninth year of our reign.
By Warrant under The Queens Sign Manual Phillips.
This is a chart of trend of regional gross value added of Brighton and Hove at current basic prices published (pp. 240–253) by Office for National Statistics with figures in millions of British Pounds Sterling.
Year Regional Gross Value Added Agriculture Industry Services 1995 2,656 3 407 2,246 2000 3,101 3 378 2,721 2003 3,952 4 476 3,472
- See the Brighton and Hove articles for descriptions of the twin towns, and the Brighton and Hove category for further articles about places and things in the district.
- List of Grade I listed buildings in Brighton and Hove
- List of notable Brighton and Hove inhabitants
- Brighton and Hove City Centre
- List of Brighton & Hove bus names
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- ^ South Norfolk Council - Types of elections Elections - dates and results (Brighton & Hove City Council). Retrieved 7 May 2011.
- ^ "Council election results update". Brighton & Hove City Council website. http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1244854. Retrieved 19 May 2011.
- ^ "About your council". Brighton & Hove City Council website. http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=b1000162. Retrieved 5 January 2011.
- ^ http://www.statistics.gov.uk/census2001/profiles/rank/jedi.asp statistics.gov.uk
- ^ Components may not sum to totals due to rounding
- ^ includes hunting and forestry
- ^ includes energy and construction
- ^ includes financial intermediation services indirectly measured
- Brighton and Hove at the Open Directory Project
- "Brighton & Hove City Council". http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
- "Brighton & Hove in Pictures". http://www.citylibraries.info/pictures/. Retrieved 2007-08-20.
- Map Of Brighton & Hove Interactive map of Brighton & Hove, with locations of businesses and other points of interest
- Brighton and Hove Issues Forum - Local discussion forum
- Brighton and Hove News
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