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Chairs Communications


The Chair gave the following communications:


Firstly, I hope it’s not too late to wish you all a Happy New Year.  Let’s keep hopeful that 2023 will bring better things.


Since the last TECC I have attended a number of things, some of which are:


·       The Community Works AGM

·       The Trans Day of Remembrance

·       The Beach Access team

·       The Combating Drugs Partnership

·       I visited the Pavilion with my Co-Chair and sat in the rather grandiose sleigh in the Music Room just before Christmas.

·       In the paper we saw Epiphany being celebrated by the Greek Orthodox community on the seafront. 

·       And it’s Chinese New Year this month, of course – the year of the water rabbit.

·       Holocaust Memorial Day is 27th January.  The theme this year is ‘Ordinary People’.  I read this quote from Elie Wiesel, a survivor, which is on the HMD website, and it reads as follows: “what is abnormal is that I am normal.  That I survived the Holocaust and went on to love beautiful girls, to talk, to write, to have toast and tea and to live my life.  That is what is abnormal”.   Very poignant words I’m sure you will agree.

·       I am pleased to announce that last month we were informed that the council have been allocated over £1.2m of additional new burdens funding from DLUHC over the next two years, to enable us to meet our duty under the domestic abuse act to support those in safe accommodation. Whilst not limited only for women and girls, we will ensure that we use the money to continue to provide services for all experiencing domestic abuse into safe and supported accommodation. A paper regarding options will come to a future TECC committee.

·       A gentle nudge to encourage people to contribute to the consultation on the new community safety strategy on the council’s online portal which is open until 5th Feb.

·       Libraries are now part of the Make Materials Matter initiative.

·       Launched last year, this initiative rewards residents for reducing waste, borrowing items and reusing, repairing and recycling their goods. This includes loaning items from libraries.  It is funded by by the European Regional Development Fund, and is targeted at making us think about how we deal with waste.

·       LGBTQ History month starts in Feb.  This year’s theme is “Behind the Lens” and celebrates the contribution of the LGBTQ+ community’s contribution to cinema.

·       And finally, this weekend, any resident within Brighton & Hove can attend the Pavilion free of charge, and there will be costumed guides.



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