24 September 2019

New committee reaches out to city's communities

Brighton & Hove City Council’s newest committee aims to ensure everyone can get involved in the city’s big initiatives and attractions.

Chaired by Councillor Alan Robins, the new TECC committee brings together communities and equalities and the third sector, with planning policy, regeneration, culture and tourism.

The Tourism, Equalities, Communities and Culture Committee includes 10 cross party councillors, along with representatives from Sussex Police, the Clinical Commissioning Group and Community Works who will attend all meetings in an advisory capacity.

Committee members can also invite representatives from Local Action Teams, community groups and others to attend and speak, but not vote.

Residents at the heart of decision making

Councillor Robins, who has chaired the former Tourism committee for the past four years said: “We want to make sure that residents remain at the heart of our decision making, and that we fully understand the potential impact of our proposals on communities across the city.

“This new committee will help build on successful partnership working, such as our recent work with disability groups to improve beach accessibility which was invaluable in developing our understanding of both the issues faced and the potential solutions.

“By embedding this approach, we can ensure that tourism benefits residents as well as visitors, participation in culture is widened, and that local people have a say in creating new planning policies.”

First meeting

Items on the first committee agenda on Thursday 26 September, include:

  • Inclusive Cities – councillors are being asked to agree joining a national network
  • RPM Trust update – ensuring collections and activities are open to all communities and more opportunities are created
  • Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan – follows 10 years of consultation with communities
  • Update on the new Community Infrastructure Levy - a new fund to benefit communities.