Have your say on the future of events in Brighton and Hove

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Brighton and Hove City Council is inviting residents to have their say on the future of outdoor festivals and events around the city.

The council has played a major part in ensuring events happen and has commissioned a draft Outdoor Events Strategy to 2024, giving people a chance to comment on whether they have been impacted by the city’s outdoor events.

Comments made by residents in a draft survey will be taken to the Tourism, Development and Culture Committee in March.

Councillor Alan Robins, chair of the city’s Tourism, Development and Culture Committee, said: “We have a national reputation for staging fantastic events in the city, from Brighton Festival and Fringe, Pride and the Brighton Marathon, to Burning the Clocks, Paddle Round the Pier and the Take Part Festival.” 

Brighton and Hove hosts around 250 events every year, using public spaces such as parks and the seafront, many of which are free to attend.

Cllr Robins also said: “This is a great opportunity to build on that success and ensure we look after the environment and the city’s communities.”

Brighton Marathon © Mike Flemming

The Outdoor Events Strategy to 2024 seeks to “provide a greater focus on the quality, distinctiveness and impact of events”.

It proposes an ‘Outdoor Events Charter’ to build better relationships between event organisers, residents and businesses, which would be the first in the country.

This means by signing the charter, the council would simplify the application process and assist the planning of priority events, helping to provide financial support for events.

The charter also builds on petitions made to the council last year, such as banning single-use plastic, reusing and recycling where possible at big events.

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Some residents were unhappy with the amount of plastic waste produced after events like Brighton Marathon and Pride weekend, and have been campaigning to eradicate single-use plastic by 2020 at the latest.

Other proposals for consideration include the addition of a winter festival in the city and the creation of ‘event ready’ spaces to make energy and water management more efficient.

The council is urging people to comment and share ideas on how they have been affected by events occurring around the city.

For more information on the Outdoor Events Strategy to 2024, you can view the full report and take part in the council’s survey online.

Featured image © Copyright Paul Gillett and licensed for reuse 

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