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Brighton & Hove White Nights!

Just a quick reminder that Brighton & Hove’s White Night festival is taking place overnight this weekend – just what we need as the nights start to draw in and the clocks go back, depriving us of an hour of sunlight!

Last year’s festival – the first one we have staged – was a huge success with over 15,000 people attending and this year’s promises to be even bigger and better. Dozens of indoor venues will be opening in the city, while around 20 outdoor locations are staging events and performances.  Elsewhere there are a number of night time trails and tours around the city.

This year we have also been working closely with Amiens in France, who held a corresponding ‘nuit blanche’ last weekend.

I am very proud of the fact that more people take part in the arts and cultural activities in Brighton & Hove than in any other English city outside of London. Events like White Nights (and the Brighton Festival which takes place in the Spring) help to explain why and so I would encourage everyone to go along and take in the atmosphere!

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Welcome to my new blog!

Welcome to my new blog! I am looking forward to using this as a new avenue for communicating with the residents of Brighton & Hove and for receiving feedback from them on issues which affect their life in this great city. I shall be developing the site as I go along, adding interesting links etc. so, in the meantime, please bear with me until I get used to the technology! Local democracy and engaging meaningfully with local residents is incredibly important to me and I hope this blog will make a small contribution towards these goals.

Guide to using Social Media – for Councillors

The IDEA (Improvement and Development Agency has recently published a draft social media guide for councillors. Recommended reading for all local councillors.

The Cabinet Office recently released “Participation online Guidance for civil servants” . It is only one page long. In fact the guidance has been boiled down to 5 main points and a paragraph on how it relates to the Civil Service Code.

In summary,

1. Be credible
2. Be consistent
3. Be responsive
4. Be integrated

5. Be a civil servant

The Power of Information Taskforce  is looking for feedback.

Cross-posted from www.gallomanor.com


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