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Six hour stalemate over spending in Brighton and Hove

Councillors in Brighton and Hove have failed to set a budget, despite a six hour meeting last night. The ruling Greens wanted to increase council tax by almost 6% - the biggest rise in the country.

But Labour and the Tories voted against them. There'll be another meeting on Tuesday 3rd March.

ITV Meridian spoke to the Green Party's Cllr Jason Kitcat, Brighton & Hove City Council.

Brighton & Hove councillors fail to agree on budget

Members of Brighton and Hove City Council have failed to set a budget after six hours of negotiations, and will now reconvene on Tuesday 3 March.

At just after 10.30pm the council chief executive Penny Thompson said it was unlikely they were going to be unable to reach an agreement this evening.

They were trying to decide whether tax payers in the city will face the biggest increase in their bills in the country.

The Greens want a rise of almost 6%, which would equate to more than £70 a year for an average household.

They say without a big rise they will have to make drastic cuts in public services. Both Labour and the Conservatives feel this is too high.

The opposition Labour group leader Warren Morgan tonight argued for a 2% rise in council tax.

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Runners galore for 25th Brighton Half Marathon

A record number of runners gathered in Sussex this morning for the 25th Brighton Half Marathon. Places sold out in record time for this year's event through the city of Brighton and Hove.

The race grows in popularity every year, from 200 in the very first event in 1990 to 12,500 runners today. Sarah Saunders reports.

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12,500 runners due at today's Brighton Half Marathon

Spectators and runners at the Brighton Half Marathon in 2014

The twenty-fifth annual Brighton Half Marathon takes place today. The organisers say that 12,500 amateur and elite athletes are expected to take to the streets with their running shoes firmly fastened.

The runners will start at Madeira Drive in Brighton at 9am and follow a 13.1 mile route around the city of Brighton and Hove.

Two thousand more runners are taking part in the 2015 event, compared to the Brighton Half Marathon of 2014.

>> Watch ITV Meridian's coverage of the Brighton Half Marathon in 2014 by clicking here.

If you are taking part or watching do send your photographs to the ITV Meridian Facebook page or send them via twitter to @itvmeridian.

The route of this year's Brighton Marathon Credit: Brighton Half Marathon 2015

Brighton Councillor: Stop letting off fireworks in parks

Bonfire night revellers are being urged to stop letting off fireworks in public parks to reduce danger and litter.

The council says the festivities "typically add to litter problems" at a time when council gardeners "already waste hours a day clearing up rubbish".

Councillor West, left, and senior gardener Bobby Domin. Credit: BrightonCouncil

Chair of the environment committee Councillor Pete West said:

Last year after bonfire night I was walking around Preston Park and the grass was littered with discarded fireworks. As well as being a danger to passers-by it makes a terrible mess.

So I’m calling on people to respect our beautiful public spaces and to enjoy their fireworks at public displays or on their own property. Letting off fireworks in a park is antisocial and leaving the rubbish there adds insult to injury.

– Cllr West

"The garden manager at The Level in Brighton typically spends three hours a day clearing rubbish," he added.

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