I saw this a few days ago:
Controversial plans to ban smoking on Brighton and Hove’s beaches and in its parks look set to be dropped by the council after a huge public response.
Almost 2,000 people responded to the online consultation, two thirds from city residents and just under a third from visitors, with community groups, businesses and others making up the rest.
Just one in five supported a smoking ban in parks, historic gardens and beaches, with a strong majority strongly disagreeing. Even amongst non-smokers, there was no majority support for a ban.
I think I was one of the visitors. And I actually have visited Brighton. In fact, I may even have stayed the night there.
These days I think of it as Green Central, with Caroline Lucas as the UK’s only Green MP. As such, I expected it would be a town full of antismokers. Seems I was wrong about that.
What also surprised me was that they actually paid attention to the online consultation. I thought the usual procedure was to just ignore these things, and go ahead with their plans anyway. Seems I was wrong about that too.
The rest of the media seems to be ignoring the news:
So far, with the exception of the local media, silence.
That puts the onus on us – bloggers, readers and other interested observers – to spread the message far and wide.
If (I don’t want to count my chickens) Brighton Council supports the recommendations of the consultation report, this could be a very important moment.
Brighton Council may yet ignore their own consultation.