New chairman wants to establish Greater Brighton as leaders in the UK’s green industrial revolution and transition to net zero
Resetting the region’s economy through the lens of green recovery is the priority for the new Chairman of Greater Brighton.
Cllr Peter Lamb, leader of Crawley Borough Council was ratified as the Chairman of the Greater Brighton Economic Board which oversees the city region, at a recent board meeting.
His vision is to deliver an action plan for social and economic renewal to support a post Covid recovery across the region; with plans to invest in skills for the future, such as digital and green technology, to replace the high levels of employment lost as a result of the pandemic.
Cllr Lamb’s home town of Crawley has been one of the hardest hit economies in England due to the impact of COVID-19 on the aviation industry, with one in three residents on furlough and treble the number claiming unemployment benefits. And across the Greater Brighton region, the full picture of the economic impact is expected to emerge once the Government's furlough ends later this year.
Among the recommendations for Greater Brighton for 2021-22 under Cllr Lamb’s leadership, which were agreed by members at the latest Board meeting are:
- A refocusing of the priorities for the Board to address the immediate economic crisis, with an emphasis on investment in green tech and training in skills for the future.
- Plans to establish a task force to help turn the region’s 28,000 council houses into zero carbon emitters, by retrofitting with greener power sources to replace gas heating systems.
- Plans to establish Greater Brighton as leaders in the UK’s green industrial revolution and transition to net zero.
Greater Brighton, which was formed in 2014, is home to more than 900,000 people with 340,000 jobs in 40,000 businesses creating a diverse, vibrant, economic community.
The Greater Brighton Economic Board is made up of Brighton & Hove City Council; Adur District Council; Lewes District Council; Mid-Sussex District Council; Crawley Borough Council; Arun District Council; Worthing Borough Council;University of Sussex; University of Brighton; Greater Brighton MET (further education representative); Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership; Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership; Adur & Worthing Business Partnership; Coastal West Sussex Partnership; Gatwick Airport; and South Downs National Park Authority.