Belgrave St

Community Survey results for Belgrave St

We are writing to thank the many people who completed the recent community street survey for Belgrave St. There was a tremendously high return rate 50 surveys were returned covering at least 85% of all households in your street. So we can feel confident that the views are very representative of many living in the road

Some key results are:-

Getting about most popular means:-86% (43) Walking
-50% (25) Car or van
-32% (16) bus
-30% (15) bike
-18% (9) train

Number of Vehicles in respondent households
(33) cars/vans = 64%
(41) bikes = 82%
(0) motorbike

Obstructions on the pavement
65% (33) experienced the pavement as “always” or “often” clear enough whereas 36% (18) found the pavement “never” or “occasionally” clear enough

70% (36 out of 50) have visitors by car or van once or less than once a week

Difficulty parking
19 people said it was always difficult to park, 0 said never. All times have problems. Weekday afternoons and evenings being the worst.

Controlled parking
74% (37) people are interested in some variation of controlled parking and 30% (15) do not want any kind of controlled parking (anomaly in figures)

Space in Belgrave St and eligible vehicles
30 people who completed the survey have vehicles registered to their address,
4 are not (these 4 would not be eligible for a parking permit) and
3 did not know

10 wanted more parking spaces, 12 less spaces, 15 wanted no change under controlled parking.

It is hard to predict which of these outcomes controlled parking (eg on one side of the street only) would bring for eligible residents

Cost of controlled parking
32% (16) would like controlled parking at cost only;
34% (17) at full cost;
6% (3) on a sliding scale and
32% (16) don’t know.
(Note: all profits from parking schemes go to pay for other transport related issues such as pensioners bus passes, subsidised school buses etc)

Usage of bike racks if provided
11 people would use bike racks if they were provided, 21 would not use them and 5 did not know.

What next?
From the sample surveys, it appears that roads south of Islingword Rd and west of Queens park road are interested in looking at forms of controlled parking. Roads north of Elm Grove and east of Queens Park Road want no change. This is based on a small sample and so the HEG LAT are keen to find out more views, especially, in between Islingword Rd and Elm Grove. Once we have more feedback from more surveys about residents wishes, we shall set up a working group to look in detail at a community plan for parking to propose to residents and if residents support it to put to the council.

If you would like to be a street representative for your road or meet with neighbours to discus your street survey result please e-mail David Gibson on or Chris Taylor on

Yours faithfully,

David Gibson, Chris Taylor, Ian MacIntyre and the HEGLAT team

New 18 and 21 bus timetable

Here we are, the latest incarnation of the 81 – 18 and 21 timetables, any thoughts?

18 page:

18 timetable .pdf:

21 page:

21 timetable:

(apologies to anyone using screen readers, for some reason I cannot get the links to show text that would mean something today! the same thing that always works has decided not to for some reason!)


A month in the life of a Hanover bin

At the last LAT meeting the communal bins on Washington Street were discussed – although residents on the street felt that the introduction of the communal bins was overall welcome, there were some issues raised around overfilling and fly tipping, and the perception that people from other streets which don’t have a communal bin were making use of those on the two streets which have this service.

To get a more specific idea of the problems and issues, the photo diary below has been taken covering the set of bins highest up the hill on Washington Street. Photos were taken at random times of day – just when the photographer happened to be passing.

Week 1Week 2Week 3Week 4Week 5Some conclusions:

  • The service provided by City Clean is good, with the bins in good order on the majority of days.
  • During the study period, overfilled bins were emptied within one day and flytipped waste left around the bins removed mostly after one day and on one occasion removed after two days.
  • Although some bins were filled and rubbish left around them, this was not due to lack of capacity as space was generally available in other bins – on just one occasion were all bins full to overflowing
  • The bin most often overflowing was the one closest to the Southover Street junction. That this bin was often overfilled whilst others remained empty might indicate that residents from further up the hill just stuff refuse in or around the closest bin before making a getaway. This also might be caused by residents of Washington Street dropping off rubbish by car on their way out, and using this bin as it is easier to park next to.

Some suggestions:

  • If signage were to be deployed it may work best if it was placed ‘on behalf of the Local Action Team’ or ‘on behalf of the Washington Street Residents’ – rather than a standard council notice
  • Signage might include these messages?:
    • “This bins are for domestic waste disposal for residents of Washington Street only”
    • “Please respect the comfort of your neighbours who live closest to the bins and do not overfill these bins or leave waste on the pavement”
    • “If the bin you wish to use is full, check to see if there is room in any of the others, and – if not – please take your waste home and bring it out again when they have been emptied.”
    • “If this bin needs attention, contact BHCC – phone number/email/twitter”
  • Turning the end bin 180% so that it is slightly less easy to reach may encourage residents to use other bins and spread the load a bit more.

Thought or comments welcome.

June meeting: Cityclean, Parking survey

Last meeting
Prompted by missed collections, the last meeting heard from City Clean about the difficulties getting collection from narrow streets and the breakdowns of the smaller dustcarts that have made this worse. We were also told it was expected that it would take some time to get the new rounds established and it was accepted that there is still a way to go to get things running smoothly again. City Clean agreed to return to our October meeting to hear from us how things are progressing

Neighbourhood Survey latest
Thanks to the many people who completed the neighbourhood survey on our streets, transport and parking in Bonchurch Rd, Lincoln St, Franklin Rd, Toronto Terrace, Hallet Rd and Belgrave St. We had a really high return of over 60% in Hallet Rd, Lincoln St, Toronto Terrace and Belgrave St, so we can quite confident about representativeness.

We will report fuller results later. Many issues are shared between streets, however there are very different views on the controversial topic of parking controls. It appears that residents North of Elm Grove and East of Queens Park Rd want to keep things as they are whereas residents in Lincoln St, Toronto Terrace and Belgrave St want to look into controls of some kind.

Before starting to see if we can come up with a community plan for those areas that might want some changes, the last HEG LAT meeting felt we should try and survey more roads and try and get a fuller picture of what people want. We are particularly keen to see what peoples views are in the streets between Islingword Rd and Elm Grove and would also like more from roads in between Islingword Rd and Southover St. So if you would like to see your road surveyed AND can help please contact Chris on or David on

Next Meeting
The next HEG LAT meeting will be on Monday 4th of August at 7 pm in the Hanover Pub, Queens Park Rd. The main topic will be the review of local bus services and Mike Best of Brighton and Hove buses will be there to take questions.

The Social and Environmental Sustainability of Clothes

Interested in sustainability and clothing issues? We have been asked to help promote this event by Mike from Finsbury Rd who attends the LAT. Looks interesting – anyone wanting to go or know more, contact Mike by email at

I’m running a one-off event for which I need committed environmental people to contribute to research with colleagues at the Open University on sustainability.

This will involve attending a focus group/workshop at the Hanover Centre, Southover Street on Thursday 3rd July (8 – 9.30pm), looking at people’s views on sustainable and ethical clothing and there will also be some chance for discussion, a bit of a snack and I hope we’ll have some props, displays too and a bit of fun. You don’t need to know anything about clothes!

The aim of the focus group is to understand how we can encourage consumers and also retailers to change practice. For this we want to get views of individuals who are: already committed to related sustainability/eco issues and explore some questions together. It is part of a short piece of exploratory work – being undertaken in Brighton because of the Green concentration – and it will help inform a major research project planned to influence DEFRA and policy.

The poster below summarises the main theme. It would be great if you were able to take part in the focus group – please let me know as I need to have an idea of numbers for snack, handout and seating purposes.

Please let me know

Best wishes


Mike Clothes

A bit about Mike
Mike is a freelance researcher, living in Brighton, who specialises in community projects, co-operatives and social justice causes.

He is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Co-operatives Research Unit at the Open University since 1998 where he has researched social enterprise organisations. Mike is also a research associate at the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), where he has been involved since 2004 on projects concerned with community development, advocacy, state/third sector representation mechanisms, community participation, impact and measurement, and the role of community asset ownership. Before this, Mike worked in the sector for nearly 20 years at the Development Trusts Association, Community Matters and Save the Children. He holds a PhD from the Open University and an MA in Social Policy from the University of Sussex. He has spoken at academic and practitioner events in Germany, Mexico, Poland, Sweden and Japan. Mike is a member of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN, UK), Social Policy Association (UK), European Social Enterprise Research Network (EMES, Belgium) and ISTR (Baltimore) He has published work on social enterprises, civil society and advocacy and remains active as a volunteer and activist in local community action.