Help Shape Our Future…

NAP Flier March 18

Last autumn, the Local Action Team was invited by the council to help put together a Neighbourhood Action Plan for the area. The point of this is to involve residents more closely in neighbourhood issues, and to improve collaboration between the community and local services to bring about improvements. Having a Neighbourhood Action Plan which has been designed by residents will help us to make sure that the council and others understand our area and our priorities, and that our community is best placed to take part in work to bring about positive changes.

Since that time an informal working group has met regularly, which has included individual residents as well as representatives from community groups, tenants and residents associations, universities, council and community development staff and others. Using public questionnaires and surveys, the group has come up with some ideas and themes for the plan – something to talk about – and now we need to include you in the conversation.

The first of our public events will take place at the Hanover Centre on Sunday March 4th, 1pm-4pm, where we will have ideas from the draft plan for you to comment on, fun activities to take part in, and the chance to become more involved in producing the final plan and making sure that the things you think are important get considered.

For more information, and to look at the themes already developed see the Neighbourhood Action Plan pages on this site

Look forward to seeing you on the 4th!


Welcome to 2018…

Our first meeting of the new year will take place on Tuesday February 13th.

The main topics so far are the developing Neighborhood Action Plan – sharing the themes which are developing so far, and looking at strategies to tackle graffiti in the area.

For the Graffiti topic we will welcome Tim Read from the council, who works on restorative justice in the City and will also be looking at enforcement, community action and support from Sussex Probation Service

For the Neighbourhood Action Plan, the following key themes have been developed:

Theme one: Refuse, recycling & street cleansing

Theme Two: Crime and Community Safety.

Theme Three: The Environment: Green space, biodiversity & sustainability

Theme Four: Neighbourliness & Community Facilities

Theme Five: Health  

Theme Six: Digital Resilience

The next step is to get suggestions, comments and thoughts on  these themes from across the area, and there will be information on some planned events and activities.

A final agenda will be put out in the next couple of days. Look forward to seeing you at the meeting



Question Time…


Work on developing our Neighbourhood Action Plan continues apace. Since the summer this has been done by a working party – loosely becoming described as the Community Coalition and made up of residents in the area, as well as representatives from   local groups, including the LAT, Friends of the Patch, Queens Park RA, The Hanover Community Association, Phoenix Residents Association, Hanover Action, Phoenix Gallery and others. For meeting notes and general info see HERE

The really important thing now is for this to open up to the wider community – get more people involved – and the first step is our Community Survey in Three Questions which volunteers are taking around to various local events, and the point of it is to get a steer from as many people as we can about the important local issues. We will use this survey to help identify broad themes which are important for the ward, and use these to base a more detailed survey and conversation/consultation events which will take place early next year.

The timeline we are working to is to have a plan written by May 2018. which will have support from the community, will have identified local issues, challenges and opportunities, and will include actions to change or improve things in partnership with the council, police and others.

The council are helping by providing some money to pay for printing costs, meeting rooms and other things, and staff from the council Communities Team are giving other support, but making a proper plan for our neigbourhood will take more than money – it also needs YOU to get involved – you, and your neighbours and our neighbours and all!

To find out more and to join in, come to the Local Action team meeting on Thursday, where you can give your views, or if you can’t come, complete the online version HERE

If you would like to be added to the working group email list, leave your details on our contact form HERE


LAT Meeting Agenda – September 7th

The next Hanover and Elm Grove Local Action team meeting will be on Thursday September 7th

7pm at the Hanover Public House

For minutes of the last meeting click HERE


 1.         Welcome and introductions 2 mins

2.         Updates from last meeting 5 mins

a.         Neighbourhood Action Plan and Pilot Surveys 20 mins

b.         Police Update  10 mins

3.          Graffiti – finding a community response

4.         Local Budget Provision 10 mins

5.         Other business 15 mins

6.         Date of next meeting

Save Hanover!

Two fantastic campaigns have sprung into life this week, as our community steps forward to try to save important local features. First up – a pub:

1. Save The Greys

The Greys pub on Southover Street has long been famous for fine food, great beer, and its intimate and friendly atmosphere, with music nights that attract high profile, international folk, country and blues artists.

Over the past five years, however, this extremely popular local has seen multiple changes of management and been starved of investment. It is now in danger of closing its doors forever.

The Friends of the Greys was formed to try and offer up a better, brighter future for The Greys and the building has been granted Asset of Community Value status by the Council; but we now have only until late December to make a successful bid to Save The Greys!

Who are The Friends of The Greys?

We are a group of old, new and in some cases, ex-residents who, not only love The Greys for all its history and warmth, but who want to realise a sense of community and shared values within this amazing, diverse corner of Brighton & Hove.  The Greys as a Community Free House has the potential to offer all residents a social space in which they can contribute and share in projects aimed at enhancing and strengthening their community.

What a Community Free House will mean

Our vision is to reinvent The Greys as a social enterprise owned and run by the residents of Hanover and the wider public of Brighton and beyond. We aim to provide a daytime resource for community groups, offering space for creativity, learning, support and wellbeing initiatives run by, and for, residents.

We will also focus on providing the very best of British and worldwide real ales and craft beers, locally sourced food, and reinvigorating the Greys tradition of live music. Any surplus will be ploughed back into local community causes.

We are working hard to develop a business plan and identify potential sources of external funding.  We are also planning a share offering to be launched later in the autumn, giving the public the opportunity to become owners of this new Community Free House – and enjoy benefits as members of this social enterprise.

 To find out more, visit the website or click on the image in the lefthand sidebar

2. Save the Trees

Next up, Hanover Action have launched a crowdfunder to replace dead street trees in the area:

Saving our diminishing tree canopy in Brighton and Hove.

We are fundraising to replace dead street street trees in Hanover & Elm Grove.

£350 Initial Target:

This will help us to replace two trees:

1. A Silver Birch (Betula pendula) tree in Ewart Street (Hanover) that forms part of the silver birch planting in the whole street.

2. A Wych Elm outside Elm Grove School, Elm Grove.

These two tree replacements are possible with our initial £350 target and the offer of match-funding from local Councillor David Gibson’s ‘Ward Councillor Budget Scheme 2017-18’. Agreement has been secured from Brighton & Hove Council for enabling works (Highways Basic Maintenance would prepare grinding site and reinstate hard surfaces ).

Our £1,500 Stretch Target!

We want to exceed the initial £350 target so we can replace other dead trees.

3. This include a Wych Elm tree at the junction of Totland Road-Hartington Road, that forms part of the avenue of Elms that runs from the Lewes Road all the way up Hartington Road.

4. A Wych Elm at 225 Elm Grove:

These last two trees will be replaced in negotiation with Brighton & Hove Council for the enabling works. Due to lack of Council funding this may include a larger financial contribution to enabling works, and reinstatement of pavement, etc.

Please help us however small your donation 🙂

Find their crowdfunder at or click on the picture in the sidebar.

Clean streets

Hampden Road makeover

Last week some residents of Hampden Road got together to repaint a grotty looking wall – and here’s the result! Excellent work by those involved and thanks to the council for sorting out paint for the junction box.

St Martins Place Community Cleanup

On Weds October 25th, University of Sussex is organising a streetclean on St Martins Place and anyone wishing to join residents, students and city clean staff sprucing up the street is welcome to attend. Lucy Walker from the university says it will be “a very informal hands on, sleeves up call to action. We’ll be sweeping pavements and clearing any recycling or rubbish.” For more info contact Lucy

If you think your street needs sprucing or you and your neighbours would like to do some work on your street and would like some help or advice, do get in touch.

LAT Meeting September 27th

Our next meeting will be September 27th, 7pm at the Hanover

The minutes from the last meeting can be found HERE


  1. Welcome and introductions 2 mins
  2. Updates from last meeting
    1. Community compost – 5 mins
    2. Recycling wheelie bins 10 mins
  3. Neighbourhood Plan for Hanover & Elm Grove – report back from working group meetings 30 mins
  4. Parking Update  10 mins
  5. Other business 5 mins
  6. Date of next meeting

Look forward to seeing you