The Hanover & Elm Grove Community Coalition includes representatives from community and residents groups across the ward and interested individual residents and has formed to work of developing a neighbourhood Action Plan for our area. For more info on the developing plan, who is involved and how you can join in see our NAP pages HERE
The community coalition is holds regular meetings which are open to anyone who lives in the ward, wiht the next one on May 1st at the Phoenix Gallery – for more on these, look HERE
The next public event, looking to engage people in the developing NAP will be on Sunday April 29th, where we will be joining in at Spring in the Patch, with information about the plan and your chance to comment, and will also be teaming up with Hanover Action who will be running activities around local recycling and their ‘Bloomin Hanover’ plan to fill our streets with floral abundance.
We hope you will drop by on the day and share your thoughts about our neighbourhood
The next LAT meeting will be on Tuesday April 17th – 7pm at the Hanover, and this will also be our AGM where we will look back over the past year and ahead into the future….
At the last meeting (for mins see HERE) we talked a lot of rubbish, partly discussing the Refuse & Recycling theme of the developing Neighbourhood Action Plan, and partly looking at a report which was presented by a resident suggesting that communal bins close to buildings may present a fire risk. Both of these topics will be picked up again this time, with input from BHCC Cityclean and Corporate health & Safety team who will be in attendance to speak to these issues.
Also on the agenda is the Collaboration Fund update. Those at the last meeting will remember that Tim Read from the council Restorative Practice Team attended to speak about his work, and opportunities to use this approach to tackle local issues – particularly graffiti. Since this meeting we have had the opportunity to bid to the council collaboration fund, as part of the Neighbourhood Plan Community Coalition, and are hoping for good news on this bid to be shared at the meeting.
Regarding the Community Coalition, we held a great event at the Hanover Centre on March 19th, getting local views on the developing plan. If you haven’t checked it yet, look HERE for the latest version and how to give your views and get involved. Our next public event will be at Spring in the Patch on April 29th.
Here is the April 17th agenda so far – please let us know if there are any things you would like to add.
- Welcome and Introductions
- Apologies for Absence
- AGM – Election of Chair and Secretary
- Minutes of Previous Meeting – Matters Arising – Fire Risk Commmunal Bins
- NAP Update
- Collaboration Fund Update
Look forward to seeing you
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!
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
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
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
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 www.savethegreys.co.uk 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 www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hanover-action or click on the picture in the sidebar.