Updates and News

Minutes of Meeting of 5 October now available http://wp.me/P1H9jH-og 

Next Meeting of HEGLAT 7 December at 7pm at The Hanover Pub 

University of Sussex to open drop in unit on Lewes Road (mid November)

Horse and Groom latest news  – (October 2015) Owners lease historic pub to Blue Man restaurant in Queen’s Road with plans to re-open it as a cafe serving food, wine and hosting live music. Opening planned for mid November.

Parking Council agree to prioritise parking consultation scheme for HEGLAT residents.    .

Reminder of Resident’s Presentation

“As the result of the transport and parking survey undertaken by residents via Hanover & Elm Grove Local Action Team (HEGLAT), with 1101 surveys returned, we the residents, now ask Brighton & Hove City Council to undertake the development of a mutually agreed proposal. This is to be followed by a consultation on a Controlled Parking Zone in the area, based on the Community Parking Plan as devised and proposed by the residents and HEGLAT. The outline of this Community Parking Plan Date of next Parking Sub Group having already been discussed with, and positively and constructively received by council officers and councillors in meetings prior to this representation.”


The survey http://wp.me/P1H9jH-ow can be downloaded and edited by someone who would like to be a street rep and take responsibility for surveying the residents of their own street to get more ideas about how their street can be improved.

Volunteers being sought to help with distribution and collection of surveys so we have a good source of views to inform discussion.

Brighton General Hospital Parking Scheme – live operation from April 6. What is the impact on the streets where you live? Let us know.

easit Brighton&Hove travel card launched

Press release                                                                                    12 June 2015

 Brighton Transport Project offers road to better health with cheaper travel

A new council initiative has been launched to promote sustainable travel options for workers in Brighton & Hove.  Representatives from some of the city’s largest employers, including EDF Energy, Brighton and Sussex University Hospital NHS Trust, Brighton & Hove City Council, University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, gathered at The Grand Hotel on 3 June 2015 to launch the easitBRIGHTON&HOVE travel card which offers reduced bus and train fares for those working at organisations signed up to the scheme.

The card is one of a series of incentives designed to reduce congestion and improve air quality in the city as well as improving the health of residents by encouraging them to choose sustainable transport options to get to work, university, college and school. Offers include a 15% discount on all Southern Railway tickets across the network (excluding London Zones 1, 2 & 3) including weekly, monthly and annual season tickets and a 10% discount on tickets bought on Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company’s Key smartcard.

All businesses operating in Brighton & Hove are eligible to sign up to the scheme which is free for the first year.  Once registered, their employees may then apply online for an easit card costing £4.80 and begin saving money on their everyday travel.

Gill Mitchell, BHCC’s Lead member for Transport, said: “The easit travel card is exactly the type of initiative that we want to promote in the city. It offers workers a great incentive to use public transport thereby helping to reduce unnecessary car journeys and cutting congestion.”

Mel Mehmet, Chief Executive of easitNETWORK said “Sustainable business practice is no longer a niche, but a mainstream movement across the whole spectrum of the business community. There now exists a real desire to address transport issues and that is where easit can help make a difference.”

easitBRIGHTON&HOVE travel card is one of a number of initiatives of the East Central Brighton transport project, funded by the Department for Transport through the Local Sustainable Transport Fund.

For further information please visit the easit website http://www.easit.org.uk/easitbrightonhove.php

Employers can also find out more by calling easit on 01306 886677 or by email info@easit.org.uk

Notes for editors

–        Contact: Ruth Allsop, 01273 291031 or ruth.allsop@brighton-hove.gov.uk

–        A larger file version of the attached jpg is available on request

Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF)

Brighton & Hove City Council secured funding from the Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) in 2014, to deliver a sustainable transport project in the East Central area of Brighton.

The easitBRIGHTON&HOVE project will run until April 2016.  The main aims of the fund are to:

  • support the local economy and facilitate economic development
  • reduce carbon emissions
  • help to deliver wider social and economic benefits
  • improve safety
  • bring about improvements to air quality
  • actively promote increased levels of physical activity and associated health benefits

The project will achieve these objectives with the following schemes:

  • Residential Personalised Travel Planning
  • Business, University, College and Destination Travel Planning
  • School Travel Planning
  • Adult Cycling and Maintenance Training
  • Cycling and Walking Permeability Study
  • Road Safety Campaigns
  • Pedestrian Wayfinding


easitBRIGHTON&HOVE is being funded by the Department for Transport, Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF), and is free to join in 2015/16 for businesses and educational providers based in the eastern and northern areas of the city centre. Businesses in other areas of the city can also join on request.

The scheme aims to provide discounted travel options, particularly around public transport and cycling, to help make them more realistic and attractive ‘door to door’ travel options for getting to work and any business related journeys as well as getting about for leisure purposes.

For more information, see www.easit.org.uk/easitbrightonhove.php

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Alix Macfarlane Media Officer Corporate Communications Brighton & Hove City Council Room G11 King’s House Grand Avenue Hove BN3 2LS Email: alix.macfarlane@brighton-hove.gov.uk Telephone: 01273 291030 www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

Please note, I am in the press office every Monday and Tuesday. I also work alternate Fridays.

Brighton & Hove City Council media contact for Rugby World Cup 2015

New 18 and 21 bus update

18 and 21 Bus Stop move enabling residents to share the same hop and hop off stop.


Current Timetables

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.

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 mikeloscaminos@yahoo.co.uk

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.

On The Buses (part 8867…)

**update – there is a page about the proposals on the bus company website.**

Following conversation, consultation and agitation, Brighton & Hove Buses have re-amended our local service and propose a series of tweaks which will take place in September. For info, see below download as a PDF HERE

This subject remains a hot topic in our ‘hot topics’ section – and thoughts would be well placed HERE)

Bus Review JuneNew Bus Map June 2014


All Change on The Buses – Public Meeting

Bus qWould you like to see better buses in Queens Park?
Are you concerned about the proposed changes to the 81?



Mike Best (Operations Director, Brighton & Hove Buses)
Andrew Boag (Chair, Brighton & Hove Buswatch)
Richard Johnson (Bus team, Brighton & Hove City Council)
Chair Mark Strong (Vice-chair, Queens Park LAT)
There’ll be ample time for audience questions, comments and suggestions

Meeting arranged by the Queens Park Local Action Team if you can display a poster to help publicise this meeting, download one here:  Buses in Queens Park A4


Bus RouteBrighton & Hove Buses are planning to make major changes to bus services to and from Queens Park in April 2014. This has come about very quickly, partly in response to problems with reliability of the 81 in recent months.
While the local community appreciates the bus company wants to improve services, we’re concerned about the speed at which changes have been proposed and the lack of consultation with local bus users. We’ve called this public meeting to allow the changes to be discussed, concerns to be raised, and hopefully to agree on improvements.

The bus company are still developing the details of the changes, responding to local community groups and bus users who have raised a number of issues. The latest proposals are for the 81 route to be replaced by two completely new routes 18 and 20, plus major revisions to the 21 route.

The core of the new services is the 20 Queens Park Shuttle. This would run very often along a one-way anti-clockwise loop from the Clock Tower (Dyke Road) via North Street and St James’s Street. It would then be the same as the 81 through Queens Park to the Level, but then continue via London Road and Brighton Station back to Dyke Road at the Clock Tower. No buses will end at the Open Market, one stop short of the London Road shops (currently all 81s finish here) – they will all serve the Co-op stop.

The new 20 will improve the reliability of services to Queens Park. There will be more buses between Queens Park and the City Centre plus a regular all-day link with Brighton Station. But the one-way route won’t provide a direct link to North Street or Hove. It will also use a separate stop from the main services at Churchill Square. The Brighton Station stop will be at Frederick Place not the station itself.

To address concerns of local bus users the bus company will maintain a direct link between Queens Park, Edward Street and Western Road by another new service 18 (running every 30 minutes during the day. East of the Old Steine it will be similar to the 20A shown above, running in a one-way clockwise loop via London Rd. However, the 18 would also run two-way along Western Road as far as Waitrose.

The eastern part of the revised 21 route would run half-hourly between the Marina and the Old Steine via Manor Hill, Queens Park Road, Elm Grove and London Road. The western section would run between North Street, Hove and Goldstone Valley along the same route as the current 81.

Brighton & Hove Buses have been sending out a survey to local residents and passengers. You can complete it online at http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/queensparkbus. You can also email comments directly to the bus company at queenspark@buses.co.uk. Please also copy your email to msstrong@gmail.com.