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.
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 Housing@Sussex.ac.uk
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.
Our next meeting will be September 27th, 7pm at the Hanover
The minutes from the last meeting can be found HERE
- Welcome and introductions 2 mins
- Updates from last meeting
- Community compost – 5 mins
- Recycling wheelie bins 10 mins
- Neighbourhood Plan for Hanover & Elm Grove – report back from working group meetings 30 mins
- Parking Update 10 mins
- Other business 5 mins
- Date of next meeting
Look forward to seeing you
Launch on the corner of Albion Hill
and Belgrave Street
Tuesday 8th August
We will be around from 5pm to start our compost scheme – come along and find out more about reducing landfill waste and making compost.
People who join will get a compost caddy and the code to the compost bins.
What are the benefits of a Community Compost Scheme?
Reduce the amount of waste you sends to landfill
More space less smell – because your domestic bin is not full of useful organic matter
Recycles waste into valuable, nutrient rich compost which scheme members can have a share in. Any leftovers will be put to good use in the community.
Funded and supported by Brighton & Hove Council and Brighton & Hove Food Partnership. There are currently 30 schemes in operation across the city, composting the food waste from over 1000 households.
For more on Community Composting, see our page HERE
Road marking within Hanover & Elm Grove is set to commence on Monday 31st July 2017. A schedule of works detailing which roads are affected on which day will be available to view on the councils webpage from Monday 24th July 2017.
Additional information as to vehicle relocations and as to when households can expect to receive permit applications will also be provided. Officers are continuing to work in the area this week marking up on site in preparation of the works start date.