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  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.

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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 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.

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

AGENDA

  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

Community Compost Launch

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.

Or for info email ianmac100@talktalk.net

People who join will get a compost caddy and the code to the compost bins.

What are the benefits of a Community Compost Scheme?

  1. Reduce the amount of waste you sends to landfill

  2. More space less smell – because your domestic bin is not full of useful organic matter

  3. 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

 

CPZ Road Markings

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.

A Neighbourhood Action Plan for Hanover and Elm Grove?

At the last HEGLAT meeting we discussed the way that that Hanover and Elm Grove is one of the councils pilot areas for partnership working with the community and it was agreed that a community led action plan should be explored with council support over the coming months.

A working group has been set up to work out how to identify priorities and involve as many people and local groups in the production of this action plan, and will try to meet twice over the summer and then report back with some recommendations to the wider LAT when we meet again in the autumn.

The plan would identify the local priorities and set out how the local groups, the different council services and other agencies (such as police, health, universities) will work together do to tackle these priorities. The issue of lack of council resources to achieve any desired changes was raised as an obstacle, but it was suggested that by putting some resources into this partnership between residents and the council more could be achieved within the existing resources.

If you would like to know more about this initiative, please email simon.bannister@brighton-hove.gov.uk

 

private rented sector licensing consultation

The council is currently consulting on two proposed licensing schemes for private rented housing in the city.

The aim is to improve consistency of management and maintenance standards in the city’s private rented housing. The council is required to consult interested parties about the schemes and consider representations before reaching a final decision.

The full background on the decision to propose these schemes is given in the private rented sector discretionary licensing reports discussed by the Housing & New Homes Committee on 16 November 2016 and 14 June 2017.

The consultations close at midnight on Sunday 10 September 2017.

Additional licensing consultation

Councils can introduce additional licensing schemes for HMOs smaller than those to which the mandatory scheme applies​ where certain conditions are met. The council has been operating schemes in parts of the city since 2012, and the proposal is to implement the scheme city-wide. These would be properties of two or more storeys occupied by three or more people who are not from the same family and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet.

Please read the following information on the additional licensing proposals before completing the consultation.

Selective licensing consultation

Selective licensing enables authorities to licence privately rented accommodation other than HMOs where certain conditions are met. The proposed selective licensing scheme would apply to 12 wards in the city – St Peter’s & North Laine, Regency, Moulsecoomb & Bevendean, Hollingdean & Stanmer, Queen’s Park, Hanover & Elm Grove, Brunswick & Adelaide, East Brighton, South Portslade, Central Hove, Westbourne and Preston Park. This could affect approximately 27,000 properties.

Please read the following information on the selective licensing proposals before completing the consultation.

If you have require information in an alternative format, please email prslicensingconsultation@brighton-hove.gov.uk or call 01273 293156.

What happens next?

Consultation responses will be used in a further report, which will go to the Housing & New Homes Committee in November 2017. Members will then decide whether to proceed with the schemes.