“We are far more unites and have far more in common than that which divides us” Jo Cox

Join your friends and neighbours at the Hanover Centre on Saturday in a celebration of our community, inspired by Jo Cox, who was killed on 16 June last year.

There will be cake, there will be crochet from the fabulous @rebelyarns  and much more besides.

This event is #RefugeesWelcome

For the Facebook event page, see HERE 

Enquiries to Cllr Emma Daniel at her personal email brightonhuxley@gmail.com

 

 

Stonehurst Court – what’s going on?

Consultation on the proposed conversion of flats back into family housing at 3-22 Stonehurst Court, Brighton

Venue: The former housing office, Stonehurst Court (Located on the right hand side of Stonehurst Court)

 Date: Friday 19th May  Time: 3pm – 7pm

 Brighton and Hove City Council is proposing to convert the nineteen one bedroom flats and a community space, at 3-22 Stonehurst Court, back into ten two bedroom semi-detached family houses with gardens. These proposed changes will include major repairs and refurbishment of the houses.

These buildings are currently in poor condition and have been underused, or used as temporary one bedroom flats. It is our intention to use these homes to meet temporary housing needs for families. This would be before they are offered permanent housing. The houses will be improved in such a way as to be suitable for future general housing use.

We are inviting you to attend a public information and ‘drop in’ session to discuss these proposals. Our intention is to allow you to look at and fully understand our proposals. Council staff will be present to answer your queries.

The proposed changes will be subject to a formal Planning Application and there will therefore be further opportunities to make comments in the next few weeks.

If you cannot attend but wish to ask for further details please contact us

P&Ienquiries@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Tel: 01273 294641

I look forward to meeting you if you are able to attend.

Gill Thompson

Capital Programme Manager

HEGLAT Futures

At the most recent meeting of the Hanover & Elm Grove Local Action Team (HEG LAT) a new way forward for the community group was discussed to ensure that our work remains relevant and responsive to local needs.

With significant progress made on parking, HMO issues and refuse collection, it is now time for HEGLAT to hear from the community on what should be its future priorities, how it can adapt and how it can continue to develop.

People at the meeting talked about how HEGLAT can become more involved in direct community action to improve our area; how the group can support community events such as street parties, and if there are any other ways of running the LAT which could involve more people working on special subjects or issues of particular concern to them.

If you are interested in being part of our journey then please join us at our next meeting on

Monday June 5th at 7pm in The Hanover Pub on Queens Park Road.

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

mikeloscaminos@yahoo.co.uk

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?

Come to a PUBLIC MEETING ON BUS CHANGES ST. LUKE’S CHURCH, QUEEN’S PARK ROAD MONDAY 10th FEBRUARY 7.30pm

Speakers

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

PROPOSED CHANGES TO BUS SERVICES

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.