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
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