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

 

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.

“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.