Question Time…

 

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

 

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LAT Meeting Agenda – September 7th

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

AGENDA

 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

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

 

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.