The next LAT meeting will be on Tuesday April 17th – 7pm at the Hanover, and this will also be our AGM where we will look back over the past year and ahead into the future….
At the last meeting (for mins see HERE) we talked a lot of rubbish, partly discussing the Refuse & Recycling theme of the developing Neighbourhood Action Plan, and partly looking at a report which was presented by a resident suggesting that communal bins close to buildings may present a fire risk. Both of these topics will be picked up again this time, with input from BHCC Cityclean and Corporate health & Safety team who will be in attendance to speak to these issues.
Also on the agenda is the Collaboration Fund update. Those at the last meeting will remember that Tim Read from the council Restorative Practice Team attended to speak about his work, and opportunities to use this approach to tackle local issues – particularly graffiti. Since this meeting we have had the opportunity to bid to the council collaboration fund, as part of the Neighbourhood Plan Community Coalition, and are hoping for good news on this bid to be shared at the meeting.
Regarding the Community Coalition, we held a great event at the Hanover Centre on March 19th, getting local views on the developing plan. If you haven’t checked it yet, look HERE for the latest version and how to give your views and get involved. Our next public event will be at Spring in the Patch on April 29th.
Here is the April 17th agenda so far – please let us know if there are any things you would like to add.
- Welcome and Introductions
- Apologies for Absence
- AGM – Election of Chair and Secretary
- Minutes of Previous Meeting – Matters Arising – Fire Risk Commmunal Bins
- NAP Update
- Collaboration Fund Update
Look forward to seeing you
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
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
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
The next Hanover & Elm Grove Local Action Team meeting will take place on Monday September 30th – 7pm at the Hanover Public House on Queens Park Road. To view the minutes of the last meeting, click HERE
Hanover and Elm Grove Area
Local Action Team
Meeting on Monday 30th September
At The Hanover pub, Queens Park Road
Everyone who lives or works in Hanover or Elm Grove welcome!
- Minutes of the last meeting & follow-up issues to be discussed
- Matters Arising in our local area
- Police issues
- Student Halls and accommodation
- Bill Randall update on contact with City Clean
- Parking Survey street-by-street with Steve Reeves (Main Topic)
Please come along and discuss any issues you may have, particularly about parking, HMOs or Anti-social behaviour
The minutes from the September meeting are available to download HERE.
The next meeting will be on November 19th. If you have any issues or topic you would like to see on the agenda, please let us know.
The other main topic this month was Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s). Large numbers of properties being coverted from family into shared housing in the area brings pressures.
Previous meeting have looked at night noise, refuse and recycling issues and parking as being particularly impacted upon by an increased and more transient population. Additionally – and harder to quantify – are worries that the ‘liveability’ of the neighbourhood changes with greater population churn, that people become less likely to know their neighbours and that short term residents have less of a commitment to the area and community.
With these issues in mind, the meeting was pleased to welcome the Head of Operations at BHCC Housing Strategy – Martin Reed and Liz Hobden from the BHCC Local Development Team.
Martin focussed on HMO licencing. At present all HMO’s shared by more than 5 people and comprising three stories or more need to be licenced by the council. Being licenced means that the quality of the accomodation is checked and poorly converted or badly managed properties can be refused a licence. Penalties for breach of licence can be significant and more details about the current regime – including a register of HMO’s can be found on the council website. Martin is currently looking at changing the licence conditions to include properties of two stories or more rather than three, which will bring a lot more local properties into the licencing regime. To make this change, Martin needs to carry out a full consultation, and the likelyhood of this going forward will depend on the outcome of this. More information on this process will be posted here as it becomes available.
The second strand of the HMO debate came from Liz, who is looking at the potential of a planning tool called an ‘Article 4 Direction‘. Currently, if a property is extended to to provide extra bedrooms as a viable HMO, so long as it it doesn’t excede its permited development rights it would not normally need planning permission. An Article 4 Direction can be made which removes permitted development rights in some circumstances; this doesn’t mean that properties cannot be extended, but would mean that developers would need planning consent for these changes. This process is being adopted at the moment by other local authorities for similar reasons. If an Article 4 Direction is made, Liz is exploring a precentage level of HMO’s per street – the example given was 10% – which could be established via planning, meaning greater local control over the proliferation of HMO’s in the City.
Contributions from both officers were warmly welcomed and much appreciated. More details will be placed in the minutes, and updates will be posted as they are available.