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.

Updates and News

Hanover and Elm Grove LAT

Minutes of ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING  held on 3rd April 2017

http://wp.me/P1H9jH-rN

Next Meeting to be held Monday 5th June 2017 at The Hanover Pub, Queens Park Rd

Prompt 7:00pm start

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UPDATE (April)

We have now had the March meeting of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability (ETS) committee and the recommendations for a CPZ in HEG have been passed with some amendments:

A Full Scheme CPZ in the area south of Elm Grove (Hanover central and including the southern section of EG) and streets in the North West section along Lewes Rd up to the gyratory for seven days a week from 9am to 8pm. This scheme to have some shared Pay & Display spaces.

A Light Touch CPZ in the area north of Elm Grove from Bonchurch Rd up to the top of Elm Grove and including Pankhurst and the Top Triangle, also including Hartington Rd, for Monday to Friday only with restricted hours between 11am-12 noon and 6pm-7pm. This scheme to have a limited number of exclusive Pay & Display spaces. The reason they are Exclusive P&D is that residents in this zone will still have nine hours a day when visitors can park for free.

The proposed shared parking on Freshfield Road will now be for resident permit only to increase parking availability in Pankhurst; with further consideration given to finding some more parking in Firle, Glynde and Clayton Roads and a report made back to the next ETS in June.

Council officers will arrange a further meeting with reps from residents associations in Pankhurst, Elm Grove and Top Triangle areas to discuss any possible refinements and improvements to the scheme ahead of the Traffic Order being published and report back to the nest ETS meeting.

The Road Safety Team will investigate options to reduce speeding/racing along Pankhurst Avenue and to consider concerns raised by residents about increased potential speeding in Firle, Glynde and Clayton Roads should the proposed double yellow lines be installed, and report back to ETS.

A trial scheme will be piloted allowing businesses to buy a number of visitor permits in order to offset the potential adverse impacts of a CPZ. Permit costs will be as currently advertised on the council website. Visitors permits will be allowed as per existing schemes. https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/parking-and-travel/parking/parking-permits Residents with Traders Permits applicable until 5pm will be able to park for free for unlimited time in nearby pay & display bays. ie. when returning home from work etc.

HEGLAT knows that even after nearly four years of hard work, these schemes are not perfect and will not suit everyone – that would never be able to happen – but we have managed to negotiate, push and argue with the council (and upset a few people) and whilst some issues are still to be resolved we have made considerable changes to a standard council CPZ. Several of the things listed above simply wouldn’t have been in these recommendations had we not held them to task. Nobody has ever been offered them before now. Watch this space for more info in the coming couple of months. HEGLAT

 

Minutes of Meeting 6th February 2017

https://heglat.wordpress.com/meetings/lat-meetings-2017/minutes-of-the-meeting-6th-february-2017/

Parking Consultation Timeline (update February 2017)

March 14th 2017 – Transport Committee final approval

21 Days Traffic orders  – during this time further comments can be accepted

Summer 2017 – Implementation works (where approvals given)

Autumn 2017 Operational Start (where approvals given)

HMO’s Planning check February 2017 

Check whether a HMO is licensed – How to Guide available https://heglat.wordpress.com/?page_id=1592&preview=true

More success enforcing our planning policies. There have been 3 appeals recently dismissed

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“Council Response to HEGLAT Query on Inconsistencies in Road Widths between HEG and Lewes Rd Triangle  Zone”  

During the 2010 consultation within the Hanover & Elm  grove (H&EG)area, concerns were raised from the fire service over the  proposals to introduce parking on both sides of the carriageway. They ultimately  outlined that they require a 3.1 carriageway width due to the length of the  roads in the area if parking is on both sides.

 The comparison drawn up between the roads within the HEGLAT  survey does not factor in the vast difference in the road lengths between those  in the Lewes Road Triangle (LRT)  and those in H&EG.  A number of  roads in the LRT area were also subject to a historical formal parking  arrangement going back a number of years which was drafted into LRT CPZ detailed  design.  The emergency services were consulted on the proposals and chose  not to comment which resulted in the design there is currently.

Following comments and concerns made regarding the amount of  parking available during the current consultation the Council have identified  potential further spaces following site visits with the Road Safety team and  taking into account the previous comments from the Fire service.  However,

Residents should base their vote on the proposals within the consultation as any  additional parking or changes would be reported to Committee in detail in March  2017 following requests during the consultation (such as more parking wanted and /or requests for one way streets).

If any form of resident parking scheme is approved there will  be a further opportunity for residents to comment on the design of the scheme  when the formal traffic order with detailed measurements is advertised with a 21  day consultation period in the spring / early Summer. __________________________________

Charles  Field Joint Acting Head of Parking & Network Operations Transport

Brighton & Hove City Council

 
     

Parking Consultation Frequently Asked Questions http://wp.me/P1H9jH-oT

Council confirm timetable for Parking consultation http://wp.me/P1H9jH-kD

Reminder of the representation made to the Council .

As the result of the transport and parking survey undertaken by residents via Hanover & Elm Grove Local Action Team (HEGLAT), with 1101 surveys returned, we the residents, now ask Brighton & Hove City Council to undertake the development of a mutually agreed proposal. This is to be followed by a consultation on a Controlled Parking Zone in the area, based on the Community Parking Plan as devised and proposed by the residents and HEGLAT. The outline of this Community Parking Plan having already been discussed with, and positively and constructively received by council officers and councillors in meetings prior to this representation.”

22 St Mary Magdalene St – link to press release here:

http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/press-release/government-tells-another-brighton-landlord-shut-student-house-0

Also dismissed were appeals on 69 Ewhurst Road and 45 Newmarket Street.

The inspector at 69 Ewhurst extended the notice period until the end of the year. The Council’s Trading Standards officer has written to the letting agency ensuring that they know the property can’t be let as an HMO beyond that time.

New link

COUNCIL PRESS releases

 

University’s city shopfront open for business

Sussex Uni 91 Lewes Rd
T
he University of Sussex has opened a permanent city-centre shopfront in Lewes Road, Brighton.

The information centre, at 91 Lewes Road near Sainsbury’s at the Vogue Gyratory, provides a showcase for the University’s range of courses, its research expertise and displays of student work.

Open Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm, the centre is a point of contact for engaging with current students, local residents, businesses, future university students, parents and teachers.

HEGLAT would encourage all residents in our area to use this shopfront as a place where you can call in if you have any issues with students, student behaviour and HMOs. 
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STREET IMPROVEMENTS SURVEY 

The survey http://wp.me/P1H9jH-ow can be downloaded and edited by someone who would like to be a street rep and take responsibility for surveying the residents of their own street to get more ideas about how their street can be improved. Completed surveys can be handed in at HEGLAT meetings or to HEGLAT representatives.

U of Sussex seeks residents Views

University of Sussex Private Sector Workshops

We have finalised dates for our Private Sector Housing Workshops we will be running, aimed at giving students who will be starting to think about private sector housing for next year, the information and advice they need.

We have changed the format this year to include interactive workshops around different aspects of living in the private sector.

I will be helping to run our community workshop desk and part of this we hope will include a member of the community from different areas around Brighton to chat to students about living in their area, what’s good about it and general advice about settling in to the area.

We would be very interested in having someone from the LAT to attend one or more of the workshops.

The dates and location on campus of the workshops are:

November

  • Monday 21st November- 5.30pm- 7.30pm – Fulton 104
  • Thursday 24th November- 1.30pm- 3.30pm –Fulton 104
  • Monday 28th November- 5.30pm-7.30pm- Jubilee 118

 

December

  • Thursday 1st December- 5.30pm-7.30pm- Jubilee 118
  • Tuesday 6th December- 5.30pm-7.30pm- Futon 104
  • Thursday 8th December- 1.30pm-3.30pm- Fulton 104
  • Thursday 8th December- 5.30pm-7.30pm- Jubilee 115

Please can you let me know if this is something that would be possible and if so which one you will be able to attend?

Kind regards,

Lucy Walker,

Housing Officer (Information and Advice),

University of Sussex Information Centre,

91 Lewes Road,

Brighton,

BN2 3HZ

Open Mon-Fri, 10am-4pm

E: Lucy.Walker@Sussex.ac.uk

T: +44 (0) 1273 690405

www.facebook.com/UoSInfoCentre

www.sussex.ac.uk/accommodation

We welcome your feedback, negative or positive as we work to improve the service we provide.

We are part of The Student Accommodation Code

Your Warm Home

makingyourhomewarmerHere is a guest post from Kayla at Community Matters about two great opportunities for residents to save energy and have warmer homes.

In December 2012, Brighton & Hove City Council, working with partners Communities Matter, Brighton and Hove 10:10, The Green Building Partnership and Low Carbon Trust, successfully secured government funding to run two projects in Brighton & Hove to offer residents the opportunity to reduce their energy bills.

Your Warm Home

Sixty households in Brighton & Hove will have the chance to receive free energy improvements to their homes to make them warmer to live in and less expensive to heat. The Your Warm Home scheme will provide free measures, such as new boilers, draught-proofing, insulation and heating system upgrades, to residents who find it hard to pay their energy bills and keep their homes warm. Any private tenants or homeowners, who are more than 60 years old, have a disability or long-term health conditions or are a low-income family, can apply to take part in Your Warm Home.

To apply to take part in the Your Warm Home scheme or propose people who would benefit from it, email info@communitiesmatter.org.uk or call Ollie Pendered at Communities Matter on 07870 689978, or me, Kayla Ente on 07786507818.

Green Deal Pioneer Places

Brighton & Hove City Council is offering 100 Brighton & Hove householders a free Green Deal home energy assessment — worth up to £150. This no-obligation assessment will identify improvements that could reduce energy use in your home and estimate how much you could save on gas and electricity bills if you had them installed.

But that’s not all. Once you’ve had your assessment, you could then be one of 10 lucky Brighton & Hove residents chosen to have up to £10,000-worth of energy efficiency improvements installed in their homes — absolutely free! This could include measures such as new boilers, wall and loft insulation, secondary glazing and draught-proofing.

If you want to take part in Green Deal Pioneer Places and be in the mix for up to £10,000-worth of home-energy improvements or just want to have a free Green Deal assessment, please fill in the Green Deal Pioneer Places application form by 11 February 2013. We’d like applications to be made online, but if you are unable to complete the online form please call 01273 411143 or email pioneerplaces@greenbuildingpartnership.co.uk

Both schemes are open to private tenants and homeowners, and you must be a Brighton & Hove resident to take part.

For further information about home energy efficiency in Brighton and Hove, please see the Council’s website

Be a Model for your community

A request from the council Road Safety Team
Are you 18-24 and available on 2nd August at 2:30pm on Lewes Rd?
I’m after a male and female to be hand models and back views for road safety photos to be used in a campaign.  Sadly the road safety team is significantly older than this.
I can chip in a free coffee/tea but can’t afford more – other than grateful thanks.
 
Contact me by e-mail if interested/want to find out more.
 
Enjoy the sun.
Keith Baldock
keith.baldock@brighton-hove.gov.uk

News From The Triangle

The Triangle Community Group think about the (more or less) triangular area bounded by Lewes Rd, Upper Lewes Rd and Union Rd/The Level. Our mainarea odf common interest is the Lewes Road, but they have also put together some really good initiatives around greening their streets and improving their neighbourhood. here is thier latest newsletter

TRIANGLE COMMUNITY GROUP NEWSLETTER

Spring 2012

New Planters for Lewes Road! Join in our community planting – 11am Saturday 21 April

Meet outside the Park Crescent Health Centre at the end of Park Crescent/Lewes Road for refreshments. A few years ago, the Triangle Community Group did a survey of local people which showed that everyone would like more trees, plants and flowers to improve the quality of life in our area. We received funding from the Council and established planters in various locations along Lewes Road and since then, a few residents have maintained them, watered them in dry weather and put new plants in. The planters have recently been looking a bit the worse for wear, and as part of the Lewes Road improvements the Council offered to replace them with much better quality planters which would match the benches recently installed. The Council will provide new compost and a selection of plants – and now it is up to us to help plant them! The date we have agreed is 21 April, from 11am, and we would love lots of residents to come along and help with the planting. If you can also help to water the plants during the summer, and keep them tidy, then that would be brilliant! It is up to us to keep an eye on the new planters and make sure they bring a breath of fresh air and some colour to our area, so come along on the 21 April and have a fun session planting up our new planters. Bring the kids, every child will get a free children’s gardening set to keep!

Lewes Road Improvements

Everyone living in the Lewes Road area will have received a consultation document about the next stages of the improvement plan for Lewes Road. You can already see a difference – the pavements are tidier, we have new benches to sit on, and lots of out of date road signs have been removed. The traffic is flowing better since the removal of one of the pedestrian crossings, and it feels safer to cross the road. And lots more improvements are being planned, including changes to the Vogue Gyratory, and these will make things much better for drivers, cyclists, bus passengers and pedestrians.

Eating and Greeting

The Triangle Community Group represents and includes everyone who lives in the area including both sides of Lewes Road, and the streets between Lewes Road, Upper Lewes Road and Union Road. This means we try to hold meetings for and communicate with all residents, families, students, older people, children, and local businesses, churches, shops, and schools. Our latest project aims to bring fresh local food to Lewes Road, and the opportunity for students and residents to meet and eat together. Students from the University of Brighton have given their time to help get the project off the ground.

A pilot session was organised on 11 April, based in St Martin’s Church Hall, and supported by the Food Partnership. Ashurst Organics provided fresh organic vegetables, and these were washed, prepared and cooked into a lovely nourishing soup which was served up with bread and cups of tea for anyone who wanted to join in. Those who couldn’t stay to chat took some soup away in disposable containers. The result was a friendly and relaxing couple of hours, with people of all ages eating and chatting and getting to know each other: babies, students, local residents, people just dropping in. We hope to use this pilot session to get funding for more sessions and make this a regular opportunity for people to get together and get to know each other.

See our website for details of more sessions in the future, and keep an eye out for posters and leaflets advertising more similar events in the coming months. 

Triangle Meetings in 2012

The Triangle Community Group Committee meets regularly every few weeks, our more formal discussions are held in the Salvation Army, and sometimes we meet in the Bugle. Everyone is welcome to join in our discussions and raise concerns or bring ideas to the table.

Next meeting: 24 May 2012

People’s Day – 14 July

People’s Day is a community event presenting and promoting local communities and voluntary groups across Brighton and Hove, and celebrating the diversity reflected through all such active groups. Last year it was held in the centre of Brighton around the Jubilee Library/New Road area, but this year, it will also extend to the Level, and we hope to set up a display of photographs and other material showing how the streets in the Triangle area used to look – just a simple snapshot of life in Lewes Road, and how it has changed over the years.

If you have any photos you would like to lend us for this display, please contact me by e-mail: m.e.winder@sussex.ac.uk. Any help or ideas would be very welcome.

Project funding opportunities

Funding for local projects is being made available through panels of local people in the St Peters and North Laine ward, and the Triangle Community Group is represented on two of these panels, along with other community groups and volunteer organisations working with the Trust for Developing Communities.

In this time of ‘cutbacks’ and ‘austerity’, there is not very much money available, but the panel system, does mean that we can get involved and play a part in encouraging the development of new ideas for community projects.

Details of funding panel opportunities will be on our web pages, so if you have a project in mind, or if you are involved in a local voluntary group which is developing or maintaining a service or activity for local people in the area then funding could be available to support it. The application system is quite simple and straightforward, not too complicated and time-consuming!

www.triangle-community.org.uk