Present (as recorded on attendance list):
Chris Taylor (Chair), Hannah Booth (Secretary).
Ivor Fried, Gill Perkins, Brian Ravenett, John Pomeroy, Rob Bishop, Peter Quine, Kevin
Mannall, Dick Page, Christina Pepper, Nick Adams, Pam Chapman, Steve Chapman, Adrian
Darby, Wilf Nicholls, David Hearn, David Gibson, Caroline Lynch (Brighton HMO Action
Group), Christopher Tucker (Sussex Uni.), Simon Bannister, Annie Heath, Bill Randall
(Councillor), Janine Redman & Martina Shrimpton (Hanover Ward PCSOs).
N.B. any attendees who did not ‘sign’ the attendance list will not be recorded.
Speakers – Caroline Lynch (Coombe Rd. LAT) regarding the Brighton HMO Action Group,
and Simon Bannister on Winter Resilience.
Apologies: Cllr. Emma Daniel, Mike Moon (City Clean) and Danny from Washington Street.
1. Minutes and matters arising:
Introductions made included Ivor Fried representing Emma Daniel for the meeting.
The PCSOs were warmly welcomed after a period of absence due to work commitments.
Previous minutes were discussed and approved with the following points raised in
recognition of actions:
Regarding to issues relating to students, a working group of HEGLAT members
had been proposed to help deal with student issues, attitudes and relations. No
volunteers have come forward as yet.
Mention was made of Cllr. Pete West having turned away the petition regarding
transport and parking on Elm Grove.
Since the last meeting, which was noted to be very informative with interesting
information and POVs having been given from the guest speakers regarding HMOs,
hope remains to strengthen Article 4.
It was asked that contact details be extended (additional details of contacts for anti-
social behaviour provided by Dick Page). See updated list – final page of Minutes.
2. Elections for new HEGLAT Chair and Secretary:
Simon Bannister led proceedings including the HEGLAT voting process. He initially
noted that the new Chair, from the perspective of the council and constitution, should have
no conflict of interest politically, particularly when standing as a candidate in upcoming local
It was agreed that for the period of March-April-May an elected Vice-Chair would
stand in and chair HEGLAT meetings during this election period. Simon also
suggested that the constitution for this process and these positions be revised and
Voting for Chair, Vice-Chair and Secretary was as follows:
Chris Taylor formally proposed a Vice-Chair be voted in, seconded by Gill, Ivor & Pam
15 votes for, 0 against, 3 abstain
David Gibson proposed that Annie Heath be Chair during the election period
Motion passed for Annie as official Vice-Chair, seconded and successfully voted
in with over 2/3 majority
Ivor Fried nominated Chris Taylor to remain in the position of Chair
Dick Page also nominated David Gibson for Chair; David agreed only if on the basis
of sharing the position equally with Chris, retaining political balance and reinforcing
that the needs of HEGLAT would take precedent over any individual political intent
Some concern raised by the meeting over having joint Chairpersons
Motion passed for Chris Taylor to remain solely as Chair, 15+ votes for and over
Gill Perkins proposed that David Hearn be voted in as new Secretary
Motion seconded by Annie and passed, 15+ votes for and over 2/3 majority
In summary HEGLAT positions for 2015 are:
o Chair – Chris Taylor
o Vice-Chair – Annie Heath
o Secretary – David Hearn
3. Police Report:
Bill asked the PCSOs if they knew about reports of drug dealers operating near the
Pepperpot with cars pulling up etc. The PCSOs informed the meeting that they had intel
regarding dealing from the Cobden Street benches, as well as near Hanover Street and
Terrace, but not of the Pepperpot area so they will follow this up. Christine also reported
that needles had been noticed by the communal bins on Washington Street (Southover St
end) and Janine reinforced that this kind of intel be reported to City Clean as well as to the
Martina reminded the meeting that even if no apparent immediate action takes place, all
reports are investigated, there are always plain clothes police officers in the area, and the
more info they receive the better – members of the LAT are urged to report anything noticed.
Other matters discussed included complaints about parking. The police have been
dealing with several cars which have been scratched or had tyres let down (vandalism) and
therefore reminded residents not to take matters into their own hands if cars were badly
parked etc. Car damage is quite high on the crime list for Hanover – whether cars belong to
residents or visitors, vandalism is still recorded as crime in the area. Evidence needs to be
collected and procedures are followed (lines of enquiry, door knocks etc.). Twitter feeds also
noted issues with untaxed vehicles and tax disc swapping – people can look up tax details
on the DVLA website, plus report to Operation Crackdown, if there are concerns about
Noise issues were also discussed and the meeting was again reminded to use contact
numbers (e.g. 101) for PCSOs and to contact Environmental Health officers who have longer
hours to deal with reports. Twitter also uses the hashtag #BrightonNPT
4. Brighton HMO Action Group:
Caroline Lynch from the Coombe Road LAT spoke about improving cross-LAT
approaches to priority issues, in particular HMOs. An Action Group has bee set up to
strategically and tactically improve processes and resolutions regarding HMO issues and the
impact of “studentification” and subsequent degradation of the area.
Caroline asked that people of the HEGLAT contact the group and join the conversation:
Key points for discussion and change include:
• Campaigning strategically for Universities to take more responsibility for students
• Refuse collections and litter picking
• Lobby for a Public Register of all landlord details, including private landlords
• Establishing an HMO Fund which landlords may pay into
• Requiring HMO licences to be renewed annually
• Reducing the concentration of HMOs in areas (10% threshold)
• Lobbying for taxation on HMOs, taxing Universities per student etc.
• Addressing wider issues of HMOs, not just the student population
• Addressing living conditions and properties which are in an appalling state
• Regulating Lettings Agencies properly
• Finding better ways of intercepting HMO development and making appeals
• Ensuring improvements to Article 4 and how it is used (NOT retrospectively)
• Lobby national laws for change, with landlords being considered as businesses
Discussion was held between attendees of various experiences, facts and figures (e.g.
about the failures of Article 4, campus issues for both Universities, people remaining in
Brighton after University, the extra 5000 students starting Sussex Uni. in 2015). Bill Randall
offered to put lists of HMO applications and associated info. on the HEGLAT website.
The current Housing Strategy consultation is also available on the Council website.
David Gibson again promoted the Living Rent campaign, and Caroline has requested the
FOI Act for data on all HMOs and is establishing an auto-send feature for complaints (so that
complaints are automatically sent to several contacts at once).
5. Winter Resilience and Care Scheme:
Simon Bannister spoke about previous years’ community events and strategies to help
local residents in times of need, particularly events of heavy snow, ice and flooding, as well
as helping more vulnerable individuals in the area (elderly, disabled etc.) Friends of the
Pepperpot and LATs have put strategies in place in the past (snow shovels stored in the
Pepperpot and a ‘Snow Plan’ guide circulated to attendees of a Winter Resilience event.
We want these strategies to work again in the future; Simon asked for more locations
for storing equipment. He is also working on a ‘Care Scheme for Neighbours’ strategy to
better assist local residents if required; this has only just begun and any involvement or
suggestions are welcomed.
Simon will add all information for both of these strategies to the HEGLAT website,
and is working with all LATs in order to maximise the positive effects of such provision.
6. Parking Survey Update:
A working party meeting was scheduled for December 4th
Survey meeting, held at the Hanover pub) to analyse current data and look at ways of
getting more accurate figures as to whether a CPZ is wanted in the Hanover area or not.
David Gibson encouraged people to get involved and to consider all options/solutions
(e.g. bicycle racks, alternative parking solutions for specific streets). Dick Page also
mentioned that a new CPZ has been introduced to the Lewes Road Triangle area and
Hanover/Elm Grove may see even further vehicle displacement due to this.
Small successes were noted in the form of bike storage shed Islingword Road/Cobden
Road and double yellow lines now on Montreal Road.
7. Buses Update:
Dick Page updated the meeting on the changes and on-going problems (driver breaks,
running delays, roadworks etc.) to routes #81, 18 and 21. On a positive note, Mike Best
(Operations Director) does respond when contacted and this is a good, established link.
• It was proposed – and agreed – that the room be arranged differently for the
HEGLAT (in the Hanover pub) so that attendees could see the Chair better, and
• Annie requested a summary of points from each meeting (mini-minutes) and
an Agenda for the next meetings be sent out more quickly, in order to be put
out on social media etc. – agreed by David Hearn (new Secretary as of 2015).
• David Gibson asked that City Clean be a major agenda point at the next meeting.
9. Date of next meeting:
It was agreed to hold the meeting on Monday 2nd February 2015 at 7.00pm, at the
Hanover on Queens Park Rd.
PCSO contact details: Janine.Redman@sussex.PNN.Police.uk
Mark Woolford: M.A.Woolford@sussex.ac.uk
Sussex University Accommodation
Richard Roalfe: R.A.Roalfe@brighton.ac.uk
Brighton University – Phoenix Halls – 01273 230949
Christopher Tucker firstname.lastname@example.org
Sussex University Accommodation
Owen McElroy email@example.com
Council Transport Planning
Austen Hunter firstname.lastname@example.org
Council Parking Enforcement & Transport
Brighton University Accommodation: Tel. 01273 644100
Sussex University Accommodation: Tel. 01273 678220
Environmental Health (anti-social behaviour/noise): Tel. 01273 294266 / 293541
HMO concerns – Private Sector Housing: Tel. 01273 293156
To report anti social driving go to: http://www.operationcrackdown.org
To keep in touch with issues discussed at the HEGLAT please visit the website: