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

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.

The Social and Environmental Sustainability of Clothes

Interested in sustainability and clothing issues? We have been asked to help promote this event by Mike from Finsbury Rd who attends the LAT. Looks interesting – anyone wanting to go or know more, contact Mike by email at mikeloscaminos@yahoo.co.uk

I’m running a one-off event for which I need committed environmental people to contribute to research with colleagues at the Open University on sustainability.

This will involve attending a focus group/workshop at the Hanover Centre, Southover Street on Thursday 3rd July (8 – 9.30pm), looking at people’s views on sustainable and ethical clothing and there will also be some chance for discussion, a bit of a snack and I hope we’ll have some props, displays too and a bit of fun. You don’t need to know anything about clothes!

The aim of the focus group is to understand how we can encourage consumers and also retailers to change practice. For this we want to get views of individuals who are: already committed to related sustainability/eco issues and explore some questions together. It is part of a short piece of exploratory work – being undertaken in Brighton because of the Green concentration – and it will help inform a major research project planned to influence DEFRA and policy.

The poster below summarises the main theme. It would be great if you were able to take part in the focus group – please let me know as I need to have an idea of numbers for snack, handout and seating purposes.

Please let me know

Best wishes

Mike

mikeloscaminos@yahoo.co.uk

Mike Clothes

A bit about Mike
Mike is a freelance researcher, living in Brighton, who specialises in community projects, co-operatives and social justice causes.

He is a Visiting Research Fellow in the Co-operatives Research Unit at the Open University since 1998 where he has researched social enterprise organisations. Mike is also a research associate at the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR), where he has been involved since 2004 on projects concerned with community development, advocacy, state/third sector representation mechanisms, community participation, impact and measurement, and the role of community asset ownership. Before this, Mike worked in the sector for nearly 20 years at the Development Trusts Association, Community Matters and Save the Children. He holds a PhD from the Open University and an MA in Social Policy from the University of Sussex. He has spoken at academic and practitioner events in Germany, Mexico, Poland, Sweden and Japan. Mike is a member of the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN, UK), Social Policy Association (UK), European Social Enterprise Research Network (EMES, Belgium) and ISTR (Baltimore) He has published work on social enterprises, civil society and advocacy and remains active as a volunteer and activist in local community action.

On The Buses (part 8867…)

**update – there is a page about the proposals on the bus company website.**

Following conversation, consultation and agitation, Brighton & Hove Buses have re-amended our local service and propose a series of tweaks which will take place in September. For info, see below download as a PDF HERE

This subject remains a hot topic in our ‘hot topics’ section – and thoughts would be well placed HERE)

Bus Review JuneNew Bus Map June 2014