Local Action Team Survey

The council has asked if we could circulate a survey which they have put together to look at Local Action teams across the City.
Local Action Teams are community forums where residents, local traders, ward councillors police, council officers and others get together to look at their area and work out what the local problems or issues are and how things can be improved. There are around 35 Local Action teams (LAT’s) in Brighton and Hove.Since most of the LAT’s were first established, the way that the council and police are organised has changed, and many LAT’s have developed their understanding of their role and the activities which they get involved with.The aim of this survey is to help us understand how LAT’s work at the moment; how they fit within the Brighton and Hove community safety agenda, what sort of support they would like from the council and the police, and which ways that they can help the council and police to promote and improve community safety and crime reduction.

Your assistance in completing it is much appreciated.

To complete the survey click HERE

Paper copies of the survey will be available at LAT meetings. For more information, contact simon.bannister@brighton-hove.gov.uk 01273 293925

All Change On The Buses

Brighton & Hove Bus & Coach Company are planning some changes to buses serving the Queens Park and Hanover. Here is a summary of the proposals, as detailed in the latest Brighton Area Buswatch newsletter:

“Over the past few months we have been working closely with Brighton & Hove Buses to plan improvements to bus services in 2014. We have concentrated on two main groups of services, Coaster route 12 between Brighton & Eastbourne and the 81 group of routes to Queens Park. These services have suffered from reliability problems in recent times and from public criticism.

Queens Park services are completely revamped, with the 81/81A/81B/81C replaced by a new daily network. The main service will be a one way circular 20, the ‘Queens Park Shuttle’. This will run every 10 minutes from Queens Park to Elm Grove, London Road Shops, Brighton Station and Churchill Square, returning via North Street and St James’s Street. In the evenings there will be a 15 minute service until just after midnight, doubling the current evening frequency. There will also be new early morning journeys for commuters and a better Sunday service. At Churchill Square buses will stop outside Pizza Hut in Dyke Road, avoiding the congested stops in Western Road. During the day there will usually be a Shuttle bus waiting in Dyke Road for passengers to board.

Route 21 will be completely revised to run between Goldstone Valley and Brighton Marina via Hove, Churchill Square, London Road, Queens Park, Manor Hill & Whitehawk. Some buses will run via Furze Hill as 21A. The main service will run every half hour with extra buses from Old Steine to either Brighton Marina or Queens Park Terrace. This provides a 15 minute frequency towards Elm Grove and Queens Park for most of the day.

While there will be some people who lose out from the new network we are confident most will benefit. There will be an all day service from Queens Park to Brighton Station and buses will no longer finish at Open Market, one stop short the shops. We hope the Queens Park Shuttle will attract more passengers, enabling further improvements in the future. Simplified, high frequency services running every 10 minutes have proved to be highly successful in Brighton and elsewhere.

If you would like to find out more about these changes, a public meeting has been arranged which will take place at St Luke’s Church on Monday February 10th at 7.30pm. This meeting has been independently arranged by members of the Queens Park LAT, following local concern and is open to interested residents and groups in the areas affected by this route change. More information about the meeting will be published here closer to the date.

Elm Grove Pavement Parking Update

On Tuesday afternoon, the councils Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee met and the issue of illegal pavement parking on Elm grove was discussed. Following a detailed debate the reached this decision:

50. ELM GROVE, BRIGHTON- MANAGEMENT OF HIGHWAY PARKING AND OBSTRUCTIONS

Contact Officer: Owen McElroy Tel: 29-0368

Ward Affected: Hanover & Elm Grove

1. That Committee notes the outcome of the public consultation on a scheme for environmental improvements in Elm Grove and that it is not proposed to proceed with the scheme in view of the majority of residents who responded being opposed to the scheme.

2. That Committee authorises officers to organise a joint initiative with

Sussex Police to co-ordinate enforcement of parking contraventions,obstructions and other nuisances on the public highway in Elm Grove later this year.

This means that in due course council and police officers will commence and continue enforcement action to deter illegal parking along Elm grove (that is parking on the carriageway or pavement where a double yellow, zigzag or other relevant parking restriction is in place).

A resolution from the LAT which requested that the proposed enforcement should be delayed to enable a community response to be developed was presented, but a majority of councillors felt that this could not be applied – partly because of the councils obligation to fairly enforce the law, and partly following concern around the risks to vulnerable pedestrians using the pavement and the likelihood of accident and injury. it was also noted that the constraints in the area made it unlikely that any new scheme would differ very much from the scheme arrived at with the previous local working group, and which was rejected at consultation earlier in the year.

The committee chair Cllr West commented that although enforcement action would go ahead, this would not stop ward councillors and the community from looking at the issues and developing responses which may address some of the outstanding issues which would remain around parking and vehicle use in the area. As the planned enforcement would only affect those areas with double yellow or similar restrictions, substantial parts of Elm Grove would continue to tolerate pavement parking, and this may be something which could be addressed

Thanks to Jonathan Tilley for this video of the debate.

September Local Action Team Meeting

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

(HEGLAT)

 Meeting on Monday 30th September

7:00pm sharp

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

Empowering the Children at St Luke’s

Play Safe On the Street

From 2009 to 2012 Emma at local charity Safety Net asked 2480 children across Brighton and Hove what made them feel unsafe and what they thought should be done about it. One of the things children felt worried about was how to keep themselves safe when out and about without an adult. They wanted to be aware of key risks and what they could do to keep themselves safe. This has led to Emma and Tamsin at Safety Net developing Personal Safety and Assertiveness Sessions that they deliver within primary schools.

Emma and Tamsin visited St Luke’s Primary school during May 2013 and delivered a Personal Safety and Assertiveness session to children in Year 6.  Feedback from the session identified a range of concerns held by our children, including drug use and misuse, bullying and stranger danger.

The children took part in activities to embed simple safety techniques that they can implement in a variety of settings. Overall, following their time with Safety Net, the children reported higher positive perceptions of their knowledge, skills and confidence in their abilities to identify threats to their safety and how to remain safe at school and within the community.

The report by Safety Net which details this event can be downloaded HERE

For further information about this work, contact Emma Lacey [Emma.Lacey@safety-net.org.uk]

New planning rules for HMO’s

Much discussed at our LAT meetings, and commented upon HERE and HERE on this site, from Friday, 5 April 2013, new rules about small student lets and houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), will come into force in five electoral wards within Brighton and Hove. The areas of the city to be covered by the controls are those most affected by large concentrations of student lets and HMOs.  These are:

  • Hanover and Elm Grove
  • Hollingdean and Stanmer
  • Moulsecoomb and Bevendean
  • Queen’s Park
  • St Peters and North Laine

The council has introduced a control, known as an article 4 direction, to help improve the management and quality of student accommodation and prevent over-concentration of HMOs in established residential areas. The direction means that a planning application will be required to change the use of a house (defined as C3 use in planning legislation) to a small house in multiple occupation (C4 use class).  Small HMOs are defined as properties lived in by between three and six people where facilities such as a kitchen or bathroom are shared.

The article 4 direction removes existing rights to change the use of a family house into a small HMO without seeking planning permission. The change will not affect existing HMOs.

The measure takes into account recommendations in the Student Housing Strategy made in partnership by the council, the city’s Universities, letting agents and private sector landlords.

Brighton & Hove City Council’s City Plan includes a policy that sets out how planning applications for new student lets and HMOs will be applied.  Changes of use will not be allowed where more than 10 per cent of dwellings, within a 50m radius of the application site, are already in HMO use.

The map below shows HMO and shared housing density in our ward – a larger version and further information can be found HERE on the council website.

HMO densityHanover & Elm Grove ward councillor Liz Wakefield, Chair of Brighton & Hove City Council’s Housing Committee, says: “Our universities and student population are important elements of the city’s demographic and we need to ensure landlords are providing them with suitable accommodation.  The new rules will help us to monitor HMOs and provide a balance of sustainable and inclusive communities across Brighton & Hove.”