Monthly Archives: May 2015

Wetherspoons planning application was refused 22nd May 2015

London Road Area Local Action Team

The details can be seen on the council website – the first paragraphs of which are cut and pasted below


Application number: BH2015/00676

To view additional details or documents or to make online representations/comments, please click the appropriate tab below (registered applications only).
Guide to measuring/scaling from plans

This application is subject to conditions or refusal reasons.

Address:94-103 London Road Brighton
Description:Change of use of unit from retail (A1) to public house (A4).
Application type:full planning
Development type:change of use
Received date:26 February 2015
Valid date:30 March 2015
Registered date:9 April 2015
Ward:St. Peters And North Lane
Decision date:22 May 2015
Applicant:J D Wetherspoon PLC
The Wethercentre
Reeds Crescent
WD24 4QL
Agent:K D Paine & Associates Ltd
Adur Business Centre
Shoreham by Sea
West Sussex
BN43 5EG

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So busy in the gardens

London Road Station Partnership Blog

Making the bean structure 2015 Another year figuring out how to construct a bean support

So far it’s been a really wonderful start to the gardening year. Everything is in bloom. We’ve had warmth and some rain. OK, so tomato seedlings are now starting to sulk a bit because the sun hasn’t consistently been shining, but beans and courgettes are growing happily and our fruit trees are looking magnificent.

The edible garden is really filling up. We’ve planted our sweet corn, our courgettes and beans in the central bed. We’ve got lovely chard in the back central bed and we’ll plant some more beans tomorrow. The shady leaf bed now has sorrel, leeks, chives, parsley, variegated sorrel and our replanted mint. Where are we going to put cavalo nero? Probably in the place of the variegated sorrel which all of us find unpalatable and attracts aphids.

Under the far apple tree, our oriental leaves are…

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Taxi licencing consultation now open

From Brighton & Hove Business

Taxi rank

The window is now open to register your thoughts on the number of licenced cabs in the city.

Brighton and Hove Council taxi licensing have a policy restricting the number of hackney carriage vehicle licences they issue.

The Department for Transport encourages a three-yearly review of this policy by the undertaking of an independent survey of the level of demand for hackney carriages.

As part of this a wide-ranging independent stakeholder consultation is required – and businesses are invited to take part in the 2015 review.

CTS Traffic & Transportation are working with Peter Brett and Associates to undertake this review for the Council licensing department and committee. They will be holding a drop-in face to face meeting day on Tuesday 7th July 2015 at Brighton Town Hall, committee room 2.

Attendees are invited in for 10-20 minute slots on that day, to register contact Ian Millership on
the details below.  Alternatively, written contributions can be submitted by email, by post or via
The consultation is open until the 19th of July.

For more information, please get in touch with:
Ian Millership MIHT CMILT
Taxi Expert and Transport Planner
CTS Traffic and Transportation Ltd.
Unit 14, Aqueduct Mill, Aqueduct Street, Preston, PR1 7JN
Tel: 01772 251400     Fax: 01772 252900

Mazda Fountain Saved

From Brighton & Hove News

The Mazda fountain has been granted a last minute reprieve as part of Labour’s review of the Valley Gardens revamp.

The Mazda fountain by Dominic Alves on Flickr

The Mazda fountain by Dominic Alves on Flickr

More than a thousand people signed a petition started by Brighton journalist and mum Sarah Booker-Lewis after she read about it’s proposed removal on Brighton and Hove News.

One of the first things council leader-elect Warren Morgan did when his part became the largest group on the council was to review the revamp of the roads from St Peter’s to the Old Steine.

The Labour group expressed serious concerns about the financing of the scheme in the run-up to the election, saying the cost estimates were over-optimistic and the council was committing to what could become a money pit.

But because the decision to go ahead has already been made, and £14m of Government funding secured, it’s now too late for them to stop the scheme.

Instead, some changes have been made, including saving the Mazda fountain.

Mrs Booker-Lewis said: “I am delighted the Mazda fountain will stay in Victoria Gardens. Removing it would upset thousands of people.

“Councillors should listen to the public and not get carried away with vanity projects. Thankfully the new administration sees sense.”

Councillor Gill Mitchell, Chair of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee, said:

“The previous Green administration, with support from the Conservatives, has allowed the Valley Gardens scheme to progress to an advanced stage. Despite our reservations, we will now make sure that we take into account fully the concerns of the local residents as the final designs of the scheme are developed. In order to make sure that the scheme will be delivered on time and on budget, we have asked for the most senior people at the council to take charge of the project. In addition, we will consult closely with key stakeholders, such as the bus companies and the police. It is clear that the previous administration had not given the project the focus it requires.

“The Government have given the council £14 million for this project. Returning the money to the Government has never been an option as this would mean that we would jeopardise investment for future projects. What we have to do now is reshape the project as much as we can without giving up the funding.

“Importantly, the last part of the scheme has not yet been finalised. This is the part closest to the seafront and includes the Aquarium roundabout. We will make sure that these plans provide the biggest benefit for our city’s seafront, which, as we know, is in need of significant investment.”

Labour says its changes to the scheme will:

– Make sure the final designs keep traffic flowing at peak times, especially at junctions.

– Make the design fit with the growing Brighton and Hove of the future.

– Put the most senior people at the council in charge of the project to minimise disruption.

– Save the Mazda Fountain.

– Make sure that the final phase of the project is changed so that it brings the maximum benefit to the seafront.

Coun Morgan said: “The next five years will see an unprecedented amount of new development in the city as disused brownfield sites are regenerated and the building of the new hospital gets underway. At the same time our transport infrastructure and seafront needs investment and renewal. Our challenge will be to deliver the projects that will take the city forward while keeping it on the move.

“Returning the funding to the Local Enterprise Partnership was never an option for us and we are determined to maintain our good relationship with regional partners to the benefit of the city and our Sussex neighbours.”

Viaduct Road – what happens when Houses in Multiple Occupation let the side down?

London Road Area Local Action Team

At the LAT 5th May we were pleased to welcome Mike Slagter from the Private Sector Housing department who spoke to us about the role his department could play in lifting the performance of Viaduct Road.

His department deals with licensing of houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), and setting good standards for this type of accommodation. More than half the properties on Viaduct Road are HMOs.

Here are some of the questions we asked, and the answers that he gave.


  1. please could you point us in the direction of general info about HMOs

If you have not seen it already, the relevant page of the council’s website is, from which there are links to further information including a list of frequently asked questions, a list of licensed HMOs and, via the FAQ page, the council’s standards that apply. Not all HMOs have to be licensed but regulatory…

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Funding for Rampion Wind Farm in place

From The Argus

The view from Brighton of Rampion Offshore Wind Farm

The view from Brighton of Rampion Offshore Wind Farm.

A giant wind farm will be built off the coast of Brighton after confirmation was made that funding behind the project was in place.

Energy giant E.ON today said it will invest in and build the £1.3bn Rampion Offshore Wind Farm, which will be situated 13km off the Sussex coast. Construction of the onshore substation in Twineham will begin in June.

Once fully in operation – with completion of the work expected in 2018 – the wind farm could provide enough electricity to supply the equivalent of around 300,000 homes.

The 116 wind turbines will be able to be seen from right along the Sussex coast from Birling Gap in the east to Worthing in the west.

Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change Amber Rudd MP said: “This huge investment is a vote of confidence in the UK, creating local jobs, bringing business opportunities and providing clean, home-grown energy.

“The UK is the best place in the world to invest in offshore wind, thanks to the certainty the Government is able to provide to attract private finance in partnership with the Green Investment Bank.”

E.ON UK Chief Executive Tony Cocker added: “This is an important milestone for what is a strategically important project for the UK.

“At around £1.3bn this investment by E.ON and our partners at the Green Investment Bank could be one of the biggest capital projects confirmed in Britain this year and we are proud of the leading role we are continuing to take in helping to transform the UK’s energy infrastructure.”

The cash from E.ON is supplemented by fund previously awarded to the project by the UK Green Investment Bank.

Shaun Kingsbury, Chief Executive of the UK Green Investment Bank plc, said: “Our investment gives the developer the confidence to begin construction on this important offshore wind project, boosting UK energy supply and generating enough power annually for around three hundred thousand homes.”

Construction of the onshore substation in Twineham is planned to start in June, closely followed by preparation works for the onshore cable route. Offshore construction will commence in early 2016 with planned completion in 2018.

During the planned three year offshore construction period it is estimated that around 250 to 300 jobs will be created and local vessels utilised, with 40 roles being based at the project management facility in Newhaven Port.

It is expected that a workforce of up to 100 will be needed for the onshore cable route and around a further 40 to 60 people at the onshore substation during onshore construction.

Once the wind farm is commissioned and fully operational, it is envisaged that up to 65 full time permanent jobs will be created at the operations and maintenance base.

The Rampion project remains set to become the first offshore wind farm off the south coast of England.

Preston Ewatch Newsletter

From PCSO Simon Turvey –

Dear Resident,

Here is this month’s Preston Ewatch displaying the crime figures for the months of February – April.

Below is a communication from Inspector Ransome in regard to changes within the East Brighton Neighbourhood team :

Dear resident,

Over my time in post I have seen some of the excellent work being done within the beats of East Brighton by committed Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs), Local Action Teams and Neighbourhood Watch (to name a few).

I have attended a number of meetings to get a feel for the neighbourhoods and am pleased to hear of the high regard you have for your local PCSOs along with some of the pleas for me not to move them. With internal retirements, maternity leave and Police Officer recruitment I need to re-assess my team’s responsibilities and moves are an inevitable for us to continue to provide the quality policing you have come to expect. 

I have taken this opportunity to look at how my team address the threats, harm and risks to the vulnerable members of the community within my area. Our focus will be on putting the right resources in the right place, ensuring we are responding to those who are most in need.

I have undertaken an assessment of the East Brighton beats based on crime figures and the risks within those beats. This has provided me with a basis for re-alignment of my staff to ensure the right officers are in the right place, providing coverage across the team’s shift patterns.

My team are focussed on identifying issues at an early stage and providing the appropriate response to tackle the issue, at times this may involve all of my team being sent to one area to tackle the problem. What this means for your area is that the same resources are available when issues are identified. 

Each beat will have one or more named PCSOs to provide links to the community. It is my intention that they are out and about within their areas as often as possible to maintain community contact and seek to identify issues as they arise. We need to look at all types of communication to achieve this and not simply rely on occasional face to face contact.

For further information and contact details of your local officers please visit the Sussex Police website

On 05 May 2015 a number of my PCSOs will be changing their beats and taking up the challenge of a new area, building on the community links formed by the outgoing PCSOs.

My thanks go to those PCSOs who have served their areas so well and in some cases for so long and I wish them all well on their new beats. As residents, I encourage you to contact your PCSOs and advise them of emerging issues so that we can assist your community.

Thank you 

Paul Ransome


East Brighton and Hove Neighbourhood Policing Teams