Monthly Archives: July 2015

Planters, tree pits and wayward plants

London Road Station Partnership Blog

LRSP Foxgloves 2015 Our foxgloves in west planter June 2015 (@LondonRdLAT)

Though we tend to focus on our edible growing plot, we love our platform planters and the tree pits outside London Road Station.

The platform planters are quite shady while the tree pits are in full sun, with young trees greedy for moisture: a challenge for planting on both scores. But what’s been chastening – putting us gardeners in our place – is just how joyfully wayward the plants in these areas seem to have been.

First candidate for plant bloodymindedness: our foxgloves. Tolerant of shade, pretty robust and attractive to bees, these were supposed to be the showpiece of our platform planters last year. They did nothing but put on leaf and sulk, though inexplicably one decided to flower in November.  This year, though, they sprung up all ebullient with a lovely show of flowers, as in the photo above tweeted by @LondonRdLAT.

LRSP Platform planters 23.7.15 ‘Nick’s’ planter…

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Smoke-free spaces consultation

From Brighton & Hove City Council

We want your views on whether we should extend smokefree spaces in the city.

Smoking is the primary cause of preventable illness and premature death in the United Kingdom, accounting for over 80,000 deaths a year.

Workplaces and substantially enclosed public areas in England have been smokefree by law since July 2007.

This means that it is against the law to tobacco smoke in the indoor parts of places such as pubs, bars, nightclubs, cafes and restaurants, lunchrooms, membership clubs and shopping centres.

Tobacco smoking in cars carrying children will also be banned on the 1st October 2015.

This survey will help the Council understand public opinion on Tobacco smoking and whether it should be extended to outdoor public areas.

The Council already have a voluntary ban on smoking in children’s play areas.

The results of this survey will be reported to the Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board later in the year, so that a decision can be made on extending smokefree areas and the possible design of the scheme.

Start Survey

Planning application in Southdown Avenue

The garage at the southern end of Southdown Avenue, next to the church, is once again the subject of a planning application for the building of a zinc-cladded house.

The previous application was rejected. This design is the same but set back a little from the road and sunk lower.

You can see the plans and make comments here.


Multicultural Eid Festival: Sunday 26 July 2015 Open Market Brighton

London Road Area Local Action Team

Update from OpenMarket trader Mohammed Asaduzzaman


held at Brighton Open MarketMarshalls Row, Brighton BN1 4JU

on Sunday 26th July between 11am – 3:30pm.

The traders’ stalls will be open, joined by a variety of organisations and activities as The Open Market springs into life to celebrate the arrival of Eid, a time of renewal, giving, joy and forgiveness – an event for all, a non-denominational celebration, much like Christmas.

The Festival is organised in partnership with faith groups, community groups, charities and service providers across the city (see over for some involved), in a spirit of unity, to promote community cohesion, break down social barriers, promote peace and harmony within the city and increase cultural diversity within the London Road and among the users of the community market. It…

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