Monthly Archives: January 2016

Brighton theatre project passes another milestone

Dome historic

From The Argus

Two historic theatres have been given £5 million between them for major refurbishments.

The cash, which has come from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will go towards Brighton Dome Corn Exchange and the Studio Theatre, which are part of the The Royal Pavilion Estate.

The handout, which will go towards the £19 million refurbishment, leaves theatre bosses needing just £4.3 million more to reach their total.

Brighton Dome will launch a series of fundraising initiatives in the coming months to help raise the remaining amount.

A further £2 million bid to The Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership will be made before the end of March.

The theatre restoration project is one half of the two stage bid for the regeneration of the Royal Pavilion Estate to create a world-class cultural destination for generations to come.

A second bid for a HLF grant for the refurbishment of the Royal Pavilion and Royal Pavilion Garden and the creation of a new visitor centre will be made later this year.

A previous £14 million HLF bid for this project was rejected in May 2014.

The confirmation of the £5 million grant yesterday will be banked alongside £5.8 million from Arts Council England, £1.2 million from charitable trusts and private individuals and £750,000 from the city council.

An additional £4.3 million of fundraising will include an appeal to the public with a series of fundraising initiatives rolling out from this summer including digital projects, a seat appeal and a number of events.

The money will fund refurbishment and conservation work designed to secure the future of the grade I listed Corn Exchange and the Grade II listed Studio Theatre.

Project directors have promised that “breathtaking and previously hidden heritage spaces” will be restored for public viewing.

Work on the project is due to start in the autumn.

Councillor Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton and Hove City Council, said: “This marks a major step forward in our joint plans to transform these unique historic assets.

“This will enable more local people and visitors from around the world to enjoy them, and secure the future of the entire estate, which includes the Royal Pavilion, for generations to come.”

Stuart McLeod, head of Heritage Lottery Fund South East, said: “Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players we’re delighted to support this first crucial step towards the regeneration of Brighton’s cultural heart and securing the future of two of the city’s historic listed buildings.”

Construction of Rampion offshore wind farm to start

From Brighton & Hove News

Rampion Offshore Wind Limited has announced that the project remains on schedule with the installation of the first turbine foundation due to start this week, despite adverse weather conditions disrupting enabling works to prepare the seabed.

The first foundation installed at the Humber Gateway windfarm in 2013

The first foundation installed at the Humber Gateway windfarm in 2013.

Work to prepare the seabed for the 116 turbines began in September and the initial load of foundations arrived on site from the Netherlands last week. Construction of the first foundation in the northwest quadrant of the site is planned to begin this week.

The ongoing offshore construction work will be project managed from a temporary facility in Newhaven Port until the wind farm’s Operations and Maintenance Base is completed in 2017.

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SRRA meeting 27th January

The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 27th January  at the One Church, Florence Road from 7.30 to 9.00 pm. All members are welcome.

The agenda is –

Welcome and apologies
Last meeting minutes and resignations
Updates from subgroups:
Streets in Bloom and Environment
Outreach – Socials
Priorities for 2016
Next meeting date.
If you would like to suggest a topic for discussion please make a comment on this post or email

Funding and finance = fun?

From the London Road Station Partnership –

London Road Station Partnership Blog

Last week, I was asked by our railway company, GoVia-Thameslink-Railway, to give a talk on funding to a gathering of people involved in station partnerships. It was a very friendly get-together, with lots of great ideas and a real commitment to what we’ve certainly come to feel is the core of a station partnership – the sense of community it generates. That’s what brings small-scale funding and donations, that’s what makes the whole thing meaningful.

I think we’re probably reluctant fund-raisers at London Road; we’d rather be getting our hands dirty in the soil. But looking back on our five years, we’ve been very lucky that people around us (local businesses, neighbours, local organisations) have helped us with small-scale funding, as well as lots and lots of donations in kind.

And just today, a new venture at London Road Station made yet another contribution to what we do. The Gorilla Kitchen

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Seaford to Brighton Line Stakeholder Meeting will be held at East Sussex County Council Offices, Lewes Wednesday 20th January 2016 From 12.15pm

From London Road Area Local Action Team –

London Road Area Local Action Team

Seaford to Brighton Line Stakeholder Meeting

Meeting will be held at East Sussex County Council Offices, Lewes

Wednesday 20th January 2016

From 12.15pm – 14.15pm.


  1. Welcome & Introduction from Chairman
  2. Apologies for absence

  3. Speaker – Colin Carré, LSTF Project Manager, South Downs National Park

SDNPA, LSTF and the future’

  1. Speaker –Paul Harding & Andy Leister, Southern Railway

Coastway Trains and Stations’

  1. Speaker – Derek Barnett, General Manager, CTLA

Local Transport & Working Together’

  1. Presentation by Sam Lear, CR Development Manager, Sussex CRP,

Seaford Brighton Line – 2015 and the year ahead’

  1. Questions to Speakers
  2. Closing Comments from Chairman

Getting there:

There is a regular train service to Lewes and County Hall is a good 15 minute uphill walk from the station. Parking at County Hall is very limited.

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2016 Meeting Dates

Dates of meetings for 2016, all residents are welcome.

Meetings take place at the One Church, Florence Road from 7.30 to 9.00 pm.

Weds 27 January

Wed 24 February 

Weds 27 April

Weds 25th May

Weds 29th June – Annual General Meeting

Details of individual meetings will be circulated closer to the dates.

Subsequent meetings to be decided after the AGM.

If you have items for the agenda send them to the Secretary at or through the Contact Us page.