Monthly Archives: March 2016

City Plan Part One Adoption

On 24 March 2016, Brighton & Hove City Council adopted the Brighton & Hove City Plan Part One as part of its development plan for the city.

Click here for a copy of the Brighton & Hove City Plan Part One Adoption Statement.

The Brighton & Hove City Plan Part One replaces some of the policies contained in the adopted Brighton & Hove Local Plan 2005 (the list of replaced policies are listed in Annex 4 of the City Plan Part One).

Electronic copies of the adopted City Plan Part One, its Annexes, the Policies Map, the Sustainability Appraisal*  including the SA Adoption Statement and the Inspector’s Report are available to view at: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/planning/planning-policy/development-plans

Hard copies of the documents are held for viewing in the following locations during normal opening hours:

*Please note that, due to its size, the Sustainability Appraisal Report is only available to view at Bartholomew House and Hove Town Hall Customer Service Centres.

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Secondary School Admission Arrangements 2018/19 – Update

From Richard Barker, Head of School Organisation

The public engagement phase considering proposals to change secondary school catchment areas from September 2018 is well underway. 6 public meetings have been held already and there are another 2 scheduled for this week at Whitehawk library on Tuesday evening and Jubilee Library on Wednesday lunchtime. These meetings have generated some thoughtful discussion from participants and some clear themes are emerging. There have been more than 280 responses via the council’s online portal to date. However some parents report that they have not received any information from their child’s school about the public engagement.

To allow residents more opportunities to attend one of the engagement events and then respond to the proposals being put forward the engagement phase is to be extended by an additional week until Sunday 1 May.

The following events have been scheduled for after the school holidays.

· Tuesday 12 April Longhill High School 7 – 9pm

· Wednesday 13 April Patcham High School 7 – 9pm

· Thursday 14 April County Ground, Hove 7 – 9pm

In response to direct enquiries, further meetings are in the process of being scheduled for the following weeks and the school will be updated with these as soon as the arrangements have been confirmed.

As the council is keen to engage young people in this process there will be an approach to all Partnership Chairs seeking volunteer schools to host a focus group activity with pupils in year 3 and 4 who will be impacted by the proposals and year 7 pupils who have recently experienced the admission process.

Please ensure that parents are informed, as soon as is possible, of the details of these events using your existing communication channels with parents together with details of how to respond formally to the proposals in this engagement phase.

For ease the confirmed dates are:

° Whitehawk Library: Tuesday 22 March, 7pm to 9pm

° Jubilee Library: Wednesday 23 March, 12 noon to 2pm.

° Longhill High School: Tuesday 12 April 7pm to 9pm

° Patcham High School: Wednesday 13 April 7pm to 9pm

° County Ground, Hove: Thursday 14 April 7pm to 9pm

Further information is available at:

https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/children-and-education/school-admissions/consultation-reorganisation-secondary-school

Consultation on the reorganisation of secondary school …

www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

We want your views on proposed changes to school admissions for children starting secondary school in September 2018. The consultation will open on Monday 14 March …

Responses can be made at:

http://consult.brighton-hove.gov.uk/portal/

Thank you for your support in this matter.

Richard Barker, Head of School Organisation

Children’s Services (Education and Inclusion)

Brighton and Hove City Council

Room 322, Kings House,

Grand Avenue,

Hove, BN3 2LS

Tel: 01273 290732 Mob: 07584 217328

Richard.barker@brighton-hove.gov.uk

March – optimism against the odds?

London Road Station Partnership Blog

There’s a lot in this blog about the weather: our gardening lives are dominated by it. Today started out a bright cold morning: blue sky, sunshine and a sense of spring in the air. A morning designed to inspire optimism and plans.

Some of us had arranged to go to our local garden centre; it was the kind of morning when I have to be restrained from buying every beautiful plant in sight. We bought more dwarf daffodils and some pansies to fill spaces in the tree pits and platform planters, along with the primroses imported from Wales and some lovely red primula, reduced in price at a garden centre last week. We also bought another clematis (‘Pilu’) for the Lewes planter and leek seedlings (‘Musselburgh). I envisaged an active work session of planting out.

As we looked back across the Downs from the garden centre, we saw – and felt – the…

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Talks to bring park and ride to Brighton and Hove revived

From The Argus

Mill Road is the topic of park and ride talks between bus bosses, authorities and public figures. It is used for match dad park and rides already and special occasions, like here in 2007 for a Fatboy Slim gig.

Mill Road is the topic of park and ride talks between bus bosses, authorities and public figures. It is already used for match day park and rides and special occasions, like here in 2007 for a Fatboy Slim gig.

Talks to finally bring a park and ride to Brighton and Hove have been revived.

The Argus can reveal bus bosses and key public figures are discussing using Mill Road as a temporary 550 space park and ride with a view to it becoming a permanent, 2,000 car seven-day operation.

It comes as fresh calls for urgent decisions are made before the city sees an influx of visitors when the i360 opens this summer.

The idea for the site, which is already used as a park and ride for match days and special events, is in its early stages and no formal proposals have yet been made.

Brighton and Hove Buses have been discussing the idea with Brighton and Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park Authority (SNPA), and bus company managing director Martin Harris described it as an “important part of a strong transport strategy for the city”.

He said: “We have indicated our commitment to investing in park and ride ourselves if viable solutions can be found. It is still very early days in terms of any specific solutions or locations and there is a lot of work still to be done before we can talk about the possibilities in any detail.”

Soozie Campbell, chairman of the Tourism Alliance (TA), said a park and ride could be up and running “quite quickly” and the council was “focused on developing the Mill Road site”.

She said: “Our need is becoming increasingly desperate [with i360 opening in the summer].”

A quarter of a million visitors are expected in the first three months of the i360 opening, with up to 800,000 visitors a year.

Ken Norman, the councillor for the Withdean ward, which encompasses Mill Road, said: “It’s a good idea for the city but whether it’s the right place is another matter.”

A 30-acre QLeisure site at Albourne, off the A23, continues to be suggested as a second location so eventually there would be capacity for 5,000 cars.

Councillor Robert Nemeth, an environment, transport and sustainability committee member, said: “With so many new attractions on the horizon it is necessary to again seriously consider park and ride.”

Committee chairman Gill Mitchell welcomed the bus company’s “commitment” to explore ideas but said it was too early to say how discussions would progress.

A SNPA spokesman said: “We have advised that any potential new car parking site on this scale within the national park is likely to be considered a major development and, as such, would face a number of significant hurdles. For sites outside of the national park we will give our consideration and comments as part of the formal consultation if and when a planning application is submitted.”

Over the years scores of sites have been suggested but plans have been shelved.

At present visitors are encouraged to park for free at the Withdean Sports Complex and pay standard fares on a number 27 bus nearby.

Cash crisis to hit green spaces?

From The Argus

Parks, playgrounds and allotments could be handed over to community groups, trusts and not-for-profit organisations under new plans unveiled by the city council.

Brighton and Hove City Council is to launch a citywide consultation which could see clubs and other groups take on responsibility for sports facilities and green spaces around the city.

The council is proposing the dramatic change affecting up to 50 parks, 3,000 allotments, 50 playgrounds, green verges and parts of the South Downs National Park because it no longer has enough money to maintain them all.

Sporting groups have reacted cautiously to the plans, raising concerns about their own financial ability to meet the costs while concerns over continued public access to green spaces have been raised.

Council officers said there is already insufficient funding to maintain playgrounds and sports facilities along with paths, gates, fences and floral beds with budget cuts of £230,000 planned from next month.

Development and grant funding for many playgrounds were also coming to an end, officers warned.

The consultation will explore new management arrangements with responsibility handed to parks foundations or charitable trusts as well as potential corporate sponsorship or small scale developments to fund park maintenance.

Hire costs for sports and leisure activities could also be increased in a bid to make bowls clubs, allotments and sports clubs self-funding.

Rupert Rivett, of the Save The Preston Park Cycle Track campaign, urged the council to be cautious in the speed of reform and suggested community groups would still need substantial council support.

He said: “Personally I would be passionate about possibly doing that but it needs lots of people to do this and what happens if someone’s circumstances change and they leave whereas that passion and expertise will always be there for the council.

“Maybe five or six years down the line when we have lighting and we can rent it out, we might be in a better position.”

Adam Tunesi, Hove Rugby Club chairman, said: “At the moment the council spends about £10,000 a year on maintaining the pitches, which would be a bit expensive for us.

“We are a pretty big club but some of the smaller sporting clubs might find that kind of financial commitment difficult with their operating budgets.

“If we accepted responsibility for these pitches then we would want control of how they are used which might not be popular with dog owners.”

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chairwoman of the environment, transport and sustainability committee said: “Managing public services on reducing budgets is a challenge and not least for the future of our parks and open spaces.

“People really value their neighbourhood parks and recreation areas so this conversation is a way of involving them from the start in a really important discussion on how we create new models for their future maintenance.”

ALLOTMENT HOLDERS FRET OVER SELF-MANAGEMENT

Allotment holders have reservations about being rushed into self-management as part of a major council shake-up of its green spaces.

A city-wide consultation looking at green space management includes proposals for 3,000 allotments.

Management of allotments already vary from council-run to self-management but allotment holders are wary about any move towards further and wider self-governance.

Allan Brown, Brighton and Hove Allotment Federation Committee chairman, said: “There are concerns about taking the problem off the council’s hands because in similar circumstances up and down the country there has been not enough support.

“This has led to allotments running into problems, falling into neglect and then becoming prime land for development potential.”

Mr Brown said allotment groups would have reservations about taking on certain responsibilities such as dealing with holders who fell into arrears on their rents.

He also said managing waiting lists across the city worked better from a central database.

He said: “It doesn’t make any sense if all separate allotment groups managed waiting lists separately, it’s much more effectively done through the council.”

Mr Brown also warned that further self-management would not guarantee the future use of sites as allotments.

He said: “I don’t think it would offer any protection at all, possibly even less so than now.

“The land would still be rented off the council and would still be just as liable to be developed on.”

Seeds for spring

From London Road Station Partnership

London Road Station Partnership Blog

Yesterday was bright and sunny and for the first time in 2016 I spent the whole day in the garden, pottering and clearing. Sadly, this morning, it’s grey and overcast and we can’t do our planned garden centre visit. Time, though, to take stock of our seeding plans and … do the washing-up. Our seed trays and pots will need to be washed in Jeyes fluid (a dreadful smell, but one I now associate with the excitement of early spring) and set out to dry or be wiped down ready for this year’s seeds.

Last week, over a cosy tea, we reviewed our planting from last year and planned for this year.

  • sweet corn: ok, but didn’t produce enough for the space they took up
  • squash: the ones we deliberately planted didn’t do well, the ones we didn’t know we planted rambled all over the training wires for the mini-orchard…

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