Monthly Archives: April 2016

Kids not commuters demonstration

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On Wednesday 27th April a group of local parents held a demonstration in Blakers Park and Fiveways to protest against the Proposals for the reorganisation of secondary school catchment areas from September 2018 across the city.

The Council are conducting a consultation on the proposals which can be found here.

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Preston Barracks and Moulsecoomb Campus regeneration plans revealed

From Brighton & Hove Business

Draft plans for Momentum Lewes Road, the regeneration of Preston Barracks and the University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus will be on display for comment at a public exhibition. They are expected to create over 1000 jobs and attract over half a billion pounds into the city’s economy.

A joint planning application for three sites; the University of Brighton’s Watts and Mithras car
park sites on either side of the Lewes Road and neighbouring Preston Barracks, will be
submitted to Brighton & Hove City Council Planning Department by U+I Plc and the university
later this year.
Richard Upton from U+I Plc said, “The partnership aims to create a new place that is lively
and bursting with creative energy, delivering a wonderful place to live, work and learn. This
major development will act as a marker to the city from the north, whilst contributing a vibrant
new place with a melting pot of uses, which will complement the existing community.”
A 50,000 sq ft ‘central research laboratory’, acting as an incubator centre and cutting-edge
facility to support new, hi-tech and design-led manufacturing start-up companies and
entrepreneurs will be at the heart of the Preston Barracks site. It has attracted a £7.7 million
Approximately 350 new homes, including affordable homes, will line new green public spaces.
Small independent retail units, workshops and cafes will be provided at street level and new
routes will be created to provide better connectivity from neighbouring residential streets to
the Lewes Road and Moulsecoomb Railway Station.

There will be a new home for the university’s Brighton Business School along with new teaching and learning facilities.

The scheme as a whole will deliver around 1,300 student bedrooms at Preston Barracks and on the Mithras House car park, ensuring provision of quality, managed accommodation for students at the university and taking the pressure off private rented accommodation.

All existing university parking spaces will be replaced by a multi-storey carpark on the Watts car park site and there will be additional car parking at Preston Barracks to serve the new residential and business uses.

The university and U+I have an established working relationship that dates back to 2006 and have worked closely, alongside Brighton & Hove City Council, on the development at Circus Street in Brighton city centre, adjacent to the university’s Grand Parade campus.

Cllr Warren Morgan, leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, said, “Preston Barracks has been on the drawing board for 14 years and it is a key site for new affordable housing for local people, jobs and growth. Brighton & Hove City Council City Plan envisages a joined up approach should be taken to development along the Lewes Road so it’s great that we are working in partnership with U+I and the University of Brighton to drive forward this much-needed regeneration.”

Professor Debra Humphris, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Brighton, said, “We see this as a great opportunity to improve the facilities we have for our students and staff as well as to open up our sites on the Lewes Road to the local community. This is a very exciting proposal for the city and for the university – one which will create an open and attractive location which generates jobs, brings economic benefit to the city and will reduce pressure on the private housing market.”

The exhibition will be taken to Churchill Square in the city centre on Saturday April 30 and Sunday May 1. See www.momentumlewesroad.com for more information.

SRRA Committee Meeting Wed. 27th April

The next committee meeting is on Wednesday 27th April at 7.30 pm, in the hall of the One Church, Southdown Avenue entrance.

 Agenda –

Minutes and matters arising

Apologies

Sub group updates:-

  • Environment
  • SIB
  • Playstreets
  • Outreach

 AGM and party

Local Action teams

AOB

All members are welcome, if you have any topics you would like to raise please let us know by email – southdownrise@gmail.com or via the website.

Public Space Protection Orders

PUBLIC SPACES PROTECTION ORDERS (PSPOs) in City Parks and Open Spaces

Public Spaces Protection Orders (PSPOs) are intended to deal with a particular nuisance or problem in an area that is detrimental to the local community’s quality of life by imposing conditions on the use of that area that apply to everyone. They are designed to ensure people can use and enjoy public spaces safe from anti-social behaviour. The Council proposes to use them to deal with issues in parks and open spaces that are detrimental to the quality of life of people using those areas or living nearby. Once in place they remain in force for a maximum of three years.

If you use parks or open spaces in Brighton & Hove, would like to know more about the proposals and or comment on the proposal please go to the survey by selecting the ‘start survey’ button below.

Start Survey

Reported Crime Map and Statistics February 2016

Sussex Police have released the latest reported crime statistics for February 2016, the latest figures available.

Click on the map for detailed information.

Crime Map Feb 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a brief summary of the crime information for the past two months:

January 2016

February 2016

All crime

62

77

Anti-social behaviour

23

28

Bicycle theft

2

2

Burglary

8

1

Criminal damage and arson

6

7

Drugs

1

0

Other crime

1

0

Other theft

5

4

Possession of weapons

0

1

Public order

0

9

Robbery

0

1

Shoplifting

0

0

Theft from the person

0

1

Vehicle crime

5

8

Violence and sexual offences

11

15

Please visit https://www.police.uk/shape/AnxkDj/ for more information including outcomes for these crimes and contact information for your local policing team.

Street Play Volunteers Needed!

Important – please spread the word!

After three years Jenny and Sally, for personal reasons, are unable to continue organising the SRRA Street Play events. Many thanks go to them for the enormous time and effort they have put in.

In order for the Street Play to continue we need volunteers to help organise the events in advance and to steward on the days. It’s great fun and very rewarding.

If you can help please email southdownrise@gmail.com, please also spread the word amongst your neighbours, especially those with children.

Looking forward to hearing from you.

Brighton secondary school sites announced

From Brighton & Hove News

Two sites in Brighton & Hove have emerged as potential locations for a site for the proposed new secondary free school in the city.

They are the Brighton General Hospital site at the top of Elm Grove, and a section of City College’s estate on the east side of Pelham Road in the city centre.

The University of Brighton gained government approval earlier this year to develop a secondary free school. The university is working towards an opening date in September 2018, admitting 180 pupils a year.

Brighton & Hove City Council is working with the university and the national Education Funding Agency to identify an appropriate site for the new school. Any decision to pursue a particular site would be subject both to planning permission and the agreement of the EFA.

Negotiations are ongoing with the respective site owners – the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and City College.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is considering the school interest in the context of a planning brief which will be developed to highlight future possible uses for The Brighton General Hospital site including continued healthcare.

City College has plans to create a new Institute of Arts & Technology at their Pelham Road site. If sufficient funding can be found for the project, it would enable some of the site to be used to create the proposed free school. City College is working with the Local Authority to explore all the options for the site.

Click here for full story.