The minutes of the meeting held on the 25th July have been published and can be read here.
Thanks to Jim Grozier for taking notes.
Thanks to Jim Grozier for taking notes.
A local Arboriculturalist and keen walker, Greg Sweeney, has been kind enough to provide a free Healthwalk with an accent on wellbeing, mindfulness and enjoyment of the local countryside, this Friday 1st September. It’s suitable for all ages, individuals and families and is, as ever, completely FREE! Please do join us outside Stanmer House this Friday at 11am. Full details below.
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Brighton & Hove City Council, Bartholomew House, Bartholomew Square, Brighton BN1 1JE
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All I can say is that the absence of posts on this site is testimony to the rapidity of this year’s growing season. We had a very warm spring with dry weather – watering, watering, watering. Thankfully, we now have our own water source on the platform and a super long hose. We’ve tried very hard to keep to our own harvested rain water, but the water butts ran out in May this year, and rain fall has been unpredictable. And carrying full watering cans to all our garden spaces is a real challenge with quite a few back injuries in the group. The hose has been a blessing.
The dry spring then gave way to torrential rain spells and very high winds. In June, the temperatures got up to 35C. That’s very unusual here, even on the south coast. That heat spell came just at the right time for…
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From Vicky Karidopoulou, Project Development Officer, Environment Economy & Culture, CityClean
Brighton & Hove’s new litter campaign kicks off today, and it needs your support!
‘Streets Ahead’ is a collaboration between Brighton & Hove City Council & environmental charity Hubbub. They are bringing together Brighton’s residents, businesses and tourists to help reduce the amount of litter in our city.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Join kick-off event
On Friday the 25th of August Brighton & Hove’s first ever silent disco beach clean takes place. Drop by the upper promenade opposite the Grand Brighton hotel between 4pm and 7pm. Take a £5 deposit with you, trade it for a set of headphones, and help clean up the beach while you dance!
Spread the word
a) Invite your friends, family and colleagues to join the silent disco beach clean! Send them this invitation, or invite them to the Facebook event.
b) Promote #StreetsAhead & remind people to use bins or take their rubbish home. The Council has drafted tweets, posts and design collateral for you to help you get started. You can find them here.
Get together with your friends & discuss what you can do to create streets to be proud of! If you need any litter pickers, bin bags or promotion, get in touch with Vicky.Karidopoulou@brighton-hove.gov.uk and we will happily support you in these events.
Vicky, Project Officer, CityClean: ‘I really look forward to meeting you on the beach or on social media, answering any questions you might have, and especially to hear about the plans you and your friends come up with to create a Streets Ahead Brighton & Hove! Please do get in touch and we will be more than happy to meet with you.’
The #StreetsAhead campaign kicks-off the 25th of August. Before the 25th you can promote the silent disco beach clean but please only start sharing #StreetsAhead messages, social media cards, etc.after 12pm on the 25th of August.
Project Development Officer
Environment Economy & Culture, CityClean
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Do you have any garden waste? Brighton and Hove City Council are now offering a garden waste collection service across the City.
Brighton’s bike rental scheme will launch on September 1.
A total of 450 bikes will be stationed around the city for the start of the month at 30 docking stations.
A further 20 stations are still to be built.
The scheme, which is officially titled BTN BikeShare, has cost £1.45 million with Brighton and Hove City Council contributing £290,000.
To use the bikes customers will have to sign up via the official app or online – with registration already open.
The bicycles will cost the equivalent of 3p per minute to use, but there is a minimum of £1 per journey, meaning that an hour’s ride on the bike will cost £1.80.
Regular users can also get a year’s subscription for £72. However, this does not allow unlimited cycling and only allows the use of the bikes for one hour every day for the year.
The scheme is being operated by a company called Hourbike.
Owner Tim Caswell, said: “The scheme will be a very positive addition to the city, and has already largely been embraced by the community. We have seen how successful our bike share schemes have been in Reading, Oxford, and Liverpool – and these are cities that don’t have the same green credentials as Brighton and Hove, or the same bike technology.”
Speaking to The Argus, he added: “There’s a real buzz about Brighton and Hove and we are incredibly excited to be launching here”.
The majority of the docking stations are along the seafront, up towards the station and then further out towards the universities.
The bikes, which are designed by Social Bicyles (SoBi), are sponsored by Life Water UK. They feature a locking and GPS system meaning that cyclists will not have to find a docking hub to lock them up.
Among the groups to back the scheme is Coast to Capital.
Chief executive Jonathan Sharrock said: “The scheme will deliver a multitude of environmental and health benefits, create new jobs and provide an excellent green transport option.”
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Here is a brief summary of the crime information for the past two months:
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|Criminal damage and arson||8||2|
|Possession of weapons||0||0|
|Theft from the person||1||0|
|Violence and sexual offences||18||18|
Please visit https://www.police.uk/shape/AnxkDj/ for more information including outcomes for these crimes and contact information for your local policing team.
The clock is ticking for Sussex’s ugliest building as its demolition date draws closer.
Demolition of the infamously unaesthetic landmark Anston House, which has been leering over Preston Park in Brighton since 1969 and been vacant for almost two thirds of its existence, is due to begin later this year.
It looks set be the first of three developments worth £100 million whose construction has been held up by red tape and complex negotiations since they were given the green-light in December.
In total, the three developments, which include Station Street in Brighton and the former Texaco garage in Kingsway, Hove, will deliver almost 300 new homes, 10,000 square metres of business space and nearly 1,000 jobs on sites that have been derelict for more than half a century combined.
The planning committee decisions to grant consent to the three projects, all in excess of seven storeys, was greeted with criticism and derision in some quarters by campaigners who claimed the schemes would set a precedent for the city to be transformed into “Croydon-on-sea”.
Anston House developers First Base have been involved in complex discussions with Brighton and Hove City Council over Section 106 agreements with site preparation underway as the developers deal with a number of issues including slow worms.
But haters of the building will not get the chance for a cathartic moment watching the structure being blown to the ground. Instead its demolition will be a gradual process over a number of weeks.
The construction of its replacement will take the best part of two years, with residents due to move in in 2019.
The site next to the King Alfred in Hove is said to be “under construction” though the fenced-off site has not altered since the petrol station closed in 2015.
A nine-storey block of 55 flats and the redevelopment of the 109-year-old Alibi pub are planned for the site by Rocco Homes, which has four projects in the pipeline around Worthing, including 32 apartments in Chapel Road and 76 flats in The Causeway in Durrington.
For the long derelict corner site of Station Street, currently used as an ad-hoc car park, a seven-storey grade A office block has been granted consent.
Developer McAleer & Rushe will announce later this year when work is set to begin on the site.
A First Base spokeswoman said: “We are excited about the possibilities for Anston House which has been derelict for too long. We are in the final stages of completing the Section 106 planning agreement and have been carrying out preliminary survey work ahead of construction. It is hoped that work will start in the near future.”