Monthly Archives: December 2017

Shaftesbury Place Planning Application

From Ditchling Rise Area Residents Association –

Please click on link for details of building of two storey offices on Shaftesbury Place:

Make any objections known to Council before February deadline.
Madeleine Cary
DRARA
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RMT announce new January 2018 strike on Southern trains

From The Argus

Commuters are due to face disruption with the announcement of another train strike in the new year.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union will walk out on January 8 as part of a long-running dispute over the role of guards and driver-only trains.

The union said it had made “every single effort” to resolve the bitter disputes, which it insisted were about safety.

The strikes will cause fresh problems for passengers, days after rail fares increase.

It also falls on the same day Brighton and Hove Albion play Crystal Palace in the third round of the FA Cup at the Amex stadium in Falmer.

RMT general secretary Mick Cash said: “Every single effort that RMT has made to reach negotiated settlements has been kicked back in our faces and we are left with no option but to confirm a further phase of industrial action.

“No one should be in any doubt. These disputes are about putting the safety of the travelling public before the profits of the private train companies

“It is frankly ludicrous that we have been able to negotiate long-term arrangements in Scotland and Wales that protect the guards and passenger safety but we are being denied the same opportunities with rail companies in England.

“This suspension of normal industrial relations by the employers has to end if we are to make progress towards a solution that guarantees safe rail travel for all.”

Mr Cash said the Government should lift its “blockade” on talks in the separate disputes to allow the union to negotiate “freely” with the companies.

Andy Bindon, Human Resources Director at Govia Thameslink Railway, parent company of Southern, said: “We are very disappointed by today’s announcement of a further RMT strike in the New Year.

“Their decision is even more regrettable as it comes on the same day that we had invited them to talks in the hope of reaching a resolution to their long-running dispute.

“We ask them to call off the strike and come to the negotiating table as we have suggested on many occasions.”

Reported Crime Statistics November 2017

Sussex Police have released reported crime statistics for November 2017, the latest figures available.

Click on the map for detailed information:

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

October 2017 November 2017
All crime 112 57
Anti-social behaviour 36 14
Bicycle theft 13 2
Burglary 7 4
Criminal damage and arson 6 7
Drugs 2 2
Other crime 1 1
Other theft 10 4
Possession of weapons 3 0
Public order 4 3
Robbery 1 0
Shoplifting 1 0
Theft from the person 0 0
Vehicle crime 11 6
Violence and sexual offences 17 14

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

Reported Crime Statistics October 2017

Sussex Police have released reported crime statistics for October 2017, the latest figures available.

Click on the map for detailed information:

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

September 2017 October 2017
All crime 68 112
Anti-social behaviour 18 36
Bicycle theft 4 13
Burglary 2 7
Criminal damage and arson 3 6
Drugs 1 2
Other crime 0 1
Other theft 7 10
Possession of weapons 0 3
Public order 5 4
Robbery 0 1
Shoplifting 1 1
Theft from the person 0 0
Vehicle crime 7 11
Violence and sexual offences 20 17

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 Brighton and Hove Way

From Pete West –

Hello,

Our first steps together

If you haven’t already heard the news, I’m glad to announce the Brighton & Hove Way Association was cheered into existence by an enthusiastic meeting of supporters who gathered in Hove Town Hall for our founding meeting.

With a committee of nine very able people elected, the work has now begun to realise our aim of having a permanent, recognised and accessible trail around the city; a route that is well signed, promoted, cared for and available for all to enjoy.

I’d like to extend thanks to all who came along or sent apologies, and everyone who has expressed support for the Brighton & Hove Way.

How to support

As the association’s new chair, I would also like to welcome your help in making this exciting project flourish: whether that’s from the comfort of your armchair or out and about on the route.

If you haven’t already done so, please let us know you’re with us, and we’ll add you as a Supporter and stay in touch, there’s no membership fee – just email “I Support” to brightonandhoveway@gmail.com

Please pass this email on to friends too and also like and share www.facebook.com/brightonandhoveway

We especially need volunteers who can help keep an eye on sections of the trail; checking every 3 months to see if all is ok. Let us know if you would like join the new Volunteer Path Warden Scheme and help watch out for your bit of the B&H Way.

What is a Volunteer Path Warden https://drive.google.com/open…

What’s the route?

The route of the B&H Way is not yet finalised – that’s a question we’ll be working on. Meanwhile, here are two maps showing the route of the Mayoral Walk in April 2017 which is the foundation of the route so far. The route uses existing rights of way and access land so go on, get out and explore! Don’t forget to let us know how you get on.

Map 1 https://drive.google.com/open…  Map 2 https://drive.google.com/open…

We aim to achieve

The Association has agreed six aims including setting up the B&H Way; looking after it; and promoting its use – especially by under-represented groups. https://docs.google.com/document/d/13qFKhl9HC1Mflecfo0u7h27lPRRhvG8damKoQmym9OE/edit?usp=sharing

Thank you again for your support and in helping to spread the word.

Pete West
Chair
Brighton & Hove Way Association
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