(This item first appeared in the Brighton and Hove Independent on Friday 23rd March 2018)
The worst of the winter weather is over, I hope. Rough sleeping is dangerous at any time of the year, but more so in severe weather.
The average life expectancy for a homeless man is 47 years, for a homeless woman it is just 43. Homeless people are 35 times more likely to take their own lives than the rest of the population, and 4 times more likely to die from unnatural causes.
In this day and age, in one of the richest cities in one of the richest countries in the world, it is wrong that anyone is living on the streets. It is unforgivable that anyone should die there.
Yet people have and do die, but these deaths are, fortunately, not common. But one death is one death too many. There would have…
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Brighton & Hove Way – Mayor’s Charity Walk
As April approaches we are getting into gear for the annual Mayor’s Charity Walk of the Brighton & Hove Way, which this year will be on Saturday 28th April. This a family-friendly event, for all abilities, so don’t be daunted, you are welcome to walk as much or as little of the route as you like. We are also looking for volunteer route marshals, who will help ensure everyone stays on the right track. So please sign up to take part and let us know if you can help out too.
Following our successful clean up of the Brighton & Hove Way in Stanmer Park, we will be heading over to Woodingdean on 14th April to tidy up the wheelchair accessible Woodingdean-Falmer Link section of our route.
And finally, your views are sought by Brighton & Hove City Council on the draft Rights of Way Improvement Plan – a document which will shape investment in our local pathway network for years to come.
Mayor’s Walk 2018 – Saturday 28th April
Join the Mayor’s Charity Walk 2018, and follow in the footsteps of the hundreds of people who enjoyed tredding-in the Brighton & Hove Way last year. Help raise funds for the Mayor Mo Marsh’s Famous Five* chosen charities, Emmaus or another favourite charity of your choice. You are welcome to walk as much or as little of this stunning 19-mile downland pathway as you like – the route includes a section suitable for people with reduced mobility. Starting on Saltdean seafront, experience the best of The Living Coast UN designated Biosphere while passing through Falmer, Stanmer and the Chattri. We will finish in North Portslade, hopefully in time for tea hosted by Emmaus.
This family-friendly event aims to bringing together all our diverse communities. We encourage support for the named charities, however if you wish to benefit another favourite charity please select the “All Mayor’s Charities” option when registering. Adults £6, children free, dogs welcome on a short lead – follow this link to register.
This event is supported by Brighton & Hove Way Association, Emmaus Brighton, Healthwalks Brighton Hove and City Parks (Brighton & Hove City Council).
You’ll also find links to this event at our websites, www.brightonandhoveway.org.uk and www.riseuk.org.uk
Please also Like and Share the event on Facebook.
Mayor’s Walk Tidy Up – Sunday 14th April
In readiness for the Mayoral Charity Walk on 28 April, the Brighton & Hove Way Association will be working with the City Park’s Tidy Up Team on Saturday 14 April to litter-pick the Woodingdean – Falmer Link Route shared path which runs parallel to the Falmer Road. Please come along to lend a hand, spectacular views guaranteed. A City Park’s Ranger will be on hand with all the gear. 10:00 till 12:00, meet at Bexhill Road car park on the edge of Woodingdean. Well served from central Brighton by the Brighton & Hove Buses No. 22. Alight at Downs Hotel and walk the short distance up Falmer Road or take a tour of Woodingdean and get off at Bexhill Road.
To sign up, please take one of our FREE tickets at Eventbrite and we’ll know to expect you and can stay in touch.
To find out more about how to volunteer with the Tidy Up Team, follow links at www.brightonandhoveway.org.uk.
Have your say on rights of way
Countryside access affects a wide range of people including local residents and visitors to the area. Walking and riding contributes to peoples’ well-being and helps reduce congestion and pollution. The city council is responsible for maintaining around 159km of public rights of way all over the city, and has recently published a Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP) setting out its 10 year plan.
Now local people are invited to have their say. The Rights of Way public consultation asks those with an interest in the countryside what they think of the council’s proposals to manage paths around the city. The Plan sets out how the council is planning to improve provision for walkers, cyclists, horse riders and those with mobility issues. Proposals also include plans to create more opportunities for volunteering and explore new funding sources.
To see a copy of the Brighton & Hove Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2017 – 2027 and take part in the consultation visit the Rights of Way pages at: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/rightsofway
The consultation closes on 18th May.
Keep in touch
If you haven’t discovered our new Brighton and Hove Way website please take a look and pass on the address. You will find info about our project to establish the Brighton & Hove Way as a recognised way-marked pathway; as well as maps of the route, links to our friends, and how to get involved. You can also keep in touch with the latest news through our Facebook Page.
Your support needed
We always welcome new supporters of the Brighton and Hove Way. If you are happy to receive the occasional email from us about Brighton & Hove Way please email email@example.com saying “I support the B&H Way, and I’m happy to receive your occasional emails”, or complete the Contact Us form at www.brightonandhoveway.org.uk and Like us on Facebook.
Thank you for your support,
Sussex Police have released reported crime statistics for January 2018, 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:
|December 2017||January 2018|
|Criminal damage and arson||11||9|
|Possession of weapons||0||0|
|Theft from the person||0||1|
|Violence and sexual offences||17||19|
Please visit https://www.police.uk/shape/AnxkDj/ for more information including outcomes for these crimes and contact information for your local policing team.