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Reported Crime Statistics July 2018

Sussex Police have released reported crime statistics for July 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:

June 2018 July 2018
All crime 69 81
Anti-social behaviour 17 13
Bicycle theft 1 2
Burglary 5 7
Criminal damage and arson 0 5
Drugs 4 16
Other crime 1 1
Other theft 6 8
Possession of weapons 0 0
Public order 5 4
Robbery 1 2
Shoplifting 1 0
Theft from the person 1 0
Vehicle crime 10 7
Violence and sexual offences 17 16

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

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Save The Trees Update

A brief update on the Springfield Road Tree Campaign.

We have met with the Council Arboriculturalist who confirmed that the survey of trees requiring protection and or replacement will take place in the near future and those sites for replanting will be protected. He also informed us that the area is in Tree Planting Zone Three which is scheduled for 2019/20.

This came as a surprise as we, and our councillors, had been led to believe that if the trees were privately funded the work would not be subject to the Council’s planting timetable.

We find this very disappointing and frustrating and are currently trying to clarify the situation. We are hoping to set up another meeting with Council officers and will report again as soon as we have any further information.

The Save the Trees Team

Help us design buildings and spaces for people

From Brighton & Hove City Council, Planning Policy –

In the next eighteen months, Brighton & Hove City Council will be preparing the Urban Design Framework Supplementary Planning Document (UDF SPD).

This planning guidance will set out and provide examples of what features high-quality, accessible buildings and spaces should be included when new larger planning applications are put forward.

Local communities will have the opportunity to give their comments on the first ‘issues and options’ stage of the UDF SPD.

We are keen to gather your views and the Issues and Options paper which will be out for stakeholder consultation between 5 July and 13 September 2018.

View & comment online by visiting www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/udfThe deadline for stakeholder comments is midnight on 13 September 2018.

Response to City Plan 2 – your support needed

An ‘HMO’ is a House In Multiple Occupation, as the name suggests a property where several different individuals or groups live together, often a shifting population such as students or perhaps separate flats which may or may not share facilities. The classification began primarily to ensure that such properties met with basic safety requirements, but as time progressed the licensing of HMOs turned in addition to regulating how many could be sited in one area, and what rules applied – for instance clearing away rubbish from the pavements outside. In Brighton the huge expansion of student housing in particular led to a proliferation of privately owned HMOs and sadly some of these are not as well managed as they should be. To its credit the council recognises that where there is a high concentration of HMOs problems can arise, particularly while the City would wish to protect families and the elderly in existing communities from undue change a surge in HMO properties may actually have a ‘clearing effect’ upon existing communities. This is a hot topic in Planning as well. The council therefore is consulting upon what is a fair approach to HMO’s in Brighton. All views are eligible and welcome through its website, whilst one group of residents in East Brighton have specifically asked if we as the SRRA group might consider reading and supporting their proposed response.

From East Brighton Neighbours:-

“Dear Neighbours,

Having got the council to agree to begin the survey process that we hope will lead to an Article 4 Direction to restrict the spread of student HMOs in our area, we’re now asking for your support in our response to the council’s Draft City Plan Part Two.

The plan has a section dealing with future policies on Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) and the more of us who put forward our views, the more likely we are to influence what goes into the final version of the City Plan.

We have formulated the attached response –  RESPONSE TO CITY PLAN 2.

Please find the time to read it and, if you feel you want to support it, just reply to eastbrightonneighbours@gmail.com with the following content:

Name

Address

Email address            

and underneath:

I support and endorse East Brighton Neighbours response to Draft City Plan Two.

That’s all you need to do.  We will attach your email endorsements to the response and submit it to the council.

THE CONSULTATION PERIOD ENDS ON SEPT 13th, so please send us your email response as soon as possible.

You can view the whole of Draft City Plan Part Two here,  and if you prefer to submit your own response, they have an online consultation portal.

Also feel free to pass on this email to anyone you think would also be interested in supporting our response to the Plan.

Many thanks for your support so far.

Regards,

Louise, Michaela, Chris, Tony, Brian, Marlene, Claire, Paul, Pete. (East Brighton Neighbours)”

Is it a bird, is it a plane………?

From Brighton & Hove Council

No – it’s a Superbin!

The first Superbin in Brighton & Hove will land in Preston Park on Thursday, and be unveiled by the Mayor Dee Simson.

The bin will be the star attraction at the annual Mayor’s Big Tidy Up,  when council parks staff and dozens of volunteer litter pickers will be in action, rolling up their sleeves and sprucing up the popular park.

At first glance, the Superbin looks like a normal litter bin, but open the door at the back, and you’ll find a stash of litter picking equipment for use by volunteers.

The bin has been installed as part of the council’s Tidy Up Team project. Trained volunteers will be given a code to the bin store, where equipment including litter pickers, gloves and bags are kept, make litter picking events easy to arrange.

The council launched the Tidy Up Team last year in a bid to encourage local people to help keep their parks and green spaces tidy by taking part in, and organising litter picking events. The scheme is co-ordinated by Cityparks staff and supported by Cityclean and local community groups.

“The response has been better than we ever hoped with hundreds of local people coming forward to offer their help, and keen to organise and run their own community events,” said Park Ranger Garry Meyer.

The council runs monthly training courses for volunteers to become Tidy Up team members, so they can safely collect litter in their local parks and green spaces.

As a result, litter picking events are now taking place regularly across the city, run totally by volunteers.

Councillor Gill Mitchell, chair of the environment committee said: “It’s fantastic that so many residents are coming forward to sign up to the Tidy Up Team projects and help keep our city’s parks and open spaces looking lovely all year round.

“I’m looking forward to seeing our first city Superbin, which I hope will be a welcome addition to the park and its team of hard working volunteers.”

The new Superbin is unveiled at the Mayor’s Big Tidy up, on August 9 from 11am to 2pm.  The bin will enable trained Preston Park Tidy Up Team volunteers to arrange events at short notice without waiting for equipment to be dropped off and picked up.

The event will also see the launch of the council’s BIG Tidy Up scheme and information pack, which will enable community groups, schools and businesses to organise their own litter pick events.

Reported Crime Statistics June 2018

Sussex Police have released reported crime statistics for June 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:

May 2018 June 2018
All crime 64 69
Anti-social behaviour 17 17
Bicycle theft 6 1
Burglary 5 5
Criminal damage and arson 4 0
Drugs 3 4
Other crime 1 1
Other theft 4 6
Possession of weapons 1 0
Public order 1 5
Robbery 0 1
Shoplifting 0 1
Theft from the person 1 1
Vehicle crime 10 10
Violence and sexual offences 11 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.

Update from Govia Thameslink Railway and Network Rail

From Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership

Interim timetable update

The first two weeks of the interim timetable on Thameslink and Great Northern routes have gone positively; we’ve delivered a more reliable service with far fewer delays and cancellations, which in turn has improved our overall service to our customers.

Prioritising peak-time services continues to be our main focus. There’s still a lot of work to do and we’ve had to deal with some issues which are covered in more detail below.

At the beginning of next week, when the interim timetable will have been in place for two full weeks, we will review and provide you with PPM data comparing current performance with the level preceding the May timetable change. We will also provide some commentary on what operational and infrastructure issues have been happening, to give some context to the figures.

Additional compensation

The qualifying period for the additional industry compensation scheme ends on 28 July; as well as ticket acceptance on other services. Phase one of the compensation scheme will launch at the end of August when we will get in touch with customers who we believe are entitled to compensation based on data that we hold for annual and monthly season ticket holders.

When the automated process is complete, those who have not been contacted but believe they are due to receive additional compensation will be able to apply in phase 2. Applications will be made via a dedicated online additional compensation web form where you will be requested to provide evidence of the season ticket(s) held between 20 May 2018 and 28 July 2018. Before phase one commences we have to undertake a huge piece of work to identify who is eligible from our season ticket database and online sales records.

Delay Repay

The implementation of the May timetables caused significant disruption to customers across Thameslink and Great Northern. To address this we encouraged customers to claim on either the intended 20 May timetable or the service of the day. As the service is now more stable and providing more reliability for passengers we will return to the industry standard approach for delay repay from the 30 July.

Up to and on 29 July

Customers will still be able to claim for services travelled up to and on 29 July on the original May timetables or on the plan of the day

30 July onwards

However, if a claim is put in for travelling on or after 30 July, it will only be valid on the timetable we are advertising and operating on the day of travel. More information can be found here.

Hot weather

As the hot weather continues we encourage people to plan ahead and always carry water. Water is available at our major stations. When rails are in direct sunshine which can be as much as 20°C hotter than air temperature, they expand as they get hotter, and can start to curve – known as ‘buckling’. This is because they are made from steel.

When this happens Network Rail may have to introduce speed restrictions or occasionally have to close the track to allow engineers to attend on site. More information can be found here.

Brighton Pride

Next week we look ahead to Brighton Pride taking place between 3-5 August. We absolutely understand how important this is for the local community and economy. Both GTR and Network Rail have internal teams in place, which have been carrying out planning for events to be held locally celebrating Pride and what it means to people, as well as operational logistics for some time. We are running late night trains to get as many revellers home as possible.

Over the weekend, trains to, from and through Brighton, Hove and Preston Park are expected to be very busy.

We’re asking customers to:

  • Travel outside peak times where possible and allow extra time for their journeys as they may have to queue
  • Travel earlier in the evening if possible as the last trains of the day are expected to be particularly busy
  • Purchase tickets in advance where possible as there are expected to be long queues at ticket offices and ticket machines during the event
  • Re-check their journey immediately before travelling for any on-the-day alterations

As a crowd control measure:

  • Preston Park station will be closed all day on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August
  • London Road (Brighton) will be closed from 12 noon on Saturday and all day Sunday

Full details are available at https://www.southernrailway.com/travel-information/plan-your-journey/brighton-pride 
Engineering works between Lewes to Seaford engineering works

Network Rail will be undertaking engineering signalling works between Lewes – Seaford from 18 – 28 August 2018, closing the line between the two stations. Trains will still run between Brighton and Lewes with a replacement bus service 10 minutes in the peak and 15 in the off-peak stopping at all stations to Seaford.

Posters are on display at affected stations, and more information will be added to Southern’s website and on National Rail Enquiries next week. During the closure, staff will be on hand at all the station to assist passengers and provide water. More information can be found here.

 

The Office of Rail & Road has published today its initial findings after beginning its investigation into the May timetable changes. More details can be read here. Please click here for Network Rail’s response.

For further information contact or email gtr.stakeholders@gtrailway.com.