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Graffiti Case Study – how Chichester dealt with its graffiti problem

From The Brighton Society

Almost three years ago, Chichester District Council invited the Brighton Society to meet the Council’s Community Development Officer to see what lessons could be learnt from Chichester’s experience of dealing with its graffiti problem.

Chichester Council’s campaign against graffiti began over fifteen years ago in response to quite severe graffiti problems in the Pallant Conservation Area. The Chief Executive at the time was very keen that the problem be addressed, and with strong support from the Councillors, provided a sufficiently adequate budget to make a start on dealing with the issue.

Their success can be judged by the evident embarrassment of our host that he was unable to find many examples of graffiti to show us in central Chichester.  Of the few we did see, three had been intentionally left as examples of acceptable graffiti – see a couple of examples below.

….he was unable to find many examples…..these had been intentionally left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Reported Crime Statistics December 2017

Sussex Police have released reported crime statistics for December 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:

November 2017 December 2017
All crime 57 67
Anti-social behaviour 14 18
Bicycle theft 2 1
Burglary 4 4
Criminal damage and arson 7 11
Drugs 2 1
Other crime 1 0
Other theft 4 6
Possession of weapons 0 0
Public order 3 2
Robbery 0 1
Shoplifting 0 0
Theft from the person 0 0
Vehicle crime 6 6
Violence and sexual offences 14 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.

Happy New Year Fixsters!

Brighton Repair Café

Well, we are back and we are ready to help you learn how to repair your stuff!

We have a new venue for our January event… the wonderful Hanover Centre on Southover Street in Hanover.

We are trying out an earlier time of 10:30-12:30 so come and join us for some morning fixing.

We will be darning, sewing, glueing and opening up those broken electricals to see if they can be fixed too.

See you there Brighton!

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Stanmer Park Woodland Management and Protection

From BJOURNAL

Via: Dominic Alves (flickr)

 Stanmer Park’s woods are a great place to enjoy informal recreation but they are in poor condition.

The council has produced a plan to protect the woodland for the long term benefit of the city and is inviting the public to comment.

Find out more and make comments.

Public information sessions will be held on Thursday February 1 and Saturday 3 February 2018 at Stanmer Tea Rooms from 9am to midday.

The draft Woodland Management Plan has been produced by an independent forestry consultant on behalf of the council’s parks projects team.

Before submitting plans to the Forestry Commission, we are seeking the views of interested parties, including park users and residents. The council is hoping to submit the plan for approval by March 2018.

Via: Katariina Järvinen (flickr)

The draft plan sets out how the woodland can be managed over the next 10 years to

  • Maintain and preserve open access.
  • Build resilience against Ash Dieback and other diseases and ensure existing woodland cover is maintained.
  • Increase biodiversity and protect nationally and locally rare flora and fauna.
  • Produce semi commercial timber extraction of coppice products, wood fuel and timber.

The plan is also supporting the Stanmer Restoration Project HLF application by:

  • Protecting historical, archaeological, and environmental elements on the estate.
  • Providing related activities such as rural skills, forest schools and wood based produce.
  • Increasing the city’s offer for volunteering work such as coppicing, pollarding, scrub clearing and general woodland management practices.

Managing the woodland is an important part of the Stanmer Park Restoration project, a joint initiative between Brighton & Hove City Council, Plumpton College and South Downs National Park Authority and funded  by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) .

The plan can also be viewed in full on request at Hollingdean Depot Learning and Resource Centre (please contact the parks projects team 01273 294737 to arrange) and will be available at the Stanmer Tea rooms sessions.

The consultation closes on 12th February 2018.

Via: Dominic Alves (flickr)

Owners of polluting vehicles to pay more for parking permits

From Brighton & Hove News

People who own vehicles with higher emissions will have to pay 25% more for resident, business and traders parking permits under new charges set to come in this April.

Brighton and Hove City Council officers have recommended that there is no increase for standard permits – but permits for vehicles with more than 166g/km will go up by 25%, while the threshold for a low emissions 50% reduction will drop from 110g/km to 100g/km.

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Parents win fight over school catchment area changes

From The Argus

School Catchment Map

Controversial plans to change secondary school catchment areas and cut primary school class sizes have been abandoned.

The proposals rallied opposition from thousands of parents who said good primaries would be forced to close, and secondary pupils would be separated from friends and forced to travel hours a day, if the changes went ahead.

But in a dramatic climbdown following a public consultation – and months of petitions and threats of legal challenges from parents – Brighton and Hove city council announced a report is recommending it scrap all of the controversial aspects of the plans.

Benfield and Hertford primary schools will remain two-form entry, and no secondary catchment areas will change. Four of the city’s secondary schools will take extra pupils over the next few years, to accommodate the demographic “bulge” which was the reason for the proposed changes.

The U-turn was greeted with joy by campaigners. Parent Dave Boyle, who organised opposition to the plan, said: “I’m sorry we’ve had to spend so much time becoming education policy experts over the last six months, but I’m thrilled the council has now made the right decision.”

The decision also cancels the planned creation of an additional secondary school on the site of Brighton General hospital, which had been pencilled in for September 2019.

The chair of the children, young people and skills committee, Councillor Dan Chapman, said: “In the circumstance we are now facing, I believe that the benefits of leaving the catchment areas as they are outweigh the possible benefits of the changes that were proposed.”

He added: “Taking these changes in circumstances into consideration our administration believes that the new free school, as proposed in 2015, is no longer in the best interests of the city as a whole.

“We have therefore advised the University of Brighton Academies Trust that we have withdrawn the in-principle support for the new school.”

Green education spokeswoman Councillor Alex Phillips and Conservative education spokeswoman Councillor Vanessa Brown both told The Argus it was a shame that secondary school heads – who latterly said they could accommodate more pupils – had not said the same to the council before the lengthy and costly consultation started.

A statement issued by Richard Bradford, Headteacher of Dorothy Stringer School and Chair of the Secondary School Partnership, read: “We welcome the council’s willingness to take on board the feedback we have given them about school places, and their flexibility in responding to a rapidly changing situation.

“We would also like to acknowledge the sensitivity and partnership spirit with which the University of Brighton has worked on their free school project, and to thank them for all their work on this.

“However, given the circumstances the city now faces we agree with the view that there is no longer a need for a new secondary school in the city.

“We are committed to working in partnership with the council to deliver new school places, and to ensuring the long-term sustainability of all the city’s secondary schools.”

“Letter of concern” about local policing

London Road Area Local Action Team

Dear Chief Inspector Chris Veale,

I am writing to you on behalf of the London Road Area Local Action team – mandated by the recent LAT meeting 12/12/17 . They wish me to explain why they feel concerned and dismayed at the current policing situation and why the response upon which we are receiving feedback is felt to be inadequate.

I would like to point out that we enjoy good working relations with [our local Inspector], but feel that his good efforts may be hampered by lack of resources and policy imposed on him from higher up.

At a recent LAT chairs’ Forum meeting the police representative appeared to express the view to the effect that crime and disorder, especially drug-related crime is no worse than it has ever been. This was a very loyal and morale-maintaining comment for him to make.

But when reported back to our LAT it…

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