Category Archives: Community

Update on Springfield Road Trees

A message from the Springfield Road Save The Trees group.

“In 2017-18, members of SRRA raised some money for the replacement of 6 dead and dying trees in Springfield Road.

We had been advised that the cost of tree replacement was £314 per tree, and, thanks to the generosity of local residents,  we actually raised more than that, but the tree replacement was unable to proceed because the funding required to remove old stumps and carry out the necessary road works has not been forthcoming.

At the beginning of 2020 some of us discussed raising a petition to the Council to request that they make up the difference, so that our trees could be replaced. We consulted our local councillors and agreed a wording for the petition; the plan was to take it to a meeting of the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee in May … but then the virus struck, and clearly knocking on people’s doors was out of the question.

However, one of our councillors, Amy Heley, has written to the Chair of the committee to plead our case, and requesting an update.

If you were one of those generous people who contributed to our fund, and have been wondering why there has been no action, hopefully the above will explain this. We will continue to work with our councillors and will proceed with the petition when it is safe to do so.”

Blue heart campaign launches to say thank you to the NHS

Three local agencies, Midnight Communications, Search Seven and Social Brighton have teamed up to support a new campaign launched today to thank the hardworking NHS across the country called Blue Hearts for Heroes.

The campaign was thought up by Andy Williams, a proud husband from Guildford whose wife is treating patients with Covid-19, to see every home in the UK display a blue heart to say thank you to the NHS – and potentially raise millions for NHS Charities Together in the process.

The hearts cost from £10 with all profits going to NHS Charities Together, the same charity that legendary Captain Tom Moore raised funds for.

Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together Ellie Orton said: “Thank you Blue Hearts 4 Heroes for choosing to raise money for NHS Charities Together. We’re all so grateful for the incredible work of our NHS staff and volunteers and I hope this initiative helps show frontline workers just how much their hard work and dedication means to us all.”

The campaign is also supported by NHS Million, a non-profit initiative run by NHS staff to create a super-team of a million people who love and cherish the NHS.
A spokesperson for the NHS Million team said: “Our mission is to get Britain to celebrate the NHS and improve mental wellbeing and morale amongst NHS workers. We can’t wait to see a flood of blue hearts decorating homes across the country in support of every hard-working nurse, porter, doctor and everyone else striving to keep Britain healthy.”

Go to to buy your blue heart and say thank you to the NHS. A minimum spend of £10 is required with 100% of profits donated in aid of NHS Charities Together.

Graffiti Strategy Zoom Meeting

From Allan Grainger, The Brighton Society.

“The Brighton Society will be hosting a Zoom meeting with various Residents Associations and Councillors to ask questions and find solutions to eradicate graffiti, which is blighting our city. We plan to host the meeting on Monday 18th May at 2:30am. Two people from each group will be the maximum allowed to attend. The Brighton Society has put together a graffiti strategy that might help as a basis for discussion. This can be found on our website:

If you would like to take part in this important conversation email us at:

If you are not familiar with Zoom and need assistance please email us.



Presumably the timing should be 2:30 pm. If any members wish to participate please reply to this post so we can comply with the attendance limit.

Planning application for a transmitter mast opposite Downs Junior School

This has been forwarded by a resident.

A group of mobile phone companies has submitted a planning application for the erection of a massive transmitter mast to be built on the paved area just to the north of the old tram shelter in Ditchling Road, opposite Downs Junior School. It is 20m high (equivalent to a seven-story building) and will have six separate transmitters at the top. This is an industrial scale structure and will be seen from most of the Preston, Fiveways and Hollingdean areas.

The application can be viewed by using this link:-

If you have difficulties with this link, then you can access the Brighton and Hove Council’s planning site for application BH2020/00980.

There are important planning regulation reasons for rejection as the City Plan (CT15 Heritage) states that proposed applications should not cause significant harm to a listed building (the school is Listed Grade ll building) or to a Conservation Area – the site is adjacent to Preston Park Conservation Area. However more important reasons for rejection should be that the site is adjacent to two schools and the mast will tower over the Junior School’s playground.

Objections must be submitted by 5th May and because of Coronavirus the planning committee has been replaced by three councillors who now make decisions on planning applications. So, it is more than ever vital to make your views known.



Reported Crime Statistics December 2019

Sussex Police have released reported crime statistics for December 2019, 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 2019 December 2019
All crime 84 39
Anti-social behaviour 21 10
Bicycle theft 3 0
Burglary 6 1
Criminal damage and arson 6 0
Drugs 0 0
Other crime 3 1
Other theft 4 2
Possession of weapons 0 1
Public order 4 4
Robbery 8 0
Shoplifting 2 0
Theft from the person 0 0
Vehicle crime 7 4
Violence and sexual offences 20 16

Please visit for more information including outcomes for these crimes and contact information for your local policing team.

Last Sunday (January 19th) we did some winter pruning on our cordoned apple and pear trees. We’re gradually getting the hang of this, and they’ve certainly fruited well these last two years, but they have had spurts of very strong growth and I was worried they would be blown off the wall in high winds. […]

via Winter pruning — London Road Station Partnership Blog

Autumn/Winter Active for Life Programme out now!

From Corinna Edwards-Colledge, Active for Life Manager.

I am delighted to be able to let you know that the Autumn-Winter 2019/20 Active for Life Programme is out now and valid until the end of April 2020.  As usual it contains all our regular and special Healthwalks and 50 walks and physical activity opportunities for all ages and abilities every week.

Click here to view and download it.


Reported Crime Statistics September 2019

Sussex Police have released reported crime statistics for August 2019, 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:

August 2019 September 2019
All crime 120 68
Anti-social behaviour 14 15
Bicycle theft 3 3
Burglary 5 4
Criminal damage and arson 7 7
Drugs 47 2
Other crime 3 1
Other theft 3 3
Possession of weapons 0 0
Public order 6 5
Robbery 0 2
Shoplifting 0 0
Theft from the person 4 0
Vehicle crime 9 11
Violence and sexual offences 19 15

Please visit for more information including outcomes for these crimes and contact information for your local policing team.

Graffiti removal enforcement consultation

From Brighton & Hove City Council:-

We’ve launched a consultation on our proposals to tackle graffiti and tagging in the city.

We’re only responsible for removing graffiti from our own buildings unless it’s offensive. But what about private buildings?

Please make sure you have your say:-