Category Archives: Community

Tell us about the places in your neighbourhood

From Paula Goncalves – 

The council is developing new guidance – the Urban Design Framework – to help shape buildings and spaces around the city. The aim is to make them easier to use and more attractive to people.

As the city grows we will be presented with proposals to develop and build new buildings and places. This provides the opportunity to improve existing areas as well as making sure we get usable, flexible and high quality new buildings and attractive public spaces.

To help us achieve this aim, the council wants to learn about your experience of the city to help create more welcoming buildings and public spaces through design.

Everyone in Brighton & Hove is invited to take part in a survey to share their views about the places they use and how they think these places could be improved.

All over the city there are close-to-home places that people have access to and enjoy spending time in. These can include parks, streets, squares, common areas of schools (eg playgrounds and playing fields), transport facilities and shopping areas.

Please fill in the survey at https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/udf-places The survey is open until 13 September 2018.

The information you provide will help shape the Urban Design Framework which the council, developers and landowners will use to make sure buildings and spaces fit the needs and aspirations of everyone who lives, works, studies in and visits the city.

Paula Goncalves
Planning Policy, Projects & Heritage Team
Brighton & Hove City Council

Email: planningprojects@brighton-hove.gov.uk
W: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk

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Graffiti concern – open letter to Cllr Emma Daniel – 24th April 2018

To Brighton City Council via Cllr Emma Daniel, Major concern regarding exponential growth of graffiti across our City Chairpersons representing a wide variety of community groups across the city wish to voice their concern regarding the massive increase of graffiti and tagging across the city, particularly over the last twelve months. We are requesting leadership […]

via Graffiti concern – open letter to Cllr Emma Daniel – 24th April 2018 — London Road Area Local Action Team

Active for Life Programme for Spring-Summer

From Active for Life – 

The Spring to Summer 2018 Active for Life Programme contains all our regular and special Healthwalks as well as details of the Healthy Lifestyle Team’s other local physical activity sessions for adults, kids and families.

We have walks and activities for people of all abilities, and lots of sessions and walks that are good for beginners and those currently getting little or no physical activity.

All our regular and one-off walks and sessions are listed, and there is a ‘venue list’ with bus details too so you can find where to go and how to get there easily.

Active for Life Programme Spring-Summer (PDF 5MB) from May – October 2018 inclusive.

Reported Crime Statistics March 2018

Sussex Police have released reported crime statistics for March 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:

February 2018 March 2018
All crime 59 69
Anti-social behaviour 8 17
Bicycle theft 4 7
Burglary 4 1
Criminal damage and arson 5 5
Drugs 4 4
Other crime 2 0
Other theft 3 3
Possession of weapons 0 1
Public order 3 5
Robbery 1 1
Shoplifting 0 1
Theft from the person 0 0
Vehicle crime 6 9
Violence and sexual offences 19 15

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

Keep Varndean Green

From Green Vardean

Varndean College plans to sell off some of its land which is currently designated as a nature reserve to build just 10 houses.  An outline planning application has been submitted to Brighton and Hove Council

We are concerned that:

  • This application is for outline planning permission. The full application may be far more intrusive and destructive. 

  • The proposal sets a dangerous precedent for more development on the Varndean campus and elsewhere. Any green space in Brighton and Hove will be at risk. Plans are also confirmed for a full size, net covered all- weather sports pitch on the campus near Surrenden Crescent. 

  • A new road will be built behind and crossing the footpath, destroying the hedgerow, creating even more traffic and congestion with major safety risks for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists and ruining the view. 

  • A biodiversity reserve will be destroyed. Developed in 2010 with the support of the Council and Butterfly Conservation, the reserve is home to colonies of legally protected butterflies like the Small Blue. 

  • The proposed modern houses are not in keeping with the the local area. The view of the housing from the road will be of the garages and a semi-basement frontage. They will be very unattractive, block the view over Brighton and overlook the sports field, risking the privacy of our young students. 

    Click here for links to comment on the applications.

City prepares battle plans for war on waste

From Brighton & Hove Food Partnership

An inspiring mix of would-be waste warriors from supermarkets, academic institutions, charities and campaigning organisations were among those attending Brighton & Hove Food Partnership’s recent roundtable on food waste – one of a series of roundtables being held this year as we lead the work on refreshing the city’s food strategy and aim to become the UK’s first gold Sustainable Food City.

We knew we were starting from a place of good intentions with food waste when we sent out the invites to our event. Our surveys this year aimed at the city’s businesses and residents had a big uptake, with hundreds of responses showing that there is an appetite to shift food provision to a model that minimises both food waste and single-use plastic.

However, seeing representatives from Marks & Spencer and Sainsbury’s alongside those from environmental group WRAP and ethical supermarket HISBE in the one room – all prepared to turn good intentions into action – brought the message home: food waste is not a side issue. It is increasingly recognised by all sections of our community.

Our surveys showed a clear majority of Brighton and Hove residents who responded want simple measures introduced to help them reduce the amount of food being binned, for example the availability of takeaway boxes in restaurants and small packs of food in supermarkets.

Food waste audit

A clear majority of business respondents want to tackle food and food packaging waste too, with three quarters saying they are interested in opening themselves up to a food waste audit which would track the quantity and composition of the food waste they produce and analyse why it was being thrown away.

Half the business respondents said they want more information on food waste collection options, and an impressive 40% are willing to take the plastic-free pledge.

This is all important because our city’s food waste problems are big and they are urgent. In Brighton and Hove, a whopping 30,000 tonnes of food a year is wasted by businesses, and 39,000 by households.

The round-table event (left) was held at zero-waste restaurant Silo and focused on developing practical actions aimed at reducing this huge food waste and packaging mountain. Other participants included representatives from the University of Brighton, University of Sussex contract caterers Compass Group, The council’s CityClean and events teams, as well as local wholesaler and bakery chain Real Patisserie.

 

The following were among the innovative actions considered in what was an amazingly fruitful morning for ideas:

  • Implementing a Brighton and Hove branded doggy-bag scheme to promote and make it easier for people to take away excess food ordered from cafes and restaurants.
  • Extending the use of paper ‘mushroom’ bags for bagging other vegetables in supermarkets.
  • Producing stickers or laminated posters to make it easier for restaurants/caterers to understand how they can donate to organisations in the surplus food network.

Next, we will consider all of these exciting ideas to determine which will prove both practical and most beneficial to go into a new five-year action plan, itself part of the overall review of the city’s 20-year food strategy, Spade to Spoon: Digging Deeper.

This strategy sets out how the city will work together to ensure good food is available for everyone, that issues such as obesity and food poverty are addressed and there is not excessive food waste. The sixth of the strategy’s nine aims states that: “Waste generated by the food system is reduced, redistributed, reused and recycled.”

Sustainable Development Goal

These local aspirations tie in with the much wider picture – in particular the Sustainable Development Goal food waste reduction target of 50% by 2030. In the UK, £2.5bn worth of food is currently thrown away annually by businesses. That amounts to £10,000 per outlet per year. What’s more, 75% of that food could have been eaten.

Vera Zakharov, Brighton & Hove Food Partnership’s Surplus Food Network Coordinator, who previously coordinated the city’s Love Food Hate Waste Campaign said: “It’s absolutely inspiring to see a broad range of stakeholders take this issue seriously. Food waste is a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions and is a symptom of a food system that devalues our natural resources and human effort.

“This roundtable event shows that we are ready to work together and change how food is used and valued in Brighton and Hove.”

Other roundtables being held as the food strategy is refreshed includes those on shared meals, food power, land, and healthy and sustainable diets. We’ll keep you updated as they take place.