Get rid of your old electrics – from the comfort of your home

From Brighton & Hove City Council:-

New online app service aims to collect 10,000 unwanted electrical items and provide at least 500 reused electricals to residents within the first year of operation.

City residents now have a free and easy way to dispose of unwanted electrical items like laptops, mobile phones and small appliances while helping charities and the environment.

A new service – the first of its kind in the country – has been set up in Brighton & Hove where people can simply book online through a special app and have their old tech or electricals collected from their doorstep.

Goods that are working or can be refurbished or upgraded will be donated to charity. Anything that can’t be saved will be dismantled and recycled responsibly.

Any data will be professionally wiped

Importantly, people can be reassured that any items with personal information stored on them like PCs, mobiles and laptops will have the data completely wiped by professional security experts.

The new scheme follows on from the hugely successful Tech-Takeback service that has been running a series of e-collection pop-up events in partnership with the council’s Cityclean service for the last three years.

During that time, a total of 600 residents have donated more than 5300 items of tech, with over 2500 items data erased and many of these recycled.

Charities benefit from donated tech 

Approximately 250 pieces of tech have been distributed to a number of charities for reuse, repair and upcycling, including the Sussex Homeless Support Charity, the Green Centre, The National Tech4Good Awards, The Bevy Community Pub, Artists at Bloomtown Festival, Brighton Pride HQ and Screwed Sculptures.

Although the pop-ups were extremely popular, it meant people had to take their unwanted tech to a certain place to drop it off.

Now, residents don’t even need to leave their homes as we’ll come and collect the items once an appointment is booked.

Just download The ZeroNet app here or from the Tech-Takeback website, book a collection appointment and the TTB staff will collect from your doorstep – all done within Covid social distancing and safety measures.

A full list of the items we collect can be viewed here.

‘Everyone benefits from donations’

Councillor Amy Heley, chair of the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “This is a fantastic service and one that benefits everybody involved.

“Residents know their unwanted goods are either being donated to charities, to people less able to afford technology or are being recycled in an environmentally-friendly way.

“That means the charities or other resident’s benefit, as does the environment. The other great thing is people don’t even have to leave their homes to dispose of their unwanted goods.”

The service, called RevaluElectricals, is funded by new not-for-profit organisation Material Focus.

The council fully supports the new service

RevaluElectricals is run by Tech-Takeback Ltd and The ZeroNet with support from the council’s Cityclean service and the Recycle Your Electricals campaign.

Tech-Takeback managing director Dr David Greenfield and The ZeroNet’s founder and chief executive Paul McSweeney, said: “We’re excited to launch the first app-based collection of end of use electricals in England, known as RevaluElectricals.

“Residents can now donate unwanted tech for a second life, if feasible, in the knowledge that their data will be securely erased, together with other small household electricals.  Reusable items donated will be shared via our reuse partners including Digital Brighton & Hove and Freegle.

“The new service makes it easy to donate, with collection from the resident’s home booked via the free to download The ZeroNet app, at a time that suits them.

“Residents don’t have to worry about travel, parking or queues. Once booked, our driver will carry out a free collection from your doorstep using our electric van, while remaining compliant with COVID-19 social distancing measures.”

‘We’re hoarding 527 million small items’

Scott Butler, executive director of Material Focus, added: “This project is vital to ensuring we make good use of our old electricals. Whether they are re-used or recycled, these items contain valuable materials that will otherwise be lost forever.

“Our research has shown that in the UK we are hoarding more than 527 million small electrical items, an average of 20 per household, which is why we have recently launched our Recycle Your Electricals campaign.

“We’re delighted to be working with Tech-Takeback. The innovative app is why we chose to work with them as it will be key to making it easier for Brighton & Hove residents to re-use and recycle their electricals.”

You can find more details at

Downs Juniors needs grown-ups to keep pupils safe!

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, Downs Junior pupils have staggered start times so they gather in waves,outside the school gates in Grantham Road.
They and their parents are being given more space to socially distance while they wait by closing that part of Grantham Road to motor vehicles temporarily each school morning, from 8.15am to 9.15am. 
Volunteer marshalls close the street with plastic barriers, letting authorised vehicles through occasionally, chatting for a while and then reopening the street by removing the barriers. 
It’s easy, helps the community, gives you some fresh air and gives everyone a feelgood at the start the day. 
Most importantly, the kids stay safely distanced in the street while waiting for their staggered entry times.
Please will you help by volunteering? Contact the office at Downs Juniors to say you’re interested in the School Street. Phone 01273 558422 or email

Report of Blakers Park mugging.

There is an unconfirmed report of “another” knifepoint mugging in Blakers Park at 8.45 pm on Friday 11th September.

Please be aware and share this information, particularly with young
people who may be going out.
We will follow this up if and when we have any further information.

16.46 Saturday 12 Sep.

From the Fiveways Community Notice Board Group on Facebook:-

COVID 19 Track & Trace Scam

This is from Facebook so the usual caveats apply but it rings true.

It’s a SCAM but will get lots of less savvy people …And so it begins!

Just to let you know these phone calls are going round.

‘Good morning, I’m calling from the NHS track and trace service. According to our system, you are likely to have been in close proximity to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This means that you now need to self-isolate for 7 days and take a COVID-19 test.’

‘OK. Can you tell me who that person was?’

‘I’m not able to tell you that. That is confidential information.’

‘Right. Um… so ….’

‘But you do need to be tested within the next 72 hours. So can I just get the best mailing address so that we can send a kit to you?’

‘OK (gives address)’

‘Thank you – and I just need to take a payment card so that we can finalise this and send the kit to you.’

‘Sorry – a payment card? I thought this was all free?’

‘No – I’m afraid not. There is a one-off fee of £50 for the kit, and test results. Could you read off the long card number for me, please, when you’re ready.’

‘No – that’s not right. This is part of the NHS so there’s no charge.’

‘I’m afraid there is. Can you give me the card number please – this is very important, and there are penalties for not complying.’

Puts phone down.

This is how scammers work. And vulnerable people will fall for it.”

Crime in Rugby Road

From a resident:-
“We saw a new LED street light with a recharging box on it in Rugby Road being vandalised
today, and photographed what appeared to be 2 young men on bicycles who were doing it –
they must have unscrewed the cover and appeared to cut one or more wires with snips before
we saw them reattaching the cover. In broad daylight. Have you heard of any similar reports?
We have reported to the council and police.”
This could be preparatory to a burglary so please be careful and share it with your neighbours.

Recent Crime in Springfield Road

From a resident:-

“In the early hours of Sunday morning (14 June) several houses and cars in Springfield Road were daubed with offensive graffiti, including swastikas, and some damage was done to front gardens. This was reported to the police. Local residents worked together to remove the graffiti.  The identity of the perpetrators is unknown but they are believed to be three teenage boys. They are also believed to have returned to Springfield Road on the night of 15/16 June.

The graffiti included three names, but it is not clear whether these were the names of the perpetrators. Police are asking for CCTV evidence.

If anyone has any CCTV footage of this, or any other relevant information, please contact Simon French of Sussex Police, “.


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.”

Draft Waste and Minerals Policies Consultation


East Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park Authority are proposing changes to their adopted Waste and Minerals Local Plan (WMLP). These changes are set out in the draft Waste and Minerals Local Plan Revised Policies Document, which has been published for consultation.

The three Authorities have carefully considered whether to proceed with the consultation given the current emergency measures put in place by the Government. In light of this, the Authorities have decided to proceed with a consultation over an extended period of 12 weeks, which may further be extended if required. We are therefore seeking representations from all stakeholders and members of the public on the contents of the Draft Revised Policies of the Waste and Minerals Local Plan. Comments should be made between 11 May and 3 August 2020.

The consultation draft plan and a full set of supporting documentation can be found at our online consultation portal If you are unable to view the documentation online, please contact us.

How do I make representations?

Our online consultation portal has been designed to make submitting comments via a website much easier and we encourage its use. Anyone can view the proposed consultation draft documents on the portal but to make comments you will need to have a username. If you have not registered before please click on the ‘Login/Register’ icon on the website and enter your details. Registering your email address will enable us to notify you by email of future stages in the preparation of the Plan. Please contact us (details below) if you encounter any problems.

You can also submit your representations by completing the online form and emailing to Representations can also be sent to us by post to the following address:

RPD Consultation 2020, Planning Policy & Development Management, Communities Economy and Transport, East Sussex County Council, St Anne’s Crescent, Lewes, BN7 1UE.

The deadline for representations is midnight on Monday 3 August 2020.

Contact Us

If you have any queries please email us at or , by telephone: East Sussex County Council, Waste & Minerals Planning Policy team on 01273 481846.

We look forward to receiving your representations.

Edward Sheath                            Liz Hobden                                    Tim Slaney

Head of Planning                          Head of Planning                          Director of Planning

East Sussex County Council       Brighton & Hove City Council      South Downs National Park Authority

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.