Community graffiti clean up

A member is organising a graffiti clean up for our neighbourhood and is asking for volunteers to participate.

It is planned for Saturday 3rd October at 10 am, meeting outside the Florence Road market, the Council will supply all tools and materials.

If you would like to be involved please email us at by Monday 28th September.

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.

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.