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Tree replacement in Springfield Road

A group of SRRA members is embarking on a pilot project to replace trees in Springfield Road that have been lost or are in danger due to disease.

The Council Arborealist has identified five trees as needing replacement.

If successful the initiative could be extended to other streets in the area.

We will be raising funds in the near future so watch this space, if you would like to help please reply with your email address and we will be in touch.


SRRA Meeting Tues. 25th July

The next SRRA meeting will take place on Tuesday 25th July at the One Church, Florence Road between 7.00 and 8.30 pm.

We will be discussing plans for our activities for the next year including issues raised at the AGM, click here for the minutes; as well as electing officers.

All residents are welcome, please try to attend if you want to help improve our neighbourhood.

Private Rented Sector Licensing Consultation

The council is currently consulting on two proposed licensing schemes for private rented housing in the city.

The aim is to improve consistency of management and maintenance standards in the city’s private rented housing. The council is required to consult interested parties about the schemes and consider representations before reaching a final decision.

The full background on the decision to propose these schemes is given in the private rented sector discretionary licensing reports discussed by the Housing & New Homes Committee on 16 November 2016 and 14 June 2017.

The consultations close at midnight on Sunday 10 September 2017.

Additional licensing consultation

Councils can introduce additional licensing schemes for HMOs smaller than those to which the mandatory…

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Slow worms could halt railway allotments development

From Brighton & Hove News

A developer’s plans to squeeze a terrace of four homes onto old railway allotments in Brighton is being stalled by the question of whether or not there are slow worms living there.



People living near the patch of land, which backs onto the Open House pub’s garden on Springfield Road, say they were horrified when the new owner of the site, Brighton Housing Developments, cleared it before Christmas.

Planning permission was given on appeal in 2014 to build four houses on the site – subject to the snakelike reptiles being moved to a new home.

But this runs out in March, and John Blackburn-Panteli, director of Brighton Housing Developments which bought the plot in December last year, has now submitted a survey which states that no slow worms live on the site, so no relocation is needed.

However, county ecologist Kate Cole says the survey was done during periods of frosty nights, which could have triggered the slow worms’ hibernation period and account for none being found.

A petition to save the allotments from development has now been signed by more than 400 people. Clare Tyler, who started it, said: “The old railway allotments between Springfield Road and London Road station, home to a wealth of wildlife and a much-loved conservation area in the heart of the city, have been destroyed.

“Much to our dismay, a developer recently bought the land with planning permission, and hastily chopped down all the woodland just before Christmas without any prior notice to the local residents or the community and plans to build four houses, immediately beside the rail track and Open House pub.

“The community are fighting this, and we will continue to fight. The piece of land was an oasis of woodland, shrubbery and wildlife.

“Now it’s a barren site – we hope it can be saved, and at the very least, we want the developers to strictly adhere to all conditions going forward- and the slow worms saved!”

Click here for the full story.

Colours of summer and serendipity

London Road Station Partnership Blog

In late May, we planted out a fairly random collection of annual flower seedlings around the tree pits in Shaftesbury Place, just as last year we’d scattered a motely selection of remaining flower seed there. The result: a beautiful display of summer colour which has been delighting people as they walk towards the station. If only we could say we planned it, but yet again, it’s more the result of serendipity. The magenta, pink and white of the cosmos, the pinks, whites and mauves of the nicotianas, the pinks and white of the cleome have all blended beautifully together, highlighted by the orange of the marigolds. If we needed proof of randomness, there’s a bolting lettuce creeping out from the flowers.

Today we cleared dead leaves, dead flowers and generally tidied up around the station, trying hard to get some water into the soil after two weeks of hot and dry weather…

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