Tag Archives: Environment

Draft Waste and Minerals Policies Consultation

DRAFT EAST SUSSEX, SOUTH DOWNS AND BRIGHTON & HOVE WASTE AND MINERALS LOCAL PLAN REVISED POLICIES DOCUMENT – CONSULTATION: 11th MAY 2020 TO 3RD AUGUST 2020

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 http://consult.eastsussex.gov.uk. If you are unable to view the documentation online, please contact us.

How do I make representations?

Our online consultation portal http://consult.eastsussex.gov.uk 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 wasteandmineralsdf@eastsussex.gov.uk. 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 wasteandmineralsdf@eastsussex.gov.uk or planningpolicy@brighton-hove.gov.uk , 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

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:

https://www.brighton-society.org.uk/the-brighton-society-graffiti-strategy/

If you would like to take part in this important conversation email us at: admin@brighton-society.org.uk

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

Regards

Allan”

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:-

https://planningapps.brighton-hove.gov.uk/online-applications/applicationDetails.do?activeTab=summary&keyVal=Q84943DM0PA00

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.

 

 

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:- https://consultations.brighton-hove.gov.uk/rubbish-recycling-and-streets/graffiti-removal-enforcement-consultation/

Housing or rewilding? Debate over future of Brighton’s golf courses hots up

From Brighton & Hove News:-

Hollingbury Golf Course

The future of Brighton’s council-owned golf courses is provoking a strong debate as the clock ticks down to the deadline for bids.

The council wants to re-let the sites at Hollingbury and Waterhall, and is inviting bids for leisure or conservation uses.

But the city’s Liberal Democrats have called for the Hollingbury course to be used instead for much-needed affordable housing.

Click here for full report.

Two years to fix Brighton’s broken bins service, says new boss

From The Argus

Give it six more months and Brighton’s bin collection problem will start clearing up.

Overflowing rubbish bins in Hove.

That is the promise made by new Cityclean chief Rachel Chasseaud to long-suffering residents.

She says the main issues within Cityclean are poorly planned routes, uncompetitive salaries and a breakdown in communications, which has seen staff morale plummet.

High sickness day rates have also played a part in people’s bins not being collected regularly since late last year.

There is a long road ahead and Ms Chasseaud insists it will not be a straightforward task – and it will be about two years until the inadequate £10.3 million service is functioning the way it should be.

Ms Chasseaud’s plan is to restructure the routes for refuse collections so places that are being missed more frequently are targeted, though this is expected to take half a year.

In an interview with The Argus, she said: “It’s amazingly complex as to why there’s been problems. It’s something that’s happened over a period of time, not overnight.In six months people will see a big change.

“The round restructuring will take six months. There are some fantastic people at all levels within Cityclean. They want to be providing a really good service and they do really care that it isn’t working.”

Cityclean has about 90,000 refuse collections, 45,000 recycling rounds and 600 communal bins to clear, in total, per week.

As part of a “modernisation programme”, the service is due to undergo an overhaul, led by Ms Chasseaud, which will see a mapping system put in place to track collections.

This will make it easier to tackle areas where bins are not collected as regularly, Ms Chasseaud said.

Communication with staff has also been a big issue, with many frontline workers feeling their relationship with managers has been non-existent in recent times.

Ms Chasseaud, who started her £80,000-a-year job as assistant director on September 3, has been getting to know staff and rebuilding burnt bridges with them and the GMB union.

She described the service’s relationship with the union, which in August threatened to take strike action, as “complex” but said a good bond between them is crucial.

Ms Chasseaud said: “What I hope I’m already changing is relationships within the service. I’m spending a lot of time talking and listening to staff. That’s something I believe is very important.

“One thing I’ve noticed is staff morale has been very low. I think it’s because communications have broken down. People are feeling stretched. There have been cuts in the service, meaning a reduction in management to have conversations with staff.”

She is also working on improving communications with residents as soon as possible.

Speaking about GMB, she added: “A good relationship with the union is really important. I don’t think it’s the union that’s caused the problems. It’s not all management’s fault either – it’s historic. Sometimes certain actions start happening – strikes are one of them.I haven’t heard the union raise anything that I don’t agree with. The union knows we need to do round restructures too and more around health and safety.”

Another reason given for the poor service has been staff shortages.

A Brighton and Hove City Council report released last week revealed the £20,138 salary for drivers – significantly lower than £25,500 offered in East Sussex – is to be reviewed in a bid to retain workers.

The council is currently looking to recruit two additional drivers and four binmen.

Ms Chasseaud said: “One problem is recruiting drivers. There’s been a real change in the market and there’s a bigger demand and it’s driving up wages. At Gatwick, drivers can make more money. In other local authorities around Brighton and Hove wages are higher than in the city.”

High staff sickness has also been a contributing factor to the bins debacle which has seen some residents wait more than three weeks to have their rubbish collected.

A Freedom of Information request by The Argus revealed a total of 7,228 sick days were taken by Cityclean’s 275 members of staff, which includes office workers and managers as well as binmen, from January 2017 to August this year.

The council said the sickness rate is higher among Cityclean workers, and Ms Chasseaud is aiming to improve some health and safety aspects of the service, such as ensuring workers are wearing sufficient personal protection equipment.

She said the workforce is of a slightly older generation, too, increasing the risk of injuries on the job.

The council report, which is being presented to the environment, transport and sustainability committee today, highlighted staff sickness and stated workers will be offered free health checks.

Ms Chasseaud said: “When you’ve got a large number of people doing manual labour, you always expect some increased sickness. Another factor is staff morale. That has an impact. There’s been a good take-up on the health checks. I’m going to do a lot of work around wellbeing. We expect to see an improvement in sickness levels. There are no major health and safety issues.”

She has confidence in her own ability and has even received the backing of opposition councillors, with Conservative Dawn Barnett believing Ms Chasseaud is the right person for the job.

Her contract lasts a year, but she is hoping to impress and take it on permanently.

Ms Chasseaud said: “I would like to be part of a longer term strategy to really turn things around.”

Reported Crime Statistics September 2017

Sussex Police have released reported crime statistics for September 2017, 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 2017 September 2017
All crime 121 68
Anti-social behaviour 23 18
Bicycle theft 2 4
Burglary 1 2
Criminal damage and arson 5 3
Drugs 13 1
Other crime 3 0
Other theft 15 7
Possession of weapons 0 0
Public order 6 5
Robbery 0 0
Shoplifting 0 1
Theft from the person 13 0
Vehicle crime 9 7
Violence and sexual offences 31 20

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