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Quick guide to our website

Committee Page containing the Minutes of recent meetings and the date of our next RHS Committee Meeting (Tuesday 21st April 2015) at Cath's. We held our AGM on 1st October 2014 (see Minutes and Report) and view our Constitution.

The Round Hill Reporter
Past issues of our printed newsletter 'The Round Hill Reporter' can be downloaded (in PDF format) from here. The most recent issue is

      • Issue 59 March 2015
         It's your neighbourhood - greening our streets, PlaySafe, Living on Round Hill - a student's view, Seasonal Singing report, Advent Window pictures, Round Hill Spring Clean, Andy Durr, Motorbike parking on Ashdown Road, Doorstep milk delivery, Rubbish, Recycling and Round Hill, 15 years of the Round HIll Reporter, The Tale of the 90 foot Mural..

Sunday 12th April - our fourth PlaySafe

Richmond House - new 2015 proposal
APPROVED - see The Council's decision

The approval is subject to 9 planning conditions.

Application number: BH2015/00493
Richmond House D’Aubigny Road Brighton BN2 3FT

The application is for Change of use from B1 office to Sui Generis mixed use of B1 office and D1

Non residential institution. Erection of secure and covered cycle parking area in car park. Full planning consent is sought for the change of use of the building from B1 office to Sui Generis mixed use of B1 office and D1 Non residential institution. The development would provide B1 office accommodation on the entire top floor and half of the ground floor with D1 space on the remaining half of the ground floor.
The entire site would be used by the Pavilions Partnership to deliver and manage the city’s Drug and Alcohol Treatment & Recovery System.

Questions answered at The Round Hill Society's Committee Meeting on Thursday 26th March 2015

We invited Wendy Turner (Deputy Director) and Peter Glass (Director of Operations) from Cranstoun (part of Pavilions Partnership) as well as Kathy Caley (Lead Commissioner for Alcohol and Substance Misuse Services) from Brighton and Hove City Council to address concerns voiced by local residents relating to the use now proposed for Richmond House.

Click here to review our questions and their answers &/or

Download the PDF document prepared by Pavilions for Round Hill residents.

D'Aubigny Road and Round Hill Crescent
REFUSED - see The Council's decision

[Click the tab "REASONS" after taking above link]

BH2015/00322 - Round HIll - Adjoining listed building, 
Land to rear of 101 Roundhill Crescent:
Erection of two storey building comprising 5no one bedroom flats

A proposal has recently been registered to erect a two storey building comprising 5no one bedroom flats on land to the rear of 101 Round Hill Crescent. Flats 1 & 2 would be at ground floor level, flats 3 & 4 at first floor level and flat 5 at roof level.

The proposed double-fronted house would be on the same front building line as No 4 D'Aubigny Road which would become the neighbouring property i.e. the new house would continue the terrace, plugging 10 metres of the 18-metre gap between the existing end-of-terraces.

101 Round Hill Crescent
Would a double-fronted (10M) house, with windows at each level on the side elevation facing the rear elevation of 101 Roundhill Crescent, sit suitably within this 18M gap without having an adverse effect on the Round Hill conservation area?

Click here for the Council's reasons for refusal

28 Crescent Rd - another application expected
green open space
Residents living in the vicinity of the narrow strip of land, which separates properties on the east side of Belton Road from those on the west side of Crescent Road, had a meeting with the developer and his legal representative in The Jolly Poacher on Monday 16th March. We thank the staff of The Jolly Poacher for opening up to provide a suitable venue. The meeting was chaired by Annie Rimington from The Round Hill Society. Ward Councillor, Pete West, was also also present. Click here for a report of what went on.


Towards It's Your Neighbourhood

Prizes for good-looking gardens (14th to 21st June 2015)

garden in upper lewes rd










Towards the end of 2014, Jan Curry, Round Hill Society committee member and author of several gardening articles in The Round Hill Reporter, approached The Royal Horticultural Society about entering Round Hill for their IT'S YOUR NEIGHBOURHOOD campaign.


Round Hill may not quite be ready for the whole conservation area to be judged by The Royal Horticultural Society, but a good beginning would be to get a whole street or a significant part of a street looking nice. This year, please aim to look really good between the 14th and 21st June 2005 and pretty good the rest of the time! The Round Hill Committee will award a prize for the person under five, ten and fourteen, who can grow the tallest Sunflower. The student house which grows something beautiful in the most original container will also win a prize, as will the household with the brightest or most eye-catching display of all. The most colourful street or area will be entered into the It's Your Neighbourhood scheme in 2016.

The Round Hill Society's 2015 Spring Clean-up

Sunday 22nd March (morning) The Round Hill Society's Spring Clean

Although turn out from residents (and committee) was lower this year, it was still a very successful clean up, thanks in great part to City Clean. Trevor and Eduardo supported a valiant RH team of rubbish collectors - with very nifty litter picking by the younger members of Roundhill - by taking away loads of rubbish. Adam contributed some lovely herb plants which were added to the planters at either end of Roundhill Crescent along with some Nasturtium seeds. City Clean's graffiti team were active, painting over lots of tagging ( but the large wall along Upper Lewes Rd remains a problem). Thanks to our ward Councillor Pete West for turning up to provide encouragement.

If any residents would like their old (round and usually lidless) black rubbish bins replaced with nice new green lidded wheelie bins for free, then just let me (Annie Rimington) know (contact details are on the printed Round Hill Reporter). That way the gulls can't get at the rubbish and the rain doesn't get in, making the bins smell and too heavy for refuse collectors to empty them.

Bus-assisted walks starting from Round Hill

Healthwalks programme valid until the end of April 2015

Click on picture below for index of local walks/walking groups

yyy Why not get together with neighbours for a weekend walk - you may like to try the two bus-aided circular walks below:

Walk [1]: Ditchling Beacon to Stanmer Park circular


Walk [2]: Woodvale to Race Hill and Rottingdean circular (back along the Sea Front into Central Brighton)


Review of our city's heritage assets

To help get Round Hill's historic street lights listed:

Regular listings

For daily updates on other neighbourhoods' news & campaigns
across the city, please go to CivicBrightonandHove.co.uk

1. Upcoming events for The Open Market and The Level
2. Visit London Road website | blog
3. The Duke of York's Picture House Preston Circus
4. Emporium, Brighton - upcoming events - 88 London Road
5. Free University Brighton - upcoming events
6. Brighton & Hove Arts Diary
7. Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema
Sussex Concerts
9. East Sussex CC: Music, Art & Cultural Events
10. The Brighton Society - talks, lectures & exhibitions.
11. Regency Society 2014-15 lectures and events.
Hove Civic Society - lectures & events.
13. Sussex Industrial Archeology Society own meetings and similar
14. English Speaking Union lectures at The Hove Club, Fourth Av.
15. Walks - unguided, guided, longer and shorter
16. Healthwalks programme (PDF) valid until end of April 2015.
17. walk & bus circuits from Round Hill
18a. Friends of Hollingbury Woods
18b. Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere - Events Calendar
18c. Digital map of Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere
19. Prince Regent Swimming Complex Pools Programme
Free Swimming for children aged 11 or under
20. See also The Argus - events page

Visit the newly refurbished Martha Gunn Pub [their Facebook page]


biosphereFriday 17 April 2015, 10:00 am to 12:30pm - Summer Migrant Birds Return to Lewes - Location: Cliffe High St, South Downs National Park, Cliffe High St, Lewes, East Sussex BN7, UK Description: As our summer migrant birds return to Sussex we’ll search for them as we head down the Ouse from Lewes to Southease. Flat hike, 6km. At Southease we can catch the train back to Lewes (£2.60) or, if we have to wait, have some tea and cake in the Youth Hostel Café. Meet on the bridge over the River Ouse on Cliffe High Street, Lewes. Sussex Wildlife Trust members: Free; Non-members:£3 donation. Walk Leader: Michael Blencowe, Tel: 07827 830891



unitarian Friday 17th April 2015 12.30 - 1.15 pm Brighton Unitarian Church New Road BN1 1UF
Freya Creech - a solo violin recital, which will include a solo Bach sonata, a show piece called 'Something Wild' and a Paganini caprice.



biosphereSunday 19 April 2015, 11:00 am to 1pm - Lewes Railway Land annual birdwatch - Location: Lewes, United Kingdom. Description: Our annual springtime birding walk around the Lewes railway land... We normally see Whitethroats and warblers coming in from Africa and the resident Peregrine and Ravens on the Cliffs... Come and see for yourself. Please note: this event is run by an RSPB volunteer group and is organised for interested members of the local community. Directions Lewes Railway land but we meet 11am at the car park next to the Station north side.



Brighton Vintage and Antiques MarketSunday 19th April 2015 from 11.00am to 5pm - Brighton Vintage and Antiques Market

 First & third Sunday of each month.

See all upcoming events & workshops at The Open Market.



Chapel RoyalTuesday 21st April 2015 from 1.10 to 1.55 - Live lunchtime concert Chapel Royal, North Street Brighton

Marco Ramelli (guit) - Spanish Folk Songs - Birtwistle and Paganini



Saint NicholasWednesday 22nd April 2015 at 12.30pm for half an hour at St Nicholas's Church Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3LJ map

Lucy Green - Soprano



ElectionThursday 23rd April 2015 from 7pm at The Thistle Hotel, King's Road, Brighton - Council Hustings: put your questions to the five parties ahead of the general and local elections. To book your ticket, visit theargus.co.uk/debate2015 or contact The Argus's newsdesk on 01273 544512



Saint Lukes Queens Park Friday, 24th April 2015 7.30pm St Luke's Church, Queens Park Road BN2 0GG - Marie Jaermann & Sam Brown (voice and piano): “Variations on a Quixotic Theme”. Soprano Marie Jaermann and guitarist Sam Brown perform a programme of songs from the Renaissance to the present day – demonstrating that, while people may change their tune from century to century, the song they sing is fundamentally the same. To include works by Schubert, Dowland and Falla.



biosphere25 April 2015, 10:00 am to 26 April 2015, 4:00 pm - Big Buzz bee weeekend - Location: South Downs garden centre - Description: Big Buzz celebrates and promotes bees and other pollinators and the plants they love. The weekend event is being held at South Downs Garden Centre in Hassocks on 25/26 April.



biosphereSunday 26 April 2015, 10:30 am to 4:00 pm - Saddlescombe Farm Open Day - Location: National Trust - Saddlescombe Farm and Newtimber Hill, Saddlescombe Road, near Brighton, West Sussex BN45 7DE, United Kingdom. Description: Discover this ancient downland farm that was once owned by the Knights Templars. Tours of the 17th century buildings, the surrounding downs and the walled garden. Displays and demonstrations of traditional work including; hurdle making, shepherding, carpenters's workshop and more. This year we are delighted to introduce our new farmers Roly and Camilla - so watch out for newly born lambs and their sheep dog Belle. Tea and home-made cakes available. Adult £5, Child £2, Family £13. More Information: Devil's Dyke Estate Office, 01273 857712, devilsdyke@nationaltrust.org.uk



jolly poacher Sunday 26th April 2015 - quiz night at The Jolly Poacher gastro pub 100 Ditchling Road, Brighton - Prizes to we won, dinner gift vouchers, cocktail evening and gourmet food & drink treats.
Book now! max team = six.



biosphereWednesday 29 April 2015, 7:00 pm to 9:30 pm - 'The Beauty Spot' evening debate - Location: Fabrica, Duke Street, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 1AG, United Kingdom. Description: Four speakers explore our complex relationship with natural world. Art historian Dr Alexandra Loske outlines late 18th century concepts of the beautiful, the sublime and the picturesque and discusses the relationship between nature and the individual – a key subject in Romantic landscape painting. Ecologist Rich Howorth is Project Officer for Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere Partnership. He explains how our contemporary perceptions of nature impact on biodiversity and how the Partnership is trying to address this. Dr Martin Jordan is a psychotherapist, counsellor and international expert on ecopsychology. He introduces this new field of practice, which focuses on our emotional and psychological connection with the natural environment. Hayley Skipper, Curator of Arts Development for the Forestry Commission England. Focussing on Jerwood Open Forest, Hayley will describe how commissioning artists opens up the possibility for new encounters with nature, and art. Free buffet. Pay bar. Places are limited so please book to avoid disappointment. You can book via Eventbrite, by emailing info@fabrica.org.uk or calling 01273 778646. In partnership with Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere.



OpenSaturday 2nd May 2015 from 11am to midday - Shop & Dance! - Brighton Lindyhoppers (video clip) at The Open Market  between The Level & London Road shopping centre.

First Saturday of every month. See all upcoming events & workshops at The Open Market or browse the 40+ new stalls & studios.



biosphereFriday 15 May 2015, 10:00 am to 12:30 pm - Spring Butterflies of the South Downs - Location: Cliffe High St, South Downs National Park, Cliffe High St, Lewes, East Sussex BN7, UK Description: Join us as we go in search of skippers, blues and hairstreaks on the Sussex Wildlife Trust’s Malling Down reserve above Lewes. 3km walk with some slopes. Meet on the bridge over the River Ouse on Cliffe High Street, Lewes. This guided walk is part of our Southerham Barn project funded by the South Downs National Park Authority. Free event. Walk Leader: Michael Blencowe, Tel: 07827 830891.



Friends of Hollingbury Woods Saturday 16 May 2015 2:30 Friends of Hollingbury Woods - Annual General Meeting.
Easy access trail. Click here to learn about Hollingbury Hillfort. FHBW's Facebook Page.





Open Market & London Road regeneration












Thursday, 7th May 2015  Elections

The next General Election, Brighton & Hove City Council elections and Rottingdean Parish election will take place on 7 May 2015.

The Argus "Election 2015" debates

Members of the public will be able to put their questions to the five parties ahead of the general and local elections.

  • Council Hustings: Thursday 23rd April at 7pm at The Thistle Hotel, King's Road, Brighton.

To book your ticket, visit theargus.co.uk/debate2015 or contact The Argus's newsdesk on 01273 544512 

Will candidates be asked about local issues?

When the votes are counted, will the successful candidates have made any pledges to address issues which are local to Round Hill? A major one of these, continues to affect the Downs schools and residents living within 400 metres from The Waste Transfer Station:-

Odour from WTS - who will represent us?

  • 1. ODOUR: which parliamentary candidate will promise to table a private members'  bill
    1. making it illegal to process food waste in a Waste Transfer Station located any nearer than 400 metres from public buildings such as schools/hospitals or from people's homes and gardens and
    2. tightening the design criteria for the installations so that the pollution is contained even when there are no residential areas nearby?

    Such a bill is needed both locally and nationally. It could compel the government's Environment Agency to implement the terms of its operating licence more stringently, preventing the mistakes made in giving approval to Veolia's operation at Hollingdean Depot from being repeated in other towns and cities in England and Wales. Councils are able to get cheaper services in the absence of such national laws, but in questioning parliamentary candidates who are competing to represent Brighton Pavilion parliamentary constituency, the issue here is public health and amenity in Round Hill, Hollingdean and the neighbourhoods adjoining Ditchling Road in the vicinity of the Downs schools.

    In objecting to the 2006 scheme, The Brighton Society described the buildings housing the MRF and the WTS at Hollingdean Depot as "basic metal sheds, the cheapest form of building". While The Brighton Society was drawing attention to poorly landscaped visual eyesores, it  is also true that The Hollingdean Depot site is too constrained and the existing buildings too basic to house the filtration equipment needed to contain oudour escapes.

    Nor do such basic buildings indicate that a real effort was made in their conception to contain noise breakout. Booms and echoes which reverberate around Round Hill / Hollingdean / the school playground off Ditchling Road confirm that corners were cut.

  • 2. NOISE: which council candidate will promise to act to address ongoing breaches of the Council's own planning conditions?

    • Planning condition number 13 in Veolia's 2006 permission, states that all vehicles or machinery associated with the waste facility use of the site under the control of the operator of the development, shall be fitted with a non-audible safety device of "smart" form of reversing alarm, which produces a sound only audible to personnel in the immediate vicinity of the vehicle to which it is fitted. The waste transfer station or materials recovery facility shall not be first brought into use until a design specification for the safety reversing device has been agreed with the Local Planning Authority and implemented.

      The assertion of Brighton and Hove City Council's Senior Planning Investigation Officer that this condition - designed to spare residents living nearby from hearing industrial beeping in their homes and gardens - was scrapped under application BH2013/02219 is quite erroneous. The 2013 application extended the operating hours, but did not reference the 2006 condition requiring "smart" reversing alarms at all.

With the right representation, siting noisy/smelly operations near people's homes can be resisted. See North London example involving the Pinkham Way Alliance. Could two of the most anti-social operations at Holliingdean Depot - food waste processing (ODOUR) and glass tipping (NOISE) - be switched to locations away from residents' homes?

We in Round Hill will need to speak up to be heard, especially when some from all the parties represented on our Council can bring themselves to approve the siting of new homes (not yet built) just a few metres from the perimeter fence on the south side of Hollingdean Depot.

Do those canvassing for votes know?

A lady from one political party, drafted in from London to canvas for Round Hill votes, was blissfully ignorant about planning approvals in our neighbourhood or even the existence of Hollingdean Depot so nearby. Marginal constituencies are prone to this type of canvassing; we can request proper representation by asking questions about our area.

Smelly escapes from the Waste Transfer Station - further to those which have been affecting the north of our neighbourhood since early 2009 -  have compromised residents enjoyment of their gardens, continuing through spring and summer into autumn 2014. We applaud the Environment Agency for trying to help. However, these odour escapes continue to cause unreasonable nuisance to nearby residents (Princes Road, part of Richmond Road, part of Ditchling Road, also affecting the Downs Infant School). A lot more needs to be done. This is an Environmental Health issue. Candidates in the forthcoming May elections may ask you about the state of the National Health Service and the UK Economy. These are legitimate concerns, but they are also bidding to represent our local area.  Ask them what they will do, if elected, about this local issue :-  the noise and the odour which have repeatedly compromised the amenity of residents to the north of Round Hill over 6 years. We are not alone in being expected to put up with these nuisances. See how The Pinkham Way Alliance, a group of North London residents, resisted a proposed Waste Transfer Station.

If you are immediately affected, do not allow genuine odour nuisance to go unreported. Make sure that the licensing body log each incident:phone the Environment Agency on 0800 807060 but also add your email address to (Environment Officer) Chris Parkin's distribution list by sending an e-mail to chris.parkin@environment-agency.gov.uk and feel free to pass this invitation on to friends or neighbours who are also affected. Being on the distribution list will also allow Chris Parkin to update you on attempts to suppress the odour.

Action taken so far - diagnosis & solution

Chris Parkin from the government's Environment Agency has identified the 2 biggest problems which cause odour nuisance - "the design of the building and the nature of the waste received. The primary odorous source is the food waste contained within domestic refuse. The only possible way to remove that is for the local council to instigate separate waste collections for food waste, which would be a huge undertaking for them."

Click here to read about an attempt which will begin from Monday 15th September to suppress unpleasant smells from Hollingdean Depot.

See also The Environment Officer's diagnoses of the main problems.


The Level restoration project

The Level

The Level Communities Forum - Next meeting date: Tuesday 28 April 2015.

Future 2015 meeting dates organised so far: Tuesday 26 May.


All meetings take place in the MacLaren Pavilion, The Level, 6 to 7.30pm


Renewable Energy for Round Hill

energy coop












Could Round Hill make itself independent from the electricity grid through photo-voltaics on the roofs both in and adjoining the area? See video clip of Balcombe example: fracking village to turn on solar panels

The Round Hill Society's AGM

Report on our last AGMYour new RHS committee was elected at our AGM on Wed 1st October 2014


 Triangle Community Local History Group - The Bugle Pub 24 St. Martins Street, Brighton, BN2 3HJ 

Ian and Eileen have retired as landlords of The Bugle which has been the home of The Triangle Local History Group since 2006, Obviously we need to find a new home to meet up in once a month - ideas please?.

Learn an instrument Learn a musical instrument - since the time of the Prince Regent, Brighton has gained a reputation for music teaching and performance. The abundance of teachers in our city means that it is easy to find help in learning an instrument.


BartholomewSt Bartholomew's Concerts for autumn 2014






The Park Crescent News & Events at The Park Crescent Pub, 39 Park Crescent Terrace, BN2 3HE.




All SaintsAll Saints Church Hove1pm-2pm Lunchtime Recitals start again in May 2015







Artists Open Houses 2015
Artists Open HousesThe Artists Open Houses Festival will run for four weekends: from Saturday 2nd - Sunday 24th May.

This will be the Festivals 34th year. 

Check out local Artists' websites directly.



Eco Open Houses

The most recent event was held in October 2014.

Adult Education
Adult EducationThe Brighton Free University

Adult Education Courses at The Friends' Centre
See Courses and workshops for Spring and Summer 2015 (PDF brochure).



Collection days for refuse & recycling Round Hill area: Tue (weekly) = refuse; Tue (fortnightly) = recycling

Click here for City Clean's service update.

Elected representatives
CONSTITUENCY MPs: May 2010 General Election Results in Brighton Pavilion constituency.

WARD COUNCILLORS: 2011 Council election results
Greens increase their seats from 13 to 23 to become the largest Green group of councillors in the country.
54 seats
23 Green
18 Consevative
13 Labour

St Peter's & North Laine (Council ward which includes Round Hill)

Lizzie Deane - Green Party 3407 22% Elected
Ian Davey - Green Party 3132 20% Elected
Pete West - Green Party 3043 19% Elected


South East - European Election Result 2014
[ Parties in alphabetical order - Turnout 35.4% ]

CON Richard Ashworth
CON Nirj Deva
CON Dan Hannan
GRN Keith Taylor
LAB Anneliese Dodds
LD Catherine Bearder
UKIP Janice Atkinson
UKIP Nigel Farage
UKIP Ray Finch
UKIP Diane James

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