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Welcome to the website of The Round Hill Society.
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  • Our Tradespeople page shares local residents' recommendations.
  • Our support for older people's page is intended for both the over 50s and residents of any age-group who support older people wishing to remain in their homes. A brief description is also given of the work of Brighton & Hove's Older People's Council

Round Hill on Twitter - if you have a Twitter Account, you can follow other Round Hill residents' Tweets (i.e. short messages) at https://twitter.com/RoundhillSoc.

Quick guide to our website

Committee Page containing the Minutes of last meeting (Tue 9 Sep 2014), the dates of our AGM (Wed 1 Oct 2014) and our next RHS Committee Meeting (Wed 8th Oct 2014). The AGM is open to all local residents.

Older People's Council AGM

10.15 am to 1pm, Tue 23rd Sep 2014, Jubilee Library

the main subject for the meeting is Adult Social Care with two speakers covering concerns about the quality of care.





















Round Hill Society AGM

7pm - 9pm Wed 1st Oct 2014, Downs Infant School, Ditchling Road

The Downs Infants School on Ditchling Road will host our next AGM, starting at 7pm and all finished by 9pm. It would be pleasing to see a good turnout of Round Hill residents. This is a good opportunity if you are new to the locality to get to know a few neighbours, to sample the issues we have addressed this year, and to voice your own questions & concerns. All welcome!

The formal reason for this notice is to give people time to consider standing for a position on the committee. There will be a vacancy or two, so it need not be competitive. Just contact the Chair or Secretary if you’re interested.

Come to hear how we have raised money and spent it in your name, and what we plan to do next year – with your support. And have a glass of wine.

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 57 September 2014
         forthcoming AGM, causes of odour escapes from Hollingdean WTS, new planters in Round Hill Crescent, Level Events, refuse & recycling issues, summer street party & PlaySafe event, new PlaySafe dates, Richmond House appeal is dismissed, making life better for tenants, Round Hill writer’s Book Review.

Odour from WTS - 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.

If you would like The Environment Agency to take action to minimise odour escapes from Hollingdean Depot, please continue to report odour nuisance to the Environment Agency's hotline 0800 807060but also add your email address to 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.

Monitoring the pollution is complaint-driven. No complaints may lead to the assumption that there is no great problem, even though the deficiencies of Veolia's buildings for containing noise and odour are known. The concerns of those living in the vicinity of Hollingdean Depot can only be fully appreciated by The Environment Agency (the licencing authority) if instances of nuisance (odour, noise, fugitive particles) are reported to them on 0800 807060 and Chris Parkin (chris.parkin@environment-agency.gov.uk) knows that you support his efforts to minimise these nuisances.

Bored with Estate/Letting Agents' boards?
"why is there one set of conservation rules for Round Hill residents, while estate/letting agents are permitted to erect eye-catching boards which are totally out of keeping with the character & appearance of our conservation area?"

Then here's what to do:

  • 1. Click here to read about their questionable contribution to our area and how other conservation areas have had them removed
  • 2. View these JPGs (8 photos per page) to get the picture:
    Round Hill (mainly east) 4 x 2 Estate/Letting Agents boards
    Round Hill (mainly west) 4 x 2 Estate/Letting Agents' boards.
  • 3. On Brighton and Hove City's Council's website, review the Regulation 7 Direction which several other conservation areas are using to control the display of these boards
  • 4. Read the sample request for a Regulation 7 Direction (from the Chair of The Round Hill Society) followed by the points made in reply by the Senior Planning Officer in The Council's Heritage Department. Let The Round Hill Society know (e.g. at our AGM) if the issue is one you want to pursue, or whether you accept the senior planning officer's explanation that other Council priorities are more important since it is doubtful that the Secretary of State and the Government would grant the request.












Eco Open Houses 2014

This year's  Brighton & Hove Eco Open Houses takes place over two weekends 18-19 and 25-26 October

See their Facebook Page

Lewes Eco Open Houses will be held a little earlier on
13th-14th and 20th-21st September 2014.

The www.ecoopenhouses.org website will soon contain detailed information on the autumn 2014 Brighton & Hove event. It currently shows houses from Eco Open Houses Brighton & Hove 2013 (and previous years) and highlights Eco Open Houses Worthing and Steyning 2014.

Regular listings

1. Visit London Road website | blog
2. The Duke of York's Picture House Preston Circus
3. Emporium, Brighton - upcoming events - 88 London Road
4. Free University Brighton - upcoming events
5. Brighton & Hove Arts Diary
6. Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema
Sussex Concerts
8. East Sussex CC: Music, Art & Cultural Events
9. The Brighton Society - talks, lectures & exhibitions.
10. Regency Society 2013-14 lectures and events.
Hove Civic Society - lectures & events.
12. Sussex Industrial Archeology Society own meetings and similar
13. English Speaking Union lectures at The Hove Club, Fourth Av.
14. Walks - unguided, guided, longer and shorter
15. Healthwalks programme (PDF) valid until Autumn 2014.
16. walk & bus circuits from Round Hill
17. Friends of Hollingbury Woods
18. Prince Regent Swimming Complex Pools Programme
Free Swimming for children aged 11 or under
19. See also The Argus - events page



unitarian Friday 19th September 12.30 - 1.15 pm Brighton Unitarian Church New Road BN1 1UF
Bunch of Daph’s will sing music ranging from madrigals to arrangements of modern songs; they will also include at least one number to mark the D-Day Anniversary this year!



Eco Open Houses Lewes Eco Open Houses 2014

20th & 21st September 2014

9 houses mainly in nearby villages
See their Website























Chapel RoyalTuesday 23rd September from 1.10 to 1.55 - Live lunchtime concert Chapel Royal, North Street Brighton

Safira Duo (fl & harp) Bach Gounod Bartok Walters Lewis



Saint NicholasWednesday 24th September 12.30pm (for half an hour) St Nicholas Lunchtime Recitals at St Nicholas's Church Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3LJ map

Michele Roszak/Melanie Metah and Lynda Spinney - Mezzo Soprano/Soprano/Piano


All SaintsWednesday 24th September 2014 1pm-2pm All Saints Church Hove 2014 Lunchtime Recitals - Lodore Trio (Flute, Violin/Viola, Piano) .






Saint Lukes Queens Park Friday, 26th September 2014 7.30pm St Luke's Church, Queens Park Road BN2 0GG - Edyta Lajdorf – piano - Exploring Europe since 1800. Pianist Edyta Lajdorf will take you on a trip around Europe beginning with Austria composer Franz Schubert’s Sonata in A major D664. Next, we will explore Polish folk music by Ignacy Jan Paderewski and narrative Polish poetry in Polish Fryderyk Chopin’s Ballade in G minor. This is followed by impressionist tonal colouring withPreludes by the French Claude Debussy. The journey will finish in the United Kingdom in 2010 with Benjamin Ellin’s Amuse Bouche..


Friends of Hollingbury Woods Saturday 4th October 2014 10am - 1pm Friends of Hollingbury Woods -Prune and weed Hollingbury Rise West hedge. Burstead Woods path and litter clearance, and Butterfly Glade clearance and bench installation.
Easy access trail. Click here to learn about Hollingbury Hillfort. FHBW's Facebook Page.





 Tuesday 7th October 2014 at 7.30pm - Triangle Community Local History Group - The Bugle Pub 24 St. Martins Street, Brighton, BN2 3HJ 

(back bar area) Round Hill residents welcome.
(normally meets 1st Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm for one hour).



The Park Crescent Wednesday 8th October 2014 8pm - English Folk Tune Sessions (on the second Wednesday of each month) at The Park Crescent Pub, 39 Park Crescent Terrace, BN2 3HE. An informal session - come along to listen or bring an instrument and join in (all welcome whatever your skill level).


Recent developments affecting Round Hill

Changes to The Vogue Gyratory

Vogue Gyratory

Safety improvements to the Vogue gyratory system near Brighton’s Lewes Road Sainsbury’s started on July 14 and last up to five months. The second phase (commencing Monday 18 August 2014) sees the temporary closure of Upper Lewes Road at the junction with Lewes Road.


You can download a PDF Newsletter describing the improvements funded through the Government's Local Sustainability Transport Fund (LTSF) or get more information on The Council's website.

London Road Brighton - regeneration

  1. 40+ New Open Market stalls
  2. Visit London Road arts & culture | shopping | eating & drinking
  3. London Road improvements - August 2014 [PDF] update
  4. Link to London Road Area Local Action Team website
  5. Link to London Road regeneration page on Council's website

The grand opening of Brighton's Open Market

Video clip [2 min 19 sec]:
Opening ceremony by the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex

Video clip [3 min 19 sec]:
Preliminary speeches by some of those involved in the project

Cllr Brian Fitch (the Mayor), Victoria (Brighton Open Market Community Interest Company), Pat Mears (trader) and Jason Kitcat (leader of BHCC)

Our new market stalls  as of 19th July 2014












The Market's first song & dance performances

Video clip [1 min 42 sec]:
The Hullaballoo Community Quire











Video clip [3 min 36 sec]:
Brighton Lindyhoppers dancing to jazz swing band Harry's Tricks












Save Our Swan-neck heads

Brighton and Hove has many remaining historic street lights. A varied selection of these can still be found in Round Hill. But both Round Hill and Queens Park conservation areas have experienced removal of some of our most valued lamp standards and replacement with cheap substitutes which are sometimes no better in reliability. Read more....

Richmond House appeal dismissed

The Level restoration project

The Level

Click here to learn how this is going. The Level Communities Forum held its first AGM, in April 2014.





Regeneration of this part of Brighton should also be helped when the rebuilt Open Market opens in May 2014. See article from The Argus.


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 AGM 17 Oct 2013

Your new RHS committee elected at our AGM on Thu 17th October.

New civicbrightonandhove.co.uk website A weekly platform profiling news, information and campaigns from across the city, an opportunity for amenity societies to learn from each other. See what residents in other Brighton and Hove neighbourhoods are up to and borrow from their ideas.

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.


Artists Open Houses 2014
Artists Open Houses AOH reached its 33rd year in May 2014 - look 

Check out local Artists' websites directly. Most have been updated in preparation for this year's festival.

Adult Education
Adult EducationThe Brighton Free University

Adult Education Courses at The Friends' Centre
See Short Courses & Workshops - Summer 2014 (PDF brochure).



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

Click here for City Clean's service update.

Following Christmas and New Year black sack refuse in Round Hill will be collected on Thursday 2 January 2014 and Wednesday 8th January 2014. Thereafter the regular collection day will carry on as Tuesdays.

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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