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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 (Wed 8th Oct 2014). We held our AGM on 1st October 2014 (see Minutes and Report).

 

Fabulous Halloween PlaySafe Event

Poster design by Ella (October 2014)

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  • Friday 31st October top of Crescent Road 3pm-5pm

    Fabulous Halloween PlaySafe Event - face painting, fancy dress, bring a lantern: pumpkin or painted jam jar.

The organisers hope to keep these sessions going on a regular basis. See Street Play Facebook Page for Brighton and Hove as well as the national playingout.net website.

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28B Crescent Road -  conversion to 5 flats?

Permitted (over)development - don't let it happen.

JUST DEVELOPMENTS has now submitted statutory declarations from the Managing Directors of Service Twenty Four and The Sugar Hill Boutique to say that they were in the building (or that Geo Environmental were) and their lease was for B1(a) class use.

The developer's hope is that these two bits of evidence will force Brighton and Hove City Council to grant "Prior Approval for change of use for conversion of office buildings on their site to 5 residential flats".

However, the buildings concerned started life as parts of a laundry. As offices on a very narrow strip of land, they were very poorly located in relation to households in the immediate vicinity. Converted to residential homes to be occupied 24/7, overlooking and loss of privacy become major issues.  Yet, the latter are not counted as valid grounds for objection in relation to Prior Approval for change of use under "permitted development".

The current application BH2014/03343

Application number: BH2014/03343

This developer is determined to overdevelop the narrow strip of land between Crescent Road and Belton Road without giving immediate residents a chance to voice reasonable planning concerns. which number far more than i,ii & iii (above).

Overdevelopment in a style totally out of keeping with the character & appearance of the period properties in the surrounding streets would negate the amenity-value of the Round Hill conservation area for a large number of households. The planning inspector who dismissed the Richmond House appeal clearly recognised the importance of green space and the distinctive character of this architecture to local residents.

Comment on the above application

Note that in relation to Prior Approval for change of use from B1(a) to C3 residential, the Council can only take three grounds for objection into account:
i. transport & highways impacts ,
ii. contamination risk (see critique) and
iii. flood risk.

Limiting immediate residents to the above three grounds and consulting o few of them is an affront to local democracy.

I very much doubt that any objection on transport & highways impacts would weigh heavily with Brighton and Hove City Council in preventing Prior Approval, apart from one relating to access to the application site, especially refuse storage (located too far from the street collection point to allow servicing for all the proposed flats). The developer's report on contamination risk leaves much to be desired (see critique).

Ideas for effective comments

However, in your comments on BH2014/03343, you could also:

  • remind the Council that the buildings are far from suitable for conversion to residential homes without significant external alteration, which may fall outside of the government's grant of permitted development regardless of the outcome of BH2014/03343 'prior approval for change of use'.
  • you could also doubt the feasibility of creating new homes through straight conversion on the existing footprints of very poorly located offices without additional development on the adjoining land (new refuse stores etc.)

    You could therefore urge the Council to require a full planning application for the associated physical development required to implement the change of use: see Do permitted development rights for change of use also allow for physical development?

    Development includes:
    • building operations (e.g. structural alterations, construction, rebuilding, most demolition);
    • subdivision of a building (including any part it) used as a dwellinghouse for use as two or more separate dwellinghouses
  • you could query the amount of office space identified as B1(a) during the qualifying period (leading up to 30th May 2013) for the grant of permitted development. Partial evidence may have been obtained relating to a proportion of the office floorspace, but it is far from clear that the full 313 sq metres needed for as many as 5 flats qualified as B1(a) in the lead-up to May 2013. Details of the layout and specifics on the area of occupied B1(a) office workspace in each building remain confusing.

Remaining silent could tip the balance in favour of the developer. Please comment on the above application.


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Eco Open Houses - from 18 October 2014

See also Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere - Events Calender

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This year's  Brighton & Hove Eco Open Houses takes place over two weekends 18-19 and 25-26 October from 10am to 5pm.

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The nearest Eco Open House to Round Hill is the First Floor Flat at 43 Ditchling Rise. This is open
from 10am to 12.30pm on
Sunday 19th October and 
Saturday 25th October.
There are tours every 30 minutes, so there is no need to book at this address.

There are 18 more Eco Open Houses to see during these two weekends. Download the printed brochure for the 2014 event [PDF] with maps and house details.
 
See also Eco Open Houses:
Facebook Page

 

 

The annual event, which sees owners of 19 of the greenest buildings in Sussex opening their doors to the public for free, showcases the latest green technologies, architecture and materials. The event is of interest to homeowners, tenants, green building enthusiasts, self-builders, families, building professionals and architects.

People can look around the buildings and ask owners about the technologies, architecture and benefits of a super energy efficient home.

This year’s highlights include:

  • The low energy office that used to be a toilet block
  • The Earthship community centre made out of old car tyres
  • The university building constructed from ‘waste’ including old toothbrushes and denim
  • The 'natural' retrofit, which uses natural, recycled and reused building materials throughout.

The seminar programme features talks on how to build and renovate using straw-bales, and low-energy Passivhaus construction.

Full details of Brighton & Hove Eco Open Houses, including how to book tours of the eco homes, open house visiting times and the seminar programme, can be found in the 2014 brochure, which can be downloaded for free at www.ecoopenhouses.org

 

Round Hill Society's 2014 AGM

The Downs Infants School on Ditchling Road hosted our 2014 AGM, on Wed 1st October 2014. Ward Councillor, Pete West, was present to encourage us in or efforts, and responded constructively to ongoing and somewhat heated concerns such as the reliability of refuse & recycling  collections and the frequency of odour escapes from Hollingdean Depot. He took note of comments about missed collections made by residents to the SE of Round Hill; a special collection was made the next day and a request made to the road sweeper to follow up.

The turnout was sufficient to make the meeting useful - it lasted two and a half hours! There were younger as well as older participants and it was pleasing that a Sussex University student, who had only moved to Round Hill two weeks earler,  was both present and interested in what The Round Hill Society does for local residents. She confirmed that our neighbourhood has a good profile as one with some community spirit. This had influenced her decision to look for accommodation here.

See discussion on Students in our Community.

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.

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
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
8.
Sussex Concerts
9. East Sussex CC: Music, Art & Cultural Events
10. The Brighton Society - talks, lectures & exhibitions.
11. Regency Society 2013-14 lectures and events.
12.
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 Autumn 2014.
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

 

This year's  Brighton & Hove Eco Open Houses takes place over two weekends 18-19 and 25-26 October from 10am to 5pm.

 

 

Chapel RoyalTuesday 28th October from 1.10 to 1.55 - Live lunchtime concert Chapel Royal, North Street Brighton

John Collins (org) - Sweelinck Speuy Cornet Kerckhoven.

 

 

unitarian Friday 31st October 12.30 - 1.15 pm Brighton Unitarian Church New Road BN1 1UF
Gabrielle Stephens (classical guitar). Programme to include Vivaldi’s Lute Concerto accompanied by piano, Francisco Tarrega’s solo work for guitar and Fantasia on Themes from La Traviata.

 

 

Fabulous Halloween PlaySafe Event

Poster design by Ella (October 2014)

Playsafe session

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Friday 31st October top of Crescent Road 3pm-5pm

    Fabulous Halloween PlaySafe Event - face painting, fancy dress, bring a lantern: pumpkin or painted jam jar.

“OpenSaturday 1st November 2014 from 11am to midday - Shop & Dance! - Brighton Lindyhoppers (video clip of them) will be showing of their moves in the plaza of The Open Market  between The Level and 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.

 

 

 

Friends of Hollingbury Woods Sunday 2nd November 2014 10am - 1pm Friends of Hollingbury Woods - Hollingbury Woods - Prune North and Elm hedges. Tennis Glade North clearance.
Easy access trail. Click here to learn about Hollingbury Hillfort. FHBW's Facebook Page.

 

 

 

History

 Tuesday 4th November 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 12th November 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).

 

 

Saint Lukes Queens Park Friday, 14th November 2014 7.30pm St Luke's Church, Queens Park Road BN2 0GG - The People United Will Never Be Defeated!: Adam Swayne presents Frederic Rzewski’s colossal set of 36 variations for piano. Adam presents a unique performance of one of the twentieth century’s most monumental works. The variations are based on a song that expressed solidarity with the Chilean resistance to General Pinochet and, in a wild mix of virtuosic piano techniques and motley musical styles, the composer also weaves in other anthems that represent a struggle for democracy. The concert will begin at 7.30pm with a short talk followed by refreshments. Adam will then play the piece, which lasts an hour, without a break.

 

Odour from WTS - more action needed

More smelly escapes from the Waste Transfer Station have comprimised 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. Do not let 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.

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.


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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

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

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The Market's first song & dance performances

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

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

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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

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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.

Music
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

 

4 concerts to be held here in late October. 

 

 

 

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

 waiting to see if they publish an autumn programme

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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