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See Council budget 2016/17 proposals.

Which local concerns did our Triangle Community Group neighbours raise at their AGM on 14th January 2016?

What info was learnt on Houses of Multiple Occupation [HMOs] ?

Useful information and Round Hill groups
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No reprieve promised for ranger service

 Thursday 11th February at 4pm - meeting of BHCC's Policy and Resources Committee at The Brighthelm Centre, North Road to decide which parts of the city budget to cut. BHCC is now proposing keeping 5 City Parks Rangers instead of cutting the service from 9 to 3, but that is still not the team of 9 needed to allow the service to function effectively and therefore continue as something people will want to keep. If you want to see our city's rangers remain and continue to confer value on Brighton and Hove's open spaces (some of which may be next for the axe if not well maintained), please attend the demonstration just before the start of this crucial meeting. Do not be misled by misinformation that the rangers service has been reprieved.


ewatchPCSO Bonnie Scovell
Police Community Support Officer 29349
Neighbourhood Policing Team - North Laines
Tel: 101 Ext: 550418
Mobile:  07912 897134.
latest monthly newsletter
with crime figures in Round Hill to January 2016 & useful advice.


You can also visit www.sussex.police.uk. Note too that The univ of Brighton's community liaison team has a police liaison officer.

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 62 December 2015 
        Seasonal singing & Advent windows, Women's hospital in Round Hill, OPC local luncheon club,new traffic exclusion box, protecting home from fire, HMO issues for Round Hill. possible new lamppost, Pong problems at Veolia, Dog Fouling Pilot Scheme, Halloween Playsafe, Rowan tree loss, Crime update.

Round Hill on Twitter and Facebook

If you have a Twitter or Facebook Accounts, you can follow other Round Hill residents' Tweets (i.e. short messages) at https://twitter.com/RoundhillSoc or watch video clips of events at https://www.facebook.com/roundhillsoc/

Committee Page containing the Minutes of recent meetings and the date of our next RHS Committee Meeting (Tuesday 9th February 2016) at Annie's. We held our last AGM on 29th September 2015 (see Minutes for full report on what was discussed).

£20,000 / £14,000 fines unlicensed landlords of shared houses
Read our article on Houses of Multiple Occupation [HMOs]

Appeal affecting Crescent Rd & Princes Rd

Erection of rear extension, creation of rear dormer and insertion of front rooflight. Appeal by the applicant against refusal:

Please take a little time to support BHCC's planning officers in getting the applicant's appeal dismissed. If an application involving such excessive scale and depth is upheld at this end of Crescent Road, it will be used to justify excessive bulk, adversely affecting existing residents, in other parts of our neighbourhood e.g. the strip of land between Crescent Road and Belton Road. Please support the Council's planning department, especially when they are protecting our area's interests.

In short, the proposed dormer represents an excessively bulky, dominant and harmful addition. The excessive scale and depth of the proposed rear extension would be to the detriment of the appearance of the terrace and wider Round Hill Conservation Area. The scale and depth of the proposed rear extension would have an overbearing impact on the amenities of adjacent occupiers resulting in a harmful loss of outlook and light. The size the proposed front rooflight which would be poorly aligned with existing windows would do harm to the character & appearance of both the recipent building and the wider Round Hill conservation area. 

  1. Read the four reasons for refusal in full
  2. Please make your comments on this appeal at:

Town and Country Planning Act 1990
Appeal by: Mr Daniel Shrimpton
Regarding: 6 Crescent Road Brighton
Application No: BH2015/02126
Appeal Ref: APP/Q1445/W /15/3139880

Big garden birdwatch - 30 to 31 January 2016

More than half a million people from across the UK took part by counting the birds in their gardens over the weekend of 30-31 January, 2016. There is still time to submit your results on RSPB's website .

2-minute video clip of birds seen in Round Hill on 30th January 2016.

See Rob Stephenson's review of RSPB Guide to Birdwatching by local resident, Mike Unwin. See also Brighton's urban dwellers by Alison Giacomelli of the RSPB. Typical birds that you can find in the city and towns of our Biosphere area include starling, house sparrow, blackbird, robin and peregrine falcon.

Volunteering at Richmond House








Demo against city parks rangers' cuts

click here for short video clip of the demonstration and deputation.

Two new rowan trees for 2016

The lovely Rowan tree, at the junction of Richmond and Mayo Rds, was destroyed a few weeks ago. Our cash-strapped Council could not replace it, so residents made donations allowing two rowans to be planted in place of the lost tree. We planted our new trees on the penultimate day of 2015.

Click here for a short video of this event (between 3 and 4 mins)

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 - what's on - 88 London Road
5. Brighton Open Air Theatre - what's on - Dyke Rd Park [map]
6. Free University Brighton - upcoming events
7. Brighton & Hove Arts Diary
8. Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema
Sussex Concerts
10. East Sussex CC: Music, Art & Cultural Events
11. The Brighton Society - talks, lectures & exhibitions.
12. Regency Society 2014-15 lectures and events.
Hove Civic Society - lectures & events.
14. Sussex Industrial Archeology Society own meetings & similar
15. Railway Correspondence & Travel Society venue London Rd Stn
16. English Speaking Union lectures at The Hove Club, Fourth Av.
17. Walks - unguided, guided, longer and shorter
18. Healthwalks programme (PDF) valid until end of April 2015.
19. walk & bus circuits from Round Hill
20. Friends of Hollingbury Woods
21. Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere - Events Calendar
22. Digital map of Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere
23. Prince Regent Online Pool & Class Timetable
Free swimming for children aged 16 and under
24. See also The Argus - events page
25. The People's Republic of Brighton and Hove: Facebook page
26. Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
27. Brighton and Hove Organic Gardeners
28. The Garden House: events 5 Warleigh Road Brighton

Click on the picture below to find your nearest swimming pool

swimming Online Pool & Class Timetable
for today at the
Prince Regent Pool Brighton.




Seasonal recommendations:


Chapel RoyalTuesday 9th February 2016 from 1.10 to 1.55 - Live lunchtime concert Chapel Royal, North Street Brighton. String Trios Benedict Cruft (vln) George Robinson (vla) Tony Pleeth (cello)




sustainable buildingTuesday, 9th February 2016 7pm-10.30pm - Brighton Sustainable Building Meeting (Pub evening) at The Battle of Trafalgar, 34 Guildford Road, Brighton BN1 3LW - an informal opportunity to discuss sustainable building practices, techniques and technical issues. Useful for architects, building contractors, and associated trades, people looking to have sustainable building works carried out (new build or renovation), as well as self-builders, DIYers etc. Every second Tuesday of the month. AECB [Association for Environment Conscious Building].



gclub Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10:30am - noon
Volunteer Gardening Clubs at The Level:
10th and 11th February 2016
. The Level's gardens are award-winning, both for their beauty and superb condition and for the contribution they make towards conservation and sustainability at the park - especially in encouraging bees and other beneficial insects.

  • There are two regular weekly volunteer gardening clubs at The Level, run under the tutelage and supervision of the onsite Garden Manager, Steve Peters.
  • It is essential that potential volunteers liaise beforehand with Steve Peters on stephen.peters@brighton-hove.gov.uk, in case a session needs to be cancelled, changed, postponed, or other arrangements need clarifying.
  • Volunteers must attend a compulsory initial training and information session before starting volunteer gardening work.
  • Volunteers assist with a range of gardening tasks as assigned by the Garden Manager. The Level is an accessible park, and there are disabled toilets on site.
  • Visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/leisure-and-libraries/parks-and-green-spaces/level-enjoy-park-and-get-involved for more information.
  • TakePart 2016 comes to The Level on Saturday 18 June. Organisations wanting to be involved should register before 25 January 2016. Take Part Facebook page for organisations interested in providing sport, dance and other exercise opportunities.

Don't axe our city parks rangers service:

your help needed as no effective reprieve offered for rangers

Click on the picture below to hear what they do.















Thursday 11th February at 4pm - meeting of BHCC's Policy and Resources Committee at The Brighthelm Centre, North Road to decide which parts of the city budget to cut. BHCC is now proposing keeping 5 City Parks Rangers instead of cutting the service from 9 to 3, but that is still not the team of 9 needed to allow the service to function effectively and therefore continue as something people will want to keep. If you want to see our city's rangers remain and continue to confer value on Brighton and Hove's open spaces (some of which may be next for the axe if not well maintained), please attend the demonstration just before the start of this crucial meeting. Do not be misled by misinformation that the rangers service has been reprieved.



unitarian Friday 12th February 2016 12.30 - 1.15 pm - Unitarian Church New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UF - British pianist Stephen Raine returns to play works by J.S. Bach and Chopin.



St Lukes Church Queens Park RoadFriday 12th February 2016, 7.30pm

Music and Wine 2016 at St Lukes Church
Queen's Park Road, BN2 9ZB
Cassie Mathews: Guitar Recital

This varied recital explores the contrast between Traditional Spanish and Contemporary English repertoire. The journey begins with Albeniz and explores Tarrega and Rodrigo, be-fore coming to a final resting place with Britten’s highly revered Nocturnal after John Dow-land.



rctsMonday 22nd February 2016 - "Cuba" by Lawrie Marshall - 19.30 to 21.55 - Railway Correspondence & Travel Society meeting at Brighton Model Railway Club Room at London Road Station, BRIGHTON BN1 4QS, Both Society members and non-members are very welcome. A donation of £2.50 is requested.

The RCTS is Britain's leading organisation for people interested in all aspects of railways past, present and future and is highly regarded by both professional railway people and enthusiasts, a position it has held since its formation in 1928.



silver stringsTuesday, 1st March 2016 10:15am - Silver Strings The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, BN1 1YD - Over 50? Always wanted to play a stringed instrument? Then Silver Strings is for you! This open group meets weekly to choose, play and devise music together: we play a wide range of material – folk tunes, classical themes, and popular melodies. The first Tuesday of each month is an open session, where newcomers can try an instrument and meet the players. No previous musical experience is necessary and most of our group were complete beginners when they first came along. We even provide the instruments: choose violin, viola or cello - or try all three! Cost: the first session's FREE - come and try us out! If you want to join Silver Strings, it's £12/wk (payable monthly) thereafter, inclusive of instrument use.



Friends of Hollingbury Woods Sunday 6th March 2016 10am-1pm Friends of Hollingbury Woods
Foxglove planting in Sheep Lane Glade. Burstead Woods path maintenance and ivy control. Butterfly Glade and Pioneer planting clearance.
Easy access trail. Click here to learn about Hollingbury Hillfort. FHBW's Facebook Page.





Education (for adults)
Adult EducationThe Brighton Free University

Adult Education The Friends' Centre

Courses and workshops 2015-2016 (PDF brochure).
Courses for Spring 2016




Cornerstone Community Centre - Adult Education 

Church Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2FL
includes Poetry for Pleasure on Mondays


Do you use your local history centre?

Historical records: Ashdown Road | Belton Road | Crescent Road | D'Aubigny Road | Ditchling Road | Princes Crescent | Princes Road | Richmond Road | Roundhill Crescent | Roundhill Road | Roundhill Street | Upper Lewes Road | Wakefield Road | Getting to The Keep.

Fed up with writing Christmas cards?

Try Rob Stephenson's December Round Hill History Quiz


Please see events listings for music currently on. Many music venues re-open in the spring.

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 






Saint NicholasWednesday Lunch time recitals back in 2016
lasting for half an hour from 12:30pm at
St Nicholas's Church Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3LJ map

Louise Cournarie - Piano



All SaintsLunchtime Recitals at 1pm - back in June 2016 All Saints Church Hove




The first concert of the 2016 season will be on Wednesday, 1st June at 1pm.


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




Playing out in Round Hill

RHS Picnic 2014











Short video clips of playing out sessions

If you have any ideas for organising the sessions differently, please make your suggestions known at https://twitter.com/RoundhillSoc.




Bus-assisted walks starting from Round Hill

Healthwalks programme valid during winter 2015/16

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:


The Level restoration project

There is a community volunteer-led Activity Plan for The Level, through which there are a number of activities to take part in. Visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/joinusonthelevel for more details. You can borrow a set of boccia or pétanque balls and play a game on the special area, and we also have chess sets and clocks you can borrow for a game on our textured artwork tabletop picnic tables. We currently run weekly Healthwalks, inclusive Play sessions, weekly gardening club with the onsite Garden Manager, and also have a Community Forum which is helping shape the park's community future and which is looking for additional members. There are two community spaces for hire in the restored pavilions onsite. More details at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/thelevel.

The Level









Feeding the 5000
Review the organisations which achieved this, and how it was done for the first time ever at The Level in a short space of time before 2.30pm on 29th October 2015.

Refuse, recycling & dog poo collection

Round Hill area: Tue (weekly) = refuse; Tue (fortnightly) = recycling

Click here for City Clean's service update.

Highlighting unremoved dog poo


















Take this link to BBC Radio Sussex [06.00 Thursday 24 September 2015] and move the slider to 01:41 (just over halfway through the 3-hour programme) for the start [time check: twenty minutes to eight] of Simon Jenkin's report and Neil Pringle's interview with Sandy Hawkins from The Round Hill Society.

The story was also reported by Joel Adams in The Argus on Thursday 24th September 2015 (online version not yet present in archive), this time featuring our chair, Annie Rimington, and two Round Hill children, pictured on The Cats Creep (above). The newspaper article focuses on the health risks (TOXOCARIASIS) posed - especially to young children with the habit of putting their hands in their mouth - by roundworm parasites found in mess from cats, dogs and foxes. 

Both reports emphasize the need to find a good solution which does not prove counterproductive by leading to ill-tempered confrontation.

Shopping locally

Re-launch of Aggies Delicatessen, Ditchling Rd

pictures taken at 2pm on Saturday 26th September 2015 












Open Market & London Road regeneration












Votes (and who they were cast for)

7th May 2015 General Election

Brighton Pavilion parliamentary constituency

42% 22871 votes Caroline Lucas [Green Party] elected as MP

27% 14904 votes Purna Sen [Labour Party] Not elected
23% 12448 votes Clarence Eden Mitchell [Conservative Party] Not elected
5% 2724 votes Nigel David Carter [UKIP] Not elected
3% 1525 votes Chris Bowers [Liberal Democrats] Not elected
0% 116 votes Nick Yeomans [Independent] Not elected
0% 88 votes Howard Pilott [The Socialist Party of Great Britain] Not elected

Brighton Kemptown parliamentary constituency

Simon Kirby [Conservative Party] has been elected as MP for Brighton Kemptown constituency gaining 41% of the votes. Nancy Platts [Labour Party] came second [not elected] with 39% of the votes.

Hove parliamentary constituency

Peter Kyle [Labour Party] has been elected as MP for Hove constituency gaining 42% of the votes. Graham Cox [Conservative Party] came second [not elected] with 40% of the votes.


7 May 2015 Council Elections

Lizzie Deane, Louisa Greenbaum and Pete West have been elected as the new ward councillors for St Peter's & North Laine ward, which includes Round Hill.

A huge "thank you" to outgoing Councillor Ian Davey for his unstinting public service in this role (also acting as Deputy Leader of the Council & Lead Member for Transport) before standing down at this election.

The new political make-up of Brighton and Hove City Council is LABOUR [23 councillors], CONSERVATIVE [20 councillors], and GREEN [11 councillors]. This mix is reflected in Brighton and Hove's parliamentary constituencies with Labour taking Hove, Conservative taking Brighton Kemptown and Green taking Brighton Pavilion.

St Peter’s and North Laine (Three seats)
Lizzie Deane Green 5,096
Louisa Greenbaum Green 4,596
Pete West Green 4,286
Caraline Brown Labour 3,044
Jenny Henderson Labour 2,730
Maureen Winder Labour 2,229
Mike Long Conservative 1,116
Pat Ward Conservative 1,072
Heather Newberry-Martin Conservative 980
Rob Heale Liberal Democrats 510
William Parker Liberal Democrats 397
Michael Wilbur Liberal Democrats 363
Jessica Marchant TU & Socialist Coalition 353

May 2014 European Elections

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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