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Erosion of condition protecting local residents











Proposal to allow import & exportation of waste at Hollingdean Depot this Boxing Day (26 Dec 2016) to be decided by Brighton and Hove City Council's Planning Committee Meeting from 1pm on Wednesday 14th December 2016 Council Chambers, Hove Town Hall.  

The Council Officers' recommendation is to GRANT Veolia's application BH2016/05369 to vary the condition, allowing importation and export of waste this Boxing Day 26/12/2016.

Approval of this application would undermine the last remaining condition which allows residents two days only in the year when they have not got to put up with beeping lorries taking smelly waste to and from The Waste Transfer Station. Having overcome the well supported  Dump The Dump campaign, this would complete the removal of the periods of respite offered to immediate residents (originally all weekends and bank holidays, reduced in 2013 to just Christmas Day and Boxing Day). Importation and export of waste to and from both The Waste Transfer Station and Materials Recovery Facility, which involves lorry movements, is currently permited between 7am and 10pm on 363 days in the year.

Email members of The Planning Committee NOW! click here for


This Year's Seasonal Singing

See also The Round Hill Reporter Issue 66 December 2016 













Round Hill Crescent, D'Aubigny Rd, Richmond Rd and Crescent Rd

Click here or on the map above for details of the event which is expected to last for about 90 minutes. You will also find the 2016 December dates for Brighton Pub Carols at three venues outside of Round Hill, but note that these pubs have limited accommodation and the events are very popular.

Our Round Hill Seasonal Singing is targeted at children as well as adults and the compere of the pub carols has kindly agreed to participate as a musician at our event too. We will also be singing the traditional carols which children will know from singing at school. Click here for list of carols.

Donations will go to the Mayor's charity choices.  Our ward Councillor, Pete West, is just over half way through his term as Mayor of our city. See the Mayor of Brighton & Hove's Facebook Page for examples of the charities he has been supporting.

Round Hill Advent Windows: Dec 2016




















Look forward to a December 2016 of decorated windows across Round Hill. It is not too late to participate, though at this stage availability will probably be for a duplicate date with a resident already marked on the calendar. This does not matter, as the more the merrier. See front cover of our printed newsletter for the contact details of the organiser Cathryn Kronhamn. Click this link for pictures of last year's event and those previously.

Regular listings & Upcoming Events

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

1. Odour from WTS? Tel. 0800 80 70 60 The Environment Agency
2. The Open Market and The Level Upcoming Events
3. Visit London Road website | blog
4. The Duke of York's Picture House Preston Circus
5. Emporium, Brighton - what's on - 88 London Road
6. Brighton Open Air Theatre - what's on - Dyke Rd Park [map]
7. Free University Brighton - upcoming events
8. Brighton & Hove Arts Diary
9. Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema
Sussex Concerts
11. Sunday Chamber Concerts 5pm-6pm by Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
12. East Sussex CC: Music, Art & Cultural Events
13. The Brighton Society - talks, lectures & exhibitions.
14. Regency Society 2016 lectures and events
15. Hove Civic Society - lectures & events.
16. Sussex Industrial Archeology Society own meetings & similar
17. English Speaking Union lectures at The Hove Club, Fourth Av.
18. Walks - unguided, guided, longer and shorter
19. Healthwalks 2016 programme plain text | colour  
20. walk & bus circuits from Round Hill
21. Friends of Hollingbury Woods
22. Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere - Events Calendar
23. Digital map of Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere
24. Prince Regent Online Pool & Class Timetable
Free swimming for children aged 16 and under
25. See also The Argus - events page
26. The People's Republic of Brighton and Hove: Facebook page
27. Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
28. List of twenty-five lunch clubs in Brighton and Hove

Click on the picture below to find your nearest swimming pool

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





Christmas 2016 at The Level (Brighton)

gclub Wed 7th and Thu 8th December: 10:30am - noon Volunteer Gardening Club at The Level. Description: The Level's gardens are award-winning, not just for their beauty and superb condition, but also for the contribution they make towards a wider conservation and sustainability picture at the park - particularly in encouraging bees and other beneficial insects.

Christmas at The Level. We are expecting our tree to arrive on Thursday 8 December, and the lights - sponsored by the cafe - to be installed on Friday 9th. There will be a Festive Winter celebration on Saturday 10 December, with children's Christmas card-making workshops 11am-4pm in the MacLaren Pavilion (near the cafe.) This event is organised by The Level Communities Forum.

  • 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.



bioThursday 8th December (18.30-20.00) - Listening to Lapwings talk by RSPB, Brighton, £5 (book) (ONCA)






unitarian Friday 9th December 2016 12.30 - 1.15 pm - Unitarian Church New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UF - The a capella vocal group A Bunch Of Daph's will perform a selection of Advent and Christmas music ranging from the mediaeval period to the present day. ​




st lukes Friday 9th December 2016 7.30 pm - St Luke's Church, Queens Park Road BN2 0GG -  Joss Peach – Jazz Piano




st lukes Saturday 10th December 2016 at 7.30pm - St. Luke's Church, Queen's Park Road, BN2 9ZB THE BRIGHTON YOUTH ORCHESTRA STRING ENSEMBLE. Tickets £7 / £5 concessions / £3 under 12s available on the door. Wine and refreshments served. Disabled access.









Saturday 10th- Sunday 11th December 2016 - final weekend of 2016 Christmas Artists Open Houses Festival. Download PDF Brochure



Tuesday 13th December 2016 10.15am to 1pm,
Jubilee Library, Older People's Council























Chapel RoyalTuesday 13th December 2016 from 1.10 to 1.55 - Live lunchtime concert Chapel Royal, North Street Brighton. Una Birtchnell (cello) John Human (pno) Rachmaninov (Sonata)







sustainable buildingTuesday, 13th December 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].




bioWednesday 14th December (10.00-13.00) - Seabird walk, Rottingdean-Peacehaven (free) (RSPB)



















bioMonday-Tuesday 19-20th December (10.00 or 14.00) - Xmas Wreath Walk, Saddlescombe, £6 (book) (NT)






brighton philharmonic Sunday 31st December 2016 2.45 to 4.45pm - Brighton Dome, Church Street Brighton, BN1 1UE - BRIGHTON PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA NEW YEAR’S EVE VIENNESE GALA. STEPHEN BELL Conductor, REBECCA BOTTONE Soprano.



PROGRAMME: The Gypsy Baron – Entrance March Johann Strauss II (1825-99) Die Libelle – Polka Josef Strauss (1827-70) Dorfschwalben aus Ősterreich Josef Strauss (1827-70) Estudiantina Emil Waldteufel (1837–1915) Tritsch-Tratsch – Polka Johann Strauss II.

Tickets on sale from Brighton Dome Ticket Office: (01273) 709709 www.brightondome.org 






silver stringsTuesday, 3rd January 2017 10:15am - Silver Strings - it's never too late to learn! - The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, BN1 1YD. 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! The sessions are facilitated by professional cellist and Goldsmiths-trained music leader Isabel Emerson, and kindly supported by the Brighthelm Small Grants Scheme. 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.

See video clip on activities run by the parent group: Open Strings






Friends of Hollingbury Woods Sunday 8th January 2017, 10am-1pm - Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods -   

Coppice New Glade (tbc)

Easy access trail. Click here to learn about Hollingbury Hillfort. FHBW's Facebook Page.




bioSunday 15th January (10.00-13.00) - Wolstonbury Hill walk, £3 (book) (NT)




bioSaturday-Monday 28-30th January - Big Garden Birdwatch weekend (RSPB)




Artists Open Houses 2016

Artists Open Houses 

The 2016 Christmas AOH Festival will run for three weekends, from Saturday November 26th – Sunday 11th December.

The Artists Open Houses festival 2016 took place in Brighton, Hove and beyond from Saturday 30th April to Sunday 29th May. 

The largest event of its kind in the UK, around 200 houses and studio spaces across the city opened their doors to exhibit the work of over 1,500 artists and makers. 

Education (for adults)
Adult EducationThe Brighton Free University

Adult Education The Friends' Centre

Adult Education. Download their PDF brochure on Courses & Workshops for 2016-2017




Cornerstone Community Centre - Adult Education 

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


1. Odour from WTS? Tel. 0800 80 70 60 The Environment Agency

Nuisance continues from The Waste Transfer Station. Please phone if you smell unreasonable odour so that we can continue to highlight:

[A] the unsuitable location at Hollingdean Depot for processing food waste so near to residents homes and gardens

[B] the unsuitable building design of the Waste Transfer Station: i.e. not fit for purpose as it cannot prevent escapes of dust particles and odour.

The operating licence issued by The Environment Agency also covers unreasonable noise. Phone them about this and not The Council (Veolia's main client).

2. Landlords and Letting Agents - a need for accreditation

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

See the The Debrief's campaign calling for the end of letting agent fees.



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 SaintsThursday 1st June 2017 at 1pm - Lunchtime Recitals at All Saints Church Hove - Lunchtime Recitals programme offers weekly music concerts from Thursday, 1st June 2017 at 1pm through to October 2017. The first concert of the 2017 season will feature various performers who will be playing during the season.






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




Open Market, The Level & London Rd areas

Open Market: stalls












Open Market: artists' studios

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.



Walking in the sussex countryside

Click on picture below for circular bus ride / walk from Round Hill:


Get Active programme (includes healthwalks) winter 2016/17

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:


Voting patterns in Round Hill

Local and National and European Election Results

This page was last updated by Ted on 08-Dec-2016
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