Gardens & wildlife


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Open space enjoyed by circa 50  Round Hill households under threat of overdevelopment

Join 125+ residents by signing the residents' ONLINE PETITION but don't forget to object to Application BH2014/00841 as well on

Application: BH2014/00841

Developer: Just Developments Ltd

Address: 28/28B Crescent Road

Description:  Prior Approval Change of Use - Prior approval for change of use from offices (B1) to residential (C3) to form 5no self contained flats.

The need to act

The strip of land between rear gardens to the east of Belton Road and the west of Crescent Road is very narrow i.e. not much wider than an average-sized residential street including the pavements.

The crux, on which BH2014/00841 is likely to be decided, is whether the proposal fits the legal definition of "permitted development".

If our Council supports the developer's unreasonable assumption that the proposal meets the terms of the "permitted development right" (introduced by the government in May 2013), other green spaces which we value in our conservation area are likely to be degraded in the anticipation that they too are acceptable as building sites. Residents would then be similarly limited in the concerns which the Council can respond to. Please use/circulate the documents below & help to stop the erosion of any green space on private land within what we are told is a conservation area.

Feel free to reiterate objections given in the following articles:

You can submit comments online or by post to Andrew Huntley

Planning & Public Protection
Hove Town Hall
Norton Road
Hove BN3 3BQ

The case officer will be processing comments after the Easter break, so please submit them as soon as possible.

Click here to comment online on application BH2014/00841

Ideas for objections can also be drawn from the many comments on the residents' ONLINE PETITION.

Richmond House appeal hearing

During most of the day on Tuesday 15th April at Brighton Town Hall, The Planning Inspector heard Matsim's appeal (APP/Q1455/A/13/2210775) against the Council's decision to refuse permission to BH2013/02838, the application to build a huge 5-storey 138-room student hostel. Read more...

Another Smelly Easter for those near the WTS

One of the advantages claimed, when the operating hours of The Waste Transfer Station were extended to "15 hours per day on 363 days per year" last August, was the flexibility to move black bag waste on quickly. Lifting of restrictions would mean that smelly refuse would not need to remain stored within The Waste Transfer Station from Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive; it could be moved on quickly.

Continued odour nuisance in 2014, just as objectionable during this Easter period (hardly part of a heat-wave), confirms that the handling of food waste should be moved elsewhere. Heavy use of deodorants have proved just as unpleasant to residents trying to use their back gardens as the odour these solutions are meant to mask.

If you are troubled by odour from The Waste Transfer Station at Hollingdean Depot or sickened by prolonged heavy use of industrial deodorant while you are trying to enjoy your garden, phone The Environment Agency on 0800 807060. They will log your complaint.

Quick guide to our website

  • Our Planning Section, now contains over 100 articles. Our site directory, which lists all of them, offers a chronology of some of The Round Hill Society's longest-running attempts to ward off unsuitable developments.
  • Our History section contains articles on our neighbourhood's early development, a past still reflected in our conservation area's character, appearance and heritage assets - a powerful reference point for local school children &/or new residents interested in gaining greater knowledge of the place where they now live.
  • Our Gardens & Wildlife section containing over 3 dozen articles on RH wildlife offers a rich fund of local knowledge. Round Hill's flora & fauna are also among our treasures, but are under constant threat since all our green spaces are on privately owned plots. RSPB's Big Garden Birdwatch. You can submit your results until 16th February 2014
  • 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
  • If you are looking for activities for children, a good external link is www.childfriendlybrighton.co.uk where you can find a good page on child-friendly activities planned for The Level. Families who like the outdoors can help to maintain their local woodland by volunteering for Friends of Hollingbury & Bursted Woods monthly Sat/Sun sessions. FHBW now have a Facebook Page publicising woodland related events.
  • 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.

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 55 March 2014
         plans for RHS June picnic, The Keep historical records centre, History from a house in Round Hill Crescent, Richmond D'Aubigny & Lennox Roads, A journey with a Book Group, Fair Trade Fortnight.
Report on Playsafe - Sunday 6th April

Regular listings
Child-&-adult-friendly addition to London Road (formerly The Methodist chapel), which is helping to regenerate the area: "a theatre, café, bar, exhibition and hub for theatre and movie professionals and enthusiasts alike" [Events Diary]:
Click on the picture if you haven't already discovered the
Emporium cafe
1. The Duke of York's Picture House - Preston Circus
2. Emporium, Brighton - upcoming events - 88 London Road
3. Free University Brighton - upcoming events
4. Brighton & Hove Arts Diary
5. Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema
6. Sussex Concerts
7. Brighton Singers Folk Club meets three times a week on Tue at The Round-Georges Pub, Wed at The Pond and Sun at The Mitre Tavern, Baker St
8. East Sussex CC: Music, Art & Cultural Events
9. The Brighton Society - talks, lectures & exhibitions.
10. Regency Society - 2013 lectures and events.
11. Hove Civic Society - lectures & events.
12. English Speaking Union lectures at The Hove Club, Fourth Av.
13. Walks - unguided, guided, longer and shorter
14. Healthwalks programme (PDF) valid until April 2013.
15. walk & bus circuits from Round Hill
16. Friends of Hollingbury Woods
17. Prince Regent Swimming Complex Pools Programme
Free Swimming for children aged 11 or under
18. www.visitbrighton.com for this month's events in the city centre. See also The Argus - events page
19. Brighton Festival 3rd-25th May 2014
20. Brighton Festival Fringe 3rd May-1st June 2014




















The Older People's Council contacted Martin Randall because they are concerned that not enough thought is being given to incorporating Older People's needs in proposed developments and acknowledging that older people are part of local communities. One example of this relates to the planning development at Shoreham Harbour which made no reference whatsoever to the possibility that Older People might be catered for in the housing designs/plans or the community facilities that would be needed. There seemed to be a lack of consideration about the housing and social needs of older people. Come along and put your questions.


Chapel RoyalTuesday 22nd April 2014 1.10 to 1.55pm Live lunchtime concert at Chapel Royal, North Street Brighton:  

Christina McMaster (pno) - Beethoven Ives Cardew


unitarian Friday, 25th April 2014 12.30 - 1.15 pm Brighton Unitarian Church New Road BN1 1UF - Nick Andrews will be joined by Miriam Roberts (piano), for a really varied concert of piano duets, trumpet and bass, including interesting music by Ginastera, Stanford and Albinoni.


Saint Lukes Queens Park Friday, 25th April 2014 7.30pm St Luke's Church, Queens Park Road BN2 0GG - Magdalena Reising and the Blue Café Jazz - a unique and enchanting blend of Scottish folk, Polish melodies, tin pan alley jazz standards and haunting originals. The captivating vocals and stunning harp of Magdalena are accompanied by Terry Seabrook on piano and Steve Thompson on bass, each capable of holding an audience spell-bound. Not to be missed!


Friends of Hollingbury Woods Sunday 4th May 2014 10am - 1pm Friends of Hollingbury Woods - More glade clearance and other tasks
Easy access trail. Click here to learn about Hollingbury Hillfort. FHBW's Facebook Page.

Hollingbury and Bursted Woods















History Tuesday 6th May 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 14th May 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).

'May 2014 opening' for The Open Market

Click here or on the picture to look inside the new Open Market:

The Open Market

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.


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.

Saint NicholasSt Nicholas Lunchtime Recitals for half an hour - Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3LJ map

Artists Open Houses 2014
Artists Open Houses AOH reaches its 33rd year in May 2014 - look back at the PDF colour brochure [large download] for May 2013 Artists' Open Houses.

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 - Spring 2013 (PDF brochure).
Chapel royalLink to another page
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Local food production & gardening
Brighton and Hove Food Partnership has produced a questionnaire on Food related issues which local residents can complete and has also elicited answers to the questions from Conservative, Green, Labour and Liberal Democrat candidates who stood in the May 2011 Council Elections.

Brighton and Hove Food Partenership Brighton and Hove Food Partnership -Training courses for growers, tips (PDF downloads) for gardeners, volunteering roles in community projects RE local food production, eating healthily & sustainable growing.

Harvest Brighton and Hove Harvest Brighton and Hove:
1) Local Food Events
2) Community Food Events
3) Events & Training
4) Volunteering

Brighton Permaculture Trust Brighton Permaculture Trust - Brighton Permaculture Trust have published their schedule of events and courses for the year and are taking bookings. Details at www.brightonpermaculture.org.uk.

See also:
Seedy Sunday 3rd February 2013, 10am - 4.00pm: NEW VENUE: Brighton Corn Exchange, Church Street, BN1 1UE - the UK's biggest community seed swop. Click here for the Event's history
3) Brighton and Hove Organic Gardening Group's Events.

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

This page was last updated by Ted on 18-Apr-2014
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