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  • Troubled by smell or industrial noise from The Waste Transfer Station at Hollingdean Depot? Phone The Environment Agency on 0800 80 70 60 since it is they who control the terms of Veolia's licence. Do not phone Veolia (the source of industrial noise and odour escapes) or the Council (Veolia's main client) since these bodies do not control the terms of the operating licence. The Environment Agency may be forgiven for assuming that Hollingdean Depot is operating without much nuisance to neighbours if they continue to receive few complaints. If The Environment Agency do not hear from us, then expect the terms of Veolia's operating licence to remain unchanged. Read on.....
  • Live rail departures from London Road Brighton and Brighton
  • Bus services and timetables and real time information
  • Click here for local info on arts / music / theatre / cinema
  • Our Tradespeople page (builders / decorators / plumbers / etc.) shares local residents' recommendations
  • Recycling outlets in Brighton, Hove & Sussex
  • Brighton Open Market: 44 stalls and Artists' studios & workshops
  • 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
  • Latest planning applications: Round Hill | Brighton & Hove
    1. Land to Rear of 101 Roundhill Crescent Brighton
      Download The Round Hill Society's Sample Objection. Comment to stop a much valued public view out of the conservation area - which Round Hill has enjoyed for circa 140 years - from being plugged by cramming in an extra dwelling into the garden of a grade 2 listed property at the expense of the privacy & open space needs of existing households.
    2. 28 and Land Rear of including 28B, 28C & 28D, Crescent Road Brighton
      Download The Round Hill Society's Sample Objection. Comment to stop gross overdevelopment in a style which is completely out of character with the 40+ existing Round Hill households in the immediate vicinity. Several would suffer unreasonable overlooking if 5 residential dwellings are crammed onto this small site, which to date has provided visual amenity through the presence of a little greenspace on what was once a rifle range and earlier a drying field for three laundries.
    3. See our Planning Section for more on how to comment
  • Summer burglary campaign: advice from Sussex Police and link for online reporting of theft or burglary, lost or found property, criminal damage, antisocial behaviour or driving, or something suspicious
  • PCSO Bonnie Scovell
    Police Community Support Officer 29349
    Neighbourhood Policing Team - North Laines
    Tel: 101 Ext: 550418
    Mobile:  07912 897134

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 61 September 2015
         2015 AGM, playsafe, historic Round Hill pictures, waste and recycling, lost and found exhibition, greening the Round Hill streetscape, pamper our planters, who's who in our City Clean Team, tackling dog fouling, notice boards for Round Hill..

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 recent meetings and the date of our next RHS Committee Meeting (Tues 27th October 2015) at Rob's. We held our last AGM on 29th September 2015 (see Minutes for full report on what was discussed).

Report on The RH Society's 2015 AGM:- 
held on Tuesday 29th September

See Minutes of 2015 AGM for full report on what was covered.

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.

Report on The RH Society's Street Play

street play








The rain held off on Sunday 13th September 2015 between 3pm and 5pm when Mayo Road was closed so that local children could enjoy a session of play. Although attendance wasn't massive, the east side of the street was pretty well lined at times with children and adults. A few of the adults had made cakes and coffee, tea & soft drinks were also given away free. I talked at one stage to a neighbour who had recently moved into Crescent Road and other neighbours already known to me. Merely gaining the acquaintance of one new neighbour (as well as watching children enjoy themselves) makes volunteering to supervise Street Play fulfilling. Pete West, our local ward councillor, attended and had similar exchanges. I hope that our forthcoming AGM on 29th September brings us together with some new neighbours. We are always looking for "new blood" to join The Round Hill Society committee, but are content just to collect new acquaintances. Click on the picture above for a few more pictures of the Street Play event.

Re-launch of Aggies Delicatessen, Ditchling Rd

pictures taken at 2pm on Saturday 26th September 2015 












Friday's charity event at Aggies, 143 Ditchling Road Brighton, raised over £100 for Macmillan.

Saturday's Open Day and Tasting attracted a good stream of local residents who were rewarded by a good selection of spicy snacks, curries and drinks. Indian food found a popular place in the re-launch of this delicatessen first opened in 2013. Recent renovation of the building at the junction of Ditchling Road and Springfield Road has smartened up the area, making this fairly busy setting - opposite BP garage, near schools & London Road railway station  -  much more inviting. 












Aggies is both a place where residents can drop in for a drink (tea, coffee a large selection of juices) or snack and a provisions store stocking quality foodstuffs. Items such as Real Patisserie breads, organic milk, fresh fruit and vegetables, etc can be obtained without going too far out of adjoining neighbourhoods: Round Hill to the SE, Ditching Rise & Area to the SW, Preston Park CA to the NW and streets off Ditchling Rd to the N.

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. English Speaking Union lectures at The Hove Club, Fourth Av.
16. Walks - unguided, guided, longer and shorter
17. Healthwalks programme (PDF) valid until end of April 2015.
18. walk & bus circuits from Round Hill
19a. Friends of Hollingbury Woods
19b. Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere - Events Calendar
19c. Digital map of Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere
20. Prince Regent Swimming Complex Pools Programme
Free Swimming for children aged 11 or under
21. See also The Argus - events page
22. The People's Republic of Brighton and Hove: Facebook page


Recommendation: for something a little different, have a look at
Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere - Events Calendar.


silver stringsTuesday, 6th October 2015 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.



Chapel RoyalTuesday 6th October from 1.10 to 1.55 - Live lunchtime concert Chapel Royal, North Street Brighton

Marianne Wright (sop) Gabriel Jones (pno) - Handel Mozart Wolf




Saint NicholasWednesday 7th October 12:30pm
Lunch time recitals lasting for half an hour
St Nicholas's Church Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3LJ map

Jeff Rodrigues - Vihuela de Mano


unitarian Friday 9th October 2015 12.30 - 1.15 pm - Unitarian Church New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UF - Nick Andrews and Friends.



Saint Lukes Queens Park Friday, 9th October 2015 7.30pm St Luke's Church, Queens Park Road BN2 0GG -

Leto Ensemble (flute, clarinet and piano) is a distinguished and versatile group incorporating flute, clarinet and piano in various instrumental combinations. The programme has been chosen for its variety in both musical expression and instrumentation, presenting composers from different continents and cultures as well as bringing together music from past and present. Well known works by Debussy, Bizet and Ravel combine with the lyricism of Australian composer J. Carmichael, Villa-Lobos’ energetic character and Schulhoff’ s haunting beauty to give this programme its originality.



sustainable buildingTuesday, 13th October 2015 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].



Brighton Vintage and Antiques MarketSunday 18th October 2015 from 11.00am to 5pm - Brighton Vintage and Antiques Market

 First & third Sunday of each month.

See all upcoming events & workshops at The Open Market.



Friends of Hollingbury Woods Sunday 1st November 2015 10am-1pm Friends of Hollingbury Woods
Prune North Hedge and clear North Tennis Glade
Easy access trail. Click here to learn about Hollingbury Hillfort. FHBW's Facebook Page.





OpenSaturday 7th November 2015 from 11am to midday - Shop & Dance! - Brighton Lindyhoppers (video clip) at The Open Market  between The Level & 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.



If you missed the Art Trail around Brighton Open Market launched by Brighton Open Market's community of artists as part of Artists Open Houses 2015 during the May 2015 Brighton Festival, it is still worth looking at the publicity for it. This describes what goes on in each of the artists' studios, including activities which residents looking for new interests and skills can take part in.

Have you tried Brighton Open Air Theatre [BOAT]. Learn how it came into being - the dream of Adrian Bunting (1966-2013) - playwright, theatre maker and construction manager - who died of cancer in the knowledge that 5 of his friends would see the project through.


Bus-assisted walks starting from Round Hill

Healthwalks programme valid until the end of April 2015

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:


Open Market & London Road regeneration












The Level restoration project

The Level

The Level Communities Forum - Next meeting date: Tuesday 28 April 2015.

Future 2015 meeting dates organised so far: Tuesday 26 May.


All meetings take place in the MacLaren Pavilion, The Level, 6 to 7.30pm


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 last AGMYour new RHS committee was elected at our AGM on Wed 1st October 2014. 


 Triangle Community Local History Group - The Bugle Pub 24 St. Martins Street, Brighton, BN2 3HJ 

Ian and Eileen have retired as landlords of The Bugle which has been the home of The Triangle Local History Group since 2006, Obviously we need to find a new home to meet up in once a month - ideas please?.

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 








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







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




Artists Open Houses 2015
Artists Open HousesThe Artists Open Houses Festival will run for four weekends: from Saturday 2nd - Sunday 24th May.

This will be the Festivals 34th year. 

Check out local Artists' websites directly.



Eco Open Houses

The most recent event was held in October 2014.

Adult Education
Adult EducationThe Brighton Free University

Adult Education Courses at The Friends' Centre
See Courses and workshops for Spring and Summer 2015 (PDF brochure).




Cornerstone Community Centre - Adult Education 

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


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

Click here for City Clean's service update.

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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