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Odour nuisance now quite unreasonable

21st - 24th July 2014 odour nuisance from the Waste Transfer Station at Hollingdean Depot reaches quite unreasonabe levels.

The problem has hit a new peak during this hot spell. Princes Road residents (both sides of the street from the summit of the hill eastwards) have had the odour lingering within their homes because they have opened doors and windows. This week it has even been lingering around at night when the temperature is cooler. The nuisance has also affected The Downs Infant School (as far away as Ditchling Road) where children should be able to make comfortable use of their playground during hot weather. The system of monitoring is complaint-led. "No complaints" indicate "no problem". But residents who are sick of the smell, get sick of complaining too, when no improvement follows the last series of phone calls. Some have been considering moving. One workman up on a roof was heard to comment (this week) "I don't know how you can live here".

There are two things we can do

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 56 June 2014
         publicity for summer playtime / picnic / party, new planters - a gateway to Round Hill, celebrating The new Level, the need for neighbourliness, London Road improvements, report on 1st playsafe event, Crescent Rd / Belton Rd housing proposal, Brighton in bloom.

Best ever shopping facilities in easy reach of Round Hill:

Our new market stalls  as of 19th July 2014:
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)












Now a promising food outlet and community hub (for presentations, performances, art, music, cooking etc) offering quite a lot more. Get involved and make this Open Market one of the best in the U.K.

A new community hub for the city of Brighton & Hove:

Could this be the development which draws stores like John Lewis to  London Road Brighton shopping centre?

The Market's first song & dance performances

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











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












Changes to The Vogue Gyratory

Vogue Gyratory

Safety improvements to the Vogue gyratory system near Brighton’s Lewes Road Sainsbury’s start on July 14 and last up to five months. 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.


Report on The RHS's summer picnic 
and 2nd PlaySafe session (29th June 2014)

RHS Picnic 2014











Open Space between Crescent & Belton Rds

Application BH2014/01815 has now been WITHDRAWN. This was an attempt by JUST DEVELOPMENTS to secure permitted development rights to overdevelop the narrow strip of land between Crescent Road and Belton Road through proposed conversion of badly located office buildings originally belonging to laundries into residential flats.

Infill of patch of greenspace unwanted

Local residents (in sections of Crescent Road / Belton Road / Princes Crescent / Princes Road), who derive privacy, visual and environmental benefits from a very narrow section of greenspace + soft landscaping/ habitat/trees between their rear gardens, await the developer's next move:
MOVE 1: full application BH2014/00124 for 5 flats WITHDRAWN.
MOVE 2: an attempt Application BH2014/01815 to get the latter approved under the permitted development right, but this application now WITHDRAWN too.
MOVE 3: Liaison with local residents about what they value?

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

Regular listings
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. East Sussex CC: Music, Art & Cultural Events
8. The Brighton Society - talks, lectures & exhibitions.
9. Regency Society 2013-14 lectures and events.
10. Hove Civic Society - lectures & events.
11. Sussex Industrial Archeology Society own meetings and similar
12. English Speaking Union lectures at The Hove Club, Fourth Av.
13. Walks - unguided, guided, longer and shorter
14. Healthwalks programme (PDF) valid until Autumn 2014.
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


unitarian Friday, 25th July 2014 12.30 - 1.15 pm Brighton Unitarian Church New Road BN1 1UF

Ambrose Page (piano), Sarah Tobias and Peter Morris (narrators). The London Piano School: A concert comprising the piano works of Muzio Clementi, Jan Ladislav Dussek and John Field who were all composing astonishing and delightful piano music around the turn of the eighteenth century. This concert of 'words and music' is in celebration of their achievements.



Saint NicholasWednesday 30th July 12.30pm (for half an hour) St Nicholas Lunchtime Recitals at St Nicholas's Church Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3LJ map

Matthew Sear - Classical Guitar


All SaintsWednesday 30th July 2014 1pm-2pm All Saints Church Hove 2014 Lunchtime Recitals - Elizabeth Ryder-Weldon and Nicole Leclerq (Soprano, Flute)






Saint Lukes Queens Park Friday, 1st August 2014 7.30pm St Luke's Church, Queens Park Road BN2 0GG - Duo Octacorda: Joana Valentinaviciute (violin) and Stanislav Popov (viola). Duo Octacorda will present a sophisticated selection of classical and romantic works, including well-known music examples by Mozart and Halvorsen, and also giving opportunity to enjoy rarely performed pearls of unique violin and viola duo repertoire. Soloists and chamber musicians, violinist Joana Valentinaviciute and violist Stanislav Popov, have performed across Scandinavia and Europe, presenting concerts with orchestras and various ensembles, from duo to an octet. In recent years they have formed their duo Octacorda and have performed in UK, France, Sweden and Canada.


Friends of Hollingbury Woods Saturday 2nd August 2014 10am - 1pm Friends of Hollingbury Woods - Clear around National Park Wood (hazels), Forget-Me-Not Glade and New Glade (hazels) in Hollingbury Woods.
Easy access trail. Click here to learn about Hollingbury Hillfort. FHBW's Facebook Page.





Chapel RoyalTuesday 5th August 2014 from 1.10 to 1.55 - Live lunchtime concert Chapel Royal, North Street Brighton

Gabriel Sadler (guit) - Piazzolla De Falla Verdi (arr.Tarrega) 





 Tuesday 5th August 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 13th August 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).


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

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 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.

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 - Summer 2014 (PDF brochure).



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.

Next Seedy Sunday 1st February 2015, 10am - 4.00pm: 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


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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