Welcome to London Road Area LAT – Brighton, Sussex, UK


The Local Action Team (LAT) is a voluntary community group which was formed in late 2008 after heart-felt public expressions of concern about the state of London Road, Brighton.

The LAT brings together traders and residents, ward Councillors, the neighbourhood policing team, council officers, and representatives of local residents’ and traders’ groups. The aim is to work for agreed goals in partnership, and provide a forum for viewpoints to be aired and debated.

(The wonderful commercial site set up with money from the Portas Pilot Bid celebrating the cultural and retail offer of London Road is here: visitlondonroad.co.uk)

  • Meetings are open to anyone living or working in the area.
  • The London Road LAT is in the St Peters and North Laine ward, and covers the northern end of the ward. The boundaries are; Ditchling Rise to the north, Ditchling Road and the Level to the east , St Peters Church to the south and the New England Quarter to the west. (see map page).
  • Meetings are held at the Calvary Church on Viaduct Road (next to the firestation at Preston Circus) on – usually – the first Tuesday of each month (not August) at 6.30pm.
  • The LAT is chaired by local resident Rev. Philip Wells. He can be contacted by email philipwells@btinternet.com.

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Further information and other local groups

Date of next LAT meeting – Tuesday 6th September 18.15 for 18.30 Calvary Church, Viaduct Rd.

The minutes from last meeting will be posted soon – see menu above.

The agenda for the next meeting should be available during the afternoon of the preceding Friday – further details may be added later.

All residents, resident groups, traders, landlords, together with Council reps and our local Councillors are welcome.

See you soon!

Future dates for your diary:    12th July 2016 (for PCSO shifts) August – no meeting. From September onwards we will no longer have 2 nominated PSCOs for our local area.  We do not yet know how new shift patterns will work,  so dates proposed revert to regular “first Tuesday of the month” with the exception of November . So: 6th Sept,  4th October – AGM t.b.c. , 15th November, 6th December 2016

Level #Brighton policing update – Operation Bolero 28 July 2016

From Insp Brian McCarthy by email:

Level policing update – 28th July 2016

Five males were arrested on the level for conspiring to supply Class B Drugs. This has occurred in the skate park area one of which is wanted on warrant in London for failing to appear. Class B and Class A Drugs were found at the scene and on some of the males. This has occurred at a time when children are on school holidays. Post arrest users of the skate Park have thanked police for the arrests commenting that it has been creating a bad atmosphere in the park.

One male is still in custody the others have all been bailed pending further enquiries.

——– thanks for working to keep the Level a safe place for young people, families and the whole community P.W.

London Road LAT #Brighton – Agenda – tonight 12/7 18.15 for 18.30 Calvary Church, Viaduct Rd

London Road LAT #Brighton – Agenda – tonight 12/7 18.15 for 18.30 Calvary Church, Viaduct Rd

(As per previously circulated email – except item 7)

  1. Welcome, introductions, apologies
  2. Minutes (7th June) – date of next meetings 6/9/16, 4/10/16, 15/11/16 (t.b.c), 6/12/16
  3. Policing and licensing:
    • progress update regarding situation of homeless/begging in south end of London Road
    • licensing application for off-sales etc. by Presuming Ed – they wish to go beyond the “licensing matrix” and conduct “off-premises” sales plus extend alcohol sales hours beyond the matrix cut off point
    • Policing priorities
  4. Planning issues – (if any)
  5. Viaduct Road clean-up, and consultation for community bins plans.
  6. report back on last HMO meeting 8th June
  7. Financial future
    • we currently have a balance in hand
    • Calvary Church Trustees have currently offered free use of the premises for meetings
    • we need to arrange more publicity – fliers etc.
    • grants are available from various sources
  8. Various updates and projects in and around London Road
    • DRARA – AGM was last Friday
    • Communities of the Level
    • BID – via Ann Townsend (if any)
    • Triangle
    • Francis Street
    • Barrows Residents Association
    • Rosehill Residents Association
  9. A.O.B. (please notify before the start of the meeting)

Fire and rescue transparency – public survey #Brighton

From Councillor Lizzie Deane:

Subject: Fw: Letter from Daniel Greaves – fire and rescue transparency

Hi all,

I’m forwarding a letter from the Home Office which contains a link to a public survey on how people view their fire and rescue services.

Could you please forward it to your local LATs, so that they can publicise it further?

Cllr Lizzie Deane
Green Party member for St Peter’s and North Laine ward
01273 291138

29 June 16 HO letter to stakeholders regarding fire and rescue transpare…

Agenda London Rd #Brighton LAT 7th June 2016

Agenda London Rd Area #Brighton LAT 7th June 2016 –

  1. Welcome, apologies and introduction
  2. Minutes, date of next meeting – July 12th (as previously announced)
  3. Policing and Licensing
    1. Street people, begging, rough sleeping, –
    2. The Level
    3. Legal highs
    4. Licensing – a reply was sent regarding B&W stores
    5. Future plans for policing via Insp. Brian McCarthy
    6. Farewell to Nic and Sharon
  4. Planning – comments, if any, University of Sussex building plans
    1. BH2016/01004 – target date 8th July

      Address: East Slope Refectory Road University of Sussex Brighton
      Description: Reserved matters application for approval of appearance, landscaping and layout in relation to ‘Phase 1 – East Slope’ development which includes 1,868 student bedrooms
  5. Viaduct Road
    1. HMO list – and individual properties
    2. clear-up day courtesy of University of Sussex & City Clean – June 29th from 12pm
    3. planters were prettified
    4. consultation on communal bins
  6. HMO meetings (next one is 8th June)
  7. Future dates and outline plan
    1. July 12th, August (no meeting), September 6th, October 4th, November 15th, December 6th: to invite, PCC Katy Bourne, Cllr Tracey Hill – other local reps??
  8. Updates and news
    1. BID – London Road Town Team
    2. DRARA, Rose Hill, Communities of the Level, Triangle, Roundhill, Francis Street
    3. Pavements under New England BridgeAt the last committee meeting I agreed to have a go at the problem of pigeon poo on the pavements under the railway bridge, caused by the deterioration of the pigeon netting attached to the girders.  This is clearly an issue of interest to us, given the proximity of the Greenway entrance, and to the local community association (Prestonville).
      Network Rail (whose responsibility it is) have said that they cannot do anything about it at the moment because of budget constraints – they are only doing essential safety-related work. They have suggested that we “build up complaints” to hopefully push this issue up the priority list. I have put some posters up under the bridge, urging users of the pavement to complain.  Clearly we should try to generate as many complaints among ourselves as well as inviting the general public to do so, so I’d urge all members to submit one.
      The way to do this is to fill in an on-line contact form at https://communications-crm.custhelp.com/ or telephone 03457-114141. 
      The on-line form system was not working very well when I did mine, so you may encounter problems, and they also ask for an annoyingly large amount of information, such as postcode (of a BRIDGE?) but do persevere – you will get there eventually. It is probably a good idea to include the phrase “health hazard”.
      Best wishes
      Jim Grozier.
  9. AOB – please inform chair before start of the meeting