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. Since then London Road has “been on the up” and has changed hugely for the better.

Without trying to claim all the credit it would fair to say that the LAT has been a major partner in these improvements and has had some sort of involvement with virtually all the successful contributory projects.

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.

  • 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).
  • Meetings are held at the Calvary Church on Viaduct Road (next to the firestation at Preston Circus) on – usually, in 2017 – the second Tuesday of each month (not August) at 6.30pm.
  • The LAT is currently chaired by local resident Rev. Philip Wells. He can be contacted by email philipwells@btinternet.com.

Next meeting: please see side panel – minutes of previous meetings are available from the menu above, agenda for the upcoming meeting is to be found below (usually a few days before the meeting).

Dates for your diary 2017:     7th March, 11th April, 9th May, 13th June, 11th July

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Further information and other local groups

Next meeting London Road LAT #Brighton 14th Feb – Subject HMO’s

Our next meeting is Feb 14th 2017 18:15 for 18:30 at Calvary Church hall, Viaduct Road, Brighton.

We have a special guest speaker Cllr Tracey Hill. She has been doing excellent work by setting up a series of meetings co-ordinating community and Council responses to the issue of HMO’s (= houses in multiple occupation).

HMOs are both a blessing – to people needing affordable housing, and a problem – because they have a reputation for not promoting good neighbourliness and good standards of upkeep and householding. E.g Viaduct Road.

This also links up with issues of #studentification.

It will be a very interesting meeting #highlyrecommended

Draft Agenda 14th Feb 2017

  1. Welcome, apologies, introduction
    1. future dates and meetings
  2. Community Safety issues, policing and licensing
    1. – update on Level has been requested from Insp. McCarthy and Community Safety Team
    2. drug dealing in local residential streets – update requested
    3. Update from LAT chairs meeting  (January)- N.B. Police website has removed all reference to LATs, a new, unfinished draft “service arrangement” sheet has been circulated to LAT chairs
  3. Special Guest Speaker – Cllr Tracey Hill
  4. Plans for publicity and funding – to note
  5. News and Updates
    1. parking in zone J
    2. Viaduct Road progress
    3. Business Improvement District progress
    4. Level Communities Forum matters (if any)
  6. Any other business – please notify before the beginning of the meeting.

Happy Valentines day!

PCC @KatyBourne meeting with LAT chairs #Brighton 12th January 2017

There was a well-attended meeting of LAT chairs on 12th January 2017 at Hove Town Hall.

Among the attenders were: 15 LAT Chairs from around the City, Cllr Emma Daniels – chair of Neighbourhoods Communities & Equalities Committee, Peter Castleton – Head of Community Safety, Peter Wileman – Senior Community Safety Officer, Inspectors Brian McCarthy and Paul Ransom. The special guest was the Police and Crime Commissioner Mrs Katy Bourne.

The first hour of the meeting consisted of news, updates and contributions from each LAT representative. Issues raised included: planning applications (e.g. Preston Barracks), loss of community spaces (e.g. Lectern Pub), excess of alcohol licensing approvals, vandalism, the Level , etc.  A common theme was the increase in visible drug dealing, and the perceived loss of contact with Police via PCSOs since the new contract came in.

The PCC gave a short off-the-cuff presentation on the improvements brought in through the extensive police review – via prioritising, apps, community resolution.  They needed to to more with less [money] – the visible policing was by no means all the policing that was actually happenning. The new PCSOs are nearly all in place for Brighton and Hove – the full complement is 39, of which a maximum of 13 would be available on any one shift.

The PCC was asked for her view on LATs and why the present Sussex Police website makes no mention of LATs at all.


Notes from the Level Communities Forum #Brighton – from December 2016


  • Level Communites Forum – Meeting Schedule

A number of meetings have been scheduled to be split between regular LCF meetings for Forum members and Community Interest meetings which will hopefully include interested parties from other local Community groups.

LCF Meetings    for Forum members, MacLaren Pavilion; 6 – 7.30pm

9th January, 23rd January, 6th February

The full text can be found at http://thelevelbrighton.org.uk/meeting-minutes/

A TV opportunity! – from John Cook – Patcham Community Action Team #Brighton

Dear [ community-representing]  Colleague,

I have been given the opportunity to help in the making and recording of a new video (title to be decided) of life in our local communities.

The production team are very experience – having created and made full length programmes for the major TV companies in the UK and abroad – they will bring a wealth of relevant experience to the making of the programme.

The theme of the programme will centre about what is good in our communities (as oppose to the much negative news one constantly hears about) while at the same time presenting a balance view of some of the challengers residents face in their daily lives.

It aims to show that despite the grind of daily life, our communities are full of many wonderful opportunities that help 1,000’s of our local residents find enjoyment and fulfilment within a short walk of their homes.

I am told that Patcham will be at the heart of the programme but will include the wider community across Brighton & Hove.

If this project is of interest to you and you feel you have a story to share and would like to meet members of the production team to discuss matters in detail, please email me your initial thoughts and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please share this email with as many of your colleagues as possible.

Many thanks,


John W Cook – Hate Crime Ambassador & Community Advocate

Chairman – Patcham Community Action Team


London Road LAT #Brighton Agenda 10/1/17


  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Minutes and date of next meeting
    1. updates on next meetings – invitations and plans 14th Feb (HMO), 14th March (no Cllrs), 11th April, 9th May (Air quality report)
    2. any volunteers to produce publicity materials?
    3. to note: funding provisions still to be investigated
  3. Policing and Licensing and Community Safety
    1. Insp. Brian McCarthy was invited to send a police rep. but no one is able to come – his email reply will be available
    2. Community Safety team have also sent an email reply
    3. For information – PCC Katy Bourne is attending the LAT chairs meeting 12/1/17
    4. update regarding rough sleeping issues
  4. Local Updates
    1. from Level Communities Forum 9/1/17
    2. Emporium / 88London Road – James sends thanks for our support
    3. Circus Parade – works in hand in “forecourt”
    4. Viaduct Road – enquiry to Cllr Gill Mitchell, no reply received
    5. HMO forum – report, if any.
    6. London Road Town Team – BID
  5. Any other business
    1. please let the Chair know before the start of the meeting

Police and Crime Commissioner’s quick survey on policing “tax” = “precept” 2017/18

From the PCC’s website:

2017/18 Sussex Police Precept Consultation

Would you like to see over 100 more police officers and staff in Sussex?
Your opportunity to strengthen local policing and public safety
One of my responsibilities as your Police and Crime Commissioner is to set the overall budget for policing in Sussex. This is mainly funded by the Government’s policing grant and by a part of your council tax called the police precept which I am also responsible for setting…