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

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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 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

Next London Road LAT #Brighton 18.15 for 18.30 6th Sept Calvary Church

Next London Road LAT #Brighton 18.15 for 18.30 Tuesday 6th Sept Calvary Church, Viaduct Road

Draft agenda

 

  1. Welcome, introductions, apologies
  2. Minutes 12th July  2016
  3. date of next meetings 4/10/16, 15/11/16 AGM – (we have gone ahead and asked guest speaker Geoffrey Mead – historian), 6/12/16 . Future plans?
  4. Policing and licensing:
    • outcome regarding situation of homeless/begging in south end of London Road
    • Policing activity and feedback (e.g. on Pride)
    • Level Community safety meeting Friday 9th Sept 10-11.30
    • Licensing hearings – Presuming Ed (licence granted within matrix and minor exceptions) – Yellow Book (application outside the matrix withdrawn)
  5. Planning issues
    1. there is currently a consultation on the City Plan 17.00-19.00 Thursday 8th Sept
    2. there is currently a consultation on City Parks
  6. Viaduct Road current status of consultation for community bins plans.
  7. report back on last HMO meetings and correspondence
  8. 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
  9. Various updates and projects in and around London Road
    • DRARA
    • Communities of the Level AGM was  30/8/16
    • BID – via Ann Townsend (if any)
    • Triangle
    • Francis Street
    • Barrows Residents Association
    • Rosehill Residents Association
  10. A.O.B. (please notify before the start of the meeting)

 

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Addendum – Presuming Ed Licensing decision – this will go with the minutes of this meeting

RE: Licensing Act 2003 – Licensing Panel Hearing Notification of the Determination of Panel.

Licensing panel hearing held on Wednesday 20th July 2016 in respect of the application for a premises licence in respect of premises known as Presuming Ed Coffee House, 114-115 London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JG

Having read the papers and listened very carefully to all the submissions and representations made at the hearing, the Panel also considered the Council’s Statement of Licensing Policy. The premises lies within the Special Stress Area (SSA) which is deemed an area of special concern in terms of the relatively high levels of crime and disorder and public nuisance experienced within it and many of the representations make reference to this. However, the Panel recognised the applicant’s willingness to take on board the concerns of the responsible authorities and residents and that they have amended their application accordingly so that it fell broadly in compliance with the licensing policy for this area. The panel therefore decided to grant this application with the exception of off-sales, subject to the conditions offered and those which have been agreed with the police. These conditions are set out below with amendments offered and agreed regarding festivals and the outside courtyard area.

The Panel considered the application for off-sales but on balance considered that the inclusion of off-sales could increase public nuisance in this vulnerable area with already high levels of alcohol related anti-social behaviour.

Conditions to be attached.

General

  1. The sale of intoxicating liquor and other beverages shall be by waiter/waitress service for consumption by persons seated at tables and there will be no vertical drinking.

  1. Substantial food shall be available at all times that alcohol is offered for sale on these premises.

  1. During the 3 annual festivals listed below the hours for all licensable activity at the premises can be extended to 01:00 on Friday and Saturday where the Premises Licence Holder has notified Sussex Police and Licensing Authority in writing at least 7 days in advance:

    1. Brighton Fringe Festival – for the published duration of the festival

    2. Great Escape Festival – for the published duration of the festival

    3. Alternative Escape Festival – for the published duration of the festival

This festival extension of hours on Friday and Saturday is subject to the following additional conditions:

  • 2 SIA door staff to be employed at the premises from 23:00 hours until close.

  • There shall be a last entry time of 12 midnight.

  • A dedicated phone line shall be available to residents to call in the event of any concerns.

For the Prevention of Crime and Disorder:

  1. Digital CCTV and appropriate recording equipment to be installed in accordance with Home Office Guidelines relating to UK Police Requirements for Digital CCTV System (PSDB Publication Number 09/05), operated and maintained throughout the premises internally and externally to cover all public areas, including the entrance to the premises. The system shall be on and recording at all times the premises licence is in operation.

  • The CCTV cameras and recording equipment must be of sufficient quality to work in all lighting levels inside the premises at all times.

  • CCTV footage will be stored for a minimum of 31 days

  • The management will give full and immediate cooperation and technical assistance to the Police in the event that CCTV footage is required for the prevention and detection of suspected or alleged crime.

  • The CCTV images will record and display dates and times, and these times will be checked regularly to ensure their accuracy.

  • Subject to Data Protection guidance and legislation, the management of the premises will ensure that key staff are fully trained in the operation of the CCTV, and will be able to download selected footage onto a disk (or other electronic portable device acceptable to Sussex Police) for the police without difficulty or delay and without charge to Sussex Police.

  • Any breakdown or system failure will be notified to the police immediately & remedied as soon as practicable.

  1. At all times the premises is open to the public, the management will contract the back up services of an approved mobile support unit (MSU) 24 hours a day, with a minimum of 2 SIA registered Door Supervisors operating from it. A copy of the MSU contract will be retained at the premises and made available for immediate inspection upon request by Sussex Police or Council Officials. The MSU will be accredited by the Brighton Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) or other similar organisation approved by Sussex Police should the BCRP not be in existence.

  1. The premises will become a member of the BCRP or similar scheme approved by the Licensing Authority that operates with radios and uses the Nightsafe & Yellow Card Scheme or similar reporting scheme.

  1. Customers will not be allowed to take drinks outside the front after 22:00 and all tables and chairs outside the front of the building must be packed away by 22:00.

  1. Authorised staff employed by Sussex Police in the role of licensing officer shall have the right of access to the licensed premises during hours of operation for the purpose of inspection of the premises and premises records in order to ensure the promotion of the licensing objectives.

Additional conditions as stated in original application or agreed with another Agency

For Public Safety:

  1. An incident log will be maintained by the premises showing a detailed note of incidents that occur in the premises. The log will be inspected and signed off by the DPS (or a person with delegated authority) at least once a week. The log book should be kept on the premises and be available for inspection at all times the premises are open by authorised officers of the Licensing Authority or the police. An incident will be defined as being one which involves an allegation of a criminal offence. Any refusals made for alcohol service e.g. underage, will also be recorded in writing and feedback given to staff as relevant.

Additional conditions as stated in original application or agreed with another Agency

For the Prevention of Public Nuisance:

  1. Notices shall be displayed both within the premises and in the enclosed yard asking customers to be quiet and respect the needs of the local residents.

  1. The café sound system on the ground floor will be used for regulated entertainment. The speaker positions will be adjusted so as to prevent noise nuisance travelling towards neighbours.

  1. Smoking will be allowed in the courtyard to be open until 21:00 when the courtyard will be closed. Smokers will then be able to stand without drinks and smoke at the front in the street.

  1. Doors are to be kept closed at all times (other than for access and egress) and windows are to be kept closed at all times that regulated entertainment is in progress.

As stated in original application or agreed with Environmental Protection

For the Protection of Children from Harm:

  1. The premises will operate a “Challenge 25” policy whereby any person attempting to buy alcohol who appears to be under 25 will be asked for photographic ID to prove their age. The recommended forms of ID that will be accepted are passports, official Photographic Identity Cards issued by EU states bearing a hologram or ultraviolet feature, driving licences with a photograph, photographic military ID or proof of age cards bearing the ‘PASS’ mark hologram. The list of approved forms of ID may be amended or revised with the prior written agreement of Sussex Police, the Licensing Authority and Trading Standards without the need to amend the licence or conditions attaching to it.

  1. Signage advertising the ‘Challenge 25’ policy will be displayed in prominent locations in the premises.

  1. The Premises Licence Holder shall ensure that all staff members engaged or to be engaged, in selling alcohol at the premises shall receive the following induction training. This training will take place prior to the selling of such products:

*The lawful selling of age restricted products

*Refusing the sale of alcohol to a person who is drunk

Further verbal reinforcement/refresher training covering the above will be carried out thereafter at intervals not to exceed 12 weeks, with the date and time of the verbal reinforcement/refresher training documented.

All such training undertaken by staff members shall be fully documented and recorded. All training records shall be made available to Sussex Police, officers of the local authority and officers from the Trading Standards team upon request.

The minutes of the panel will be available as soon as practicable on the Council’s web-site under the rubric ‘Council and Democracy’.

Level #Brighton policing update – Operation Bolero 28 July 2016

From Insp Brian McCarthy by email:

Level policing update – 28th July 2016
OpERATION Bolero

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?

Thanks,
Lizzie
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…