Thanks to Ben Coleman in Transport Planning for this guest post.

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As part of the Valley Gardens project, two consultation events have been organised for members of the public to come and view the proposed masterplan, and to give their views on it. The aim of the Valley Gardens project is to upgrade the open spaces and improve routes for pedestrians, cyclists, drivers and public transport.

The events are taking place (weather permitting!) on Thursday 31st January and Saturday 2nd February at the following locations:

10am-11.30pm         In front of Brighton Pier

12 noon- 1.30pm      Pavilion Gardens

2pm-3.30pm            Victoria Gardens

4pm-5.30pm             New Road

6pm-7.30pm            St Peters Church

If people are unable to attend the events, they can find out more at, by emailing, or by calling 01273 290487.

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Temporary Homes in Shipping Containers

On January 4th a meeting took place at the Calvary Church which looked at the proposal from QED and the Brighton Housing Trust to create a temporary development of housing units constructed from repurposed shipping containers, to be placed at Richardsons Yard – to the rear of the Cobblers Thumb PH

The meeting was well attended and informative and included presentations from Chris Gilbert of QED and Andy Winter of Brighton Housing Trust. Andy took notes of the event and has placed them on his blog HERE

A planning application has not yet been submitted for this proposal, but as it develops we are sure that Andy ( a regular LAT member) will keep us informed of progress.

‘ReCreate’ Creating Space for Creatives

Thanks to Branwen Lorrigan, Brighton & Hove City Council Economic Development Officer for this post:

Brighton & Hove City Council and Wired Sussex are part of a successful consortium that secured £6.2 million EU funding to support the creative industries of which £650,000 will come to Brighton & Hove.

The project will see a new hub for the creative industries at New England House; and will further enhance the city’s reputation for nurturing and supporting creative talent.

‘ReCreate’ will deliver new work, exhibition, studio and learning spaces for creative entrepreneurs from the arts, creative and digital industries. The aim is to further enhance the city’s creative industries by utilising currently unused or unusable spaces. This activity will support the regeneration of Brighton & Hove and assist the development of the New England Quarter, and in particular New England House, as a hub for the creative, digital and technology sector. The main workspace for ‘ReCreate’ activity will be a commercial space (3,500 sq ft) in New England House which is currently being refurbished and transformed into a creative hub ‘The FuseBox’. This space will be managed by Wired Sussex, a Recreate partner.  Included in the project is a brokerage scheme that will see empty retail premises across the city being used by artists and creative industries to showcase their work. The ‘pop up’ shop scheme will help to ensure that vacant premises are brought back into use.

There will be a strong “virtual” and physical connection between the new workspaces across the project partner areas, enabling creative entrepreneurs to share knowledge and skills and to discover new markets. There will be opportunities for individuals and businesses to take part in cross-border festivals, public realm commissions, webinars, workshops and advice sessions to encourage networking and the establishment of potential trade links.

Leader of Brighton & Hove City Council, Cllr Jason Kitcat said: “This funding will support us to create the conditions needed for our outstanding artists and innovators to start up creative enterprises which will boost the city’s economic prosperity.”

Phil Jones, Managing Director of Wired Sussex said “This is a really exciting partnership. It provides a real opportunity to build on our Brighton Fuse research project and develop an innovative and internationally influential centre for providing support to creative, digital and tech businesses in Brighton and beyond.”

Safe In The City Update 2013

Thanks to the council Community Safety Projects Team for this update:

Happy New Year to all & hoping you had a pleasant festive break.

2013 looks a busy year for Local Action Teams and the Community Safety Partnership – during the year we will be completing our new website , which will see the return of the document library and archive (currently unavailable) and will give a host of new features for LATs which groups will be able to manage directly as they wish. More news on this as the year progresses. If anyone would like copies of any of the information from the archive (previous minutes of LAT’s etc…) please contact us.

To go with the completion of the new website, we are having a review of some aspects of Local Action Teams, to try to make sure that we are giving the best support we can to promote and enable this key network of residents, traders, council, police and partners across the city.

LAT Chairs meetings: In December, LAT Chairs were invited to an audience with the Mayor, and discussion which took place prompted a rethink on how discussions at the LAT Chairs meetings take place. Suggestions included giving more time for LAT representatives to discuss issues relevant to them and to seek solutions from each other, and to be better at flagging up issues in advance so that the most relevant officers could be invited to the meetings to comment. The next LAT Chairs meeting will be on January 22nd, 10am at the Brighthelm Centre. We welcome representatives from as many LAT’s as we can – if you would like to attend or are unsure who is attending to represent your LAT, please contact us.

LAT Guidance: In 2009 the Community Safety Partnership produced a ‘Guidance for Local Action Teams’ document and a paper copy was provided for each LAT. Developments and changes within the council, the community Safety Partnership and the LAT network have meant that some aspects of this are now dated, and this document needs to be reviewed. This will be a task of the coming year, and we will be talking to LAT’s about how best to do this. A copy of the exsisting guidance document can be downloaded here : LAT Guidance Folder 2009

LAT Structure: To go with the renewed guidance and new website features, we also plan to revisit some of the functional aspects of Local Action Teams: how local priorities are reached; how LAT’s represent their communities and communicate their activities; how LAT’s manage their administration and governance, and we are hoping to put together some proposals to improve these aspects of LAT operation where possible.

The Local Action Team network in Brighton & Hove is an excellent inititive, bringing together residents from across the city in their communities, working to improve their neighbourhoods. We are look forward to working with the LAT network in the year ahead, and wish you all the best for a safe and happy 2013,

Any questions, please contact or telephone Simon bannister on 01273 293925