Energy Cafe

Come to the energy cafe – on Saturday


Our March Meeting

The March LAT meeting is Tuesday 19/3/13 – Calvary Church 18.30, 18.15 for refreshment.

Click this link to download a copy of the agenda:  Agenda March

Minutes from the February meeting can be viewed HERE

Please note that some items have changed slightly since the minutes of the last meeting were issued e.g. personnel for item 3

Please note that the April 2nd date (two weeks from 19/3) is now problematic as Cllr Davey is unavailable to chair. – update: next full meeting May 7th, April 23rd for presentation on Valley Gardens project plus Q+A which could include London Road etc.

I have received a request for LAT members to participate in another sound survey. Although this will probably not benefit London Road directly the survey will hopefully have the effect of raising awareness of sound/noise in the city as a whole and will be part of a larger beneficial process.

Help improve our outdoor environment School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, invites residents in all neighbourhoods of Brighton & Hove to provide information on how you perceive the outdoor environment where you live. Results may serve as point of references for development. Please, complete this anonymous, well structured, multiple choice questionnaire.

Also please note:

Drop-in Energy Cafe with Communities Matter The Energy Cafe is coming to your area, providing you with Home Energy advice
and information from Brighton and Hove’s local community groups and suppliers.
10.30 – 12.30 Saturday 23rd March, Calvary Church, 72 Viaduct Road
(Preston Circus, around corner from Duke of York’s)

It’s an opportunity for home energy advice along with coffee/tea/cake


Look forward to seeing you soon,


Providence Place By Night

The third Elder Place project meeting took place today, and the notes will be placed on the Elder Place Page in due course. At the February meeting the question of darkness had arisen – particularly whether improving street or other lighting at night would improve safety. To aid deliberations, we are grateful to our local Neighborhood Policing Team for making this video with their body cam.

Anyone interested in this developing project, do contact us!

Portas Pilot – An Invitation


 Brighton – London Road Portas Pilot ‘Open Space’ Consultation

‘How can you contribute to the Portas pilot project vision for change on London road?’

 UPDATE This meeting was been postponed because of severe weather conditions (snow). It has now been rescheduled to Tuesday 26th March 5-9pm at the Clarendon Centre 47 New England Street Brighton

Rob Dawson (01273) 291104 / RdJury’s Inn, 101 Stroudley Road, Brighton

Tuesday 12 March 2013

5pm – 9pm

We would like you to help shape a series of projects aimed at helping the London Road town centre fulfil its potential. We want the London road town centre to be a safe, attractive and economically healthy destination for the many people who work, live, shop and study in the area.

The Brighton – London road town team has secured government funding to test out new and innovative projects in order to sustain and improve the London road town centre. We would like to have your involvement, ideas and support to help ensure that the projects have the best possible impact given the limited funding available.

The event will focus on the question: ‘How can you contribute to the Portas pilot project vision for change on London road?’

The context of our successful funding bid will be introduced at the start of the event along with an overview of the project ideas that were included in the bid.

The rest of the event will be run using a process called ‘Open Space’.  Open Space allows everyone at the meeting to raise the issues that matter to them, share ideas and consider recommendations for the future.

Please note that numbers for this event are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

RSVP to Rob Dawson (01273) 291104 / by Friday 8 March.

 We look forward to seeing you, delicious food and drink will be waiting for you on arrival.

Community First Funding Update

An update from Andy Silsby re the current round of Communities First funding.

Communities First Grants Available for Projects in the following Wards:
· East Brighton
· Queens Park
· St.Peter’s and North Laine

£12,750 is available in both East Brighton and Queens Park and £8489 in St.Peter’s and North Laines – for grants of between £250 and £2,500 with projects having to provide equal amounts of match funding – in cash or kind.   Projects need to meet one (or more) of the priorities set for each Ward. These are:
East Brighton
1. Promote all community to feel safe within their homes and the wider neighbourhood
2. Support employment, employment skills, training, and education activities especially for the young unemployed.
3. Provide activities for children and young people throughout the ward.
4. Provide activities and services impacting on the health and wellbeing of the community

Queens Park
1. Activities that support employment skills, training and education for unemployed people in the area.
2. Activities supporting work with young people or older people in the area, including inter-generational work.
3. Activities that celebrate the diversity of the area and bring people from diverse backgrounds together.
4. Activities enabling groups to be more representative; supporting residents to work to improve their community.

St.Peter’s and North Laine
1. Support local projects that improve the quality of life for local people
2. Make improvements to the environment and public safety
3. Promote good communications and information sharing across the ward.
4. Promote inclusiveness of communities of interest and those experiencing deprivation.

Applications from all third sector organisations are welcomed and unconstituted groups without bank accounts can apply if they are supported by a constituted organisation from the voluntary and community sector (SES can provide this service)

Cut off date is 12th March for East Brighton and 23rd March for the other two Wards.

Details from

Andy Silsby
Community Development Consultant
Serendipity Enterprising Solutions CIC

Quality of Outdoor Environment

(From an email recieved from Osten Axelson)

School of Architecture, University of Sheffield, in partnership with the Brighton & Hove City Council and the Noise Abatement Society, is investigating the quality of the outdoor environment in Brighton & Hove. In order to do this we seek partners among community groups in Brighton & Hove who may promote this research project among its members and local residents.I hope that your LAT would like to support this effort in promotion of high quality outdoor environments, health, well-being and quality of life. I believe that this is well in line with the objective of the LATs.The study in Brighton & Hove is conducted through an on-line questionnaire, which people may fill in when they find time to do so. We need help to disseminate information about the project and the web link to the questionnaire to reach an as wide and representative group of the local population as possible. In Brighton & Hove we aim for 2.600 responses citywide, which is 1% of the total population.

Would your LAT be willing to help us in this regard? If so, we need to discuss and agree what information and how it should be circulated.

You find more information about the project on its website:

Kind regards,
Östen Axelsson
Principal Investigator

Östen Axelsson, PhD
Newton International Fellow
School of Architecture
University of Sheffield
Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TN
United Kingdom