London Road Lat October 1st 2013 meeting: agenda

London Road Area Local Action Team Agenda
Tuesday 1 October  / 18:15 for 18:30 at Calvary Church, Viaduct Road

To view minutes of the last meeting, click HERE

1. Welcome, apologies & introductions – we hope to welcome licence holders from off-licence premises, and Joe from the Gang of Six collective.

2. Minutes of previous meeting

3. Policing matters

Police Statistics for August 2013:

Anti-Social Behaviour  (drinkers, street noise)   43
Burglary    10 (6 are businesses)
Criminal damage   4
Medical (drugs/drinking)   7
Road Traffic Collision  6
Suspicious   23
Theft  (of which 20 were shopliftings)    48
Violence (assault, fighting, robbery, domestics)   19
Police Activity (warrants/arrests etc)   8

Review of our three possible policing priorities for this month. Last month’s were:

Street drinking/anti-social behaviour/drug use in York Place
Shop-lifting
Prevention of intimidating behaviour on London Road and interaction with children

4. Portas Pilot – update from Joe Nichols

5. Initiative to remove high strength alcohol – a number of partners have been involved in this initiative. Update.  N.B. the LAT has received information from the police licensing unit that B&W Stores have lodged an appeal against licence revocation.

6. City College planning application – presentation and Q & A

7. Elder Place – update on plan to deal with graffiti

8. Matters arising, ongoing and updates.

a) Co-op redevelopment

b) London Road Traders Association

c) The Level

d) Oxford Street

e) Open Market

7. AOB. Any other items, please notify Chair at philipwells@btinternet.com before the meeting.

Dates of next meetings: 29 October (no meeting in November) 3 December

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Level Restoration – Friday 27th September non-grand openings

Here is an update from Clare Morgan:

Dear all

I would like to draw your attention to the fact that most of the remaining parts of The Level are due to re-open this coming Friday 27 September.

I have updated the webpage, so it now has all the very latest developments explained in full. www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/thelevel

If you have any queries about this, please let me or my colleagues know on parksprojects@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

Best wishes

 Claire Morgan

Grand Opening of Level – postponed till early summer 2014

From Claire Morgan :

I’m writing to let you know that the Official Opening Celebration event for The Level planned for Saturday 28 September is being rescheduled. 

The exact date will be agreed with the CoTLF Events Committee shortly, but it is likely to be early next summer. We will report back to the next full CoTLF meeting, which is Tuesday 1 October, and for which you should already have received information. We hope to see you there.

The reason for rescheduling the official opening is that there have been delays with the construction of the new café building which means that the café, public toilets and Rose Walk western entrance will not be completed by the end of the month.

The CoTLF, plus Council officers, various partners and volunteers from many directions have put in a lot of effort so far into planning this event, and although all the work done so far will not be lost and there are no abortive costs, it is disappointing.

However, we do plan to still launch the People’s History of The Level exhibition in the autumn and this will be celebrated by a small invitation- only event for all the people who took part in this project before it’s opened to the general public.

There are many other things coming up as well to celebrate, namely:

·        The new Artwork chessboards arrive this week;

·        First ever HealthWalk from the Level on 3 October (mentioned at the last CoTLF meeting – see www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/healthwalks)

·        The Opening up of all the North Lawns and the first showing of the new Community Artwork at its crossroads by the start of October;

·        The opening of the new public toilets and ‘Changing Places’ facility;

·        The opening of the new Level Velo Café;

·        Christmas Tree lighting and carols (likely to be end November – we’ll give more information shortly); and

·        Community Room open days and taster sessions.

We will keep you informed.

I realise that this news is disappointing but hope that you understand the reason for putting off the Official Opening until we can really celebrate all the wonderful new features of the park on what we hope will be a lovely summer’s day.

Best wishes,

Claire Morgan

Licensing Panel hearing – 20th August 2013

The LAT called for a review of the licensing of B&W stores – York Place, having heard heart-felt cries from local traders, residents, etc. that something was going badly wrong with the arrangements.

During the run-up to the review the Licence Holder offered voluntarily to remove all high strength alcohol from the shelves, and additionally, to have this written into his licence via a “variation”. The was a welcome and co-operative move, and both the Licence Holder and the Licensing Panel were told this.

The review was held 20th August – starting at 10.00 and with a result being announced five and a half hours later.

The LAT was not calling for the licence to be revoked, but leaving the final decision to the panel. Our request was that high strength alcohol never ever find its way into the hands of street drinkers via B&W. The panel decided, having looked at the evidence and the history that only way to achieve this result was for the licence be revoked.

This does not come into play straight away, there is now a period for appeal.

The full minutes etc are on the Council webpages.

http://present.brighton-hove.gov.uk/ieListDocuments.aspx?CId=160&MId=4884&Ver=4

P.W. 3/9/13

London Road LAT September 2013 Meeting

The next meeting of the London Road Local Action team will be on Tuesday September 3rd – 6.30 at the Calvary Church. Minutes from the last (July) meeting area available HERE. In August a ‘mini-LAT’ took place just looking at issues on Oxford Street and the notes from this meeting are available HERE

London Road Area Local Action Team Agenda

Tuesday 3 September / 18:15 for 18:30 at Calvary Church, Viaduct Road

1. Welcome, apologies & introductions

 Joe Nichols – Portas Project Manager

2. Minutes of previous meeting

3. Policing matters

Police Statistics for July 2013:

London Road/York Place

  • Anti-Social Behaviour  (drinkers, street noise)   42
  • Burglary    2
  • Criminal damage   2
  • Medical (drugs/drinking)   7
  • Road Traffic Collision  7
  • Suspicious   15
  • Theft  (of which 10 were shopliftings)  28 
  • Violence (assault, fighting, robbery, domestics)   11
  • Police Activity (warrants/arrests etc)   9

Review of our three possible policing priorities for this month. Last month’s were:

  • Street drinking/anti-social behaviour/drug use in York Place
  • Shop-lifting
  •  Prevention of intimidating behaviour on London Road and interaction with children

4. Portas Pilot – update from Joe – Please come along with ideas to contribute to the branding of London Road.

5. Matters arising, ongoing and updates.

a) Licensing and B&W Stores, York Place

b) Co-op redevelopment

c) The Level

d) Elder Place

e) Oxford Street – brief report of meeting 20/08/13

f) Open Market – date of opening, question of opening hours for traders

6. City College planning application – at time of writing City College representation uncertain

7. AOB. Any other items, please notify Chair at philipwells@btinternet.com before the meeting.

Dates of next meetings: 1 October, possibly 29 October.