Agenda: Tuesday 1st April / 18:15 for 18:30 at Calvary Church, Viaduct Road

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

1. Welcome, apologies and introductions
– we hope to welcome a representative from “Hempworks” London Road.

2. Minutes from previous meeting (March 4th 2014 – please see website)

3. Policing matters and Licensing (if any)

Review of our three possible policing priorities for this month. Last month’s were:
(Also note 8c – the Level)

  • Graffiti and fly-tipping (plus possible drug dealing) in Stanley Road
  • Shop-lifting in London Road
  • Prevention of intimidating behaviour on London Road

4. Major Item – presentation on the time-scale and plans for re-development of City College

5. Portas Pilot project – Website up and running New business have launched since last meeting.

6. Elder Place project – update

7. London Road public realm improvement project (indicative figure £600K has been cut to £50k) – to note: subject to the agreement of the meeting a presentation (including Valley Gardens update) has been penciled in for 6th May meeting

8. Matters arising, ongoing and updates:

a) Co-op redevelopment

b) Viaduct Road – pavement cycling, wheely bins, general appearance. To tackle this would need considerable effort and energy e.g. to invite one of the major Letting Agencies– shall we make it an agenda item for June? July?

c) Level – cannabis smoking by Mums in the children’s area has been reported.

[additional request from Michael Bairstow:

On Thursday 3rd April, as you may know,  at the Salvation Army Princes Crescent the first AGM of the new Level Community Forum will take place at 1800. This meeting will in effect inaugurate this new fund raising body.
It is vital that there is a fair representation of local people there so I am trying t spread the word. As its a public meeting all are welcome. I would be grateful if you could bring this to the attention of LAT members on the Tuesday.]

d) London Road Traders Association
e) Open Market -progress, opening date?

To note:
f) pedestrian crossing timings London Road: – no further feedback

g) consultation items are appended

7. AOB. Any other items, please notify Chair at before the meeting.

Dates of next meeting: May 6th 2014, (April 24th 10.00 am mini-meeting for Stanley Road)





a. consultation on not allowing commercial buildings to be used as residential property

Dear Sir / Madam,
Notification of Further Consultation – Article 4 Direction – Offices to Residential 
I would like to draw to your attention to the attached formal notice which relates to the council’s proposed amendment to the Article 4 Direction – offices to residential.
On 25 July 2013, the council published a proposed Article 4 Direction to remove permitted development rights to change from B1a office space to C3 residential use in certain parts of the city. Following public consultation which took place between 25 July 2013 and 17 October 2013 the council is proposing to reduce the extent of the Central Brighton, New England Quarter and London Road area boundary before it comes into effect.
Changes to the Article 4 Direction resulting from consultation responses require re-consultation. A copy of the 2013 Direction and the proposed boundary amendment can be found on this webpage.
Representations concerning the proposed amendment to the Direction can be made between 27 March 2014 and 8 May 2014.  These representations will be considered by the City Council in deciding whether to confirm the direction. 
If you wish to make a representation, you can write to: Planning Strategy and Projects, Brighton and Hove City Council, Room 407-410, Hove Town Hall, Norton Road, Hove BN3 3BQ.  Alternatively, you can email: or submit a comment using the consultation portal:
If you have any questions, or would like further information about any of the issues raised in this letter, please do not hesitate to contact the Planning Strategy and Projects team on 292293.
Yours faithfully,


Footnote b:

consultation on Stanmer Park:

Dear members of the Level Communities Forum

 Yesterday, we started the consultation on the draft Master Plan for the Stanmer Estate. The consultation runs until 2 May.

 We want to encourage as many people as possible to give us their views.

 All the information, including a link to the portal consultation, is online at – please take a few minutes to let us have your feedback.

 We would be most grateful if you would alert your own information networks about the start of the consultation, and encourage them too to let us have their comments.

 Information has been sent out to key public points and contacts throughout the city, but there are also four staffed exhibitions (linked at the webpage above) you and/or your colleagues and contacts can come along to.

 Thanks in advance.


Best wishes


Footnote c: comparison of Police Stats

Police Statistics for November 2013:
London Road/York Place
Anti-Social Behaviour (drinkers, street noise) 21
Burglary 2
Criminal damage 1
Medical (drugs/drinking) 6
Road Traffic Collision 8
Suspicious 21
Theft 19
Theft – just shoplifting 12
Violence (assault, fighting, robbery, domestics) 11
Police Activity (warrants/arrests etc) 9


Police Statistics for December 2013:
London Road/York Place

Anti-Social Behaviour (drinkers, street noise) 24
Burglary 9
Criminal damage 8
Medical (drugs/drinking) 1
Road Traffic Collision 5
Suspicious 27
Theft 22
Theft – just shoplifting 26
Violence (assault, fighting, robbery, domestics) 21
Police Activity (warrants/arrests etc) 10


Police Statistics for January 2014:
London Road/York Place
Anti-Social Behaviour (drinkers, street noise) 15
Burglary 2
Criminal damage 5
Medical (drugs/drinking) 4
Road Traffic Collision 5
Suspicious 30
Theft 26
Theft – just shoplifting 32
Violence (assault, fighting, robbery, domestics) 13
Police Activity (warrants/arrests etc) 12


Police Statistics for February 2014:
London Road/York Place

Anti-Social Behaviour (drinkers, street noise) 11
Burglary 4
Criminal damage 4
Medical (drugs/drinking) 7
Road Traffic Collision 5
Suspicious 24
Theft 19
Theft – just shoplifting 26
Violence (assault, fighting, robbery, domestics) 13
Police Activity (warrants/arrests etc) 8
Link for document: 2014-04-01-LAT-agenda-001