Police statistics for London Road 2014

Assuming that I copied the numbers correctly the police stats are to be found here

Also – having been asked by reporter Neil Vowles of the Argus – here are the stats for the previous year 2013 – same proviso plus also the October figures are an average as I couldn’t locate the reported figures.

Please note also: crime in London Road is generally said to have been under-reported, so an increase in reporting might not mean more crime, but rather more people feeling positive and willing to call things in.

PLEASE do call 101 to report any incident – more reporting makes for a stronger argument to request more resources.

Viaduct Road – traffic possibilities January 2015?

We’re trying very hard to improve the look and feel of Viaduct Road.

It’s a gateway into the city from London for every road vehicle – and it’s underperforming.

Although some residents might feel little affinity to the place they live in other residents want to take a pride in their environment – Viaduct Road could be so much nicer.

There are a number of threads to the problem and one of them is traffic. The speed and noise of traffic simply reinforces the idea that “this is not a residential street to be proud of, and nobody cares.” It would be great to change that perception.

Martin Heath is Road Safety Team Manager at Brighton and Hove City Council. On Tuesday January 13th 2015 he gave a presentation of the possiblities of interventions on Viaduct Road that might help with this transformation.

We know full well that this is an arterial route for the whole of Brighton, and it would not be fair on everyone else to restrict the overall traffic flow into the heart of the city – but there might be ways of persuading drivers to treat the street with respect as a residential street. There could be many positive spin-offs from this.

Here is the presentation that Martin gave. We’ll discuss this in full at the meeting on February 3rd 2015.

Facts: you may be interested to know that Viaduct Road carries 11,200 vehicles per day and 30% of vehicles exceed the 20mph limit but keep below 30mph, and 50% of the vehicles exceed the 30mph limit during their travel (see presentation for further details)

Licensing conditions (“matrix”) for new applications London Road

New pubs and clubs

People have enquired about the terms and conditions for new Licences to be granted on London Road. Below is the “matrix” that the Licensing Authority will use to judge any application.  In the past the pattern of alcohol consumption on London Road has been a very sensitive and problematic issue!

Please note – special terms and conditions *do* apply to London Road area – it is treated in the same way as a “special stress area”

N.B. I enquired what is the definition of a “super-pub” and was told that there is no definition and therefore those particular conditions have no relevance.

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2.7 The Licensing Authority will support:

2.7.1 Diversity of premises: ensures that there is a mix of the different types of licensed premises and attracts a more diverse range of customers from different age groups, different communities and with different attitudes to alcohol consumption. It gives potential for positively changing the ambience of the city or an area of it. This will have a positive effect in reducing people’s fear of crime and in increasing the number of evening visitors to the city centre. The Community Safety Strategy recognises that too many single uses in a confined area and patrons turning out onto the streets at the same time may create opportunities for violent crime and public disorder and therefore supports: mixed use venues encouraging a wider age balance. A “matrix” approach to licensing decisions has been adopted and is set out below.

Cumulative impact area

Special stress area & London Road

Mixed

Residential ——— Marina

Restaurant

Yes

(midnight)

Yes (2am)

Yes

Yes (11.30pm)

Yes

Late Night Takeaways

No

Yes

(midnight)

Yes

(midnight)

Yes

(midnight)

Yes

Night Club

No

No

Yes (3am)

No

Yes

Pub

Yes (11pm)

Yes (11pm)

Yes (3am)

Yes (11pm, midnight Friday and Saturday)

Yes

HVVD (Super pub)

No

No

No

No

Yes

Non-alcohol lead (e.g. Theatre)

Yes

(favourable)

Yes

(favourable)

Yes

(favourable)

Yes

Yes

Off-licence

No

No

No

Yes (8pm)

Local shops only

Members Club

Yes (<100)

Yes (<100)

Yes

Yes (11pm and midnight Friday and Saturday)

Yes