Agenda for meeting 5th May 18.15 for 18.30 Calvary Church, Viaduct Road

Outline agenda

1. Welcome, apologies and introductions

– farewell and thanks to Councillor Ian Davey who will not be standing as Ward Councillor on May 7th

2. Minutes of last meeting 14th April 2015

2b dates of next meetings: 2nd June, 7th July

3. Policing and Licensing

Policing Priorities -currently

(i) prevention of shoplifting on London Road

(ii) surveillance for adn prevention of any resugence of drug-dealing, street drinking, anti-social behaviour on Level

(iii) prevention of intimidating behaviour on London Road

Francis street – update

– Wetherspoons – update

4. Viaduct Road

– update

– the HMO licensing team have been invited to send a rep

5. Updates

a. Baker Street pedestrian crossing timings

b. proliferation of A-frames

c. Valley Gardens – updated visuals are available on Council’s website

d. London Road improvements

e. Ditchling Rise Residents + Greenway gardening

f. Visit-London-Road website and town team

g. London Road Business Association

h. Providence Place Gardens update (see LAT website)

i. Any other business – please notify the Chair before the meeting

Close of meeting



Providence Place Gardens update 21/4/15

The Providence Place gardens project is behind schedule, and overrunning on cost,, but the good news is that it is planned for completion before the height of summer.


Completion of the works is taking longer than originally estimated.

Unfortunately delays from ongoing road works on the seafront, Edward Street and the Vogue Gyratory caused by a variety of factors has meant that the contractor has been severely stretched and unable to dedicate the resources to completing the Ann Street/Providence Place project within the originally scheduled timeframe.

The works should now be completed around June or, by the very latest, July. A revised programme of works (PDF 192KB) is available and more details are provided in the Project newsletter from April 2015 (PDF 390KB).

Rising costs has also meant that the works on the upper part of Ann Street will not be completed under the current funding scheme.

LAT mandated to object to Wetherspoons change of use planning application

At the meeting on Tuesday 14th April 2015 after careful debate it was unanimously agreed to object to the planning application for change of use BH2015/00676 on behalf of J.D.Wetherspoon.

They are applying for change of use to one of the large units of the former Coop. They want “Change of use of unit from retail (A1) to public house (A4).” – see Planning Website

The regeneration of London Road has proceeded on the basis of a healthy mix of economic activities including retail, food, arts, alcohol with food and so on. This has been enshrined in the London Road masterplan. When the – also controversial – planning application for the Co-op was finally agreed it specified “retail A1” for this particular space.

The views that were expressed at the meeting and subsequently indicate that people do not want to see London Road tipped towards an alcohol-led economy, where retail is pushed out – like West Street.

The size of the proposed Pub is 659 square metres. – which is probably twice the impact of , say, the Joker. This will not just “tip” the balance, but weight it heavily in the direction that people do not want it to go.

As recorded elsewhere Wetherspoons have been twice invited to participate in these discussions,  originally on 9th January, but are apparently unable at this point even to confirm that a representative will be available for our next meeting on 5th May. The formal 21 day period for comments on the application will have elapsed  by that time.

Despite earlier verbal assurances from Wetherspoons,  It feels as though the community has not been kept informed by them, not listened to, and  – to be honest – not  treated with respect.

Alcohol has been a matter of great sensitivity and concern in the regeneration of London Road e.g.. the old [mis]perception that it is “full of street drinkers and drunks”.  Having made such progress, no one wants to go down that road again.

Philip Wells – LAT Chair.

Wetherspoons Planning Application BH2015/00676 – comments are open – please make use of the democratic right to object/support/comment

The planning application for Wetherspoons in London Road is live on the Council Website – Application number: BH2015/00676

The application is requesting change of use from retail (A1) to Public House (A4) occupying 659 square metres (see application form).

The comments box is clearly shown on the application with the option to (a) Object (b) Support (c) Comment

This application is causing considerable concern – please make your views known VIA THE COUNCIL’S WEBSITE

Agenda for 14th April 2015 18.15 for 18.30

The agenda is as below subject to minor changes and additional info being added on Monday evening – apologies again for late posting.

1. Welcome, apologies and introductions

(We are hoping that local political candidates would take the opportunity to introduce themselves and take an interest in hearing about the concerns of the community)

2. Minutes of 3rd March

2b. dates of next meetings

5th May, 2nd June, 7th July 2015

3. Special Guest – Police and Crime Commissioner Katy Bourne

4. Policing and Licensing

– report back from Community Safety Summit (12th March)

– review of policing priorities

Francis Street – residents of the barrows reported last time that the area and particularly the provision of benches is becoming a centre of ASB featuring “street drinkers”. Report and Update.


– Licensing – applications (please note the licensing matrix which is posted)

3a York Place – License number: 1445/3/2015/01293/LAPREN

The closing date may well have passed: the application states: “cafe/bar located on the high street of brighton sofa and low table layout in main area, tables and chairs outside in fron of the building, in the yard, at the rear and on roof of extension.”

Sale by Retail of Alcohol
Alcohol consumed: On Premises: YES
Off Premises: YES
  • 11:00:00 – 23:00:00   Every Day

Providence Place Hotel/Beatnik Warehouse – has re-submitted a planning application with slightly altered roof profile, and the east facing external terrace removed.

Wetherspoons: there is a planning  application in the public domain from Wetherspoons, for London Road.

Wetherspoons managers have again been contacted re any possible licensing application, and invited to come and speak at the LAT. They reply that the person dealing with this is on holiday till 20th April.

5. Viaduct Road

– the measures that we have asked for (e.g. enforcement of upkeep etc) are still in the pipeline. The traffic-calming measures are awaiting further progress regarding traffic consultants reports – this we expect to deal with on May 5th.

– shall we invite the HMO licensing team on 5th May?



6. Updates and and news (if any)

Newly raised issues:

– timing of pedestrian crossing London Road/Baker street (email sent)

– proliferation of A-frames/noticeboards

a. Valley Gardens

b. London Road improvements – it would be nice to know more about the Duke of York’s works

c. Ditchling Rise residents association +  Green way gardening

d. London Road Business Association

e. Portas Town Team developments  – the current move is for the Town Team to delegate delivery of services to London Road Area Traders Association (to be renamed London Road Area Business Association)

f. Environmental Improvements

g. the Level

h. Providence Place Gardens – update if any

i. report back from presentation at Southdown Rise Residents Assocation (12th March) – they said what we had been doing was “inspiring”

6. Any other business – please notify the chair before the beginning of the meeting!

Community Hustings 20th April for Parliamentary Elections at Calvary Church

LAT members will be interested in the event below – it is intended to be a repeat of the very successful event held during the previous general election.

Calvary Church is hosting a community hustings in the form of “Question Time” on the evening of Monday 20th April 2015.

Doors open 19.15, deadline to submit questions 19.30, event starts 20.00.

Questions can be submitted for selection by emailing, or in writing by 19.30 on the night itself.

The candidates  who have agreed to be present are (in order of surname):

Chris Bowers (Lib-Dem), Nigel Carter (UKIP,. Caroline Lucas (Green), Clarence Mitchell (Cons), Purna Sen (Labour)

Any further details will be posted as they become available.