future of Community Rail consultation: deadline 28th January 2018

From Seaford-Brighton like community rail partnership –

Dear Seaford-Brighton Community Rail stakeholders,

The government has published its consultation for the future of Community Rail https://www.gov.uk/government/news/community-rail-stations-of-the-future-to-be-shaped-by-new-blueprint-for-success . The deadline is 28th January 2018.

Clearly SCRP Ltd, the  line steering group partners and the partners to the Strategic Advisory Board will wish to comment on this.

If your organisation is responding to the Department for Transport, do please copy us in.

Kind regards,

Kirsten Firth

Community Rail Development Manager

Sussex Community Rail Partnership

Lewes Railway Station, Station Road, Lewes BN7 2UP

kirsten@sussexcrp.org    07891 556897  www.sussexcrp.org



Police Precept consultation – deadline 5th January 2018

This is from the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office:

Good morning,

The Commissioner has launched a county-wide consultation asking members of the public if they would be prepared to pay more for policing in Sussex to sustain our service.

The Commissioner is very keen that she can reach out to as many residents as possible across the county and the consultation will close at midnight on Friday 5th January 2018. I would be grateful if you could let your members/peers/networks know about the consultation, which is on our website, or can be requested by contacting the office on 01273 481561.


Kind regards

Natacha Skelton
Partnership Development   Officer


International Food and Wine – licensing panel revoke licence

There was a hearing on Friday 1st December 2017 when Police and Council Trading standards were pressing the Council Licensing Panel to revoke the license of International Food and Wines on Preston Road.

At the hearing the licence holders were accused of a string of failures including selling alcohol to minors, sale of alcohol without proper labels in English, and a catalogue of evasion and shortcomings in their co-operation with the licensing authorities.

The LAT was represented at the meeting to press the panel to ensure that  Licence Holders to uphold high standards in our area.

The panel decided to revoke the licence.

The premises have 21 days within which to appeal.

The decision of the panel can be found here.

Level Communities Forum – AGM coming up

From the Level Communities Forum:

Our AGM will be on 20 November 2017 at 6pm. We need to plan ahead to encourage more local people to come along and get involved. We are looking out for new people on our Committee and ideas for our next Level Best Festival. Funding is an on-going issue and we need to plan ahead to maintain our programme of activity. The AGM agenda will include guests to share thoughts and experiences.

2 Local alcohol licensing updates – London Rd #Brighton

  • International food and wines – Preston Road  is having a review of its licence. This generally indicates substantial concerns from either Police or Council.  People are free to comment on this process.

License number: 1445/3/2017/04683/LAREV


  • Marvan’s Newsagent  Beaconsfield Road (not strictly in our area) is applying for an extension of  off-licence hours from 0800-2000 to 0600-2300

    License number: 1445/3/2013/00437/LAPREN

  • At the LAT meeting 14th November it was decided not to object to Marvan’s application.

Info – London Road LAT meeting 12th September 2017 – 18:30

Dear LAT people,

Our next LAT meeting is Tuesday September 12th  18:15 for 18:30 at Calvary Church hall, Viaduct Road, Brighton. As previously advertised.

NOTE: the Town Team (Portas Scheme) has organised a meeting on the same date to be held at Cafe Plenty to promote a Business Improvement District (BID) – this is an all-day event with an evening presentation to follow. It’s a pity that the dates clash and the organisers send their apologies for this. But it is excellent to see the businesses gaining some momentum in working together.

I have to present my apologies for the LAT meeting as I will be away on holiday 11-15th September. The meeting will be in the capable hands of Vice Chair Lucy Dunleavy.

Please note we will be needing volunteers for distributing the Newsletter – even if you can’t attend PLEASE OFFER HELP IF YOU CAN e.g. 20 people doing 100 addresses each would cover it!

Outline agenda:

1. Welcome, introductions and apologies
2. Minutes of last meeting (posted) and date of next meeting – October 10th
3. Policing and Licensing – a policing update has been requested.
4. Update on Oxford Street – following on from last meeting work has been begun on addressing the multiple issues around drugs, prostitution and other gross behaviour in and around Oxford Street car park and the alley next to Bat and Ball.
5. Update on Viaduct Road communal bins – an update has been requested.
6. Newsletter – a draft newsletter will be presented and we need a cunning plan for production and distribution.
7. Other updates
– help was requested regarding planning application in Winchester Street and a response was given.
8. Any other business
The previous minutes are on the website .

For your diary:  12th September 2017, 10th  October, 14 November, 12th December, and thereafter on second Tuesday of the month unless anounced otherwise.


Hope to see you soon –

All good wishes,

Philip Wells
LAT Chair