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

information about changes to Autumn bus times #Brighton

Transport Planning
Hove Town Hall
Norton Road
Telephone: 01273 290000

Dear Sir or Madam


Please find attached details of changes to local bus services that are planned for September 2017. The changes mainly affect commercial bus routes operated by Brighton & Hove Buses and Compass Travel.
Many council-funded bus services are, at the time of writing, subject to tendering: as such there may be changes to these services at a later date. We will update you as soon as any further information is available.
We would welcome any comments you would like to make on the planned bus service changes, or any other public transport issues. Your comments will be taken into consideration when reviewing the bus services which the council funds, and will also be passed on to the relevant company if they are about commercial services.
Timetables for all services from 17 September will be published in the Autumn 2017 edition of Bus Times, which will be widely available from early September. Full timetables can also be found at http://www.traveline.info/se or on bus operators’ websites.
If you would like to receive this information by email instead of letter in future, please would you email transport.projects@brighton-hove.gov.uk with your full name, the first line from your postal address and your preferred email address.
If you have any questions, or need further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Best wishes
The Transport Projects Team


If you click on the links below you will be able to see the details referred to:

Changes to Bus Services – Autumn 2017

2017.09.01 – Consultation Letter

LAT Chairs’ Forum #Brighton – 13th July 2017

15 or so LAT Chairs gathered at Hove Town Hall from all over Brighton and Hove to share concerns and  successes, and hear about items of common interest. Police, Council Officers and Councillors were in attendance.

Items of concern included – speeding traffic, drug dealing and alcohol-related disorder.

We heard about “Operation Rattle” – aimed at stopping the abuse of young people who are drawn into drug dealing for the financial benefit of older people who exploit them.

We also heard about City-wide Connect – aimed at helping lonely people have a better quality of life.

Official minutes will be issued in due course.



HMO consultation #Brighton – please respond by 10th September!


From Martin Reid, Head of Housing Strategy, Property & Investment

Improving housing quality in privately rented homes

The city has a growing private rented sector providing an important source of accommodation in the city. It can provide people with flexible, accessible and good quality homes. However, management and maintenance of the city’s private rented homes is inconsistent.

Consultation on the two schemes is taking place over the summer and closes at midnight on Sunday 10 September 2017. During that time we would like to give the opportunity for as many groups and individuals as possible to share their views.


The two proposed schemes are:
  • Additional Licensing Scheme: This would cover smaller Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMOs) – that is properties of two or more storeys occupied by three or more people who are not from the same family and who share a kitchen, bathroom or toilet. The proposed area covers the whole city.
  • Selective Licensing Scheme: This would cover non-HMO private rented sector homes in 12 wards of the city where evidence demonstrates a clear link between poor property conditions, anti-social behaviour and private rented properties.

The wards covered in this proposal are:

  • Brunswick & Adelaide
  • Central Hove
  • East Brighton
  • Hanover & Elm Grove
  • Hollingdean & Stanmer
  • Moulsecoomb & Bevendean
  • Preston Park
  • Queens Park
  • Regency
  • South Portslade
  • St Peter’s & North Laine
  • Westbourne

For more information please go to www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/prs-licensing-consultation where you will be able to find out more and complete the online consultation questionnaire.  Alternatively if you have any queries please email PrsLicensingConsultation@brighton-hove.govuk or call (01273) 293164.