Drara congratulate Pete West, Councillor for St Peters and North Laine area for many years, who became Mayor in a ceremony at the town hall on Thursday 12th May. A former resident of Warleigh Road and Shaftesbury Road, Pete is a familiar face at Drara and London Road LAT meetings who has worked hard to support improvements in the area – including hands on help at the Greenway and attending events in the neighbourhood. We wish him and his partner Geraldine and family a successful year – and hope he’ll still be able to fit us into his diary. His year in office has started well as Harvey’s ale was served at the mayoral reception – alongside the more traditional glass of wine.
Our next business meeting is at 7.30 pm on Tuesday 17th May. Join us to catch up on local issues and meet neighbours. Meetings are informal and friendly and reguarly attended by officials, local councillors and Bonny our PCSO. They last no longer than an hour and a bit – so come and say hello. On the agenda are street trees, bike parking and welcome leaflet for new residents with standing items including community safety and planning issues. Another diary darte is the AGM which will be on Friday July 8th.
Tuesday May 17th, 7.30 pm, 147 Ditchling Rise
Every year during Brighton Festival there’s an opportunity to see some of the creative work going on in and around the Drara neighbourhood. Artists from Newhaven to Hove open their houses during May weekends – and those in our area are part of the ‘Beyond the Level‘ group. Now in its 23nd year with 16 houses and studios open, the work of an ever-growing community of practising artists and designers living and working around the Drara neighbourhood and beyond. Follow the trail or just visit one or two to find out what your neighbours get up to – a chance to see original arts and crafts available and support the local creative sector.