London Road LAT – 8th March 18.15 for 18.30

London Road LAT is meeting on Tuesday 8th March at the shiny new Barclays Eagle Labs.
At the meeting council officers will be reporting back on enforcement efforts in Viaduct Road, along with updates on issues around community safety and planning. Agenda and previous minutes are on the LAT website.

Burglary, Bike theft and vehicle damage

At our business meetings its always interesting to hear the report from our ever helpful PCSO Bonnie on matters arising in the area. At our recent January meet she reported a spate of attempted break ins – mostly basements, and bike thefts towards the end of last year. There has also been some damage to vehicles.

See the eWATCH –VIADUCT EWATCH DEC – newsletter which covers our area and Roundhill for useful information on ensuring your home and possessions are secure.

Rose Hill Tavern to be Reinvented

Rose Hill Tavern currently closedWhile not quite in our neighbourhood, for many years the Rosehill Tavern was a popular pub used by many of the community. Over recent years the revamping of our more local locals and ongoing reinvention of London Road left the Rosehill, which is tucked away from frequent footfall, a bit behind. However it was always a boozer of character – so much so that the campaign to save it ensured it was designated as an Asset of Community Value. A crowdfunder by local campaigners just fell short of its target to buy the pub. However, now it looks like that value has been realised as it has been saved from conversion into flats.

Today’s local press report it has finally found buyers – who want to run it as a community arts centre. Given its location tucked into a residential area, there may be concerns about noise from activity – but its been a pub for many years – and was on the itinerary of the morris dancers – so hopefully the licensing process will manage any concerns. We look forward to seeing a newly revived Rose Hill soon.

January 12th meeting

The first Drara meeting of the year is on January the 12th. Start off 2016 by viaduct, train and trafficmeeting neighbours to find out what’s going on in the neighbourhood. This includes an update on recent transport survey looking at traffic flows in the area, community safety and any planning issues. Come along if there is anything you want to share – and get in touch with agenda items. Its also a chance to meet your councillors who often attend. Look forward to seeing you there.

7.30, 147 Ditchling Rise (lower door) – all neighbours welcome

Celebrate London Road – Nov 24th

mixed use pavement at Preston Circus

The London Road Area Action Team are inviting everyone to celebrate London Road on Tuesday 24th November. Over the past few years the area has seen many changes – transforming from a drab stretch of empty shops to a busier high street packed with new cafes, restaurants and more second hand shopping as showcase charity shops move in. Who would have thought al fresco coffee would would become normal here? Tuesday evening is an opportunity to find out more about development of the adjoining New England Quarter from Ross Gilbert of QED, hear about what is being done to improve community safety and much more. 6.30 pm at Calvary Church – see the LAT website for full details.