Drara meeting – 10th November 7.30 pm

autumn tree stanley roadThe next business meeting will take place on Tuesday, Nov 10th, 2015, at 147 Ditchling Rise, Brighton at 7.3o pm.

On the agenda are updates on traffic management; mixed use area outside the Duke of Yorks; leaflet for welcoming students to the area; community safety. If there is anything else you wish to chat about come along to our friendly and informal meeting. It’s an opportunity to meet neighbours and find out what’s going on. DRARA Agenda 10-11-2015

Road resurfacing Ditchling Rise

Following enquiries about ongoing resurfacing work at the junction of Ditchling Rise Temporary road surface on Ditchling Riseand Shaftesbury Place Principal Transport Planner at BHCC Abby Hone has provided Drara an update:

The surface treatment at Ditchling Rise/Shaftesbury Place has been undertaken with the aim of increasing awareness of the junction area, increasing legibility and potentially reducing traffic speed.  The works were delayed from last year to co-ordinate the surface treatment with scheduled maintenance works at this section of Ditchling Rise.  The surface dressing being used was chosen for its durability – the same product has been used at Church Street/Jubilee Street/New Road junction where HGVs turn in daily to deliver to Tesco Express – as drays service The Signalman regularly and anecdotally this section of road sees  high usage for a residential street.

In the first application of the surfacing, the resin failed due to the length of time the new surface underneath had been in place and the contractor was instructed to remedy the matter.  The surface was planed out and the contractors planed too deep, leaving ruts in the surface.  When the dressing was applied this failed again.  The area was inspected by the Senior Engineer involved, to see if a full resurface would address the issues. The engineer advised this is not necessary and and is inspecting the surface preparation before a different type of surface dressing is applied.  According to the supplier of the original surface dressing used, while it is the most hard-wearing, the product was unable to set properly due to the topography of the site.

We are assured that all remedial works are at the cost of the contractor.  Abby is very keen to ensure that any work is installed to a high standard from the off-set, particularly taking into account that funds used are applied for and often hard won – these works need to last with minimal future maintenance cost.

The resurfacing works are part of a programme of measures agreed with representatives of Drara.  (Other items included the cycle wheeling ramps over the footbridge, tidying up street tree pits and pedestrian wayfinding minilith.) All measures were funded by the LSTF 2011-14 project

London Road LAT AGM – Tuesday 6th October

The next London Road Local Area Team (LAT) meeting is at 6.15 for 6.30 at Calvary Church hall on Viaduct Road. The LAT brings together traders and residents, ward Councillors, the neighbourhood policing team, council officers, and representatives of local residents’ and traders’ groups to discuss issues in the area.

Full information is on the LAT website.

Preston Circus pavement space

mixed use pavement at Preston Circus
Mixed use at Preston Circus

At our September meeting some residents raised concern at the amount of space left for pedestrians and cyclists around the seating area now outside the Duke of Yorks cinema. DRARA has been asked to look into this as some consider easy movement of pedestrians, cycles and pushchairs is now restricted. The cinema has posted a council license in the notice board on the front of their building (to the left of main entrance), giving the dimensions the council have allowed them for their seating area. Posted on September 15th 2016, people have 28 days from that date to register any objections with the council about the new arrangement.  A sculptural planter is also being planned to go into the space in front of the Duke of Yorks, so this needs to be considered. At this point we don’t know if the council took the planter inoto consideration when granting the license for the tables and chairs is not known. Anyone who wants to comment should see the planning notice outside the cinema.

Next Drara meeting Tuesday 15th September

conkersIt’s  time again already for the next Drara meeting. As the nights draw in come and cosy up to neighbours and find out what’s happening in the neighbourhood. On the agenda cycle storage at London Road Station, Shaftsbury Place, welcoming students to the neighbourhood … and more. Come along for our friendly and informal meeting – our local councillors often attend so its a good chance to meet them and get your views heard.

 TUESDAY 15th September 7.30 147 Ditchling Rise.
All neighbours welcome
Agenda for this meeting here Agenda 15-9-2015 and minutes from our July AGM DRARA AGM minutes 3.7.15

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday.

September 15th Drara meeting

2014-04-25 AGM2It might be a long way off but once the holiday season is over don’t despair – it’ll be time for the next Drara meeting. Following our enjoyable AGM in the station, we’re back up the road in Ditchling Rise. All neighbours are welcome for a catch up on current goings on around the hood. If you are riled by rubbish, pleased about parking or want to meet neighbours, our local councillors and air any issues – good or bad – come along.

Tuesday 15th September, 7.30 pm, 147 Ditchling Rise – add the date to your diary, electronic calendar or comit to memory. We look forward to seeing you then. In the meantime, enjoy August.

Beware Bogus Builders – call for information

2014-04-02 14.15.16We’ve been informed by our Community Support Officer Bonnie to beware of bogus builders in the neighbourhood. This follows an incident in Yardley Street in May that has only recently been reported to the police. On Monday 18th May 2015 three men attended a home in Yardley Street claiming to be builders. They offered to complete building work there for a large sum of money, which the residents paid. However the work was not completed and they have not seen the men since.  On 16th July house to house leaflets were delivered to Yardley Street, Gerard Street, Winchester Street, lower part of Clyde Road and Ditchling Rise together with half of Shaftesbury Road to ascertain if further residents have also been a victim. If you are aware of anyone having a similar experience or have any information, please can you contact 101 quoting Serial No. 0518 of 19/05/2015.

Rose Hill Tavern – who wants to own a pub?

Entertainment and dancing in the Rose Hill Tavern
Once a thriving community hub – Rose Hill Tavern

Save the Rose Hill Tavern – a group of volunteers who care about saving this pub that dates back to 1870 – are seeking support.  They want to hear from anyone who is interested in helping the campaign to create a community pub. The campaign has already won recognition of the Rose Hill Tavern as a ‘Community Asset’ but to truly protect it support and funds are needed.  The campaign has the support of our MP Caroline Lucas.

The group are launching a crowdfunder in August – where you can pledge to purchase shares – a great opportunity for wanna be landlords or anyone who wants to invest in a community asset. Any one with fond memories of the Rose Hill’s halcyon days, missing the annual St George’s Day Morris dancing or who just likes the idea of being part owner of a pub, a community asset and local venue for local people is asked to contact the campaign. 

You can soon pledge to purchase shares in The Rose Hill Tavern Community Pub, or offer some time or skills to help the campaign. Find the  Rose Hill Tavern campaign here.

London Road Area Action Team promise action packed meeting

The next London Road Area Action Team meeting is on Tuesday 7th July, 18.15 for 18.30 at Calvary Church, Viaduct Road – and we are promised – “it will be action-packed – as it always is!”
The meeting will welcome:
  • Wendy Taylor, deputy director of Cranstoun, the new Drug and Alcohol agency for Brighton and Hove
  • a presentation about the significant new College facilities for international pupils at Bellarby’s a.k.a. Study Group (near Jury’s Inn)
  • Council officers and consultants discussing options for making Viaduct Road traffic calming improvements more permanent.

See the London Road LAT website for more information.