You might be all hot and bothered but don’t let this mean you get bothered by burglars – is the summer message from Sussex police. Beware of leaving windows open in unattended areas during the hot weather – they say. See the Sussex Police crime map to find what naughtiness is going on in our neighbourhood – which according to them is ‘Viaduct’.
To reduce the risk of opportunist burglaries remember the following:
- If you leave your house empty – even when you are in the back garden (if you have one) lock all the doors and windows and make sure fanlight windows are closed. Be especially careful about those on the ground floor and above flat roof areas.
- When you leave a room unattended, close the windows and doors – especially on the ground floor (especially lower ground in case of basements round these parts).
- Keep all wallets, purses, credit cards and car keys out of sight.
- If you want to leave your windows open while you are asleep, have window restrictors fitted to stop people climbing in.
- Double check fences and boundaries to make sure they keep burglars out.
- Secure garden tools and ladders in a locked shed or garage to prevent them being used to break in to your or a neighbour’s home.
- Consider laying gravel on your footpaths or driveway (not surte there are any of these in our area, but just in case), which can deter burglars from approaching your property.
- Fit outside security lighting and a visible burglar alarm to help deter burglars.
- Burglars know the price of everything but the value of nothing. The best defence against burglary is prevention.
In an emergency, or if you see a crime in progress, always call 999
You can find the full advisory on the Sussex police website.
Once again London Road Station ticket hall and meeting room are opening their doors of an evening to welcome neighbours for our summer social and AGM. Come along for a chat with neighbours, meet recently elected local councillors and find out what Drara have achieved over the last year.
Light refreshments will be available and a chance to chat. The ‘business’ bit of the meeting will be brief – covering a report on the year in our area, approval of accounts and election of a committee and officers for the association. Don’t be shy – nominations welcome. We’ll also talk about plans and issues for the forthcoming year, so please do bring ideas, concerns, points to raise. We’ll also be welcoming some of our recently elected local Councillors and a representative from Southern Rail.
In summary its been an active year. We’ve had a lot of discussions with Brighton and Hove City Council, been involved in initiatives and consulted planning issues. Come along to find out more. If you’d like to get more involved, why not put yourself forward for the Committee? That simply means attending regular meetings and taking an active part in discussions.
The London Road Local Area Action Team meets tomorrow to discuss issues around our local high street. Its at Calvary Church on Viaduct Road, 6.15 for 6.30. The agenda includes policing and planning matters. It will also be the last meeting for area councillor Ian Davey who is not standing for re-election. Draft agenda here.
What should we do with the distinct green tiled building that is the Rose Hill Tavern is the subject of a meeting at 7.30 tonight, at Calvary Church, convened by Save the Rose Hill. It’s been designated an asset of community value, is up for sale and there is an opportunity to create a community pub in the area. Warren Carter of The Bevvy will be speaking on how their community pub came about.
Our next business meeting is on Tuesday, 21st April at 7.30 pm. Come along to meet neighbours and chat about issues in the area – including planning, community safety, refurb if the area outside the Duke of Yorks – and more.
Meeting starts at 7.30, 147 Ditchling Rise, and lasts about an hour and a half.
Draft Agenda 21-04-2015 DRARA-FEB Meeting-minutes-2015
In case anyone hasn’t noticed – there is a general election on 7th May. On Monday 20th a Community Hustings is being hosted by Calvary Church. Five parliamentary candidates – Chris Bowers – Lib Dem, Nigel Carter -UKIP, Caroline Lucas – Green, Clarence Mitchell – Conservative and Purna Sen – Labour, will be taking questions from the community – so its a great chance to find out what prospective MPs would like to do for us. You can submit your question for the candidates by email by midday 20th April or in writing by 7.30 pm on the night. Doors open 7.15 for 8 pm start.
Following a campaign to keep the 144 year old Rose Hill Tavern as a pub, planning permission to convert it into flats as been refused. Current owners have now put the pub back on the market. The pub has been listed as an asset of community value (ACV), meaning now it is up for sale, the community has six months to raise enough money to buy it and realise hopes of turning it into a community pub.
Organised by neighbours north of London Road Station, Southdown Rise Residents’ Association (SRRA), hear about the history of London Road Station (will we ever find out why it was once pink?), around which our neighbourhood grew. Former railway telecoms engineer Jim Grozier and co-ordinator of London Road Station partnership Elspeth Brody will tell the station’s story.
Following some technical difficulties beyond our control, the Drara website is back online with a newish look and a new web address (or url for you techie types). Over the coming weeks we’ll be adding posts and pages to get us back on the cyber map.