AGM (postponed)

Ditchling Rise Area Residents Association AGM – date to be announced. Refreshments will be provided. All residents welcome!

PROPOSED PARKING SCHEME – Consultation closed – we await the outcome!

The proposal is to split Zone J into two, north and south of the railway line. Information and the online survey to capture the views of local residents can be found here:

Area J Review – Brighton & Hove City Council – Citizen Space (

The consultation closes on Monday 6 September. The DRARA committee support the proposal as we think that splitting the current Area J into two zones will limit the number of cars in our congested area south of the railway. Whatever your views, please use the link above to complete the survey.

The council have said that letters have been sent to all addresses within the Zone J area about the consultation.


Bonfire Night Approaches

A Drara committee member prepares for bonfire night in the 1950s
A Drara committee member prepares for bonfire night in the 1950s

With bonfire night approaching a reminder that it can get very busy at London Road Station on the evening of November 5th as the Lewes Bonfire attracts hoardes of spectators – a queuing system is normally in place. There are also plenty of organised fireworks around Brighton, at Emmaus and the County Cricket Ground to name two.

For anyone new to the area, Bonfire has a long tradition in Sussex, with towns and villages across the county holding processions, fires and firework displays throughout the autumn – each with their own traditions. While linked to Guy Fawkes, plot to blow up parliament in 1605 traditions of bonfire go back further – probably linked to celebrations to fend off winter darkness in earlier times.

At this time of year fireworks are available and frequently heard. Remember if you are planning your own bonfire night celebration use common sense:

  • Be considerate of neighbours, especially if they have small children, pets or are elderly
  • Be safe – follow instructions
  • Remember its illegal to let fireworks off after 11pm except on Bonfire Night, Nov 5th when its midnight, and Diwali – this year Nov 11th until 1 am.

Full bonfire and firework advice from Brighton and Hove CC here.

However, if you plan to go to Lewes give yourself plenty of time – trains will be very busy. Or, avoid the queues by joining the bike train that leaves the Level at 6 pm and cycle there and back.

Happy Bonfire, have a fun and stay safe!

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.

Summer security – Sussex Police reminder

IMAG1566_BURST002_COVERYou 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.