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.


Food and drink around Ditchling Rise

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Sweeting Lane serve hot drinks and snacks weekday mornings

Over the last few months London Road station has become something of a street food hub. Not only can you pick herbs courtesy of the station gardeners or grab a sneaky raspberry through the railings (in season), food and drink are now being served. No, British Rail hasn’t come back with tea and sandwiches – the street food revolution has arrived in Shaftesbury Place. Space outside the station entrance is now host to some regular food stalls on weekdays which are proving popular with residents and passers through.

Since December the Gorilla Kitchen has been serving up wood fired pizza from 5 – 9 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays – with a varying selection of seasonal specials. In the last few weeks Sweeting Lane have arrived, providing hot drinks and home made snacks on weekdays, 7 am to 2 pm for anyone taking the train, unexpectedly delayed by something on the

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Wood fire pizza on Tuesdays and Thursdays

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Cross the line for the Open House

line – or who has simply run out of teabags and biscuits.

Meanwhile, if you need to sit down to take your refreshment or a strong drink to recover from the strain of the train, our neighbourhood pub The Signalman continues to serve beer and food daily. And for anyone crossing the bridge or passing under to the other side of the tracks, The Open House boasts a vegetarian orientated selection – and beer.

Beer food and friendlyness at The Signalman