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.

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.

Community Hustings at Calvary, tomorrow 8 pm

polling stationIn 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.