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.

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.

 

 

Drara AGM Friday 3rd July, 7.30 pm London Road Station

London Road Station hosting residents' eventsOnce 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 Drara AGM 2014chance 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.