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Stanmer_Park_consultationBrighton & Hove City Council, working with key stakeholders for the Estate has developed a long term draft Masterplan with the aim of restoring and protecting Stanmers’ historic buildings and landscape, enhancing its natural features, addressing any issues and making it more accessible to all.

They are running a six week consultation to gauge opinion and shape a future bid to fund the restoration project to the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funding bodies. For more details visit:


The LevelThe fences are coming down at the south end of The Level, which includes the children’s play area and the new skatepark, on Friday 26 July at 5pm, just in time for the summer holidays.

There will be ‘dancing’ fountains, a sensory garden, tables for board games and ping pong, a pétanque and seated bowls area, and picnic tables with embedded chessboards. Historic features from the early 1920s have been restored, including the park pavilions. The new skatepark, on the other side of the central Rose Walk path, will also be open for skaters and BMX riders.

The CityParks Projects team which has spearheaded the £2.3m restoration project, expects the rest of the northern area (including the specially-designed 2D artwork where the north lawns paths cross), plus the new eco-friendly café, to open in late August or early September.  The date for a grand opening event for the whole community to take part in and enjoy will be announced as soon as possible.

Find out more about the Level restoration project on the council’s website.

Some good news to brighten the winter gloom!

As part of its new Green Deal Pioneer Places scheme, Brighton & Hove City Council is offering each of 10 lucky households up to £10,000-worth of home-energy improvements installed in their homes — absolutely free! Read the rest of this entry »

Come along to the Hollingdean Community Centre on Saturday 10th March 1:30 – 3:30pm and learn about saving energy in your home and collect a free energy saving pack. Included in these brilliant packs are energy monitors, radiator boosters, secondary glazing and loads more simple measures to cut energy bills. We’ll also be fitting measures in the community centre to improve the building for all its users and give everyone attending hands-on guidance. Read the rest of this entry »

Are your windows draughty? Does your home get chilly as soon as you turn the heating off? Are your energy bills getting more and more expensive?

Brighton 10:10, with Hollingdean Development Trust and Hanover Action for Sustainable Living, is offering homeowners in Hollingdean and Hanover the chance to have free home energy efficiency surveys worth £395 each. Read the rest of this entry »

The Level restoration projectBrighton & Hove is celebrating as the city council’s bid for a £2.2 million Lottery grant to restore The Level has been granted.  The money comes from the Funds’ joint Parks for People scheme.  More information on the council’s website.

As part of the overall restoration of The Level, Freestyle Skateparks have been appointed to design and build the new skatepark and work will now start on the design. Skaters and local residents will have an opportunity to feed into the process.

Once a design has been developed, the project team will work with the Brighton & Hove Skateparks Association to prepare funding bid applications to raise the additional funding required to build the skatepark. More details about the timescales and the consultation and engagement process for The Level Skatepark will follow shortly.

Over £4million has been won by the city council to improve one of Brighton’s busiest roads and cut congestion. Lewes Road is also amongst the worst areas for air quality in the city. The funding will enable the council to tackle some of the difficulties experienced by those using this route in and out of the city.

There will be an exhibition about proposed transport improvements in the area held at the Hollingdean Community Centre for the week commencing 7 November.  Council staff will be on site on Friday 11 November 2pm – 8pm and Saturday 12 November 10am -4pm to talk with people about their views on proposals.

You can download an overview statement (PDF).

Further details can be found at  Alternatively you can contact the LSTF Project manager Robin Reed at

phone illustration mastFrom Councillor Jeane Lepper Many residents will recall that at the end of last year Vodafone applied to the council for a 12.5m high phone mast plus equipment cabinet to be sited on the pavement near one of the Depot entrances opposite 13 Hollingdean Road.  There were many objections and the Planning Committee rejected the application on the grounds of visual impact and because of the position.  It would have been on a busy road that is also a busy pedestrian school route and close to flats where many residents have disabilities and mobility problems.  Vodafone have decided to appeal to the Secretary of State against the decision. Read the rest of this entry »

Brighton & Hove City Council, in partnership with the University of Brighton, has prepared a planning brief in order to guide the future development of the former Preston Barracks site, along with land on the university’s adjacent Watts Building site and the nearby Mithras House site.

The draft planning brief is out for public consultation until 16 May 2011 and the council is keen to gather your views on its content. Read the rest of this entry »

Message from Councillor Jeane Lepper

I thought that you would like to know that yesterday [02/02/11]  the Planning Committee met to discuss the application for the phone mast. I went to put forward the objections and amazingly they decided to go against the officer’s recommendation….and turned it down.

It is expected that Vodafone will appeal the decision so we will have to be prepared for that. All the letters of objection did make a difference and it was thanks to the Hollingdean News that so many people knew about it and wrote in.

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