No councillor surgery during August

Dear all,

I wanted to post to let you know that there will be no councillor surgery during August – so we will not be at the Cornerstone on the last Weds of the month (next Weds) as usual.

We will next be holding a surgery in September (25th) at 7.15pm at the Cornerstone.

If you have any issues you want to discuss before then, please do email is. I’m on or Phélim is at

Best wishes
Cllr Hannah Clare

Recent break-ins in the ward

Dear residents,

As councillors, we are concerned to have received multiple reports regarding a spate of break ins to businesses in the Brunswick and Adelaide area.

Please find below and attached our letter sent to Sussex Police and Brighton and Hove City Council asking for answers on the matter.

Best wishes,

Councillors Phélim Mac Cafferty and Hannah Clare

Brunswick Square Picnic – Saturday 27th July

Dear Friends

Please join us for a picnic in Brunswick Square on Saturday 27th from 1.30pm

We will be on the grass at the top East side above the copse. The current forecast is warm with sun but in the event of rain the picnic will of course be cancelled.  

Please bring a picnic with a little extra to share, something to sit on (rug or portable chair etc).  If you have any extra easily portable chairs I’m sure some older people would appreciate it if you could bring those too.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

FBST Committee

Consultation on Community Infastructure Levy

City residents and businesses will have eight weeks to feedback on the changes being proposed to charges to be brought in under a Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), which allows local councils to raise funds from new building developments in their area.

Putting in place a Community Infrastructure Levy will mean that developers will have to pay a financial contribution to the Council when they build new homes, shops or student accommodation, depending on the size of the development.  CIL payments can then be spent on supporting infrastructure in need of extra cash including schools, roads, parks, flood defences, health and other community infrastructure.

The charges set out in the Draft Charging Schedule range from £50 per square metre for shopping unit developments to £175 per square metre for purpose built student accommodation and new housing coming forward in central Brighton & Hove.

The main modifications to be consulted on:

  • Clarify a number of strategic development sites to be nil rated for CIL due to viability considerations;
  • Clarify the CIL charging rates for residential development including reduced or nil charge for some forms of older persons housing; and
  • Clarify the supporting notes to the schedule to aid implementation.

At this stage in the process, the CIL Examiner will only consider representations made on the main modifications only. The modifications can be viewed by following the link below:

Further information regarding how to make a representation is available on the Council’s Consultation Portal:

Consultation will commence 17th July and run for eight weeks to 12 noon 11th September.

Two community tidy ups this weekend

Ahead of Brunswick in Bloom judging next week, two community tidy ups are being held this weekend

Saturday 13th July

Lansdowne Area Residents Association are meeting outside Starbucks for their tidy up. More details will be published on their Facebook page here.

Sunday 14th July

Friends of Palmeira and Adelaide will be holding a tidy up in their gardens on Sunday, starting at 9.30am. Details can be found on their website.

Community Tidy Up – 7th September

The next Community Tidy Up organised by your councillors takes place on Saturday 7th September

Meet at Waterloo Street community garden from 11am as we play our part in tackling graffiti and tagging.

Paint and materials will be provided by the City Council.

For more details email Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty at

Brunswick Town in Bloom

Brunswick Town is being judged on Wednesday 17th July from 10am for the Best Urban Community from South and South East in Bloom.

Since 2010, we have achieved a Silver Gilt at the awards and this year we hope to make it Gold!

How you can help

  • Planting trees, shrubs and flowers,
  • Cleaning up streets and buildings
  • Fill window boxes, balconies, front and basement gardens with flowers.
  • Make donations for plants and shrubs on your street.

What happens on the day

The judges will arrive from 10am and will be led around the ward by volunteers. Please make sure your areas are clean and tidy on this day.

For further information, email

77 Holland Road Planning Application – Deadline this Friday

A planning application has been submitted for building an apartment/office block at the site of 77 Holland Road.

As this is a fairly large development, residents may wish to be aware of it and view the plans.

Should you wish to comment in favour or against the application, the deadline to do so is this Friday 12th July.

Cllr Hannah Clare