Next meeting of Local Action Team – 10th September

The next meeting of the Brunswick and Adelaide Local Action team takes place on Tuesday 10th September at 7.15pm at the Cornerstone Community Centre.

Representatives from Sussex Police and the field officers will be present – and there will be a chance to discuss some of the issues that have arisen in the area over the last few months, including Hove Lawns.

Update on Hove Lawns

Dear residents

This morning I met with Sheila Peters, Chris Hall and Caterina Willmott from the city council along with Sgt Simon Renouf from Sussex Police. We met on the Lawns.

There was agreement among all of us that the council apply for a Section 61 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994, at the earliest time possible. This would in effect instruct those on the land to leave forthwith. The city council is now drawing up the order, and agreeing it with Sussex Police who then enforce it, if necessary. When we spoke we were hoping to have this operational from this afternoon- preferably as soon as possible. Sheila will provide an update for me which I will share with you. We have already agreed with Cityclean that there will be a tidy up of the lawns when the traveller vehicles leave the site. A statement to this effect was published by the city council earlier.

This follows Hannah and I raising the issue almost as soon as we heard about it over the weekend and weekend monitoring from different council teams with the statement being circulated. “The traveller encampment that arrived yesterday is one of the largest the seafront have seen in a while and it requires to be dealt with by those who have been specially trained, especially when they are on the scale that this one is. The Traveller liaison team will be there tomorrow and the emergency planning are aware of the situation. The site is being monitored. We can keep you up to day tomorrow when we know more.”

We will be discussing the issue including future prevention of land incursion at the next meeting of the Local Action Team on Tuesday September 10th. We are aware this has caused distress to some of you and has been reported by some of the media in a sensationalist fashion. We are committed to doing what we can on this which is why we have pushed for the strongest and fastest action possible. We are happy to help if we can with any further queries.

In a separate move further to a court ruling this morning, the tent occupants must move by Thursday or eviction will take place.

Cllr Phélim Mac Cafferty

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