As the weather gets colder, the council begins it’s Winter Road Maintenance programme. We have been provided with the link below to share, which gives more information on what and when the council will grit roads and pavements.
Our final community tidy up of 2019 takes place this Saturday (9th November) at 11am.
We will be meeting as usual at Waterloo Street Community Garden.
Norfolk Square Gardens also have a gardening day on Saturday so please do join them there after. They start at 12-4.
Hannah and Phélim
Brighton and Hove City Council have today opened a consultation on Graffiti Removal. We know this is an issue which concerns our residents greatly, and as a result we have copied the information released by the council below.
At present the council is only responsible for removing graffiti and tagging from its own buildings and other equipment it owns like bins, lamp posts and playpark equipment.
We’re not responsible for removing anything on private property or land, including graffiti on company buildings or belongings, unless it’s offensive.
The consultation is open until 15 December and takes around 10 minutes to complete. It contains 11 questions including:
- how big a problem tagging and graffiti is for the city
- whether companies like BT, Virgin Media and gas and electric providers, should clear graffiti from their own equipment like electricity/junction boxes
- whether Network Rail should remove graffiti and tagging from property it owns like bridges, hoardings etc
- what views people have on private homeowners and landlords removing graffiti from their properties
- should the council set up its own graffiti removal service that can charge companies and homeowners for removing graffiti
The consultation closes on 15th December.
Cllr Hannah Clare
We have seen the terrible state of the streets and we have been inundated with emails from residents today who are rightly annoyed. It is completely unacceptable.
We have been reporting issues all this week as the state of the bins across the ward is leaving whole areas of our neighbourhood looking squalid https://twitter.com/Phelimmac/status/1178623460081307649
Despite rumours that there was a strike, apparently the reason behind the current issues is that 3 of the 5 trucks needed to complete the rounds in the city are out of action. Yesterday 4 out of 5 were out of action. This means they have been unable to complete their rounds. The head of Cityclean, Rachel Chasseaud has published an open letter for residents giving more detail. https://new.brighton-hove.gov.uk/…/update-refuse-and-recycl…
Hannah and I have repeatedly raised the issues of the bad state the communal bins leave the streets and indeed the lack of bins in the first place to accommodate the rubbish. At the last meeting of full council both Hannah and I raised questions on this. Please find them attached.
There is a report to the Environment Transport and Sustainability Committee next week which potentially offers some longer term solutions https://present.brighton-hove.gov.uk/…/$City%20Environment%…
See Appendix 2 for updates http://present.brighton-hove.gov.uk/…/$City%20Environment%2…
The work proposed includes analysis of the location and condition of each communal bin and then a new communal bin system with a series of criteria. Apparently this will take some time to implement but Cityclean and the Labour administration hope it might offer some relief to the issues areas like ours which is now wholly reliant on communal bins continue to have.
The latest update earlier yesterday was that once a further truck came back into play they would be sorting communal bins in Hove but it’s clear from reports, our own photos and social media today that this is isn’t the case. Hannah has posted details of the current issues at https://brunswickandadelaideward.co.uk/waste-and-recycling-…
As ever we will carry on raising your issues and you can of course report bins to us, Rachel and cityclean. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can be of any assistance.
Brighton & Hove City Council is launching a free identity checking service at Brighton Town Hall to help EU citizens complete their EU Settlement Scheme application.
EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland citizens need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme if they want to continue living in the UK. The deadline for applying is 30 June 2021, or 31 December 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
Verify your identity for the EU Settlement Scheme
While most of the application can be done on any computer or device with an internet connection, the first part requires EU citizens to verify their identity using their European identity document.
You can do this by either downloading an app on a compatible Android phone or by posting your passport or ID card to the Home Office.
If you don’t have an Android phone or don’t want to send your documents in the post, you can use our drop-in ID document check service at Brighton Town Hall to have your identity documents verified. This service is free.
The drop-in service is available:
- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday: 9.30am to 12 noon
- Wednesday: 10am to 12 noon
We often receive concerns from our community regarding Homelessness and as a result I wanted to pass on some of the council’s recent information regarding Make Change Count.
You can directly help people on the street by supporting the city’s Make Change Count campaign. Nine local charitable organisations are working together in the campaign, helping some of the most vulnerable people in our city to stay safe and move on from homelessness.
Make Change Count has three main aims:
- Helping people who are rough sleeping to access support services available in the city and to move away from the streets
- Encourage an alternative option to giving directly to individuals on the street
- Asking residents to let Streetlink know where to find anyone in need so tailored help can be offered (more details below)
All money donated to the Make Change Count campaign goes to people in need in our city. Contributions are used to provide food, access to shower facilities, healthcare, clothing and a wide range of practical help based on individual needs. Outreach workers and street services guide people to access the right accommodation where they will be further helped on a one to one basis to recover physically and mentally from the trauma of rough sleeping. No funds raised are used for administration of the charities or the campaign.
The nine Make Change Count charities and organisations are:
- St Mungo’s
- Sussex Nightstop
- The Clock Tower Sanctuary
- YMCA DownsLink Group
- Brighton YMCA
- Umbrella Brighton & Hove
Please donate now at www.justgiving.com/campaign/mcc19 or by texting 19UMCC 3/5/10 or 20 to 70085
What do to if you’re worried about someone on the streets in Brighton & Hove:
If you are concerned about someone sleeping rough in our city, you can use the Streetlink website to send an alert. The details you provide are sent to our local outreach service to help them find the individual and connect them to support (go to the StreetLink website or call 0300 500 0914). Outreach workers are experienced in supporting people to move away from the streets.
People who are rough sleeping need help to rebuild their lives and support to move away from the dangerous existence of living on the streets. The best chance for anyone who is rough sleeping to get off the street is with professional help.
How else you can help:
Working to prevent and end rough-sleeping needs a community response. Change is happening through the efforts of many dedicated and committed volunteers. If you’d like to help, please get in touch with the organisations involved in Make Change Count to find out how your time, skills and experience can make a difference.
Our ward surgery returns after an August break this Wednesday, 25th September at Cornerstone Community Centre.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do feel free to join us then.
Surgery starts at 7.15pm and you do not need an appointment, although it is helpful to get an indication beforehand if you are attending towards the end of the timeslot.
Cllrs Phélim and Hannah
The below is an update regarding recent uplift in missed collections across the city, explaining why it has happened and what is being done about it.
Please feel free to send any questions to Phélim or Hannah regarding this.
Update October 1st
We have 5 Farid Trucks which are special trucks used to empty the communal waste bins, of which 3 have to be operational every day in order to run the normal service. Regrettably we have had 4 of these trucks off the road for the past couple of days.
We are pushing hard to try and get the others back on the road asap but in the meantime we can only run one of our 3 collection services every day. We think it is unlikely that we will have more than one truck operational tomorrow – we may be able to get another truck on the road during the course of the day. While we have this problem we have a streets crew driving around the routes picking up side waste but of course this builds up again very quickly.
A proposal will come to committee next week that proposes a move away from this bin system, which relies on specialist trucks and bins imported from Italy, towards a more standardised system as the current system does not give us enough flexibility and the systems themselves and the companies we have to deal with to maintain it are very unreliable.
I am sorry that in the meantime it is having such a negative impact on the cleanliness of the city and on residents and yourselves but we are trying to sort it out asap.
Update September 22nd
The recent fire at Veolia’s Waste Transfer Station at Hollingdean on 25 August has had a huge effect on our ability to carry out our normal collection service. Since then, our refuse drivers have had to drive to Newhaven to drop off their loads (a three hours round journey) or at the Hove Household Waste Recycling Site, with a one and a half hour wait, both depending on traffic.
We have been able to tip recycling at the Veolia site, but the time delays in dropping off waste mean the number of overall collections we can make daily are less.
Added to this, we have also experienced a higher than normal spate of vehicles breakdown – which seems to happen every summer – plus there’s been a high number of driver shortages caused by sudden and unexpected sickness at a time when we have vacancies and during the summer break.
Thankfully, the Hollingdean Waste Transfer Station is due to reopen this Monday 23 which will allow us to begin tipping there again. This will help raise the number of collections and drop offs significantly and will allow us to get back to normal very soon.
We have also investigated the cause of the vehicle breakdowns and believe we have identified the reason, which is a build-up of rubbish underneath the compactor. We have begun measures to address this, so it should not be problem going forward in the future.
We have now recruited to the vacant posts and engaged a specialist agency to help provide emergency cover when we need it. Staff are also coming back from sickness and we will hopefully have a full complement of drivers next week.
To help tackle fly-tipping, we will soon be using mobile CCTV cameras in hotspot areas. Being mobile, these cameras can be moved to where they’re needed in a bid to catch the culprits.
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.
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