2018 Meeting Dates

We meet in The Fisherman’s Vestry, St Paul’s Church, West St 6.30 – 7.30 pm. Dates for the rest of 2018 are:

6 March; 17 April; 29 May; 3 July; 14 Aug; 25 September; 6 November; 18 December. We’re a friendly bunch of people – everyone is welcome to join us!


BOTLAT Meeting Agenda 21 August

All welcome who live and work here!

Brighton Old Town  Local Action Team Meeting 

St Paul’s Church West St

Tuesday 21 August 2018 6.30 – 7.30 pm




  1. Welcome and Introductions


  1. Updates from last meeting


  1. a) LAT Forum
  2. b) Licensing Strategy Group
  3. c) Licensing Panel hearings
  4. Current issues
  5. Council/Community Engagement Opportunities


  1. AOB


Meetings 2018  2 Oct 6 Nov 18 Dec

BOTLAT Meeting Notes 3 July 2018, Fisherman’s Vestry, St Paul’s Church, West St, Brighton


Debbie Gibson-Leigh – Chair BOTLAT,

Stuart Lauchlan – Chair Clarendon Mansions Residents Association (CMRA)

Trina Griffiths – Avalon resident

Ahmet Khol – The Beach Hut Café

Caz Smallwood – Ship St, Ship St Gardens and Middle St Residents Association

Denise Taylor – Lanes Traders

Tom Druitt – Councillor

Simon Bannister – BHCC


Alex Phillips – Councillor

Caroline Brennan – Secretary BOTLAT




  1. Introduction and welcome by Debbie


  1. Updates from last meeting:



  • There is still an outstanding issue regarding the need for new communal bins for residents who live at the southern end of East Street. The current large black bin on Grand Junction Road, outside Hostel Point is dangerous and needs replacing. A recycle bin that used to be in the same area disappeared a year ago and has not been replaced. Residents have also requested that the bins in that area should be clamped so that they are not moved by Casino staff at night, further down towards Pool Valley.
  • Simon reported that City Clean were ‘in crisis’ due to staff shortages and were struggling to deliver efficient services. This was probably why it is so difficult to engage with them.


Little East Street


  • Stuart reported that the LAT and business in Little East Street were still waiting for some engagement with David Parker regarding traffic issues in the area. It is no longer safe for pedestrians to use Little East Street and the issue has been on going since the pedestrianisation of East Street.


Dr. Brightons

  • The meeting heard the good news that LAT committee member, Charles, had been successful in his bid to retain the tenancy of Dr.Brighton’s. The LAT and ward councillors had supported Charles’s bid to keep the pub within the LGBT community.





Community Policing


  • Simon reported that the new head of prevention policing, Rachel Swinney, was keen to improve and further develop community policing in the city and wanted her officers to engage with LATS. Debbie advised that Inspector Paul Ransome is the Prevention Policing Team lead that covers the LAT area and one of his PCSOs, Aidan Gibbons, has since been in touch with BOTLAT to introduce himself and to say that he can only attend LATs where specific policing issues have been identified.


LAT Forum


  • Debbie reported back on the meeting held 25 April. The round robin of issues       from other LAT areas identified similar issues; Deliveroo drivers not obeying traffic signals or road signs, loss of youth community facilities in West Hove because of funding restrictions, graffiti is a continual problem throughout the city and North Laine LAT reports continued issues with aggressive begging near the station and in Trafalgar Street. The Level continues to struggle with youth ASB and drug use.


Licensing Strategy Group


  • Debbie reported back on the LSG meeting held on 30 April. Residents from Kemptown and St. James Street are pushing for the Pride Village Party to move from St. James Street and surrounding area as it has become too big and the attendant anti-social behaviour is upsetting residents. Simon stated the police are reluctant to relocate the PVP as it might then become difficult to police. There was some discussion about it being moved to Madeira Drive, but he Heritage Team were concerned about the impact on the Terraces, and there was a feeling that people will gravitate towards St James Street any way.


  1. New Field Officer Role


  • Stuart asked how noise issues would be reported to the new field officers, particularly as video evidence is not acceptable.


Simon to invite one of the field officers to attend the LAT once the role has been finalised.


  • Simon advised there was work on going with the Noise Abatement Society to try and improve the ‘sonic environment’ of social housing, and the noise issues suffered by residents in city centre twittens. There is a possibility of ‘Community Protection notices’ being issued against some noisy venues. Some councils are using CPNs but not yet by BHCC. Community Safety Partnership are looking into this.
  • Denise provided an update on Brighton Square developments. The Coppa Club had been denied planning permission to create a ‘dining pavilion’ in Brighton Square and plans to open the restaurant are now in doubt.


  1. Date of next meeting: 21 August 6.30 pm

Agenda LAT Meeting Tuesday 29 May 2018

All welcome who live and work here

Brighton Old Town Local Action Team Meeting 

St Paul’s Church West St

Tuesday 29 May 2018

6.30 – 7.30 pm



  1. Welcome and Introductions

  1. Updates from our last meeting

a) LAT Forum

b) Licensing Strategy Group

c) Licensing Panel hearings

  1. Regulatory Services – an update from Annie Sparks on the work of the Council’s Regulatory Services and the new Enforcement Officer role

  1. Current issues

  1. AOB

Date of next meetings 2018

3 Jul 14 Aug 25 Sept 6 Nov 18 Dec

Minutes of LAT Meeting April 2018

BOTLAT Meeting 17 April 2018, Fisherman’s Vestry, St Paul’s Church, West St, Brighton


Debbie Gibson-Leigh – Chair BOTLAT,

Caroline Brennan – Secretary BOTLAT

Stuart Lauchlan – Chair Clarendon Mansions Residents Association (CMRA)

Alex Phillips – Councillor



Simon Bannister – BHCC Safe in the City

Tom Druitt – Councillor

Denise Taylor – Lanes Traders

Trine Griffiths

Marc Walmsley – Manzone Barbers, Pool Valley

Marikit Taylor

Andrew Tull – Market Inn

Peter             Market Inn



Updates from last meeting


  1. Recycling bins. Still no response as yet from Damian to invitation to attend the LAT meeting. As Simon Bannister was not in attendance, issue to be carried over to next meeting.
  2. East Street/Little East St – cars and vans are still accessing supposedly pedestrianised zones. Parked cars left there all day, not towed away – potential safety issue. As Simon Bannister was not in attendance, issue to be carried over to next meeting.
  3. Refuse Bin Grand Junction Road – does not appear on the council’s map – do they know it’s there? Operationally Cityclean do empty it, but the bin is damaged and dangerous to use. It is not being dealt with.


Current Issues


Broadband Speeds

In Digital Brighton – the Town Hall has fast speeds, yet Old Town residents have ‘not spots’. BT and Virgin Media claim the council will not permit roads to be dug up, is this true? Shops have leased lines, yet residents who cannot afford this are suffering. Possibly do a straw poll of Lanes Traders to see what speeds they’re getting?

Action: Alex to explore at full council meeting in July. 

Graffiti and tagging Art and Believe are being commissioned by Tom and Alex through their ward budget to do a piece (e.g. William Hill on Sillwood Street) Could this be an Old Town project to combat the ugly tagging throughout the area.

 Brighton Marathon Organisation- Residents in East Street experienced several issues with the Marathon such as difficulty in accessing their homes and privacy issues caused by the gantry over the A259. This year, there was no privacy netting covering the gantry so everyone crossing the gantry could look into residents’’ homes. There was also a dangerous issue with the bollards in East Street not being set up, which meant vehicles were accessing East Street whilst chairs and tables were still set out.

Who organises it and who has overall coordination for the Marathon?

Mark Prior was suggested as the one to contact, or David Parker.

Hippodrome Meeting on 27 April – Stuart agreed to attend

Licensing Issues

i360 – not granted a vertical drinking license or off sales.

Chapter X111 – The Old Town LAT objects to the application. Update to be provided at next LAT on 29 May.

Harmonisation of licenses – The variation of licensing conditions of venues in close proximity to each other is causing noise nuisance for residents in East Street. Licensed premises should have similar conditions regarding waste disposal and collection and these conditions needs to be harmonised.

Action: Alex to raise as a policy issue, Debbie to raise at Licensing Strategy Group.

Old Town Conservation meeting – The meeting due on 14 March was cancelled and re-scheduled for June.

March Brighton Old Town LAT meeting


The next Brighton Old Town Local Action Team Meeting will be on Tuesday 6 March 2018. For minutes of the last meeting, click HERE

 St Paul’s Church West St

 6.30 – 7.30 pm


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Updates from our last meeting
  3. Current issues
  4. AOB
  5. Date of next meetings 2018


17 April; 29 May; 3 July; 14 Aug; 25 September; 6 November; 18 December.