Prestonville Community Association

The Prestonville Community Association (PCA) brings together people who live in the Prestonville neighbourhood of Brighton, or have other connections with it, such as through work, school or family.

Its aim is to support and enrich community life, and you are encouraged to use this website to do just that.

If you would like to post a notice about a community event, or to comment about something of local interest, contact us.

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Big Euro Lunch

A hearty lunch, provided by The Real Junk Food Company, was enjoyed by around 100 people outside the Exeter Street Hall. Children played on the car-free road, while adults turned their minds to the upcoming referendum and their feelings about Europe.


Young and old grappled with the Big Euro Family Quiz and if you would like to have a go, download it here. BIG EURO FAMILY QUIZ






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Big Euro Lunch Sunday June 5!

Big Euro Lunch poster 2

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Trees Freed!

Elms uncovered and ready to bask in the spring sun.

Elms uncovered and ready to bask in the spring sun.

Down at the mainline railway bridge, the community’s golden elms are no longer hidden by a hideous hoarding!

Directional Media, whose name was on the advertising billboard, told us that they had passed our inquiry about it to the landlords.

In fact, the ‘landlords’ turned out to be the Council. The billboard was put up on Council land without permission.

And so the Council have taken it down.

Big thanks to Cllr Julie Cattell and the Council officers who sorted it out!


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PCA meeting minutes – Big Euro Lunch!

Here are the minutes of a PCA committee meeting held on 29 April 2016. Including discussion of the Big Euro Lunch event we’ll be holding on Sunday 5 June – more details to follow!

PCA Minutes 16.04.29


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Councillors and Poet Back Our Trees!







Cllr Julie Cattell has reported the ghastly billboard covering up our Community Elms to the Planning Enforcement Team.

“Planning officers are actively looking into it,’ Julie said.  ‘Such a hoarding would generally need advertisement consent.  To date, no application has been submitted. 

 ‘Where an advert does not have the right consent we will consider taking enforcement action.

 ‘We’re checking ownership of that piece of land.  If an advert has been planted on council land without consent we could remove it without invoking planning rules – if that’s decided to be the correct course of action.’

Directional Media, who are selling the ad space, refused to tell us who owns the board, but they will be required to tell the Council when served with an enforcement notice.

Meanwhile Cllr Leo Littman has passed on this message of support from Ogden Nash 😉

I think that I shall never see
a billboard lovely as a tree.
Perhaps, unless the billboards fall,
I’ll never see a tree at all.

It’s called Song of the Open Road. Drivers stuck in the traffic jams leading to the bridge may appreciate the irony, with the billboard right in their faces.

The Argus has run the story too.

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Free Our Tree!

IMG_1885This billboard just went up in front of the New England railway bridge. And in front of the two elms we had planted, as part of our community trees project, to make the spot a less ugly and gloomy place. They are Golden Elms, specially chosen for their glorious bright leaves.

You can barely see the one on the right now. The hoarding has blocked out nearly all its light and space to grow. If the hoarding stays, this young elm will probably die. Its companion will doubtless suffer too.

This is a staggeringly crass and insensitive installation. We’ll do our best to get rid of it. Keep watching this space.


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Book Club in the Pub

We meet upstairs in the Chimney House pub at 7.45, one Thursday a month, and generally talk about the book for about an hour. You will need to have read the book (or at least not mind hearing the ending!) in order to participate.

The next books we will be reading are:

17 March: Ian McEwan: The Children’s Act

14 April: Kate Atkinson: A God in Ruins (Winner of the Costa Prize 2016)

If you would like to be included in the email circulation list, get in touch with Jannet on jannetking “at”


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Latest PCA meeting minutes

Here are the minutes of a Prestonville Community Association committee meeting held on 16 February:

PCA Minutes 16.02.02 final


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Sussex Police – January 2016 crime report

For the Jan 2016 Ewatch newsletter for Preston, Prestonville and Five Ways,

please click on the link below. (pdf)

Preston Ewatch for Jan 2016

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