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Councillors? Present

Ty Goddard has a go at our local councillors in the new Prestonville Friend, suggesting they have been ‘busy in a committee for four years’.

For the record, Councillors Leo Littman and Mike Jones have attended almost every PCA meeting we’ve held. I’m very grateful to them for their commitment and contributions, as I was to their equally diligent Labour predecessors.

Marek Kohn
personal view

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BOAT Coming In

616413_598282726901179_1745261766_o458x314Work on the Brighton Open Air Theatre in Dyke Road Park is due to start Monday 5 January. It should take about twelve weeks, weather permitting, so the theatre should be ready for the Brighton Festival in May.

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Award for Advent Calendar

Congratulations to Revd Martin Poole of St Luke’s Church (and the PCA) for the Points of Light award he received on Christmas Eve in recognition of his work organising Mayorthe annual beach hut Advent calendar on Hove Esplanade, which has run since 2008.

Here’s Martin with Mayor Brian Fitch, who presented him with the award, and Lady Mayoress Norah Fitch.

The Points of Light award is made by the Prime Minister’s office. It ‘recognises outstanding individuals – people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others’.

We shall now routinely refer to Martin as ‘award-winning Vicar’ …

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Anti-Abortion Campaigners: Caroline Lucas Calls For Buffer Zones

With anti-abortion campaigners still active in Chatsworth Road, Caroline Lucas has backed the Back Off campaign, which calls for protest-free zones outside abortion clinics.

She has also tabled a parliamentary Early Day Motion calling for buffer zones outside clinics:

‘That this House notes with concern the recent escalation in anti-abortion activity targeted at women and staff attending abortion clinics and pregnancy advisory services; further notes that approaching and recording women and staff, alongside the distribution of misleading information and distressing images, intimidates women and jeopardises access to legal healthcare services; believes in upholding the right to peaceful protest; believes that the right to peaceful protest should not interfere with the fundamental right for women to make individual reproductive choices; notes that campaigns against women exercising their sexual health rights can continue without occupying the space immediately outside clinics; supports the British Pregnancy Advisory Service’s ‘Back Off’ campaign to implement buffer zones outside reproductive health clinics as a means of ensuring that women are not harassed or obstructed from accessing confidential advice and treatment; and calls on the Government to bring forward legislation to protect the rights of women to access lawful healthcare by enabling the introduction and implementation of buffer zones around clinics offering abortion sexual health services.’


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Tree Dressing: Dyke Road Drive, Sun 30 November

As part of National Tree Week, and as part of our campaign to slow traffic on the road, we’re dressing trees in our street. (We’ve also discovered that Dyee Road Drive has one of the rarest Elms in the UK – who knew? See Wikipedia).

We’ll be meeting at the junction of Parkmore Terrace and Dyke Road Drive at 11am on Sunday morning.

Bring: gloves, secateurs, bulbs, trowels, coffee, tree baubles. Has anyone got a BIG LADDER? Call 01273 324570.

Find out more.

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PCA Meeting 28 October

The committee met on Tuesday 28 October: here are the minutes: PCA Minutes 14.10.28

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Let’s Clear Up The Greenway!

The Greenway poster oct14

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PCA Meeting 3rd September

Here are the minutes of the PCA committee meeting held on September 3rd: PCA Minutes 14.09

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Community Climate Change

Brighton and Hove 1010 and Brighton Peace and Environment Centre are looking for volunteers to take part in a groundbreaking new course that helps communities adapt to and respond positively to climate change.

They are looking for 8-12 people who would be willing to take part in six free evening workshops spread over 10 weeks (September/October 2014). The workshops will cover everything from food, transport, waste, energy and carbon, and will be fun, hands-on and thought-provoking. 

By the end of the course, participants will have developed the leadership and practical skills to:

  • Inspire others to take action on climate change in their community
  • Identify and act on the opportunities to improve homes, neighbourhoods and the city, so they are better adapted to climate change impacts
  • Work with other local people to tackle climate change-related community challenges

This is part of a wider project that comprises four free workshop series in different communities around the city, and one run internally at the council.

No prior knowledge is needed – just an open mind and a willingness to take part.

If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Flemmich Webb, chair, Brighton and Hove 1010 on webbfreelance[at] by 21 July.


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Smashed and grabbed

YVcarbreakinCar break-in yesterday, York Villas. Not a common sight round here, the police officer following it up confirmed, but a reminder that it can happen and it’s a good idea to take valuables out of parked cars.

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