21st March 2011 - meeting minutes

Photo:Community Base, Queen's Road

Community Base, Queen's Road

Roger Dowty on the North Laine as a conservation area

By Lynne Arnold, NLCA Secretary

Welcome to all, particularly new members. 21 attended. Apologies from Lizzie Deane, Teji Dhaliwal, Jackie Fuller, Suzie Lloyd.

Minutes of last meeting

The minutes of the February 2011 meeting were approved.

Matters arising

We now have a Charity Choice account which will allow for online donations. However cheques will also be accepted by the Treasurer.

Roger Dowty – Council’s Design and Conservation Team

Roger Dowty gave a background to the approach that the team takes to the North Laine as a conservation area, which encompasses a combination of looking to reuse buildings in new ways, and adapting, reinventing and rebuilding to maintain the mixed use character of the area



There were no contentious applications. We have received a letter regarding a property in Upper Gardner Street, which has been bought by someone who wants to turn it into a locally sourced community food shop with butchers, baked goods etc.  


· Beyond Retro have withdrawn their application

· Prince George has applied for a late night licence (Thurs-Sat to 1am) for recorded music

· Côte is likely to apply for extended hours and numbers outside and upstairs. 

Community Composting

Paley O’Connor is pursuing with the Council ideas about establishing a community composting site and asked for interested residents to contact her before she meets with them.

Police Report

Burglaries have dropped quite a bit during the period. The police arranged a day of action for 12 April 2011. There was no information regarding Dominos. 

Group Reports

There were no group reports.

Summer Fête update

Planning going well. Volunteers are needed for the stalls. 

Residents’ Concerns

No more than already discussed.  

Any Other Business

· Summer walks – Geoff Mead and Peter Crowhurst are leading a number of walks around the North Laine during the summer. Posters are available.

· A Book Group has been formed in the North Laine – new members welcome.

· AGM Speaker – Geoff Mead will be our guest speaker with the title ‘Brighton Rock and Brighton Crime’.

· Portland Street Community Garden – the gardeners are in court on Wednesday 23 March if anyone would like to support them.

· Tidy Street Project – Jon Bird, who instigated this project, spoke about it. Anyone who is interested in monitoring their electricity usage should contact him to take part, even if they are not in Tidy Street.

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