18 July 2011 - meeting minutes

Photo:Community Base, Queen's Road

Community Base, Queen's Road

Raising awareness about bowel cancer

By Lyn Turpin, NLCA Secretary

Welcome to all, particularly new members. 25 attended. Apologies from Francis Clark-Lowes, Christine Clark-Lowes, Ian Davey, Adrian Morris.

Minutes of last meeting

The minutes were approved, after correction.

Matters arising

The Chair reported that he had written to Ben Duncan and David Murray about the omission of the NLCA from the recent ‘People’s Day’.

Geoffrey Mead reported that a group was now meeting on Thursdays (after 4.30pm) to spruce up the Brighthelm Centre gardens. More hands welcome.

Catherine How on bowel cancer

Catherine explained that Albion in the Community, the charitable arm of Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, was aiming to increase awareness of bowel cancer, the second largest cause of cancer deaths in the UK. She noted that around 1 in 20 people will get bowel cancer at some point in their life but, if caught early enough, 97% will recover. The largest risk factor is ageing. Brighton & Hove has a high rate of both bowel cancer and cancer deaths. Catherine mentioned the national screening programme for men and women aged 60-69 and urged those who received the testing kit to use it (over-70s can phone and request a kit). She also urged anyone concerned by a persistent change in bowel habits, especially if accompanied by bleeding, to consult their doctor. Further information can be found at http://www.ifindoubt.info/Bowel-Cancer

Catherine also mentioned that Albion in the Community was keen to expand their volunteer network, promoting their work at community events etc. Volunteer incentives include free match tickets!

Environment

Planning

Komedia has submitted an application to change the signs on its frontage, probably linked to its plans for a cinema.

Licensing

Roy Skam reported that –

• Sainsbury’s had lost its appeal for the store in North Street;

• Thorne’s Foods, Upper Gardner Street, had been granted a licence but with quite stiff conditions (written details awaited);

• The Council would shortly be reviewing the local Cumulative Impact Zone. It was suggested that Roy and Peter should write in support of the inclusion of North Laine in the new zone.

• Peter asked if sufficient complaints from Over Street residents about late night noise had been received to trigger a licensing review for the Green Door. It was noted that complaints had been made to the police rather than the Council.

Police and LAT priorities

John Sharman answered some of the concerns raised at the last meeting about cycle speeds in roads such as Trafalgar Street and North Road and about the proposal for a 20mph limit in the city centre. He reported on a recent review around Sydney Street which had found no problems. But he also stated that it was very difficult to enforce good cycling practice – Police Community Support Officers can issue tickets for cycling on a footpath if it is in a dangerous or reckless manner but only police constables can issue fixed penalty tickets for going through red lights or going the wrong way in a one-way street. It was suggested that the Council could do more to encourage ‘good cycling’ through education – Lizzie Deane promised to report back to Ian Davey who, as well as being the Council’s cabinet member for transport, was also passionate about cycling.

Residents confirmed that parking of Domino’s Pizza vans at the bottom of Trafalgar Street and in Pelham Square was still a problem.

Forthcoming social events

Comedy evening at Komedia: need firm date so that comedians can be booked.

Tea party at the Pavilion Gardens Café takes place on Sunday 4 September, 3pm - 5pm.

Sheep display in Pelham Square will take place on Sunday 21 August, 2pm – 4.30pm and will include information about sheep and slaughterhouses.

NLCA on Twitter

Carlie Goldsmith urged members to try the NLCA on Twitter (@NlaineComAss) which had already attracted followers amongst the local community. She also suggested that we could try to attract local student interest via Twitter at the start of the new academic year.

Group reports

There were no group reports.

Any other business

• Sarah Dunsmure reported the recent death of local resident, Daphne Hilton, at the age of 83.

• Teji Dhaliwal reported that City College was offering a course (since confirmed as free and with a minimum of 6 participants) for North Laine residents as part of their outreach programme. Ideas for suitable subjects welcomed.

• Jackie Fuller reported that Geoff Ellis from the Brighton Bead Shop had a room above the shop which could be booked for NLCA events.

• Jackie also suggested that the regular sentence on the agenda about meeting at the Lord Nelson pub ‘from about 9.45pm’ should be altered as the meeting rarely finished by then.

• Lizzie Deane noted that 8 Trafalgar Street, the former post office, had been referred to the Council enforcement team as it had been denied planning permission for a change of use to a café.

• Bruce Smith volunteered to join Jackie, Sandy and Ian Davey to select the material for the final finish to the new ‘table-top’ crossing in Church Street.

• Lyn Turpin reported that Alice Reynolds, a former North Laine resident now in her nineties, will be signing her new book, A penny for the gas (which includes reminiscences first published in The Runner) in Waterstone’s bookshop on Saturday 6 August from 11am till 3pm.

• Peter Crowhurst updated members on the progress of the book being written about North Laine. Brighton Town Press will publish it, hopefully in October, and a launch event will be held October or November. Buy your copies via the NLCA or Rainbow Books to maximise NLCA’s income from sales. [Secretary’s note: since the meeting, we have learnt that there will be a delay in editing the book, resulting in a likely publication date of April 2011]

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