Monday, 20 October 2014

Fencing for Patcham Place

An application SDNP/14/03236/FUL to the South Downs National Park Authority to fence the immediate surroundings of Patcham Place has been approved. The green line in the map above indicates the line of the fencing which will be made of mild steel in a traditional estate style. Traditionally wrought iron would have been used but this is no longer commercially available.

There is no evidence that Patcham Place was ever provided with gates but the proposed design is borrowed from existing 18thC examples and is typical of that which would have been used by the provincial gentry. They will be hung from piers of Portland stone with inset panels of knapped flint.

The installation of fencing has been prompted by:- 
  • uncontrolled vehicle parking by third parties whether commuters or users of the adjacent public park and sports pitches.
  • the lack of any perimeter control at night and hence the ability of vehicles to gain free access to the immediate vicinity of the building. 
  • recurrent problems of lead thefts from the roof and the resultant costs and potential for serious damage to the fabric of the listed building. 

Thursday, 16 October 2014


'Jigsaw" was a 1962, British film based on the novel "Sleep Long,- My Love" by Hillary Waugh. It was directed by Val Guest and starred Jack Warner and Ronald Lewis as two Brighton detectives investigating the murder of a woman at Saltdean. The plot involves them methodically following up leads and clues, mostly in Brighton and Hove, which results in many fascinating glimpses of the 1960s local townscapes. It is also a taut, well-paced detective thriller typical of British films of that period. 
Copies up to now have been rare and fetched high-prices. But it is now being officially re-issued on DVD. It will be available at the beginning of December and can be pre-ordered from Amazon. Why not take a trip down memory lane?

Friday, 10 October 2014

Go-ahead for Open Air Theatre.

Planning permission has been granted for BOAT, the Brighton Open Air Theatre.

A disused bowling green in Dyke Road Park will be landscaped to form an amphitheatre shape, with a three-metre acoustic wall to dampen noise during performances.

Highest parts would be just 1.5m above the existing footpath, with the stage about the same depth below.

It would have seating capacity on grass terraces for 425 people.  Lighting would be set up when required.

The permission will allows performances up to 10pm, Monday to Saturday and 6pm on Sunday.  They may take place up to six times a week or 22 times per month.

The charity Brighton Open Air Theatre (BOAT) will run the venue.   Performances would be staged by local schools, colleges, community groups and touring productions.  It would also be a Brighton Festival and Fringe venue.

When not in use it would be a sitting-out area for the general public.  Wifi would be installed in due course.  The adjacent Pavilion would serve as offices for production staff.

See also:- Brighton Open Air Theatre.

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

The Rosehill Tavern

Earlier this year this, now vacant, 144 year old public house became the second property in the City (after Saltdean Lido) to be added to the Council's "List of Assets of Community Value".

A building or other land is an asset of community value if its main use is - or has recently been - to further the social wellbeing or social interests of the local community and could do so in the future. The Localism Act states that 'social interests' include cultural, recreational and sporting interests. Homes, hotels, assets being transferred between kindred businesses, and Church of England land holdings, are exempt from listing.

The "Save the Rose Hill Tavern Campaign" has a facebook page here and a petition here.

The Brighton & South Downs branch of  the Campaign for Real Ale, (CAMRA)
has a more general, but relevant, epetition on the BHCC website here.

Save the Hanover Crescent path

The path runs through the Crescent garden parallel with the listed flint wall
After almost 200 years of peacefully existing by the listed front wall, this original feature of the Hanover Crescent gardens is now under threat from a majority of garden committee members intent on change & not preservation. It has been, wrongly, portrayed as a no-go area & a magnet for anti-social behaviour but if you'd just wander down there you'd see it's a pretty & magical little path that residents have strolled for almost two centuries. Anti-social behaviour is conducted in sheltered & hidden areas of undergrowth so planting over this old path will only serve to harbour such activity. It is an ill conceived strategy that will be expensive & ineffective. Please sign the petition to keep this path & insist that our money is spent on more appropriate & immediate solutions - we should fight to preserve this lovely old garden - it's our responsibility.