These houses date from the 1820s and refronted c.1850. The gardens have been in Council ownership since the 1884 Brighton Improvement Act. They lost their railings during WWII but these & the garden were nicely restored during the 1990s. Like many places in Brighton it has lost several mature trees. The Square is within the Regency Square CA and the houses are subject to an Article 4 direction requiring magnolia walls, white woodwork and black railings.
Typical mindless scribble has appeared on Old Forge Cottage, 43 Old London Road. This is irritating enough but the reaction of council officers does not help when the only advice they can proffer is that it's a matter for the police. This may be true, yet the property is grade II listed and lies within the Patcham Conservation Area. If the owner had scribbled on his wall without planning permission the planning enforcement department would have been down on him like a ton of bricks. The council must have contact details of the absentee owner. Surely they could contact him and invite him to clean up his wall or re-decorate.
On the field, from L to R, Cr Ruth Buckley, Caroline Lucas MP, Lou McCurdy, Polly Strauss
From an article in today's Independent:-
"Michael Gove, as Education Secretary, has picked his fair share of fights. From Jamie Oliver to the National Union of Teachers, the Information Commissioner to the schoolchildren of Tottenham in north London, opponents of the Secretary of State for Education have variously described him as “arrogant”, “belligerent” and a “real life villain”.
Now he has a new nemesis: the city of Brighton and Hove. A Department for Education (DfE) plan to concrete over playing fields to make way for a new free school has residents, teachers and even a local Conservative MP up in arms. Under the banner of “Hove vs Gove”, a group of campaigners has vowed to save their “village green” – known as Bhasvic Field – and has accused Mr Gove of once again riding roughshod over a community’s wishes in pursuit of his free schools policy." Read on.