Thursday, 18 January 2018

RSCH redevelopment - stage 1 progress

Bird's-eye view of the construction site for the Stage 1 Building that will open in the winter of 2020/21. It is the larger of the two new buildings the redevelopment will provide. Eastern Road, the main road past the front of the hospital, is at the top of the picture.

The foundation piles for the building have been completed and the excavation work is well underway. Most of the site, except the area immediately adjacent to Eastern Road, will be dug down two and half storeys. This is to accommodate underground car parking and the building’s plant rooms.

Excavations are complete across the north of the site (the bottom of the picture). The buidling’s foundation slab is being constructed in that area. Looking carefully it is possible to see the places where some of the building’s lifts will be installed, towards the bottom of the picture.

Two of the four tower cranes that will be used in the construction of the building are already in place. A third crane is on top of the tower block, working on the construction of the helideck.

Over the next three months: excavations will be completed, the foundation slab will be nearing completion and the other two tower cranes will be set up on site.

An Introduction to the Royal Pavilion

Be transported back in time with an expert guide. Hear stories of King George IV’s impressive banquets, balls and concerts and learn more about the architecture and decorative interiors of the Royal Pavilion.

This event is running on selected dates between 20 January 2018 and 24 March 2018. It is next occurring on 20 January 2018 at 2:30 pm.

Upcoming Dates:
20 January 2018 at 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm
27 January 2018 at 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm
3 February 2018 at 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm
10 February 2018 at 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm
17 February 2018 at 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm
24 February 2018 at 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm
3 March 2018 at 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm
10 March 2018 at 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm
17 March 2018 at 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm
24 March 2018 at 2:30 pm until 3:30 pm

£4.90 (plus Royal Pavilion admission).
You can buy tickets by telephoning the Events Booking line on 03000 290902 (Mon-Fri), in person at any of our venues, or you can buy tickets online. You can also email if you have any queries.

City gets more cycle stands

Last autumn 74 stands were installed in the Hanover/Elm Grove zone

The city council has just started a last phase for 2017/18 which will see stands installed for 124 bikes, mainly in central Brighton & Hove. Among 10 locations are Western Road, West Street, The Level and Palmeira Square. Two hundred new cycle parking spaces will have been installed in central Brighton & Hove by the end of this financial year.

Since 2006 the council has installed parking for almost 2000 cycles.

Anyone can submit suggestions for locations for cycle stands using a form on the council website New requests will be considered for the 2018/19 financial year.

Abandoned bikes occupying racks – or anywhere else - can be reported on 01273 292929.

Cycling to work across the city doubled between 2001 and 2011 according to the census. Just under five per cent of its population cycle to work. Nine per cent of adult residents cycle at least once a week.

The local BTN Bikeshare scheme, launched last September, is reportedly the UK's most-used outside London.

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Litter-picking opportunities

Tidy Up Team member Judy Richardson with litter collected by 11 volunteers in Stanmer Park.

BHCC is setting up the Tidy Up Team - trained volunteers who pledge to spend some of their free time picking up litter in their local park. All Tidy Up Team will be  provided with equipment, materials and tools to collect and dispose of litter safely.

They will be supported by the council’s grounds maintenance and City Clean staff who work hard to keep the city’s green spaces and parks litter free.

The project is being co-ordinated by the council’s Rangers who came up with the idea after residents came out in force to support Great British Spring Clean events last year.

Around 70 volunteers have already signed up for the scheme and are undergoing training. They are asked to spend at least 15 minutes each week picking up litter – there is no maximum time limit and they are encouraged to spend as long as they like! They should also own a mobile phone and have access to email and the internet.

As well as carrying out their own litter picks in their local green spaces, volunteers can join organised monthly litter picks in some of the city’s most problematic areas. Forthcoming events include:

East Brighton Park – BIG Tidy Up Sunday February 4th from 11am
Three Cornered Copse - Great British Spring Clean Saturday March 3rd from 10am
Brighton & Hove Way BIG Tidy Up - Stanmer Woods/Upper Lodges, Sunday March 4th, 10am to 12 noon
Preston Park – #StreetsAhead/Tidy Up Team launch event Sunday March 4th 11am
Victoria Park, Portslade – BIG Tidy Up 14th April

Tidy Up Team volunteers are also encouraged to set up their own litter pick events.

Anyone interested in becoming a Tidy Up Team volunteer can visit the council website and fill in an online form. They will then be added to the waiting list for a training course.

Any questions should be emailed to city parks  or telephone 01273 292929.

Regency Square 200

Do you know:
  • how a schoolmaster managed to start developing Regency Square in 1818?
  • the connection between Welsh coal and Regency Square?
  • Who was the most famous person to live in the Square?
  • What dire crimes were perpetrated in its houses?
  • What is missing from the above photo?
Answers to these fascinating questions and much else will appear in an illustrated book now being researched and written by two long-term residents of the Square.

If you have any photos, letters or personal memories about the Square they would be most welcome. Please contact:
01273 321 794

If you would like to receive a copy of the book and have your name listed in it as a subscriber send a minimum donation of £10 to 'RSAS Bicentenary Fund' to:
Nicola Floyd
1 Queensbury Mews
Brighton, BN1 2FE