Gardens & wildlife


Research results from our Round Hill Community Survey performed four years ago as part of Brighton University's Community Partnership Programme were published in the June 2012 Round Hill Reporter. A detailed report was presented by Yi-Chun Chen, an MA student in Community Psychology.

The design of the survey form took several drafts. The success of the project will have depended significantly on how The Round Hill Society has responded to the survey results i.e. residents' feedback. Our responses to date (2017) have been through:

  1. action - scroll to ongoing and recent events
  2. information in support of the community

Police Community Support

To report an emergency call: 999
To report a non-emergency call:101

Round Hill

CRIME and ANTI-SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR is more of a problem now than it was a year ago, survey results suggest. Read more on this.

Click here for info on the University Police Liaison Officer

"Support for older people" Page











Community Safety Fund

We need the help & ideas of neighbours to improve community safety in Round Hill. It may seem small mitigation for the loss of "Bonnie" (our dedicated Police Community Support Officer). However, the office of the Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner's Community Safety Fund does invite bids for awards of up to £5,000 from  local organisations and projects which serve the purposes of reducing crime &/or improving community safety.

The Round Hill Society would be pleased to hear from residents who may be interested in pursuing a project within our neighbourhood with one of both of the above aims. 

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What are the Round Hill neighbourhoods needs in relation to both crime and community security

Click here to review a list of needs and concerns which has emerged from posts on Round Hill's social media and in conversations with local residents.

Which kinds of projects have received the awards to date?

Click here for a list of organisations and projects in Sussex which have received money through the Community Safety Fund.


Brighton and Hove City Council










What are the Council's rules on Houses of Multiple Occupation?

2017 Map of Houses of Multiple Occupation in Brighton & Hove
Brighton and Hove City Council updates the above every 6 months.

HMO BULLETIN April 2017 for latest information on Houses of Multiple Occupation



As from Tue 10th January 2017, recyclables are collected fortnightly on Tuesdays in Round Hill.

Click here for City Clean's service update e.g. the Tuesday date your next recycling collection! Visit the Facebook Page for Recycling & Refuse in Brighton & Hove.

4. ODOUR FROM WTS? Tel. 0800 80 70 60 The Environment Agency

Not Veolia, Not The Council: report pollution to the EA

Three separate complaints on 1 day prompt a call-out from the EA, which gives Hollingdean Dep its licence to operate & sets conditions













The design of the Hollingdean Waste Transfer Station building allows odour escapes to take place.

In a letter to affected residents outlining the results of their investigation, the government's Environment Agency disclosed: "The building was built without an Antranra airlock system, so there is no barrier between the waste and the open air when the doors are opened and this allows odour to escape. Veolia have also identified that odour has been escaping through the vents designed to let air into the building." The re-location of facilities for processing food waste is not a goal which could be achieved overnight without bringing the city's refuse collection services to a standstill.

Whenever a complaint is logged The Environment Agency will ask the caller to rate the strength of the odour on a scale of 1 to 6. However, their investigating officer already knows exactly why The Hollingdean Waste Transfer Station has been a nuisance to nearby residents ever since the facility came into operation early in 2009.

A survey to measure how much dust is escaping into our homes and gardens is also long overdue, though it is as if Veolia's main client would prefer this not to be known.

Should we now be considering a group action?

We need Round Hill residents views on this and also to gauge the level of support for the alternative: i.e. an organised response to nuisances from Hollingdean Depot without necessarily involving solicitors.








Residents living in the vicinity of Hollingdean Waste Transfer Station have been canvassed at least twice by the Cardiff-based solicitors, Hugh James, who describe themselves as "one of the country's leading specialists in environmental law and group actions" acting on behalf of "communities across the UK both large and small affected by various forms of environmental pollution and nuisance".

Dog fouling & what to do about it
Dogs Failure to pick up after a dog has fouled a public open space (such as a pavement, road, park, field, or the beach) could cost the owner a fine of up to £1000. Our Council's Animal Warden Team page links to PDF posters which residents are invited to print and display.

Information on what to do about regular problems with dog waste is given here. Incident reporting can be done at this link under the category 'cleaning'.

Click on the mini-picture to the left for a large PDF version which can be printed and displayed. 



Highlighting unremoved dog poo


















Pictured on The Cats Creep: Annie Rimington & 2 RH children.

Neil Pringle from BBC Radio Sussex interviewed Sandy Hawkins from The Round Hill Society on the above idea to encourage owners to clean up after their dogs.  The newspaper article focuses on the health risks (TOXOCARIASIS) posed - especially to young children with the habit of putting their hands in their mouth - by roundworm parasites found in mess from cats, dogs and foxes. 


Both reports emphasize the need to find a good solution which does not prove counterproductive by leading to ill-tempered confrontation.


Learning from thermal images

Thank you to all Round Hill residents who helped the University of Brighton (School of Environment and Technology) with their research. They have used their findings to produce a peer-reviewed publication which was presented at a conference held by the Association of Researchers in Construction Management (ARCOM) in Fitzwilliam College in Cambridge University.










Using a special camera, thermal images were taken of participating Round Hill households in February 2017.

The image reveals where heat is escaping. The University of Brighton carries out wide and varied research in the field of environmental sustainability and the performance of buildings, including evaluation of their environmental impact.

Thurs 19 October 2017 start 6.30pm





















Sun 29 October 2017: Halloween Street Play

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Next reading group event: Wed 1st Nov 8pm at The Martha Gunn

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  • The book for the next meeting  - our fourth event - is Skin Deep by Brighton author Laura Wilkinson, a novel set initially in Manchester in the 1980's. All Round Hill readers welcome.
  • Next meeting = Wednesday 1st November 2017 @ 8pm
  • Where = Martha Gunn, 100 Upper Lewes Road.
  • The rules of book club are, there are no rules. If you want to come along at any time then please do. Don't worry if you haven't read or finished the book - you'll still be welcome. At each meeting we'll set the date for the next get together - Martha Gunn very happy to host us.
  • We agreed no weighty reads (physically or emotionally) although we may work up to these!
  • We like the idea of picking local authors and buying from independent book shops if possible.

Hope you can join us on Wednesday 1st November 2017.

There is an existing Book Group called Roundhill Readers which has been holding monthly meetings for circa 15 years. It was last publicised on Page 6 of  The Round Hill Reporter March 2014.

The idea of the new Book Club was circulated recently on The Round Hill Community Noticeboard Facebook Group when a new resident to the area asked if there was a local reading group she could join. See The Round Hill Community Noticeboard Facebook Group for updates on what has been planned.

First ever Round Hill "JUMBLE TRAIL"

26 stallholders signed up to Round Hill's first ever Jumble Trail. Nearly 30 stalls took part in what turned out to be very enjoyable.

Thank you to the organisers (Laura Kate, Kate and Jane) and also to all buyers, sellers and everyone who entered into the spirit of the event.

Although Round Hill has had previous Table Top Sales and events with stalls, the trails we have had in the past have been limited to Artists' Open Houses and Open Gardens. With the Jumble Trail, nobody had to pay any admission fee, yet there were similar opportunities to meet neighbours.













Thanks to Elizabeth for supplying the above photo and allowing it to be used here ]

Having stalls outside residents' own houses also increased the probability of making new contacts in ones own street. Although having stalls altogether in a line has the advantage of creating a marketplace, the idea of a "Trail" means less carrying for sellers and gives buyers opportunity for a pleasant stroll as well as the anticipation of finding something different around the next corner. Feedback from residents suggests that several would like The Jumble Trail to become a regular event.













Pictures of Round Hill's First Dog Show

  1. compere and judges
  2. dogs getting on together
  3. the giver of prizes
  4. the sausage man
  5. individual competitors
  6. short video clips

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Reports on The Mayor's Walk: Sun 30th April 2017













Almost 200 people turned out for the mayor's Brighton & Hove boundary walk, each sponsored by one of the mayor's charities. Read the report in The Brighton and Hove Independent or go to

Pete West, our local ward councillor, has been Mayor of Brighton and Hove this past year. Between Thursday 4th and Monday 8th May, as the finale to his term as mayor, Pete will cycle on his tandem from the Eiffel Tower to the BAi360 in Brighton. While on the Eiffel Tower (4 May), he will open the Brighton Fringe Festival 2017 by live televised link to the Big Screen at the Warren.

Pete will return via the port of Newhaven (8 May) where he will be joined by a calvacade of two wheelers: people astride motorcycles, penny farthings, bicycles and right up to date, electrically assisted pedal cycles. Once escorted to the city, the mayor and his fellow charity bike riders from the Brighton Property Consortium, will join a most excellent afternoon of charity extravaganza in the New Road, Brighton.

triple challenge










Visit the Mayor's Facebook Page for photos of his recent events and plans for a grand finale.


Click here to see ITV New's report on  The Mayor of Brighton and Hove's Cycle Rides which took place on Sunday 23rd April 2017.

What services are offered at Richmond House?

What the members of Pavilions Partnership do

After previous open days, several Round Hill residents have already learnt how members of this partnership contribute to the effort to help people regain control of their lives. Click here if you are concerned about your use of drugs &/or alcohol or would just like an insight into what the team does.

You can also follow Pavilions at Richmond House on Twitter by clicking on @Pavilions_org.


Seasonal Singing 15 Dec 2016

Thank you to all Round Hill residents who gave generously to The Round Hill Society's Seasonal Singing on 15th December 2016. You raised £181.40.

The money raised will very shortly be paid by The Round Hill Society to The Mayor's charities.

The current Mayor of Brighton and Hove is Round Hill's ward Councillor  Pete West. See The Mayor's Facebook Page for details of his fundraising actvities.













PatchFest 2016

Friends of William Clarke Park's festival on 16th July 2016

garden party









Click on the above picture for a short video clip of this well supported summer event. Our ward councillor, currently Mayor of Brighton & Hove was among those who attended so check for more pictures on The Mayor's and Patchfest@William Clarke Park's Facebook sites.

Visit Friends of William Clarke's website for the railway history of the Kemp Town branch line which ran on a tall viaduct across Lewes Road and the Patch linking Lewes Rd Station (now the car park & garden of Richmond House to Hartington Halt before tunnelling under Elm Grove ending near the Bingo Hall in Eastern Road.


RH Garden Party at 58 Richmond Road

Report on The Round Hill Society's picnic of 3rd July 2016

A short video clip of The Mayor of Brighton's address at this event in support of our local residents' association, is posted on The Round Hill Society's Facebook Page

Other video clips featuring the certificates of appreciation awarded to young residents, the generous offering from local musicians and the spectacular scenery of the garden itself, can be viewed by local residents who have joined Round Hill Community Noticeboard (76 members to date).

garden party









 Click on the above picture for an illustrated report on this, our main event of summer 2016.  Special thanks are due to Jan and Rusty Curry for sharing their garden on a pleasant summer afternoon, to Imaginary Friends duo (Michael & Liz) and members of Jan & Rusty's family (including Rusty himself) for music, neighbours of Jan & Rusty (Wendy for singing and Jo for art activities), and to Barbara for her cake & drinks service which continued throughout the event adding £85 to Round Hill Society funds.


Steam trains pass the north of Round Hill

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Click on the three links (below) for Mov clips
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The Oliver Cromwell Sat 7th June from Ditchling Road

Black V Sun 8th June from London Road Station footbridge

The Oliver Cromwell steam locomotive, running somewhat latepassed Round Hill in both directions (2pm and 2.15pm) on Sat 7th June leading at the front on its return journey eastwards. Another steam locotive, Black V, did the same, but running to time, on Sun 8th June 2014. 

These special excursions were to mark the 150th anniversary of the Brighton to Seaford line.


Local markets

Open Market & London Road regeneration













Florence Road Farmers Market Every Saturday from 9.30am to 1.30pm One Church Courtyard near London Road Station. Fruit & veg, meat & fish, bread & dairy, street food, espresso bar, etc. Sat 9:30-1:30. BN1 6DL CarolFlorence Road Farmers Market
Local fruit & veg., fresh bread, home roasted coffee, handmade crafts, artisan foods, cakes & more. Links to their Twitter and Facebook pages.



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