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Crime stats & neighbourhood policing

Click on eWatch for local crime statistics for September 2016 and contact details of our local police community support officer. You can report crime and incidents online at www.sussex.police.uk/reportonline. Not sure of the law?: AskThePolice online answers to FAQs.

Read about the changing role of Police Community Support Officers

Contact your local Council about a range of concerns.

Odour from WTS? Tel. 0800 80 70 60 The Environment Agency
Odour nuisance from  The Waste Transfer Station at Hollingdean Depot has been making streets in the north of Round Hill very smelly. This should not be accepted as "the norm". Please let the Environment Agency know if you encounter unreasonably smelly escapes. They will investigate if there are 3 or more complaints on the same day. It is the EA (not The Council: Veolia's main client) which sets the terms of the "license to operate" at Hollingdean Depot.

Proposal to operate The Dump on 26 Dec 2016

Sample letter of objection to
full operation of The Dump on Boxing Day 2016 [PDF two sides].

Click here for a simple version with much less detail.








Click HERE to learn how 5 minutes of your time (please act before 28th October 2016) could give residents living in the north of Round Hill peace from industrial noise this coming Boxing Day, 26th Dec 2016.





The extra disturbance which will arise if the planning application is granted, provides an opportunity to highlight current breaches of conditions on the Hollingdean Depot site.


The Round Hill Reporter (our printed magazine)

Past issues of our printed newsletter 'The Round Hill Reporter' can be downloaded (in PDF format) from here. The most recent issue is

      • Issue 65 October 2016 
        Round Hill AGM @ Richmond House, report on July garden party, history of Round Hill's lost elms, importance of trees in cities, Ernest Beal VC, Halloween Playsafe with the city's Mayor, community composting, urban foxes, the long wall, Pavilions community gardening, guide for residents who are new to Round Hill, dog poo stencils seem to be working.

Round Hill's online groups

The first three of the online resources allow members to post as well as view i.e. you can interact freely with Round Hill residents by joining:

  • Round Hill Community Noticeboard already up to 85 members
    A Facebook 'closed group' with good participation and plenty of good quality items (e.g. wardrobe, bookcase, drawers, CD/DVD player, bicycle lock, plants) offered & snapped up for free.
  • Round Hill Yahoo Group running for over a decade with 178 members. Activity comes & goes.
  • Round Hill Society Twitter
  • The Round Hill Society's Facebook Page
    The Facebook Page format this running as it allows The Round Hill Society to project itself to the world. If you want 'freedom to post' and dialogue with neighbours, then join Round Hill Community Noticeboard instead.

RHS Committee Page

containing the Minutes of recent meetings and the date of our next RHS Committee Meeting (Tuesday 1st November 2016 at Ted's).

A committee consisting of 11 members was elected at our AGM on Saturday 15th October 2016


The Round Hill Society's 2016 AGM

Our  Annual General Meeting was held at Richmond House between 11am and 12.30pm on Saturday 15th October. We are very grateful to the staff at Pavilions for letting us use their building as a community venue on this occasion. One of the achievements of the past 12 months, involving several Round Hill residents (most non-committee members) has been the good relationship which has been formed with staff and users of Pavilions (Richmond House). The tidiness of the flower beds reflect a joint effort to make Richmond House and its surroundings more attractive.

Saturday did not prove the best choice of time for our AGM (the long list of Apologies confirmed this). Nevertheless, the planting of the rowan trees, the summer garden party, and several of the Play Streets which Kate has organised over the past year, have drawn good support, so we have not lost direction. 

A committee consisting of 11 members was elected.

We are grateful to Carol Hall who has now stepped down from the RHS committee. Carol has been our treasurer for a number of years. She has also campaigned effectively outside the RHS to address our neighbourhood's parking problems.

We are pleased, however, to welcome two new committee members: Miriam Stephens (Richmond Road) and Peter Meakins (Round Hill Street).  Peter has served on our committee previously. We are glad to have both Miriam and Peter with us.   

Next Playsafe: Sun 30th Oct 2016  Halloween

Our final street play of the year is our ever popular Halloween event which this year will be on Sunday 30th October, from 3pm to 5pm in Mayo Road.

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We're planning spooky games and will have a 'best carved pumpkin' competition.

The Mayor enjoyed himself so much last time he joined us in July that he's planning on coming back to act as head judge!!

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Come and join us in your most frightening costumes if you dare...!!!

A big thank you to the many parents and Round Hill committee for their ongoing support at these events, and to the residents of Mayo Road and surrounding areas for moving cars and helping to negotiate the temporary road closure.

Planning decisions: Wed 12th October 2016

Click here for the Agenda of the planning committee meeting.   

1. 28 and Land Rear of including 28B, 28C & 28D, Crescent Road
Item 56 I on the planning committee Agenda.

I'm sorry to report that the above application was APPROVED

The Round Hill Society is grateful both to Chris Morley and Cllr Louisa Greenbaum for speaking against the application on behalf of the many residents affected by it.


2. Land to the rear of 101 Roundhill Crescent
Items 56 D and 56 E on the planning committee Agenda.

The above applications were REFUSED


Recent Round Hill events

Click here for illustrated reports (jpgs & videos) on recent events.

See our LINKS SECTION for USEFUL INFORMATION and further description of Round Hill's printed and online resources.



Side by side maps: "OS 1892" and "Now"

How were houses originally laid out in your street in the late 19th century? What was open space and what was built on then? Click on a street and refer to the 1892 Ordenance Survey map:

Ashdown Road | Belton Road | Crescent Road | D'Aubigny Road | Ditchling Road | Princes Crescent | Princes Road | Richmond Road | Roundhill Crescent | Roundhill Road | Roundhill Street | Upper Lewes Road | Wakefield Road |


Regular listings & Upcoming Events

For daily updates on other neighbourhoods' news & campaigns
across the city, please go to CivicBrightonandHove.co.uk

1. Odour from WTS? Tel. 0800 80 70 60 The Environment Agency
2. The Open Market and The Level Upcoming Events
3. Visit London Road website | blog
4. The Duke of York's Picture House Preston Circus
5. Emporium, Brighton - what's on - 88 London Road
6. Brighton Open Air Theatre - what's on - Dyke Rd Park [map]
7. Free University Brighton - upcoming events
8. Brighton & Hove Arts Diary
9. Arts | Music | Theatre | Cinema
Sussex Concerts
11. Sunday Chamber Concerts 5pm-6pm by Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
12. East Sussex CC: Music, Art & Cultural Events
13. The Brighton Society - talks, lectures & exhibitions.
14. Regency Society 2016 lectures and events
15. Hove Civic Society - lectures & events.
16. Sussex Industrial Archeology Society own meetings & similar
17. English Speaking Union lectures at The Hove Club, Fourth Av.
18. Walks - unguided, guided, longer and shorter
19. Healthwalks 2016 programme plain text | colour  
20. walk & bus circuits from Round Hill
21. Friends of Hollingbury Woods
22. Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere - Events Calendar
23. Digital map of Brighton & Lewes Downs Biosphere
24. Prince Regent Online Pool & Class Timetable
Free swimming for children aged 16 and under
25. See also The Argus - events page
26. The People's Republic of Brighton and Hove: Facebook page
27. Brighton & Hove Food Partnership
28. List of twenty-five lunch clubs in Brighton and Hove

Click on the picture below to find your nearest swimming pool

swimming Online Pool & Class Timetable
for today at the
Prince Regent Pool Brighton.





Chapel RoyalTuesday 25th October 2016 from 1.10 to 1.55 - Live lunchtime concert Chapel Royal, North Street Brighton. Buck Brass Trio (trump, horn, tromb) - Ewazen Beethoven Plog





gclub Wed 16th and Thu 27th October: 10:30am - noon Volunteer Gardening Club at The Level. Description: The Level's gardens are award-winning, not just for their beauty and superb condition, but also for the contribution they make towards a wider conservation and sustainability picture at the park - particularly in encouraging bees and other beneficial insects.


  • There are two regular weekly volunteer gardening clubs at The Level, run under the tutelage and supervision of the onsite Garden Manager, Steve Peters.
  • It is essential that potential volunteers liaise beforehand with Steve Peters on stephen.peters@brighton-hove.gov.uk, in case a session needs to be cancelled, changed, postponed, or other arrangements need clarifying.
  • Volunteers must attend a compulsory initial training and information session before starting volunteer gardening work.
  • Volunteers assist with a range of gardening tasks as assigned by the Garden Manager. The Level is an accessible park, and there are disabled toilets on site.
  • Visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/leisure-and-libraries/parks-and-green-spaces/level-enjoy-park-and-get-involved for more information.




unitarian Friday 28th October 2016 12.30 - 1.15 pm - Unitarian Church New Road, Brighton, BN1 1UF - Pam Cragg and Margaret Grimsdell, one piano, four hands. A celebration of French music for piano duet: a mixture of well-loved and rarely-heard works by Bizet, Chaminade, Debussy, Poulenc, Ravel and something to mark Satie's 150th anniversary.




Sunday 30th Oct 2016  Halloween Playsafe: 3pm to 5pm in Mayo Road

Our final Street Play of the year is our ever popular Halloween event. This year The Mayor of our City (Cllr Pete West) will be present and has agreed to act as head judge for our 'best carved pumpkin'  competition. The pumpkin (pictured below) won the "scariest pumpkin" category at last years event. However, the judge on that occasion overlooked some of the smaller exhibits which were equally scary. Please attend (with children!) if only to see that [1] justice is done and [2] to assist the organisers of the event in providing the children with spooky games i.e. giving them "a good time".


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silver stringsTuesday, 1st November 2016 10:15am - Silver Strings - it's never too late to learn! - The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, BN1 1YD. The first Tuesday of each month is an open session, where newcomers can try an instrument and meet the players. No previous musical experience is necessary and most of our group were complete beginners when they first came along. We even provide the instruments: choose violin, viola or cello - or try all three! The sessions are facilitated by professional cellist and Goldsmiths-trained music leader Isabel Emerson, and kindly supported by the Brighthelm Small Grants Scheme. Cost: the first session's FREE - come and try us out! If you want to join Silver Strings, it's £12/wk (payable monthly) thereafter, inclusive of instrument use.

See video clip on activities run by the parent group: Open Strings

Come and see Silver Strings this summer:




Friends of Hollingbury Woods Sunday 6th November 2016, 10am-1pm - Friends of Hollingbury and Burstead Woods - Prune and weed North Hedge. Clear Butterfly Banks. Clear North Tennis Glade.
Easy access trail. Click here to learn about Hollingbury Hillfort. FHBW's Facebook Page.






brighton philharmonic Sunday 6th November 2016 2.45pm-4.45pm - Brighton Dome, Church Street Brighton, BN1 1UE - JAMES MORGAN Conductor BRIGHTON FESTIVAL CHORUS SARAH TYNAN Soprano LEIGH MELROSE Baritone BRAHMS Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) BRAHMS Ein Deutsches Requiem Op.45   Tickets on sale from Brighton Dome Ticket Office: (01273) 709709 www.brightondome.org 




sustainable buildingTuesday, 8th November 2016 7pm-10.30pm - Brighton Sustainable Building Meeting (Pub evening) at The Battle of Trafalgar, 34 Guildford Road, Brighton BN1 3LW - an informal opportunity to discuss sustainable building practices, techniques and technical issues. Useful for architects, building contractors, and associated trades, people looking to have sustainable building works carried out (new build or renovation), as well as self-builders, DIYers etc. Every second Tuesday of the month. AECB [Association for Environment Conscious Building].




st lukes Friday 18th November 2016 7.30 pm - St Luke's Church, Queens Park Road BN2 0GG -  Duck Soup






Local Environment

1. Odour from WTS? Tel. 0800 80 70 60 The Environment Agency

Nuisance continues from The Waste Transfer Station. Please phone if you smell unreasonable odour so that we can continue to highlight:

[A] the unsuitable location at Hollingdean Depot for processing food waste so near to residents homes and gardens

[B] the unsuitable building design of the Waste Transfer Station: i.e. not fit for purpose as it cannot prevent escapes of dust particles and odour.

The operating licence issued by The Environment Agency also covers unreasonable noise. Phone them about this and not The Council (Veolia's main client).

The Council can help in cases of items left on pavements:


Local authorities, including Brighton and Hove City Council, regard placing articles on pavements in the hope that they will find new owners as fly-tipping:  a criminal offence which can carry an unlimited fine.

See the RNIB's Who put that there campaign?



Disincentivizing flytippers

Please use social media or recycling outlets to dispose of unwanted items. Have them collected from off-street locations such as your home or deliver them yourself. Small-scale flytipping (pavement donations)  establish practices which can encourage larger-scale flytipping: 












The law on flytipping is the same for everyone. It would cost society far too much in legal expenses if, instead of being "a single law for all", there were  subtle variations allowing for

  • the amount left on the pavement,
  • the perceived usefulness or value of what is deposited,
  • the intentions of owners to remove unclaimed items after a certain time,
  • the hope that items tidily stacked against a wall won't be scattered by cherry-pickers etc.

Some residents regard "neighbourhood practice" as the example to follow. The problem here is that larger-scale flytippers, whose actions can trash a street scene and endanger pedestrians, may be led by the same example. If neighbours don't do it, it becomes easy to identify and stop the industrial flytippers.


2. Landlords and Letting Agents - a need for accreditation

£20,000 / £14,000 fines unlicensed landlords of shared houses
Read our article on Houses of Multiple Occupation [HMOs]

See the The Debrief's campaign calling for the end of letting agent fees.



Artists Open Houses 2016

Artists Open Houses 

The Artists Open Houses festival 2016 took place in Brighton, Hove and beyond from Saturday 30th April to Sunday 29th May. 

The largest event of its kind in the UK, around 200 houses and studio spaces across the city opened their doors to exhibit the work of over 1,500 artists and makers. 

Education (for adults)
Adult EducationThe Brighton Free University

Adult Education The Friends' Centre

Courses for Spring 2016




Cornerstone Community Centre - Adult Education 

Church Road, Hove, East Sussex BN3 2FL
includes Poetry for Pleasure on Mondays


Do you use your local history centre?

Historical records: Ashdown Road | Belton Road | Crescent Road | D'Aubigny Road | Ditchling Road | Princes Crescent | Princes Road | Richmond Road | Roundhill Crescent | Roundhill Road | Roundhill Street | Upper Lewes Road | Wakefield Road | Getting to The Keep.

Fed up with writing Christmas cards?

Try Rob Stephenson's December Round Hill History Quiz


Please see events listings for music currently on. Many music venues re-open in the spring.

Learn an instrument Learn a musical instrument - since the time of the Prince Regent, Brighton has gained a reputation for music teaching and performance. The abundance of teachers in our city means that it is easy to find help in learning an instrument.


BartholomewSt Bartholomew's Concerts 






Saint NicholasWednesday Lunch time recitals back in 2016
lasting for half an hour from 12:30pm at
St Nicholas's Church Dyke Road, Brighton, East Sussex BN1 3LJ map

Louise Cournarie - Piano




All SaintsThursday 1st June 2017 at 1pm - Lunchtime Recitals at All Saints Church Hove - Lunchtime Recitals programme offers weekly music concerts from Thursday, 1st June 2017 at 1pm through to October 2017. The first concert of the 2017 season will feature various performers who will be playing during the season.






The Park Crescent News & Events at The Park Crescent Pub, 39 Park Crescent Terrace, BN2 3HE.




Open Market: stalls  The Level/London Rd












Open Market: artists' studios



Click on picture below for circular bus ride / walk from Round Hill:


Bus-assisted walks starting from Round Hill

Healthwalks programme valid during winter 2015/16

Click on picture below for index of local walks/walking groups

yyy Why not get together with neighbours for a weekend walk - you may like to try the two bus-aided circular walks below:


The Level restoration project

There is a community volunteer-led Activity Plan for The Level, through which there are a number of activities to take part in. Visit www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/joinusonthelevel for more details. You can borrow a set of boccia or pétanque balls and play a game on the special area, and we also have chess sets and clocks you can borrow for a game on our textured artwork tabletop picnic tables. We currently run weekly Healthwalks, inclusive Play sessions, weekly gardening club with the onsite Garden Manager, and also have a Community Forum which is helping shape the park's community future and which is looking for additional members. There are two community spaces for hire in the restored pavilions onsite. More details at www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/thelevel.

The Level









Feeding the 5000
Review the organisations which achieved this, and how it was done for the first time ever at The Level in a short space of time before 2.30pm on 29th October 2015.

Refuse, recycling & dog poo collection

Round Hill area: Tue (weekly) = refuse; Tue (fortnightly) = recycling

Click here for City Clean's service update.

Highlighting unremoved dog poo


















Take this link to BBC Radio Sussex [06.00 Thursday 24 September 2015] and move the slider to 01:41 (just over halfway through the 3-hour programme) for the start [time check: twenty minutes to eight] of Simon Jenkin's report and Neil Pringle's interview with Sandy Hawkins from The Round Hill Society.

The story was also reported by Joel Adams in The Argus on Thursday 24th September 2015 (online version not yet present in archive), this time featuring our chair, Annie Rimington, and two Round Hill children, pictured on The Cats Creep (above). 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.

Votes (and who they were cast for)

7th May 2015 General Election

Brighton Pavilion parliamentary constituency

42% 22871 votes Caroline Lucas [Green Party] elected as MP

27% 14904 votes Purna Sen [Labour Party] Not elected
23% 12448 votes Clarence Eden Mitchell [Conservative Party] Not elected
5% 2724 votes Nigel David Carter [UKIP] Not elected
3% 1525 votes Chris Bowers [Liberal Democrats] Not elected
0% 116 votes Nick Yeomans [Independent] Not elected
0% 88 votes Howard Pilott [The Socialist Party of Great Britain] Not elected

Brighton Kemptown parliamentary constituency

Simon Kirby [Conservative Party] has been elected as MP for Brighton Kemptown constituency gaining 41% of the votes. Nancy Platts [Labour Party] came second [not elected] with 39% of the votes.

Hove parliamentary constituency

Peter Kyle [Labour Party] has been elected as MP for Hove constituency gaining 42% of the votes. Graham Cox [Conservative Party] came second [not elected] with 40% of the votes.


7 May 2015 Council Elections

Lizzie Deane, Louisa Greenbaum and Pete West have been elected as the new ward councillors for St Peter's & North Laine ward, which includes Round Hill.

A huge "thank you" to outgoing Councillor Ian Davey for his unstinting public service in this role (also acting as Deputy Leader of the Council & Lead Member for Transport) before standing down at this election.

The new political make-up of Brighton and Hove City Council is LABOUR [23 councillors], CONSERVATIVE [20 councillors], and GREEN [11 councillors]. This mix is reflected in Brighton and Hove's parliamentary constituencies with Labour taking Hove, Conservative taking Brighton Kemptown and Green taking Brighton Pavilion.

St Peter’s and North Laine (Three seats)
Lizzie Deane Green 5,096
Louisa Greenbaum Green 4,596
Pete West Green 4,286
Caraline Brown Labour 3,044
Jenny Henderson Labour 2,730
Maureen Winder Labour 2,229
Mike Long Conservative 1,116
Pat Ward Conservative 1,072
Heather Newberry-Martin Conservative 980
Rob Heale Liberal Democrats 510
William Parker Liberal Democrats 397
Michael Wilbur Liberal Democrats 363
Jessica Marchant TU & Socialist Coalition 353

May 2014 European Elections

South East - European Election Result 2014
[ Parties in alphabetical order - Turnout 35.4% ]

CON Richard Ashworth
CON Nirj Deva
CON Dan Hannan
GRN Keith Taylor
LAB Anneliese Dodds
LD Catherine Bearder
UKIP Janice Atkinson
UKIP Nigel Farage
UKIP Ray Finch
UKIP Diane James

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