From Cafe tables to Tennis tables – our next Community Zoom

Our next Queens Park Community Zoom takes place on Wednesday July 15th at 6.30pm

Since the last meeting, more activity has returned to our streets with the shops opening and people getting out and about, and it has been good to see trading activity along St James Street, although some residents been concerned about the impact on social distancing of more people and of restaurants trading on the street.

Thinking to the future, however, we are pleased to be welcoming the Brighton Table Tennis Club to the next meeting who will be sharing proposals to improve their site for the community, with a new ‘pay what you can’ cafe and also work with the Hampshire Court residents to see how the green space can be improved as a community garden

Here is the full agenda for the meeting. The minutes from the last meeting can be found HERE and the Zoom joining link is below.

  1. Police update
  2. St James Street Social Distance Measures – issues and concerns
  3. Covid Emergency Funding street changes survey – local leaflet drop
  4. Table Tennis Club/parish hall proposals
  5. The future for this group – what should it do and how should it do it?
  6. Ward councillor update
  7. AOB
  8. Next meeting

Topic: Queens Park Community Zoom

Time: Jul 15, 2020 06:30 PM London

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Social Streets and Antisocial Acts

At our Queens Park Community Zoom last week, our streets and how we use them dominated the discussion.

The meeting was attended by Sgt Mark Redbourn of the Brighton Prevent Team, who heard residents concerns about the levels of drug dealing and misuse, street drinking and begging taking place – despite the lockdown rules – and requests for more policing in the area. (Full minutes of the meeting can be found HERE)

Since the meeting, Mark has provided the email contacts for our local Community Officers as requested, and they can be found on the Community Support Contacts page.

As well as negative use of our streets, the meeting talked about possible changes to help with social distancing. The Government has provided new guidance for local authorities to take emergency action to increase space for pedestrians and cyclists, and some work has taken place – most locally on Madeira Drive which has been closed to motor traffic. People were particularly concerned about the near impossibility of social distancing around Morrisons because of street clutter.

Suggestions made have included;

  • Removing or relocating the various refuse bins outside Morrisons
  • Suspending some parking bays on St James Street to support social distance queuing or for relocated refuse bins
  • Pedestrianisation of the western end of St James Street
  • Closure to traffic of St James Street each evening to allow restaurants to place tables in the street and use the extra space to support social distance trading for the duration of the pandemic.

What do you think?

Our next Queens Park Community Zoom takes place on Wednesday. Come by and share your thoughts and ideas, raise concerns with your Councillors, local police and council community support team.

If you have any items you would like to see discussed, contact simon.bannister@brighton-hove.gov.uk for inclusion on the agenda

Here is the meeting link/invite.

All welcome!

Topic: Queens Park Community Zoom

Time: May 20, 2020 06:30 PM London

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Queens Park Community Zoom (updated)

On Wednesday May 6th we will be holding a second Community Zoom open video meeting for the area.

The first meeting – which took place on Wednesday April 22nd – was focused on the St James Street area, It was attended by residents, ward Councillors, local service providers and council staff. The aim of the meeting was simply to help check in with residents, give information about services and hear community concerns which our Councillors and council staff may be able to help with.

Notes from this meeting can be found HERE

One action from this meeting was to hold a second event, and to extend it out to focus on the whole ward, and this will take place on Wednesday 6th May.

As well as council staff and ward councilors, we hope to have the police and other service providers present. The agenda will be put out on Tuesday. If you have any issues, concerns or topics which you would like to see include, please email me: simon.bannister@brighton-hove.gov.uk

AGENDA

  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Round Robin – any concerns or issues not on the agenda
  3. Police update – PS Mark Redbourne
  4. Street issues – graffiti, begging, drug use and street drinking
  5. open streets (pavement widening, filters, cycle lanes)
  6. Fibre capacity for St James Street
  7. Support for city centre businesses to help them resume operation with social distancing in place
  8. Update from Councillors
  9. AOB
  10. Next steps

Here is the Zoom invite – feel free to share with local groups and residents.

Topic: Queens Park Community Zoom

Time: May 6, 2020 06:30 PM London

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82189549788?pwd=K0JPaTZZS1RkRmhvN2p2Z2Nzc09tZz09

Meeting ID: 821 8954 9788

Password: 022184

Condoms and HIV self test kits

Our community Zoom meeting last week was attended by the Terrence Higgins Trust based at Brighton Ship Street. Among other services to support people during lockdown they are currently offering free condoms by post to priority residents and free HIV self testing kits (usually £15)

For more info visit their website https://www.tht.org.uk/centres-and-services/brighton