Zooming June + Agenda (updated)

At our previous Queens Park Community Zoom catchups people have talked about the need for changes to our street layout to support social distancing – especially in the St James Street area, with requests made to move bins and close parking spaces to give people more room to queue and to walk, and it look like this call has been taken up, with extensive work taking place outside Morrison’s and Boots as well as elsewhere in the city centre

What do you think of it? Is it too much, about right or is there more to be done? With many of our shops set to open next week, how will the extra pedestrian space affect trade?

The council is putting these changes in place using emergency money from the Government – the first stage is about putting measures in place quickly, and there is an opportunity for further funding to help make successful schemes permanent, so how well this works could have an impact on the city felt far beyond the current pandemic.

This will be among the topics discussed at our next Queens Park Community Zoom, which takes place on Wednesday June 17th 6.30pm. Other items will include a policing update and we hope that someone from the homeless and street community support services will be able to attend to update us on this area as well.


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Policing matters
  3. Social Distance Streets
    • St James Street Changes
    • Madeira Drive pedestrian and cycle space
  4. Social distancing in lifts
  5. Dorset Street Improvements
  6. Ward Councillor Update
  7. AOB
  8. Next Meeting

The minutes of the last meeting can be found HERE

Here is the Zoom joining link:

Topic: Queens Park Community Zoom

Time: Jun 17, 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


  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


Meeting ID: 821 8954 9788

Password: 022184