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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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

Zooming about St James Street

This evening we are holding a community Zoom video meetup for the St James Street area. It will give you a chance to share views with neighbours, find out about council activity and other services and hear from your ward Councillors and let them know your thoughts.

AGENDA

  1. Welcome
  2. Round Robin – check in, concerns and issues for discussion
  3. Police matters (Unfortunately the police are not able to attend the meeting, but have sent an update)
  4. Ward Councillor update
  5. Community newsletters and website
  6. Other issues or topics from the floor
  7. Next steps and actions

To join the meeting:

St James Area Community Zoom Apr 22, 2020 18:30 PM

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Meeting ID: 853 1797 1755 Password: 005300

St James Area Community Zoom

Almost a month into lockdown, many of us are feeling the pressure in different ways as we adapt to managing with the restrictions placed upon us and do out best to protect our health and that of those around us.

If there is a silver lining to this, it must be the way that communities have come together to help their neighbours and the way that services and support networks have sprung up to try to ensure that the most vulnerable amongst are given assistance and that extremes of hardship are avoided.

Despite the fantastic initiatives carried out by the Covid-19 Mutual Aid community, as well as the work of our emergency services and council, there is still a risk that people are being missed out, and important issues being overlooked.

The council Community Engagement Team are working with your ward councillors to help ensure that accurate and up to date information is available to everyone, and this week we will be circulating a Community Support newsletter across the Queens Park ward.

We would also like to invite you join with us for a St James Area community Zoom video meeting on Wednesday, where you can share your concerns and hear directly from ward councillors, council staff and others about actions taking place and planned.

An agenda will be circulated before the meeting – if you have anything you wpould like to add, please let us know : simon.bannister@brighton-hove.gov.uk

St James Area Community Zoom Apr 22, 2020 18:30 PM

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Meeting ID: 853 1797 1755 Password: 005300