Dyke Road Mills, 1847 Preston, Port Hall, Lashmar’s and Hodson’s Mills  from an engraving in Brighton & Hove Archaeologist 1924

Dyke Road Mills, 1847
Preston, Port Hall, Lashmar’s and Hodson’s Mills
from an engraving in Brighton & Hove Archaeologist 1924


Did we mention that it’s our 40th birthday this year? We’re pouring over plans to celebrate in style. Last year’s Christmas party was a sell-out and this year entrance to the celebrations on 10 December will be the hottest ticket in town. It’s a strictly first-come, first-tickets affair so do look out for them when they go on sale at Bright News in November. Continue Reading »


In the June/July edition of The Whistler,  one of the reports in Jim Gowans’ regular West Hill Watch column highlighted a planning application for 1 Clifton Street. We reproduce that here, a letter from the owner and a reply from Jim.

1 Clifton Street

An application to return this rather dilapidated property to its original design is generally to be welcomed. The black painted window frames and garage door have been an unattractive feature, whilst the tiled roof projecting over the ground floor is an inappropriate alteration which will disappear once the bay windows have been restored. The proportions of the windows in the proposed plans were, however, considered incorrect by the Conservation Advisory Group and it must be hoped that once this detail has been addressed the restoration will be completed. Cast iron balustrades inspired by the original designs are also proposed and will add to the attractiveness of the street scene.

Dear Editor

I am writing in response to your article in The Whistler June/July 2016 edition regarding the above named property. I regard this newspaper as a community newspaper and thus inclusive for all residents within the area. I  assume you wish your community ethos to be  that of open dialogue and transparency. As the owner of 1 Clifton Street and albeit only a tenant resident of 24 Clifton Street, I was surprised to read an article about my property that was written and printed without any attempt to mention or even consult with myself on its content in advance. It reads as if from one person’s point of view rather than a considered response.

I am a Brighton born and bred resident wishing to make my permanent home in a street close to the old hospital in which I was born and just a few streets away from where my family home was. I wonder how many of those concerned in the writing and publication of this article can say the same?

I purchased this property to make myself a beautiful home, not with the intention of turning it into flats or to make a fast buck but to restore a property into its original state and improve on what previous owners saw fit to bastardise.

I consider myself to be happy member of this community with lovely friendly and welcoming  neighbours who have shared an interest in my little project and who have made no negative comments to date as far as I am aware. The Conservation Advisory Group has been created to provide informed opinions to B&HCC but I am surprised that they do not consider it necessary to talk with those involved in their decision-making beforehand. Can I suggest that a meeting would be helpful to discuss any potential problematic issues with those concerned before passing their report on? I wonder if you have any comments to make in response with regard to the printing of this aforementioned article?

Kind regards, Mandy Tyler

Dear Editor

The Conservation Advisory Group comments on planning applications affecting conservation areas and listed buildings, and provides advice to the City Council on conservation and design policy. It also advises on major applications which are often presented to the CAG at the pre-application stage. All planning applications are in the public domain and can be viewed online. The advice formulated by CAG is included in the planning case file and is also, therefore, in the public domain (although not online). As The Whistler article makes clear, the application BH2016/01135 relating to No 1 Clifton St was generally welcomed, but it was not recommended for approval for the reason reported in the same article.

This recommendation was made by 16 members of Brighton and Hove conservation societies and national bodies such as the RIBA, the Ancient Monuments Society and the Georgian Group. Decisions are made based on the information provided in the application itself and are not influenced by lobbying from applicants or their agents.

Sincerely, Jim Gowans, WHCA rep to CAG


WHAT Meeting

There was a West Hill Action Team meeting at West Hill Hall in late May. Attendees were anxious to hear news of the Council’s meeting with Govia about the location of the station taxi rank. Local councillor, Lizzie Dean, was present at the meeting and she reported that Terminus Road is definitely off the agenda and that Stroudley Road, at rear of the station, is being considered again. With the attention of GTR (or ‘Southern Fail’ as it has been dubbed by its customers) being taken up with its failing and cancelled train services, we don’t expect to hear about the rank location any time soon. Continue Reading »

No Deal

Peter Batten is not amused . . .

Noel EdmondsEarlier this year the very popular television programme, “Deal or No Deal” vanished from our screens. This was a great relief for me. I was not a regular viewer, but I did see parts of the programme from time to time. Whenever I did I was made very angry by the behaviour of the presenter, Noel Edmonds. Over the years, he developed a very sly way of mocking the unfortunate contestants. To my amazement none of them seemed to realise, so they went on exchanging banter with “Good Old Noel”, while the slimy presenter was laughing up his sleeve at their “lucky” numbers and their game plans. It was a horrible performance.

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As an undergraduate about to enter law school, Bailey Winepol put into action what he thought was the perfect scheme to avoid paying school fees. He managed to persuade Lock Haven Law School to sign up for a deal that would contractually oblige him to pay double the normal school fees, but only when he won his first court case. Until then, he would be required to pay nothing. However, what the administration at the law school did not know was that young Bailey only ever intended to take on cases that he could not possibly win. Continue Reading »

Witches2I was curious to see how Oddsocks Productions could turn tragedy to comedy in their Steampunk production of ‘Macbeth’ at their recent visit to the Brighton Open Air Theatre in Dyke Road. An added attraction was that my niece was getting married on July 4 at Powderham Castle in Exeter with a Steampunk theme, and I wanted to see what Steampunk was all about.

Andy Barrow, artistic director, has described it as “Shakespeare for today. Seriously silly Shakespeare. A theatrical experience for everyone. Highly energetic, full of life and plenty of laughs. It’s Shakespeare, but not as you know it!” ‘Macbeth’ is one of Shakespeare’s most popular tragedies and tells the story of greed, witchcraft, murder and mayhem.

The show opened with the sale of £4 programmes by the cast members. It was an opportunity for early audience interaction and the chance for the actors to share some of the picnic goodies brought in by the audience as is customary at the BOAT before the shows start.

The opening sequence where three witches meet Macbeth and Banquo on a blasted heath set the scene for this high octane show: three robotic witches in white dresses (who could have come straight off a ‘Dr Who’ set) sang Nina Simone’s ‘I put a spell on you’ to the pair. There was plenty of silliness – from Lady M’s fascinator headgear to Macbeth’s dallying with a dagger on a string that he saw before him – as well as real talent from all the cast as they sang, played several instruments and several roles. A great deal of fun that was enjoyed by all the audience which included many children.

I love the idea of BOAT and the fact that it’s local, but I have to confess to leaving at the interval, not because I did not enjoy the show – I did, very much – but because my poor old bones could not take the extremely uncomfortable sitting arrangements, even though I had two cushions to help with padding. According to the theatre manager, Ann Marie, they have been lucky with the weather this season. If you’re going to catch the rest of the BOAT programme before the end of September, be sure to take plenty of cushions and blankets for when the sun goes down.


Colette Wilson


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Expert photographers teach you classic photographic techniques whilst taking in iconic Brighton sea-side sights. Learn the tricks of exposure, ISO, and aperture in just 3 hours and take home a professional photograph crafted by you. Continue Reading »


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