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AT THE SAME time as local residents were writing, recently, to The Whistler and their councillors to express concern at the increase in graffiti attacks in the West Hill area, Councillor Lizzie Deane was emailing people who, last year, volunteered to paint over graffiti
in the West Hill area. (more…)

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and help keep our city’s trees!

LOOK AROUND. We’re lucky, there are trees everywhere – but now your help is needed to keep our city leafy. You may have noticed that many of our city’s beautiful trees are getting old or are succumbing to disease. Add to this the challenge that our council faces in the battle to add or even replace trees in this time of austerity, and it becomes clear that residents’ help is needed. (more…)

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Buckingham Road/Upper Gloucester Road

Mystery surrounds this major development site which remains derelict, with no sign of any work being carried out despite having planning permission for 34 flats, including 14 affordable dwellings. Whilst the City Council’s Planning Committee voted to approve the application last August, the letter from the Council’s Head of Planning granting permission was not sent until 29 March this year! In the meantime, the ownership of the site has changed hands once again: the graffiti-defaced hoarding around the site now carries the name of Martin Homes, but the company’s website does not list the site among its ‘live projects’. (more…)

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Earlier this year, Caroline Lucas MP had discussions with Brighton Chief Inspector Rachel Swinney about her community policing role. CI Swinney said that a plan was being pulled together to help make it easier for officers to attend Local Action Teams regularly. While West Hill’s action team has lapsed since Cllr Lizzie Deane was no longer able to chair it, West Hill residents can make their concerns known directly to their MP or local councillors; write to The Whistler and we will collate and send them on; or via public meetings that WHCA will host if there are major concerns. (more…)

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Friends of St Michael’s talk – 15 May 2019

Doors open at 6.00pm for 6.30pm start. £10 on the door or via Eventbrite (more…)

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While we’re on the subject of researching houses, there is a fascinating website called My House My Street (mhms.org.uk), created by staff and volunteers at The Regency Town House in Hove, a grade I listed building of the mid-1820s as part of architect Charles Busby’s ‘Brunswick Estate’, being developed as a heritage centre and museum. (more…)

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Genealogy can be addictive!

Having lived in the same house in Compton Avenue for over half of my life, a few years ago I decided it was high time that I started researching its history and inhabitants, which has proved a fascinating and, somewhat, obsessive journey.

Running alongside my house research I have also been carrying on from where my late father left off investigating his, and my, ancestors, resulting in delightful and informative trips to Herefordshire and Worcestershire over recent summer holidays. Finding an elderly gent sitting outside the house where my Nan had lived in 1911 was a treat and we got an idea of how the family lived then as nothing much seemed to have changed. (more…)

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