A new sheriff in town….

A message from Sergeant Hearth

I would like to introduce myself as the new Sergeant covering your area from Hove Town Hall.

The team and I are keen to work with you to solve any problems that we can help with from a policing perspective.  You will be aware that there have been a number of changes to PCSO’s roles within Sussex Police and I am conscious, having had feedback from several LATS and Neighbourhood Watch meetings, that communication could be improved.  There are a number of ways we are looking at keeping you and your residents informed of what the team are up to and ways to be able to contact my team.

We are looking at the following methods to get our message out to as many people from across the different communities within Hove:

Neighbourhood Alerts – This system, if you or your residents sign up to will get regular, at least once a month, updates about issues in Brighton & Hove and if there are developing concerns in your area there will be alerts regarding this too.  I would encourage you and your residents to sign up to this.  Further details can be found on https://www.neighbourhoodalert.co.uk/

Twitter – People can follow us on our twitter account @BtonHovePolice.

Facebook – People can follow us by liking Brighton and Hove Police Facebook page

LATs and Neighbourhood Watches will be attended when needed.

I am keen to hear from yourselves if there are any other forms of communication you would like so that we can keep you informed.

If people would like to contact my team they can do so via the below methods:

Our generic email address, which is monitored daily, is hove.localteam@sussex.pnn.police.uk.  Further, people can make contact with my team via telephone on 01273 544578, there is an answerphone facility where people can leave messages and my team will get back to them as soon as they are able to.  I would stress however, that if people want immediate officer attendance or to report a crime, then they will need to go through 101 or in an emergency 999.

I look forward to working with you.

Ben Hearth
Acting Police Sergeant CH234

Neighbourhood Policing Team
Brighton and Hove Division
Hove Town Hall | Norton Road | Hove | BN3 4AH
Sussex Police Serving Sussex

Sussex Police – Serving Sussex

You can report crime and incidents online at www.sussex.police.uk/reportonline


Summertime and the City Plan

With summertime upon us, when blue skies, vacations, beaches, parks and all those things come to the fore, people don’t tend to be able to come to LAT meetings, so – like previous years – we will not be meeting again until September.

One thing taking place during this time which residents might want to think about though is the consultation on the City Plan part 2. The council is consulting on a Scoping Paper and the  consultation runs 30 June to 22 September 2016.

The City Plan Part Two follows on from the recently adopted City Plan Part One and will include the remaining development sites, especially sites for new housing, and detailed policies against which planning applications for all types of development will be assessed. The Scoping Paper is organised around 12 topics, (e.g. housing, retail, heritage and community facilities) each with a number of questions to prompt your comments and views.

For more information about the City Plan and to take part in the consultation, click HERE

We hope you enjoy the summer and look forward to seeing you in September. For the minutes of the last meeting, click HERE


Central Hove May Meeting

Our next meeting will take place at the Hove Library on Wednesday May 25th 6-8pm


  1. Welcome/Introductions
  2. Hove Library Update
  3. Police Report
  4. Trust for Developing Communities – Mark Drayton
  5. Services update:
    1. St Mungos Broadway   
    2. BHCC Community Safety
    3. Equinox
  6. Other updates:
    1. George St Traders/BID
  7. Any other business
    1. The restaurant on the corner of Church  Road and 3rd Avenue
    2. The toilets on the sea front


For minutes of the last meeting, look HERE

Next Meeting Nov 26th

The next Central Hove Local action Team meeting will take place on November 26th – 6pm at the Hove Library. For minutes of the last meeting, look HERE

  1. Welcome & introductions
  2. Police & ASB Team Updates
  3. Hove Library update and potential for collaboration with the Library service
    1. Sally McMahon (Head of Libraries) to outline proposals currently under consultation for the relocation of Hove Library services
    2. Questions from the floor on the current proposals
    3. Opportunities for closer working between the LAT and the library service
  4. George Street Update – BID, Traders group and Pedestrian Hours
  5. Any other service updates
  6. Any other business
  7. Next meeting

A new way to view planning notices

Central Hove PlanningThe council planning department has  been working with the Brighton & Hove Independent to develop a new way of publicising planning applications. This is part of a government-funded pilot to improve the ways people can find information about ‘statutory public notices’.

The project has focused on making it easier to find out about planning applications in the city. You can view the latest applications via an easy-to-follow map, or search by area or type – and then follow the link to the council’s online planning register for the full details and to have your say. You can also sign up for email alerts to keep up-to-date with applications in your neighbourhood.

Visit the Brighton & Hove Independent website to find out more.

Central Hove LAT September Revival

RevivalAfter a longish break, the Central Hove LAT returns – our next meeting will be on Wednesday September 16th 6pm at (the appropriately named) Revival Cafe – 35 George Street.

As well as the chance to meet your new Councillor Clare Moonan (and existing councillor Andrew Wealls who was re-elected at the last election), the agenda will include the following:

  • LATs and the new Neighbourhoods, Communities and Equalities Committee
  • CityClean update
  • Police report
  • George Street Traders and BID update

If you have any other items you would like to see included, please get in touch.

Look forward to seeing you on the 16th!


Central Hove LAT next meeting

We would normally have a Central Hove Local Action Team meeting in late March or April, however, because of the coming election, we will need to postpone the next meeting.

Laws and rules which govern conduct around elections for the council and council officers restrict some activities that the council can become involved with or support during this time, and as the LAT is organised and chaired by a council officer, it falls into the category of activities which – because of the involvement of councillors and prospective candidates – we should step back from supporting.

Additional to the election period, we also have problems around a venue for future meetings which will need to be resolved – the ACT space was helpful as a stopgap, but the access is very limiting and the cost too high for ongoing use.

Following the election, I shall contact the elected councillors for Central Hove, and arrange for future meetings.

Simon Bannister

Central Hove LAT January Meeting 7pm at ACT

Happy New Year to all! Our first meeting of the new year will be on Monday 19th January.  After serving us well for a couple of years, the Alibi is closing its doors and the landlord moving on, so we have a change of venue for the next meeting, and will be using the Academy of Creative Training (ACT) Performing Arts Studio on Church Road. It is above the Mishon Mackay Estate Agents and the entrance to the studio spaces is from Valance Road. Thanks to all at the Alibi for making us so welcome and best wishes for the future.

act_hoveThe bulk of this months meeting will be devoted to a presentation form the council Gypsy and Traveller Liaison Team. They were invited following questions and concerns around travellers and van dwellers in the Central Hove area and this promises to be an interesting and informative event.

Other items will include proposals being developed around St Andrews Churchyard, feedback from the Seafield Road clean-up and other local issues.

Minutes of the last meeting can be found HERE

Central Hove LAT Meeting November 3rd

Our next meeting will be on November 3rd – 7pm Upstairs at the Alibi. For minutes of the last meeting, look HERE


  1. Welcome & updates from last meeting
    1. Havana Spoon
    2. Refuse & Recycling
    3. Any other update from last meeting not on agenda
  2. George Street Mural
  3. Cllr Wealls ASB Survey
  4. Seafield Road Update
  5. Officer reports
    1. Police
    2. ASB Casework
  6. Local priorities
  7. Any other business
  8. Date of next meeting

Look forward to meeting with you all on Monday