Minutes of the WHAT meeting re Taxi Rank 8 December

Background to why the meeting was called

Stephen Anderson (SA)
The West Hill neighbourhood suffered intolerable inconvenience, noise and pollution during the Gateway works to Brighton Station where traffic management was poor, and the Council did not respond to complaints and comments. Residents put up with the situation as we were told repeatedly that this was only a temporary arrangement. However, throughout the Brighton Station Gateway works, there were isolated instances when Terminus Road was used as a Taxi Rank without either prior warning or adequate traffic management, and this created an atmosphere of mistrust regarding the Council’s intentions. Continue reading Minutes of the WHAT meeting re Taxi Rank 8 December

Residents say NO to Terminus Road Taxi Rank proposal

Over 80 local residents gathered in West Hill Hall on Tuesday 8 December to discuss the Council’s proposals for moving the Taxi Rank at Brighton Station to Terminus Road for a trial period, (a proposal which the Council’s own report had deemed not viable). When taxis had been sited there on a temporary basis during the re-layout works round station in the summer, traffic chaos, pollution and unacceptable noise had plagued residents, businesses, and station users. Continue reading Residents say NO to Terminus Road Taxi Rank proposal

The Whistler – December 2015


Play Streets in West Hill

Kids playing on streets is a rather old fashioned idea, but it is making a comeback!

There are proven benefits to children’s health and community cohesion. Research carried out by National Playday shows that 81% of adults think it improves community cohesion and 70% think it makes an area more desirable to live in.

Play Streets are a recent initiative born in Bristol and being encouraged by the Council here. Basically, they involve regular times on specific days when a road becomes pedestrian priority. Adults ‘close’ the road each end (often with bunting) allowing children and adults to come out and chat/play. If a resident needs to get in or out of the road in their car then they can do so, driving at walking pace, accompanied by an adult. Other cars are stopped from driving through.

Are you interested in discussing how we might do this, possibly, in different streets on a regular basis, in the West Hill area?

Daniel Bernstein has approached West Hill Community Association and we are keen to support it. We even asked our local cartoonist, Nathan Ariss, to create an original cartoon on the theme of West Hill’s kids playing out.

Whistler-editorial-NOV21-2015There is an open meeting on Sunday 10 January at 11.30am in West Hill Hall for all those interested in making it happen. Do come along – children are welcome too. Let’s make 2016 an even better year to live in West Hill, and make our community even stronger.

In the meantime you can read more about ideas and tips for getting started here: http://playingout.net





My People – Part 2

Kate DysonBrighton actress, Kate Dyson, concludes her memories of her world famous Great Great Aunt Dolly Shepherd…

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Dolly Shepherd © Kate Dyson

Aged 16 Dolly had found herself a job as a waitress at the Ally Pally. Why? Because she was desperate to hear the famous American Sousa Band and she certainly couldn’t afford a ticket. And after the concert, oh what joy, Sousa regularly sat at her table, and it was there that she overheard a conversation he was having with his friend Cody, Buffalo Bill’s namesake. Cody was a well-known showman, and part of his act involved shooting an egg from the top of his wife’s head. As his wife was unwell, he could not perform that evening, so Auntie, always loving an adventure, offered to stand in, and to her astonishment, it was agreed that she could. She admitted that had she known that he would be wearing a blindfold, she might have had some misgivings. The performance went well, and as a thank you, Cody, who was also an aeronautical pioneer working with kites, offered to show Auntie the aeronautical workshop at the Ally Pally. This was the beginning. Continue reading My People – Part 2

The Peasant Poet

Peter Batten celebrates John Clare…

I am! yet what I am none cares or  knows,

My friends forsake me like a memory lost…

These lines are from the poem, “I am”, which, over the past sixty years, has been read and admired by more and more people. They were written by John Clare, known in his own time as ‘The Peasant Poet’.
Recently, I joined the John Clare Society which has been formed to encourage the understanding and appreciation of his poetry. At Cambridge University the English Faculty now has a special study group devoted to him. From these sources I hope to learn much more about his life and his poetry. Continue reading The Peasant Poet