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Jim Gowans’ West Hill Watch, June 19

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’. Continue reading Jim Gowans’ West Hill Watch, June 19

City Park used to Grow Vegetables

Everyone’s talking about growing your own veg these days: Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall on TV, countless articles in newspapers and magazines and all the people signing up to allotment waiting lists around the country. There’s a huge renewed interest in growing but many people still feel they lack the space or just haven’t got round to giving it a try. A new initiative in Brighton and Hove aims to get more local residents growing by showing what is possible right on their doorstep.

Brighton & Hove Food Partnership’s Harvest project has been working with the City Council to start a demonstration fruit and vegetable garden in Preston Park. The garden will be visible and open to the public and packed with colour, textures, scent and taste. It will be five metres by five metres with raised beds and containers showing different planting styles. As well as operating as a resource for existing and new growers, it will attract and introduce people to the idea of growing food and show the possibilities of growing your own produce, even in a small space. Local people will help setup the garden, manage it and take home some of the harvest.

“Local residents and park users have told us they are looking forward to seeing vegetables growing in the park and we have already had a number of volunteer gardeners come forward,” said Vic Else, Director of the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership.

If you would like to volunteer and/or have tools that you can donate to the project please get in touch either by telephone 01273 431700 or email harvest@bhfood.org.uk’’