Who’s Who

ESSENTIAL LINKS

Brighton & Hove City Council – for all B&H planning applications, The Local Plan (and Supplementary Planning Guidance), Listed Buildings, The Local Delivery Framework (and Supplementary Planning Documents) and much more to help you with your planning application responses.  The first part of The City Plan which will replace The Local Plan in due course is also recommended to view.  It will go to a Planning Inspector late 2013 before it can be adopted.
The James Gray Photographic Collection – James Gray arranged a bequest – his thousands of photographs documenting the area would be bought by The Regency Society for £10,000 to his estate on his death.  It is an invaluable research tool and resource and it is housed in Brighton Museum but available to look at on this website.
Royal Pavilion, Museum & Libraries – so far its website has escaped imposition of Brighton & Hove City Council’s new and livid neon purple and blue livery (as with the Regency Society,  money has been spent on a regrettably ‘rebranded’ low-rent image ).  But it is .org so…..
The very important History Centre is linked to this site.  Sadly, once The Keep at Falmer is built, this may change as its collections are transferred there.
Judy Middleton – This link is just Portslade now. Encyclopedia of Hove & Portslade (partworks) is out of print now and most of the open shelf copies at Hove Library stolen.  She created a website in 2012 on which to post her learned articles on local history matters. 
Hove in the Past – Judy Middleton has separated out her postings for Hove.

MEDIA

The Argus – to respond to articles, you can register and comment online behind articles and letters or email a letter for the print edition to: letters@theargus.co.uk and saveHOVE promotes this activity!  The media uses its letters pages to create its agendas for subjects covered and how much to prioritise coverage of them.  Do you want stories on page 3 or page 23?  A fingernail-length article or a whole page?  The volume of letters to the papers on any one topic colours decisions of this kind.  They need to know what gets people interested enough to buy a copy, after all!
Brighton and Hove News – a strictly online news site giving links to various blogs and organisations (helpfully), it only covers Brighton & Hove stories and issues.
Building Opinions  a weekly column in Latest Homes, a free weekly glossy distributed in street stands.  Considerable emphasis on informative articles on individual buildings of Conservation importance. 
Brighton Bits – a brilliant Blogspot on both Brighton & Hove with a similar subject focus to saveHOVE.

LOCAL SOCIETIES AND GROUPS

The Brighton Society run by Selma Montford,MBE
East Brunswick Residents Association (EBRA) – covers the Old Market area over to Norfolk Square where it helps with gardening, using volunteers
Lansdowne Area Residents Association (LARA) – within Brunswick & Adelaide Ward.
Kingsway & West Hove Residents Association (KAWHRA) – formed spring 2011 in order to address the threats posed by the Portzed development where the Port of Shoreham area meets the Kingsway
Montpelier & Clifton Hill Association – the Conservation Group which did the most & saved the best bit of The Royal Alexandra Hospital from demolition whilst under the Chairmanship o Mick Hamer
Sussex Industrial Archaeology Society   Mills, etc.
Save Brighton –  Set up by Brighton Marina residents to address mega-overdevelopment of the Marina and the issue of breach of the Act that created the Marina which forbade building above the clifftop. 

NATIONAL GROUPS AND SOCIETIES OF IMPORTANCE

Georgian Group When called in by saveHOVE and The Brighton Society –  and provided with case file evidence following a site visit with the applicants – this organisation was instrumental, with its 11th hour authoritative intervention, in tipping the balance that prevented glass penthouses being built on top of the Listed Old Market building.  At the time, local conservation, civic & other societies were in distressed conflict-of-loyalties disarray over that application.  Since then it has become clear that some amenity societies and conservation groups are in grave danger of being taken over by developers and architects seeking to water down remits.  The uniquely important Regency and Georgian heart of Brighton & Hove will hopefully remain safeguarded from ‘improvement’ by such people.
Twentieth Century Society – Like the Georgian Group, they are an important umbrella group, based in London.  As time goes by and the 20th century heads towards antiquity (!) this group will hopefully be so well established and venerated that the best of the 20th century will still have them to count on.  It is already very important.
The Victorian Society – London-based umbrella like the Georgian Group and 20th Century Society and of equal importance.  They sent a representative down a few years back to add its voice to the call to save the Listed Holy Trinity Church in Eaton Road by Goldstone Villas in Hove.  Still standing and decommissioned, its future remains in limbo.

OTHER

The Regency Townhouse – The Regency Town House is a Brunswick Square grade I Listed terraced home of the mid-1820s being slowly restored and developed as a heritage centre and museum to focus on the architecture and social history of Brighton & Hove between the 1780s and 1840s. They offer courses and online advice.  Their new website is brilliant.
The British Engineerium – Even though not open, the website is worth a visit.  I have asked for events and open days to  be notified to saveHOVE for the website.
The Old Market (TOM) – Now owned by STOMP and hosting a menu place on its website for City Books bookings!  Nice one.  Relations between the new owners and residents are reportedly very happy.
WordPress  This training website is using a free software template to create the look of it. 
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