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Is a resource for Businesses, Charities and Residents of Woodingdean, Brighton. We provide information on the Latest News, Local Events, Vacancies and Business Listings in and around the Woodingdean area.

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Healthwatch Brighton and Hove Magazine March 2016

We hope you will enjoy the March edition of the Healthwatch Magazine - your monthly update on health and wellbeing, including the NEW Cancer Health promotion and Awareness booklet – “Speak Up Against Cancer!" produced by Albion in the Community.

Speak Up Against Cancer! Booklet PDF


The Magazine can be found on our website by clicking:

This month we have:
• a call for stories on waiting times at the Royal Sussex County Hospital;
• information on the Care Quality Commission inspections at:
- Royal Sussex County Hospital (Brighton);
- Princess Royal Hospital (Haywards Health);and
- services provided by South East Coast Ambulance Trust NHS Foundation Trust, including ambulance services.
• information on a new Sussex Patient Transport Service.

If you would like to look at previous versions of the magazine, please click:

Some other useful information which we didn’t manage to fit in this time:
• Press release: Healthwatch Brighton and Hove calls for more transparency on waiting times:
• Information on useful event for people with conditions such as back, hip, or shoulder pain, osteoporosis or arthritis!

Healthwatch Brighton and Hove Team

Help save A&E for saving lives - use alternative urgent care services for non-emergencies! There is much more available than you think, just click here to find out more:

Sussex Police eWatch for February 2016

Sussex Police eWatch for February 2016 - Your monthly newsletter on what we’re doing in your local area

Local priorities from Police
1. Anti Social riding of off road motorbikes
2. Burglary prevention and detection.

Local priorities as determined by the Local Action Team November 2015
3. Obstruction of the pavement or highway caused by parking.
4. Youths gathering outside of businesses
5. The youth club



During the Committee Meeting on 13th January I mentioned a burglary on Downland Road. This was how the incident was recorded at the time, however further investigation has revealed it was not a burglary, but rather an incident that occurred at a house party. As such, this has been removed from the figures.

A non – dwelling burglary occurred at premises in Downs Valley Road. The premises is not occupied at present, hence it’s classification. Power tools were stolen. A forensic examination took place and the incident is still under investigation.

Vehicle Crime

Theft from a motor vehicle reported on Briarcroft Road.
Vehicle stolen from Kipling Avenue.

Criminal Damage

Damage to fence on Downland Road
Damage caused at a house party in Downland Road
Damage caused to building works in Hyldon Close, under investigation.
Damage caused to a fence panel in Cowley Drive, no lines of inquiry.

Vehicle damage recorded at Castle Hill Nature Reserve (vehicle keyed) and Chalkand Rise (rear windscreen smashed). There are no lines of enquiry for the Chalkland Rise incident and the other is under investigation.

Public Place Violence

Incident reported in residential premises with known offenders regarding ongoing dispute.
Reported incident within Downs Hotel (verbal only). Licensing aware.
Incident in Kipling Avenue involving a female having a violent episode (no other persons involved) who was later arrested.

Suspicious Callers in Woodingdean

It has been brought to my attention that there have been a number of incidents in January involving suspicious, uninvited house calls. They have claimed to be homeless and in possession of a ‘beggars licence’ from the police. They have become aggressive when asked to leave.

We received one call into the Police about this issue, however from what I understand several households were approached. Please do not hesitate to call police if you are confronted by suspicious individuals at your front door. If you suspect they are up to no good, but they have not acted in a threatening way and left when you asked them, then you can call this through on 101. On the other hand, if you have asked them to leave and they have refused, becoming aggressive and threatening in their behaviour, then call 999.

Information from residents is absolutely essential in helping us track down those responsible. No-one should be made to feel threatened, especially on their own door step, so please don’t hesitate to call 101 or 999 if this happens to you.


Parking is often raised by residents of Woodingdean as an issue that is important to them and I am often asked about the subject. I would like to remind everyone of some useful contacts that could help.

In Brighton and Hove, parking is dealt with by the Council. If you come across a vehicle that appears to be parked where it shouldn’t be then you can report it on 0345 603 5469 and select option 2. This is an answer phone service where you will be prompted to leave a message. This is checked regularly and mobile parking enforcement officers will be dispatched to check out the problem. There is also an
online form on the Council website under the Parking section. If you suspect a vehicle to be abandoned, you can call the Council on 01273
292929, email or report it to Op Crackdown

If you suspect a vehicle to be untaxed, then you can check it on; untaxed vehicles can be reported on

Parking on the verge is not a Police matter and not enforceable by us, however Brighton and Hove Council have initiated a scheme in certain areas where parking on the verge is punishable by a Fixed Penalty Notice. These areas are marked by signs indicating the
beginning and end of these zones and currently cover parts of Patcham and Withdean.

Police can be brought in to assist when you are prevented from getting where you need to go due to a vehicle blocking the way. So if the highway is blocked to the extent that you cannot pass and there are no parking restrictions in place, then this can be reported to us.
Likewise we can be called if you are blocked in by a vehicle, i.e. there is a car parked over your driveway blocking your car in and you need to get the car out.

Try this link for more information on policing in Brighton and Hove:

Also for CRIMEMAPPER information:

For more information on the above and to view the full newsletter, see the PDF file on the link below:

Sussex Police eWatch for February 2016

Keep warm, well and save money this winter

Keep warm, well and save money this winter!

If your home is cold, your health may be at risk. One of the best ways to stay well in the winter is to keep warm. Keeping warm can help stop colds and flu, as well as serious problems like heart attack, stroke andpneumonia. These problems are more likely if you are:

• aged over 65
• pregnant
• aged under 5 • have a long term health condition
• disabled such as heart or lung disease

0800 988 7037


A free service for people living in Brighton & Hove. Contact Moneyworks for advice on how to make your home warmer and what to do if you can’t pay your bills or you are getting into debt.

For more information on both the above and tips to stay warm this winter, see the PDF file on the link below:

Keep Warm PDF

Fairness Commission

Brighton & Hove Fairness Commission

The Fairness Commission has been formed to make sure that everyone has a share in the city's economic success and an opportunity to lead healthy and productive lives.

It was set up by the council, but is an independent body.

Keep up to date with the Fairness Commission's work on the website: or Twitter: @FairnessBH

Calling all Council Tenants in Woodingdean

A request from: Local Action Team of Woodingdean Tenants & Residents Association

Brighton & Hove City Council would like to know if your property needs windows replaced or doors replaced.

If you need this type of work done, please write to the Tenants & Residents Association, giving your name, address and telephone number, and deliver your request to either the Java cafe or the Community Centre.

Letters need to be received by the end of February

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