Friday, 23 March 2018
Tests have shown that Falmer pond, is contaminated with blue-green algae which can be very harmful to the public and animals.
Brighton & Hove City Council has erected warning signs and is working closely with the Environment Agency to resolve the situation, while contacting the public.
Although algae occur naturally in inland waters, one of the main reasons for algae developing in the pond is visitors feeding the birds and fish. This maintains high levels of nutrients in the pond which can result in algae blooms.
The blooms produce toxins that can kill wild animals, livestock and pets. They can also harm people, producing rashes after skin contact and illnesses if swallowed.
The algae also uses up oxygen in the water at night which can suffocate fish and other creatures.
Although the pond is situated in Lewes, the land is owned by the city council which is responsible for its upkeep.
|Looking west on Grand Junction Road|
|Grand Junction Road today|
|Looking East at bottom of East Street 1850s|
Brill's Baths was demolished in 1858 and the present-day Clarendon Mansions (grade II listed) rebuilt on the site. The original Clarendon Mansions can be seen in the etching and the 1850s photo above.
In 1861 Charles Brill opened a ladies-only baths on the west side of Pool Valley followed in 1869 by a splendid gentleman's baths. Both ladies & gents baths were demolished in 1929 for the erection of the art deco Savoy cinema. This building still stands although in a forlorn state.
|Map of 1898 showing the 2nd Brill's Baths.|
|2nd Brill's Baths, 1929, looking towards East Street from Pool Valley.|
Saturday, 17 March 2018
The centenary of the death in action of Brightonian Ernest Beal was commemorated yesterday by the unveilings of a tablet at the war memorial and a blue plaque at his birthplace in Lewes Road.
|Before the ceremony|
|Band of the Brigade of Ghurkas|
|Unveiling of the stone by the Lord Lieutenant of E. Sussex|
|The commemorative stone.|
|The Victoria Cross Guard of Honour|
|Pupils from the Fairlight School|
|Civic procession from St. Martin's to the birthplace|
|Salvation Army Band|
|Mace-bearer symbolising the authority of the City Mayor|
|Ernest Beal's Victoria Cross|
|Side wall of 148 Lewes Road. (Plaque unveiled by the High Sheriff of East Sussex.)|
|Some of the congregation|
|Examination of the Mace|
|Descendants of Ernest Beal|
|L-R, The High Sheriff of East Sussex, City Mayor, Chairman of the Plaque Panel and the Mace-bearer.|
Wednesday, 14 March 2018
A video about the Long Barn in Stanmer Village. The council plans to renovate the 50-metre long, Grade 2 listed barn dating from 1776, to provide community space, a visitor centre and offices. Work is expected to start in 2019 and take two years.
Tuesday, 6 March 2018
In 1907 Christabel Pankhurst, who founded the Women's Social and Political Union (WSPU), with her mother Emmeline, announced at a large meeting at the Dome "the Suffragettes have their designs on Brighton".
In this centenary year of the 1918 People's Representation Act giving certain women the right to vote, please help to commemorate the Suffragettes of Brighton by raising a “blue plaque” at the location of the WSPU office. The office was one of the most active regional offices being close to the London HQ. By 1908 they had one of the first WSPU banners, which was embroidered with the Brighton coat of arms.
Mary Jane Clarke, the younger married sister of Emmeline Pankhurst, was the paid organiser of the Brighton office from 1909, when it opened at 8/9 The Quadrant, North Street near the Clock Tower.
Statues and plaques for suffrage women are appearing all over the country this centenary year (1918-2018) #Vote100 to their memory. Let's make sure Brighton doesn't miss out by making a donation at Justgiving.
For more information please visit facebook page Brighton Suffragettes #Vote100
Friday, 2 March 2018
Thursday, 1 March 2018
|Artist's impression of the new buildings viewed from top of Church Street.|