Our activities

Hove Civic Society seeks to increase its relevance to people living and working in Hove and Portslade.

Within our overall objective we have therefore widened our activities. We are not only looking at the past, but are increasingly interested in influencing the way our city develops in view of pressures such as population growth and climate change challenges.

We believe Hove (and Brighton) has enormous potential to become an even better and more exciting place to live, work and play in and we wish to play our part in bringing this about.

We believe that public art has a major role in improving the public realm and wenriching everyday life. In 2018 we inaugurated Hove Plinth as a new cultural landmark on the seafront with its first sculpture, Constellation by Jonathan Wright. We are now fundraising for the second sculpture and promoting the the creation of  'Sculpture in the City' as a cultural legacy for Brighton and Hove.

In our planning work we work both on a strategic and detailed level. We make representations on strategic planning documents such as the City Plan and the Waste and Minerals Plan. We also monitor planning applications and seek to draw out strategic topics where we can help the council to improve performance.We work with Regency Society in a joint planning forum where we comment on significant planning applications across the City.

We realise that our infrastructure in the city will need to be dramatically adapted if the city is to become more sustainable from an energy point of view. We are advocating a close examination of the scope for utilizing the waste heat from the Shoreham Power Station. We also feel that the city lacks a plan for renewables that can be implemented speedily.

We take a keen interest in matters relating to the history and archaeology of the city and are represented on the Blue Plaque panel. We have dialogues with the city council on the future of archaeological finds relating to Hove.

Our representatives regularly inspect street furniture along the sea front promenade for vandalism and other damage and report these to the council. We also seek to influence the authorities to improve access to the sea – with a strong admiration for the facilities which existed in the early 1900.

We believe strongly that the natural environment and particularly our street trees are an important part of our heritage and townscape. Our Victorian Street Tree Heritage campaign supports this aim and in the first 5 years of its existence we have supported some 100 new street trees in Hove.

Our work is underpinned by our membership activity, continuously recruiting new members. We produce a newsletter three times a year to keep members informed and organize public lectures during the winter season on matters of local interest.