Who Are We?

Forty years of success

For the past forty-few years the association has been doing its best to protect our conservation area from unwelcome developments. In the 1980s we fought off plans to build a motorway-style road down to the seafront. More recently we successfully defeated plans to rob much of the area of its seaviews by putting additional storeys on top of the tallest building in Western Road. And we finally persuaded the council that it should not allow the much-loved main building of the former Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital to be demolished. The council’s planning committee approved a plan to convert the main building on 23rd February 2011. You can find out more about what is happening to the Alex by clicking here.

The Montpelier and Clifton Hill Association is a registered charity. We currently have nearly 200 members. The association holds a permanent seat on the Brighton and Hove City Council’s Conservation Advisory Group and is one of its oldest members. Our chairman, Jim Gowans, is a non voting member of the council’s planning committee. We have regular meetings and you can find out where next meeting on our Coming Soon page. For central Brighton residents who join MCHA we offer:

  • news about developments affecting you
  • support with local council planning issues
  • two members’ meetings a year
  • visits to local buildings and gardens
  • three newsletters a year and trade directory
  • support for buildings conservation
  • Our annual architectural and garden awards

Constitutional change

The MCHA adopted a new constitution at its AGM in June 2012. The constitution is closely based on the Charity Commission’s model constitution for charities of our size. You can read it here.

The old constitution was 38 years old, and beginning to show its age. It dated from the days before there was a conservation area.

One of the key changes in the new constitution is to expand the area to cover those parts of the conservation area, notably Wykeham Terrace and St Nicholas’s church and churchyard, that lie to the east of Dyke Road. This will make it easier for the MCHA to challenge the ice rink plans.

For some years the MCHA has had committee members who live slightly outside the area. The committee has canvassed the opinion of members on the question of residential qualification. The general opinion was that things are best left as they are. So the committee has decided to continue the MCHA’s custom and practice. In future committee members will have to live in the area, or within 150 metres of the boundary. The practical effect of this is that all the candidates that were eligible to stand at the 2011 AGM will continue to be eligible under the new constitution.