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North Laine Community Association

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The North Laine Community Association received funding from Awards for All in 2008 to build a website that enables residents to talk, write to, and support each other. It is easy in the age we live in to lose touch with our community and we hope that this contributory website will make it easier for people to communicate. Every resident of North Laine is entitled to call him or herself a member of the North Laine Community Association and to join in its activities.

The North Laine Runner is a community newsletter published every two months by the North Laine Community Association (NLCA) in Brighton, East Sussex. Anyone interested in the North Laine area of Brighton may write for the Runner. You don’t necessarily have to live in the area and it doesn’t matter whether or not you are otherwise active in the NLCA.
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The Runner is the local voice for residents and friends of the North Laine area. The opinions expressed in the Runner are those of the contributors and do not necessarily reflect the official view of the NLCA.
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Ken Fines
In North Laine is the plaque to Ken Fines, our ‘hero’ and saviour of North Laine. This plaque was paid for by his daughter Susan Fines, with a small contribution from the NLCA. It was placed on the building of Infinity Foods in Church Street, where it can be seen by residents and the many visitors to the area.
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AGM report by NLCA Commemorative Plaque Panel representative, 2014/15
At the unveiling of the plaque to Ken Fines. Photo by Henry Bruce.

About North Laine Community Association

What we are and what we do
The North Laine Community Association (NLCA) is one of the older community associations in Brighton. It was set up in 1976 when the area was under threat of a motorway and has been active in campaigning for the residents of the area ever since.
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Together with the North Laine Traders Association, it provides a vital and important link in the consultation process and has been involved in discussions about many of the major schemes that affect this important and vibrant area.

What do we aim to achieve?
The NLCA exists to maintain (and hopefully improve) the quality of life of the residents of North Laine and to this end monitors all licensing and planning applications which might have an impact on the area. The Association  takes part in all Council consultations affecting the area and works with representatives of various local bodies.

Who are members?
Everyone who lives in North Laine and who is over the age of 18 are able to vote at meetings of the NLCA and to be part of the management structure.

How is the NLCA managed?
The Association is managed and administered by a committee made up of the officers (Chair, Vice-Chair, Treasurer and Secretary), up to three trustees and representatives from the Planning, Licensing and Runner co-ordinators. This committee has the responsibility of managing the day to day business of the Association.

What are the Community meetings?
These are open meetings for residents and members of the general public. The Community Meeting is considered the sovereign body of the NLCA and any member of the NLCA has the right to bring any issue before the Community Meeting for discussion. Any area of concern can be brought to the attention of the Community Meeting either for discussion by the meeting or for discussion and action by the Management Committee. The meetings are advertised on posters in street representatives’ windows and in the Association’s newsletter, the North Laine Runner.

Street representatives
We also have a system of street representatives who look after particular streets and deliver the North Laine Runner, and a number of people who represent the NLCA on various bodies.

What we do
Anything which concerns the residents of the area, for example:

  • Planning issues, whether major developments or small changes which will affect the area
  • Policing and crime
  • Traffic and parking
  • Rubbish and recycling
  • raising awareness of the history of the area

We also have occasional social events, talks and fund-raising activities.

Special interest groups
In addition, we sometimes have special interest groups affiliated to the Association (for example, the Theatre Group), provided someone in the area wants to run them and there are no ethical problems or conflicts in relation to the aims of the NLCA.

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The North Laine Community Association (NLCA) is one of the older community associations in Brighton. lt was set up in 1976 when the area was under threat of a motorway and has been active in campaigning for the residents of the area ever since.

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