Portland Road and Portslade

Portslade is a suburb in the west of the city and Portland Road a main thoroughfare which links the area to West Hove. Around people 10,120 reside in North Portslade and 9,880 people in South Portslade.

Community engagement in the area is thriving. According to research undertaken for the local Neighbourhood Action Plan, 86% of residents are ‘satisfied with their neighbourhood’ and most residents spoken to liked living in Portslade and were complimentary about the streetscape, open spaces, parks and community spirit. Many would not want to live anywhere else.

TDC has been working in the area since 2000 helping address some of the challenges faced by residents. These include isolation, loneliness and access to activities and services. Some key insights include:

  • More than 14% of people across the Portslade and Portland Road wards experience a limiting long-term illness.
  • More than 15% of children live in out-of-work households.
  • More than 23% of people have no qualifications.
  • 1 area within the North and 2 in the South fall within the 20% most deprived in England for income, employment, barriers to housing and income deprivation affecting children.

Whilst the no.1 and 49 bus routes provide links to both Brighton and Hove town centres, there are a number of facilities not immediately accessible to Portslade residents by public transport. This means it is crucial to make the best use of assets and facilities for those living in the immediate vicinity, especially for those with mobility issues or low household incomes.

Our current work in the area includes supporting many local neighbourhood forums and “Friends of…” parks groups, administering the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund and supporting various initiatives around healthy eating and companionship.

Your Community Development Worker for Portland Road and Portslade is Mark Drayton.

Tel: 07809 830 029

Email: [email protected]


Children on bouncy castle at Stoneham Park community event
Giant fox and cupcake stand at Stoneham Park community event
Crowds at Stoneham Park watch a juggling unicyclist


“TDC provides vital support to our Forum helping us with our governance, organisation and committee operation whilst overseeing the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund which our group distributes. TDC really help with keeping the group functional and giving us focus and direction”
Edward Clay, chair of West Hove Forum

“TDC supports us by giving advice on funding, training and volunteers. They make sure our committee functions as it should and are always there when needed – invaluable”

Ann Menhinick founder member of The Purple People Kitchen


“We weren’t too sure of the best way to set up our group; but with the help of TDC we were able to organise our committee, our constitution and begin to apply for funding!”

Olivia Cropper - Friends of Davis Park


“I'm so glad I booked this course. I enjoyed baking but this course reminded me how much I enjoy baking and how good it can make you feel. I'll definitely be back for more!”

Stephen, participant in the Stoneham Bakehouse courses


Children on bouncy castle at Stoneham Park community event
Giant fox and cupcake stand at Stoneham Park community event
Crowds at Stoneham Park watch a juggling unicyclist

Featured Projects

West Hove Forum

This active forum is supported by TDC and has grown in size and influence. Currently the Forum meets bi-monthly and has a guest speaker attend. Recent speakers include planning directors, seafront managers, head of Library services and the director of BHCC environmental services. The group acts as a representative local forum distributing Healthy Neighbourhood grants and recently successfully bid for a local council £1,000 discretionary community grant. This enabled the forum to consult widely with local residents on their vision for the facilities for the seafront from monies due from planning gain. A designated neighbourhood forum is planned to lead on this, again supported by TDC

Portslade Community Forum

This Forum acts as an umbrella group for community groups in Portslade. The Forum has been running for a number of years with support from TDC. Most recently the Forum showcased the work it has undertaken at Portslade Town Hall and acts as a focal point of contact for community safety issues. The Forum is also responsible for distributing the Healthy Neighbourhood Fund to community groups.

The Purple People Kitchen

The Purple People Kitchen (PPK) is a vital food bank for the Portslade community which has been running successfully for a number of years. TDC helped in setting the group up and continues to support the food bank deliver its services. The PPK provides a hot meal every Friday afternoon at Portslade Town Hall and distributes food items to its clients. In 2017 the kitchen was recognised by The Argus when the PPK were awarded their ‘Community Stars’ Award.

Portslade Neighbourhood Action Plan

TDC has worked with the council and other public and voluntary services, along with community members and residents, to produce local priorities that we can work together on. This is called the Portslade Neighbourhood Action Plan (PNAP). Priorities have been established in three areas: Health and Wellbeing, Community Spaces/Environment and Activities, Learning & Employment.

Parks Projects

TDC support Friends of Parks group across the area when needed. The newest group The Friends of Davis Park were supported by TDC when setting up and have set up a gardening group and organised park clean ups. The other parks groups run tidy ups too. Friends of Stoneham Park, Friends of Vale Park, Friends of Victoria Park, Friends of Wish Park and Mile Oak Rec’ Action Group (MORAG) all run events for the community during the summer, and over the course of the year put on a range of fun days for the community including dog shows, art in the park, pumpkin carving at Halloween and Christmas Fairs. Friends of Victoria Park and MORAG have managed to secure new equipment for their respective parks through a concerted fundraising programme.

Stoneham Bakehouse

Working together with Stoneham Bakehouse, who have been able to access Healthy Neighbourhood grants, TDC have been able to link residents from the Portland Road area to the bread baking courses held at the bakehouse. A Hove men’s network group, users of the Vallance Community Centre and Ingram Crescent Residents' Association members have all benefited from the course which has not only provided the opportunity to learn new skills in the baking of healthy bread but crucially broken down isolation and led to new friendship networks.

Current Projects

The Alliance of Friends of Parks (West)
Friends of Stoneham Park
Friends of Vale Park
Friends of Victoria Park
Friends of Davis Park
Hove Station Neighbourhood Forum
Mile Oak Rec' Action Group (MORAG)
Portslade Community Forum
Portslade Local Action Team
The Purple People Kitchen
Vallance Centre
West Hove Forum

Our Partners

Age UK
B&H Food Partnership
BHCC Active for Life
Community Oven
Digital Brighton & Hove
Park Rangers
Police and PCSO's
Volunteering Matters

Links to local neighbourhood websites

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