The parish of St Martin, St Wilfrid and St Alban, on the Lewes Road, with St Richard in Hollingdean, covers a very large, mid-urban area in the north of Brighton with a population of over 20,000 souls. The parish crosses over 4 of the 21 wards that make up the city council of Brighton & Hove; these are the wards of:
– Hollingdean and Stanmer
– Mouslecoomb and Bevendean
– St Peter’s and North Laine
– Hanover and Elm Grove
A high percentage of the population within the parish consists of young adults, particularly of students attending either of the two universities of Brighton and Sussex, and of young families and first time property buyers – hence the large number of estate agents on the Lewes Road. Reflecting this youthful contingent, residents are fairly transient with a high percentage of those having newly arrived within the last 10 to 5 years. Again, connected to these trends, there are a lot of foreign immigrants and first generation British citizens, which means that a wide variety of languages are represented within the parish, particularly amongst such EU countries as Spain, Italy and Poland, and from other African, Asian and Middle Eastern countries.
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