Welcome to Whitehawk
Your editor for Whitehawk is Ariel Bilangel.
“I first came to Whitehawk during my first few days upon arriving in the country. I used to live in Kemp Town, and in order to familiarise myself with the place I walked around, and I happened to find myself in Whitehawk. I visited several shops and shortly afterwards I found the Library. I spent some time in the library, read some basic information of the place and then I walked a little bit farther northward before I returned home. My first impression of the place was that it was quiet and with nice view to look at. The typical English houses in two opposing hills were so pleasant to look at especially for one like me who is just new to the place.
Came to Brighton in 2000
I am a Filipino who is married to a nurse who works in the County hospital. My wife came here first in 1999 and a year later, I joined her. When the Home Office granted us with permanent residency in 2004, we decided to get a mortgage and buy our first ever-owned house. We were then looking for a 3 bedroom house with at least a garden either in front or at rear. We have two children and such would be ideal for us in terms of size and ‘function’. After viewing several properties ‘for sale’ from different agents, my wife found one which is just perfect relative to our requirements – and it was in Whitehawk.
Friends tried to discourage us
We told some of our friends about our plan and when they found out about the location, they tried to discourage us. They told us that Whitehawk has a ‘not so good reputation’. At first, we were hesitant to go ahead with the purchase, but having found one that is perfect for us and within our budget range, turning back was very difficult. Thus, we studied the socio-cultural situation in the area.
Quiet and safe
We visited the place in the evening and we found that it is quiet and safe, we tried to have a chat with our ‘future’ neighbours and they appeared friendly, we noted the make and registration of the parked cards nearby and most of them were relatively new. We also liked the place for its proximity from our work and from supermarkets. Having gathered all the relevant data, and weighted the pros and cons, we decided to buy the property.
Never had a problem
It has been more that a year now since we moved to Whitehawk and so far we never had any problem about the place. Nonetheless, I was intrigued to know as to why this place is very ‘unpopular’. I researched through the internet and I found some information about its history. I learned that the place was first developed in 1930 and was intended for the people from slums areas. Many residents then were unemployed and some antisocial behaviour was commonplace. But those were things of the past now.
Lots of different people
Whitehawk today is home of many decent employees from different sectors of society. It has facilities that are helpful to human development, e.g. the Library, Computer Learning Centre, and schools for primary and secondary education. Anyone who has a first hand knowledge of the place today can tell that it is a much-organised community and a peaceful and quiet place. It may not be the most peaceful place in Brighton but I don’t think it deserves its reputation.”