The autumn of 2000 was the wettest on record in England during the 20th century.
Between 9 am on 10th October and 9 am on 12th October, 102.9 mm of rain fell in the Lewes road area. As the Downland was already saturated, Bevendean did not escape flooding with Bodiam Close, Bodiam Avenue, Leybourne Parade, the Community Centre and Bevendean School being flooded due to Downland runoff. The Flooding in this area lead to the permanent closure of the White Admiral.
The 21st century started with further flooding when a damaged valve chamber at the foot of the Bevendean Cascades caused flooding in Bodiam Close.
Changes in Bevendean and the local area this century
The church of the Holy Nativity in Norwich Drive closed for Sunday services in January 2007.
The football stadium for Brighton and Hove Albion was approved on 28 October 2005, although objections lead to a judicial review before final approval for the building of the stadium was given. Building work started in December 2008, with the stadium being handed over to the football club in May 2011. The opening of the stadium has impacted on parking in Moulsecoomb and Coldean on match days.
The Bevendean Hotel which closed in May 2010 was reopened as the Bevy in December 2014, a community pub, providing a meeting room as well as somewhere to have a snack and a drink.
The growth of both Brighton and Sussex Universities has led to an increased demand for student housing. Roads close to Brighton University and the Lewes road now have a significant number of houses let to students. This is having a big impact on the nature of the area and community life. Where once there were family homes there are now multi occupancy lets, the students are transient residents and their houses and gardens have an air of neglect, with rubbish scattered in gardens where once there were flowers and lawns. There are also many more cars needing roadside parking.
There are plans to demolish the doctor’s surgery in Heath Hill Avenue and replace it with a new surgery which has student accommodation above.
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