Monthly Archives: February 2018

£300 million scheme to revive a derelict Brighton site with hundreds of homes

From Brighton & Hove News

A £300 million scheme to revive a derelict Brighton site with hundreds of homes and jobs has been signed by Brighton and Hove City Council and developer U+I.

The regeneration specialist said: “U+I today announces that a deal to radically transform the Lewes Road area of Brighton is now unconditional after contracts completed with Brighton and Hove City Council to deliver one of the city’s biggest ever mixed-use regeneration projects.

“Preston Barracks, in Brighton, a brownfield site which has lain derelict for over two decades, forms part of the wider regeneration partnership with the University of Brighton which will transform the area into a thriving new destination for people to live, work and learn.

“The £300 million gross development value project will deliver over 1,500 new jobs, 369 homes, 1,338 student beds and bring £281 million into Brighton and Hove’s economy over the next ten years.

“U+I’s proposals for the Preston Barracks site include 369 new homes, 534 student beds (a partnership with Scape Student Living), and a 50,000 sq ft innovation hub for start-up businesses and entrepreneurs.

“This forms part of plans to attract enterprising and high-growth companies and increase international investment into Brighton and Hove.

“The hub has already attracted £7.7 million of grant funding from Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership.

“This innovation hub is a tried and tested model for U+I. The first fully operational hub, known as the CRL (Central Research Laboratory) is located at its Old Vinyl Factory project in Hayes, where it complements the ongoing regeneration work by providing an innovative new workplace for local start-ups and entrepreneurs, and a place for the community to come together.”

For the full report click here.

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Brighton & Hove Way: News update

Welcome to the Brighton & Hove Way: a downland pathway for the city

Spring is in the air, and there is much to look forward to along the Brighton & Hove Way. It’s only a few months since we founded the Association, yet we’ve already got cracking: checking out the route, designing a logo and developing a website too. Take a look at the schedule of activities we’re putting together and please come along and get involved.

Mayor’s Walk 2018 – Saturday 28th April

Following on the success of the Mayor’s Walk 2017 – which trod in the idea of the Brighton & Hove Way – we are pleased to announce this sponsored walk will be happening again this year on Saturday 28 April. Mayoral charity RiseUK are once more leading the event organisation, with support from City Parks and the Brighton & Hove Way Association. You’ll be able to raise money for the mayor’s charities, or an organisation of your choice, including the B&HWA. Watch out for details of how to sign up.

Stanmer Park Spring CleanSunday 4th March

Take part in the Great British Spring Clean Weekend, by helping clean-up the section of the Brighton & Hove Way through the beautiful Stanmer Great Wood on Sunday 4th March. We’ll be meeting at Upper Lodges carpark at 10:00 and greeting the No.79 Breeze Bus at 10:40 too. Finish around midday.

This litter-pick event is organised by B&HWA with the support of City Parks Tidy Up Team – all kit provided. So we know you are coming… please sign up for the Stanmer Park Spring Clean on Eventbrite and Share our Facebook event

Mayor’s Walk Tidy Up – Sunday 14th April

On 14th April we’ll again be clearing litter from the route ahead of the Mayor’s Walk. Meet at Bexhill Road Car Park, 10:00 till 12:00. We are grateful, once again, to City Parks Tidy Up Team for their support of this event. Watch out for sign up details, to follow.

Route survey

B&HWA committee members have begun checking out the route, and alternative paths, sizing up the signage needed to fully waymark the Brighton & Hove Way. We’ll be using this research to decide the final route and to develop funding bids. See some of our pictures from Saltdean to Woodingdean and through Falmer

Logo

We are extremely grateful to Roger Harmar, for his work in developing a logo for the Brighton & Hove Way. As one of few tree species hardy enough to flourish on the exposed and arid Brighton Downland, the familiar and often windswept hawthorn seems an appropriate emblem for the route. The common hawthorn leaf offers us a simple recognisable and versatile symbol for use on signage; including the possibility of being engraved into wooden posts. We hope you like the logo as much as we do.

Website

Now we have a logo, Pete West and his son Eoin have turned their hands to developing a basic website to give the Brighton & Hove Way an immediate online presence. A more complex site will in time be needed to meet a fuller specification, no doubt requiring funding to develop. For now though, visitors have some where to find the essentials, including route maps and information about how to get involved. Please check out our site and share its address.

Facebook

Please Like our Page and keep up to date with our events and news about the Brighton & Hove Way.

Your support needed

We always welcome new supporters of the Brighton and Hove Way. If you are happy to receive the occasional email from us about Brighton & Hove Way please email brightonandhoveway@gmail.com saying “I support the B&H Way, and I’m happy to receive your occasional emails”, or complete the Contact Us form at www.brightonandhoveway.org.uk and Like us on Facebook


Thank you for your support,

Rights of Way

From Brighton & Hove Way

The Brighton & Hove Way is just one aspect of our important network of rights of way giving access the to the city’s countryside, parks and open spaces; green lungs enjoyed by hundreds of people each day.

Have your say on the new draft Rights of Way Improvement Plan 2017 – 27 now open for consultation. Your support for the Brighton & Hove Way and for investing in our entire network of paths is needed and appreciated – https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/…/parks-and-gre…/rights-way

Graffiti Case Study – how Chichester dealt with its graffiti problem

From The Brighton Society

Almost three years ago, Chichester District Council invited the Brighton Society to meet the Council’s Community Development Officer to see what lessons could be learnt from Chichester’s experience of dealing with its graffiti problem.

Chichester Council’s campaign against graffiti began over fifteen years ago in response to quite severe graffiti problems in the Pallant Conservation Area. The Chief Executive at the time was very keen that the problem be addressed, and with strong support from the Councillors, provided a sufficiently adequate budget to make a start on dealing with the issue.

Their success can be judged by the evident embarrassment of our host that he was unable to find many examples of graffiti to show us in central Chichester.  Of the few we did see, three had been intentionally left as examples of acceptable graffiti – see a couple of examples below.

….he was unable to find many examples…..these had been intentionally left

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for the full story.

Valley Gardens roadworks to cause traffic ‘chaos’

From The Argus

An artist’s impression of the Valley Gardens scheme

Every southbound car entering Brighton’s central avenue will be squeezed into a single lane of traffic this summer. Two years of roadworks to redesign traffic flow and pedestrian access around Valley Gardens will begin as early as June.

The decision to start digging up one of the busiest roads in the city during the tourist season was criticised by tourism experts, traders, residents’ groups, public transport pressure groups, taxi companies and unions. Critics have predicted “chaos” and “gridlock” and raised the spectre of tailbacks radiating far beyond the centre of the city. The council said disruption would be mitigated wherever possible.

Meanwhile the roadworks surrounding the Shelter Hall development at the foot of West Street will not finish this summer as planned but will continue until at least next autumn. That development is now projected to cost twice its original £10 million budget, and the council is working on ways to come up with extra money from its own tight resources as well as from central Government.

On Tuesday 6th February, a meeting of the Greater Brighton Economic Board confirmed work on the £11 million Valley Gardens scheme would begin in June, although yesterday a Brighton and Hove City Council spokeswoman said it “hoped” to start work on the highway “towards the end of summer”.

The first phase of the scheme will include closure of one of the two southbound lanes of traffic on the eastern side of Victoria Gardens from near St Peter’s Church. The Valley Gardens development seeks to open up the several, underused green spaces in the centre of the city from St Peter’s Church down to Old Steine.

At present the route is a one way system with two lanes running north, and two south. Once the redevelopment is complete, private vehicles will be restricted to the east of the gardens, with one lane northbound and one lane southbound. On the west, a much quieter road will carry just buses and taxis, northbound and southbound. Extra crossings, extra cycle lanes, and extensive planting and landscaping will make the area easier to access and enjoy on foot.

Yesterday the council said work and diversions would be well publicised and the main route would only occasionally be subject to complete closure.

Anne Ackord, who runs the Palace Pier and speaks for the Brighton and Hove Tourism Alliance, said: “Summer is never the best time to start any disruption. We need to get people in to the city, and we know parking is a problem as it is, so you don’t want anything to get in the way of the best possible summer. At the pier, we’re doing refurbishment work and maintenance now, because it’s winter and it’s quiet. We wouldn’t schedule anything to start later than Easter, because then you damage business.”

Adam Chinnery, chairman of the Seafront Traders Association, said: “It seems very odd, when we get massive domestic tourism that comes right down that road in the summer. And we don’t get nearly as much during the winter. It would seem a lot better to do this kind of project in the winter.”

Steve Percy, chairman of the People’s Parking Protest, said: “It’s going to be an absolute nightmare. I fail to see why Valley Gardens is going to start at the beginning of the tourist season when in fact it should have been started at the end of the season. That’s just common sense.”

Peter Elvidge, secretary of Brighton Area Buswatch, said: “It’s absolutely not the right time of year. “It’s going to be chaos I imagine. The Valley Gardens scheme is going to narrow the road down to a single lane through the roadworks, which will cause huge traffic jams and that will spread throughout the city.”

John Streeter, of Streamline Taxis, said: “I can see this scheme backfiring big time. There’s going to be major tailbacks coming into the city. Summer weekends are very busy and this will have a major impact.”

GMB union branch secretary Mark Turner said: “That’s not very clever timing really is it? That’s the beginning of the summer season, it’s the most important for the city and we’re going to cause major disruption to traffic. It’ll be bad for local businesses – we’ll be saying ‘come to Brighton and be gridlocked’.”

Not everyone was so negative. Theatre Royal manager John Baldock said: “Whenever you did it it’s going to upset somebody. Anything that can improve the city is a good thing, it’s never going to be painless.”

The scheme – originally a Green idea – has cross-party support so opposition politicians have focused on whether the Labour administration will make it happen efficiently.

Green Party spokesman Councillor Pete West said: “My concern is the Labour administration can’t deliver this competently – their project management is not good.

“Once they’ve started digging up, they need to complete within the shortest timeframe to minimise disruption.” 

Conservative Party spokesman Councillor Lee Wares said: “It is essential the Labour administration carefully co-ordinate the construction phases to avoid interrupting all the events our city holds. With Shelter Hall now over-running by a year it is crucial that Labour don’t take their eye off the ball because if they do, it will be a disaster for the city.”

Labour Councillor Alan Robins, the administration’s lead member for tourism, said: “I knew it was going to start, I didn’t know the start date.”

Later in a council statement he said: “Brighton and Hove attracts up to 11 million visitors a year and our marketing activity already encourages visitors to come by train or use other forms of public transport, where possible, as we know that car travel is a major contributor to congestion and poor air quality.”

The Valley Gardens scheme is expected to take around two years.

Progress update – Springfield Road trees – February 2018

Many thanks once again to all those who donated to our campaign to preserve, protect and replace Springfield Road trees. It was a marvellous effort and no doubt those involved are wondering what happens now – so here is an update.

Since our crowdfunding campaign successfully closed we have been in close contact with the Council’s arboriculturalists who are checking which trees already need to be replaced, and assessing which trees are in danger. These sites once formally identified will therefore be preserved, we are assured, even if it takes a long while before actual replacement happens. The process will however be slow, as dead tree sites need in due course to be ‘ground out’ and we are told ordering trees happens at least a year in advance. For each site we will make the financial contribution from the funds raised as planned. It is possible we may see some replanting next spring, we are hoping for that, and certainly no later than the season after.

Looking longer term there has been much discussion about protecting our new trees when they arrive. All ideas are welcome, and Councillor Littman and residents are in discussion about how best to make sure saplings are not damaged by vehicles. All ideas are welcome.

When more is known, it will be posted as a further update on this site. Thank you once again to everyone who supported this.

Reported Crime Statistics December 2017

Sussex Police have released reported crime statistics for December 2017, the latest figures available.

Click on the map for detailed information:

Here is a brief summary of the crime information for the past two months:

November 2017 December 2017
All crime 57 67
Anti-social behaviour 14 18
Bicycle theft 2 1
Burglary 4 4
Criminal damage and arson 7 11
Drugs 2 1
Other crime 1 0
Other theft 4 6
Possession of weapons 0 0
Public order 3 2
Robbery 0 1
Shoplifting 0 0
Theft from the person 0 0
Vehicle crime 6 6
Violence and sexual offences 14 17

Please visit https://www.police.uk/shape/AnxkDj/ for more information including outcomes for these crimes and contact information for your local policing team.