An award-winning new Brighton roundabout which was only installed three years ago is to get three weeks of roadworks to correct defects which have seen its kerbstones crumbling.
The changes to the Seven Dials roundabout courted controversy from the start, with Green activist Tom Druitt, now a councillor, climbing an elm tree for several days to successfully stop it being chopped down as part of the new layout.
Once installed, the roundabout itself won awards – but eagle-eyed residents soon spotted the kerbstones were crumbling after a few months.
Bell shaped bollards were installed to stop lorries and other heavy goods vehicles crossing the central island – and now, the kerbstones will be relaid flush with the tarmac to avoid impact.
Delays should be expected during the works which are scheduled to take place between Thursday, September 15, and Friday October 7. Lane closures, temporary traffic lights and diversions will be in place.
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Two sites in Brighton & Hove have emerged as potential locations for a site for the proposed new secondary free school in the city.
They are the Brighton General Hospital site at the top of Elm Grove, and a section of City College’s estate on the east side of Pelham Road in the city centre.
The University of Brighton gained government approval earlier this year to develop a secondary free school. The university is working towards an opening date in September 2018, admitting 180 pupils a year.
Brighton & Hove City Council is working with the university and the national Education Funding Agency to identify an appropriate site for the new school. Any decision to pursue a particular site would be subject both to planning permission and the agreement of the EFA.
Negotiations are ongoing with the respective site owners – the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust and City College.
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is considering the school interest in the context of a planning brief which will be developed to highlight future possible uses for The Brighton General Hospital site including continued healthcare.
City College has plans to create a new Institute of Arts & Technology at their Pelham Road site. If sufficient funding can be found for the project, it would enable some of the site to be used to create the proposed free school. City College is working with the Local Authority to explore all the options for the site.
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People caught dropping litter, flytipping and allowing their dogs to foul foul in public places anywhere in the city now face £75 on-the-spot fines as new enforcement officers take to the streets of Brighton & Hove.
The officers, employed by private company 3GS Environmental Solutions, have already begun patrolling in the city.
The new service will support the council’s strategy to encourage everyone to produce less waste and recycle more. It will tackle antisocial and illegal behaviour, improve the environment and reduce waste clean-up and disposal costs.
Each year the council receives dozens of complaints from residents about fly-tipping, litter and other antisocial behaviour and the issues are often raised at residents groups and community meetings.
The scheme was approved by councillors last year and 3GS was awarded the contract following a competitive tendering process.
It will cover fly-tipping, littering, fly-posting, graffiti, dog fouling and disposing of commercial waste illegally. The enforcement officers will wear body cameras to gather evidence and identify offenders.
The council will follow government guidelines to ensure that any fines are issued responsibly.
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A landlord has been ordered to stop renting out a shared house near Fiveways in Brighton.
Brighton and Hove City Council said: “The landlord of a property near Fiveways in Brighton is no longer allowed to let the property as a shared house.
“Last year Brighton and Hove City Council served a planning enforcement notice on the property, 9 Adams Close, Brighton, on the grounds that there are already many shared houses in the immediate area.
“The landlord continued to let out the house despite not having the necessary planning permission while appealing against the enforcement notice to the government’s planning inspectorate.
“Last month the landlord’s appeal was dismissed by the government’s planning inspectorate following consideration of the case.
“The result means it will be an offence for the owner to continue to use the property as a shared house for rent.
“The property was until recently still being advertised to future tenants. These advertisements have now been withdrawn.”
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A bike hire scheme for Brighton and Hove is now set to go following full funding approval from the Coast to Capital (C2C) Local Transport Body yesterday (Thursday, 26 November).
The news comes two days after the council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee voted to support the scheme on Tuesday.
C2C funding is for £1.16 million from the Local Growth Fund. The council’s Local Transport Plan and other funding streams, such as developer contributions, will fund the remaining £290,000 for the total £1.45 million infrastructure and start-up costs.
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No Ball Games signs on one Brighton estate have been replaced with new notices encouraging play instead.
Hyde Housing put up the Please Play Here signs on the Phoenix estate at the bottom of Albion Hill on Saturday during a play day.
They are part of a new approach from the group to encourage playtime and promote childrens’ health, well-being and happiness.
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