At yesterday’s meeting there was a lot of interest in the good regulation and good behaviour of HMO residents and letting agents. Cllr Tracey Hill’s handout on checking and reporting HMOs…
From The Argus –
Thousands of new homes and jobs could be created by a £795 million project.
Proposals to develop eight public sites across the Greater Brighton area are being drawn up following a successful bid for government funding.
The sites include fire stations, army barracks and hospital sites which could all be redeveloped for new homes and office space.
The programme to make more efficient use of public body land could net the region 2,815 new homes, almost 25,000 sqm of employment floorspace and more than 2,000 new jobs.
And further sites, projects and public funding of the scheme could all follow in further years.
The Greater Brighton Economic Board meeting on the 18th October was told the area had been one of 37 successful bidders to share £7.5 million of government funding to release land for regeneration projects and encourage public services to work together.
The scheme proposes to redevelop parts of Dyke Road Barracks, Preston Circus Fire Station, Brighton General Hospital and public offices in Moulsecoomb.
Also included in the scheme are the major development projects of Madeira Terraces and Preston Barracks.
Health services will be asked to share offices at Worthing Civic Centre to free up land for housing and emergency services will be brought together in Lewes to allow for the sale of Springman House to allow the wider regeneration of the town’s Northern Quarter.
Greater Brighton made an expression of interest to the programme in May alongside more than 100 councils and learnt earlier this month they will be awarded £597,000.
An initial bid of £735,000 was reduced on advice with a ninth project to redevelop land around Hove station pushed back until a later round of funding.
Efforts will now be made to record all land and property assets owned by Greater Brighton councils and public sector partners by the end of the year.
An East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “Work is being carried out to see how we can best use the space in Preston Circus Community Fire Station.
“It will continue to be a fully functioning fire station and operational capabilities will not change.
“Currently the top floor is not in use by the firefighters and other staff in the building.
“A feasibility study is underway and staff at the station have been involved in discussions around its future use.”
Fire Brigades Union rep Simon Herbert said: “Our main concern would be whether any development plans would impact operational responses from the station.
“That has been the concern with some of the plans that have come forward in the past.
“What we have seen so far, and there are a range of proposals which are not set in stone, is that they won’t impact the operational response.”
A proposal for Preston Circus, including the refurbishment of the existing operational areas to improve the building for staff, is set to go before East Sussex Fire Authority in the coming months.
POWERFUL TEAMWORK NEEDED TO MAKE PLANS A REALITY
THE £795 million One Public Estate project will call on the might of many public sector bodies to try to transform sites often eyed for development but seldom fulfilled.
Preston Circus Fire Station was subject to numerous plans which never left the drawing board with opportunistic eyes keenly observing the two under-used floors above the main fire station.
The Duke of York’s was among a number of suitors over the years while plans to convert the site into a supermarket surfaced around the time of plans to close the station back in 2009 were revealed.
The fire station has only grown in potential and attraction to developers with the continuing improvements to London Road though fire bosses are adamant that any development this time will be built around the existing firefighter operations.
Among the possible future uses on the table for Brighton General Hospital, the One Public Estate team proposes a new health and care campus with housing and a range of community uses.
The site is also one of two being considered by the University of Brighton for the new secondary free school for the city. Another site previously considered for a school but now included in the regeneration scheme is the Territorial Army barracks in Dyke Road.
Previously considered by the King’s School as a permanent home, it is now proposed to reduce the barracks to make space for a “mixed-use development”.
Some of the schemes included in the One Public Estate will already be familiar to readers, including the £30 million redevelopment of Madeira Terrace and long-mooted £150 million Preston Barracks scheme.
The estates project is also designed to squeeze the most out of existing public offices and encourage closer working between different bodies.
Emergency services in Lewes are set to come together with South East Coast Ambulance Service leaving Springman House which will be included in the £180 million North Street Quarter of 416 new homes, 140,000sqft of workspace, a health centre and new riverside walkways.
Emergency services are being brought together in ever increasing numbers, notably in Newhaven where police, fire and council all operate from the same £3 million site.
Meanwhile over in Worthing the creation of a new health hub bringing different teams under one roof is being planned to free parts of the civic centre site to be developed for housing.
More co-working is proposed in Moulsecoomb where youth services, library, council contact centre, The Bridge Community Centre and GP surgery could all be brought under one roof allowing for the potential sale of The 67 Centre, Hillview Contact Centre and Moulsecoomb Library.
EIGHT PUBLIC SITES SET FOR NEW HOUSING AND EMPLOYMENT DEVELOPMENTS
- Worthing Civic Centre
- Moulsecoomb Neighbourhood Hub
- Dyke Road Barracks
- Preston Barracks
- Brighton General Hospital
- Madeira Terrace
- Preston Circus Fire Station
- Springman House, Lewes
From Insp Brian McCarthy by email:
Level policing update – 28th July 2016
Five males were arrested on the level for conspiring to supply Class B Drugs. This has occurred in the skate park area one of which is wanted on warrant in London for failing to appear. Class B and Class A Drugs were found at the scene and on some of the males. This has occurred at a time when children are on school holidays. Post arrest users of the skate Park have thanked police for the arrests commenting that it has been creating a bad atmosphere in the park.
One male is still in custody the others have all been bailed pending further enquiries.
——– thanks for working to keep the Level a safe place for young people, families and the whole community P.W.
Last LAT meeting (Jan 2016) we were given a presentation by Jodie Gilbert regarding the new Eagle Labs venture run by Barclays here in Brighton, complete with 3D printer and laser cutter. Here is the flier that she referred to.
The pdf is viewable here
It is with great pleasure that we publish our newsletter looking back over the previous years of progress and achievement in partnership with many others. This has resulted in a remarkable turn-round for the success of London Road.
You may have had the newsletter delivered to your door – or you may wish to download the pdf
The controversial Valley Gardens scheme has been delayed until at least October for new traffic modelling examining how the new road layout will deal with weekend and bank holiday traffic.
The original traffic modelling for the scheme, which will see traffic reduced to a single lane from St Peter’s Church to the Old Steine, concluded it would be neutral – but only took into account data from weekdays as fluctuating weekend traffic was deemed too unreliable.
As part of its promised review into the scheme, the new Labour administration has ordered a second report which takes the weekend traffic into account.
But the Greens, who commissioned the original report, say prioritising the road for excessive holiday traffic would simply turn it into a car park, and say the extra delay could threaten funding for the scheme.
Labour’s environment and transport chief Gill Mitchell said: “Since it was first proposed a couple of years ago, the scheme has undergone some very radical changes, most radical is reducing each side to one lane in each direction.
“Labour councillors had serious concerns before the election about where the displaced traffic goes. We were very worried about taking that amount of traffic out of a key arterial road.
“We kept on being told it was traffic neutral, but it can only be neutral if a significant amount of traffic is displaced.
“What we have now called for, and what is underway, is some further modelling on exactly those issues, looking at the possibility of queuing and congestion on Lewes Road and London Road, looking at junctions to see how they will work, and specifically looking at the single southbound lane proposed.”
She said the impact of starting construction while other major projects in the city were underway, such as Circus Street, the Royal Sussex, Preston Barracks and the demolition of Amex House, would also be examined.
She added: “[Council leader] Warren Morgan and myself met with officials from the Local Enterprise Partnership [which is funding the scheme] early on after the election and they have granted us additional time to make these further checks.
“I have made a commitment to the LEP that we will be making a decision in October and I will be held to that.
“If it does throw up significant issues we can’t take something forward in the full knowledge that it’s not going to work.”
But Cllr Pete West, the Green’s environment spokesperson, said his party’s administration had looked at “numerous” design options based on “considerable evidence”.
He said: “We weighed the pros and cons of each and came up with a plan which will improve this area as a public park and as a transport corridor and which balances the provision for walking, cycling, public transport and general traffic.
“Labour have voiced concerns about the reduction of some road space for general traffic in the design, however the traffic modelling suggests that the simplification of ten junctions and a clearer layout will reduce the amount of stop-start motoring and improve traffic flow in spite of this.
The project report to Capital to Coast, who awarded £14million funding for the scheme, said this simplification will enable private vehicles and public transport to operate more efficiently.
“Exceptional sunny Bank Holidays and weekends, when thousands flock to the beach, have always and will continue to cause traffic jams, whatever is done at Valley Gardens, because the whole city has limited space for so many cars.
“However, to prioritise Valley Gardens as a stacking space for occasional heavy traffic days would be an appalling prospect turning it into a sort of car park which would threaten the other benefits of the scheme.
“As the city grows and visitor numbers continue to increase, we need to nurture the current trend for more local journeys by foot, bike, bus and taxi and more arrivals by train and coach.
“The Valley Gardens scheme promises to make an important contribution to this shift while helping general motor traffic to flow better. Labour’s continued scepticism and delay can only undermine what is widely viewed as an excellent scheme for the city.”
The scheme currently has two northbound and two southbound lanes for general traffic on the eastern side of the valley.
On the western side, the scheme includes a north and southbound lane for buses and taxis.
Initially, the scheme included two new sections of road to accommodate four lanes of traffic – two in each direction – along the eastern side of the valley but the four lanes were cut to two after modelling showed the simpler layout meant a better flow and therefore less space was needed at junctions for queuing traffic.
The design work for the park area is also being revised so that the Mazda fountain can be retained after more than a thousand people signed a petition calling for its retention.
However, it’s possible that the Green and Tory groups on the council may yet unite to outvote any changes to the scheme proposed by the minority Labour administration.