Preserving the city's amenities

Photo:Hove Museum

Hove Museum

Photo:Proposed tower for the Sackville Hotel site

Proposed tower for the Sackville Hotel site

AGM report by NLCA rep on Brighton Society committee

By Sandy Crowhurst

The Brighton Society’s aims are “to conserve and improve the amenities of Brighton & Hove. We encourage the preservation of architecturally and historically interesting buildings with their particular look and feel.”

Current proposals discussed include:

Hove Library: B&H City Council is proposing its closure and the contents moved to Hove Museum.

Anston House:  The proposed buildings of 15 storeys are unacceptable and would overshadow the listed Preston Park.  The same number of housing units is feasible in a low-rise alternative, and would not contravene the Tall Buildings Policy. 

Sackville Hotel site: A letter objecting to the proposed 17-storey building has been sent to the Council, as it would have a detrimental visual impact on the Conservation Area as well as breaching the Tall Buildings Policy.

West Street development scheme:  We welcome the proposal of up to 6 storeys to provide a hotel, 11 backpacker hostel, plus residential and ancillary buildings.  

King Alfred site: Now that a contractor has been selected, we await notice of a public consultation.

Shelter Hall Kiosk: This listed kiosk has been removed for restoration prior to its new site on East Street bastion.

Seafront strategy/Black Rock: This is well documented in the City Plan but we have concerns about the proposal to relocate the conference centre (Brighton Centre) to Black Rock.

Saltdean Lido: A lack of electrical capacity in the Saltdean area means that the CIC (Community Interest Company) has to raise extra money to build a £70,000 substation to serve the lido. The CIC continues with crowdfunding initiatives to raise the money.

The Brighton Society’s committee, which meets on a monthly basis, includes representatives from a number of local amenity societies, so it plays a valuable co-ordinating role.  If you wish to join, log onto their website www.brighton-society.org.uk for more information.

 

[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 239, March/April 2016]

 

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