Rottingdean Coastal ward runs from Sussex Square to West Saltdean and includes the Marina. Of course, people have different local concerns according to where they live. These are the issues that my friends, neighbours and acquaintances in all the different areas have raised with me:
A deeply flawed initiative brought to us by the same Green councillors who though that the i360 was a good idea. Despite protests from thousands of residents and businesses throughout the city - and beyond - the current Labour administration is insistent on pushing forward. You can see me speaking against the scheme here with residents:
Hundreds of new houses are planned for Saltdean, Ovingdean and Rottingdean (as well as Peacehaven).People are worried about their effect on local services and schools - and traffic congestion. Enough is enough. We need a plan to reduce densities.
Like thousands of people living in Ovingdean, Rottingdean, Saltdean, Telscombe and Peacehaven, I sit in the jams on the A259 every day. After pressure from campaigners, Lewes District Council has committed £100k to a survey of the road from Eastbourne to Brighton. This will confirm where the pinch points are (locals know already, of course) and will enable funding bids to improve the road to be made.
Dedicated volunteers continue to keep this project front of mind. I have the experience to really get things moving. However, when I volunteered my services to the Labour administration, I was told that I have to be a member of the Labour party to have a role like that. This is such a shame and shows why party politics need to be taken out of running our city. You can see me talking about the terraces here:
In December the council reported progress. Story here: https://www.brightonandhoveindependent.co.uk/news/politics/plans-to-extend-shopping-centre-and-build-new-conference-and-gig-venue-in-brighton-are-coming-together-1-8735416
However, there are still major flaws that need to be addressed before any more time is spent. Is there demand for a convention centre so far out of central Brighton? How will people get there? Where will they stay?
In addition, given the weekly stories about the collapse of high street shops, it seems odd to still be discussing the expansion of Churchill Square as a precursor for the convention centre. convention centre into shops.
At the Marina