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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:

The Valley Gardens Road Scheme

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:

Overdevelopment of our green spaces

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.

Congestion on the A259

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.

Madeira Terraces

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:

New Conference Centre at Black Rock

In December the council reported progress. Story  here:

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.

Area Specific Concerns:

At the Marina

  • Securing a trial of a direct bus route into the city centre
  • Ensuring that V space use isn’t abused
  • Sorting out the chaotic pedestrian access around the garage and stairs
  • Ensuring that the money that developers have to contribute to the community is spent on the services and facilities you want – eg Doctor’s surgery, library, communal residents-only areas including a playground and dog run. Rather than what the council wants.

In Ovingdean

  • The Future of the land around the farm which belongs to the council.
  • Meadow Vale development.
  • Speeding through the village. 
  • The need for bike lanes on Greenways.

In Rottingdean

  • Traffic, Pollution, development at St Aubyns

In Saltdean

  • Traffic, Speeding, The Lido, New housing, future funding of our amenities (playgrounds, tennis courts, bowls green, football club etc)

In Roedean

  • Marina development.
  • Extension of yellow lines around Roedean Crescent.