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:
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.
Very few people think this is a good idea. It will bring even more traffic to Wilson Avenue, Woodingdean and Rottingdean as people try to avoid the chaos.
You can read the latest here: https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/17540506.valley-gardens-scheme-is-not-the-way-forward/
Dedicated volunteers continue to keep this project front of mind. I already volunteered to help BHCC with its twice-unsuccessful bid for funding from the Coastal Community Fund as I did most of the work to secure £2.3 million from this same fund for Saltdean Lido. Unfortunately these offers of help weren’t even acknowledged. One of my first actions would be to request BHCC’s funding plan for the Terraces – and to provide input and action to get things moving.
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