NASA launch pad opposite West Pier proposed as alternative to i360

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A comedian has launched a counter proposal to the i360 urging the council to instead use the funding to construct a NASA launch pad.

Brighton stand-up comedian Phil Lucas, posted a proposal on his website to convert the land adjacent to the West Pier into a launch pad for rockets and shuttles.

Mr Lucas said in his proposal: “I remain convinced that the construction and operation of a NASA launch pad next to the beach is the only viable long-term regeneration solution for this neglected part of Brighton.”

Mr Lucas added construction would only require the demolition of 220 properties and the relocation of 5,000 residents from the blast zone.

He also promised the while not in use the launch pad would feature two table tennis tables at the base of the pad and that it would double as a giant climbing frame.

One commenter said: “I am impressed by the background research that has taken place and also see this as the only viable use for this undeveloped area of Brighton and Hove.

“Can we fill the first rocket with seagulls?”

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7:12am Mon 17 Mar 14

Sussex jim says...

What a good idea. we could enter and leave Brighton by rocket, and not need to use our cars. Surely the Greens will want to fund such a project!
What a good idea. we could enter and leave Brighton by rocket, and not need to use our cars. Surely the Greens will want to fund such a project! Sussex jim
  • Score: 15

7:53am Mon 17 Mar 14

Baffled of Brighton says...

Much more feasible if it was an European Space Agency launch site, then they might be able to access EU money too.
Much more feasible if it was an European Space Agency launch site, then they might be able to access EU money too. Baffled of Brighton
  • Score: 11

9:00am Mon 17 Mar 14

saveHOVE says...

First a cartoon on the Saturday Argus letters page and now this. Derision discredits and i360 is not "infrastructure" that justifies a £36.2moan to lend on to get i360 built using public money.

As for claims it will "regenerate" the seafront, few believe it will succeed in getting thousands per day to pay £14 to go on it but very many understand that it will gridlock and bottle neck the seafront road. The only loo is for the 116 seat cafe in the base building around it.

Do you believe in the i360? Even if it fails and, being the security for the loan, a worthwhile asset for BHCC to seize/be lumbered with? If not, please sign the petition to block the loan BHCC will take out from the Public Works Loan Board to lend to i360 to get it build. Nobody else is prepared to stump up the finance!
First a cartoon on the Saturday Argus letters page and now this. Derision discredits and i360 is not "infrastructure" that justifies a £36.2moan to lend on to get i360 built using public money. As for claims it will "regenerate" the seafront, few believe it will succeed in getting thousands per day to pay £14 to go on it but very many understand that it will gridlock and bottle neck the seafront road. The only loo is for the 116 seat cafe in the base building around it. Do you believe in the i360? Even if it fails and, being the security for the loan, a worthwhile asset for BHCC to seize/be lumbered with? If not, please sign the petition to block the loan BHCC will take out from the Public Works Loan Board to lend to i360 to get it build. Nobody else is prepared to stump up the finance! saveHOVE
  • Score: 11

9:06am Mon 17 Mar 14

saveHOVE says...

Here is the petition link: Please sign & give a link to people you know. Tweet this article etcto let people know it's there for tthem to make themselves heard and to try to block the loan

http://www.change.or
g/en-GB/petitions/uk
-public-works-loan-b
oard-please-refuse-t
he-bhcc-loan-request
-for-36-2m-for-onwar
d-lending-to-brighto
n-i360-ltd-to-build-
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-s-seafront
Here is the petition link: Please sign & give a link to people you know. Tweet this article etcto let people know it's there for tthem to make themselves heard and to try to block the loan http://www.change.or g/en-GB/petitions/uk -public-works-loan-b oard-please-refuse-t he-bhcc-loan-request -for-36-2m-for-onwar d-lending-to-brighto n-i360-ltd-to-build- the-i360-on-brighton -s-seafront saveHOVE
  • Score: 6

9:24am Mon 17 Mar 14

Iona Ferrari says...

saveHOVE wrote:
Here is the petition link: Please sign & give a link to people you know. Tweet this article etcto let people know it's there for tthem to make themselves heard and to try to block the loan

http://www.change.or

g/en-GB/petitions/uk

-public-works-loan-b

oard-please-refuse-t

he-bhcc-loan-request

-for-36-2m-for-onwar

d-lending-to-brighto

n-i360-ltd-to-build-

the-i360-on-brighton

-s-seafront
Yes, in fact why not return to the horse and cart ......
[quote][p][bold]saveHOVE[/bold] wrote: Here is the petition link: Please sign & give a link to people you know. Tweet this article etcto let people know it's there for tthem to make themselves heard and to try to block the loan http://www.change.or g/en-GB/petitions/uk -public-works-loan-b oard-please-refuse-t he-bhcc-loan-request -for-36-2m-for-onwar d-lending-to-brighto n-i360-ltd-to-build- the-i360-on-brighton -s-seafront[/p][/quote]Yes, in fact why not return to the horse and cart ...... Iona Ferrari
  • Score: -10

9:58am Mon 17 Mar 14

Richada says...

Sussex jim wrote:
What a good idea. we could enter and leave Brighton by rocket, and not need to use our cars. Surely the Greens will want to fund such a project!
And with the Lucas name attached to it why not?

What?

Oh, sorry..........wrong Lucas - apologies Dr Caroline.
[quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: What a good idea. we could enter and leave Brighton by rocket, and not need to use our cars. Surely the Greens will want to fund such a project![/p][/quote]And with the Lucas name attached to it why not? What? Oh, sorry..........wrong Lucas - apologies Dr Caroline. Richada
  • Score: 5

1:05pm Mon 17 Mar 14

P.Dant says...

A comedian proposed the i360.
A comedian proposed the i360. P.Dant
  • Score: 9

2:20pm Mon 17 Mar 14

JerryOnly says...

P.Dant wrote:
A comedian proposed the i360.
An incredibly bad joke it is too.
[quote][p][bold]P.Dant[/bold] wrote: A comedian proposed the i360.[/p][/quote]An incredibly bad joke it is too. JerryOnly
  • Score: 5

9:01pm Mon 17 Mar 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

Have the Greens and Tories considered asking the Indian government to fund Brighton and Hove's space race?
Hove could be twinned with the slums in Delhi - though they're probably not keen...given the weather, food and cleanliness in Hove.
Have the Greens and Tories considered asking the Indian government to fund Brighton and Hove's space race? Hove could be twinned with the slums in Delhi - though they're probably not keen...given the weather, food and cleanliness in Hove. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: -2

9:22pm Mon 17 Mar 14

Ian Killmister ( lemme) says...

Great idea Phil Lucas . I am sure that Auntie Caroline and Cousin Matt will be supporting this venture along with many Luces ( look it up , it's the plural ) around the world . I attach a blank cheque made of toast but it is stuck in the slot . Luv to all , Ian Killmister ( lemme )
Great idea Phil Lucas . I am sure that Auntie Caroline and Cousin Matt will be supporting this venture along with many Luces ( look it up , it's the plural ) around the world . I attach a blank cheque made of toast but it is stuck in the slot . Luv to all , Ian Killmister ( lemme ) Ian Killmister ( lemme)
  • Score: -1

10:46am Tue 18 Mar 14

Green_Girl_1990 says...

Vote for the best; ALWAYS the best!

Vote Brighton Green Council, for a happier, more secure and prosperous Brighton and Hove!
Vote for the best; ALWAYS the best! Vote Brighton Green Council, for a happier, more secure and prosperous Brighton and Hove! Green_Girl_1990
  • Score: -5

11:04am Tue 18 Mar 14

Richada says...

Green_Girl_1990 wrote:
Vote for the best; ALWAYS the best!

Vote Brighton Green Council, for a happier, more secure and prosperous Brighton and Hove!
....and that has what exactly to do with launching a NASA rocket off the site of the West Pier......

......unless of course you're intending to go out in a blaze of glory at the sharp end of it.
[quote][p][bold]Green_Girl_1990[/bold] wrote: Vote for the best; ALWAYS the best! Vote Brighton Green Council, for a happier, more secure and prosperous Brighton and Hove![/p][/quote]....and that has what exactly to do with launching a NASA rocket off the site of the West Pier...... ......unless of course you're intending to go out in a blaze of glory at the sharp end of it. Richada
  • Score: 2

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