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Hove lawns a green lung for fun between sea and city

The Argus: The Peace Statue at the border of Brighton and Hove The Peace Statue at the border of Brighton and Hove

During the summer, rarely a week goes by when there is not an event at Hove Lawns.

From the food festival to Paddle Round the Pier, tens of thousands of people flock to the open space which is crammed in by the shingle and sea to one side and grand Regency and Victorian architecture to the other.

As well as a place for large events, it forms the major part of the seafront that stretches from King Alfred Leisure Centre to the Peace Statue.

But those that use the area claim it offers much, much more.

Alice Wright, 38, who lives in the area with her husband, young son and dog, said: “This beautiful promenade provides a splendid showcase to the gorgeous Regency houses in their regulation Hove Cream, an iconic sight indeed.

“Who wouldn’t want to run or stroll along the seafront with a backdrop such as Adelaide Crescent or Brunswick Square?

“A trip to the area wouldn’t be complete without queueing for an ice-cream from the legendary Marrocco’s, probably followed up by a cup of tea from the Lawns Cafe, then getting your bread or cake order in at Sugardough in Kingsway before they sell out.

“It also includes that most sought-after of locations for all dog owners – the year- round dog-friendly beach.

“And of course, the Hove Lawns themselves – the twin cities’ playground – where nearly every weekend there is some kind of event or festival going on.

“Everyone comes to work out, make out, chill out, practise Tai Chi, sunbathe, walk their dogs, hold a birthday party and maybe have a cheeky barbecue on a long summer evening – remembering to put everything in the bins afterwards of course.”

Green lung

The lawns acts as a green lung to those living in the surrounding area.

But it also attracts those who want a bit of breathing space from the bright lights of Brighton.

Many of the grand houses that either face it or surround it are now split into flats meaning it supports far more people now than when the first turf was laid.

With the larger population comes competition for the space, which can lead to it becoming damaged by event organisers, barbecues or simply footfall.

Nick Mosley, the director of Brighton and Hove Food and Drink Festival, which uses the area twice a year, said: “The lawns are a great location for major events but I do think the concerns of the residents need to be acted on.

“We should be encouraging events that don’t damage the grass and soil – which is in a bad state in places – and allowing the lawns to recover.

“I think that improved facilities such as event power and water, and toilet facilities, would be a great step forward as generators and portable toilets aren’t particularly practical or environmentally friendly.”

That is also the view of Brighton and Hove City Council, which is asking for views on a stretch of the seafront from Hove Lagoon to Saltdean.

The Argus: King Alfred to the Peace Statue

Geoffrey Bowden, the council’s economic development committee chairman, said: “In the city we have something like 300 events through the year.

“Hove Lawns does take its share but we have to be careful about how much we use it as the grass needs to be cared for.

“We need to give it more breathing space but I do not anticipate us not using it.”

He added: “If an event proves to be popular, chances are that we will see it again.

“We’re looking for activities which draw people in but also prove to be sustainable.”

Speaking generally, Coun Bowden said: “We’re open to all ideas. Already we have had some very interesting ones.”

Gracious Hove

But space for change in this area, which stretches a mile from the city’s biggest indoor sports centre to the boundary of Hove and Brighton, does seem limited.

Valerie Paynter, of conservation group Save Hove, said there were “no development” opportunities between the King Alfred and Peace Statue.

She added: “What we need in Hove are things that are gracious so people can wallow in the seafront.

“Where is it? People do not want to jump up and down and play basketball.

“Where are the places where people can sit indoors and watch the sea in bad weather and the dark?”

Others take a more poetic look at the area.

Ward councillor Chris Hawtree said: “The sea, from which we all sprang, draws us back, something that delights in all seasons, even as the rain pours and the wind gets up speed.

"All life is there, each enjoying it as they will.

“Such is the spirit of the front that, sometimes, the mind blanks out the grimmer edifices; these are, though, matters to grasp, to debate.

“The promenade is a taste of the continent. Could it be more so? Those who relish the seaside do so in all its guises.

“One resident suggested that an elegant water fountain, from which to drink, would suit the promenade.

“A seaside stroll is always fortifying. It makes you want to live forever. Nobody does so. Enjoy the seafront as often as you can. It lifts the spirits.”

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4:42pm Tue 13 Nov 12

GraemeDavis says...

An increase of this magnitude in serious injuries looks like more than a statistical blip, and we should be putting a lot of energy into finding out what has caused it.

I doubt the practices of road users have changed much in the last year. What has changed throughout B&H is the layout of roads. Is it possible that we are building in the danger?
An increase of this magnitude in serious injuries looks like more than a statistical blip, and we should be putting a lot of energy into finding out what has caused it. I doubt the practices of road users have changed much in the last year. What has changed throughout B&H is the layout of roads. Is it possible that we are building in the danger? GraemeDavis
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6:52pm Tue 13 Nov 12

bogs says...

Where are the places where people can sit indoors and watch the sea in bad weather and the dark?”

I am sure you have donated the first £100k towards your aims? No? Thats right, full of ideas and no cash!!!! Thats why the West Pier fell down. Dreamers with no money and lots of objections.
Where are the places where people can sit indoors and watch the sea in bad weather and the dark?” I am sure you have donated the first £100k towards your aims? No? Thats right, full of ideas and no cash!!!! Thats why the West Pier fell down. Dreamers with no money and lots of objections. bogs
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6:56pm Tue 13 Nov 12

mustaphaLeeko says...

Valerie Paynter and Chris Hawtree, a pair made for each other....

Are they for real, genteel pastimes, it's not 1850!

“People do not want to jump up and down and play basketball."

Really, have you asked them, or just the select 100 or so of like minded middle class genteel people in your genteel "Save Hove" society which opposes any change to Hove which is oh so much better than Brighton obviously?

What an utter load of rubbish!
Valerie Paynter and Chris Hawtree, a pair made for each other.... Are they for real, genteel pastimes, it's not 1850! “People do not want to jump up and down and play basketball." Really, have you asked them, or just the select 100 or so of like minded middle class genteel people in your genteel "Save Hove" society which opposes any change to Hove which is oh so much better than Brighton obviously? What an utter load of rubbish! mustaphaLeeko
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8:10pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Hovite says...

I agree Save Hove parades itself as an authority on Hove. It’s a complete fabrication of an organisation formed soley with one person and based on personal ego.
I agree Save Hove parades itself as an authority on Hove. It’s a complete fabrication of an organisation formed soley with one person and based on personal ego. Hovite
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8:52pm Tue 13 Nov 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Green Christopher Hawtree sounds as if he's been smoking too much brown.
The fact that he lives in a fantasy world explains why he and his council colleagues are just so out of touch with real people and reality in general.
As for the area being the Green lungs, is that after you have coughed your way past the thick barbecue smoke or inhaled the eggy whiff which permates the air from Hove lagoon.
It's dog shi*, footy, homeless, barbecues, sulphur stench and the odd bit of cottaging for those too lazy to walk to the Mound.
Green Christopher Hawtree sounds as if he's been smoking too much brown. The fact that he lives in a fantasy world explains why he and his council colleagues are just so out of touch with real people and reality in general. As for the area being the Green lungs, is that after you have coughed your way past the thick barbecue smoke or inhaled the eggy whiff which permates the air from Hove lagoon. It's dog shi*, footy, homeless, barbecues, sulphur stench and the odd bit of cottaging for those too lazy to walk to the Mound. Maxwell's Ghost
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9:46pm Tue 13 Nov 12

hovian says...

mustaphaLeeko wrote:
Valerie Paynter and Chris Hawtree, a pair made for each other....

Are they for real, genteel pastimes, it's not 1850!

“People do not want to jump up and down and play basketball."

Really, have you asked them, or just the select 100 or so of like minded middle class genteel people in your genteel "Save Hove" society which opposes any change to Hove which is oh so much better than Brighton obviously?

What an utter load of rubbish!
Couldnt agree more about Valerie Paynter and Chris Hawtree! Why does the Argus keep quoting Save Hove in their stories? This is not an officially constituted group or society - but one person and her opinions....
[quote][p][bold]mustaphaLeeko[/bold] wrote: Valerie Paynter and Chris Hawtree, a pair made for each other.... Are they for real, genteel pastimes, it's not 1850! “People do not want to jump up and down and play basketball." Really, have you asked them, or just the select 100 or so of like minded middle class genteel people in your genteel "Save Hove" society which opposes any change to Hove which is oh so much better than Brighton obviously? What an utter load of rubbish![/p][/quote]Couldnt agree more about Valerie Paynter and Chris Hawtree! Why does the Argus keep quoting Save Hove in their stories? This is not an officially constituted group or society - but one person and her opinions.... hovian
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12:23am Wed 14 Nov 12

Valerie Paynter says...

OOOhhhh! Enemies! Peddling wimpsy petulance. Snippy and bitter.

Wilfully ignorant too. What change to Hove, Mustapha Leeko, do you imagine saveHOVE opposes? What contribution do you trouble to make to the area that isn't liquid?

And, dear little Hovian, do you really believe that groups and societies that ARE constituted represent more than the views and decisions of a very tiny number of people running them?

How about the days of The Shoreham Protesters against live exports. No constitiution there I can tell you. Just common purpose with different people doing different things that as a collective morphed into splintering, arguing factions.

All groups and societies are the same. The work is all delegated to the head of the snake. And the more formalised the group, the greater the need for a constitution or it would split into factions.

saveHOVE hangs together remarkably well, and grows support that it hangs onto. "One person and her opinions" would not be able to do that all by herself, would she?
OOOhhhh! Enemies! Peddling wimpsy petulance. Snippy and bitter. Wilfully ignorant too. What change to Hove, Mustapha Leeko, do you imagine saveHOVE opposes? What contribution do you trouble to make to the area that isn't liquid? And, dear little Hovian, do you really believe that groups and societies that ARE constituted represent more than the views and decisions of a very tiny number of people running them? How about the days of The Shoreham Protesters against live exports. No constitiution there I can tell you. Just common purpose with different people doing different things that as a collective morphed into splintering, arguing factions. All groups and societies are the same. The work is all delegated to the head of the snake. And the more formalised the group, the greater the need for a constitution or it would split into factions. saveHOVE hangs together remarkably well, and grows support that it hangs onto. "One person and her opinions" would not be able to do that all by herself, would she? Valerie Paynter
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12:42am Wed 14 Nov 12

Valerie Paynter says...

Hovite wrote:
I agree Save Hove parades itself as an authority on Hove. It’s a complete fabrication of an organisation formed soley with one person and based on personal ego.
One person + about 200 others; and, believe me, its based on concern by all of us who are working together for the various opportunities and threats to the built environment, conservation and appropriate development.

What do YOU do besides hide behind calling yourself 'Hovite' and snipe from the sidelines. Coward.
[quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: I agree Save Hove parades itself as an authority on Hove. It’s a complete fabrication of an organisation formed soley with one person and based on personal ego.[/p][/quote]One person + about 200 others; and, believe me, its based on concern by all of us who are working together for the various opportunities and threats to the built environment, conservation and appropriate development. What do YOU do besides hide behind calling yourself 'Hovite' and snipe from the sidelines. Coward. Valerie Paynter
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6:58am Wed 14 Nov 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Leave Valerie alone. However, take Christopher Hawtree back to the 18th century where an elderly spinster would have minded him as he attempted to write a book about unused hilltop walkways.
Leave Valerie alone. However, take Christopher Hawtree back to the 18th century where an elderly spinster would have minded him as he attempted to write a book about unused hilltop walkways. Maxwell's Ghost
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10:04am Wed 14 Nov 12

qm says...

""Ward councillor Chris Hawtree said: “The sea, from which we all sprang, draws us back,""

Some might say not quick enough in your case . . . . . .
""Ward councillor Chris Hawtree said: “The sea, from which we all sprang, draws us back,"" Some might say not quick enough in your case . . . . . . qm
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10:08am Wed 14 Nov 12

localboy78 says...

I am totally fed up of the town of Hove being governed by a council for Brighton AND Hove. We need to revert back to the former Hove Borough Council who could make decisions without the unwelcome influence of Brighton!

We (the people of Hove) are never going to see our town prosper for as long as we are latched on to our noisy neighbour Brighton.

It is time for Hove to split away from Brighton and revert to being the separately administered town and borough that it once was.
I am totally fed up of the town of Hove being governed by a council for Brighton AND Hove. We need to revert back to the former Hove Borough Council who could make decisions without the unwelcome influence of Brighton! We (the people of Hove) are never going to see our town prosper for as long as we are latched on to our noisy neighbour Brighton. It is time for Hove to split away from Brighton and revert to being the separately administered town and borough that it once was. localboy78
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12:03pm Wed 14 Nov 12

Hovite says...

Valerie Paynter wrote:
Hovite wrote:
I agree Save Hove parades itself as an authority on Hove. It’s a complete fabrication of an organisation formed soley with one person and based on personal ego.
One person + about 200 others; and, believe me, its based on concern by all of us who are working together for the various opportunities and threats to the built environment, conservation and appropriate development.

What do YOU do besides hide behind calling yourself 'Hovite' and snipe from the sidelines. Coward.
Well Valerie, there was a time when I was opposed to the Gehry at the King Alfred and I contacted you 5 or 6 years ago about it, and instead of opening up some proactive friendly dialog, my email was treated with suspicion, with an ulterior motive and I was accused of being someone else, a well known person, who you did not like. I think you refered to my email as cloak and daggers.

Valerie, it was the rudest email I have ever had and it has obviously stuck in my mind, because I contacted you with good intentions of support.
[quote][p][bold]Valerie Paynter[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: I agree Save Hove parades itself as an authority on Hove. It’s a complete fabrication of an organisation formed soley with one person and based on personal ego.[/p][/quote]One person + about 200 others; and, believe me, its based on concern by all of us who are working together for the various opportunities and threats to the built environment, conservation and appropriate development. What do YOU do besides hide behind calling yourself 'Hovite' and snipe from the sidelines. Coward.[/p][/quote]Well Valerie, there was a time when I was opposed to the Gehry at the King Alfred and I contacted you 5 or 6 years ago about it, and instead of opening up some proactive friendly dialog, my email was treated with suspicion, with an ulterior motive and I was accused of being someone else, a well known person, who you did not like. I think you refered to my email as cloak and daggers. Valerie, it was the rudest email I have ever had and it has obviously stuck in my mind, because I contacted you with good intentions of support. Hovite
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11:33am Thu 15 Nov 12

Cash Bull says...

Valerie Paynter wrote:
OOOhhhh! Enemies! Peddling wimpsy petulance. Snippy and bitter.

Wilfully ignorant too. What change to Hove, Mustapha Leeko, do you imagine saveHOVE opposes? What contribution do you trouble to make to the area that isn't liquid?

And, dear little Hovian, do you really believe that groups and societies that ARE constituted represent more than the views and decisions of a very tiny number of people running them?

How about the days of The Shoreham Protesters against live exports. No constitiution there I can tell you. Just common purpose with different people doing different things that as a collective morphed into splintering, arguing factions.

All groups and societies are the same. The work is all delegated to the head of the snake. And the more formalised the group, the greater the need for a constitution or it would split into factions.

saveHOVE hangs together remarkably well, and grows support that it hangs onto. "One person and her opinions" would not be able to do that all by herself, would she?
CALM DOWN DEAR!
[quote][p][bold]Valerie Paynter[/bold] wrote: OOOhhhh! Enemies! Peddling wimpsy petulance. Snippy and bitter. Wilfully ignorant too. What change to Hove, Mustapha Leeko, do you imagine saveHOVE opposes? What contribution do you trouble to make to the area that isn't liquid? And, dear little Hovian, do you really believe that groups and societies that ARE constituted represent more than the views and decisions of a very tiny number of people running them? How about the days of The Shoreham Protesters against live exports. No constitiution there I can tell you. Just common purpose with different people doing different things that as a collective morphed into splintering, arguing factions. All groups and societies are the same. The work is all delegated to the head of the snake. And the more formalised the group, the greater the need for a constitution or it would split into factions. saveHOVE hangs together remarkably well, and grows support that it hangs onto. "One person and her opinions" would not be able to do that all by herself, would she?[/p][/quote]CALM DOWN DEAR! Cash Bull
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