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Enthusiastic plans to develop seafront from Roedean to Saltdean

The Argus: Enthusiastic plans to develop seafront from Roedean to Saltdean Enthusiastic plans to develop seafront from Roedean to Saltdean

Beyond the marina village is a stretch of Brighton’s coastline which cannot easily be commercially developed.

The striking cliffs and plethora of rock pools sets the scene aside from the seafront further west.

But there are still plans in place to make the most of the space – by bringing arts, restaurants and sports to the shoreline.

Some are already coming to fruition.

Thanks to the relentless work of Rottingdean Arts there have been two summers of shows on the once neglected terraces.

Next year, finally with its own power supply, the covered stage looks set to host another packed season of performances.

Chairman of Rottingdean Arts Roy Wales said: “It has been a huge addition to Rottingdean’s performance and cultural life.

“The terraces themselves look great and the stage is very workable.”

John Davey, from Brighton Marina Estate ManagementCompany, said there are scores of ideas about how the seafront can be developed.

Hesaid: “Weare keen to see anything on the seafront that improves it.

“I think they have done a fantastic job between the piers, the cafes and restaurants and the ambience they have created shows what can be done.

“I look forward to that rolling all the way along.

“We wondered if we could have a couple of themed areas, based on smuggling or perhaps Rudyard Kipling.

“It would also be good to have some more cafes and beach huts both sides of the marina.”

Another plan for Rottingdean is a multi-use games area on the site of the old swimming pool on the seafront.

The Play Area in Rottingdean Committee (PARC) wants to build a free facility for five-a-side football, basketball, mini football and cricket, bowling and batting practice.

It will be built in thememory of Connor Saunders, the 19-year-oldwho died in Rottingdean in April, and is intended to give young people something to do.

The charity already has most of the £70,000 it needs to build the multi-use games area and is planning to launch a fundraising campaign on November 29 at the White Horse Hotel in Marine Drive to raise the final £16,000.

An agreement between Rottingdean Parish Council and Brighton and Hove City Council will see the toilets refurbished and there are also plans for a new cafe.

Councillor David Smith said: “The terrace has been done, the toilets are going ahead, there is advanced stage planning for a play area there.

“The only thing that would be missing is a cafe come restaurant.

“It could be suitable for all year use or just seasonal.

“A lot of people like it at low tide, youngsters go in the rock pools catching crabs.

He added: “This stretch of seafront can’t be commercialised very much, it’s more of a leisure area from the marina to Rottingdean.

“It’s a lovely walk and when the tide goes out you can see the concrete blocks that 100 years ago formed the foundation for the train line that went from Palace Pier all theway to Rottingdeanwhichwas called Daddy Long Legs.

“An independent operator could rent deck chairs where the promenade is wide and there could be scope for more beach huts.

“Things can happen there – not on a commercial scale but making it more pleasant for people to be there.”

And at the far end of the city is Saltdean.

While it is on the boundary the council maintains it is not forgotten.

This is especially the case with the Slatdean Lido, which the council owns, but is currently looking for a newleaseholder to turn it into a community venue.

Local councillor Mary Mears said: “It is an amazing opportunity.

“I’m a Brightonian and I used to swim in the lido years ago.

“For me it’s quite an iconic building and I’m so pleased that there are different organisations looking into moving it forward.”

One of the bidders is the locally-led Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company.

Rebecca Crook, director of Saltdean Lido CIC, said: “The vision of the seafront strategy is very akin to the vision of Saltdean Lido Community Interest Company which we very much see as the catalyst to develop the east seafront boundary of Brighton and Hove creating a sustainable visitor attraction and high quality residents amenities.

“Architecturally Saltdean Lido is the most important lido remaining in the country and this should be celebrated and enhances the seafront architecture hugely.

“However the lido is far more than an iconic building and has the potential to provide facilities for local people, become a major tourist attraction and create over 30 employment opportunities.

“Our aim is to create an all-year round leisure, recreational and community site including heating the water of the pool, installing a cafe/restaurant, ice skating during the winter months and meeting room space for community groups and corporate events.”

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3:37pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Hove Actually says...

The Play Area in Rottingdean Committee (PARC) wants to build a free facility for five-a-side football, basketball, mini football and cricket, bowling and batting practice.

FREE, what's all this about, what about excessive parking charges, pay per use, membership fees etc
The Play Area in Rottingdean Committee (PARC) wants to build a free facility for five-a-side football, basketball, mini football and cricket, bowling and batting practice. FREE, what's all this about, what about excessive parking charges, pay per use, membership fees etc Hove Actually
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5:01pm Sun 18 Nov 12

bug eye says...

saltdean lido needs more than a lick of paint. It could be amazing and needs to be to attract people from all around. a great 1930s paint job, sign, lighting and planting seating etc. could really make it an attraction to come to. A great restaurant/cafe possibly run by a celeb chef would be good alongside other leisure facilities. someone needs a vision of a grand design, and it will succeed, come on Mike Holland.
saltdean lido needs more than a lick of paint. It could be amazing and needs to be to attract people from all around. a great 1930s paint job, sign, lighting and planting seating etc. could really make it an attraction to come to. A great restaurant/cafe possibly run by a celeb chef would be good alongside other leisure facilities. someone needs a vision of a grand design, and it will succeed, come on Mike Holland. bug eye
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7:01pm Sun 18 Nov 12

den2il says...

"Our aim is to create an all-year round leisure, recreational and community site including heating the water of the pool, installing a cafe/restaurant, ice skating during the winter months and meeting room space for community groups and corporate events".

Completely cover it and have a mini Center Parc!
"Our aim is to create an all-year round leisure, recreational and community site including heating the water of the pool, installing a cafe/restaurant, ice skating during the winter months and meeting room space for community groups and corporate events". Completely cover it and have a mini Center Parc! den2il
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7:44pm Sun 18 Nov 12

saltdeaninsider says...

Saltdean Lido not actually mentioned in council's huge document about the future of the seafront. Says everything!
Saltdean Lido not actually mentioned in council's huge document about the future of the seafront. Says everything! saltdeaninsider
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7:45pm Sun 18 Nov 12

On_the_Level says...

No mention of a slipway as usual - disappointing
No mention of a slipway as usual - disappointing On_the_Level
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8:33pm Sun 18 Nov 12

sussexguy says...

And don't forget the ubiquitous cycle lanes, which the council are so obsessed with, and so keen to squander ratepayers' money on. So, no doubt, the last of the places where one can have a pleasant quiet walk in this area will be gone forever.
And don't forget the ubiquitous cycle lanes, which the council are so obsessed with, and so keen to squander ratepayers' money on. So, no doubt, the last of the places where one can have a pleasant quiet walk in this area will be gone forever. sussexguy
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8:35pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Calendar Girl says...

Has anyone considered an Art Gallery for Saltdean Lido on the lines of Bexhill?
The forecourt would make a spectacular space for sculpture.
Brighton is bursting with creative people yet there is no art gallery of distinction in the city.
Hastings has the Jerwood Gallery which is a jewel.
Has anyone considered an Art Gallery for Saltdean Lido on the lines of Bexhill? The forecourt would make a spectacular space for sculpture. Brighton is bursting with creative people yet there is no art gallery of distinction in the city. Hastings has the Jerwood Gallery which is a jewel. Calendar Girl
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8:44pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Calendar Girl says...

Has anyone thought about making Saltdean Lido in to an Art Gallery?
The forecourt would make a spectacular space for sculpture.
Brighton is bursting with creative people yet has no landmark art gallery.
Bexhill have successfully done just that with their 30's swimming pool.
Hastings has the Jerwood Gallery which is a gem & a tourist draw.
If a backwater town in the West Midlands (Walsall) can create an art gallery why not Saltdean?
Has anyone thought about making Saltdean Lido in to an Art Gallery? The forecourt would make a spectacular space for sculpture. Brighton is bursting with creative people yet has no landmark art gallery. Bexhill have successfully done just that with their 30's swimming pool. Hastings has the Jerwood Gallery which is a gem & a tourist draw. If a backwater town in the West Midlands (Walsall) can create an art gallery why not Saltdean? Calendar Girl
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10:06pm Sun 18 Nov 12

Juleyanne says...

Not sure if the little cafe at Ovingdean is still in business! However, I think it would be fab to have a summer beach bar somewhere along that route including
perhaps even cocktails and jugs of sangria. I know there are pubs in Rottingdean and Saltdean but something half way between would be fab, where you could sit admiring the sea whilst sipping your favourite cocktail, glass of wine, cold beer. Of course it would tend to be seasonal, so if it was on wheels it could come and go with the seasons and for security reasons at night - just a thought! So possible in other countries but no doubt would be bogged down with red tape and politics here sadly.
Not sure if the little cafe at Ovingdean is still in business! However, I think it would be fab to have a summer beach bar somewhere along that route including perhaps even cocktails and jugs of sangria. I know there are pubs in Rottingdean and Saltdean but something half way between would be fab, where you could sit admiring the sea whilst sipping your favourite cocktail, glass of wine, cold beer. Of course it would tend to be seasonal, so if it was on wheels it could come and go with the seasons and for security reasons at night - just a thought! So possible in other countries but no doubt would be bogged down with red tape and politics here sadly. Juleyanne
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9:46am Mon 19 Nov 12

Smartbloke says...

saltdeaninsider wrote:
Saltdean Lido not actually mentioned in council's huge document about the future of the seafront. Says everything!
No it doesn't.
[quote][p][bold]saltdeaninsider[/bold] wrote: Saltdean Lido not actually mentioned in council's huge document about the future of the seafront. Says everything![/p][/quote]No it doesn't. Smartbloke
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9:48am Mon 19 Nov 12

Smartbloke says...

sussexguy wrote:
And don't forget the ubiquitous cycle lanes, which the council are so obsessed with, and so keen to squander ratepayers' money on. So, no doubt, the last of the places where one can have a pleasant quiet walk in this area will be gone forever.
Yeah, **** those horrid noisy cyclists with their deafening pedalling and anti-social pollution-making ways...

Would that be the cyclists' lanes as paid for by central government you're whining about?
[quote][p][bold]sussexguy[/bold] wrote: And don't forget the ubiquitous cycle lanes, which the council are so obsessed with, and so keen to squander ratepayers' money on. So, no doubt, the last of the places where one can have a pleasant quiet walk in this area will be gone forever.[/p][/quote]Yeah, **** those horrid noisy cyclists with their deafening pedalling and anti-social pollution-making ways... Would that be the cyclists' lanes as paid for by central government you're whining about? Smartbloke
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3:42pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Nosfaratu says...

Smartbloke wrote:
sussexguy wrote: And don't forget the ubiquitous cycle lanes, which the council are so obsessed with, and so keen to squander ratepayers' money on. So, no doubt, the last of the places where one can have a pleasant quiet walk in this area will be gone forever.
Yeah, **** those horrid noisy cyclists with their deafening pedalling and anti-social pollution-making ways... Would that be the cyclists' lanes as paid for by central government you're whining about?
Yes, can you suggest somewhere scenic where walkers can walk without having to jump asided whenever a 'Cyclist' or six ride straight at them.
[quote][p][bold]Smartbloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sussexguy[/bold] wrote: And don't forget the ubiquitous cycle lanes, which the council are so obsessed with, and so keen to squander ratepayers' money on. So, no doubt, the last of the places where one can have a pleasant quiet walk in this area will be gone forever.[/p][/quote]Yeah, **** those horrid noisy cyclists with their deafening pedalling and anti-social pollution-making ways... Would that be the cyclists' lanes as paid for by central government you're whining about?[/p][/quote]Yes, can you suggest somewhere scenic where walkers can walk without having to jump asided whenever a 'Cyclist' or six ride straight at them. Nosfaratu
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3:46pm Mon 19 Nov 12

kopite_rob says...

sussexguy wrote:
And don't forget the ubiquitous cycle lanes, which the council are so obsessed with, and so keen to squander ratepayers' money on. So, no doubt, the last of the places where one can have a pleasant quiet walk in this area will be gone forever.
It's already a shared space and has been for many years. My family & I enjoy many long cycle rides along the undercliff, for young riders its a great safe environment to learn and get excercise.From Saltdean we have got as far as Worthing along the seafront. I apologise if we've encroached on your bit of pavement.
[quote][p][bold]sussexguy[/bold] wrote: And don't forget the ubiquitous cycle lanes, which the council are so obsessed with, and so keen to squander ratepayers' money on. So, no doubt, the last of the places where one can have a pleasant quiet walk in this area will be gone forever.[/p][/quote]It's already a shared space and has been for many years. My family & I enjoy many long cycle rides along the undercliff, for young riders its a great safe environment to learn and get excercise.From Saltdean we have got as far as Worthing along the seafront. I apologise if we've encroached on your bit of pavement. kopite_rob
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5:07pm Mon 19 Nov 12

Mrkingdj says...

Great idea! perhaps we can have another road from Roedean, Rottingdean through to Saltdean - seeing as Rottingdean is blocked off due to roadworks...

thanks for that one btw !
Great idea! perhaps we can have another road from Roedean, Rottingdean through to Saltdean - seeing as Rottingdean is blocked off due to roadworks... thanks for that one btw ! Mrkingdj
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