The ArgusBrighton planners back £2.7 million revamp for Albion's former Withdean home (From The Argus)

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Brighton planners back £2.7 million revamp for Albion's former Withdean home

The Argus: FUTURE: Brighton planners approve £2.7 million plans for Withdean sports complex FUTURE: Brighton planners approve £2.7 million plans for Withdean sports complex

Multimillion pound plans to revamp a sports centre have been given the go-ahead.

Brighton and Hove City Council is spending £2.7 million to improve the Withdean complex in Tongdean Lane, Brighton.

The site, which used to be home to Brighton and Hove Albion, includes seats left over from the Seagulls’ time as tenants of the athletics stadium.

The plans were approved by the local authority’s planning committee this afternoon.

Christopher Hawtree, chairman of the planning committee, said: “We’re a city of sports fans but historically our facilities have been running to keep up with our enthusiasm.

“This is a major investment in sport which will help the city’s families stay healthier and happier.

"I am always glad to see improved facilities in outlying areas of the city.”

Work is expected to start in February and finish in December.

The revamp includes an expansion to the fitness studio, a new entrance and reception, plus café.

Changing rooms, three new therapy rooms, and separate cycling and exercise studios will also be installed.

Developers will also install a glass link between indoor tennis centre and squash building.

Planning permission has also been granted to retain the 900-seat west stand at the athletics stadium as well as a temporary north-west car park.

Temporary consent has been granted to retain toilets, changing rooms and storage containers for three years.

Coun Hawtree said: “We are imposing conditions to improve the appearance of the temporary buildings and hope to improve further the appearance of the stadium when these permissions expire."

The project forms part of the council’s ten-year sports facilities plan to improve the quality of facilities in the city.

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6:49pm Wed 21 Nov 12

Hove Actually says...

Spending money anywhere but on the King Alfred Sports Centre that we have been talking about for the last 10 years.

I remember Withdean as a leafy sports centre with a thatched stand, that we were told would be better when the Albion left.

Apart from the Tarmac and de-forestation and shipping containers, I couldn't see what was better.
Spending money anywhere but on the King Alfred Sports Centre that we have been talking about for the last 10 years. I remember Withdean as a leafy sports centre with a thatched stand, that we were told would be better when the Albion left. Apart from the Tarmac and de-forestation and shipping containers, I couldn't see what was better. Hove Actually
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8:28pm Wed 21 Nov 12

keswick says...

Hove Actually wrote:
Spending money anywhere but on the King Alfred Sports Centre that we have been talking about for the last 10 years. I remember Withdean as a leafy sports centre with a thatched stand, that we were told would be better when the Albion left. Apart from the Tarmac and de-forestation and shipping containers, I couldn't see what was better.
The name 'Hove Actually' sums it all up.
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: Spending money anywhere but on the King Alfred Sports Centre that we have been talking about for the last 10 years. I remember Withdean as a leafy sports centre with a thatched stand, that we were told would be better when the Albion left. Apart from the Tarmac and de-forestation and shipping containers, I couldn't see what was better.[/p][/quote]The name 'Hove Actually' sums it all up. keswick
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9:35pm Wed 21 Nov 12

gusset snatcher says...

Wy waste money on that crap when we've got the whole wide sea to swim in 24/7.... 365 days a year.... for nothing
Wy waste money on that crap when we've got the whole wide sea to swim in 24/7.... 365 days a year.... for nothing gusset snatcher
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9:55pm Wed 21 Nov 12

juleshove says...

I think the king alfred is a much more pressing concern.
I think the king alfred is a much more pressing concern. juleshove
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9:52am Thu 22 Nov 12

Smartbloke says...

Moan, moan, moan, moan...

Good to see the curtain-twitching, misery-filled Argus Comments Section in fine voice once again.

Jesus wept.
Moan, moan, moan, moan... Good to see the curtain-twitching, misery-filled Argus Comments Section in fine voice once again. Jesus wept. Smartbloke
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10:10am Thu 22 Nov 12

Fight_Back says...

Hove Actually wrote:
Spending money anywhere but on the King Alfred Sports Centre that we have been talking about for the last 10 years.

I remember Withdean as a leafy sports centre with a thatched stand, that we were told would be better when the Albion left.

Apart from the Tarmac and de-forestation and shipping containers, I couldn't see what was better.
The 900 seater stand is far better than the concrete slabs that you had to sit on before the Albion moved in !!!!
[quote][p][bold]Hove Actually[/bold] wrote: Spending money anywhere but on the King Alfred Sports Centre that we have been talking about for the last 10 years. I remember Withdean as a leafy sports centre with a thatched stand, that we were told would be better when the Albion left. Apart from the Tarmac and de-forestation and shipping containers, I couldn't see what was better.[/p][/quote]The 900 seater stand is far better than the concrete slabs that you had to sit on before the Albion moved in !!!! Fight_Back
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4:47pm Thu 22 Nov 12

TheDelicateOne says...

gusset snatcher wrote:
Wy waste money on that crap when we've got the whole wide sea to swim in 24/7.... 365 days a year.... for nothing
Because you can't play squash in the sea...
[quote][p][bold]gusset snatcher[/bold] wrote: Wy waste money on that crap when we've got the whole wide sea to swim in 24/7.... 365 days a year.... for nothing[/p][/quote]Because you can't play squash in the sea... TheDelicateOne
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