Your suggestions for Brighton and Hove seafront

Brighton and Hove City Council is asking people for their ideas to improve the seafront

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A Bruce Forsyth walk, an adult skateboarding area and a dedicated beach for Royalty – these are just some of the ideas put forward to improve a stretch of seafront.

Last week Brighton and Hove City Council agreed to launch a consultation exercise asking people for their views to improve the 13km from Hove Lagoon to Saltdean.

Following a series of features in The Argus last week, dozens of people have submitted their suggestions to make the coast more attractive to those that live, work and visit the city.

Caroline Stephens, of the Sussex branch of Royal Institute of British Architects, suggested a “long wind break” along the promenade to act as a barrier near the seafront cycle lane.

She said: “It would not be continuous – so the openness and views can be retained - nor big and bulky. It will just be a sinuous functional structure that can offer seating, barbecue areas, toilets, shelter, kiosks, anything.

“Every time I visualise this it is west of the planned i360 but it could apply itself in another form further into town. It could be a place to display art.”

Amusing ideas

Among the more amusing ideas received by council bosses include starting an annual Bruce Forsyth walk where everyone strolls down the promenade dressed as the veteran presenter.

One unnamed resident said: “The most important thing is to have an aircraft museum. Everyone loves an aircraft museum. Get a Vulcan bomber in there too. That’s essential.”

Another reader on The Argus website said: “I would get rid of the pebbles - nasty little things that get in every nook and cranny - and also the sea. This would provide more land for housing and retail development.”

Another suggested creating an offshore island, adding “make it look like the one in the Bounty adverts”.

Geoffrey Bowden, the council’s economic development committee chairman, said: “I do not want to impede too much as we want people to come up with ideas.

“It’s amazing, only a few days after the piece first appeared in The Argus, how many people have sent me views.”

The draft strategy seeks “to develop the unique character areas of the iconic Brighton and Hove seafront to create attractive, sustainable, high quality environments for residents, businesses and visitors throughout the year”.

A council spokeswoman said the official consultation with further details will be set up in the next month.

Ideas can be submitted to SeafrontStrategy@brighton-hove.gov.uk.

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8:23pm Mon 26 Nov 12

PETE OF QUEENS PARK says...

Where do these people with these wierd and wonderful ideas come from? cloud cuckoo land or the funny house known as (Kings House)
Where do these people with these wierd and wonderful ideas come from? cloud cuckoo land or the funny house known as (Kings House) PETE OF QUEENS PARK
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8:24pm Mon 26 Nov 12

PETE OF QUEENS PARK says...

Where do these people with these wierd and wonderful ideas come from? cloud cuckoo land or the funny house known as (Kings House)
Where do these people with these wierd and wonderful ideas come from? cloud cuckoo land or the funny house known as (Kings House) PETE OF QUEENS PARK
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8:31pm Mon 26 Nov 12

sound_man says...

The best way to improve Brighton & Hove would be to limit the level of taxi licences across the "city". Don't allow them to use the A259 at all. That would make it safer for all.
The best way to improve Brighton & Hove would be to limit the level of taxi licences across the "city". Don't allow them to use the A259 at all. That would make it safer for all. sound_man
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9:07pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Rev Enge says...

"A Bruce Forsyth walk, an adult" or maybe a Jimmy Saville scarecrow?
"A Bruce Forsyth walk, an adult" or maybe a Jimmy Saville scarecrow? Rev Enge
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9:31pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Lady Smith says...

Did a village tip its idiots into Brighton & Hove while we weren't looking?
Did a village tip its idiots into Brighton & Hove while we weren't looking? Lady Smith
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9:34pm Mon 26 Nov 12

ruberducker says...

sound_man wrote:
The best way to improve Brighton & Hove would be to limit the level of taxi licences across the "city". Don't allow them to use the A259 at all. That would make it safer for all.
it must be so much fun being on a push bike in this weather---soon be snowing lol
[quote][p][bold]sound_man[/bold] wrote: The best way to improve Brighton & Hove would be to limit the level of taxi licences across the "city". Don't allow them to use the A259 at all. That would make it safer for all.[/p][/quote]it must be so much fun being on a push bike in this weather---soon be snowing lol ruberducker
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9:58pm Mon 26 Nov 12

inadaptado says...

sound_man wrote:
The best way to improve Brighton & Hove would be to limit the level of taxi licences across the "city". Don't allow them to use the A259 at all. That would make it safer for all.
And today's award to the comment most unrelated to the news but that serves the commenter's agenda goes to...
[quote][p][bold]sound_man[/bold] wrote: The best way to improve Brighton & Hove would be to limit the level of taxi licences across the "city". Don't allow them to use the A259 at all. That would make it safer for all.[/p][/quote]And today's award to the comment most unrelated to the news but that serves the commenter's agenda goes to... inadaptado
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11:39pm Mon 26 Nov 12

Terry K says...

Something to attract visitors and locals even in poor weather, i'm thinking an all season attraction, an alternative glass roofed retractable new west pier perhaps, a glass tunnel leading out to sea, complimenting the i360, a cable car system linking to the devils dyke, some kind of LED light show stretching for miles that rivals Blackpool lights, yes that's it, light the front up with LED light show, oh and a solar powered free to use childrens fairground on the beach, i got more idea's but want a consultants fee first lol.
Something to attract visitors and locals even in poor weather, i'm thinking an all season attraction, an alternative glass roofed retractable new west pier perhaps, a glass tunnel leading out to sea, complimenting the i360, a cable car system linking to the devils dyke, some kind of LED light show stretching for miles that rivals Blackpool lights, yes that's it, light the front up with LED light show, oh and a solar powered free to use childrens fairground on the beach, i got more idea's but want a consultants fee first lol. Terry K
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1:20am Tue 27 Nov 12

BenUk says...

iphone charging points & free wifi
iphone charging points & free wifi BenUk
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2:13am Tue 27 Nov 12

Capt. Sensiblé says...

I'd like to see more above ground pedestrian areas built, like the garden built on the disused elevated railway in New York - something to keep the tourist idiots out of the cycle lanes and the roads, and something to keep guerrilla gardeners busy
I'd like to see more above ground pedestrian areas built, like the garden built on the disused elevated railway in New York - something to keep the tourist idiots out of the cycle lanes and the roads, and something to keep guerrilla gardeners busy Capt. Sensiblé
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9:45am Tue 27 Nov 12

Morpheus says...

Mr Bowden needs to realise that people are taking the ****.
Mr Bowden needs to realise that people are taking the ****. Morpheus
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