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Put your questions to the woman in charge of Brighton's seafront

The Argus: Viki MIller, who is taking questions from The Argus readers Viki MIller, who is taking questions from The Argus readers

The woman in charge of Brighton's seafront will be answering your questions in The Argus this Friday.

Brighton and Hove City Council's seafront operations manager Viki Miller is responsible for the 13 kilometers of the city's seafront from Saltdean to Hove Lagoon.

Her team closed the seafront over Christmas as the stormy seas posed a problem to people planning to swim.

The decision sparked some controversy on The Argus website. In Hastings, where the swim went ahead, a woman tragically died.

The team has also put out warnings to people tempted to venture into the seas through the winter, as body temperatures can plummet and hypothermia can set in after just minutes of being in the water.

Ms Miller is also responsible for making sure people using the seafront are safe.

Put your questions to Viki below or email kimberly.middleton@theargus.co.uk.

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6:24pm Tue 15 Jan 13

bug eye says...

Is she responsible for the vast amount of litter, ugly mismatched pavements, lack of planting and seating and pedestrian lighting. The unkempt look of the whole seafront in recent times, it is hard to comment when we do not know her exact role. I am sure she is just part of a large public sector team that unfortunately seems rather disjointed.
Is she responsible for the vast amount of litter, ugly mismatched pavements, lack of planting and seating and pedestrian lighting. The unkempt look of the whole seafront in recent times, it is hard to comment when we do not know her exact role. I am sure she is just part of a large public sector team that unfortunately seems rather disjointed. bug eye
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6:27pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Why are there too few bins on the seafront in the summer?
Why does the council allow parking on double yellow lines and double parking by the Terraces creating utter mayhem in the summer?
Why are there too few bins on the seafront in the summer? Why does the council allow parking on double yellow lines and double parking by the Terraces creating utter mayhem in the summer? Maxwell's Ghost
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7:11pm Tue 15 Jan 13

gusset snatcher says...

Why are gay men openly able to indulge in sexual activity in the bushes at Dukes Mound, turning it into a no go area for everyone else? Surely this behaviour can be termed 'gross indecency' at the very least. Why are they immune from prosecution, whereas if you park your car incorrectly you are subject to a hefty fine?
Why are gay men openly able to indulge in sexual activity in the bushes at Dukes Mound, turning it into a no go area for everyone else? Surely this behaviour can be termed 'gross indecency' at the very least. Why are they immune from prosecution, whereas if you park your car incorrectly you are subject to a hefty fine? gusset snatcher
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7:14pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Why does th council allow large groups of people to sit boozing on the beach, who then stand up and walk away from their mess leaving bottles and disgarded picnics in situ?
Why does th council allow large groups of people to sit boozing on the beach, who then stand up and walk away from their mess leaving bottles and disgarded picnics in situ? Maxwell's Ghost
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8:00pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Falmer Wizard says...

I have yet to see an event or even advertised at the Bandstand at Hove, i realise that the cash was provided by the Lottery but it would be appreciated if we did not have to travel to Eastbourne to listen to a band.
I have yet to see an event or even advertised at the Bandstand at Hove, i realise that the cash was provided by the Lottery but it would be appreciated if we did not have to travel to Eastbourne to listen to a band. Falmer Wizard
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8:05pm Tue 15 Jan 13

grumblegoat says...

How does BHCC justify the use of quad bikes by seafront officers?
They are expensive, noisy, polluting, and could easily cause an accident; the officers who ride them clearly enjoy the associated machismo.
Yes, an officer in the seafront office might need to quickly access an incident on another part of the beach - but in Summer (when the beach is staffed) he/she would get there quicker by using a bike in the cycle lane.
How does BHCC justify the use of quad bikes by seafront officers? They are expensive, noisy, polluting, and could easily cause an accident; the officers who ride them clearly enjoy the associated machismo. Yes, an officer in the seafront office might need to quickly access an incident on another part of the beach - but in Summer (when the beach is staffed) he/she would get there quicker by using a bike in the cycle lane. grumblegoat
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8:23pm Tue 15 Jan 13

bfishlei says...

BHCC are carrying out a seafront consultation but will it really take any notice of what people say? For example, how many council tax payers in Saltdean have to request new beach huts (waiting list for existing closed in 2003!) before it will seriously be considered?
BHCC are carrying out a seafront consultation but will it really take any notice of what people say? For example, how many council tax payers in Saltdean have to request new beach huts (waiting list for existing closed in 2003!) before it will seriously be considered? bfishlei
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8:35pm Tue 15 Jan 13

grumblegoat says...

bfishlei wrote:
BHCC are carrying out a seafront consultation but will it really take any notice of what people say? For example, how many council tax payers in Saltdean have to request new beach huts (waiting list for existing closed in 2003!) before it will seriously be considered?
Of course not, consultations need to be seen to have been done - it's called ticking a box.
[quote][p][bold]bfishlei[/bold] wrote: BHCC are carrying out a seafront consultation but will it really take any notice of what people say? For example, how many council tax payers in Saltdean have to request new beach huts (waiting list for existing closed in 2003!) before it will seriously be considered?[/p][/quote]Of course not, consultations need to be seen to have been done - it's called ticking a box. grumblegoat
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9:21pm Tue 15 Jan 13

Hoarder12345444 says...

How can you better manage the rubbish situation that occurs every summer? I suggest more staff put on policing the beaches. These need to be employed to stop so many people littering the beaches every time there is a hot day in Brighton.
How can you better manage the rubbish situation that occurs every summer? I suggest more staff put on policing the beaches. These need to be employed to stop so many people littering the beaches every time there is a hot day in Brighton. Hoarder12345444
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10:22pm Tue 15 Jan 13

p.haven says...

In Hastings, where the swim went ahead, a woman was tragically died.

Ever heard of proof reading???
In Hastings, where the swim went ahead, a woman was tragically died. Ever heard of proof reading??? p.haven
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10:27pm Tue 15 Jan 13

derekhunt says...

"Her team closed the seafront over Christmas as the stormy seas posed a problem to people planning to swim. The decision sparked some controversy on The Argus website...."

whereas anyone with a brain saw that it was a perfectly sensible decision
"Her team closed the seafront over Christmas as the stormy seas posed a problem to people planning to swim. The decision sparked some controversy on The Argus website...." whereas anyone with a brain saw that it was a perfectly sensible decision derekhunt
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11:00pm Tue 15 Jan 13

abracadab says...

derekhunt wrote:
"Her team closed the seafront over Christmas as the stormy seas posed a problem to people planning to swim. The decision sparked some controversy on The Argus website...."

whereas anyone with a brain saw that it was a perfectly sensible decision
Perfectly sensible... to prevent people from swimming in the sea if they feel they wish to do so?
Should people also be banned from climbing mountains, skiing off-piste and hang-gliding? These are extreme sports, and people sometimes die pursuing them - but we all have a right to live our own lives so long as we don't endanger others.
The RNLI will respond to any emergency situation at sea; they are staffed by volunteers, and they would oppose any infringement on the individual's right to use the sea. The same may not be true of salaried 'lifeguards', whose lives would clearly be easier if no-one took any risks at all.
[quote][p][bold]derekhunt[/bold] wrote: "Her team closed the seafront over Christmas as the stormy seas posed a problem to people planning to swim. The decision sparked some controversy on The Argus website...." whereas anyone with a brain saw that it was a perfectly sensible decision[/p][/quote]Perfectly sensible... to prevent people from swimming in the sea if they feel they wish to do so? Should people also be banned from climbing mountains, skiing off-piste and hang-gliding? These are extreme sports, and people sometimes die pursuing them - but we all have a right to live our own lives so long as we don't endanger others. The RNLI will respond to any emergency situation at sea; they are staffed by volunteers, and they would oppose any infringement on the individual's right to use the sea. The same may not be true of salaried 'lifeguards', whose lives would clearly be easier if no-one took any risks at all. abracadab
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7:39am Wed 16 Jan 13

sussexguy says...

As someone who has always enjoyed a peaceful walk along Hove seafront, I would like to know what she is doing about the preponderance of cyclists ignoring the "no cycling" signs, with some of them riding at very fast speeds. This situation gets worse every year, and is increased by so many parents encouraging their children to ride along with them.
Why are there still so few public toilets along the whole of the seafront?
As someone who has always enjoyed a peaceful walk along Hove seafront, I would like to know what she is doing about the preponderance of cyclists ignoring the "no cycling" signs, with some of them riding at very fast speeds. This situation gets worse every year, and is increased by so many parents encouraging their children to ride along with them. Why are there still so few public toilets along the whole of the seafront? sussexguy
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7:40am Wed 16 Jan 13

sussexguy says...

p.haven wrote:
In Hastings, where the swim went ahead, a woman was tragically died.

Ever heard of proof reading???
Perhaps she was a foreigner.
[quote][p][bold]p.haven[/bold] wrote: In Hastings, where the swim went ahead, a woman was tragically died. Ever heard of proof reading???[/p][/quote]Perhaps she was a foreigner. sussexguy
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9:24am Wed 16 Jan 13

Morpheus says...

gusset snatcher wrote:
Why are gay men openly able to indulge in sexual activity in the bushes at Dukes Mound, turning it into a no go area for everyone else? Surely this behaviour can be termed 'gross indecency' at the very least. Why are they immune from prosecution, whereas if you park your car incorrectly you are subject to a hefty fine?
Because it is a council and police policy to allow it. Try writing to the council to complain and you just get a load of nonsense back mainly based on the council duty to ensure that the men are not attacked. I've even sent them photographs of the condom strewn paths and it makes no difference. Go further along to the Terraces and it is a well known dogging area, so it is not only a gay issue.
[quote][p][bold]gusset snatcher[/bold] wrote: Why are gay men openly able to indulge in sexual activity in the bushes at Dukes Mound, turning it into a no go area for everyone else? Surely this behaviour can be termed 'gross indecency' at the very least. Why are they immune from prosecution, whereas if you park your car incorrectly you are subject to a hefty fine?[/p][/quote]Because it is a council and police policy to allow it. Try writing to the council to complain and you just get a load of nonsense back mainly based on the council duty to ensure that the men are not attacked. I've even sent them photographs of the condom strewn paths and it makes no difference. Go further along to the Terraces and it is a well known dogging area, so it is not only a gay issue. Morpheus
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9:25am Wed 16 Jan 13

spa301 says...

Remembering the seafront in the 70's and 80's I believe it's improved beyond all recognition. It's by no means perfect now but seems to improve year on year.
As for the council enforcing groups of drinkers to clear up after themselves, who are they going to use, club doormen? Anyone else will be liable to a torrent of abuse and possible violence.
Remembering the seafront in the 70's and 80's I believe it's improved beyond all recognition. It's by no means perfect now but seems to improve year on year. As for the council enforcing groups of drinkers to clear up after themselves, who are they going to use, club doormen? Anyone else will be liable to a torrent of abuse and possible violence. spa301
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9:28am Wed 16 Jan 13

derekhunt says...

abracadab wrote:
derekhunt wrote: "Her team closed the seafront over Christmas as the stormy seas posed a problem to people planning to swim. The decision sparked some controversy on The Argus website...." whereas anyone with a brain saw that it was a perfectly sensible decision
Perfectly sensible... to prevent people from swimming in the sea if they feel they wish to do so? Should people also be banned from climbing mountains, skiing off-piste and hang-gliding? These are extreme sports, and people sometimes die pursuing them - but we all have a right to live our own lives so long as we don't endanger others. The RNLI will respond to any emergency situation at sea; they are staffed by volunteers, and they would oppose any infringement on the individual's right to use the sea. The same may not be true of salaried 'lifeguards', whose lives would clearly be easier if no-one took any risks at all.
Oh so very wrong

People are of course free to do what they want individually – as Brighton swim club were on Christmas morning when they all went for a swim in the sea. It’s when small activities like that expand that responsibilities change.

Like it or not, this was on council land and if people die in events then the council get it in the neck. That’s just the way the world is.

Oh, and the RNLI won’t come right up to the shore to rescue you. You’re on your own for the first couple of 100 metres. Little bit of info for you for the next time you’re on one of your little daredevil activities.
[quote][p][bold]abracadab[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]derekhunt[/bold] wrote: "Her team closed the seafront over Christmas as the stormy seas posed a problem to people planning to swim. The decision sparked some controversy on The Argus website...." whereas anyone with a brain saw that it was a perfectly sensible decision[/p][/quote]Perfectly sensible... to prevent people from swimming in the sea if they feel they wish to do so? Should people also be banned from climbing mountains, skiing off-piste and hang-gliding? These are extreme sports, and people sometimes die pursuing them - but we all have a right to live our own lives so long as we don't endanger others. The RNLI will respond to any emergency situation at sea; they are staffed by volunteers, and they would oppose any infringement on the individual's right to use the sea. The same may not be true of salaried 'lifeguards', whose lives would clearly be easier if no-one took any risks at all.[/p][/quote]Oh so very wrong People are of course free to do what they want individually – as Brighton swim club were on Christmas morning when they all went for a swim in the sea. It’s when small activities like that expand that responsibilities change. Like it or not, this was on council land and if people die in events then the council get it in the neck. That’s just the way the world is. Oh, and the RNLI won’t come right up to the shore to rescue you. You’re on your own for the first couple of 100 metres. Little bit of info for you for the next time you’re on one of your little daredevil activities. derekhunt
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10:08am Wed 16 Jan 13

Tallywhacker says...

Tut. Some people. The litter is caused by the people on the beach so why not try taking it to a bin instead of expecting others to do it. Or if you are interested in a daredevil adventure activity go up to a large group of people drinking and tell them to pick up their own rubbish. And there are no paid lifeguards on the beach in winter so how are you not endangering others if your activity is based on the fact that others will come rescue you when you screw up.
Tut. Some people. The litter is caused by the people on the beach so why not try taking it to a bin instead of expecting others to do it. Or if you are interested in a daredevil adventure activity go up to a large group of people drinking and tell them to pick up their own rubbish. And there are no paid lifeguards on the beach in winter so how are you not endangering others if your activity is based on the fact that others will come rescue you when you screw up. Tallywhacker
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10:36am Wed 16 Jan 13

thevoiceoftruth says...

I have to agree on the litter on the beach. One problem is all the plastic pint glasses from the local bars that get left all over the beach, blow away in the wind etc. How about getting bars to charge a deposit on pint glasses? Bring the glass back and you get your deposit back. Means the bars would have to have plastic glasses printed with the name of the establishment, but I reckon it would resolve a good percentage of the litter problem.

More bins are needed on the beach with better signage and there should be enforcement with on-the-spot fines for those who are caught littering the beach. People would soon get the message.
I have to agree on the litter on the beach. One problem is all the plastic pint glasses from the local bars that get left all over the beach, blow away in the wind etc. How about getting bars to charge a deposit on pint glasses? Bring the glass back and you get your deposit back. Means the bars would have to have plastic glasses printed with the name of the establishment, but I reckon it would resolve a good percentage of the litter problem. More bins are needed on the beach with better signage and there should be enforcement with on-the-spot fines for those who are caught littering the beach. People would soon get the message. thevoiceoftruth
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11:11am Wed 16 Jan 13

Tallywhacker says...

thevoiceoftruth wrote:
I have to agree on the litter on the beach. One problem is all the plastic pint glasses from the local bars that get left all over the beach, blow away in the wind etc. How about getting bars to charge a deposit on pint glasses? Bring the glass back and you get your deposit back. Means the bars would have to have plastic glasses printed with the name of the establishment, but I reckon it would resolve a good percentage of the litter problem.

More bins are needed on the beach with better signage and there should be enforcement with on-the-spot fines for those who are caught littering the beach. People would soon get the message.
Why not do what the USA and Canada have and ban drinking in public places. Parks, streets everywhere, unless you are a licensed area no booze, period. It would have to be a pretty hefty deposit to get someone on a day trip after 8 pints to go get their deposit back. It isn't just a litter problem it's a social and attitude one where they expect somebody will follow along and clean up after them. It's a--"I have my rights and my entitlements" problem but have no social responsibilities problem.
[quote][p][bold]thevoiceoftruth[/bold] wrote: I have to agree on the litter on the beach. One problem is all the plastic pint glasses from the local bars that get left all over the beach, blow away in the wind etc. How about getting bars to charge a deposit on pint glasses? Bring the glass back and you get your deposit back. Means the bars would have to have plastic glasses printed with the name of the establishment, but I reckon it would resolve a good percentage of the litter problem. More bins are needed on the beach with better signage and there should be enforcement with on-the-spot fines for those who are caught littering the beach. People would soon get the message.[/p][/quote]Why not do what the USA and Canada have and ban drinking in public places. Parks, streets everywhere, unless you are a licensed area no booze, period. It would have to be a pretty hefty deposit to get someone on a day trip after 8 pints to go get their deposit back. It isn't just a litter problem it's a social and attitude one where they expect somebody will follow along and clean up after them. It's a--"I have my rights and my entitlements" problem but have no social responsibilities problem. Tallywhacker
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12:20pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Zorniza says...

This is your chance to make Brighton a really smart city rather than the fuddy-duddy sort of wana-be.

Please can you show more respect for pedestrians wanting a strall on the beach.
First: do not allow any vehicles, including council vehicles on the proms - think of how little peace there is in this concreted city.
Second - the no BBQ rules should be enforced in the Summer or ar you having a laugh?

Ditto no cycling on the pedestrian prom.

I hear such rules are observed/ regulated elsewhere in the world without without a problem.
This is your chance to make Brighton a really smart city rather than the fuddy-duddy sort of wana-be. Please can you show more respect for pedestrians wanting a strall on the beach. First: do not allow any vehicles, including council vehicles on the proms - think of how little peace there is in this concreted city. Second - the no BBQ rules should be enforced in the Summer or ar you having a laugh? Ditto no cycling on the pedestrian prom. I hear such rules are observed/ regulated elsewhere in the world without without a problem. Zorniza
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12:33pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Wiggsy says...

Falmer Wizard wrote:
I have yet to see an event or even advertised at the Bandstand at Hove, i realise that the cash was provided by the Lottery but it would be appreciated if we did not have to travel to Eastbourne to listen to a band.
x2.

Media advertsing of events at the bandstand is very poor - a sandwich board at the site is surely one low cost option that will encourage people to attend such events.
[quote][p][bold]Falmer Wizard[/bold] wrote: I have yet to see an event or even advertised at the Bandstand at Hove, i realise that the cash was provided by the Lottery but it would be appreciated if we did not have to travel to Eastbourne to listen to a band.[/p][/quote]x2. Media advertsing of events at the bandstand is very poor - a sandwich board at the site is surely one low cost option that will encourage people to attend such events. Wiggsy
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12:47pm Wed 16 Jan 13

Wiggsy says...

Three questions:

1 As the paddling pool has (sadly) long since been filled in, what plans are there for this significant piece of the promenade to be utilised into something beneficial all year long?

2. Blackrock: What realistic plans are being considered for the area and what timeline is being considered for the completion of such a development?

3. King Alfred: its an understatement to say we are poorly served as a city when it comes to a world class sporting complex (or any sports centre come to that) - are there any redevelopment plans being considered that will utilise the full land available to support a stand alone "arena"?
Three questions: 1 As the paddling pool has (sadly) long since been filled in, what plans are there for this significant piece of the promenade to be utilised into something beneficial all year long? 2. Blackrock: What realistic plans are being considered for the area and what timeline is being considered for the completion of such a development? 3. King Alfred: its an understatement to say we are poorly served as a city when it comes to a world class sporting complex (or any sports centre come to that) - are there any redevelopment plans being considered that will utilise the full land available to support a stand alone "arena"? Wiggsy
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12:47pm Wed 16 Jan 13

thevoiceoftruth says...

Tallywhacker wrote:
thevoiceoftruth wrote:
I have to agree on the litter on the beach. One problem is all the plastic pint glasses from the local bars that get left all over the beach, blow away in the wind etc. How about getting bars to charge a deposit on pint glasses? Bring the glass back and you get your deposit back. Means the bars would have to have plastic glasses printed with the name of the establishment, but I reckon it would resolve a good percentage of the litter problem.

More bins are needed on the beach with better signage and there should be enforcement with on-the-spot fines for those who are caught littering the beach. People would soon get the message.
Why not do what the USA and Canada have and ban drinking in public places. Parks, streets everywhere, unless you are a licensed area no booze, period. It would have to be a pretty hefty deposit to get someone on a day trip after 8 pints to go get their deposit back. It isn't just a litter problem it's a social and attitude one where they expect somebody will follow along and clean up after them. It's a--"I have my rights and my entitlements" problem but have no social responsibilities problem.
I figured that any glasses not taken back by the purchaser would be picked up by the homeless or school kids and taken back. I remember collecting bottles when I was at school in the days of deposits on bottles. Used to take them to the off licence for a bit of extra pocket money. I was thinking £1 a glass - that way if you get a group of lads buying a round and it's £8 for the glasses, they will probably return them.

No drinking rules just mean people bring out the brown paper bag, or put their alcohol in different containers.
[quote][p][bold]Tallywhacker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]thevoiceoftruth[/bold] wrote: I have to agree on the litter on the beach. One problem is all the plastic pint glasses from the local bars that get left all over the beach, blow away in the wind etc. How about getting bars to charge a deposit on pint glasses? Bring the glass back and you get your deposit back. Means the bars would have to have plastic glasses printed with the name of the establishment, but I reckon it would resolve a good percentage of the litter problem. More bins are needed on the beach with better signage and there should be enforcement with on-the-spot fines for those who are caught littering the beach. People would soon get the message.[/p][/quote]Why not do what the USA and Canada have and ban drinking in public places. Parks, streets everywhere, unless you are a licensed area no booze, period. It would have to be a pretty hefty deposit to get someone on a day trip after 8 pints to go get their deposit back. It isn't just a litter problem it's a social and attitude one where they expect somebody will follow along and clean up after them. It's a--"I have my rights and my entitlements" problem but have no social responsibilities problem.[/p][/quote]I figured that any glasses not taken back by the purchaser would be picked up by the homeless or school kids and taken back. I remember collecting bottles when I was at school in the days of deposits on bottles. Used to take them to the off licence for a bit of extra pocket money. I was thinking £1 a glass - that way if you get a group of lads buying a round and it's £8 for the glasses, they will probably return them. No drinking rules just mean people bring out the brown paper bag, or put their alcohol in different containers. thevoiceoftruth
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