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    Fight_Back wrote:
    So £1.3m for this as an absolute minimum and another £1.5m for the unenforceable 20mph scheme making £2.8m in total.

    Yet the council want to :

    Close the mobile library
    Close many bowling greens
    Cut library hours
    Cut the pay of many council workers
    Increase council tax by 2%
    Hike up parking charges
    Cut money spent on the homeless
    Cut golf course worker jobs
    Cut music services
    Cut bus services

    To name but a few. Me thinks they may have their priorities wrong. Isn't their argument that there is a £3m hole the budget ? If so, use the £2.8m towards that. freeze council tax and get an additional £1.2m from the government by doing so. Hey presto, the coffers are better off to the tune of £1m !
    And don't forget the other £1.5m for a solar powered upgrade to Volk's Railway which will save £6,000 per year in electrical costs - in other words a 250 year payback!"
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Valley Gardens scheme in Brighton is set to be given the go-ahead

Valley Gardens scheme in Brighton is set to be given the go-ahead

An artist's impression of part of the Valley Gardens project

An artist's impression of part of the Valley Gardens project

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A multimillion pound scheme which will transform the heart of Brighton is set to be given the go-ahead.

Brighton and Hove City Council is expected to approve the Valley Gardens scheme, which will see the area between The Level and Palace Pier redesigned.

The proposal will include dedicated cycle and bus lanes, a tree-lined avenue for cars and a pedestrianised exhibition space.

The council’s transport committee will meet on March 5 to decide on the blueprints.

Councillor Ian Davey, chair of the committee, said: “Developing a vision for this important area of the city is long overdue.

“It’s a real hidden gem, part of the city’s heritage, which has been somewhat lost with busy roads on both sides cutting the area off from the communities around it.”

The scheme is due to be completed in stages and detailed plans are yet to be confirmed.

However, the committee is to agree on the outline and work could begin later this year.

The project would reroute traffic, with buses running on the west side of the gardens and cars to the east.

Members will also be agreeing on the construction of dedicated cycle lanes and better pedestrian access to the seafront.

Pedestrian plan

By voting in favour of the plans, the committee would also commit the council to continuing to fund the project with £1.3million as well as putting in for various forms of funding.

Coun Davey added: “At the initial stage we have been exploring how to maintain the important transport routes whilst making the area more attractive and accessible for everybody. “

The ideas are focused around bringing back the special nature of Valley Gardens so that people can rediscover and enjoy the area as a public space.”

Among the specific designs for the area is the proposal to pedestrianise much of Marlborough Place.

The design, which is based on Edinburgh’s Grassmarket, would see the road used as an exhibition space for events.

The council is yet to set a final figure for the works but early estimates suggest it will be in the multi-millions.

A council spokesman said that if the vision is agreed, the authority will explore funding options.

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