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Loungers to open in London Road former Blockbusters store in Brighton

The Argus: Loungers to open in London Road former Blockbusters store in Brighton Loungers to open in London Road former Blockbusters store in Brighton

A derelict shop which has been targeted by squatters for years is being given a new lease of life.

The former Blockbuster video shop in London Road, Brighton, has been taken over by bar chain Loungers.

The building, which has been empty for three years, is currently being renovated and will reopen as a cafe bar next month under the new name of Alcampo Lounge.

After the video chain closed the branch the building was occupied by squatters for more than a year.


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The chain – which runs about 40 bars across the country – will also be opening their second Brighton branch at the former Pinxto People, in Western Road.

The development of the former Blockbuster store is an added boost to the regeneration of the London Road area – alongside the redevelopment of the former Co-op building and the Open Market.

Ward councillor Ian Davey said: “This shop has been empty for a couple of years and has been a blight on the local area ever since.

“We know residents and local traders are delighted that it will be occupied and hope the new cafe bar will be a positive addition and will help the ongoing regeneration of London Road.”

Next week businesses in the area are due to release the details of their plan to apply for funding under the next stage of the Portas Pilot scheme to aid flagging shopping streets.

Banners have gone up across the area and a radio campaign is launching on Juice starting on Monday. Follow the team on Twitter at @visitlondonroad.

The proportion of vacant shops in London Road is also thought to have dropped significantly in recent months.

Loungers, which describes itself an “expanding and recession busting company”, is currently looking for chefs and kitchen staff to work in the new bars.

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7:56am Sat 8 Feb 14

Dealing with idiots says...

Wonderful, London Rd really needs another alcohol outlet.
Wonderful, London Rd really needs another alcohol outlet. Dealing with idiots
  • Score: 8

8:16am Sat 8 Feb 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

This will be to serve the hundreds of new students who will move into the old co-op building. At least the council is shoving the students into Caroline Lucas's constituency so she knows she has people to vote for her. Hopefully if we keep all these kids in one ward and constituency, only a small number of Greens will get voted for ever again.
This will be to serve the hundreds of new students who will move into the old co-op building. At least the council is shoving the students into Caroline Lucas's constituency so she knows she has people to vote for her. Hopefully if we keep all these kids in one ward and constituency, only a small number of Greens will get voted for ever again. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 8

8:49am Sat 8 Feb 14

hammerfan says...

I would rather see it in use then being left derelict! - Students are better then squatters!
I would rather see it in use then being left derelict! - Students are better then squatters! hammerfan
  • Score: 22

9:01am Sat 8 Feb 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Some of them are the same thing hammer fan, but it's good they are being moved out of residential areas and dumped in one location together where they can party as much as they like.
Some of them are the same thing hammer fan, but it's good they are being moved out of residential areas and dumped in one location together where they can party as much as they like. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 4

9:54am Sat 8 Feb 14

Dealing with idiots says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Some of them are the same thing hammer fan, but it's good they are being moved out of residential areas and dumped in one location together where they can party as much as they like.
I thought that was called Gerrymandering?
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Some of them are the same thing hammer fan, but it's good they are being moved out of residential areas and dumped in one location together where they can party as much as they like.[/p][/quote]I thought that was called Gerrymandering? Dealing with idiots
  • Score: 4

9:59am Sat 8 Feb 14

DGee says...

Oh no, this area does not need another alcohol outlet, what it does need is a quality utility store of some sort. The London Road of my youth is now being turned into a drugs/alcohol fuelled ghetto. Chico
Oh no, this area does not need another alcohol outlet, what it does need is a quality utility store of some sort. The London Road of my youth is now being turned into a drugs/alcohol fuelled ghetto. Chico DGee
  • Score: 2

10:27am Sat 8 Feb 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

It is indeed and it's a serious issue now we have another 5,000 students coming to the city with planning permission being granted for numerous student blocks in the central area of the town.
The reason this is an important issue is the following: students are unlikely to have kids in local schools or parents and relatives in local care services or using health services or need social services, they tend not to be interested in housing stock, planning issues etc and most importantly they don't pay council tax which funds these services.
Therefore, when a non representative group has power to influence critical consultations and funding we end up with a city which fails to serve a purpose for those generating the income and paying taxes and living in the city long term so the city becomes a place unsuitable for the stable community. Look at Elm Grove where large numbers of students, non council tax paying people, influenced the vote and got a Green councillor despite not living in the town for the whole period of a council being elected and only staying in the town an average of 8 months a year.
When Labour grabbed the seat back in a recent by election, the greens said it was because it was the uni summer holidays.
Last week we had a student Green girl posting that we should pay a 4.75 percent increase in council tax...this is someone who is exempt from payment yet who benefits form cycle lanes, free refuse services and free access to all the other services who is shouting for tax payers to pay for things she wants. That isn't right.
Changing the composition of the town could have some serious implications for the long term survival of the city and also the demands on our council tax as we will fund their services. Its time this issue was addressed by a cross party group or an independent group. Perhaps Adam trimmingham could investigate the influence similar groups have had across the UK.
It is indeed and it's a serious issue now we have another 5,000 students coming to the city with planning permission being granted for numerous student blocks in the central area of the town. The reason this is an important issue is the following: students are unlikely to have kids in local schools or parents and relatives in local care services or using health services or need social services, they tend not to be interested in housing stock, planning issues etc and most importantly they don't pay council tax which funds these services. Therefore, when a non representative group has power to influence critical consultations and funding we end up with a city which fails to serve a purpose for those generating the income and paying taxes and living in the city long term so the city becomes a place unsuitable for the stable community. Look at Elm Grove where large numbers of students, non council tax paying people, influenced the vote and got a Green councillor despite not living in the town for the whole period of a council being elected and only staying in the town an average of 8 months a year. When Labour grabbed the seat back in a recent by election, the greens said it was because it was the uni summer holidays. Last week we had a student Green girl posting that we should pay a 4.75 percent increase in council tax...this is someone who is exempt from payment yet who benefits form cycle lanes, free refuse services and free access to all the other services who is shouting for tax payers to pay for things she wants. That isn't right. Changing the composition of the town could have some serious implications for the long term survival of the city and also the demands on our council tax as we will fund their services. Its time this issue was addressed by a cross party group or an independent group. Perhaps Adam trimmingham could investigate the influence similar groups have had across the UK. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 23

10:32am Sat 8 Feb 14

upsidedowntuctuc says...

Davey again???
Is he the new Argus pin up boy?
less than 15months to go and even 5,000 new students in his ward will not help him
Davey again??? Is he the new Argus pin up boy? less than 15months to go and even 5,000 new students in his ward will not help him upsidedowntuctuc
  • Score: 2

2:26pm Sat 8 Feb 14

cookie_brighton says...

I wonder if they have done their homework..........I was told by a manager of one of wetherspoons that they are opening a new pub in the old co-op building.
I wonder if they have done their homework..........I was told by a manager of one of wetherspoons that they are opening a new pub in the old co-op building. cookie_brighton
  • Score: 4

2:28pm Sat 8 Feb 14

cookie_brighton says...

DGee wrote:
Oh no, this area does not need another alcohol outlet, what it does need is a quality utility store of some sort. The London Road of my youth is now being turned into a drugs/alcohol fuelled ghetto. Chico
ha ha wetherspoons are going to move into the old co-op building
[quote][p][bold]DGee[/bold] wrote: Oh no, this area does not need another alcohol outlet, what it does need is a quality utility store of some sort. The London Road of my youth is now being turned into a drugs/alcohol fuelled ghetto. Chico[/p][/quote]ha ha wetherspoons are going to move into the old co-op building cookie_brighton
  • Score: 3

7:19pm Sat 8 Feb 14

tinker111 says...

hammerfan wrote:
I would rather see it in use then being left derelict! - Students are better then squatters!
SO GREAT NAME ??? Could be loafers no change and will go under very soon
[quote][p][bold]hammerfan[/bold] wrote: I would rather see it in use then being left derelict! - Students are better then squatters![/p][/quote]SO GREAT NAME ??? Could be loafers no change and will go under very soon tinker111
  • Score: -3

1:01am Sun 9 Feb 14

PandorasBox13 says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Some of them are the same thing hammer fan, but it's good they are being moved out of residential areas and dumped in one location together where they can party as much as they like.
You're mistaken, this is a residential area. As someone who lives opposite the monstrosity they are putting up on the old coop site I am distraught at the prospect of the influx of students to the area. Whilst I am glad the site is being regenerated and the income students could bring to the area the negatives far outweigh the positives. I am surrounded by students already who live in run down houses on either side and opposite me, I am woken up numerous times a night by music and drunken behaviour. The problem has got worse in the past 18 months and I am dreading what it will be like once the old coop building is complete. I have been astonished by the lack of respect the students have for the area, I was even confronted by one student standing in his own doorway urinating into the street! When I confronted him he just told me he couldn't be bothered to go upstairs and shut the door. This was at 7am. It is heartbreaking to see the street I love being destroyed by transients who don't care.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Some of them are the same thing hammer fan, but it's good they are being moved out of residential areas and dumped in one location together where they can party as much as they like.[/p][/quote]You're mistaken, this is a residential area. As someone who lives opposite the monstrosity they are putting up on the old coop site I am distraught at the prospect of the influx of students to the area. Whilst I am glad the site is being regenerated and the income students could bring to the area the negatives far outweigh the positives. I am surrounded by students already who live in run down houses on either side and opposite me, I am woken up numerous times a night by music and drunken behaviour. The problem has got worse in the past 18 months and I am dreading what it will be like once the old coop building is complete. I have been astonished by the lack of respect the students have for the area, I was even confronted by one student standing in his own doorway urinating into the street! When I confronted him he just told me he couldn't be bothered to go upstairs and shut the door. This was at 7am. It is heartbreaking to see the street I love being destroyed by transients who don't care. PandorasBox13
  • Score: 7

6:49am Sun 9 Feb 14

John Steed says...

some very big names of the past acheived much on the back of being squatters, or student activists in the 70's.
some very big names of the past acheived much on the back of being squatters, or student activists in the 70's. John Steed
  • Score: 1

9:37am Sun 9 Feb 14

I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars! says...

HJ

I thought we were guaranteeing ongoing squatting capacity in this area -have you got alternatives in mind?
HJ I thought we were guaranteeing ongoing squatting capacity in this area -have you got alternatives in mind? I'm H Jarrs and I can't stand cars!
  • Score: 1

11:39am Sun 9 Feb 14

s&k says...

PandorasBox13 wrote:
Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
Some of them are the same thing hammer fan, but it's good they are being moved out of residential areas and dumped in one location together where they can party as much as they like.
You're mistaken, this is a residential area. As someone who lives opposite the monstrosity they are putting up on the old coop site I am distraught at the prospect of the influx of students to the area. Whilst I am glad the site is being regenerated and the income students could bring to the area the negatives far outweigh the positives. I am surrounded by students already who live in run down houses on either side and opposite me, I am woken up numerous times a night by music and drunken behaviour. The problem has got worse in the past 18 months and I am dreading what it will be like once the old coop building is complete. I have been astonished by the lack of respect the students have for the area, I was even confronted by one student standing in his own doorway urinating into the street! When I confronted him he just told me he couldn't be bothered to go upstairs and shut the door. This was at 7am. It is heartbreaking to see the street I love being destroyed by transients who don't care.
Brighton is becoming a cess pit? Discuss
[quote][p][bold]PandorasBox13[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: Some of them are the same thing hammer fan, but it's good they are being moved out of residential areas and dumped in one location together where they can party as much as they like.[/p][/quote]You're mistaken, this is a residential area. As someone who lives opposite the monstrosity they are putting up on the old coop site I am distraught at the prospect of the influx of students to the area. Whilst I am glad the site is being regenerated and the income students could bring to the area the negatives far outweigh the positives. I am surrounded by students already who live in run down houses on either side and opposite me, I am woken up numerous times a night by music and drunken behaviour. The problem has got worse in the past 18 months and I am dreading what it will be like once the old coop building is complete. I have been astonished by the lack of respect the students have for the area, I was even confronted by one student standing in his own doorway urinating into the street! When I confronted him he just told me he couldn't be bothered to go upstairs and shut the door. This was at 7am. It is heartbreaking to see the street I love being destroyed by transients who don't care.[/p][/quote]Brighton is becoming a cess pit? Discuss s&k
  • Score: 2

7:24pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

PandorasBox I am sorry to hear about your problems, trust me I've experienced the same and my wife and I and the neighbours all left our homes and went to stay with relatives sleeping in floors for weeks on end due to student problems. My elderly mother even spoke to one set of students who told her to F off. She is in her late 70s. They sub let homes via Facebook during the summer for six week parties, they have damaged our homes be ripping down walls and fences, climbed on the roof of cars and left my wife crying her eyes out with exhaustion. I nabbed two shoving my motorbike over causing damage to the farings. Until people have lived with it, they think it's just the odd naughty individual but it isn't. Why anyone lets homes to students astonishes me.
With 5,000 more heading here perhaps it's time that the residents across the city started lobbying our MPs , except Caroline who gets elected off the back of this transient population, for tougher control on anti social behaviour. We pay enough council tax so should be supported.
I have to say that I started civil legal proceedings against one set of students and they soon started blaming each other for the problems and fled the property once they knew I was claiming the costs of hotel stays in town from them following weeks of absolute thumping parties.
PandorasBox I am sorry to hear about your problems, trust me I've experienced the same and my wife and I and the neighbours all left our homes and went to stay with relatives sleeping in floors for weeks on end due to student problems. My elderly mother even spoke to one set of students who told her to F off. She is in her late 70s. They sub let homes via Facebook during the summer for six week parties, they have damaged our homes be ripping down walls and fences, climbed on the roof of cars and left my wife crying her eyes out with exhaustion. I nabbed two shoving my motorbike over causing damage to the farings. Until people have lived with it, they think it's just the odd naughty individual but it isn't. Why anyone lets homes to students astonishes me. With 5,000 more heading here perhaps it's time that the residents across the city started lobbying our MPs , except Caroline who gets elected off the back of this transient population, for tougher control on anti social behaviour. We pay enough council tax so should be supported. I have to say that I started civil legal proceedings against one set of students and they soon started blaming each other for the problems and fled the property once they knew I was claiming the costs of hotel stays in town from them following weeks of absolute thumping parties. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 1

10:39pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Levent says...

hammerfan wrote:
I would rather see it in use then being left derelict! - Students are better then squatters!
"Students are better then squatters"..REALLY?

Well at least squatters know the difference between "then" and "than".

Are you studying English by any chance Bozo?
[quote][p][bold]hammerfan[/bold] wrote: I would rather see it in use then being left derelict! - Students are better then squatters![/p][/quote]"Students are better then squatters"..REALLY? Well at least squatters know the difference between "then" and "than". Are you studying English by any chance Bozo? Levent
  • Score: -2

10:46pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Levent says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
PandorasBox I am sorry to hear about your problems, trust me I've experienced the same and my wife and I and the neighbours all left our homes and went to stay with relatives sleeping in floors for weeks on end due to student problems. My elderly mother even spoke to one set of students who told her to F off. She is in her late 70s. They sub let homes via Facebook during the summer for six week parties, they have damaged our homes be ripping down walls and fences, climbed on the roof of cars and left my wife crying her eyes out with exhaustion. I nabbed two shoving my motorbike over causing damage to the farings. Until people have lived with it, they think it's just the odd naughty individual but it isn't. Why anyone lets homes to students astonishes me.
With 5,000 more heading here perhaps it's time that the residents across the city started lobbying our MPs , except Caroline who gets elected off the back of this transient population, for tougher control on anti social behaviour. We pay enough council tax so should be supported.
I have to say that I started civil legal proceedings against one set of students and they soon started blaming each other for the problems and fled the property once they knew I was claiming the costs of hotel stays in town from them following weeks of absolute thumping parties.
I had the same problem with students when I lived off Elm Grove.
I had to sleep in my hallway while these lovely students had music blaring and screamed and shouted until 3am at least 4 nights per week.
Having students living in residential areas does NOT work.
Calling the noise abatement was an absolute joke and the plod did nothing as expected. The squatters in the same area were MUCH quieter though!
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: PandorasBox I am sorry to hear about your problems, trust me I've experienced the same and my wife and I and the neighbours all left our homes and went to stay with relatives sleeping in floors for weeks on end due to student problems. My elderly mother even spoke to one set of students who told her to F off. She is in her late 70s. They sub let homes via Facebook during the summer for six week parties, they have damaged our homes be ripping down walls and fences, climbed on the roof of cars and left my wife crying her eyes out with exhaustion. I nabbed two shoving my motorbike over causing damage to the farings. Until people have lived with it, they think it's just the odd naughty individual but it isn't. Why anyone lets homes to students astonishes me. With 5,000 more heading here perhaps it's time that the residents across the city started lobbying our MPs , except Caroline who gets elected off the back of this transient population, for tougher control on anti social behaviour. We pay enough council tax so should be supported. I have to say that I started civil legal proceedings against one set of students and they soon started blaming each other for the problems and fled the property once they knew I was claiming the costs of hotel stays in town from them following weeks of absolute thumping parties.[/p][/quote]I had the same problem with students when I lived off Elm Grove. I had to sleep in my hallway while these lovely students had music blaring and screamed and shouted until 3am at least 4 nights per week. Having students living in residential areas does NOT work. Calling the noise abatement was an absolute joke and the plod did nothing as expected. The squatters in the same area were MUCH quieter though! Levent
  • Score: 5

10:45am Mon 10 Feb 14

aoife303 says...

Maxwell's Ghost wrote:
It is indeed and it's a serious issue now we have another 5,000 students coming to the city with planning permission being granted for numerous student blocks in the central area of the town.
The reason this is an important issue is the following: students are unlikely to have kids in local schools or parents and relatives in local care services or using health services or need social services, they tend not to be interested in housing stock, planning issues etc and most importantly they don't pay council tax which funds these services.
Therefore, when a non representative group has power to influence critical consultations and funding we end up with a city which fails to serve a purpose for those generating the income and paying taxes and living in the city long term so the city becomes a place unsuitable for the stable community. Look at Elm Grove where large numbers of students, non council tax paying people, influenced the vote and got a Green councillor despite not living in the town for the whole period of a council being elected and only staying in the town an average of 8 months a year.
When Labour grabbed the seat back in a recent by election, the greens said it was because it was the uni summer holidays.
Last week we had a student Green girl posting that we should pay a 4.75 percent increase in council tax...this is someone who is exempt from payment yet who benefits form cycle lanes, free refuse services and free access to all the other services who is shouting for tax payers to pay for things she wants. That isn't right.
Changing the composition of the town could have some serious implications for the long term survival of the city and also the demands on our council tax as we will fund their services. Its time this issue was addressed by a cross party group or an independent group. Perhaps Adam trimmingham could investigate the influence similar groups have had across the UK.
"most importantly they don't pay council tax which funds these services."

Council tax is paid by central government on behalf of students, who yes, are less likely to use schools, care services etc. So they're bringing in council tax money, and not spending much of it - doesn't seem so bad to me!

Plenty of students also stay on to live, work and raise families in Brighton.
[quote][p][bold]Maxwell's Ghost[/bold] wrote: It is indeed and it's a serious issue now we have another 5,000 students coming to the city with planning permission being granted for numerous student blocks in the central area of the town. The reason this is an important issue is the following: students are unlikely to have kids in local schools or parents and relatives in local care services or using health services or need social services, they tend not to be interested in housing stock, planning issues etc and most importantly they don't pay council tax which funds these services. Therefore, when a non representative group has power to influence critical consultations and funding we end up with a city which fails to serve a purpose for those generating the income and paying taxes and living in the city long term so the city becomes a place unsuitable for the stable community. Look at Elm Grove where large numbers of students, non council tax paying people, influenced the vote and got a Green councillor despite not living in the town for the whole period of a council being elected and only staying in the town an average of 8 months a year. When Labour grabbed the seat back in a recent by election, the greens said it was because it was the uni summer holidays. Last week we had a student Green girl posting that we should pay a 4.75 percent increase in council tax...this is someone who is exempt from payment yet who benefits form cycle lanes, free refuse services and free access to all the other services who is shouting for tax payers to pay for things she wants. That isn't right. Changing the composition of the town could have some serious implications for the long term survival of the city and also the demands on our council tax as we will fund their services. Its time this issue was addressed by a cross party group or an independent group. Perhaps Adam trimmingham could investigate the influence similar groups have had across the UK.[/p][/quote]"most importantly they don't pay council tax which funds these services." Council tax is paid by central government on behalf of students, who yes, are less likely to use schools, care services etc. So they're bringing in council tax money, and not spending much of it - doesn't seem so bad to me! Plenty of students also stay on to live, work and raise families in Brighton. aoife303
  • Score: 3

11:43am Mon 10 Feb 14

billy goat-gruff says...

I am dismayed by all these over-generalised anti-student rants… presumably the commenters above had no need of any further education themselves. Education is a major industry in Brighton, bringing in much needed revenue, and with enormous fees to pay it is only a tiny minority who will squander their time at college by endless partying. And yes, I have a student house next door to me and haven't heard a sound from them whilst they've been there.
I am dismayed by all these over-generalised anti-student rants… presumably the commenters above had no need of any further education themselves. Education is a major industry in Brighton, bringing in much needed revenue, and with enormous fees to pay it is only a tiny minority who will squander their time at college by endless partying. And yes, I have a student house next door to me and haven't heard a sound from them whilst they've been there. billy goat-gruff
  • Score: 4

9:47pm Mon 10 Feb 14

PandorasBox13 says...

billy goat-gruff wrote:
I am dismayed by all these over-generalised anti-student rants… presumably the commenters above had no need of any further education themselves. Education is a major industry in Brighton, bringing in much needed revenue, and with enormous fees to pay it is only a tiny minority who will squander their time at college by endless partying. And yes, I have a student house next door to me and haven't heard a sound from them whilst they've been there.
In which case you are most fortunate and I hope that you never have some of the issues I have had. I have been at university and have done a post grad and during that time I stayed in halls which was away from the cities residential areas. By no means are all students the same however, my experiences of the student houses in my street over the past ten years is not a glowing reflection of the student population.
[quote][p][bold]billy goat-gruff[/bold] wrote: I am dismayed by all these over-generalised anti-student rants… presumably the commenters above had no need of any further education themselves. Education is a major industry in Brighton, bringing in much needed revenue, and with enormous fees to pay it is only a tiny minority who will squander their time at college by endless partying. And yes, I have a student house next door to me and haven't heard a sound from them whilst they've been there.[/p][/quote]In which case you are most fortunate and I hope that you never have some of the issues I have had. I have been at university and have done a post grad and during that time I stayed in halls which was away from the cities residential areas. By no means are all students the same however, my experiences of the student houses in my street over the past ten years is not a glowing reflection of the student population. PandorasBox13
  • Score: 1

7:24am Wed 5 Mar 14

Zorniza says...

And there is me thinking that this will be a hostel providing affordable accomodation for visitors.
And there is me thinking that this will be a hostel providing affordable accomodation for visitors. Zorniza
  • Score: 0

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