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King Alfred developer tells council to "stop dragging its feet"

The Argus: King Alfred developer told to "stop dragging its feet" King Alfred developer told to "stop dragging its feet"

A developer has called on Brighton and Hove City Council “to stop dragging its feet” and to “make a decision” about the future of a leisure facility.

The King Alfred in Kingsway, Hove, dates back to before the Second World War and underwent a major redevelopment in 1983.

Campaigners for change claim the existing leisure centre is outdated and various suggestions for its future have been put forward to the city council over the past decade.

Rob Starr, project leader for The Lyrics - a proposed new arts and leisure hub that wants to redevelop the site - is one individual who has described the centre as “clearly not fit for purpose”.

Mr Starr said: “Certainly it is well supported by local residents, but I believe it is out of need and not out of want.

“Surely one would not choose to swim in such an outdated pool or be subjected to changing facilities that do not meet modern living desire.”

In an effort to convince the council that his team had the ability to modernise and revamp the ailing leisure centre, The Lyrics hired the King Alfred ballroom to set out their vision for what the new facility could be.

Mr Starr said his team wanted to deliver an all purpose venue with sports, arts, music, film and education all under one roof in a not-for-profit setting that would benefit the entire community.

But since then Mr Starr claims movement on the site's future has stalled.

He said: “The Lyrics team are ready right now to deliver this.”

Mr Starr is now calling on council officers to make a decision.

A spokeswoman at Brighton and Hove City Council said the council remained committed to embarking on the formal tendering process in the summer, 'broadly in line with the timetable talked about back in November last year'.

She added: “The project remains a high priority for the council and since the Developers Day we have been reviewing and considering the valuable feedback obtained from the day.

“Once the successful team is on-board, and following a short period to enable preparatory work, we will issue a further update on the timetable and next steps.”

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6:59am Sat 10 May 14

Quiterie says...

Brilliant. So the headline for this story is completely wrong. It's the Council 'dragging their feet' rather than the Developer......
Brilliant. So the headline for this story is completely wrong. It's the Council 'dragging their feet' rather than the Developer...... Quiterie
  • Score: 6

8:13am Sat 10 May 14

Quiterie says...

Quiterie wrote:
Brilliant. So the headline for this story is completely wrong. It's the Council 'dragging their feet' rather than the Developer......
...now changed!
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Brilliant. So the headline for this story is completely wrong. It's the Council 'dragging their feet' rather than the Developer......[/p][/quote]...now changed! Quiterie
  • Score: 3

9:15am Sat 10 May 14

Max Ripple says...

Maybe they could put a cycle lane around the pool?.......
Maybe they could put a cycle lane around the pool?....... Max Ripple
  • Score: 12

9:30am Sat 10 May 14

Vigilia says...

"A spokeswoman at Brighton and Hove City Council said the council remained committed to embarking on the formal tendering process in the summer, 'broadly in line with the timetable talked about back in November last year'.
She added: “The project remains a high priority for the council and since the Developers Day we have been reviewing and considering the valuable feedback obtained from the day.
“Once the successful team is on-board, and following a short period to enable preparatory work, we will issue a further update on the timetable and next steps.”

and translated into plain English, "Yes, we are dragging our feet."
"A spokeswoman at Brighton and Hove City Council said the council remained committed to embarking on the formal tendering process in the summer, 'broadly in line with the timetable talked about back in November last year'. She added: “The project remains a high priority for the council and since the Developers Day we have been reviewing and considering the valuable feedback obtained from the day. “Once the successful team is on-board, and following a short period to enable preparatory work, we will issue a further update on the timetable and next steps.” and translated into plain English, "Yes, we are dragging our feet." Vigilia
  • Score: 13

10:17am Sat 10 May 14

Wiggsy says...

Would suggest they look at Worthing's Leisure Centre,take the plus points from it and more importantly note the negative reviews posted about pool size and cleaniness.
Would suggest they look at Worthing's Leisure Centre,take the plus points from it and more importantly note the negative reviews posted about pool size and cleaniness. Wiggsy
  • Score: 8

1:08pm Sat 10 May 14

wippasnapper says...

Doesn’t it amaze you that when it comes to less important developments like student accommodation around B&H B&HCC have no problem in allowing it to go ahead but being this development will be good for everyone in B&H even the students but this Council or should I say the GREEN run Council seem to be lagging behind or maybe they are waiting on Sussex university to take over King Alfred to redevelop it as they have with many other suites around B&H “a reminder” the co-op building, the Amy Barracks on the Lewes Rd, the old fruit & veg market, just some of the many that B&HCC have approved for the Sussex University to be the sol developer!
Doesn’t it amaze you that when it comes to less important developments like student accommodation around B&H B&HCC have no problem in allowing it to go ahead but being this development will be good for everyone in B&H even the students but this Council or should I say the GREEN run Council seem to be lagging behind or maybe they are waiting on Sussex university to take over King Alfred to redevelop it as they have with many other suites around B&H “a reminder” the co-op building, the Amy Barracks on the Lewes Rd, the old fruit & veg market, just some of the many that B&HCC have approved for the Sussex University to be the sol developer! wippasnapper
  • Score: 4

11:02pm Sat 10 May 14

saveHOVE says...

Wonder if the council is stalling so that a Developer would not get chosen and a plan submitted soon enough to get a decision before the May 2015 elections....just a thought. Leave the flak to a post election Administration Whoever gets the job, there will be serious flak for them because council policy is to have 300-400 units of housing on the KA site as well as......and the public will be enraged.
Wonder if the council is stalling so that a Developer would not get chosen and a plan submitted soon enough to get a decision before the May 2015 elections....just a thought. Leave the flak to a post election Administration Whoever gets the job, there will be serious flak for them because council policy is to have 300-400 units of housing on the KA site as well as......and the public will be enraged. saveHOVE
  • Score: 2

2:31am Sun 11 May 14

Mr chock says...

Quiterie wrote:
Brilliant. So the headline for this story is completely wrong. It's the Council 'dragging their feet' rather than the Developer......
King Alfred developer tells council to "stop dragging its feet" .. they are worried about scuffing the shoes ?
[quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Brilliant. So the headline for this story is completely wrong. It's the Council 'dragging their feet' rather than the Developer......[/p][/quote]King Alfred developer tells council to "stop dragging its feet" .. they are worried about scuffing the shoes ? Mr chock
  • Score: 0

6:25pm Mon 12 May 14

Roundbill says...

Mr chock wrote:
Quiterie wrote:
Brilliant. So the headline for this story is completely wrong. It's the Council 'dragging their feet' rather than the Developer......
King Alfred developer tells council to "stop dragging its feet" .. they are worried about scuffing the shoes ?
That wouldn't happen with sandals. They'll just stub their toes.
[quote][p][bold]Mr chock[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Quiterie[/bold] wrote: Brilliant. So the headline for this story is completely wrong. It's the Council 'dragging their feet' rather than the Developer......[/p][/quote]King Alfred developer tells council to "stop dragging its feet" .. they are worried about scuffing the shoes ?[/p][/quote]That wouldn't happen with sandals. They'll just stub their toes. Roundbill
  • Score: 0

10:29am Fri 16 May 14

nigeyb says...

Mr Starr said: “Certainly it is well supported by local residents, but I believe it is out of need and not out of want. Surely one would not choose to swim in such an outdated pool or be subjected to changing facilities that do not meet modern living desire.”

I'd like to point out to Mr Starr that as someone who lives two minutes from the KA and who swims there regularly I am very happy with the pool and the facilities, and would far rather continue as we are than have years of redevelopment whilst there is no pool, sports hall, gym etc.

Successive local administrations have grappled with the question of redeveloping the KA site and it is clearly a tricky decision.

I don't want a theatre on the site and I am very happy with the current facilities.
Mr Starr said: “Certainly it is well supported by local residents, but I believe it is out of need and not out of want. Surely one would not choose to swim in such an outdated pool or be subjected to changing facilities that do not meet modern living desire.” I'd like to point out to Mr Starr that as someone who lives two minutes from the KA and who swims there regularly I am very happy with the pool and the facilities, and would far rather continue as we are than have years of redevelopment whilst there is no pool, sports hall, gym etc. Successive local administrations have grappled with the question of redeveloping the KA site and it is clearly a tricky decision. I don't want a theatre on the site and I am very happy with the current facilities. nigeyb
  • Score: 1

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