No end in sight for Brighton seafront misery

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THERE is no end in sight to the city’s seafront road misery as closures look set to drag on into the summer.

Council chiefs have admitted there is still no completion date for repairs to the arches beneath Kings Road following the road collapse above The Fortune of War pub in Brighton.

The revelation comes as workmen from Southern Water moved into Black Lion Street yesterday for “emergency” and “unavoidable” repair work after a sewer collapsed.

A spokeswoman for Southern Water said: “We know roadworks in this part of Brighton are never welcome and we’ll be working as fast as we can to repair the sewer.”

The southbound lane is closed. 

Brighton and Hove City Council originally gave an estimate of eight weeks for the Kings Road subsidence to be repaired after a hole appeared at the back of The Fortune of War on April 25.

Geoff Raw, executive director environment, development and housing, said: “We are working as swiftly as we can and investigations are still ongoing because the arches are part of a much bigger structure.

“It is likely we will need to review the estimate of completion and we’re working with the owners of the main property in this area.”

He added: “We have removed a section of central reservation to improve access into the old town area via Middle Street and amending traffic signal timings so these measures will improve traffic flows.”

The costs of repairs are also unclear and Mr Raw said “it is not possible to estimate this until the more detailed analysis has been completed”.

Warren Morgan, Labour group leader, said: “This latest delay underlines the need for the Green administration to redirect transport funding towards the crucial task of repairing our crumbling seafront infrastructure. “The Greens need to get a grip on this situation and fast.

“If this drags on into the height of the summer season it could severely impact local businesses and traders.”

Geoffrey Theobald, Conservative group leader, said: “I was quite surprised it has got to this situation – we are coming into the summer season and we need answers.”

He added the closure may have an effect on the tourism trade and saidL “We need to just get on with it as soon as we can.”

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12:39pm Wed 4 Jun 14

wexler53 says...

Surprise surprise...
Surprise surprise... wexler53
  • Score: 15

2:04pm Wed 4 Jun 14

paul76 says...

I may well be wrong, but has anyone even dug a couple of holes to see what is going on under the surface of the road?

I suspect the council will drag their feet on this so it stays one lane each way over the busy summer period, thus leading to massive tailbacks each way along the coast, and also north up the A23, and a brilliant excuse to introduce congestion charging, which I am sure will be attempted before they (the greens) are dismissed from office next year.
I may well be wrong, but has anyone even dug a couple of holes to see what is going on under the surface of the road? I suspect the council will drag their feet on this so it stays one lane each way over the busy summer period, thus leading to massive tailbacks each way along the coast, and also north up the A23, and a brilliant excuse to introduce congestion charging, which I am sure will be attempted before they (the greens) are dismissed from office next year. paul76
  • Score: 7

2:12pm Wed 4 Jun 14

brighton bluenose says...

Warren Morgan as ever available with a cheap quote - what the **** did Labour do to our ‘crumbling seafront' when they were holding the reins of power?! I'll tell you what they did - they let it crumble!!!
Warren Morgan as ever available with a cheap quote - what the **** did Labour do to our ‘crumbling seafront' when they were holding the reins of power?! I'll tell you what they did - they let it crumble!!! brighton bluenose
  • Score: 3

4:11pm Wed 4 Jun 14

pachallis says...

brighton bluenose wrote:
Warren Morgan as ever available with a cheap quote - what the **** did Labour do to our ‘crumbling seafront' when they were holding the reins of power?! I'll tell you what they did - they let it crumble!!!
@brighton bluenose - and what have the Greens done since they took over the reins?

They've blamed everyone else when something goes wrong (remember with power goes responsibility!); and they've claimed the glory whenever anything positive happened; and they've generally scr*wed up everything they've done off their own backs (remember the refuse strike?)...
[quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: Warren Morgan as ever available with a cheap quote - what the **** did Labour do to our ‘crumbling seafront' when they were holding the reins of power?! I'll tell you what they did - they let it crumble!!![/p][/quote]@brighton bluenose - and what have the Greens done since they took over the reins? They've blamed everyone else when something goes wrong (remember with power goes responsibility!); and they've claimed the glory whenever anything positive happened; and they've generally scr*wed up everything they've done off their own backs (remember the refuse strike?)... pachallis
  • Score: 10

5:08pm Wed 4 Jun 14

tez1959 says...

WHATS NEW ROAD REPAIRS IN SUSSEX DURING SUMMER SEASON SAME OLD SAME OLD ALL THE TIME I KEEP TELLING YOU ON HERE ALL THE TIME GREENS WANT YOU TO GET BIKE END OF ....................
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WHATS NEW ROAD REPAIRS IN SUSSEX DURING SUMMER SEASON SAME OLD SAME OLD ALL THE TIME I KEEP TELLING YOU ON HERE ALL THE TIME GREENS WANT YOU TO GET BIKE END OF .................... .......... tez1959
  • Score: 1

5:59pm Wed 4 Jun 14

Mart says...

Same old cr*p excuses trotted out from this watermelon administration. Meanwhile Brighton's road surfaces are deteriorating, affecting bus users as well as car users, giant weeds are sprouting out of kerbs, roadside verges are uncut and approaching 4 feet high in places.

What a god awful shambles.
Same old cr*p excuses trotted out from this watermelon administration. Meanwhile Brighton's road surfaces are deteriorating, affecting bus users as well as car users, giant weeds are sprouting out of kerbs, roadside verges are uncut and approaching 4 feet high in places. What a god awful shambles. Mart
  • Score: 8

9:52am Thu 5 Jun 14

Morpheus says...

Mart wrote:
Same old cr*p excuses trotted out from this watermelon administration. Meanwhile Brighton's road surfaces are deteriorating, affecting bus users as well as car users, giant weeds are sprouting out of kerbs, roadside verges are uncut and approaching 4 feet high in places.

What a god awful shambles.
It is the full time professional staff at the council who are to blame. Nothing ever changes in Brighton no matter who is in charge. The staff and useless and the councillors are weak and will not stand up to the town hall staff. It has always been the same. With the Greens you get the worst of it all.
[quote][p][bold]Mart[/bold] wrote: Same old cr*p excuses trotted out from this watermelon administration. Meanwhile Brighton's road surfaces are deteriorating, affecting bus users as well as car users, giant weeds are sprouting out of kerbs, roadside verges are uncut and approaching 4 feet high in places. What a god awful shambles.[/p][/quote]It is the full time professional staff at the council who are to blame. Nothing ever changes in Brighton no matter who is in charge. The staff and useless and the councillors are weak and will not stand up to the town hall staff. It has always been the same. With the Greens you get the worst of it all. Morpheus
  • Score: 2

7:13pm Fri 6 Jun 14

stumpyshimmans says...

brighton bluenose wrote:
Warren Morgan as ever available with a cheap quote - what the **** did Labour do to our ‘crumbling seafront' when they were holding the reins of power?! I'll tell you what they did - they let it crumble!!!
I believe the Tories were in power before the greens! Spin Off!
[quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: Warren Morgan as ever available with a cheap quote - what the **** did Labour do to our ‘crumbling seafront' when they were holding the reins of power?! I'll tell you what they did - they let it crumble!!![/p][/quote]I believe the Tories were in power before the greens! Spin Off! stumpyshimmans
  • Score: 0

7:15pm Fri 6 Jun 14

stumpyshimmans says...

brighton bluenose wrote:
Warren Morgan as ever available with a cheap quote - what the **** did Labour do to our ‘crumbling seafront' when they were holding the reins of power?! I'll tell you what they did - they let it crumble!!!
I believe the Tories were in power before the greens! Spin Off!
[quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: Warren Morgan as ever available with a cheap quote - what the **** did Labour do to our ‘crumbling seafront' when they were holding the reins of power?! I'll tell you what they did - they let it crumble!!![/p][/quote]I believe the Tories were in power before the greens! Spin Off! stumpyshimmans
  • Score: 0

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