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Mike Weatherley MP says Hove is treated unfairly by the council
AN MP has claimed his constituency is being unfairly treated when it comes to council funding for major projects.
Mike Weatherley, MP for Hove and Portslade, has said there is a “dearth of large projects” taking place on the west side of the city despite his residents accounting for about 40 per cent of council revenue.
He has written to the chief executive of Brighton and Hove City Council Penny Thompson to highlight the issue.
Green administration councillors responded by saying it was not possible to redraw constituency boundaries to change the location of the most suitable sites for development.
The Conservative MP pointed out to the council that recent projects including New Road, the Jubilee Library, London Road, The Level, Seven Dials, seafront arches and the i360 all seemed to favour Brighton while Hove had watched the slow progress of the King Alfred redevelopment.
But Green councillor Geoffrey Bowden promised that a preferred developer partner for the seafront leisure centre would be in place in the “not-too-distant future” while Toads Hole Valley will deliver 600 new homes, 900 jobs, a school and community facilities if the Government backs the council’s City Plan.
Mr Weatherley said: “Brighton and Hove is a wonderful city, but as the champion of Hove and Portslade, I am concerned that funding for our part of the city has fallen short.
“Residents often get in touch to complain that Hove and Portslade are missing out and so I wanted to convey to Brighton and Hove City Council that this has not gone unnoticed.”
Coun Bowden, chair of economic development and culture committee, said: “As an experienced politician, Mike Weatherley knows that major projects are dependent on the location of sites and the availability of partners willing to build the high quality developments that we want to see. “With the best will in the world we cannot redraw the constituency borders to enable sites such as Preston Barracks, Circus Street or Black Rock to appear in Hove to help boost the election prospects of a sitting MP. “
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