Regeneration requires funds

London Road,Brighton

Penny Mordaunt MP, centre

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Communities minister Penny Mordaunt MP is being called on to back up her admiration for the London Road regeneration in Brighton with more government money.

The newly appointed minister visited several resurgent sites, including the Open Market, Hisbe supermarket, Elder Place and the Emporium, and said the area was an example to the nation.

The London Road area was one of 15 successful Portas Pilot bids from almost 400 nationwide applicants in 2012. It received £83,000 in funding, which runs out in the next couple of months.

The pilot, in which shopping guru Mary Portas is involved, has co-incided with significant development projects, which have brought more money and footfall to the area.

However, Brighton and Hove City Councillor Geoffrey Bowden said there is still “an awful lot more to be done” to the area.

He said: “I am hoping that the pilot money won’t just be a one-off. It is only a pilot and the job is not completed yet.

“We have still got areas that need tender loving care and need bringing to fruition that will add life to the area.”

Philip Wells, from the London Road Action Team, said extra funding would be “very helpful”.

He said: “It would not have to be a huge amount of money and would be strategically used to contribute further to what has already been done.

“Things that have been particularly valuable such as the website, the town team manager and the town liaison officers all cost money. They have got us to the point we are now but it would be great if we could keep up the momentum.”

High Street Minister Penny Mordaunt said: “Up and down the country, Portas Pilots and Town Teams are helping to drive the local economy, boost business and adopt shopper-friendly parking policies.

“The main aim of these schemes has always been to harness the energy and enthusiasm of the local community and give them the freedom to try out their ideas.

“This Government’s long-term economic plan is supporting local high streets with a billion-pound package of investment that includes targeted business rate discounts, sensible planning changes and action to rein in over-zealous parking practices.”

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9:17am Thu 14 Aug 14

HJarrs says...

What is required is a high quality renovation with link to Level and Victoria gardens project to provide a more pleasant shopping experience and that improved access for those walking, cycling and using public transport.
What is required is a high quality renovation with link to Level and Victoria gardens project to provide a more pleasant shopping experience and that improved access for those walking, cycling and using public transport. HJarrs
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10:01am Thu 14 Aug 14

Max Ripple says...

HJarrs wrote:
What is required is a high quality renovation with link to Level and Victoria gardens project to provide a more pleasant shopping experience and that improved access for those walking, cycling and using public transport.
Yes - I tell you what. Why don't we keep setting aside the £8 million that the council has ready for this Level to Victoria Gardens project instead of spending it on repairing the seafront, without which we would have no seaside resort? After all, who needs a prom, the arches and all the seaside attractions? Let's not bother to repair the big hole in the road. Let's put in another cycle lane instead. Money much better spent.
Brighton and Hove without a seafront might as well be in Birmingham.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: What is required is a high quality renovation with link to Level and Victoria gardens project to provide a more pleasant shopping experience and that improved access for those walking, cycling and using public transport.[/p][/quote]Yes - I tell you what. Why don't we keep setting aside the £8 million that the council has ready for this Level to Victoria Gardens project instead of spending it on repairing the seafront, without which we would have no seaside resort? After all, who needs a prom, the arches and all the seaside attractions? Let's not bother to repair the big hole in the road. Let's put in another cycle lane instead. Money much better spent. Brighton and Hove without a seafront might as well be in Birmingham. Max Ripple
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10:02am Thu 14 Aug 14

her professional says...

HJarrs wrote:
What is required is a high quality renovation with link to Level and Victoria gardens project to provide a more pleasant shopping experience and that improved access for those walking, cycling and using public transport.
........which in turn, petrolheads and thumbs-downers, will mean less cars as sensible people turn to the alternatives, therefore more room on the road for you to drive around.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: What is required is a high quality renovation with link to Level and Victoria gardens project to provide a more pleasant shopping experience and that improved access for those walking, cycling and using public transport.[/p][/quote]........which in turn, petrolheads and thumbs-downers, will mean less cars as sensible people turn to the alternatives, therefore more room on the road for you to drive around. her professional
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11:49am Thu 14 Aug 14

HJarrs says...

Max Ripple wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
What is required is a high quality renovation with link to Level and Victoria gardens project to provide a more pleasant shopping experience and that improved access for those walking, cycling and using public transport.
Yes - I tell you what. Why don't we keep setting aside the £8 million that the council has ready for this Level to Victoria Gardens project instead of spending it on repairing the seafront, without which we would have no seaside resort? After all, who needs a prom, the arches and all the seaside attractions? Let's not bother to repair the big hole in the road. Let's put in another cycle lane instead. Money much better spent.
Brighton and Hove without a seafront might as well be in Birmingham.
What a wonderful idea except for the minor point that Victoria Gardens redevelopment is funded by a specific government grant for that purpose only. You should join the Labour Party, they keep complaining that the money should be spent elsewhere when it is not possible to do so. They would rather see the city lose £8 million of investment.
[quote][p][bold]Max Ripple[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: What is required is a high quality renovation with link to Level and Victoria gardens project to provide a more pleasant shopping experience and that improved access for those walking, cycling and using public transport.[/p][/quote]Yes - I tell you what. Why don't we keep setting aside the £8 million that the council has ready for this Level to Victoria Gardens project instead of spending it on repairing the seafront, without which we would have no seaside resort? After all, who needs a prom, the arches and all the seaside attractions? Let's not bother to repair the big hole in the road. Let's put in another cycle lane instead. Money much better spent. Brighton and Hove without a seafront might as well be in Birmingham.[/p][/quote]What a wonderful idea except for the minor point that Victoria Gardens redevelopment is funded by a specific government grant for that purpose only. You should join the Labour Party, they keep complaining that the money should be spent elsewhere when it is not possible to do so. They would rather see the city lose £8 million of investment. HJarrs
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