Give Brighton the basics, not your white elephants

An artist's impression of how the i360 may look

An artist's impression of how the i360 may look

First published in News

Having read your article today re the bollard falling on the visitor to Brighton, I have to say I really believe that this current and previous councils should be thoroughly ashamed and disgusted with themselves.

Why? Because over the years they have wantonly wasted money on white elephants such as the ‘wheel’ and the up and coming ‘eye’ that are not used by the locals or won’t be used by the locals due to costs.

What they should have done but have grossly neglected is to invest in the ‘footfall’ infrastructure of the city – the bread and butter structures like the bollards along the seafront and the railings.

But most importantly the steps down to the Madeira Drive seafront from the top of Marine Parade. These are what the people of Brighton & Hove want and also what visitors to the city want.

The lower promenade should have been invested in a long time ago with preventative maintenance to these historic and beautiful fittings.

I was not able to use the steps down to the seafront because they are caged off and to walk down to the Sea Life centre or along to Dukes Mound to get to the lower part of the seafront is downright disgusting, especially for the disabled.

So instead of wasting money on white elephants that have no real meaning to Brighton or its future concentrate on the here and now and invest in our long, beautiful and historic heritage.

Listen to the residents of the city and not the jingle jangle of money going to fill council coffers.

It is, in my opinion, this total neglect of the infrastructure that is the problem.

Get that right and then you can look to expensive expansion programmes.

Stephen Bennett, Kemp Town, Brighton, West Sussex

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10:36am Sun 7 Sep 14

motco says...

I wholeheartedly agree. I am not a local Brighton resident, but have enjoyed visiting the town since the days when the policemen wore white helmets. Yesterday, in order to watch the National Speed Trials, I visited again for the first time for two years and was appalled to see just how much the neglect of the once beautiful town - albeit hitherto continually in a state of shabby-chic - had progressed in such a short time. The only saving grace was that less dog mess was on the pavement because, I assume, even the dogs have left. So much of the place is either empty, or neglected to the point of being beyond redemption. Walking down the steps from Marine Parade via the wooden decking, to the start of Madiera Drive, so much dereliction was obvious that it is heartbreaking. How can the City Council justify failing to repair the sea front balcony and leaving it closed for so long? Brighton was once a jewel of Sussex and the south coast. Now it is a sad relic of apparent mis-management and is looking like a ghost town in waiting.
I wholeheartedly agree. I am not a local Brighton resident, but have enjoyed visiting the town since the days when the policemen wore white helmets. Yesterday, in order to watch the National Speed Trials, I visited again for the first time for two years and was appalled to see just how much the neglect of the once beautiful town - albeit hitherto continually in a state of shabby-chic - had progressed in such a short time. The only saving grace was that less dog mess was on the pavement because, I assume, even the dogs have left. So much of the place is either empty, or neglected to the point of being beyond redemption. Walking down the steps from Marine Parade via the wooden decking, to the start of Madiera Drive, so much dereliction was obvious that it is heartbreaking. How can the City Council justify failing to repair the sea front balcony and leaving it closed for so long? Brighton was once a jewel of Sussex and the south coast. Now it is a sad relic of apparent mis-management and is looking like a ghost town in waiting. motco
  • Score: 5

2:28pm Sun 7 Sep 14

L bailey says...

Hear hear well said, the city is a pit stop and the council should take responsibility for the current state of the city. Filthy, expensive and not worth a visit. Recommendation go elsewhere.
Hear hear well said, the city is a pit stop and the council should take responsibility for the current state of the city. Filthy, expensive and not worth a visit. Recommendation go elsewhere. L bailey
  • Score: 4

6:02pm Sun 7 Sep 14

motco says...

Nice to know that at least three of us care!
Nice to know that at least three of us care! motco
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8:19pm Mon 8 Sep 14

brighton bluenose says...

Decades of lack of maintenance and investment in these areas by successive Tory and Labour regimes are only now coming home to roost! Unfortunately the savage cuts imposed on local authorities by the Tories and backed by their Labour poodles mean that there is no real cash in the kitty to remedy these issues!!
Decades of lack of maintenance and investment in these areas by successive Tory and Labour regimes are only now coming home to roost! Unfortunately the savage cuts imposed on local authorities by the Tories and backed by their Labour poodles mean that there is no real cash in the kitty to remedy these issues!! brighton bluenose
  • Score: -4

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