The Level closes for nine months for revamp

The Level park to be for nine months for revamp

The Level park to be for nine months for revamp

First published in News

A popular park will close for nine months while it is being revamped.

The Level in Brighton has been enjoyed by the public for more than 200 years.

But the open space of 8.5 hectares between Lewes Road and Ditchling Road will be off limits until July as a £2.2 million makeover is carried out.

Brighton and Hove City Council, which is heading up the refurbishment, apologised for any inconvenience but added the work would give it a “new lease of life”.

It is part of a wide scheme to improve the Lewes and London Road areas.

Philip Wells, of the London Road Local Action Team, said: “It is not something we have discussed at the LAT.

“I know we have been looking forward to the redevelopment but it seems a pity that there’s part where people can’t use the facilities for a while.”

The makeover, which is largely funded by a lottery grant, will start on October 15.

Paths around The Level will remain accessible, and the Rose Walk, which crosses the centre of the park, will be open during most of the work.

Among the improvements will be adding a new playground, fountains, a sensory garden, tables for board games and table tennis.

A new café and public toilets will also be added.

The skate park will be moved from its current location to the north part of the park, which is currently flat open space.

It will be carried out by Surrey-based The Gavin Jones Group, which has done projects for the Royal Opera House, London Eye and the 2012 Olympic organisers.

A council spokeswoman said: “The major restoration of The Level is designed to give this open space in the heart of the city a new lease of life and encourage more people of all ages to use and enjoy it.

“While The Level is closed park users are being encouraged to use facilities at other parks in the city.

“We apologise for any inconvenience caused while restoration work is in progress.”

A final community event will be held on Saturday October 13 from 12pm to 4pm with an afternoon of sports and games, before work starts.

Information about the plans will be on display while historians will collect people’s memories about the area.

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1:43pm Sun 7 Oct 12

Numi says...

Headline "The Level park to be for nine months for revamp" What? Proof-read first, publish later ...
Headline "The Level park to be for nine months for revamp" What? Proof-read first, publish later ... Numi
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1:45pm Sun 7 Oct 12

ICantThinkOfAName says...

Perhaps it will "not to be" at the end of the nine months.
Perhaps it will "not to be" at the end of the nine months. ICantThinkOfAName
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1:58pm Sun 7 Oct 12

CharlotteP says...

A quick proofread before publishing is usually a good idea.
A quick proofread before publishing is usually a good idea. CharlotteP
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2:42pm Sun 7 Oct 12

roebtn says...

The Argus, Proofread...the two do not go together, you should know that!
The Argus, Proofread...the two do not go together, you should know that! roebtn
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2:57pm Sun 7 Oct 12

Maxwell's Ghost says...

Wild Park seems to be closed for about nine months of the year as well as its a favourite spot for travellers who have once against descended on this neglected part of the town.
The council doesn't seem to care much for the green environment.
Wild Park seems to be closed for about nine months of the year as well as its a favourite spot for travellers who have once against descended on this neglected part of the town. The council doesn't seem to care much for the green environment. Maxwell's Ghost
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5:33pm Sun 7 Oct 12

Hove Actually says...

ICantThinkOfAName wrote:
Perhaps it will "not to be" at the end of the nine months.
That is the Question
[quote][p][bold]ICantThinkOfAName[/bold] wrote: Perhaps it will "not to be" at the end of the nine months.[/p][/quote]That is the Question Hove Actually
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8:44pm Sun 7 Oct 12

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

Bitterly disappointed that Occupy Brighton supporters will not have access to the space whilst the work is ongoing.

I do hope that the 2 remaining members of that highly successful protest group can find somewhere else to spend their time.

He he he
Bitterly disappointed that Occupy Brighton supporters will not have access to the space whilst the work is ongoing. I do hope that the 2 remaining members of that highly successful protest group can find somewhere else to spend their time. He he he Somethingsarejustwrong
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9:05pm Sun 7 Oct 12

AmboGuy says...

Somethingsarejustwro
ng
wrote:
Bitterly disappointed that Occupy Brighton supporters will not have access to the space whilst the work is ongoing.

I do hope that the 2 remaining members of that highly successful protest group can find somewhere else to spend their time.

He he he
I'm sure there's a public phone box they could occupy to 'get their point across'!!!
[quote][p][bold]Somethingsarejustwro ng[/bold] wrote: Bitterly disappointed that Occupy Brighton supporters will not have access to the space whilst the work is ongoing. I do hope that the 2 remaining members of that highly successful protest group can find somewhere else to spend their time. He he he[/p][/quote]I'm sure there's a public phone box they could occupy to 'get their point across'!!! AmboGuy
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9:07pm Sun 7 Oct 12

PETE OF QUEENS PARK says...

Has the new garden area behind London road been put there for the drug takers and winoes who have got to vacate the Leval ?
Has the new garden area behind London road been put there for the drug takers and winoes who have got to vacate the Leval ? PETE OF QUEENS PARK
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12:03am Mon 8 Oct 12

F in L says...

The Level park to be for nine months for revamp

Laughable, no wonder these stories rarely carry a by line now
The Level park to be for nine months for revamp Laughable, no wonder these stories rarely carry a by line now F in L
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12:52am Mon 8 Oct 12

Dave At Home says...

"The Level park to be for nine months for revamp" so after nine months will it still be Level? I can't wait to find out, maybe we will have some more baby Level parks!!!! How long does it take in park life for babies to be born? Answers on a postcard to Ms Caroline Lucas @ City Hall )))
"The Level park to be for nine months for revamp" so after nine months will it still be Level? I can't wait to find out, maybe we will have some more baby Level parks!!!! How long does it take in park life for babies to be born? Answers on a postcard to Ms Caroline Lucas @ City Hall ))) Dave At Home
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5:41am Mon 8 Oct 12

Somethingsarejustwrong says...

AmboGuy wrote:
Somethingsarejustwro

ng
wrote:
Bitterly disappointed that Occupy Brighton supporters will not have access to the space whilst the work is ongoing.

I do hope that the 2 remaining members of that highly successful protest group can find somewhere else to spend their time.

He he he
I'm sure there's a public phone box they could occupy to 'get their point across'!!!
Have they decided what their point is yet?

I don't recall that there ever was one, or if there was they failed to articulate it.
[quote][p][bold]AmboGuy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Somethingsarejustwro ng[/bold] wrote: Bitterly disappointed that Occupy Brighton supporters will not have access to the space whilst the work is ongoing. I do hope that the 2 remaining members of that highly successful protest group can find somewhere else to spend their time. He he he[/p][/quote]I'm sure there's a public phone box they could occupy to 'get their point across'!!![/p][/quote]Have they decided what their point is yet? I don't recall that there ever was one, or if there was they failed to articulate it. Somethingsarejustwrong
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7:34am Mon 8 Oct 12

southwicker2 says...

If you ask me the quality of reporting at the Argus is going downhill quicker than the Titanic - how is it possible that a so called ' Professional Title ' has such a glaring and obvious grammatical error in THE HEADLINE - it beggars belief...and I just love the Train Fare increase story which uses the word 'JOY' in reference to a price increase that will still cost most commuters literally hundreds of pounds - Argus Reporters, I suggest you go back to school.
If you ask me the quality of reporting at the Argus is going downhill quicker than the Titanic - how is it possible that a so called ' Professional Title ' has such a glaring and obvious grammatical error in THE HEADLINE - it beggars belief...and I just love the Train Fare increase story which uses the word 'JOY' in reference to a price increase that will still cost most commuters literally hundreds of pounds - Argus Reporters, I suggest you go back to school. southwicker2
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8:11am Mon 8 Oct 12

F in L says...

southwicker2 wrote:
If you ask me the quality of reporting at the Argus is going downhill quicker than the Titanic - how is it possible that a so called ' Professional Title ' has such a glaring and obvious grammatical error in THE HEADLINE - it beggars belief...and I just love the Train Fare increase story which uses the word 'JOY' in reference to a price increase that will still cost most commuters literally hundreds of pounds - Argus Reporters, I suggest you go back to school.
I could not agree with you more. The already atrocious standard of the last couple of years has unbelievably fallen still further the year. Twitter feeds, un edited press release, adverts masquerading as news and the diabolical spelling and grammatical errors. Truly excremental journalism.
[quote][p][bold]southwicker2[/bold] wrote: If you ask me the quality of reporting at the Argus is going downhill quicker than the Titanic - how is it possible that a so called ' Professional Title ' has such a glaring and obvious grammatical error in THE HEADLINE - it beggars belief...and I just love the Train Fare increase story which uses the word 'JOY' in reference to a price increase that will still cost most commuters literally hundreds of pounds - Argus Reporters, I suggest you go back to school.[/p][/quote]I could not agree with you more. The already atrocious standard of the last couple of years has unbelievably fallen still further the year. Twitter feeds, un edited press release, adverts masquerading as news and the diabolical spelling and grammatical errors. Truly excremental journalism. F in L
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9:00am Mon 8 Oct 12

BURIRAM says...

I wonder how long it will take for stanmer park to recover from te shakedown festival and the cost to return the park to its former state.
I wonder how long it will take for stanmer park to recover from te shakedown festival and the cost to return the park to its former state. BURIRAM
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9:30am Mon 8 Oct 12

BiggerH says...

can't they just keep The Level closed forever?

Couple of million quid is not going to polish this turd
can't they just keep The Level closed forever? Couple of million quid is not going to polish this turd BiggerH
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9:35am Mon 8 Oct 12

Joshiman says...

It will still be used by the druggies and wineos and maybe the odd protestor in a tent.Raining ,so off to Mummy and Daddies for the majority of them until it gets warmer.
It will still be used by the druggies and wineos and maybe the odd protestor in a tent.Raining ,so off to Mummy and Daddies for the majority of them until it gets warmer. Joshiman
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1:42pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Fairfax Sakes says...

I once saw a young chap on the level wearing a scooby doo hat, drinking directly from a straw a bottle of alcoholic cider. He looked like he needed a ruddy good wash, and a shave into the bargain.
I once saw a young chap on the level wearing a scooby doo hat, drinking directly from a straw a bottle of alcoholic cider. He looked like he needed a ruddy good wash, and a shave into the bargain. Fairfax Sakes
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2:49pm Mon 8 Oct 12

AngelicaDemon says...

The naysayers strike again! What kind of an attitude is that to say it will still be used by druggies and winos. What if everybody decided to just leave places that were neglected to deteriorate further rather than regenerating it to attract people to it who will show it the love and care it deserves? The druggies and winos will move on; as decent, tax-paying people who want the park to be safe and relaxing for their families to enjoy start to actually stand up their right to do so by badgering the police into doing something. I think it's a great idea and will hopefully complement the Mary Portas/London Road regeneration project as well.

I do however, second the comments about the terrible quality of writing in this article in particular. "will be carried out by Surrey-based The Gavin Jones Group, which has done projects for the Royal Opera House,..." Done projects? Not even a journalism student worth their salt would make that kind of mistake. Tsk.
The naysayers strike again! What kind of an attitude is that to say it will still be used by druggies and winos. What if everybody decided to just leave places that were neglected to deteriorate further rather than regenerating it to attract people to it who will show it the love and care it deserves? The druggies and winos will move on; as decent, tax-paying people who want the park to be safe and relaxing for their families to enjoy start to actually stand up their right to do so by badgering the police into doing something. I think it's a great idea and will hopefully complement the Mary Portas/London Road regeneration project as well. I do however, second the comments about the terrible quality of writing in this article in particular. "will be carried out by Surrey-based The Gavin Jones Group, which has done projects for the Royal Opera House,..." Done projects? Not even a journalism student worth their salt would make that kind of mistake. Tsk. AngelicaDemon
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4:47pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

The 'which has done projects' (rather than 'who have done projects') construct is a new Americanism whereby an entity that we view as a plural such as sports team ('Chelsea have the ball on the edge of their penalty area') in America is viewed as a neutral singular ('Pittsburgh has the ball on its thirty yard line').
The 'which has done projects' (rather than 'who have done projects') construct is a new Americanism whereby an entity that we view as a plural such as sports team ('Chelsea have the ball on the edge of their penalty area') in America is viewed as a neutral singular ('Pittsburgh has the ball on its thirty yard line'). Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
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4:49pm Mon 8 Oct 12

Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit says...

Anyway talking of sport, I hope the all-weather football pitch will survive. (That's the triangular bit of hard-standing in the north-west corner). Shall really miss that if it goes. :(
Anyway talking of sport, I hope the all-weather football pitch will survive. (That's the triangular bit of hard-standing in the north-west corner). Shall really miss that if it goes. :( Jimmy Stewart's Imaginary Rabbit
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7:42pm Mon 8 Oct 12

The Heretic says...

8.5 Hectares ? Am I the only one thinking you could bury a thumping great car park under that and, access points aside, no-one would see a thing at ground level.
8.5 Hectares ? Am I the only one thinking you could bury a thumping great car park under that and, access points aside, no-one would see a thing at ground level. The Heretic
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8:12pm Mon 8 Oct 12

hubby says...

Where will the winos and junkies go to defacate now?
St peters Church?
Where will the winos and junkies go to defacate now? St peters Church? hubby
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