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Most evenings are busy with a variety of activities but two local  residents, Anna Burtt and Bob Sells, spotted some gaps in the daytime schedules and have filled them with activities in which they are interested and want people to join them. (more…)

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Brighton Royal Pavilion
Restoration of the Saloon
Picture by Jim Holden

Decorated for King George IV in 1823, the Saloon at the Royal Pavilion, an ornate centrepiece of Brighton’s famous royal palace by the sea, has been returned to the dazzling splendour of its original interior design at a cost of £390,000. It is the culmination of ongoing conservation work taking place since 2004. In 2002, glimpses of the designer Jones’s silvered leaves scheme were revealed on the ceiling of the saloon during work to address a water leak. The reinstatement of this design in the recess opened up the possibility of a complete and faithful restoration of the Saloon to its original appearance in 1823, as recorded in a water colour by AC Pugin for John Nash’s book, ‘Views of the Pavilion’. (more…)

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Fingers burnt in Surrey Street

The developer who has replaced all the timber sash windows to the front of 43 Surrey Street with plastic (see June/July issue of The Whistler ) has learned a very expensive lesson. He failed to apply for planning permission in the first instance, but then when Council officers caught up with him, his retrospective application was refused as the loss of timber sash windows was considered unacceptable in a Conservation Area. (more…)

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Justin Simpson, a familiar face around West Hill in general and the Duke of Wellington in particular, lived in Buckingham Road and has been going back and forth between the UK and Australia for donkey’s years as he’s a dual passport holder. He left Brighton recently for Sydney but fears Brexit might finally end his love affair with the Poms! We may or may not see him back again on these shores, but, in the meantime, he has sent us this observation of life in Sydney vs Brighton.

Sydney Street Art

Sydney is totally different to Brighthelmstone – or is it? (more…)

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On Saturday 7 July a number of volunteers answered Mo Parker and councillor Lizzie Deane’s call in the last edition of The Whistler to help reclaim Clifton Street Passage from the taggers and graffiti vandals. Not all the volunteers live in the Terminus area but all live in West Hill and are keen to show that positive action can be taken in the face of vandals and the lack of action by the Council, which no longer paints over graffiti on private property. (more…)

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i360 Flops and Councillors Flap

With cries of “We told you so!” ringing in their ears, Green and Tory councillors have searched for ways to divert attention away from their foolish decision in 2016 to lend over £36 million of public money to a company which is now unable to make its loan repayments in full as a result of visitor numbers already being some six hundred thousand down on those predicted a few years ago by so-called expert consultants. The councillors’ absurd proposal now is to spend a further £50k on more ‘expert’ advice on how to manage the project more effectively. (more…)

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The Council is developing new guidance – the Urban Design Framework – to help shape buildings and spaces around the city. The aim is to make them easier to use and more attractive to people. (more…)

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