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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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The Victorian Madeira Terraces in Kemp Town have become unsafe and all 151 of them have been closed off. The estimated cost of restoration is £24m.

A group of Kemp Town residents formed a group on Facebook, Save Madeira Terraces Raffle Group, to start fundraising to restore them. The first raffle raised £16,700 which, together with the crowd-funding, raised nearly half a million pounds. Another Raffle was held on 30 June and the Council applied, unsuccessfully, to the Heritage Lottery Fund for help. (more…)

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Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, a non-profit organisation helping people learn how to cook, eat a healthy diet, grow their own food and waste less food, recently opened its brand new accessible and purpose-built Community Kitchen in Community Base on Queens Road. (more…)

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Surrey Street

Whilst the loss of a retail unit at No.23 might be regretted in a location so near to Brighton station, the proposal to convert this redundant shop to a studio flat is to be welcomed because it would greatly improve the appearance of this part of the West Hill conservation area. According to the Council’s West Hill character statement, Surrey Street was laid out (as a thoroughfare) between 1836 and 1841. The two storey houses on each side of the street are unlisted but probably date from the 1840s, and with their bow fronts and roofs hidden behind parapets and accentuated by moulded cornices, they give the terraces a strong architectural character. (more…)

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The Madeira Terraces in Kemp Town were built in 1890 as a tourist attraction by Brighton Borough Council.  Sadly, 130 years later they have become unsafe and have been closed off.  During an annual inspection big cracks were noticed in the Terraces. A survey was later carried out, which revealed that the cracks were due to the structure being built without expansion joints, and also that the girders that make up the walkway were all corroded. The estimated cost of restoration was £24m. (more…)

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