Monday, 23 May 2016

18 Circus Street

18 Circus Street in May 2009
This old building with the weirdly-proportioned gambrel roof has been in a poor condition for several years and recently lost its slates. It is situated directly opposite the Circus Street development site.

Inevitably perhaps the end may now be approaching. Planning application BH2016/01641 proposes its demolition and replacement with a three-storey building comprising 3, one bedroom flats. 

It is good to see that local Yelo Architects Ltd. have preserved some of the quirkiness of the roof shape.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Brighton's brilliant beaches

Brighton Central beach
The city’s beaches have been classified as ‘excellent’ by the Environment Agency, with two of them winning Blue Flags from Keep Britain Tidy.

All four beaches tested by the Environment Agency – Hove, Brighton Central, Brighton Kemptown and Saltdean – passed with flying colours. The results are based on the past four years (2012-2015) water quality test results.

Blue flags were awarded for the city’s two main resort beaches of Hove and Brighton central. They are used to highlight coastal destinations that have achieved the highest quality in water, facilities, safety, environmental education and management.

Saltdean beach has been recognised with a Quality Coast Award for achieving the highest standards of beach management.

Seasonal lifeguards support the regular seafront team and will be patrolling beaches from the Marina to Hove Lagoon.

During an average year Brighton & Hove’s lifeguards carry out more than 100 water rescues, and save many lives. They also administer first aid to around 250 beach goers, give safety advice to around 19,000 people and reunite hundreds of children with their families, proactively working with them to prevent incidents occurring and ensure their visit to the beach is a safe and happy one.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Secret i360 test-flight

Seems to work . . . :-p

Edward Street - then & now

Two views looking east up Edward Street  from alongside the Dorset Gardens wall.

No. 30 Edward Street, on the left in the top view, started life as a Riding School c.1840 and gave its name to the lane seen alongside it running north to Carlton Hill. It was taken over by the Salvation Army in 1890 and demolished in 1965.

The only unchanging feature of the scene is the flint wall on the right which probably pre-dates the Citadel building. Our modern edifices are nowhere near so long-lived. The American Express building has the hoardings up and demolition has started after a life of less than 40 years.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

The i360 business case

The council has published information which explains the wider business case for the Brighton i360 here. They explain they are not publishing details of a commercially confidential nature because, as a major new enterprise the Brighton i360 is still in the process of negotiating with prospective suppliers and sponsors. They are concerned that publishing background pricing assumptions for new contractual relationships can prevent a fair negotiation of the most beneficial terms.

The council is currently appealing a decision of the Information Commissioner that this information be placed in the public domain. They are presumably hoping that by the time the appeal is decided the new contracts will have been decided.

The background to this is that Brighton journalist John Keenan has, for some time, been using the Freedom of Information Act chasing the Council to release all the details of the i360 business case. In his Spectator's City Metric Blog he says:

 “Following my appeal, the Information Commissioner’s Office decided that it had not been shown how disclosure of the information would prejudice the operator’s or the council’s commercial interests.
The commissioner also noted that it has not been shown that there would be an actionable claim for breach of confidence. It ordered the council to release the full report.
Now, however, the council has decided it will not accept the ICO ruling. It will instead appeal to the first-tier tribunal, spending thousands of pounds of council taxpayers’ money in the process."

Watch this space.