Thursday, 14 March 2019

New Planning Policy newsletter

BHCC planners have published the first of a regular series of newsletters dealing with planning issues around the city. 

Click here to read and follow links.

Thursday, 7 March 2019

The Mary Clarke Statue Appeal.

The Mary Clarke Statue Appeal now has its own facebook page. See:

From 1909 until 1910, Mary Jane Clarke was an Organiser for the Women's Social and Political Union - the Suffragettes.

A talented decorative artist, she had escaped an abusive marriage and was physically frail. However, she was no less brave and committed to the suffrage cause than her famous sister, Emmeline Pankhurst, and her nieces, Christabel and Sylvia, who she had cared for in childhood.

Mary spoke at many meetings, and was imprisoned three times. On 18th November 1910 she attended the ‘Black Friday’ events where, over a period of six hours, 300 women outside Parliament were brutally beaten and sexually assaulted.

Shortly thereafter she was arrested for breaking a window and imprisoned for a month. She went on hunger strike and was forcibly fed. After release from prison she travelled to Minnie Turner's boarding house in Brighton to a welcome meeting, then returned to London to spend Christmas with her family.

On Christmas Day 1910, two days after her release from prison, she collapsed and died from a brain haemorrhage, almost certainly as a result of police violence and forcible feeding in prison.

Mary’s death never received the publicity of Emily Wilding Davison’s death in 1913, nonetheless her obituary rightly called her “the first woman martyr who has gone to death for this cause.”

It is hoped to site the statue in or near the Pavilion Estate which has strong links with the suffrage movement.

There is no memorial to Mary anywhere in the country.

Please consider supporting the appeal.

  • Cheques payable to "Mary Clarke Statue Appeal" should be posted c/o Our Daughters, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XJ.
  • To donate via BACS email:

Saturday, 2 February 2019

Saturday, 12 January 2019

A new Marina promenade.

 Site of new development looking west.

The Marina Outer Harbour development came to a standstill after the completion of phase 1 in 2016 which saw the erection of the Orion & Sirius apartment blocks at the West Quay. Since then the project has  been acquired by investment managers ICG Longbow who have enlisted architects Squire & Partners to produce new plans for phases 2 & 3. Squire & Partners have an impressive portfolio of modern developments in their portfolio including Chelsea Barracks.

Whereas the earlier plans envisaged 4 discrete apartment blocks on platforms projecting out over the spending beach the latest plans have drawn some inspiration from the city's seafront squares and crescents.

Impression of new scheme looking west.
Pink areas indicate retail facilities

For the public at large the new scheme has the advantage of providing near level access from Madeira Drive via the western breakwater, several new public squares, and great permeability throughout the site, not the least including a new 250m long promenade with views directly out to sea through the harbour arms. 

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

New bid for Pavilion Gardens conservation.


BHCC are preparing to resubmit an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to develop plans for the improvement and conservation of the Royal Pavilion Garden and get it removed from the Heritage at Risk Register.

Last year, following a consultation launched which attracted more than 1,300 responses, a bid was submitted for £194,000 to develop conservation plans ready for a funding bid for £3.3 million. Unfortunately, the bid was unsuccessful.

However, the Heritage Lottery Fund encouraged the council to re-submit, highlighting work that should be undertaken in the meantime.  This includes:

  • Carrying out an access audit
  • Developing designs of what a new boundary and improved entrances might look like
  • Providing evidence of how multi agency working will tackle anti-social behaviour
  • Providing more details of an activity programme, interpretation strategy and volunteer roles and skills.

The estimated cost of this work is £25,000 which would be met from the Royal Pavilion and Museums core budgets.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Hanningtons Lane progress

From Meeting House Lane

From Brighton Place.

Hanningtons Lane viewed from each end is only now beginning to emerge from the scaffolding although completion was originally expected mid-2018.