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News - 16 April 2005

Cash boost for Brighton’s historic landmarks

Many of Brighton & Hove’s historic landmarks could receive essential maintenance if councillors agree £500,000 funding. The Royal Pavilion, the Madeira Lift, Jaipur’s gate and Brighton Town Hall are just some of the sites to benefit.

The listed Madeira Lift on Brighton seafront could get a new weather vane. The previous one, depicting a dolphin, was stolen several years ago. If £3000 funding is approved, a coppersmith will be found to create a replacement.

Some £20,000 would be used to restore Hove’s Jaipur gate. The ornate teak structure was carved in India for the Indian and Colonial Exhibition in London in 1886. Rotting timbers would be replaced before the monument is returned to the grounds of Hove Museum.

The floor of a spare room in the Royal Pavilion would be strengthened – enabling it to house new exhibition cases and stage events.

A further £250,000 would be spent on improvements to disabled access at 15 council buildings. And at Brighton Town Hall better public facilities would be created in the reception area as well as new interview rooms in the registrar’s section.


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