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News - 31 October 2005
Free Runners on a parkour installation

City cries foul over Lottery mix-up

The Arts Commission and the City Council are to complain about a mix-up which could deny the city £50,000 of Lottery funding for a free-running (Parkour) playgound on the seafront.

 The city had bid to the Big Lottery Fund’s new scheme, The People’s Lottery, to build a free-running course on the old seafront paddling pool. Free running or parkour has been made popular by the TV adverts for a popular deodorant. The bid is to appear on a televised show today (Oct 31), where it will compete with a scheme in Kent for £50,000. Viewers will vote for their favourite plan a regional poll.

However organisers have discovered Brighton & Hove residents will not see a film about the bid in the special broadcast because it is being shown in the wrong TV region. It will be screened on Meridian South East instead of Meridian South, which the city receives. On the night, Brighton & Hove viewers will instead see films about competing schemes in Pulborough and Southampton. Meanwhile the city’s bid will be aired as far away as Ramsgate.

The People’s Millions is a National Lottery giveaway decided by viewers’ votes on ITV regional programmes nationwide next week. Councillor Gill Mitchell said: “It’s a terrible mess and such a shame for the young people involved. Nobody in the city will see the film explaining the Brighton & Hove bid. So our chances of getting any votes from the TV show are pretty slim, handing the prize to Kent on a plate.

All we can do is urge people to ring the number anyway.” The numbers are:-

Text MERIDIANNEWS A to 63330 Phone 0845 6051101 (calls charged at local rate)

Lines are open all day and close at midnight tonight. 

 Alister O’Louglin, who came up with the original idea added: “It’s a tremendous bid which will provide facilities for healthy activity for young people and regenerate a run-down part of the seafront.”

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