“Brighton deserved punishment for abusing its glory to become a downmarket Marbella. Even conference delegates noticed the awfulness of its conference centre, the collapsed West Pier and the dreadful marina”
In an editorial in Friday's Guardian newspaper about the location of party political conferences, influential columnist Simon Jenkins notes the “abandonment of Brighton by both the Labour Party and the Tories” (not strictly true since Labour are coming back to Brighton in 2008 and 2009) and lists the above as being typical of “dejected seaside resorts”.
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His comments are both difficult to dispute and also very timely since all three eyesores are in the throes of being transformed into facilities fit for the 21st Century.
The Brunswick development at the Marina, which includes iconic architecture by Wlikinson Eyre (see earlier stories in knowledgebase) coupled with Explore Living’s emerging plans (see earlier stories in knowledgebase) should transform the Marina into a vibrant and thriving destination.
The Brighton Eye, which will almost certainly receive planning consent this week, may not resurrect the pier itself but it will certainly tidy up the rotting carcass off the shore and possibly offer an attraction that in many ways is superior to the pier itself.
Outline plans to build a new Brighton Centre and extend Churchill Square shopping centre at the same time are at an advanced stage of negotiation between Brighton & Hove Council and Standard Life Investments (owners of Churchill Square and Kingswest)
The granting of landlord’s consent for the revised King Alfred development which will allow developers Karis/ING to proceed to a planning application make it all the more likely that all the above will actually happen rather than just be pipe dreams
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