We are making steady progress across dozens of projects that will benefit those who live, work and visit our city, and announcements on the next stages of several are imminent.
Work is well underway at the Shelter Hall/A259 project at the bottom of West Street, and work on Circus Street has recommenced. The marketing of Kings House has ended in the past week and we will proceed with a swift sale to one of the many prospective buyers who have placed bids.
In two weeks we will launch the crowdfunding campaign for the restoration of the Madeira Terraces, delayed because of the election, at the same time as we submit a bid for Lottery funding. The planning application for the extensive Preston Barracks will go in front of the committee this summer, and if approved work is likely start by the New Year after decades of delay.
Valley Gardens comes back to committee in July, and work is well underway on the new Hanningtons Lane off North Street. Discussions with Crest Nicholson on the new King Alfred continue next week. Meanwhile the new swimming pool and zip wire on Madeira Drive are on their way, as is the major work on Volks Railway.
Next month there will be progress on delivering 1,000 truly affordable homes, on offer at 60 per cent of market rates, across the first three sites. At least half of our 500 new council homes are now finished, nearing completion or in the planning stages.
By the end of July there will be significant news on the Waterfront Project, including the extension of Churchill Square to the seafront and the building of a new 10,000 seat arena at Black Rock. This is a half a billion pound project that will take a decade to complete but which will secure the city’s economic future. Overall there is well over two and a half billion pounds of investment coming in to Brighton and Hove, aimed at delivering the jobs, homes and infrastructure the city needs. With dozens of projects in the pipeline, limited council resources, a difficult national economic situation, and opposition parties always ready to frustrate and delay progress, there are bound to be some hold-ups. Overall though we are building a better Brighton and Hove with the needs of local residents and businesses in mind.
Warren Morgan is the Labour leader of Brighton and Hove City Council.