A dozen homes to cover graffiti site

Councillor Anne Meadows, chair of the housing and new homes committee, marks the start of work on new homes in Kensington Street
Councillor Anne Meadows, chair of the housing and new homes committee, marks the start of work on new homes in Kensington Street

Work has started on a graffiti site which will be covered to make way for 12 new council homes in the city centre.

Nine flats and three houses are set to be built in Kensington Street in Brighton’s North Laine.

Brighton and Hove City Council said the new homes will rented to people on the city’s housing register when they are completed next year. There will be one two-bedroom house, the rest will be one-bedroom, including a wheelchair accessible flat.

Councillor Anne Meadows, chair of the council’s housing and new homes committee, said: “It’s great to see work getting underway on more new homes for rent. Developments like this one in Kensington Street are making the best possible use of small sites to provide more housing.

“The construction site is in the heart of the community and we are working with local residents to keep them informed and minimise any disruption.”

The homes are being built on three small pockets of council-owned land previously used for parking.

The sites have been popular with street artists and photographs of graffiti on neighbouring walls will be on display at Jubilee Library in Brighton from March 19 for a week. The photographs will then be moved to The Keep archives and historical resources centre to provide a permanent record.