Brighton i360 given more time to pay loan instalments

A “significant underspend” in marketing has been blamed for the i360’s poor visitor numbers. But the promise of improvements has persuaded councillors to give the tourist attraction’s owners more time to pay back instalments of a £36.2 million loan. Experts brought in by Brighton...

Major Brighton seafront revamp edges closer as deal agreed

A landmark project to extend Churchill Square shopping centre to the seafront and move the Brighton Centre to Black Rock passed a major milestone last night (Thursday 6 December). Leading members of Brighton and Hove City Council agreed to sign a “conditional land...

Planners reject bid to build swimming pool on Brighton beach

A proposed 25-metre swimming pool on Brighton beach was refused planning permission this afternoon (Wednesday 5 December). Councillors raised concerns about the design of the buildings, the bright colour scheme and the whole project’s impact on the area’s heritage and ecology....

Profits capped as Govia keeps train franchise despite dire performance

Dire performance has led to a £15 million penalty for train operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) to go towards “tangible improvements for passengers”. But GTR, which runs Southern trains, will be allowed to keep its franchise until it expires in September 2021 despite i...
Posted On 04 Dec 2018 at 12:54 pm

Problem charity collectors risk ban if ‘peace talks’ fail in Hove

Charity collectors may be moved out of a busy shopping street in Hove if they pester people too much. Council chiefs may even use a by-law to ban them if talks fail to improve relations between the chuggers – or charity muggers – and shoppers and traders in George...

Brighton off-licence opposes rival’s bid to sell drinks

The new owner of a convenience store and former post office has applied for a licence to sell alcoholic drinks. Nihesh Vanpariya took over Blakes, in Hollingbury Place, known as The Dip, two months ago. However, Elite Albion Ltd, owners of Mulberrys, across the road, sent an...

Sea Lanes pool set to sail past planning

A wave of support for a seafront swimming pool goes before Brighton and Hove planners next week. First mooted as a 50 metre pool in 2015, the current application for Sea Lanes in Madeira Drive is for a 25 metre pool on a temporary basis for five years. When the plans were first...

King Alfred developer put on notice

The company chosen to redevelop the King Alfred Leisure Centre on Hove seafront has been put on two months’ notice. If Crest Nicholson does not sign a “development agreement” with Brighton and Hove City Council by the end of January, officials will “explore alternative options”....
Posted On 29 Nov 2018 at 2:27 pm

One-year breathing space for Brighton i360 as new boss takes charge

The Brighton i360 has been given a one-year financial breathing space as a new boss takes over at the seafront attraction. But financial specialists brought in to find a way forward have forecast a growing deficit on repayments of a £36.2 million loan brokered by Brighton and...
Posted On 28 Nov 2018 at 10:53 pm

Parking zone approved for area next to Hove Park

Neighbours are victorious after calling for parking restrictions in their area. Roads to the east of Hove Park will have a “light-touch” residents’ parking scheme after a unanimous vote by councillors last night (Tuesday 27 November). One of them – Conservative councillor Vanessa...