‘Oasis’ to be created off London Road

Posted On 13 Aug 2014 at 1:58 pm
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Work will start next Monday on permanent improvements to the public space in front of St Bartholomew’s Church in Brighton.

An artist's impression of how the Providence Place park will work

An artist’s impression of how the Providence Place park will work

A package of measures being carried out by Brighton & Hove City Council will include opening up Providence Place Gardens for people to sit and relax, a new street frontage along Providence Place, and the creation of a ’pocket square’ at the bottom of Ann Street with public seating.

The aim is to create an oasis for people living, working and visiting the area, which is an important pedestrian route between Brighton Station and London Road. The move follows extensive consultation with the local community and a two week experiment carried out in 2012 when temporary changes were made to the area to encourage more people to use it.

Councillor Lizzie Deane, deputy chair of the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “We had a fantastic response to the two week trial in October 2012 and we are delighted that, with the input and ideas of the local community, work is about to start on permanent improvements.

“It’s an under-used part of the city which many people don’t know about and enhancing it will help bring people in, and contribute to the economic growth of London Road.”

She added: “Improving the area in front of St Bartholomew’s Church is part of the wider regeneration of the London Road area which includes the newly restored Open Market, The Level, the redevelopment of the former Co-Op department store, the Portas pilot in London Road and the Brighton station area developments.”

Improvement work in Ann Street and Providence Place is being carried out with funding obtained from various planning permissions in the locality, as well as European funding. It is due to be completed by December. Measures include:

  • Removing railings and creating terraced steps along the length of Providence Place Gardens – the small park in front of the
  • making the park more open and easier for people to
  • A ‘shared surface’ for pedestrians and vehicles in Ann Street and alongside the gardens in Providence Place, similar to the approach used in Brighton’s New Road
  • New seating in the gardens and along
  • New trees along Ann Street
  • Creating a ‘pocket’ square at the bottom of Ann Street
  • New lighting, including illumination of the park trees after dark
  • A restriction on HGV movements through the area, to improve safety and create a more pleasant environment, while allowing deliveries to local shops
  • Relocating parking spaces

Parts of Ann Street and Providence Place, between the crossings with Ann Street and St Peter’s Street, will be closed temporarily during the works.

The council says every effort will be made to keep disruption to a minimum while work is in progress.

  1. jri Reply

    Those living nearby with a broken lift will be over joyed at these improvements!

  2. jri Reply

    Those living nearby with a broken lift will be over joyed at these improvements!

  3. feline1 Reply

    This is outrageous! The council should be creating sustainable natural developments with native plant species, not this ridiculous tropic oasis idea. The ensuing coconut trees could cause a significant navigational hazard to swallows (African and also European), and the worst thing will be the camels! Dirty smelly animals, and the noise of their braying as they guzzle at the oasis will create havoc for residents.
    Really, the council seem to have completely lost the plot.

    As for the broken lift, he again we see the stellar talents of the Mears/GMB group. Is it any wonder that management wanted to sack them all!

  4. feline1 Reply

    This is outrageous! The council should be creating sustainable natural developments with native plant species, not this ridiculous tropic oasis idea. The ensuing coconut trees could cause a significant navigational hazard to swallows (African and also European), and the worst thing will be the camels! Dirty smelly animals, and the noise of their braying as they guzzle at the oasis will create havoc for residents.
    Really, the council seem to have completely lost the plot.

    As for the broken lift, he again we see the stellar talents of the Mears/GMB group. Is it any wonder that management wanted to sack them all!

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