A Liberal Democrat candidate has criticised some of the proposals put forward as part of the Valley Gardens project in the heart of Brighton.
Rob Heale, who is standing for a seat on Brighton and Hove City Council, said that some of the ideas were crazy and would cause unnecessary noise, disruption and environmental damage.
Mr Heale, who is standing in St Peter’s and North Laine, said that he was also concerned about the potential damage to Brighton’s heritage within the Valley Gardens Conservation Area.
He said: “I am by no means an expert gardener but I do know enough from general knowledge that some of the designs for this project are flawed.
“I am pleased that we have gained funding as a city but the details of the scheme need to be considered properly by the council and local people, which may require some further consultation.
“This is an important gateway into the city and it would be a mistake to cause unnecessary disruption to traffic and to local residents for a scheme that is mistaken in many ways.
“The likely diversions are probably going to cause difficulties in neighbouring streets for years ahead.
“Some aspects are also controversial because they may damage our heritage, such as the fountain, and may not enable a mixture of uses within the Grand Parade area.
“They seem to be proposing far too many extra trees within the spaces available which will probably cause problems into the future. There also seems to be too much concreting proposed.
“For some people these areas within Valley Gardens are a place for relaxing, for eating sandwiches or even kicking a ball around. For others, especially at the War Memorial area, it is a place of remembrance.”
He added: “We need to think again about the details of the Valley Gardens scheme and ensure that it is an area that we can all be proud of.
“The computer-generated pictures of parts of the design can give a misleading impression of what may happen so we need to examine the plans in more detail.
“Thankfully, these proposals will not be considered by the council until June so people will be able to express their views at the ballot box.”
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