Artist’s impressions of the fountains which are set to be a replacement for the at-threat Mazda Fountain have been released.
The drawings are included in a new planning application submitted by Brighton and Hove City Council giving details of the landscaping of the Valley Gardens revamp.
The scheme, which has been given £8m of government funding, will see traffic re-routed from St Peter’s to the seafront – with a subsequent currently unfunded phase also replacing the Aquarium roundabout.
Work is due to begin this summer, but in the meantime, more than 1,000 people signed a petition calling on the council to save the Mazda fountain, which is due to be removed as part of the works.
Sarah Booker-Lewis, who started the petition, said: “It is laughable the council says the Mazda Fountain has no intrinsic link to Brighton and then seeks to replace it with something similar to The Level fountains. Even less of a link to the city.
“The planting looks adequate but I wonder if it will decline as no money has been put aside.
“It looks as though the concrete pot opposite the fountain is also going.
“Such a shame to see Brighton’s heritage lost in pursuit of the shiny and new.”
The planning document describes the new fountains thus: “The St Peter’s fountain (chlorinated) forms the start of a sequence of water features through the Gardens.
“This feature would be computer-animated providing a sense of spectacle and delight, temporal in nature, and also enabling other uses in the square when off.”
The scheme has been opposed by Brighton and Hove’s Labour group over concerns it will impact on the city’s overall transport budget.
But following the acceptance of the goverment funding, it looks set to go ahead whatever the result of next month’s elections.
(hat tip – the wonderful Brighton Bits blog)
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