“ Brighton is the shadow of what it used to be ” Brighton News

With limited travel forcing people to vacation at home, it has been predicted that Brighton, as a leading seaside resort, could receive substantial income from visitors.

The question is: what does it offer these visitors? The answer must be – not much!

Dirty sidewalks are plagued by cycles, electric scooters, beggars, loud drunks and unlicensed secret traders.

If you go down to the beach, it looks like a landfill. What a difference from a generation ago, when Brighton could boast of having twenty-one cinemas, several theaters, dance halls and a music hall.

There was also the magnificent sports stadium which had a large ice rink and of course the famous Brighton Tigers. It was a facility that the local council had promised to rebuild after the building was demolished. Never another word.

Air pollution was much less due to the city having electric trolleybuses.

The eastern seafront had a children’s play area called Peter Pan’s, which was always very popular. In Black Rock, there was an Art Deco swimming pool and paddling pool, unfortunately now all gone.

This is now used for flytippers and for camping travelers, what a mess.

The well-known waterfront arches are an eyesore, rusty with rooms falling apart and now fenced. The job needs to be done now or else it will turn into another West Pier, a rusty hulk.

Bus visitors find themselves in Pool Valley, by far the worst bus station in the country.

If a visitor wants help or advice, they will have to seek out a policeman, a rare breed these days.

If visitors need a toilet, that will be another headache, where are they?

The famous old Brighton is gone and we have a shadow of what it used to be. Brighton is unfortunately a seaside resort in name only.

Visitors who bring their vehicles to Brighton will be shocked when they see parking fees, possibly the highest in the country outside of Westminster.

I have been a Brightonian for over 80 years, having grown up during WWII. I was also involved in the civil service in Brighton.

I think most of my generation would agree.

Alan dart


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This notice was published: 2021-05-10 04:50:00