They would like Brighton and Hove City Council to install a crossing on a stretch of road that leads from a residential area to the Sure Start Children’s Centre and a number of local schools, including Hertford Junior School and the Cedar Centre, a school for children with complex needs.
It’s something they’ve been trying to make happen for some time. Indeed, it’s something that I’ve already raised with Brighton and Hove City Council a number of times over the last year.
It’s situated at the heart of the city centre, walking distance from the Clock Tower and the North Laine – a much sought after location. Sadly, the experience for many of those housed at Windsor Court, is not a happy one.
Since being elected it’s the building I’ve been contacted about most and I’ve visited a number of my constituents there over the past few years. Each of the rooms I’ve seen has been damp, dark, and depressing. The inner courtyard reminds me of a prison with the metal staircases and floors that run off it.
By submitting the petition it means that the future of the Hippodrome will be discussed at a forthcoming Full Council meeting. Given the community interest in the future of the building I think that it’s only right that the city's councillors have the opportunity to discuss what support the Council can offer to try and protect the building from further disrepair and bring it back into use.
The Brighton Hippodrome has long been a part of our city’s rich cultural heritage.
Earlier this year I was lucky enough to go inside and see for myself just how beautiful the original Frank Matcham interior is. It is a truly wonderful building, and I would love for it to be returned to its former glory as a theatre.
Early on, I met with the Theatre Trust, and with local members of Equity, both of whom are passionate that the Hippodrome should restored as a theatre.