Common Room – Providence Place Gardens – October 2013 – looking to the future

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From Paula Goncalves:

The ‘Common Room’ could be here to stay

Communities living, working and studying in the London Road area are being invited to give their views on proposals to make permanent improvements to Ann Street and Providence Place Gardens, next to St Bartholomew’s Church.
Consultation starts on 9 October following a successful pilot scheme to transform the area into an open air ‘Common Room’.
The Common Room was the winning design for the council’s Lively Cities competition to radically change and improve the area just off the city’s busy London Road.
To take part in the consultation, which runs until 24 November, visit or come to the public exhibition in Providence Place Gardens from 10-12 October, 10am-4pm.
Proposals include:
  • Removing existing railings and creating terraced steps along the length of Providence Place Gardens (the small park in front of the church), making the park more open and easier for people to access
  • New seating in the park and along Ann Street
  • A shared road surface for pedestrians and vehicles, similar to the approach used in Brighton’s New Road
  • Landscaping to link the church with the park
  • An open flexible space at the bottom of Ann Street, including provision for London Road shoppers to sit and relax
  • A ban on large lorries in the area
The aim is to create a space that people can enjoy and where they can spend time.
In order to open up the space for people to use, it is also proposed to move the seven on-street parking bays and three disabled bays to nearby locations that are convenient for those who need to park in that area.
The proposed scheme is one of a range of initiatives being carried out to regenerate the London Road area and is part of the Lively Cities project, which receives financial assistance from the European Union through the INTERREG IVB programme.
Kind regards,

Paula Goncalves
Senior Planning Officer
Planning Projects Team
Brighton & Hove City Council
Hove Town Hall, room 414
Norton Road, Hove
Tel: (01273) 292352

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