Conservative Group Leader on Brighton & Hove City Council, Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald, has expressed his disappointment at the continued lack of progress over the development of a new leisure centre at the King Alfred site in Hove.
At yesterday’s Policy & Resources Committee meeting, Cllr. Theobald asked the Leader of the Council, Jason Kitcat, why, almost a year since the decision to go ahead with a redevelopment of the site was made, no progress has been made in choosing a developer. In response, Cllr. Kitcat was only able to give a vague commitment about hoping to start the tendering process to choose a developer ‘later in the Summer’.
Cllr. Theobald said: “I pressed Cllr. Kitcat to give a precise timescale for when a developer is to be appointed but he just fudged it. I simply cannot understand what the hold up is as we have numerous potential developers, with well worked up plans, keen to get cracking. I’m afraid that this just adds to the unfortunate reputation that the city already has of not being business-friendly.”
Central Hove Ward Councillor, Andrew Wealls, who sits on the Council’s King Alfred Project Board, added: “This is incredibly frustrating for the residents in my ward, and across the city, who so desperately want a decent new leisure centre to go to. The Project Board has not met for months now and my efforts to get updates and to push things along are just ignored. This is also a prime brownfield site that could deliver some desperately needed new homes for local people, in addition to the leisure centre. There really is no excuse for further delay.”