Mike recently wrote a letter to John Barradell, the Chief Executive of Brighton & Hove City Council, concerning welcome signs in Hove and Portslade.
Since the election in May, I have been contacted by a number of residents from both Hove and Portslade with regard to the loss of identity of their respective towns since Brighton and Hove amalgamated in 1997. You are no doubt aware that such concerns are reflected in the local press on a regular basis.
Many of the grumbles relating to the identity of Hove and Portslade stem from concerns over the loss of their respective councils. I believe that the benefits of our current administrative arrangements far outweigh any negatives but also that strengthening the individual identity of each town in turn strengthens the identity of Brighton & Hove as a whole. That is why I hope that my simple request – one that I know will be extremely popular with my constituents – is given serious consideration.
I write now to formally request the installation of prominent welcome signs at strategic points along the borders of Hove and Portslade. Suitable locations would include the seafront, Western Road, Boundary/Station Roads and the Old Shoreham Road.
I would personally be delighted to run a competition from my office to find designs for the signs from our local artists and have already identified sponsors to help with funding. I am sure that you would agree that no reason exists not to allow such an exciting project to take place within a reasonable timescale.
I look forward to hearing from you shortly and thank you very much in advance for your assistance.
MIKE WEATHERLEY MP