Mike Weatherley, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Hove and Portslade, has called on Brighton & Hove city Council to stop delaying plans to provide Hove with a new sports centre.
After writing to Brighton & Hove City Council on 6th September to underscore his resolve to see action taken to address the dreadful state of leisure facilities in Hove, Mike has decided to make the issue his number one local priority. Mike has yet to receive a response to his letter, which he sees as representative of the council’s general lack of interest on the subject.
In his letter, Mike stated how the lack of progress on rebuilding the King Alfred was embarrassing and that the city should seize the current pro-sport mood of the country. He has called for the council’s King Alfred project group to actually have its first meeting – after it was set up over six months ago. The purpose of the committee was to see if action should be taken on getting the huge King Alfred major project off the ground, but so little action has been taken that the committee hasn’t even had its own first meeting.
Conservatives differ from all other local parties in that they want to see the site developed urgently so that residents of Brighton & Hove – and visitors to the city – can enjoy sporting facilities of the highest possible quality as soon as possible. Mike and his Conservative colleagues are open to ideas on what form a new King Alfred might take – but are adamant that the process to find the best idea must start soon. After all, at least four local entrepreneurs have come up with different ideas in recent months.
Commenting, Mike said: “For far too long the King Alfred has been left to rot, spoiling Hove’s beautiful seafront. The lack of response to my letter from Brighton & Hove City Council highlights the council’s disinterest in this project, and Hove generally. My Conservative council colleagues are the only party locally with a plan to get to work – and we are keen to hear from our fellow residents about what form this new exciting community hub might take. Please let me know.”