Town planning post-graduate students from the University of Brighton have produced a ‘master plan’ for the Hollingdean neighbourhood after Green ward councillors invited them to research residents’ views on how to spruce up the area’s streetscape and amenities.
Christina Summers and Sven Rufus approached Dr. Samer Bagaeen, Principal Lecturer in Town Planning at the University of Brighton, to see if his students could apply their training in public realm design and help survey residents on how they would like to see the Hollingdean neighbourhood improved.
Although the city council currently has no new funds to support regeneration efforts in the area, Christina believes residents should have an opportunity to have their say now on what they would like to see happen to improve their neighbourhood.
Christina said, “As a councillor, I need to be aware of residents’ needs but also their future aspirations.
“So I wanted to capture the many views and ideas from local people about how to improve Hollingdean’s streetscape in a more formal way, in preparation for when regeneration funds may become available.
“I contacted Dr. Samer Bagaeen, with whom I had worked some years previously on a vision for London Road, and he agreed that Hollingdean would be a great project for his Masters students.
“My ward city councillor colleague Sven Rufus and I then drew up a brief with the help of Senior Planning Officer, Alan Buck.
“Then, over a few months, the students got to work. They talked to residents, businesses and community groups and assessed the history and potential for urban improvements.
“The result is a detailed mapping of the area, of residents’ ideas (from pedestrianising The Dip to improving access to Moulsecoomb train station) and options for future regeneration.
“But it doesn’t stop here: this is an ongoing ‘live’ project that I am determined will not remain an academic document but will bear fruit over time.
“I am so very grateful to all the students who have worked diligently and imaginatively to start the ball rolling.”
Christina and Sven will be introducing the work to community groups that meet at the community centre in Thompson Road and are planning workshops in the coming months.
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