ImageMatt Taylor the Prospective Member of Parliament (PMP) for Brighton Kemptown has welcomed the news that Brighton & Hove Albion football club have taken a step closer in building a hotel, student accommodation and a new home for community organisation The Bridge, on the land outside Brighton Aldridge Community Academy in Moulsecoomb.

The Green administration under the leadership of Jason Kitcat, have entered into negotiations with the club with a view to developing the land, used currently as a car-park.

It is proposed that the development will include a 5-star hotel serving the stadium, much-needed student accommodation for the city and a permanent new home for community organisation The Bridge.

The proposal has received cross-party support.

Matt Taylor said :

“This is great news for Brighton and Moulsecoomb. I always anticipated development of some kind as a result of the new stadium, and couldn’t be happier that a new hotel will bring much needed jobs to Moulsecoomb.

It is also great news that The Bridge will survive. As a dedicated user of The Bridge facilities, I am over the moon that The Bridge will be getting a new permanent home.

The cherry on the cake will be for Martin Perry and Tony Bloom, to go that one step further and hand over £100,000 which The Bevy needs to open their community pub/hub. With millions coming down the pipeline, its makes sense to build more than a pub, in which all walks of life from residents, students and football fans to use. Moulsecoomb needs a new pub to go alongside a new hotel, new student accommodation, a new Bridge, a new Keep and all within walking distance of Brighton’s fantastic new Amex Stadium.”

But on one condition.

It is worthy of note that any firm proposal would need council agreement, and would also need to gain planning permission. The land on which the hotel would be built is on the border between Brighton & Hove City Council and Lewes District Council, meaning planning permission must be given by both authorities. The issue will return to Policy & Resources Committee when initial agreement has been reached with the club.

Fingers crossed nothing stands in the way of this exciting and much needed development to Brighton.

DID YOU KNOW?

ImageImageIf Crystal Palace FC never existed, Brighton & Hove Albion would be nicknamed the ‘Dolphins’.

This priceless historical fact has all but been forgotten but Brighton has Crystal Palace to thank for being called the Seagulls

Not too far back during the 1974/75 season, Crystal Palace supporters revved up their chanting with ‘Eagles, Eagles’, to which a group of Brighton & Hove Albion fans responded with a chant of ‘Seagulls, Seagulls’.

It stuck ever since. If they hadn’t Brighton & Hove Albion fans would be chanting “Dolphins, Dolphins.”

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