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City Council celebrates opening of Phases 1 & 2 of Valley Gardens

Graham Robson September 19, 2020

Brighton & Hove City Council (BHCC) is celebrating the opening of Phases 1 & 2 of the Valley Gardens Project with some spectacular footage of the city’s newest open space…

The images show the full extent of the £11 million project, which has taken two years to complete and saw contractors and council officers working throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

The first two phases of Valley Gardens have seen improvements to open spaces and transport corridors between St Peter’s Church and Old Steine, including new cycle lanes, priority lanes for public transport and landscaped spaces.

The latest stage of consultation on phase three of the project has just ended and will be considered by the BHCC’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee later this year. Work on phase three, from the Old Steine to the Palace Pier, is due to begin in 2021.

Valley Gardens Working Group (L>R): Cllr Steve Davis, Cllr Gary Wilkinson and Project Manager Tracy Beverley.

Cllr Steve Davis, Chair of the Valley Gardens Working Group, said: ‘It’s great to see the first two phases of this project complete and people already enjoying the new look open spaces. I’d like to thank everyone who has played a part in turning the vision into reality and look forward to the final part of this wonderful open space coming to fruition.
‘We’ve already had a lot of positive feedback about the area and it’s a place I am sure residents will enjoy for years to come. Valley Gardens is an important gateway to the city and one of the first areas people see when they arrive  
‘The new cycle lanes and improved transport access will mean easier, safer and sustainable travel at the heart of our city and be a relaxing destination.’

The project has cost approximately £11 million of which £8 million was made available for these two phases by the government through the Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership. The remaining funding came from developer contributions and BHCC’s own Local Transport Plan budget.

Cllr Gary Wilkinson, Opposition spokesperson, said: ‘This is such a positive project for our city and to already see people using the new open spaces has been fantastic.
‘The transformation of Valley Gardens has taken time and a lot of hard work, but the end result has made it all worthwhile and is something the city can be extremely proud of.’

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