24 March 2015…..On Thursday last, March 19th, Policy & Resources met at Hove Town Hall for the last time before all its future council meetings move to either Portslade Town Hall in Victoria Road or to Brighton Town Hall and the last before the May elections.
The epetition which we raised on the Brighton & Hove City Council website closed at midnight of the day before with 211 signatures on it. Signatories included the notable local historian Judy Middleton, who uploaded an expanded revision of her history of Medina House to her website the day before we were to present our petition and ensured we knew of it. Also signing were developer Nigel Murphy, Peter Marrocco, whose ice creams next door to Medina House are famous. Even in winter a queue forms down the pavement for them! Conservationists from the Montpelier & Clifton Hill Association and Regency Society also signed.
A busy winter did not allow for heavy promotion of the epetition or the paper version. We only went out for paper petition signatures for a couple of hours on two days at either end of the petition period (when the sun shone and sunny warmth brought enough walking along the Esplanade in front of Medina House).
Paper, plus epetition, signatures presented to Policy & Resources totalled 444.
The petition was presented by Valerie Paynter and Ruth Rose. Frank le Duc very kindly put the speech, the petition text and full Council response into his report for Brighton & Hove News – verbatim. So no need to bang on any further about it here. The report here is riddled with links to use if you wish to have the nitty gritty and stay with this.
Suffice to say, we got a very interesting response (see link to B & H News report above to read it in full). It led Ruth to dig out the Government’s draft Compulsory Purchase Order revisions Cllr Kitcat had referred to. Please have a look at this live CPO consultation which, according to the response he gave, gives hope that Compulsory Purchase of Medina House will become more possible than legislation allows at present.