What will happen to the Pavilion Gardens?

Photo:There have been many letters and articles in The Argus about this topic, including more than 60 online comments. Shown above is Ninka Willcock being interviewed by Argus reporter Tim Ridgeway

There have been many letters and articles in The Argus about this topic, including more than 60 online comments. Shown above is Ninka Willcock being interviewed by Argus reporter Tim Ridgeway

Challenges to be addressed in the Masterplan

By Peter Crowhurst, NLCA Chair

Concerns have been expressed about the future of the Pavilion Gardens and the Pavilion Gardens Café as a result of a decision by Brighton Dome/Brighton Festival to work together with the Royal Pavilion &  Museums Service to produce a Masterplan for the Royal Pavilion Estate (RPE). 

Feasibility study

So far there has been a feasibility study to identify the challenges to be addressed by any Masterplan. These challenges include:

  • Recreating the RPE as a world class heritage site
  • Revitalisation of the Royal Pavilion Garden
  • Providing an impressive arrival/orientation to the RPE
  • Linking the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery and Brighton Dome to provide a seamless daytime experience for visitors
  • Identifying how to design out anti-social behaviour from the gardens
  • Providing a one stop shop within the welcome area
  • Providing a new café to take advantage of the changed landscape in New Road.

Application to Heritage Lottery Fund

The next stage in the production of a Masterplan is for the RPE to apply to the Heritage Lottery Fund for money to work up designs. This application was made in November. If successful, the RPE will begin to work on detailed designs to improve the Pavilion Estate.

Not much community involvement

So far there has been very little public or community involvement in this process. I would hope that if funding is realised, then stakeholder groups will be formed to feed into the process of producing designs to achieve the objectives outlined above. I would also hope that the North Laine community and the wider community have an input into this process. There need to be alternative plans put before the general public for their comments and not just a fait accompli.

The Pavilion Gardens Cafe

'The Pavilion Garden Café, located within the estate garden, is part of the history of the estate. There are no plans to lose the Pavilion Garden Café as a service and we want it to stay. The current operators are part of the ongoing consultation; we actively want their input and for them to be closely involved in how we ensure the heritage of the café remains part of the future, as we look to achieve what is best for everyone. '

How to keep up to date

To keep up to date with what is happening at the Royal Pavilion Estate, look at the Pavilion Gardens Café website (http://www.paviliongardenscafe.co.uk) or the Facebook page for Friends of the Pavilion Gardens Café; and also the Dome's website http://brightondome.org/about/royal_pavilion_estate_news_and_developments/


[Previously published in the North Laine Runner, No 225, November/December 2013]

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