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  1. Brighton Area

    £160k for waterlogged timber on a patch of mud: http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/9118996.High_priced_tale_of_Shoreham_riverbank/
  2. Brighton Area

    "for free"? How does that work then? Surely businesses simply come to an arrangement with the owner or managing agents of empty premises? Or do you mean that the council is not collecting business rates?
  3. Gatwick Area - Best Towns?

    Perhaps a key question is how often you'd want to go to London by train. If it's a lot, then I would suggest Haywards Heath is better than Reigate. Haywards Heath has one of the principal stations on the Brighton Main Line so there are huge numbers of trains to London (many more than from Reigate, and it takes roughly the same time). Also there are huge numbers of trains to Gatwick (journey time just 15 minutes). No idea about schools there I'm afraid.
  4. Brighton Area

    This is off topic, but if anyone is ever after a general-purpose discussion forum for the Brighton area, it's at: http://livewire.forumco.com/
  5. Brighton Area

    What do you mean, "on those streets"? They're all good streets
  6. Brighton Area

    Wha-hey!! I'm in the money! B&H property prices have risen faster than anywhere else, so being a homeowner in Skidrow-on-Sea, I'm now even richer: http://www.guardian.co.uk/money/2010/jun/01/house-prices-rise-land-registry Despite being a homeowner in Brighton, I'm not happy with house prices rocketing - I don't like the instability that property price fluctuations can cause. I'd actually like profits from property (even your main residence, not just second homes or BTLs) to be heavily taxed to dampen down wild fluctuations. Oh, and a plea from a friend of a friend of a (...many times removed...) friend (and sorry it's completely OT): http://cyclistneedshelp.blogspot.com/
  7. Brighton Area

    Sorry, I do sometimes leap at people, and anyway it's strictly speaking it's not a Tory council - it's No Overall Control, but the Conservatives are the largest party. The current make-up is: Conservative 25 Green 13 Labour 13 Lib. Dem. 2 Independent 1 Source: http://present.brighton-hove.gov.uk/mgMemberIndex.aspx?FN=PARTY&VW=LIST&PIC=0
  8. Brighton Area

    Yes, clearly a cunning plan by the council to get the masses vote Labour on the basis of a few refurbished playgrounds. So, so clever of Labour to use mind control to make a TORY council to do their bidding.
  9. Brighton Area

    Google Street View arriving in Brighton at last! http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/5049656.Brighton_and_Sussex_to_appear_on_Google_Street_View_this_Thursday/ Of course, there will always be a few people who'll say a photo of their house from a year ago is a monstrous invasion of privacy, down with this sort of thing etc. etc., but I think it's great!
  10. Brighton Area

    Bizarre. I don't really know how to price flats, but I'd certainly not pay that if I had the money. To be honest, what really puts me off is the bright blue - it just hurts my eyes to look at that building. And if you're inside the flat, the view is of dull/ugly other buildings in the area.
  11. Brighton Area

    I can vouch for it being easier to commute, at least by train. I used to commute in the early 1990s and it was awful then - trains were grubby and draughty, and there weren't even that many. I commuted again for most of last year and the trains have improved enormously: guaranteed seats, clean and comfortable (shame about the excessive on-board announcements), and there are vastly more trains now that they've extended the Gatwick Express. And above all there are tables so you can comfortably work on a laptop.
  12. Brighton Area

    That's not grotty - they're nice houses along there. This one looks quite well cared for, and no total refurb needed - they just need to chuck out the chintz, and tart it up a bit. But you're right - 310 is over the top. 250-270 would be more like it.
  13. Brighton Area

    Dave Gilmour from Pink Floyd has bought Eubank's ex's house in Medina Terrace, according to the Argus: http://www.theargus.co.uk/news/4711083.Pink_Floyd_star_buys_Hove_seafront_mansion/ It looks an impressive building judging by Microsoft's bird's eye view. I wish Google would hurry up and get Streetview finished for B&H so I can get a closer look.
  14. Brighton Area

    Hope I'm not being simplistic, but could it be that terraced houses in Brighton are generally in better areas whereas semis and detached ones are generally in less desirable places, and now that those people who are buying have more of a choice than in boom times?
  15. Brighton Area

    No, that's in the living room: http://lovelylisting.com/2009/08/flush-tha...dness-away.html