Brighton and Hove City Council Approves Plans for Brighton Bathing Pavilion

Brighton and Hove City Council has given its backing to a spa resort on the Brighton seaside.

The spa resort, to be constructed for an investment of £5m, will feature an indoor and outdoor children’s club, a year-round spa and health centre, a beach club and restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and a member’s club, and will be constructed on the previous Peter Pan’s Playground site, located close to the Palace Pier.

The Brighton Bathing Pavilion, the spa resort, will be developed by The Karma Royal Group, and will be open to general public except for its member’s club.

The chairman of the economic development and culture committee, Cllr Geoffrey Bowden, said, ‘This would fit with our strategy to bring more life to the seafront east of the Palace Pier. It could be another asset in making the city a year-round, weather-resistant attraction.

It also reconnects us to our history as a spa resort 250 years ago when Dr Richard Russell was advocating sea bathing as a cure-all.’

The project, which is completely funded, will be creating around three hundred jobs for the local community.

The Karma Royal Group, the developer of the project, owns and operates resorts and spas worldwide, and will be taking its first project in England with the Brighton Bathing Pavilion. The project aims to be a zero carbon development, with its own sustainable energy generation processes.

Skegness Accused of Fighting Dirty in Resorts War

As the UK’s beach resorts gear up for the main summer holidays, Skegness, a traditional seaside town on the Lincolnshire coast, has been accused of using dirty tricks to lure visitors away from its rivals.

The Daily Mail has reported that Skegness has released a series of adverts headed, ‘For sights you’ll want to remember, visit Skegness,’ and showing photographs of walls covered in graffiti that were taken at some of the towns rival UK resorts, Brighton and Blackpool. In a predictable response, the two towns that were targeted have criticised what they see as underhand tactics.

In their defence, the local council has described the adverts as nothing more than friendly rivalry, with James Gilbert, of East Lindsey Council, the body responsible for the posters, telling the Daily Mail, ‘We’re not trying to upset anyone, it’s a bit of friendly rivalry. We want to challenge people’s perceptions and showcase the amazing art, culture, dance, theatre and music that is staged in the town. Obviously, Brighton and Blackpool attract more visitors than Skegness and we are not seeking to insult anyone who lives there or visits there. We are not trying to upset anyone, it’s a bit of friendly rivalry.’

Each year, eight million holidaymakers visit Brighton, while Skegness receives half that number, at around four million. Blackpool comfortably outstrips them both, registering around thirteen million visitors per year.

In the report, Mary Mears, Brighton’s former city council leader, retorted, ‘There’s a big difference, people who visit Skegness maybe would not want to go again, whereas we get lots of repeat customers in Brighton.’

Brighton Offers Seaside Experience For Olympics Visitors

Brighton & Hove, a city in Sussex, England, may be the next best place for travellers to stay for the 2012 Olympic Games, after London.

While the accommodation in London is already peaking in terms of prices, or is fast becoming fully booked, Brighton remains a cheaper place to stay during the games and can offer attractions of its own.

The seaside city is an hour’s travel from London Bridge and London Victoria train stations. This is in direct contrast to stays in London, where travel experts are asking visitors travelling to Games venues to add around 90 minutes of extra travel time due to expected traffic congestion.

Hotels in Brighton are offering bed and breakfast for the duration of the Games at rates commencing from £50 per night, with luxury accommodation available at Drake’s Hotel Brighton for £89 per night, and at Umi Hotel Brighton for £120 per night.

The city has around 400 restaurants, and its local attractions include visits to Brighton Pier or the Royal Pavilion, or a walk through the North Laine, a vibrant artists quarter with small galleries and studio spaces. The beach is also a popular destination on warm summer days.

In addition to the previously mentioned rail connections, the city is connected to London with regular bus services, and many of the city’s residents regularly commute to London for work.

More tourist information will be available at VisitBrighton.com, the official Brighton tourism guide, which also has a list of hotels and accommodation for the 2012 Olympic Games.