Everyone who lives in Brighton and Hove or has visited over the last twelve years knows how the city has changed. Clever investment has produced sustainable growth, with Brighton and Hove now known for its environmental companies, creative and digital businesses, its culture and tourism. When Labour ran the Council our policies contributed hugely to having the highest level of employment since the war and rising wages.
In the mid-eighties, we all remember the seafront, as a virtual no-go area. We remember the declining Dome, the faded glory of the Pavilion, the potholed car park in Jubilee Street, the lack of cycle lanes, the absence of buses, the lack of reputation for cutting edge, growing businesses, the run down North Laine, the lack of restaurants and entertainment in Hove. Brighton and Hove were declining seaside towns. Then through sensitive planning and hard work to attract investors Brighton and Hove became a thriving and growing city by the sea, excelling in jobs, better homes, culture, comedy and the digital and environmental businesses of the future.