What Are Councils Actually For..?

Last month The Argus reported on traders’ anger over the glass wall put up by the Coppa Club in The Lanes, Brighton.

It surrounds the dolphin fountain in Brighton Square.

Traders have demanded that the restaurant owners at Coppa Club tear it down.

Brighton and Hove City Council revealed it has “not granted planning permission for this” and has “had no prior discussions with the Coppa Club or the landlord on the matter”.

So why aren’t council workers descending on the club to remove it?

Now Sarah Horne has set up a petition on change.org calling for its removal.

Why does she need to? Councils aren’t normally slow to act on these thing, are they? Except when it’s a member of the protected classes

Coppa Club says it is creating an al fresco dining area, with the dolphin fountain as the focal point.

It’s not your property. And if the council can’t make that clear to you, why should anyone pay their council taxes?

3 comments for “What Are Councils Actually For..?

  1. Pcar
    September 19, 2019 at 12:38 am


    From link

    The Coppa Club does not require permission for the structure, the council confirmed.

    From before

    Brighton and Hove City Council confirmed: “We’ve advised the Coppa Club’s planning agent that the glass screening is permitted under national planning law as it’s on private land and not the public highway.


    Tip to locals: forget planning, go for established right of way – ianal

    • September 22, 2019 at 7:41 am

      A public fountain on private land..?

      • Pcar
        September 23, 2019 at 1:10 am


        Yes. Very common in UK. Royal Parks, Princes Street Gardens, George Square Gardens…

        Reason many are closed regularly is to prevent “right of way” kicking in.

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