Brighton’s University Bridge opens, sparking fears of vandalism

A CONTROVERSIAL bridge, which has been criticized by local residents, has opened – but fears are growing it could be used as a toilet.

The footbridge over Lewes Road in Brighton has finally opened after The Argus first reported on its construction in January.

But many people have been quick to claim that the “eyesore” is being misused.

It provides a walkway over a busy thoroughfare at the intersection of Natal Road.

There will be a “men’s restroom on Friday and Saturday nights in the early hours,” one person said.

The Argus: The bridge is now open for use. Photo: Caroline WoodroffeThe bridge is now open for use. Photo: Caroline Woodroffe

“Another waste of local money being spent on students who end up piling up shelves in Tesco,” said another.

But people supporting the project jumped to defend the bridge, saying it was paid for by the University of Brighton.

“There are a lot of people who say it’s a waste of money if the university pays for it,” one person said via social media.

“It’s actually a good way to keep traffic flowing and keep students safe.

“I don’t understand why there are all these negative views about it. I suppose we live in a world of whiners who can never be satisfied.”

The Argus: The steps on one side of the bridge. Photo: Caroline WoodroffeThe steps on one side of the bridge. Photo: Caroline Woodroffe

The overwhelming response was positive, although one person criticized the bike compatibility.

“The yellow bike ramps on the side of the steps are placed fantastically close to the wall and handrail,” they said.

The bridge was originally scheduled to reopen in the spring.

The 30 meter tall building also includes an elevator for those unable to access the steps and is closely monitored by CCTV cameras.

It’s the final piece of the university’s Big Build program, which aims to bring a “sense of renewal and excitement to the area,” said Neil Heard-White, the building’s project manager.

Work to modernize the university’s Moulsecoomb campus began in 2018.

The Argus: The elevator is under video surveillance. Photo: Caroline WoodroffeThe elevator is under video surveillance. Photo: Caroline Woodroffe

The project delivered five new dormitories for 800 students, a new academic building, additional social rooms, a multi-storey car park, new student unions and fitness facilities and now the bridge.

“All buildings were designed and built to the highest environmental and sustainability standards,” the university said before construction.

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