Former Hove Councilor John Kapp dies aged 86

A MUCH-LOVED former councilman who wanted to turn the i360 into a giant sundial has died.

John Kapp, who was a Conservative councilor on Hove Borough Council in the 1990s, was 86 – and memories of his colorful character will remain vivid among those who knew him.

In 2020, as visitor numbers fell sharply, John, who lived in Saxon Road, Hove, proposed converting Brighton’s i360 into the world’s largest sundial.

The Argus: John Kapp cared deeply about his communityJohn Kapp cared deeply about his community

His mad plan would have envisioned 15,000 stones installed to create a sundial that could be seen from the top of the platform.

“I’m a sundial nut and telling time the old-fashioned way of the sun,” John said at the time.

“I thought this could be a really good way to get more people into town and use the i360 – it would certainly increase interest.”

The Argus Sundial Plan: John was truly uniqueJohn’s sundial plan was truly unique

John was “on the side” of the attraction and wanted people to flock to the city he loved.

He also championed the idea of ​​a London Underground-style railway linking Shoreham to Newhaven, powered by the Rampion offshore wind farm.

In 2016, John made headlines after painting two-foot-tall letters that read “Vote Leave” on three huge commercial ads opposed to Brexit.

The then 80-year-old also painted seven buildings and a container wall.

The Argus: John KappJohn chap

But it is John’s caring community work that he will be remembered for – particularly in 2009 when he launched a £50 alternative medicine campaign which was made available to those in need through the NHS.

John, a former engineer, had three daughters with his first wife, Janet, who died of cancer in 2000.

Sylvia, John’s youngest daughter, died of cancer in 2013 at the age of 43.

He is survived by his second wife Phoebe Wyss, daughters Annabel and Belinda, four grandchildren and four step-grandchildren.

John Kapp died at the Royal Sussex County Hospital on Wednesday 3 August. Former Hove Councilor John Kapp dies aged 86

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