Looking around Brighton recently, I notice that quite a few of the buildings laying empty and unused were nightclubs. It looks rather like the recession is hitting even Brighton's long-standing tradition of partying and hedonism. The Astoria night club apparently closed long ago, to be followed by a bingo hall that closed not too long after.
|The Astoria: Disused|
Down the road from St Mary Magdalen's on Dyke Road lies another empty building that used to be a nightclub called 'New Hero'. I enquired about the rent for it as a possible building for a homeless night shelter in Brighton, what with St Patrick's Nightshelter set to supposedly close in April, and with a rent of £4,333 a month, it is easy to see why few nightclubs can seemingly keep going. All over Brighton, it appears, shops, venues, pubs and clubs are finding it hard to pay their rents and cover their overheads. Landlords appear to be content to allow their properties to remain inactive.
|The Ocean Rooms now disused...|
We had a 'secret millionaire' in Brighton recently. Part of the £25,000 he gave the Brighton Unemployed Centre Families Project BUCFP) was spent on a Rough Sleepers Guide for Brighton, directing the homeless to the many services and charities that provide day centre assistance. With the closure of St Patrick's night shelter imminent (so I am told), there will be no night shelter to speak of for homeless men in Brighton, this at a critical time when homelessness could rise with redundancies caused by the recession. Would the generosity of the multi-millionaire founder of care homes, I wonder, extend to financing such a project in Brighton? It is ironic that as cinemas prepare to show the new version of Brighton Rock, less 'rock' is taking place in Brighton, because its venues, bars and clubs are no longer 'going underground', as sang the very wealthy Paul Weller of The Jam, they're just...going...