Coffee break, Brighton
Two iconic red phone boxes in Brighton have been given planning permission to become cafes and an application for two more is in the pipeline. The original pair is in New Road, by Pavilion Gardens, while the other two are by the entrance to Palace Pier. I'm really intrigued to see how the design will work; apparently it's a sort of roll-out device that won't compromise the structure and, obviously, will provide the required space. The company behind it plans to donate some of its profits to local homeless projects too.
On the subject of cafes, another Brighton venue recently trialled camel's milk in coffee as a temporary charity fundraiser. I've heard that camel's milk is very strong, but apparently the response was great and it certainly worked as an attention-grabber. Meanwhile over at Birling Gap, the sun lounge and ice cream parlour have had to be taken down due to cliff erosion. The National Trust estimates that there's been about seven years' worth of erosion in just two months this winter and the decision was made for safety reasons. But don't worry, the rest of the refreshment area is still working and whether you're walking, cycling or just driving down there, it's a lovely place to stop and enjoy the sea views.
Stepping back to urban Brighton for a moment but staying with erosion, the poor old West Pier has really suffered this winter. It seems no one can really afford to take responsibility for it but the West Pier Trust is urging the council to make sure the here-today-gone-tomorrow i360 plan goes ahead to regenerate the area around it, at least. Construction on the tower was postponed when a chunk of private funding was withdrawn and it's all gone rather quiet. I love the idea of a bird's eye view over the town, the sea and the beautiful Downs all at once, like being in a helicopter but without the stomach-churning effects. Sussex has such fabulous views - what a place to enjoy them, click here to see our selection of holiday properties in Brighton.