Changes down New England Road:
St James’s Investments, the company planning the new Tesco development on the opposite side of the Circus, is also said to be interested in the site. That might not mean they really want it, though – they might just want to prevent potential competitors from setting up over the road. Presumably they could live with an expanded cinema.
Back up the road, there’s a planning application (BH2008/03317) in for a ‘Ghost Train’ public artwork proposed for the old railway bridge along which the new ‘greenway’ path will run through the New England Quarter to the station.
This would be a metal relief image of an 1840s ‘Jenny Lind’ steam loco, named after the Swedish opera singer and possible lover of the composer Mendelssohn, but featured here because it was used by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway.
According to the description, it would be life size, resemble a Victorian etching, and would be lit by lights that fade in and out, creating a ‘ghostly’ effect …