A survey is taking place to help determine the future of the Grade-II listed Royal Pavilion Gardens. More than five million people enjoy the gardens each year and Brighton & Hove City Council is working on a plan to improve and enhance the centrepiece of Brighton. The council want residents and visitors of Brighton to take part in the survey so the gardens work for the whole community. Many North Laine residents see it as their back garden and no matter the time of year people flock to them. Brighton & Hove City Council have promised that the garden will remain free and accessible to all, as they view Pavilion Gardens to be “one of the most important green spaces in the city.”
The Royal Pavilion Garden is one of the last remaining Regency gardens in the country and is widely considered to be one of the most culturally significant outside spaces in the UK. A key focus of the survey is how to tackle the antisocial behaviour, litter and drug use taking place over-night. In the last few years there has been concern over the upkeep of the historically important space following reports of inadequate garden facilities, poor boundary security and a lack of historical information.
In 2017, the gardens security reported more than 20,000 incidents of antisocial and criminal behaviour at night. The council are debating the creation of a boundary or fence so the garden can be secured at night. Those taking part in the survey are being asked to “comment on a proposal to erect railings around the garden so that it can be closed at night. The Garden was originally enclosed by a high flint wall with railings on top and closed at ‘sunset’.”
The chair of the Tourism, Development and Culture Committee, Alan Robins, said “The Royal Pavilion Garden is well loved by those who work there and care for it, those who live or work near it and by residents and visitors and it is our responsibility to make sure we look after and plan for this unique free open space so it can be enjoyed by future generations.
“That’s why we are encouraging everyone to take part in the survey and share their views. By working together in this way, we can make sure that money and time are invested where they are most needed and that our unique historic garden remains a wonderful, safe and relaxing space for everyone.”
The results of the survey will feed into the final draft of of the conservation and management plan being put together to help the redevelopment of the Royal Pavilion Estate run smoothly. Historic England recommended the council create the plan. Take part in the survey here.