Beloved Brighton park, The Level, is preparing for an increase in security measures to curb anti-social behaviour and promote residents’ safety. The well known green area hosts families, students, dog walkers, runners and skateboarders throughout the warmer months.
The news comes since a recent review on security took place in the park. Newly introduced precautions will include an increase in CCTV cameras as well as additional lighting. The cameras will be linked to the police station.
There are also plans for specialist drug patrols which they hope will decrease anti-social behaviour taking place in the green space.
As for the playground, it will be made more open, meaning children will always be in sight of parents/guardians.
The council is also hoping to find the funds to secure a full time park manager who would work both weekends and weekdays. The role of the park manager would be to carry out general checks, maintenance and inspections.
Another issue at The Level, due to the sheer amount of daily visitors, is litter. In order to tackle this issue there will be large bins in place on the outer perimeters of the park. City Parks Staff will also collect any leftover rubbish throughout the weekends.
By introducing these new safety measures, the council are hoping to improve The Level’s reputation further and address concerns brought forward by Brighton residents.
Chair of the Environment, Sustainability and Transport Committee, councillor Gill Mitchell has said that, “Community safety at The Level is an ongoing issue”. She reassures locals that, “We are currently working through the all recommendations in the community safety report with a view to making further improvements over the coming months.”