Social Streets and Antisocial Acts

At our Queens Park Community Zoom last week, our streets and how we use them dominated the discussion.

The meeting was attended by Sgt Mark Redbourn of the Brighton Prevent Team, who heard residents concerns about the levels of drug dealing and misuse, street drinking and begging taking place – despite the lockdown rules – and requests for more policing in the area. (Full minutes of the meeting can be found HERE)

Since the meeting, Mark has provided the email contacts for our local Community Officers as requested, and they can be found on the Community Support Contacts page.

As well as negative use of our streets, the meeting talked about possible changes to help with social distancing. The Government has provided new guidance for local authorities to take emergency action to increase space for pedestrians and cyclists, and some work has taken place – most locally on Madeira Drive which has been closed to motor traffic. People were particularly concerned about the near impossibility of social distancing around Morrisons because of street clutter.

Suggestions made have included;

  • Removing or relocating the various refuse bins outside Morrisons
  • Suspending some parking bays on St James Street to support social distance queuing or for relocated refuse bins
  • Pedestrianisation of the western end of St James Street
  • Closure to traffic of St James Street each evening to allow restaurants to place tables in the street and use the extra space to support social distance trading for the duration of the pandemic.

What do you think?

Our next Queens Park Community Zoom takes place on Wednesday. Come by and share your thoughts and ideas, raise concerns with your Councillors, local police and council community support team.

If you have any items you would like to see discussed, contact for inclusion on the agenda

Here is the meeting link/invite.

All welcome!

Topic: Queens Park Community Zoom

Time: May 20, 2020 06:30 PM London

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Queens Park Community Zoom (updated)

On Wednesday May 6th we will be holding a second Community Zoom open video meeting for the area.

The first meeting – which took place on Wednesday April 22nd – was focused on the St James Street area, It was attended by residents, ward Councillors, local service providers and council staff. The aim of the meeting was simply to help check in with residents, give information about services and hear community concerns which our Councillors and council staff may be able to help with.

Notes from this meeting can be found HERE

One action from this meeting was to hold a second event, and to extend it out to focus on the whole ward, and this will take place on Wednesday 6th May.

As well as council staff and ward councilors, we hope to have the police and other service providers present. The agenda will be put out on Tuesday. If you have any issues, concerns or topics which you would like to see include, please email me:


  1. Welcome and introductions
  2. Round Robin – any concerns or issues not on the agenda
  3. Police update – PS Mark Redbourne
  4. Street issues – graffiti, begging, drug use and street drinking
  5. open streets (pavement widening, filters, cycle lanes)
  6. Fibre capacity for St James Street
  7. Support for city centre businesses to help them resume operation with social distancing in place
  8. Update from Councillors
  9. AOB
  10. Next steps

Here is the Zoom invite – feel free to share with local groups and residents.

Topic: Queens Park Community Zoom

Time: May 6, 2020 06:30 PM London

Meeting ID: 821 8954 9788

Password: 022184

Zooming about St James Street

This evening we are holding a community Zoom video meetup for the St James Street area. It will give you a chance to share views with neighbours, find out about council activity and other services and hear from your ward Councillors and let them know your thoughts.


  1. Welcome
  2. Round Robin – check in, concerns and issues for discussion
  3. Police matters (Unfortunately the police are not able to attend the meeting, but have sent an update)
  4. Ward Councillor update
  5. Community newsletters and website
  6. Other issues or topics from the floor
  7. Next steps and actions

To join the meeting:

St James Area Community Zoom Apr 22, 2020 18:30 PM

Meeting ID: 853 1797 1755 Password: 005300

St James Area Community Zoom

Almost a month into lockdown, many of us are feeling the pressure in different ways as we adapt to managing with the restrictions placed upon us and do out best to protect our health and that of those around us.

If there is a silver lining to this, it must be the way that communities have come together to help their neighbours and the way that services and support networks have sprung up to try to ensure that the most vulnerable amongst are given assistance and that extremes of hardship are avoided.

Despite the fantastic initiatives carried out by the Covid-19 Mutual Aid community, as well as the work of our emergency services and council, there is still a risk that people are being missed out, and important issues being overlooked.

The council Community Engagement Team are working with your ward councillors to help ensure that accurate and up to date information is available to everyone, and this week we will be circulating a Community Support newsletter across the Queens Park ward.

We would also like to invite you join with us for a St James Area community Zoom video meeting on Wednesday, where you can share your concerns and hear directly from ward councillors, council staff and others about actions taking place and planned.

An agenda will be circulated before the meeting – if you have anything you wpould like to add, please let us know :

St James Area Community Zoom Apr 22, 2020 18:30 PM

Meeting ID: 853 1797 1755 Password: 005300