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 firstname.lastname@example.org for inclusion on the agenda
Here is the meeting link/invite.
Topic: Queens Park Community Zoom
Time: May 20, 2020 06:30 PM London
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