More lighting and CCTV at The Level to improve safety

The Level, Brighton
The Level, Brighton

Motion-sensitive lighting and additional CCTV cameras are among the measures being introduced at The Level, in an attempt to make the area safer.

Brighton and Hove City Council is bringing in a number of measures to improve the public space, including more litter picks, play park inspections, increased police patrols and even a full-time park manager.

The Level, Brighton

The Level, Brighton

Cllr Gill Mitchell, chairman of the environment committee, said: “Community safety at The Level is an ongoing issue and council works closely with the police, community groups and park users to identify problems, tackle anti-social behaviour and improve safety.

“We are currently working through the all recommendations in the community safety report with a view to making further improvements over the coming months.”

The improvements are among a package of recommendations arising from a recent security review, and will be implemented over the next few weeks.

Additional is set to be installed on the community pavilions, and new CCTV cameras will bring the total number to 13.

The Level, Brighton

The Level, Brighton

The cameras, which are set to be monitored 24 hours a day, will be linked to the police station, and police visits and patrols will be increased at The Level, including the use of drug dogs.

Visitors to the playground will see the two play units modified and made ‘open sided’ so users can always be seen, and benches will be moved to more visible locations.

And the council is also hoping to secure funding for a full time park manager to work at weekends as well as during the week, carrying out daily park-wide inspections and maintenance.

Regular visits by council contractors, to empty litter bins, deal with offensive graffiti, service public toilets, maintain fountains and clean community rooms are all set to contribute to increasing safety in the park, the council said.

As well as the new measures being brought in, the council said initiatives to attract public use of park outside normal hours has also helped increase community safety. The new café is now open seven days a week, and the two community rooms are used regularly. The park also now offers varied a programme of volunteer-led activities, community group events and activities.

For more information about events, activities and volunteering opportunities at The Level, visit: www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/thelevel