Action plan to tackle park vandalism to be drawn up

Opening of the new Antiques shop, Grove Road, May 4th 2013 E19089P'Shop Owner Steve Hansen
Opening of the new Antiques shop, Grove Road, May 4th 2013 E19089P'Shop Owner Steve Hansen

A new action plan is being drawn up to tackle issues of theft and vandalism at Princes Park

Vandals trashed Pistachios cafe last month and broke into the bowls club, stole money and left food smeared over furniture.

Key players involved in the park, including council leaders, the police, the bowls club, the Friends of Princes Park and the owners of Pistachios Café, held the meeting on Monday to discuss how to improve security..

The council has already invested heavily in Princes Park and has agreed a new contract with Pistachios to run the café adjacent to the lake. Local ward members have awarded devolved budget funding to the bowls club, which has also been targeted by vandals.

The meeting was a discussion about how best to combat anti-social behaviour and an action plan will now created.

Cllr Steve Wallis, who organised the meeting, said, “Eastbourne Borough Council, along with other organisations, has invested heavily in time and money to improve the park’s amenities, and this approach has proved successful.

“Princes Park is the only park in Eastbourne to achieve Green Flag status.

“This popular green space is enjoyed by thousands of visitors every year and we will not tolerate this being put at risk by a tiny minority of mindless vandals.

“I thank all those who attended the meeting, and I hope the new security measures will prevent any repeat of the recent break-ins.”

In July 2012, the park achieved a Green Flag quality award for the second year in succession.