An Eastbourne street affected by regular bouts of anti-social behaviour and instances of fly-tipping is looking better than ever thanks to a council-led partnership initiative.
Revellers leaving nearby clubs and pubs were causing problems in Elms Avenue by upturning bins, damaging property and causing a disturbance, while alleyways in the area had also suffered from fly-tipping.
Following complaints from residents, Eastbourne Borough Council introduced larger community bins that are harder to knock over while notices have been served on certain property owners to encourage refurbishment. Rubbish and fly-tipping has also been cleared away. The police have also stepped-up their presence in the area.
The action group consists of Sgt Gareth Evans (Sussex Police), Bob Gough (Crime reduction co-ordinator), Adrian Ley (Town Centre Neighbourhood Panel) and Councillor Steve Wallis (Devonshire Ward) and will meet regularly to ensure the improvements are maintained.
Cllr Wallis said, “I am delighted that through meeting with local residents, the action group has delivered real improvements in Elms Avenue. This council is serious about improving local communities and the partnership approach we have taken shows how action can be taken to boost people’s quality of life. We will be meeting regularly to ensure that the positive changes to Elms Avenue are maintained.”
Mr Ley said, “Our work demonstrates that we can and will step in to improve people’s lives that are affected by anti-social behaviour. Going forward, the key will be to ensure that streets like Elms Avenue remain free from the misery caused by a very small minority of people. We will be keeping a close watch on the area.”
Local resident Ray Barron added, “Things have certainly improved, and the efforts of all including the police, the Borough Council, Town Centre Panel and especially my neighbours, are very much appreciated.”