Community gets “feel good factor” back after murder

Hampden Park improvements SUS-140624-192703001
Hampden Park improvements SUS-140624-192703001

Hampden Park’s Hydneye area has been given a £15,000 cash boost.

The money comes as part of a long-term plan to improve the area, which is still reeling from the murder of shop manager Christopher Poole who was beaten to death in a vicious and unprovoked attack last year close to the shops in the area.

The Hampden Park and Willingdon Trees Area Panel has given the money and already significant improvements have been made to the areas around Fife Court and Ross Court in Hampden Park, which are managed by Eastbourne Homes.

In addition, car parks have been extended, community grass areas have been replanted and security fencing installed in an attempt to reduce fly tipping and other anti-social behaviour. Eastbourne Homes and Eastbourne Borough Council staff got together with residents, councillors and police community support officers to celebrate the improvements.

Hampden Park councillor Pat Hearn said, “This is an example of the achievements that can be made when the community works together. Hopefully we’re bringing the feel good factor back into Hampden Park.”

Eastbourne Homes’ Tracy Evans said, “The area is being transformed and the cash injection and time commitment from the Area Panel has significantly helped. Residents are pleased with the improvements particularly as anti-social behaviour has been reduced.”

Sergeant Gareth Evans from Eastbourne Police said, “This partnership working has been successful in reducing anti-social behavior and improving the area for the local community.”