COMMUNITY groups should be based in a proposed Bognor Regis park to cut anti-social behaviour, councillors have been told.
Kim Davis, secretary of Bognor Community Gardeners, has formally asked for two log cabins for the groups to be sited in the planned Hothamton linear park.
She said she believed this would make a significant impact in an area – the sunken gardens – which had a bad reputation and was avoided and under-used by many residents.
She told Arun District Council allowing active groups of responsible adults to have premises in the proposed park would change the behaviour of others.
“I feel that should a major makeover of this park go ahead it simply will not be enough on its own to change the problems with anti-social behaviour or the reputation of this park,” she told the council’s full meeting last week.
“The planned makeover of Hothamton Sunken Gardens would be the perfect opportunity to launch just such an initiative.
“The police do often advise us that our presence in this garden, where we work as volunteers, makes a difference. But, of course, we can’t be there all the time.”
“A couple of log cabins occupied by very active community groups would make a much more significant impact than we are able to.”
The group of community gardeners has been working for nearly seven years. They work with Arun’s parks officers on the planting and maintenance of the sunken gardens and other town centre green spaces.
But statistics from Arun showed a lack of action up to last October in tackling anti-social behaviour, littering and dog fouling, she added.
Cllr Jacky Pendleton, Arun’s chairman, said a written response would be sent o Ms Davis.