Brighton Pavilion’s historic gardens could close after dark

Published on by Tom Palmer (author)

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Brighton residents call for the Royal Pavilion gardens to be closed at night in an effort to prevent crime.


In a bid to tackle the increasing crime rate in the area, residents in Brighton are calling on the council to restrict access to the Pavilion gardens at night.

Over the last three months, there has been 16 reported incidents of anti-social and criminal behaviour in the area. These complaints range from vandalism and theft to drug use and sexual assault.  

Now some residents say that closing the gardens at night would make Brighton a “much safer place”.

Last week, Brighton and Hove city council installed a number of CCTV cameras across the grounds in order to monitor visitors passing through the gardens, as well as recording  any criminal activity.

According to statistics from Brighton and Hove city council, more than five million people visit Brighton’s Pavilion Gardens annually. Last year alone, there was also more than 20,000 reported incidents of anti-social and criminal behaviour. 

If the campaign is successful, this wouldn’t be the first time the Gardens would be off-limits. When the Pavilion was built more than 200 years ago, the Grade II listed gardens were in fact surrounded by a fortified wall which restricted access to the public. 

Whilst Brighton and Hove City Council have said they will consider the proposal, a spokesperson from the council told BBN that they are “committed” to keeping the gardens free and accessible to all, as they believe it is “the most important green space in the city”.

Brighton and Hove City Council are currently undergoing a project which aims to make the pavilion gardens safer. The plan includes improved lighting, and new secure fencing. 

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