Improvements could make park more pleasant

November 09 2013

The installation of flowerbeds in a local park could deter anti-social behaviour "considerably", says Bishopston and Redland Beat Manager, Kevin Parsons.

THE installation of flowerbeds in a local park could deter anti-social behaviour "considerably", says Bishopston and Redland Beat Manager, Kevin Parsons.

According to Mr Parsons, over the last seven years, anti-social behaviour in St Andrews Park during the summer months has "drastically increased".

In a letter explaining his ideas on how anti-social behaviour could be tackled, he stated that local residents and park users have been subjected to offences including drug-taking, drunken behaviour, people urinating and loud music.

The letter was sent out to local households, encouraging residents to provide feedback on the proposed plans.

He added: "This behaviour continues into the night on many occasions and causes local residents and their families much distress.

"We're not trying to stop people from having fun, but this area has become very problematic."

The proposal is to install a number of flowerbeds to the affected areas of the park - mostly limited to the corner where Leopold Road and Maurice Road meet - which could prevent large groups from congregating.

Mr Parsons stated: "Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive - there has been a few concerns about where people will gather instead, however, that part of the park is the only spot which attracts people late evening because of the sun."

Bristol City Council are currently being consulted on the plans, and if approved, flowerbeds will be implemented by summer 2014. Mr Parsons, alongside Friends of St Andrews Park are hoping for council funding.

Mr Parsons added: "Flower meadows will bring something colourful to the park that has been lacking in the past, increasing the park's biodiversity."

This summer, St Andrews Park retained their Green Flag status, however - according to Mr Parsons - judges believed that more could be done to introduce colour into the park.

The problematic area of St Andrews Park where Leopold Road and Maurice Road mee