Council adds extra security to park pavilions

PR2168/GS/MF - 14/05/2018

Mid Sussex District Council has installed new security measures at two community pavilions in Burgess Hill and Haywards Heath to help deter criminals.

St John’s Park pavilion in Burgess Hill and Clair Park pavilion in Haywards Heath have experienced a number of break-ins over the past two years. The pavilions have been repeatedly targeted at night by vandals who have caused significant damage to the inside of the buildings.

The pavilions are used regularly by local volunteers to provide sports and recreational activities for local people. Mid Sussex District Council owns both buildings and representatives from local sports clubs approached the council to ask if any security improvements could be made.

The council has listened to the concerns of the local community and has fitted stronger uPVC windows and doors at both pavilions. Internal security screens have also been installed behind the windows and doors that users can slide across at night to provide an added deterrent to intruders when the buildings are closed.

The new windows and doors have been constructed to Secure by Design standards, an official UK Police flagship initiative that combines the principle of 'designing out crime' with physical security.

Councillor Jonathan Ash-Edwards, MSDC Cabinet Member for Resources and Economic Growth said:

“Local volunteers give up their free time to organise sports and social activities for the benefit of the whole community, so it’s infuriating when mindless idiots try to destroy everything they have worked so hard to build.

“Our community leaders don’t deserve to have their hard work thrown back in their face by the actions of a few selfish criminals. I hope the security improvements we have made at these pavilions make the vandals think twice about causing any more trouble and help to prevent any further break-ins.”

Matt Jones, Chairman of Haywards Heath Cricket Club added:

“Everyone at the club is absolutely delighted with these improvements. We are very hopeful that these endless break-ins are finally now a thing of the past and we can now fully concentrate our resources on the 170 plus children we have involved in our junior programmes and our very successful senior league sides.

“Our sincere thanks go to everyone at Mid Sussex District Council that has made this possible, including local councillors Sandy Ellis and Jonathan Ash Edwards”.