Refurbished park gets coveted Green Flag status in record-breaking year

Refurbished park gets coveted Green Flag status in record-breaking year

Refurbished park gets coveted Green Flag status in record-breaking year

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A restored park has received a top accolade in a record-breaking year.

The Level in Brighton has been awarded Green Flag status bringing the number of approved green spaces in the city to its highest level ever.

The city centre park joins Easthill Park, Hove Park, Kipling Gardens, Preston Park, St Ann’s Well Gardens and Stoneham Park in achieving the coveted Green Flag status from Keep Britain Tidy.

The city-centre Level was transformed by a restoration project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Veolia Environmental Trust which saw the creation of a new cafe, children’s playground and skatepark.

It joins St Ann’s Well Gardens in Hove on the Green Flag list which was named for the fifteenth year in a row while Preston Park is celebrating the status for a 14th successive year.

Councillor Lizzie Deane, deputy chair of the environment, transport and sustainability committee, said: “Being awarded a Green Flag for The Level really is the icing on the cake for our £2.3 million restoration project.

“It shows that not only have we transformed the area into a safe and inviting recreation space for families, we have also met the highest standards for maintenance and facilities.”

Elsewhere in the county, Arun District Council are celebrating three Green Flags for Mewsbrook Park in Littlehampton, Marine Park Gardens in Aldwick and Hotham Park in Bognor while Tilgate Park, Buchan Country Park, Goffs Park and the Memorial Gardens, all in Crawley, retained the status.

Princes Park in Eastbourne, Alexandra Park in Hastings, Hastings Country Park, St Leonards Gardens, Lewes District Council’s Castle Hill Newhaven Nature Reserve and Lewes Railway Land Nature Reserve and Rother District Council’s Egerton Park all made it on the list.

Worthing Borough Council’s Highdown Gardens and Beech Hurst Gardens in Haywards Heath were also awarded a Green Flag.

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6:12pm Tue 29 Jul 14

HJarrs says...

Award winning park redevelopment, turning a tired and neglected park into an intensively used space enjoyed by thousands!

What more proof do you need that the Greens have ruined the city?

Vote them out in May 2015 for Conlabourtive mediocrity.
Award winning park redevelopment, turning a tired and neglected park into an intensively used space enjoyed by thousands! What more proof do you need that the Greens have ruined the city? Vote them out in May 2015 for Conlabourtive mediocrity. HJarrs
  • Score: -26

8:15pm Tue 29 Jul 14

BlackRocker says...

HJarrs wrote:
Award winning park redevelopment, turning a tired and neglected park into an intensively used space enjoyed by thousands!

What more proof do you need that the Greens have ruined the city?

Vote them out in May 2015 for Conlabourtive mediocrity.
Give it six months and see how it has fared. It's far too soon to judge how it will survive following its previous reputation.
[quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Award winning park redevelopment, turning a tired and neglected park into an intensively used space enjoyed by thousands! What more proof do you need that the Greens have ruined the city? Vote them out in May 2015 for Conlabourtive mediocrity.[/p][/quote]Give it six months and see how it has fared. It's far too soon to judge how it will survive following its previous reputation. BlackRocker
  • Score: 14

8:52pm Tue 29 Jul 14

David523 says...

Test
Test David523
  • Score: 0

9:38pm Tue 29 Jul 14

HJarrs says...

BlackRocker wrote:
HJarrs wrote:
Award winning park redevelopment, turning a tired and neglected park into an intensively used space enjoyed by thousands!

What more proof do you need that the Greens have ruined the city?

Vote them out in May 2015 for Conlabourtive mediocrity.
Give it six months and see how it has fared. It's far too soon to judge how it will survive following its previous reputation.
Duh! Its been open a year and is faring very well thank you.
[quote][p][bold]BlackRocker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HJarrs[/bold] wrote: Award winning park redevelopment, turning a tired and neglected park into an intensively used space enjoyed by thousands! What more proof do you need that the Greens have ruined the city? Vote them out in May 2015 for Conlabourtive mediocrity.[/p][/quote]Give it six months and see how it has fared. It's far too soon to judge how it will survive following its previous reputation.[/p][/quote]Duh! Its been open a year and is faring very well thank you. HJarrs
  • Score: -12

9:48pm Tue 29 Jul 14

concernedofBrighton says...

It would be nice if the council put a bit of effort into removing the duckweed from Queens Park Pond.


Plus the associated rubbish and stuff mindless vandals have thrown in.
It would be nice if the council put a bit of effort into removing the duckweed from Queens Park Pond. Plus the associated rubbish and stuff mindless vandals have thrown in. concernedofBrighton
  • Score: 15

9:53pm Tue 29 Jul 14

NickBrt says...

It does look great. All we need now is an invasion of travellers to throw their rubbish and loo contents all over it.
It does look great. All we need now is an invasion of travellers to throw their rubbish and loo contents all over it. NickBrt
  • Score: 13

11:58pm Tue 29 Jul 14

From beer to uncertainty says...

On a related matter...given the numbers smoking cannabis down there...please, please could parents understand that cannabis seriously impairs teenage brain development. Not political, not judgemental...it's seriously messing their development.
On a related matter...given the numbers smoking cannabis down there...please, please could parents understand that cannabis seriously impairs teenage brain development. Not political, not judgemental...it's seriously messing their development. From beer to uncertainty
  • Score: 17

10:11am Wed 30 Jul 14

Ambo Guy says...

Are all the down and outs drinking their high strength lager who hang around the Level or the kids smoking spliffs by the skate park also part of the Green Flag award?
Are all the down and outs drinking their high strength lager who hang around the Level or the kids smoking spliffs by the skate park also part of the Green Flag award? Ambo Guy
  • Score: 13

12:09pm Wed 30 Jul 14

NickBrt says...

Greens love dope smokers.
Greens love dope smokers. NickBrt
  • Score: 1

12:37pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Stoney33 says...

the park at the level is great, really nice on a sunny day, but the childrens area is already starting to look a bit tatty in places

It needs to be maintained to the same level as when it opened, else it will have been a waste of time
the park at the level is great, really nice on a sunny day, but the childrens area is already starting to look a bit tatty in places It needs to be maintained to the same level as when it opened, else it will have been a waste of time Stoney33
  • Score: 2

1:13pm Wed 30 Jul 14

MrsKray says...

You can polish a s... hole all you like but the same old excrement will still pass through it. I'll stick to the nudist beach, no druggie hippies, no rancid old alcoholics, no screaming brats, just sun sea, peace and quiet! Lovely.
You can polish a s... hole all you like but the same old excrement will still pass through it. I'll stick to the nudist beach, no druggie hippies, no rancid old alcoholics, no screaming brats, just sun sea, peace and quiet! Lovely. MrsKray
  • Score: 0

8:11pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Maxwell's Ghost says...

I wish the police and council would manage the issues in the park more robustly. I have been walking through it at about 7am each morning on the way to the station and the rubbish, bottles and cans around the skate bowl are awful and there are some skanky people hanging out openly taking drugs even at this time of day. Smoking skunk is the least of the problems here.
On Sunday afternoon the skate bowl was packed but there were so many street drinkers sat around the edge of the park getting completely wasted I counted them and there were 23 with one youngish chap stood near the skate bowl holding a can of special brew while being sick in broad daylight just a few feet from very young kids. It was awful.
Come on council sort out these anti social issues before the park becomes a no go area or ends up being gated and locked at night.
I wish the police and council would manage the issues in the park more robustly. I have been walking through it at about 7am each morning on the way to the station and the rubbish, bottles and cans around the skate bowl are awful and there are some skanky people hanging out openly taking drugs even at this time of day. Smoking skunk is the least of the problems here. On Sunday afternoon the skate bowl was packed but there were so many street drinkers sat around the edge of the park getting completely wasted I counted them and there were 23 with one youngish chap stood near the skate bowl holding a can of special brew while being sick in broad daylight just a few feet from very young kids. It was awful. Come on council sort out these anti social issues before the park becomes a no go area or ends up being gated and locked at night. Maxwell's Ghost
  • Score: 1

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