More than 1,500 people have raised concerns about the upkeep of a much-loved park saying that neglected facilities are impacting people’s health.

Wish Park’s decline has been criticised by Hove residents who say that children are missing out on exercise which is affecting their mental health.

The community around Wish Park are calling for better council upkeep and the petition will now go to a council committee to be considered.

An online petition said: “Sadly, there has been a deterioration of the park which has now come to a head with recent events that we believe were predictable and could have been avoided.

“Wish Park is one of the few areas in the city where residents can enjoy recreational activities in the heart of their community.”

Petition organisers confirmed that they had been in contact with the council and were looking to put the petition before Brighton and Hove City Council’s City Environment, South Downs and The Sea Committee.

Those concerned about the upkeep of the park said that children and adults were missing out on exercise and that affordable facilities were being withdrawn.

They added that the park could become “less welcoming and safe” and would be targeted by anti-social behaviour.


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One commenter added that the park was looking “very neglected and unkempt” while others said that the park “deserved better”.

Among examples of deterioration cited were the removal of an outside gym in the park, the disappearance of the park’s cricket square and planted areas becoming overgrown and dangerous.

The petition was first launched at the end of September. It currently has over 1,600 signatures with a goal of 2,500.

Brighton and Hove City Council were approached for comment.