COUNCILORS have called for more police presence in Littlehampton town center as the redeveloped area has already suffered from vandalism.
At a meeting of the Economic Affairs Committee on Tuesday (26 July), opposition leader James Walsh (LDem, Beach) expressed concern that new benches had already been vandalized and windows smashed.
The city center is currently undergoing a multi-million pound refurbishment.
“The graffiti appearing on the new street furniture is of great concern to some of us [councillors] commented on this before the designs were chosen,” said Dr. Walsh.
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“That [concerns] You’re right because that’s what happened.
“My concern is that if it’s not treated daily it will get worse because graffiti tends to attract more graffiti and other types of damage.”
Council officials said it was “a disgrace” that graffiti had appeared on the brand new furniture but said it has now been removed with the help of Littlehampton Town Council.
They promised to deal with any future damage “promptly.”
dr Walsh said the graffiti and recently smashed storefronts are evidence that more policing is needed in the area.
“I just wonder if we put more pressure on the police and the detective inspector – which I did, but to little effect,” he said.
“[Katy Bourne] appears to be deaf to Littlehampton.
“Unless this type of vandalism is dealt with through proper policing, it tends to get worse and discourage people from coming downtown.”
dr Walsh claimed that some parents “do not seem to know what their children are up to in Littlehampton”, adding that there are “half a dozen who give the town a very bad name”.
Council Chair Shaun Gunner (Con, Rustington East) said he raised the issues with PCC Katy Bourne and Chief Inspector Nick Bowman, the district commander for Arun and Chichester.
“Katy Bourne is well aware of the views of this council,” Mr Gunner said.
Katy Bourne and Sussex Police have been contacted for comment.
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