Doorstep drunks prompt Hove community safety survey

Posted On 08 Sep 2014 at 7:33 am

Concerns over anti-social behaviour in streets in central Hove has prompted a community safety survey.

Seafield Road. Image taken from Google Streetview Seafield Road. Image taken from Google Streetview

Residents living in Seafield Road, St Aubyns and Osborne Villas are being asked a series of questions about how safe they feel, what vandalism they’ve experienced and noise and other disturbance in their neighbourhood.

The survey has been set up by Councillor Andrew Wealls after a discussion about issues in Seafield Road at this week’s local action team meeting.

The meeting heard from the owner of two hostels providing emergency accommodation which residents feel are the source of much of the anti-social behaviour they experience, including finding drunk people on their doorsteps.

Director Chris Hartfield said that the company had tightened up house rules and stepped up patrols to try to tackle neighbours’ concerns.

He added that his tenants are disadvantaged people who have to be found accommodation somewhere.

The hostels were not the only source of concern. A resident also expressed ongoing concern about the SoBo guesthouse and the meeting also heard the results of an audit of the garages.

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