Brighton Gardens Put On 'At-Risk' Register

26 October 2017, 09:39

Royal Pavilion Gardens in Brighton

Brighton and Hove City Council is promising to work with Historic England to protect the Royal Pavilion Gardens.

It's after the Grade 2 listed site was added to a register of historic buildings and landmarks thought to be at risk.

5,290 historic buildings, places of worship, gardens, battlefields, protected wrecks and conservation areas on the list are thought to be under threat.

The figure is down on last year, with 387 sites rescued from decline or decay, while 328 were added to the list because they are at risk.

The gardens, designed by John Nash, have been affected by increased popularity with visitors since a restoration in the 1980s.

Experts say their character is being further eroded by a "disparate" range of fencing, litter bins, signs and lighting.

Council officials say more will also be done to tackle anti-social behaviour and remove litter and grafitti.

Councillor Alan Robins, chair of the Tourism, Development and Culture Committee, said: "The Royal Pavilion Garden is well loved by residents and visitors and it is our responsibility to care for them and hand them on to future generations.

"The grounds have traditionally provided a relaxing space in the centre of our city. We remain committed to providing public access to the garden, but the message from Historic England is that we must act now to prevent any further deterioration and protect one of our most precious assets."