Notorious Burgess Hill sex alley to close

Church Walk, Burgess Hill 10.09.15 Pic Steve Robards SR1521629 SUS-151009-183709001
Church Walk, Burgess Hill 10.09.15 Pic Steve Robards SR1521629 SUS-151009-183709001

Locked gates will be installed to close a notorious alleyway in Burgess Hill town centre where ‘activity of a sexual nature’ has taken place.

At Burgess Hill Town Council’s customer services key area group meeting on Wednesday (November 4), members agreed to install the metal gates to prevent antisocial behaviour in the alley in Church Walk.

The agenda of the meeting read: “A considerable amount of fly tipping is left here, including an old mattress, and staff have had to clear up human waste and activity of a sexual nature.”

Further problems such as fighting, arguing and swearing in the alleyway and surrounding area were listed in the agenda.

The agenda read: “Historically people have left shopping trolleys here and the town council bins were stored in the alley.

“The bins have had to be removed due to the amount of non-council produced waste being placed in them.

“At the time of writing this report the town council awaits a visit from Sussex Police to collect a quantity of empty DVD cases that have been dumped in the alley.”

Councillors were advised that gates to secure the alley would allow it to be used for storage, with a key to be issued allowing access to those who require its use.

Members were also warned that ‘activities of an antisocial nature’ could increase if the gates were not installed.

A period of notice will be given before the £1,500 metal gates are installed, the council said.

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