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Bexley residents can nominate their favourite green space

PUBLISHED: 16:32 29 September 2010

Boris Johnson and children from Barrington School in Bexleyheath

Boris Johnson and children from Barrington School in Bexleyheath

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Residents can nominate their favourite green space as part of a new scheme to reduce fear of using parks.

Boris Johnson launched the Safer Parks in London scheme at Danson Park in Bexleyheath on Tuesday to recognise tough measures boroughs and friends of parks groups have taken to reduce crime and anti social behaviour.

This comes after a Greater London Authority survey found that 27 per cent of Londoners avoid some parks because of safety fears. Main concerns were teenagers hanging around, fear of being mugged or attacked and inadequate lighting.

Mr Johnson said: “Parks make a tremendous difference to our quality of life and everyone from early morning joggers, to kids riding their bikes after school should be able to use them with confidence.

“My award will recognise the hard work that goes on across London to keep our parks free of crime. From cutting down hedges to increase visibility, to installing CCTV and strong lighting, little things can make a big impact on safety and deter criminality.

“If you have noticed improvements that have revitalised your park, then it’s high time we praised the people who made this happen.”

In Danson Park, residents worked with police to reduce the number of teenagers drinking alcohol in the area. Police did this by stepping up patrols in the park throughout the night and increased their use of stop and search.

Once the shop closed there was a noticeable reduction in rowdy incidents, graffiti and street drinking and anti-social behaviour in the park decreased substantially.

All applications must be made online at www.london.gov.uk/saferparks. Applications can be submitted from Tuesday, November 30 and all entries must be received by Monday, January 31, 2011.

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