A council has been accused of trying to keep secret the number of parking spaces to be lost as communal bins are rolled out.

Residents in the Hanover area of Brighton are currently being consulted about Brighton and Hove City Council’s plans to bring in huge containers.

But the Hanover and Elm Grove Labour Group has now accused the council of trying to keep the number of parking spaces to be lost under the scheme a secret.

A leaflet delivered to homes across Hanover makes the claims, saying: “42, the number the council doesn’t want you to know.”

Tracey Hill, of Hanover and Elm Grove Labour Party, said: “At the meeting, councillors asked them to make it clear how many parking spaces would be lost.

“People should be told what’s being considered. The alternative would be to keep kerbside recycling, but there could be a push on recycling and fines for offenders.

“Parking spaces are already squeezed because a Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) was introduced in ten streets at the top of Southover Street and this is having a knock on effect.

Communal bins are yet another thing that will have an effect on car owners in Hanover.

“Ultimately it is up to the residents of Hanover to decide but they should have had the full facts laid out in front of them.”

Public consultation

The consultation period runs until December 3, and residents have been urged to have their say.

A spokeswoman for the city council confirmed that 42 parking spaces would be lost if the scheme is implemented.

She added that the number had probably been left out of the leaflet because there was “lots of information to fit in”.

In a statement the council said: “Our leaflet makes it quite clear that parking spaces would be lost if communal bins are introduced.

“Information sent to households includes a map showing where bins might be located so residents can easily see if any parking spaces could be lost and where.”

An exhibition of the proposals was held at the Hanover Centre in Southover Street, from 3pm to 6.30pm on Tuesday, November 20.

A second event will be held at the Salvation Army Brighton Congress Hall in Park Crescent Terrace on November 29 from 3pm to 6.30pm.

Take part in the council consultation on its website consult.brighton-hove.gov.uk


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