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Decision due on communal bins in Brighton and Hove
1:50pm Monday 4th February 2013 in News
The communal bin revolution is rolling out across Brighton and Hove.
Tens of thousands of householders across the city centre currently have to put their waste in large black containers in the street.
As a way to make streets where properties have no front gardens tidier Brighton and Hove City Council wants to introduce the communal |bin scheme in the Triangle area between Lewes and Upper Lewes roads.
However, opinion is split with some residents worried it will lead to a loss of parking spaces.
A further plan to roll out the scheme in Hanover has been temporarily put on hold until a further public meeting has been held.
Pete West, chairman of the council’s environment and sustainability committee, said: “We understand that changing the way refuse is collected is a big issue for residents and we are pleased that so many people have taken part in the consultation and given us their views.
“Our officers are committed to finding workable collection schemes for both areas.”
It comes after a public consultation of hundreds of affected homes last year.
Responses in favour
In The Triangle area 51% of residents who responded were in favour of the scheme while 44% wanted to keep the existing collection service.
Consultation leaflets were sent out to 1,154 households in 18 roads and 225 responses were received.
Park Crescent and Park Crescent Terrace will be excluded as these properties have front gardens and bosses fear the bins may obstruct emergency vehicles.
In Hanover 48% supported communal bins while 46% were against, largely due to the loss of parking spaces.
Consultation documents were sent out to 1,367 households and 605 responses to the consultation were received
A revised proposal is being drawn up in time for the meeting. A date and venue has not yet been released.
Martin Cooper, of Aberdeen Road, Brighton, said: “It is the student-occupied properties that tend to leave out plastic bags or useless binvelopes for the seagulls and foxes to tear to pieces, strewing rubbish all over the place.
“Rather than us residents – who have bought our bins and are happy to lean out of the door and use them – having to drag binbags through the rain to an overflowing communal bin, which is taking up vital parking spaces, why not force the landlords and property agents, who make vast fortunes out of these students, to buy a bin for each household?”
A decision on both will be taken at the council’s environment and sustainability committee meeting on Wednesday, February 6 in Hove Town Hall at 4pm.
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