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Victory claimed by protesters as bin plans in Hannover halted
7:20am Saturday 9th March 2013 in News
Campaigners against communal bins are claiming victory after council chiefs appeared to drop plans to introduce the large containers in a neighbourhood.
Brighton and Hove City Council proposed to introduce the big black bins on the narrow streets of Hanover believing it would make the area tidier and more attractive for residents.
Opinion was split with dozens of locals believing the scheme would encourage vermin and fly- tipping.
Others claimed it would reduce the value of homes.
After a public meeting of 100 people in Elm Grove Primary School this week, Liz Wakefield, who represents the area on the council, wrote to residents saying the plans had been dropped.
The Argus contacted ward councillors and the local authority for confirmation but did not receive a response at the time of going to print.
Charlie Doidge, of Lincoln Street, Brighton, said: "We’re still waiting for a formal announce- ment but as far as I’m concerned that pretty much clears it.
"I’m delighted and the response we have had from the majority of residents in Hanover is that they are delighted too."
The email from Coun Wakefield to campaigners said: "The decision has been collectively reached that there will be no large communal black bins introduced to Hanover.
"As one of the local councillors, it as my job to listen and to sup- port the democratic process and decision of the majority."
The meeting came after the council held a consultation on introducing the bins last year.
The results showed 48% of responders supported communal bins while 46% were against, largely due to the loss of parking spaces.
Some residents said they did not want to attend the meeting for fear of intimidation.
Speaking after the meeting, Gillian Marston, the council’s head of Cityclean, said: "We had a really useful meeting hearing a variety of views and concerns.
"We will carefully consider all that was said and will write to all residents detailing the next steps."