NEIGHBOURHOOD watch groups could get handheld speed guns as part of the latest Conservative budget proposals.

More bins, verge cutting and the removal of weeds from pavements are also part of a raft of measures aimed at improving the "state of the city".

Four new mobile CCTV cameras costing £50,000 to discouraging fly-tipping are also part of the plans, as well as the handheld speed guns.

The package of measures, announced by the Conservative team on Sunday, promise to fight the "ongoing problem with overflowing rubbish bins" and fix potholes and faded road signs.

Conservative communities spokesperson Robert Nemeth said the city is currently in a "poor state".

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He said: “Whenever you talk to fellow residents in the city the issues that come up invariably relate to the poor state of the city – the litter, overflowing bins, fly tipping at green spots or even road signs which have faded away.

The Argus: Cllr Vanessa Brown at one of the overflowing bins at Hove Recreation GroundCllr Vanessa Brown at one of the overflowing bins at Hove Recreation Ground

“Unfortunately, we have a council that would rather talk for hours and hours about national and international issues like nuclear weapons rather than do its job and work to fix these very obvious problems.

“These Conservative amendments aim end this inertia and refocus the council on cleaning up the city, with action to improve a number of basic services that are encountered by residents on a day-to-day basis, from providing better bins to road signs that are actually legible.

“The council had been neglecting the state of the city for too long and these measures are needed to arrest the city’s decline.”

The Argus: Hove Park Ward Councillor Samer Bagaeen next to an overflowing bin in Hove ParkHove Park Ward Councillor Samer Bagaeen next to an overflowing bin in Hove Park

Other Tory proposals include new trees around phone masts and fixing broken play equipment in parks to improve the "visual amenity of the city" and will cost £110,000.

Upgrades to road name signage and filling of potholes are also on the agenda and expected to cost £70,000.

Brighton and Hove City Council will meet on Thursday to discuss the proposals set out in the 2021/22 budget.

The budget has to be approved at a meeting of the full council – known as the budget council – and the changes tend to take effect from the start of April.

The Greens propose a 4.99 per cent rise in council tax, as well as slashing bills for those in the poorest households.

Hove Park Ward Councillors Vanessa Brown and Samer Bagaeen said the funding for extra and larger bins in Hove Park and Hove Recreation Ground is "essential".

They said: "Our hope is that these can be procured and installed in place quickly and that an appropriate collection system is then put in place."