The Conservatives have launched their pitch to voters ahead of the local elections - promising to restore pride in the city.

The party has published a manifesto, titled Ten Good Reasons to Vote Conservative, which promises to cut weeds and verges, restore the city’s heritage and end excessive charges.

Among its pledges, the Tories said they would restore civic events, such as City in Bloom, use council powers to clamp down on drugs and antisocial behaviour, and reopen all of the city’s public toilets.

Conservative group leader Steve Bell said: “After 12 years of Green and Labour-run councils, Brighton and Hove is an embarrassing state.

“The rubbish is not reliably collected, litter lines our streets, pavements are not clear of weeds, hundreds of council homes lie empty, public toilets are closed, graffiti has taken over, and the council became the only one in the country to allow tents in public parks.

“Residents know that neighbouring councils are run so much better. Their toilets are open and their rubbish is collected without fail.

“Brighton and Hove City Council is not working for residents. The town halls are empty, staff are working from home and residents’ phone calls and emails go unanswered.

“The Conservatives make you this simple promise: with your vote, we will do what is necessary to restore well-run services and give residents a city to be proud of again.”

Those running for the Conservatives in the upcoming election include Councillor Dawn Barnett, who has represented Hangleton and Knoll since October 2004.

Voters will go to the polls across the city on May 4.

In a change for residents in Sussex, voters will need to bring some form of photo identification with them to polling stations in order to cast their ballot.

Those without a suitable form of ID can apply for a free Voter Authority Certificate from the government’s website.