Conservatives are demanding Cityclean managers take action to improve the state of communal rubbish bins across the city, many of which are damaged, daubed in graffiti and subject to repeated fly tipping.
Communal bins were introduced in much of central Brighton & Hove in 2008 and 2009 after trials showed that they reduced the amount of rubbish strewn across city centre streets compared to black bin bags.
However, in the last few years the bins have deteriorated alarmingly. Few now have lids, enabling seagulls and rats to attack discarded food. Many are tagged with graffiti which is rarely removed and fly tipping of large objects around the bins has become endemic. Figures recently uncovered by Conservative Cllr. Graham Cox reveal that the Council has only undertaken 2 fly tipping prosecutions in the last 3 years.
Conservative Group Leader, Cllr. Geoffrey Theobald, has submitted a letter to the Green Party Chairman of the Environment, Transport & Sustainability Committee demanding urgent action to address these problems.
Cllr. Theobald, said: “A large number of these black bins have become an absolute eyesore and a public health hazard. For a city like Brighton & Hove, whose success depends so heavily upon tourism, the Council’s number one priority must be to keep its streets looking clean and attractive. It really shouldn’t be rocket science to get this right – after all, most other cities in the UK and abroad manage it – but at the moment Brighton & Hove is failing dismally in its duty.”