families in Withdean have been told to remove bike sheds from their front gardens following a crackdown by Brighton and Hove City Council.
Terraced houses in Bates Road have been sent letters by the planning department telling them they fall foul of planning laws and must be removed.
Kieran Barnard was given 28 days to destroy his shed, pictured, on July 3.
He said: “It is particularly disappointing and rather ironic that the Tour de France has just visited the UK and this would have been a fantastic opportunity for Brighton to take a lead in sustainable transportation.
“Instead the council is making it more difficult to cycle.
“We are a young family and we are trying to set an example to our children and encourage a healthy lifestyle. We are using our bikes far more than before we had a bike store.”
The move has been described as “hypocrisy” by Conservative prospective parliamentary candidate for Brighton Pavilion Clarence Mitchell, who says it is at odds with the Green administration’s pro-cycling stance.
He says he and his team of canvassers have identified 21 households in Bates Road, and nearby Loder Road, Herbert Road and Balfour Road which have similar sheds.
Raising the issue in his blog, he said: “Instead of penalising residents in this blatant, politically contradictory, way, BHCC could be taking the lead in promoting the green policies its current administration so vocally advocates by leaving the bike sheds alone.”
He added: “We are therefore demanding that any current bike shed enforcement notices be indefinitely postponed while further talks take place to ensure the bike sheds stay.”
And he later told Brighton and Hove News that a yearly inspection to ensure the sheds were being used to store bikes could be an acceptable condition of planning consent.
A council spokesperson said: “Generally any structure or tall fence in a front garden needs planning permission. These are not locally-decided policies, but national rules.
“There is no distinction in planning guidelines between a bike shed or any other shed.
“The reason for these guidelines is to prevent developments in front gardens ruining the general street scene.
“Guidelines for back gardens do tend to allow sheds but anyone considering building one should check with their local council planning department.”
This story was edited on 4 August, 2014, to amend the number of houses sent enforcement letters from 21 to two.
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