Brighton and Hove Greens have criticised a consultation over communal bins for some of the area’s historic regency squares and terraces.
The Greens said that the Labour administration had made clear its preference for communal bins.
They were also concerned that the consultation would be ignored if it showed a lack of support.
Labour has failed to make a compelling case for changing the current system of collecting from basement wheelie bins, the Greens said today (Friday 18 March).
The consultation was agreed at a meeting of Brighton and Hove City Council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee earlier this week.
The Greens wanted the consultation to include the option of keeping the current system but they were outvoted by Labour and Conservative councillors.
As a result, the consultation makes the assumption that the present system will be changed. It asks residents whether they prefer to use communal bins or leave rubbish sacks out on the streets overnight for collection.
The changes would affect Lewes Crescent, Sussex Square, Chichester Terrace and Arundel Terrace, in Brighton, and Brunswick Square, Brunswick Terrace, Palmeira Square and Adelaide Crescent, in Hove.
Green councillor Ollie Sykes, who represents Brunswick and Adelaide Ward, said: “After a protracted engagement period with residents, the Labour council has completely failed to listen to their concerns or make a compelling case for why the current system needs to be changed beyond vague health and safety concerns.
“They have shown no willingness to work with residents to address any health and safety issues or improve the current system.
“Labour’s track record on consultation is very poor, with consultations on children centres and youth services showing over 87 per cent of people opposed to cuts but Labour continuing with its plans regardless.
“We are not convinced this consultation will be any different and are concerned that the Labour council has already made up its mind.
“Currently Labour is living up to its reputation as the council that doesn’t listen.
“There is a better option. As ward councillors, Greens can help Labour to engage properly with residents and come to a joint solution that works for everyone.
“It’s time Labour stopped trying to work against the city.”