Brighton and Hove cyclists hit out at tip ban

Posted On 23 Jun 2020 at 3:04 pm

Cyclists have hit out at the council’s new policy of only allowing people in cars and vans use its tips.

Since the waste transfer sites at Wilson Avenue in Brighton and Old Shoreham Road in Hove reopened, cyclists and pedestrians have not been allowed to enter.

The council says this is because it’s too dangerous because of the large queues which have built up at the sites.

But this means that the huge numbers of households in Brighton and Hove without a car are left having to either pay for bulky waste collections or put garden waste and other non-collectable recycling in the bin.

Paul Bonnett, who lives in Brighton, posted the picture above on Twitter of his bike and trailer full of garden waste which he had hoped to take to the Wilson Avenue tip – but had been turned away.

He said: “I just don’t get it. It makes no sense. I can’t take my #recycling to Brighton tip with my #bike and trailer as I normally do.

“It doesn’t get in the way, and it’s good for the environment for me to cycle there and good for my health. I can’t see a negative.”

His comments were echoed by Green councillor Sarah Nield, who tweeted: “You can’t currently cycle to the tip in Brighton – and you can’t walk there either.

“So what are the 40% of households without a car meant to do? I’m told I can pay for a bulky waste collection. But I want to recycle.”

A council spokesperson said: “This is a temporary restriction while we manage demand at the household waste recycling sites.

“Demand is currently so high that cars are queuing on the access roads all day making it unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists.

“We are reviewing this on a regular basis and will let in pedestrians and cyclists when it is safe to do so.

“Pedestrians and cyclists will only be permitted at the Hove site when there is a safe space for them to walk. Cyclists must dismount before entering the site and wheel their bike in.

“Pedestrians and cyclists will not be permitted at the Brighton site as there is no safe route to enter.

“As soon as the restriction at Hove has been lifted, our website will be updated.”

  1. bradly23 Reply

    unbelievable … who runs these sites? … there IS a safe route to enter off Wilson Avenue but those running the sites are not too bothered to sort it out eg traffic cones, signage and sensible speeds.

  2. Lewis Reply

    Nothing changes with Brighton and hove council
    Over the past few years even parks and gardens dept don’t do there job they are paid for grass cutting for example is just ridiculous with grass waste cuttings left behind after the so called machine cuts any are leaving a mess behind what’s the point in paying for services through council taxes if all they do is a job a child could do better so come on BHC get your act together

    • Ed Reply

      Could make day or two for cyclists only. Ain’t a rocket science.

  3. Alan Rogers Reply

    Easy just go to the nearest on street bin and use that I fo that now instead of queuing for the tip.

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