More Brighton and Hove streets to have communal bins

Communal bins could be coming to more streets in Brighton and Hove.

Public consultations on introducing communal bins in Prestonville, part of Roundill and roads between Viaduct Road and Springfield Road, in Brighton, are due to start early next year.

Hanover and Elm Grove, the North Laine, Prestonville, Queen’s Park and three roads in Rottingdean will be surveyed in the spring.

And in the summer, streets in the Southern Cross area of Portslade, streets south of the railway line between Dyke Road, Montefiore Road and Davigdor Road, West Hove along Boundary Road, Portland Road and Westbourne Street, Hove Park Villas and Queen’s Parade, in Hangleton, will be consulted

The full list of streets set to be consulted can be found here.

The proposals are included in an update on the modernisation of Cityclean going before the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee on Tuesday 29 September.

Areas targeted have narrower pavements and fewer places where residents can store green wheelie bins.

In September, people living in streets south of London Road railway station complained that their rubbish was not being collected from old-style bins even though not everyone in the area had been given a wheelie bin.

It is one of the first areas earmarked for public consultation.

The report going before councillors said that if communal bins were not approved, the issue of blocked pavements would continue in some streets in Brighton and Hove.

It said: “There has been some initial engagement about the expansion of communal bins with the trade unions.

“At this stage, the GMB are indicating that they have concerns about the expansion and will be seeking reassurances around these changes not resulting in a reduction in staff numbers.

“Should the committee agree to the recommendations in this report, a programme of further consultation will take place with staff and the trade unions with the aim of understanding and responding to these concerns.”

During 2018 and 2019, a wheelie bin audit took place to establish which homes needed bigger bins and which areas were more suited to communal bins.

The report said that communal bins would be emptied daily and recycling and glass emptied several times a week.

The council’s Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee is due to hold a virtual meeting at 4pm on Tuesday 29 September. The meeting is scheduled to be webcast on the council’s website.

  1. Natalia Harrison Reply

    PLEASE provide communal bins along lyndhurst road and Silverdale road – I have to walk in the road with my double buggy as pavement access is very restricted.

    • Derek Wright Reply

      ask/tell your councillors

  2. Rolivan Reply

    If the Communal Bins turn out to be successful perhaps the next step will be the introduction of Static Bins sunk into the ground and accessible by card.Perhaps The Council could ask Veolia as they know all about them as they are a success in Brittany.

  3. Suburb Policies Reply

    How are older and disabled people supposed to lift bags into that bin? If a fit Cityclean complains about lifting a bin hurting their back, how do they think their gran will manage to get a bag into that bin?

    Why are so many policies designed to cost people in small city houses so much? Parking and trash are a good example. Live in the fancy parts of the city with a drive and off road parking and you don’t have to pay to park and you get free wheelie bin collection.

    • Chris Reply

      Although I agree that lifting a bag into the big communal bins can be difficult, so is having to take a wheelie bin to the pavement (I have 17 steps down to the road) and then retrieving it from wherever the collectors have left it, rarely where you put it for them. Also it’s hardly free, council tax is still payable in the “fancy parts”. The council says the bins will be emptied daily – collections are sometimes missed for a week or two in the “fancy parts” with no explanation.

    • Derek Wright Reply
  4. M Franks Reply

    I previously lived in Cromwell Road where they’ve had communal bins for years. They were a nightmare. Always full and really difficult to operate in terms of the opening and lifting involved. Cuts down available parking and a hazard for cars pulling out of adjoining roads due to lack of visibility. I would not recommend them.

  5. Howard Reply

    No no no to the big black communal bins.
    They are poorly maintained, open to vermin, smelly dirty and an eyesore.
    They are a dumping ground for all sorts of unsuitable rubbish often fly tipped not by the local community or buildings they are intended for. Most people do not realise these bins often service select blocks of flats etc and are overused by a wider community. It is hard to load rubbish into the big black bins, what about elderly, disabled etc? The big black bins are an eyesore but also as was proven by a well known more accident in kemptown the big black bins often block the vision of road users and pedestrians leading to serious and even fatal accidents. Why the big black bins are put hindering vision at junctions I do not understand. Mark my words any increase in big black bin numbers will cost lives.

  6. Anne O'Donnell Reply

    Please send Brighton councillors to Bath to learn some lessons. A similar tourist and university town with regency housing with no gardens for bins, their streets are so clean whereas Brighton now looks so shabby I am genuinely embarrassed when people come to stay.

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