Cycle hangar blocks light up flat in Warleigh Road, Brighton

WORKERS installed a new bike hangar outside three children’s bedroom windows, despite repeated requests from their father to move it elsewhere.

Adam Khan wrote to Brighton and Hove City Council early last month following a public notice about the new cycle shed near his home in Warleigh Road, Brighton.

He was frustrated that no one responded to his concerns that the car-sized metal box would block the light in his children’s bedroom in the family’s basement apartment.

Mr Khan, 52, who has lived in Warleigh Road for 11 years, supported the principle of having bike hangars on the road where most houses have been converted into apartments and storage space is scarce.

The Argus: Adan Khan shared a photo of the view from his bedroom windowAdan Khan shared a photo of the view from his child’s bedroom window

During the first coronavirus national lockdown from March to May 2020, dozens of families had their bikes stolen from outside their homes despite being padlocked

Mr Khan emailed the council to object to the hangar’s position. He said it was “inhumane” to place it within five meters of a bedroom window in the basement, adding: “A car has windows.

“This is undoubtedly more substantial than a car. There is no glass. It’s a big chunk with writing on it. It’s like having a billboard in front of your house.

“The sidewalk is already narrow enough. It’s so close, towering over our house. We are in the basement apartment and we can now see it from our bay window.

“I don’t understand what writing is for. Who needs to know? The only people who see this writing know that it is a coat hanger for local residents. The writing should face outward so people can see it.

“Now it feels like I’m powerless to protect my family from an indifferent, unrelenting force that has come and taken my space away from me. It feels like part of our home. It’s so close.”

The council said the hangars had to go at the end of a series of parking bays and the nearest space was unsuitable because it was next to a tree.

Mr Khan couldn’t see why the hanger shouldn’t go down the street next to the motorbike park. The bay is next to a wall and the hangar would not block a window.

The Argus: Adam Khan tried to prevent the bike hangar from being installed in front of the basement apartmentAdam Khan tried to prevent the bike hangar from being installed in front of the basement apartment

The council said: “We are sorry that the local resident concerned is disappointed with the location we have chosen for the cycle shed.

“When we conduct statutory consultations, we often receive a lot of comments. We consider all comments before making decisions.

“Unfortunately, we are not able to provide personalized responses to every concern that is raised with us.

“When evaluating locations for bike hangars, we need to consider a number of factors. This includes topics such as drainage, street furniture, trees and bicycle theft.

“This location was assessed as suitable. Only sites with more than five objections are referred to our Environment, Transportation and Sustainability Committee for review.

“The bike hangar has replaced a parking lot. While it’s larger than an average car, it’s smaller than a van. And there are no emissions.

“We have great interest from hundreds of residents who wanted a bike hangar close to their homes.

“We need to provide infrastructure that allows people to make active travel choices and bike hangars in Brighton and Hove are a big part of that.” Cycle hangar blocks light up flat in Warleigh Road, Brighton

Fry Electronics Team

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