The city council has chosen to fence off a ‘rat-infested’ landfill because it is overflowing with waste – rather than clean it up.
The Argus previously reported that the recycling point on Woodbourne Avenue, Hollingbury, had been abandoned for “weeks” with cardboard and glass bottles piled up.
Brighton and Hove City Council yesterday said it would clear up the rubbish “as soon as possible”.
Even so, more rubbish turned up on Monday before the rubbish dump was fenced off and “temporarily closed” at 1pm yesterday.
One person who visited the site said: “The council’s response was to pay contractors to fence it off and get rid of the rats rather than clean it up.
“It’s like sweeping the garbage under the rug. No logic and additional costs for taxpayers.
“It’s a shame the council couldn’t just make sure the area was cleared on a regular basis.
“They like to waste money. They should be held accountable and asked to close the door on the way out.”
Kathy Cooper first noticed the problem on Sunday while visiting her son, who lives in the area.
“Brighton and Hove City Council should be ashamed – both for their clear inability to provide basic services and for continuing to rip off their residents by charging excessive rates of council tax,” she said.
She said the city council entertains “elite” parts of the city while “discriminating against less affluent areas.”
“Don’t get me started on the weed-infested sidewalks and uncut shoulders.
“I found it interesting to note that the sidewalks and shoulder shoulders in the more elite areas of your city seemed to be better maintained and trash collected. Appalling double standards.”
A spokesman for the council previously denied this, saying there were no “favoured” neighborhoods.
Kathy also said the dumpster was infested with rats and “so dry that it poses a potential fire hazard.”
The bins were no longer visible in some places, while hundreds of bottles and dozens of large boxes also covered most of the floor.
Brighton and Hove City Council has been asked for an opinion.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/20994376.hollingbury-recycling-point-temporarily-close-ahead-fix/?ref=rss Hollingbury recycling center temporarily closed pending repairs