A woman has expressed anger at proposals to install a bike hangar outside her home.
Janice Goodlet said she was “concerned and alarmed” by plans to build one of the council’s new cycle hangars outside her home on St Leonards Road in Hove, where she has lived for almost 30 years.
She is furious that every time she leaves the house she is greeted by the “huge ugly object” and expects it to make noise and become a target for vandals.
She said: “I am not opposed to bike hangars being installed on public roads to allow cyclists to park their bikes in a safe place, but I am unhappy with the way the council has acted about its location without directly consulting local residents decided to be directly affected.
“There are many other places near me where the bike hangar wouldn’t be right in front of a resident’s living room and bedroom.”
Janice said she raised her objections with council officials to no avail.
She said: “It seems that the negative impact it would have on me and my partner is not significant.
“I’ve lived in my house for almost 30 years and have loved living here, but the thought of having an immovable and large object right in front of my house that I have no control over makes me really worried and desperate.”
Councilor Robert Nemeth, who represents Janice’s parish in Hove, claimed there hadn’t been proper scrutiny since the bike hangers were approved.
He said: “This extremely controversial policy has received neither public nor democratic scrutiny.
“Topics such as planning, access, loss of parking space, procurement and the inevitable vandalism were not sufficiently considered.
“I of course support Janice in opposing this monstrosity in front of her house. These structures should only leave the homes of those who intend to use them.”
Councilors are set to vote on the proposed site for a series of bike hangars, including two planned for St Leonards Road, at a committee meeting on Tuesday.
Despite concerns from residents along the road, councilors were recommended to approve both hangars planned for St Leonards Road.
A council spokesman said: “No decisions have been taken on the proposal for bicycle hangars on St Leonards Road.
“Our Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee will consider the proposal next week.
“As part of our consultation process, we have written to local residents living within sight of the proposed sites and provided details of how they could comment.
“Notices with the details were also posted on the street.
“The committee will consider the feedback received when making its decision.”
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