Gardens & wildlife


The top 8 Round Hill concerns uncovered by the recent community survey focused mainly on our neighbourhood's streets:

1. Dog fouling (80%)
2. Refuse/recycling mess & rubbish in gardens (75%)
3. Difficulty parking (75%)
4. Thoughtless/poor driving (70%)
5. Graffiti (60%}
6. Poor air quality: WTS and Lewes Rd (60%)
7. Noisy neighbours (50%}
8. Anti-social behaviour on streets (50%)

[Percentages in the above league table apply to respondents who were "very/sometimes concerned"]

Reporting mess to your Local Council
Any resident can make Brighton and Hove City Council aware of problems in the streets where they live. For example, see
The Council website's main street cleaning page.

Other useful links:

1 Litter, dog waste and litter bins

2 Recycling or refuse left out early or all the time

3a Abandoned vehicles - Sussex Police
3b Unlicenced vehicles on a public road - DVLA
3c Untaxed vehicle
3d a vehicle parked where it should not be

4 dangerous or anti-social driving

5 Graffiti *

* The Council will remove offensive graffiti (see definition) on both public and private property. Call them on (01273) 292929 so they can remove it as quickly as possible. Offensive graffiti is cleaned off or painted over within 24 hours, but more often within 2 hours, of it being reported

6a If you are troubled by odour from The Waste Transfer Station &/or Materials Recovery Facility at Hollingdean Depot, phone The Environment Agency on 0800 807060. They will log your complaint.

If the nuisance is noise, then contact Scott Castle, Brighton and Hove City Council's Senior Environmental Health Officer on 01273 292248 email: Scott.Castle@brighton-hove.gov.uk

You can also inform Veolia's Site Manager about odour &/or noise by email ( Kevin.Hanson@veolia.co.uk, phone (Kevin Hanson on 01273 544 205) or write to him at Hollingdean MRF/WTS, Veolia Environmental Services (UK) Plc, Hollingdean Lane, Brighton BN1 7BB.

6b The Council webpage on Air Quality Management links to The Lewes Road Corridor Project - transport improvements designed to improve air quality on our side of the city.

7 Noise from neighbours

8a Anti-social behaviour and crime - Council
8b Reporting anti-social behaviour and hate incidents - Council
8c Sussex Police's webpage on anti-social behaviour
8d Reporting anti-social behaviour to the Police

8d Bonfires and Smoke nuisance

8e Smoke Control Areas - Round Hill falls within SCA 4.
DEFRA's website has some helpful pages on Fuels you are allowed to burn and Appliances you are allowed to use within Smoke Control Areas in England when using the specified fuels.

Strategy for more pleasant streets
Flytipping The Council's website reminds us all for good reason that "If you put any items on the pavement for others to pick up and reuse (including electrical items, furniture etc) you are fly-tipping. These items should be kept on your property and advertised through signs, newspapers or websites".
Step 1 Explain the problem Some of those responsible for flytipping are unaware that they are risking a hefty fine. The stiff penalties for "flytipping" may at first seem draconian to residents who feel they are being helpful to those who may pick up the abandoned items. However, it is understandable that Councils act to protect pedestrian access and safety, especially with groups like guide-dog users and the partially sighted in mind. Moreover, "one resident's useful gift to the community is another resident's rubbish" and most residents find much of what is actually left on our pavements as unsightly.
Step 2 Publicise alternative ways of passing on unwanted items [A] Green Cycle Sussex
[B] The Round Hill Community Yahoo Group
[C] Take items to one of the Council's Recycling Centres
[D] Pay to use the Council's Bulky Waste Collection Service
Step 3 Share in a community effort to report flytipping The Council's website allows all residents to report a fly-tip very easily. An effort to clear items from pavements will often be made within 24 hours. All of the recycling, refuse and street cleaning managers and team leaders are trained to take enforcement action against anyone who breaks the law. Landlords may be unaware that departing tenants have left items on pavements, but some take deposits to cover this eventuality. Action on reporting fly-tipping will place the cost with the fly-tipper and is the route which our Council offers us to cleaner streets.

This page was last updated by Ted on 07-Sep-2012
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