Is Brighton just rubbish?

Published on by Chris Dabbs (author)

Steine Gardens litter (photo: Chris Dabbs)
Steine Gardens litter

Steine Gardens litter

Steine Gardens litter

Despite planning to spend around £1 million on maintaining and upgrading the city's public toilets, other areas of the city's infrastructure could be putting off tourists from visiting the traditional fun by the sea resort.

Old Steine Gardens, just north of the world famous Brighton Pier, should provide a lovely leafy spot for tourists to relax in on their way to the beach after visiting the Royal Pavillion.

Instead visitors have to pick their way through, litter, neglect and a sense of general decay.

Victoria Fountain 1

Victoria Fountain 1

The jewel of the gardens, the venerable 174 year old Victoria Fountain is far from being a pleasing addition to the gardens.

Victoria Fountain decay

Victoria Fountain decay

Brighton City Council is trying to combat the litter problem in particular with the #BHlitter hashtag being used to alert the council to problems.

The council employ a subcontractor to enforce litter fines of up to £300. Brighton Pavilion's MP, Caroline Lucas (Green) has been critical of this enforcement.

However, the council decided that although they could fine litter droppers £150 a spokeswoman for Brighton and Hove City Council agreed that the fines were a deterrent to littering but said: “We have no plans to increase fines from their current level."

 

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