Simon Kirby, Member of Parliament for Brighton Kemptown, has called for a debate in Parliament on the ongoing bin dispute affecting residents of Brighton and Hove.
Mr Kirby raised the issue at Business Questions in the House of Commons this morning.
The Leader of the House of Commons Andrew Lansley acknowledged the seriousness of the problem and praised Mr Kirby for his efforts in persuading conflicting parties to resolve the dispute in the interests of residents. Mr Lansley also commented on the irony of a Green council administration overseeing the current environmental chaos in the city.
Mr Kirby said, “My constituents and I are appalled at the rubbish piling up on the streets of our city and outraged by the Green’s failure to resolve the dispute. With further strikes scheduled I wanted to raise the issue in Parliament to highlight the urgency of the situation and call on Councillors and trade unions to put residents first.
The strike is having a direct impact on the people of the city, but the neglect shown by the Green Council also raises wider questions about the responsibilities of local authorities for the health and wellbeing of residents. There are important lessons to be learned from the situation in Brighton, which is why I wanted to call for a debate in House today.”