Councillors turn down bid to increase incinerator deliveries

PLANS to treble the amount of waste deliveries to the Newhaven incinerator have been given the thumbs down by town councillors.

The application to increase the number of visits from 10 to up to 35 on certain bank and public holidays has been met with anger by Seaford MP Norman Baker who had a meeting with Veolia environmental services executive director Robert Hunt last month to stress the unpopularity of the proposals.

And that was the feeling of Seaford town councillors who discussed the controversial new plans last weeks.

Members of the Planning & Highways Committee said they strongly objected to the proposals with Councillor Bob Allen saying, “This is for bank and public holidays and the idea of limiting the number of waste journeys was that the waste collection authorities do not in Lewes district collect waste on bank and public holidays.

“If we permit larger numbers of waste deliveries to the incinerator I suggest this will then permit waste to come in from outside the district which is not a good thing.”

Councillor Anthony White added, “I don’t like the one foot in the door kind of attitude that seems to get applied to applications of this type.”

The latest application comes just under a year since Veolia submitted an application to remove the restrictions entirely during public and Bank Holidays but this was withdrawn after an outcry from residents.

They submitted the latest application in January this year.

Mr Baker has urged East Sussex County Council to stand up for the community when its planning committee makes a final decision on the application at a later date.