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Seaford tip, possible closure.
Seaford tip, possible closure.

A petition has been set up calling for Seaford’s household waste and recycling unit to remain open.

The facility at Cradle Hill has been earmarked for closure by East Sussex County Council in a cost cutting bid. Closure is also proposed for sites in Forest Row and Wadhurst and the county council has launched a public consultation into its plans which will run until December 11.

The news has seen Seaford resident and Councillor Sam Adeniji set up an e-petition calling on the county council to re-think its proposals and has so far gathered hundreds of signatures in support and has also seen Seaford Town Council call a meeting on the issue this Friday (November 15).

Cllr Adeniji said, “I think we are concerned that Seaford has over 26,000 people and those residents, as well as people in surrounding areas such as East Dean and Alfriston, will have to go to Newhaven [if the site closes].

“The queueing time could be as long as half an hour and one of our concerns is that people may not want to queue and this could lead to fly tipping.

“At the moment Lewes District Council is hitting its recycling targets but people may decide to put their items in their household waste and these targets could be affected.”

Seaford MP Norman Baker is calling on residents to object to the plans, saying he was concerned residents would be cut off from a facility that was ‘popular and convenient’.

Lead member for transport and environment Councillor Carl Maynard, told the Gazette last week, “With £63m of savings to find over three years, we are being forced to make some tough decisions. We want members of the public to tell us what they think about the draft strategy.”

You can sign the e-petition at: http://epetition.eastsussex.public-i.tv/epetition_core/community/petition/2462#.UnpgvDDPywA.twitter