Sites in Wealden have been identified by East Sussex County Council as suitable for waste recycling and recovery in a bid to eradicate the need for landfill.
The county council, Brighton and Hove City Council and South Downs National Park Authority have identified several potential areas and ask people to have their say on the draft Waste and Minerals Sites Plan, drawn up after a call for suggestions last year.
Sites identified as suitable for waste treatment activity include an old factory, west of the A22 in Lower Dicker and a pumping station near Amberstone Bridge in Hailsham. Homes are on the east of the old factory site and a two-storey church is also close by. The pumping station site also has two houses adjacent and another to the south west.
Areas which are ‘suitable in principle’ for waste treatment on previously developed land include Old Swan Lane and Station Road industrial estates, Hailsham. Also being considered is the extension of existing waste sites where an adjoining site is capable of supporting waste treatment works such as Cophall Wood Waste Transfer Station and Woodside depot in Polegate. Sites in Uckfield, Rotherfield, Maresfield, Crowborough, Isfield and Horam are also being considered.
The council said County’s last landfill site, at Pebsham, closed last November and only a small amount of material is sent to landfill sites out of the county. Land currently used for waste management will usually be safeguarded against non-waste development. Safeguarded sites include Potts Marsh industrial estate, Westham; Apex Way, Hailsham; Broad Farm, Hellingly; Cophall Wood, Polegate; Old Factory, Lower Dicker; Hailsham pumping station; Chaucer industrial estate, Polegate and Woodland Centre, Chiddingly. Environment cabinet member Cllr Carl Maynard said, “Just because a site is listed as suitable for recycling or recovery doesn’t necessarily mean it will be used for that purpose.”