An 8,000 signature petition against plans to close Seaford’s household waste and recycling unit is due to be handed over to East Sussex County Council today (Tuesday).
The facility has been earmarked for closure in a cost cutting bid and has led to widespread concern amongst the community. In mid-November 350 people turned up to a meeting to discuss the issue and 200 more had to be turned away because there was not enough space. Another public meeting was organised for Friday and saw dozens of residents who could not make the first meeting turn out.
Seaford mayor Councillor Anthony White chaired the meeting and leader of the Seaford Town Council Ian White spoke, along with Councillor Frank Carstairs and the mayor of Newhaven Councillor Julie Carr also talked about the impact on Newhaven.
There are fears a closure could lead to fly tipping.
Councillor Sam Adeniji, who set up the e-petition, said, “The next move is to hand over the petition. The council will now have to debate the matter at the full council due to the number of signatures.
“We are asking people to write directly to all of the 49 East Sussex County Councillor, stating why they are against the closure and to try and engage their support before the meeting.”
Lead member for transport and environment Councillor Carl Maynard said some tough decisions had to be made as £63m of savings needed to be found over three years.