Eastbourne’s household and waste recycling centre looks set to see an increase in business as changes to the opening of the Seaford site comes into effect.
From October 6 the Seaford facility will open for just three days following a cost-cutting shake-up by East Sussex County Council.
It will open Fridays and Saturdays from 8am and 4pm and Sundays between 9am and 4pm but be closed from Mondays to Thursdays.
The changes follow a public consultation last year on the East Sussex Waste Strategy, which included proposals for the full closure of the facility plus two others in the county.
Feedback from residents led the county council’s cabinet to agree alternative proposals for reduced opening hours.
“As with every authority in the country, we are having to make difficult decisions to achieve necessary savings,” said Councillor Carl Maynard, the lead member for recycling.
“Closing this sites for four days a week will go some way to help us achieve these savings. We listened carefully to the concerns and points raised by members of the public during an extensive consultation and, in response to that feedback, agreed to the alternative plan to keep the site open.
“By reducing the opening hours, we have been able to balance the requirement to make savings with local need for services.
“Those needing to use the facilities on the remaining four days can use any of the other nine household waste recycling sites within East Sussex.
“Alternative sites are available within a 10 to 20 minutes’ drive.”
The Household Waste and Recycling Centre in Hailsham was also earmarked for closure as part of the cost cutting exercise.
But after an initial review, and statistics showing the town’s population is set to increase, it was ruled out. Instead the Station Road facility could get a facelift to improve recycling rates.
A county council spokesperson said, “This site has an extremely poor recycling rate due to limited space and number of containers. It is recommended options to improve the site are explored.”