Upset over new biomass boiler at Brewers site

Margaret Gearing & Bob Marshall besides the Brewers Biomass Boiler. SUS-150128-132337001
Margaret Gearing & Bob Marshall besides the Brewers Biomass Boiler. SUS-150128-132337001

Residents have been left fuming after an Eastbourne firm put an biomass boiler in its grounds without planning permission.

Brewers decorating merchants installed the boiler at the end of last year behind its store in Maple Road off Lottbridge Drove.

It has since submitted a retrospective planning application to Eastbourne Borough Council asking for approval for it to stay there.

But residents in Tollgate Gardens are angry and say the boiler is a large silver unsightly container which suddenly appeared without warning at the end of their gardens.

They have also raised concerns about smell, dust, noise and air pollution and say it is dangerously close to properties New Derby House.

Margaret Geering, who has a property in Tollgate Gardens, said, “The boiler is operating at night, there is a distinct smell of burning wood and together with the adjoining metal pipes and a very large chimney, it’s not a pleasant sight. The position is totally inappropriate as it is surrounded by sheltered and residential housing.”

Mark Brewer, chairman at Brewers, said, “The biomass burner is an environmentally responsible solution to our warehouse heating and it demonstrates a commitment to the environment through the use of green technology. The planning for the biomass was an oversight on our part and we apologise for any concern or inconvenience this has led to; we are happy to investigate any way in which we can improve nearby residents’ outlook.”

A spokesperson at Eastbourne Borough Council said, “A structure has been put up on premises in Maple Road without planning permission. An application has been submitted to keep the structure and will be decided upon at a future planning committee.”