Brakes put on plans for early lorry travel from Newhaven Incinerator depot

Objectors celebrate their victory.
Objectors celebrate their victory.

A proposal to allow lorry movements from 4am at a vehicle depot opposite Newhaven incinerator was knocked back by Lewes District Council.

Veolia applied for permission for a building for heavy goods vehicle parking, staff parking, skip storage and vehicle depot, but it wanted hours of operation to begin at 4am.

While the planning committee gave permission for the building on Wednesday January 9, it did not agree to Veolia’s hours of operation. Instead cllr Peter Gardiner (L.Dem, Ouse Valley and Ringmer) suggested these should be the same as the incinerator.

He said: “I think we should stick to our guns on this. It’s a problem that was created by the incinerator. I’m of the mind that the timings should be the same as the incinerator.”

The council voted to restrict hours of operation to 7am-7pm weekdays and 7am to 3pm Saturdays, with no vehicle movements on Sundays, Bank Holidays or public holidays.

One of the concessions when the incinerator was built was the restriction on vehicle movements on Bank Holidays and public holidays.

Up to 20 commercial vehicles will park at the depot overnight.

Veolia said it wanted the heavy goods vehicles to leave the site early to travel to areas such as Hastings.

At the meeting at County Hall in Lewes South Heighton Parish councillor Paul Julian said: “We are greatly concerned about the incremental increases in traffic on the A26 and its detrimental impact on the village, particularly heavy goods vehicles at uncessary and inappropriate times of the day and especially at weekends and on public and Bank Holidays.”