People have the chance to express their views on the use of land in Uckfield, Rotherfield, Maresfield, Crowborough, Isfield and Horam as potential waste sites.
A drop-in session is being held in Wealden District Council’s Hailsham offices from 10am-1pm today (Friday, August 15) for everyone to find out more about sites earmarked for waste recycling and recovery facilities.
The session is part of a consultation by East Sussex County, Brighton and Hove City councils and the South Downs National Park Authority on the area’s draft Waste and Minerals Sites Plan.
The plan, part of a scheme to virtually eradicate the need for landfill, identifies sites which could be suitable for recycling and recovery facilities in future.
Uckfield sites include 81.55 hectares of land allocated for homes at West Uckfield (identified as an ‘Area of Search) and 3.23 hectares next to the fire training centre at Maresfield Camp.
‘Mineral Safeguarded sites’ - places with a known mineral resource and potential future economic use - have also been identified.
These include Horam Brickworks (clay.) Under the ‘Previously Developed’ heading for potential use for concrete batching come Unit 19, Bell Lane and Coppard Plant Hire, Rotherfield. Other ‘Safeguarded’ sites are Boathouse Farm, Isfield; Hazelbank, Maresfield; Hazelmere; Three Cups Corner and Steel Cross, Crowborough. There are also sites in Hailsham and Polegate.
At its meeting on June 3, the county council’s cabinet approved, subject to endorsement by the city council and South Downs National Park Authority, publication of the draft plan for a nine-week consultation which began in July. The consultation runs until September 5 and comments can be submitted online at http://consult.eastsussex.gov.uk
The council said the last landfill site in East Sussex, at Pebsham, closed last November and only a small amount of material is sent to landfill sites out of the county.
Sites identified, none of which would be used for landfill, include specific waste sites and new development areas which could accommodate recycling and recovery.
The council said existing facilities will be safeguarded and continue to offer an important service during the plan period and beyond. Land currently used for waste management will usually be safeguarded against non-waste development.
The council said sites on the proposal list were chosen to avoid harming environmentally sensitive places.