A petition calling for East Sussex County Council’s planning committee to examine applications by Veolia for lorry movements to Newhaven incinerator on bank and public holidays was rejected.
The county council’s planning committee examined the petition at its meeting in Lewes at County Hall on January 15.
Veolia can ask the county council for permission for waste deliveries on public and bank holidays but this is decided by the head of planning.
This is permitted under Condition 28 of the planning permission for the incinerator.
A total of 105 people signed the petition. Residents did not want noisy lorries in the area on public and bank holidays.
The report to the planning committee said: “Delegation of decisions assists the speed and efficiency of decision taking and, on balance, there would not appear to be overriding reasons to require each request under Condition 28 to be considered by planning committee.
“The head of planning does have discretion to refer requests made under Condition 28 to planning committee if it was felt appropriate in relation to impact or public reaction.”
County councillor Peter Charlton (UKIP, Ouse Valley) thanked the chairman of South Heighton Parish Council Paul Julian for bringing the issue to his attention.
Cllr Charlton said: “I am very disappointed that the council did not consider it worthy that any extra vehicle movements Veolia requests, will not come before the planning committee so that the people can have a say on something that affects their lives and quality of life.
“I was assured that it will not be a back door approach by Veolia for permanency, but only for emergencies.”
Cllr Julian said: “I’m disappointed that the planning committee will not be hearing each individual application.
“We would like it to be more open and transparent.”