Public consultation plan for dealing with waste and minerals

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A NEW PLAN for dealing with waste and minerals in East Sussex has been put forward for public consultation.

An original plan to dump waste in Lewes and Wealden districts was scrapped after the issue was highlighted by the Sussex Express last year. East Sussex County Council with the Brighton and Hove authority, and the South Downs National Park Authority, has revised the plan.

Residents have been given six weeks to give their comments on the ‘soundness’ of the document before it is sent to the Planning Inspector.

County Cllr Keith Glazier said: “We have listened to people’s views on how to deal with waste and minerals in the County and made changes to the proposed policy.

“This plan avoids the use of landfill or landraise in East Sussex and instead focuses on increasing recycling and recovery of our waste.”

The plan (‘Proposed Submission’ Draft Waste and Minerals Plan) was approved at East Sussex County Council’s Full Council Meeting on Tuesday, February 7.

It had already been approved by Brighton & Hove City Council and South Downs National Park Authority, so this marks the last step in this phase.

The public can comment on the ‘soundness’ of the document in the period lasting from February 24 until April 10.

In order to be sound, the document must be in line with national policy, based on accurate information, the most appropriate solution for the area, practical, flexible and able to be monitored.

If the Planning Inspector decides that the plan is sound it can then be adopted by the authorities.

To see the waste and minerals document visit: www.eastsussex.gov.uk/planning