Residents urged to sign petition to stop bank holiday lorry movements at Newhaven incinerator

Official opening of Newhaven incinerator
Official opening of Newhaven incinerator

A petition has been launched by South Heighton Parish Council to try to prevent Veolia from getting permission to run lorries to the incinerator on Bank Holidays.

The parish council has been posting petition letters through residents’ doors along with the parish newsletter, asking them to sign and return it by the end of October.

The petition will be passed to East Sussex County Councillor Peter Charlton who has agreed to raise the matter at the full county council meeting in December.

Sign the petition at http://www.petitions24.com/we_say_no_to_additional_veolia_lorry_movements_on_bank_holiday

Newhaven Town Council is supporting the petition.

The parish council said Condition 28 was imposed by the Planning Inspector on approval of the Newhaven Energy Recovery Facility to protect the amenities of local residents, restricting heavy goods vehicle movements to and from the Incinerator.

Condition 28 restricted the movements on Sundays, public and Bank Holidays to no more than ten deliveries of household waste, between 8am and 5pm and not outside these hours, unless with the prior written approval of the Waste Planning Authority.

The council said Veolia had achieved relaxations of Condition 28 on four successive occasions through obtaining written approval from the county officers with no redress to the local community or their elected representatives.

It is insisting that any application for relaxation of condition 28 submitted to East Sussex County Council be considered by the full planning committee and not decided by an individual officer, arguing this would give residents the chance to raise objections to applications and allow the proper democratic process to take its course.

Veolia has previously explained it was making specific requests to cover Bank Holidays as necessary and was allowed to do so under its planning permission.

The county council has previously said it was aware of public concerns about increased deliveries to the Energy Recovery Facility on bank holidays and stressed it did take into account the impact on local residents, as well as the needs of the operator, when deciding whether to approve an application.

Where increased bank holiday deliveries are permitted, as over the Easter weekend, the county council said it monitored the impact of these on the local area for future consideration.

Veolia Environmental Services has said these requests were made to deal with waste arising over Bank Holiday weekends to ensure the waste collection authorities could provide efficient and sustainable services to East Sussex, Brighton and Hove.

Veolia applied to increase the limit for bank holiday deliveries from ten to 35 in 2011 and again in 2012 but both applications were withdrawn.

Under condition 28 of the original planning application, approved in 2007, Veolia can apply to increase bank holiday deliveries on specific dates. Approval was granted for Veolia to increase the limit for the number of deliveries from ten to 25 on Boxing Day 2012 and this year on New Year’s Day, Good Friday and Easter Monday.