Seaford MP speaks out about proposed town tip closure

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Residents are being encouraged to object to the proposed closure of Seaford tip by the town’s MP Norman Baker.

He argued Seaford was the biggest town in Lewes District and further cuts to services were unacceptable.

But East Sussex County Council said Seaford residents would have Newhaven tip five miles away.

A public meeting will take place on Friday November 15 at Seaford Baptist Church at 7pm to address the issue.

Meanwhile a petition which calls for the tip in Cradle Hill Road to be saved had attracted more than 1,000 signatures.

Mr Baker said: “I am concerned that East Sussex is proposing to cut residents off from a facility that is convenient, popular, and which works well.

“Seaford is the biggest town in the district and further cuts to town services by the Tory county council are not acceptable.

“The Tory proposals are based on hypothetical numbers that may not be reached in the near future and rely on Lewes District Council making major changes to the way it deals with rubbish collection.

“I want to see Seaford services protected and the recycling centre should remain running in its current form at least until suitable replacement kerb side services are operating locally. I urge local people who value this site to make their views known to the council.”

The county council said it had to find savings of £60m over the next three years, so faced some difficult decisions about the services it offered.

It is proposing to close three household waste and recycling sites and is asking members of the public to give their views.

The council said the journey time for some people was going to increase slightly under the proposals, but had assessed this against the national standard that the great majority of residents should be able to drive to a household waste and recycling site within 20 minutes.

A county council spokesman said: “Within East Sussex more than 97 per cent of residents will still be within a 20 minute drive of a site under these proposals.

“Under the proposals Seaford residents will still have access to a household waste and recycling site within five miles at Newhaven.

“Kerbside recycling facilities are more readily and easily available than ever before, bulky waste collections are available and we encourage people to compost garden waste at home where possible.”

A consultation period will run until Wednesday, December 11, 2013 and members of the public will be asked if they agree with the targets set as a way of managing waste in East Sussex and if businesses would use the waste transfer sites on a pay as you throw basis.

To give your views visit https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/economy-transport-environment/east-sussex-waste-strategy-review

Cllr Sam Adeniji’s epetition, which calls on the county council to keep the Seaford tip open, can be seen here: http://epetition.eastsussex.public-i.tv/epetition_core/

Residents last week contacted the Sussex Express about the plan, raising concerns about increased fly tipping, congestion and pollution in Newhaven.