A furious backlash from residents and councillors has ensued after East Sussex County Council announced it was considering closing the tip in Seaford.
Seaford Town Council has organised a public meeting about the issue which will be staged at Seaford Baptist Church on Friday November 15.
And cllr Sam Adeniji has launched an e-petiition which has already attracted nearly 400 signatures in just a matter of days.
The Sussex Express has been inundated with letters from residents and councillors arguing against the closure of the tip.
Cllr Carolyn Lambert (L.Dem, Seaford Sutton)said: “I sent out my newsletter to residents outlining East Sussex County Council’s proposals and within half an hour had received numerous objections.
Cllr Lambert continued: “I have a number of other concerns I want to raise with the County Council, including the financial basis for the proposal and the proposed use of the site if the closure goes ahead.”
East Sussex County Council has launched a consultation which proposes closing the household waste recycling centre in Cradle Hill Road in a bid to save money.
It is one of three sites the council has identified for closure as a result of better kerbside recycling.
Last week the county council’s lead member for transport and the environment, cllr Carl Maynard said, with £63m of savings to find in the next three years, it was being forced to make some tough decisions.
Seaford residents have raised concerns about fly tipping, congestion and pollution in Newhaven, while Newhaven residents said they felt like they were being given other people’s rubbish.
Cllr Adeniji said: “Seaford Household Waste and Recycling Unit has the fourth highest usage out of 12 current facilities.
“The Seaford recycling unit isn’t just used by the people of Seaford, it is also used by people in surrounding villages e.g. Alfriston.
“We estimate that around 20,000 vehicles use Seaford’s recycling unit per month.”
A county council spokesperson said: “We do recognise that the journey time for some people is going to increase slightly under the proposals, but have assessed this against the national standard that 90 per cent of residents should be able to drive to a household waste and recycling site within 20 minutes.
“Within East Sussex more than 97 per cent of residents will still be within a 20 minute drive of a site under these proposals.”
The county council said it was not aware of any data which showed a link between the number of household waste sites and the prevalence of fly tipping.
It added there were controls to prevent and deal with fly-tipping.
The county council said the new, split level site at Newhaven, was easier to service without having to close the site during the day, so reducing queues and delays.
Kerbside recycling facilities were more available and people were being encouraged to compost garden waste at home, it added.
The county council stressed no decision had been made and that the public’s views would be taken into account.
Leader of Seaford Town Council Ian White added: “I am appalled at the suggested closure of Seaford Household Waste Recycling Centre.
“As one of the biggest towns in East Sussex and the largest in Lewes District, the impact of 14,000 additional homes this will have on the Newhaven facility, which will not be able to cope, will be catastrophic.”
Sign cllr Adeniji’s e-petition at http://epetition.eastsussex.public-i.tv/epetition_core/community/petition/2462
Comment on the consultation at https://consultation.eastsussex.gov.uk/economy-transport-environment/east-sussex-waste-strategy-review
The public meeting will be at Seaford Baptist Church on Friday November 15, at 7pm.