Waste site move flawed

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I WONDER if anyone at the planning Departments of either East Sussex County Council, or Lewes District Council can explain the logic behind the decision to place the recently constructed household waste disposal unit at a site adjacent to the main A26 road on the approach to Newhaven Town level crossing?

Where was the thinking in moving it from a site adjacent to a “C” road (so designated because it is supposedly not an important highway) to a site adjacent to an “A” road, (so designated because of its importance and amount of traffic).

Although the design and layout will be more convenient for those of us who make strenuous efforts to recycle, access to this new site will be no better than the Lewes Road one it is replacing. It will still be liable to cause obstruction to road traffic at the entrance and hold-ups to vehicles visiting the site, faults identical to those which already occur at the site adjacent to the C7 Lewes Road. These hold-ups will occur because:

(i) The level crossing gates at the railway are closed on average twice an hour with the resultant backup of vehicles travelling along the A26. This will block entrance to the site causing the same old hazard of cars queuing to enter the site. I am aware that a traffic lane has been marked out for vehicles accessing the site, however there is no way in which this will be adequate accommodation for those same vehicles when it is a common sight to see 15 or 20 cars waiting to enter the Lewes Road site when the gates are closed.

(ii) The swing bridge is closed quite often at least once a day, with the same resultant vehicle back-up and blocked access to the site.

(iii) As already occurs at the access to the site adjacent to the Lewes Road, the gates to the site will be shut to allow full skips to be removed and replaced by empty ones and this can take 15 minutes or more to accomplish.

And no doubt those same skip lorries will then travel the few hundred metres to the incinerator for emptying.

Where then is the logic for siting the new household waste disposal alongside a busy main “A” road when here was a golden opportunity to construct it somewhere in the vicinity of the incinerator away from any main roads, thus ensuring that vehicles delivering waste would not be causing delay on a busy road and transfer of the full skips would not have entailed the skip lorries having to traverse the main road to gain access to the site of the incinerator (unnecessary journeys which will cause unnecessary pollution).

It seems to me that the planners on whichever council were responsible for the decision to site the unit here, gave no consideration to any of the above, and that their only thinking was that here was a derelict site which needed to be dealt with and that it would provide enough space to construct a site to replace that which is adjacent to the Lewes Road.

Richard Beckett,

Newhaven