Extended meeting on Uckfield waste plan


A public meeting to discuss plans which could see a new waste treatment site come to Uckfield will extend its opening hours following calls from residents.

The drop-in session to discuss the new Waste and Minerals Sites Plan at Uckfield Library next Wednesday (November 25) will now run from 10am to 7pm following the extension.

Earlier this month Uckfield residents raised concerns over waste incinerators being built in the town as a result of the plans.

Cllr Carl Maynard, the county council’s lead member for transport and environment, said, “It is extremely important that the public properly understands our waste sites plan and I would urge people to attend the drop in session where all this information will be available.

“The waste sites plan is not technology specific and therefore does not ‘promote’ incineration on any of the identified sites. It is highly unlikely that a developer would bring forward plans for a large scale incinerator, given the cost of doing so and the need for a guaranteed amount of waste – something that couldn’t be assured.”

The meeting comes as the East Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and South Downs National Park consult the public on its new Waste and Minerals Sites Plan.

The three authorities are asking residents to comment on the plan during an eight-week consultation, which runs until December 23.

All comments will be considered by an independent Planning Inspector during a public examination process.

The plan identifies potential recycling and recovery sites in East Sussex.

It includes land west of Uckfield - which has already been identified by Wealden District Council as an area of proposed development – as a potential site.

The council also say none of the potential sites will be used as landfill and any site would require specific planning permission.

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