Hope for saving Seaford tip but the fight continues

Seaford tip.
Seaford tip.

A glimmer of hope was offered for Seaford tip this week by MP Norman Baker who said the county council was prepared to look at an alternative solution.

The tip is threatened with closure by East Sussex County Council which is looking to make savings of £60m over the next three years.

But campaigners who are working to save the tip warned the battle is not over yet.

John Hunt, from the Campaign to Save Cradle Hill Household Recycling site from Closure, said the group wanted people to write to the county council to voice their objections to the proposal and was appealing for people to deliver leaflets about the plans.

Mr Hunt said: “Campaigners have realised that many people in Seaford still do not know of the proposed closure.

“Leaflets have been printed explaining what people can do to stop the closure and Bob Downing is aiming to get one delivered to every house in the town.

“The only way to change this decision is through voter pressure and we need to get the message out to people.

“We desperately need some volunteers to come forward to deliver leaflets in one or two roads in their area.”

Mr Hunt explained the campaign group remained unconvinced that the county council would keep Seaford tip open.

The group also raised concerns about whether the facility would be able to handle more than twice as much refuse, the implications for queuing traffic and the effect on the A259.

It also pointed to queues which formed for the Newhaven tip and to the fact the Newhaven facility had to be closed when it reached capacity in the past.

Mr Baker said the county council had floated an idea about closing all the tips in East Sussex for one day a week.

This would deliver the required savings but keep Seaford’s facility open.

He said he had met with county council leader Keith Glazier recently to discuss the issue.

Mr Baker said: “I have conveyed very clearly to cllr Glazier the strength of feeling about this matter and am pleased he is prepared to look at alternative ways forward that might keep the tip open.

“One idea being floated is that all the county’s tips might shut one day a week, thereby providing the savings that the county has identified it needs, but also thereby keeping Seaford open.

“This seems to me like a sensible idea and I hope the county council will adopt it.”

If you can deliver leaflets in your road contact Bob on 01323 892500.

MP Norman Baker said: “The people of Seaford have spoken and East Sussex County Council must listen.

“It is inconceivable that such a well used and much valued facility such as this, serving a town of around 25,000 people, should be closed. Apart from the huge inconvenience to my constituents in Seaford and Alfriston, closure would also put enormous strain on the already overused facility at Newhaven, affecting all my constituents there as well.”

To find out more about the Save Cradle Hill Household Waste Recycling Site from Closure campaign visit http://stfc.org.uk/