MP condemns waste company’s HGV plan

Newhaven MP Norman Baker condemned Veolia’s “contempt for the people of Newhaven” after it emerged the company was seeking to introduce early morning lorry movements to the incinerator site.

Veolia is appealing to the Planning Inspectorate against a Lewes District Council decision which restricted vehicle depot operating hours.

But Veolia said the proposed depot, on land in North Quay, was for providing waste collection services at times required by commercial customers within Newhaven and the South Downs area.

Earlier this year the council approved Veolia’s application for a building, HGV parking, staff parking, skip storage and vehicle depot.

The planning committee added a condition to restrict HGV movements to 0700 – 1900 Mondays to Fridays (excluding bank holidays) and 0700 – 1500 on Saturdays.

Veolia is proposing lorry movements between 0400 – 1700 Monday to Friday, 0400 – 1200 on Saturdays and 0400 – 1400 on bank holidays.

Mr Baker said: “Veolia continue to push the boundaries and in doing so they are showing complete contempt for the people of Newhaven.

“Under the permission issued, Veolia will be allowed to have HGVs operating from the site at 7 o’clock in the morning.

“But it seems that this is not good enough for this company. No, they want lorries rumbling around in the dead of night. “

The MP added: “Enough is enough, this appeal should be dismissed. It is time for Veolia to start treating the people of Newhaven with some respect.”

A Veolia Environmental Services spokesperson said:“The proposed depot is a separate facility that is not part of the operations of the Energy Recovery Facility and is simply a facility required to enable Veolia Commercial to provide waste collection services to and at times required by commercial customers within Newhaven and the wider South Downs area.

“Whilst we were pleased that Lewes District Council granted permission for the depot our appeal relates principally to the restrictions on daily start-up times, which were imposed against the advice of officers and the council’s environmental health officer. The appeal will allow this matter to be assessed by an independent planning inspector.”