Veolia urged to halt more waste deliveries at Newhaven incinerator

Newhaven incinerator protest.
Newhaven incinerator protest.

Community members were calling for Veolia to be good neighbours this week after it transpired the company had been given permission to increase waste deliverieies on certain banks holidays.

South Heighton Parish councillor Paul Julian and parish council chairman Geoff King were outraged when they found applications from the company for more waste deliveries on the county council’s website.

Veolia said it was making specific requests to cover Bank Holidays as necessary and was allowed to do so under its planning permission.

Cllr King said: “There’s a great deal of bad feeling about it.”

And cllr Julian added: “So much for Veolia’s good neighbours policy.”

An East Sussex County Council spokesman said: “We are aware of public concerns about increased deliveries to the Energy Recovery Facility on bank holidays and we do take into account the impact on local residents, as well as the needs of the operator, when deciding whether to approve an application.

“Where increased bank holiday deliveries are permitted, as over the Easter weekend, we monitor the impact of these on the local area for future consideration.”

A Veolia Environmental Services spokesperson said these requests were made to deal with waste arising over Bank Holiday weekends to ensure the waste collection authorities could provide efficient and sustainable services to East Sussex, Brighton and Hove.

Veolia applied to increase the limit for bank holiday deliveries from ten to 35 in 2011 and again in 2012 but both applications were withdrawn.

Under condition 28 of the original planning application, approved in 2007, Veolia can apply to increase bank holiday deliveries on specific dates.

Approval was granted for Veolia to increase the limit for the number of deliveries from ten to 25 on Boxing Day 2012 and this year on New Year’s Day, Good Friday and Easter Monday.