Waste sites plan on show at drop-in session in Hailsham

Old pumping station, Amberstone
Old pumping station, Amberstone

A drop in session is to be held in Hailsham today (Friday August 15) for people to find out more about potential sites earmarked for waste recycling and recovery facilities.

The session is part of a consultation by East Sussex County Council, Brighton and Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park Authority on the area’s draft Waste and Minerals Sites Plan.

The plan, part of a strategy to virtually eradicate the need for landfill, identifies sites which could be suitable for recycling and recovery facilities in the future.

There are several sites in Hailsham, Polegate, and LowerDicker included in the draft plan.

People can find out more about the locations identified at the drop-in session taking place at Wealden District Council in Vicarage Lane from 10am until 1pm.

Sites being consulted on and deemed suitable for waste treatment activity include a site in Lower Dicker, and a site near Amberstone Bridge in Hailsham.

Areas identified which are ‘suitable in principle’ for waste treatment on previously developed land include Old Swan Lane industrial estate in Hailsham and Station Road industrial estate in Hailsham.

The council is also considering the extension of existing waste sites which have an adjoining site capable of supporting waste treatment works, such as Cophall Wood Waste Transfer Station in Polegate and Woodside depot in Polegate.

At its meeting on June 3, the county council’s Cabinet approved, subject to endorsement by the city council and South Downs National Park Authority, publication of the draft plan for a nine-week consultation which began in July.

The consultation on the Waste and Minerals Sites Plan runs until September 5 and comments can be submitted online at http://consult.eastsussex.gov.uk

The council said the last landfill site in East Sussex, at Pebsham, closed in November last year and only a small amount of material is sent to landfill sites out of the county.

The sites identified, none of which would be used for landfill, include specific waste sites and new development areas which could accommodate recycling and recovery facilities. The council said existing facilities will be safeguarded and will continue to offer an important service during the plan period and beyond. It said land currently used for waste management will usually be safeguarded against non-waste development. The council said sites on the proposal list were chosen to avoid impacting environmentally sensitive sites.