Newhaven's MP Norman Baker is calling on Lewes District Council to stand up for residents of Newhaven when considering Veolia's planning application which, if approved, will see lorry movements start at 4am, six days a week, providing a huge nuisance for local people.
The application submitted by Veolia proposes the installation of a modular building, provision of HGV parking, provision of staff parking, and use as skip storage and vehicle depot. The site is proposed to operate from 0400 to 1700 from Monday to Saturday and 0400 to 1400 on Bank Holidays. In total it is proposed that there will be 40 heavy goods vehicle movements a day if the application is approved.
Veolia's application comes over a year and a half after they applied to East Sussex County Council for a variation to the Planning Consent to increase lorry movements to the incinerator site, which was withdrawn due to local outrage and objections from the local MP, but earlier this year Veolia tried again and a decision on increasing lorry movements to the incinerator on Bank Holidays is still pending with the county council.
Norman says: "Of course, I and residents of Newhaven did not want to see the incinerator there in the first place, but the county council proceeded anyway, riding roughshod over local opinion. In fact, somewhat unbelievably, the Leader of the Council, Peter Jones, even said that the incinerator was his proudest achievement.
"However, what we did get within the consent for the incinerator was a limit on lorry movements to give local residents some respite. For over a year and a half Veolia has been trying to change that through the county council, and now we are seeing them give the District Council a shot to see if they might permit movements to this new 'depot'.
"I want to be quite clear about this. 40 lorry movements a day, including Bank Holidays, from 4 o'clock in the morning is unacceptable, and I would urge the district council to stand up for Newhaven's residents; something the county council failed to do when allowing this monstrosity to go ahead in the first place."
Contact Norman at:
23 East Street,
Tel: (01273) 480281.
Fax: (01273) 480287.