A district councillor described the proposal for three possible sites for a waste management facility as ‘over my dead body’.
Rother District Council cabinet agreed with the recommendation to oppose waste management sites in north east Sidley, Beeching Road and Brett Drive Industrial Estates at a meeting today (Monday, December 7).
When answering deputy-chairman Brian Kenward’s question of whether the cabinet was happy with the strength of their response, cllr Tony Ganly said: “I would be very happy if we were able to strengthen it to say, ‘over my dead body’.”
His response was met with laughter as members acknowledged how seriously they opposed East Sussex County Council’s initial plans.
The county council, along with Brighton and Hove City Council, is looking to find up to 15 waste sites to fill a shortfall.
Although having the sites on the plan would not necessarily mean there would definitely be a site in the future, Mr Kenward said by just being on the list would be of severe detriment to them.
Cllrs Ian Hollidge and Gillian Johnson were not entirely against having a small recycling site in Brett Drive but both accepted that the district council would not be able to control what went there.
“It’s difficult for us to make a decision one way or another because we don’t know exactly what facilities would be used,” Mr Hollidge said.
“So it’s impossible at this stage to make a decision.
“I would tend to think there could be improvements made if we let it [Brett Drive] out as a waste management site, however I don’t think I would be elected again if I voted for that.”
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