Three Bexhill sites ‘unsuitable’ for waste management

Rother District Council
Rother District Council

The council are opposed to north east Sidley and two industrial estates being earmarked for waste management sites.

Rother District Council believes the Worsham development’s attraction would be undermined and Beeching Road and Brett Drive are also unsuitable.

East Sussex County Council launched a public consultation to find ideal places to address a shortage of sites.

Cabinet will set out Rother’s response at a meeting on Monday (December 7).

An alternative site in Hastings is being proposed by officers who support Ashdrown Brickworks being retained as a safeguarded mineral site for its clay reserves.

In a report to the cabinet, officers claim ‘land north of Sidley’ should not be made an ‘area of search for waste facilities’ as it is ‘incompatible’ with a ‘flagship business location’.

“The council expresses its concern that high profile businesses, to which this site is a prime focus for inward investment marketing, will be deterred if it is also identified as an ‘area of search for waste facilities’,” the report says.

“This, in turn, would undermine the public funding toward business growth in this area and the economic strategy for Bexhill as a whole.”

Officers state that Brett Drive and Beeching Road industrial estates are both in tight, urban areas with close residents and high visibility to the public.

This makes them inappropriate as ‘suitable industrial estates’ for waste facilities, according to the report.

It is also mentioned that the southern end of Beeching Road is earmarked for a potential retail park, further undermining the case for a waste management site.

The report suggests that land on Burgess Road, Hastings, should be highlighted as an option because it seems to fit the criteria set out by the county council.

Yet it was not included in its list of sites which the officers believe is ‘inconsistent’.

“Given its location, at the end of a mixed industrial area, readily accessible from a large population centre and well away from residential properties, this would represent a suitable site for waste uses,” the report says.

The county needs to build around five new major sites or 15 new smaller sites to address a shortfall in its waste treatment services, according to the county council, Brighton and Hove City Council and the South Downs National Park Authority.

None of the sites are being considered for landfill.

A public consultation into the draft waste and minerals sites plan is underway and the deadline is midnight on Wednesday, December 23.

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