Plans to refurbish and upgrade waste water treatment works off Bridge Farm Road in New Town, Uckfield, have been considered by Wealden Council.
The council has raised no objections to the proposals but has expressed concern about a daily 7am start proposed during the improvements.
The council says that since the programme of works is scheduled to last about 18 months a start time of 8am would be more appropriate.
It is East Sussex County Council that will make a final decision on the plans.
An officer’s report to Wealden councillors says the works programme is scheduled to begin in November and run until April 2018 with proposed working hours from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and 7.30am to 1pm on Saturday with no works on Sundays or bank holidays.
During the first four weeks of the programme, mobilisation, there would be about ten HGV visits a week and 20 LGVs a day and two crane vehicles.
In the following construction phase it is estimated there would be six HGVs per week and 25 LGVs per day.
After completion of the development, the report says, it is not anticipated there would be an increase in visits to the site over and above the existing frequency.
The report adds that the proposed development is considered to be relatively minor in nature in comparison with the size of the site and “will not have any impact on the visual amenities of the area”.
Wealden raises concern – in its decision notice which reports no objections to the plans – about air quality on sensitive roads over the Ashdown Forest as a result of vehicle movements associated with the development. The district asks that East Sussex County Council takes that into account.
The planning application is for five kiosks – two ferric chloride dosing plant kiosks, one desludge MCC kiosk, one tertiary MCC kiosk and one alkalinity dosing plant kiosk – and a large screening mound at the site, in New Town off Bridge Farm Road.
If the application is approved a temporary compound area will be formed on a grassed area at the east end of the site and returned to its former condition afterwards.
The works will provide sufficient “hydraulic and biological capacity” at the works for the projected population growth forecasts for the area, as well as essential capital maintenance and the replacement of inefficient plant with modern equipment. “It will also address ammonia and phosphorus discharge.”
‘Wholehearted’ support to plan from town council
*Uckfield Town Council plans committee voted to support the application at a meeting last night (August 30).
Committee chairman, Cllr James Anderson, said the work was linked to the construction of 1,000 homes on the neighbouring Ridgewood Farm.
Cllr Anderson said: “I can see no issues with this. It is only going to improve the sewage works within Uckfield which is what we need anyway.
“We are going to need this improvement to get ready for the 1,000 homes which have already been approved. We wholeheartedly support this application.”
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