Town councillor Paul Sparks who alerted councillors that sites in the Uckfield area could be used for incineration

Give your views on potential incinerator sites in Uckfield area

Update on Thursday, November 19: An exhibition of sites proposed for waste management in East Sussex, which includes the possibility of building an incinerator at Ridgewood, is to be held next week at Uckfield Library.

The exhibition time has been extended from that set originally and now runs from 10am to 7pm on Wednesday, November 25.

East Sussex county councillor Chris Dowling said he had requested the extension hoping it would enable more people to attend, including those who worked during the day.

• A consultation is due to run on the joint Waste and Minerals Sites Plan until Wednesday, December 23.

• Uckfield News independent columnist Observer criticised the county council for the way it consults locally on its proposals and particularly about the restricted times for the draft waste plan exhibition.

Our original story on Wednesday, November 11: A site at Ridgewood Farm, Uckfield, could be allocated for an incinerator.

It would – if approved and built – form part of the development of agricultural land for 1,000 homes, a school and employment space.

The site is identified in East Sussex County Council’s Waste and Minerals Sites Plan Pre-Submission Consultation 2015.

The county council in supporting literature said the Plan seeks to identify sites which could be suitable for waste management.

No landfill or landraise

“Just because a site has been identified as being suitable for a waste site, it does not necessarily mean that it will be developed or used for that purpose.

“No sites have been identified as landfill or landraise sites,” the county council said.

A drop-in session for residents to find out more is being held at Uckfield Library on November 25 between 10am and 2pm.

In documents supporting the draft plan, the county council states:

“Development on this site is likely to have a positive effect on the minimisation of waste generation and disposal to land.

Potential negative effects on neighbours

“It may have minor positive effect on employment opportunities and developing and maintaining a skilled workforce.

“Development on this site, without mitigation, may have a negative effect on the amenity of residents and neighbouring land uses.”

The draft plan lists “opportunities” for the site which include:

  • Potential to connect to major heat users
  • Potential to connect to National Grid
  • Opportunity for co-location of waste management facilities
  • Opportunities for utilising sustainable modes of transport (rail and/or water).

Town councillor Paul Sparks, Liberal Democrat, North Ward, alerted members of the council’s environment and leisure committee to the proposals at a meeting on Monday (November 9).

He said he spoke with the experience of being a county councillor at the time the incinerator at Newhaven was planned.

Energy recovery units = incinerators

Cllr Sparks said East Sussex County Council liked to refer to such developments as “energy recovery units” but they were what people called incinerators.

He warned the big issue could be transport with increased numbers of heavy goods vehicles using the A22 to bring materials to the site.

“Clearly this is just consultation at the moment. This could be a pretty controversial issue, as far as Uckfield is concerned.

Maresfield Camp

Cllr Sparks also said land at Maresfield was also mentioned in the draft plan.

The documents refer to the “Maresfield Camp (Ashdown Business Park)”

However, it lists potential obstacles including proximity to the Ashdown Forest and other protected areas and part of the site being in a flood risk area.

“Opportunities” for the site include connection to the National Grid.

There is no indication in the documentation as to the size of any unit.

Full consultation details can be found here

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