Support for waste paper enclosure plan at Uckfield

Retention of a waste paper enclosure at the waste transfer station on the Bellbrook Business Park, Uckfield, is being supported by the town council.

Members of the council’s plans committee considered the application from Kier Environmental Services and felt the project was beneficial to the site and the surrounding area

A document supporting the application said it was to allow the “ongoing use of the site as a strategic facility for Wealden District Council for the storage and transfer of recyclables”.

The site has been used as a recycling transfer station since 1992 and the covered waste paper enclosure was added in 2005.

Perception Kayaks, which is opposite the transfer station, wrote to object to the “retention of this site for waste use”.

The company said vehicles often queued outside its premises to gain access to the site, impeding its delivery and collection vehicles.

“On windy days paper blows from the recycling site around the estate and there is often glass from the site and along the road, which falls from a loaded lorry.

“We have experienced an influx of rodents which is inevitable considering the waste stored at the site.

“Unfortunately, we do not think a prestigious industrial estate is the correct place for a recycling plant.

“The road leading to the plant is not adequate for the large number of lorries visiting, either to off-load or collect the waste,” Perception said in the letter which was sent to Wealden District Council’s planning department.

Wealden District Council is the planning authority which determines planning applications.

Other decisions by Monday’s town council committee were to support applications for single storey, rear kitchen/dining extension at Farthings, Highlands Avenue, Ridgewood; and for a rear single-storey extension at 46 Old Common Way, Fernley Park.

The council has also supported an application to construct a shed in the rear garden of 36 Manor Way, Uckfield, to be used as an office.

Present at the meeting were:
Cllr Chris Macve, Trust Independent, North, who chaired the meeting
Cllr Mick Dean, Trust Independent, New Town
Cllr Donna French, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Jackie Love, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Barry Mayhew, Liberal Democrat, New Town

Apologies for absence were received from
Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Duncan Bennett; Trust Independent, New Town

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