19 July 2005

David Lepper's views on Hollingdean Recycling Plant.

LETTER TO ARGUS.

The Editor, The Argus, Crowhurst rd, Brighton

18th March 2005

John Collis of Onyx is right to say that a material recycling facility and waste transfer station is an important part of the local waste strategy - and especially important if we are to increase recycling.

He is wrong to say that Hollingdean Depot is the appropriate site for it.

Hollingdean Depot was once on the edge of Brighton with a few houses nearby. The area is now mainly residential with a school overlooking the site. Hollingdean Road with its narrow railway bridge arch does not provide the right access for yet more heavy vehicles. And there will also be more vehicle movemnets on the site.

Those who might consider using the campaign against this planning application to undermine a waste strategy which has been through years of consultation deserve no support.

Local residents and parents concerned about the impact on their immediate area deserve every support.

That's why I have asked the Council's Chief Executive to work with Onyx to find a more suitable site on the edge of the city. Several were suggested when the waste strategy was first being discussed some years ago. Now is the time to look at the alternatives again.

Yours sincerely

David Lepper, Labour and Co-operative MP, Brighton Pavillion

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