Nick Herbert, who could be the Environment Secretary if the Conservative Party wins the General Election, has objected to the proposed site of a West Sussex construction waste recycling centre.
Arundel and South Downs MP Nick Herbert, who was Shadow Environment Secretary prior to the announcement of the General Election, has said the plan for a recycling centre in Small Dole should not be permitted. This follows a fierce local opposition campaign against the facility, which is situated in his constituency.
He was concerned about the proposal submitted by Focus Recycling for a new facility on the Mackley Industrial Estate at Small Dole on the grounds that:
- It would be too close to a Downlands village which has already endured many years of having waste brought to the Horton Landfill Site;
- Residents would have to endure the noise and disruption from additional lorry movements through the village, and the South Downs National Park, involving 20 or 30-tonne vehicles;
- While it would initially receive 10-15,000 tonnes of waste materials a year, this could increase to as much as 75,000 tonnes, and would include materials from across the South East region, including London, Brighton and Southampton.
Nick Herbert commented: "I am a strong supporter of recycling initiatives, but we must preserve the rural character of this part of West Sussex. These sites, which are either in or near the South Downs National Park, are simply inappropriate for plants that would involve movements of heavy lorries or the loss of countryside.
As reported previously MRW, Focus Recycling has met with members of the Small Dole Action Group who are opposed to the plans, to give them more information about it in the hope of winning their support.
Focus Recycling environmental manager Richard Staveley told MRW: We are very disappointed that Mr Herbert has opposed such an initiative considering it has passed the Environment Agency screening.
Focus Recycling is currently waiting to hear whether their formal application to open the recycling centre will be accepted.