New waste depot is welcomed by councillors

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Cabinet councillors have agreed to develop a new waste and recycling facility in Newhaven to replace the old Robinson Road Depot.

The depot at Robinson Road is now too small to meet the needs of the successful new waste and recycling service in the district and due to its age and general deterioration would also require significant investment to remain operational.

The Robinson Road Depot has become increasingly difficult to operate with an inefficient site configuration, sub-standard facilities and numerous problems with the decaying fabric of the building.

Councillor Paul Franklin, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Waste & Recycling, said:

“It’s great news that we are investing in and developing our land assets, not just for our residents as we become one of the leading local authorities for processing of waste and recycling, but also for our staff who have had to work within less than ideal conditions at Robinson Road for long enough.”

The new £4.1m facility will be located at Avis Way, Newhaven and will include a workshop and MOT facility. The site not only offers the space to accommodate existing demands but will also provide opportunities for the service to expand.

Councillor Bill Giles, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Finance, said:

“This investment is absolutely fundamental to our long-term waste and recycling plans.  This new location is ideal and with the increased footprint will allow us to explore other revenue streams.”


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