Tip in Wadhurst set to close after Cabinet approve cost cutting

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The Household Waste Recycling Site in Wadhurst is set to close due to a County Hall’s budget cuts.

Wealden MP Nus Ghani is urging East Sussex County Council to reconsider their decision to close both this tip and the centre in Forest Row, near East Grinstead.

Both tips, which are currently open three days a week, will close permanently from October 1.

Opening hours for Lewes and Mountfield sites also will be reduced from 8am to 5pm daily to 9am to 4pm.

The decision, made at the County Hall’s Cabinet last week, is expected to help save £720,000 from the waste budget this year. This is part of the council’s £17million annual savings target.

But residents are unhappy at the decision, as some will now have to take their waste to tips at Crowborough or North Farm in Tunbridge Wells.

In a consultation held by the Conservative-led East Sussex County Council, the cost-cutting measures were given the thumbs down by nearly half [45 per cent] of respondents.

Conservative MP Ms Ghani said: ‘The proposal was both disappointing and surprising. The closure would lead to increased fly-tipping as well as further pollution.’

East Sussex County Council said ‘significant savings’ had to be made.

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