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Council to pause food waste proposals in Newhaven

Lewes District Council has confirmed it will pause the current plans for a food waste transfer facility in Newhaven.

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The decision comes after councillors and officers listened to the views of local people at the recent community meeting and through emails and letters sent in by concerned residents.

Councillor Wendy Maples, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhood Wellbeing, said:

"It's always my belief that we can only arrive at decisions of this importance by taking people with us and that means listening carefully to what they say.

"Having heard local people, read the comments and listened to opinions that have been shared with me, it's clear that the right decision is to put a pause on the proposals."

While the council remains committed to delivering an enhanced food waste service for the district, which also meets sustainability objectives for reducing emissions, councillors are committed to achieving that in balance with the views from residents.

Councillor Zoe Nicholson, Leader of Lewes District Council, said:

"Consulting with residents and taking account of their views is central to what this council is all about.

"We have listened and read all the feedback and it's clear more work is needed before anything can proceed."

Any future proposals within the district will be subject to public consultation before a decision is made.

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