West Sussex County Council have been refused permission to continue to use the Halewick Lane site in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty on the South Downs as a Waste Transfer Station.
The news comes just two weeks after one of the lorries carrying rubbish away from the site overturned on the A27, causing widespread mayhem for most of the day. Local residents and environmentalists have been campaigning for site to be closed for over 50 years. Originally a land-fill site, the centre has only ever had temporary planning permission, which has been extended on a regular basis.
In December 1999, the County Council announced it was applying for permanent permission for an up-dated facility on the site, but this was opposed by local residents, Sompting Parish Council and Adur District Council. There was an extensive public enquiry in September 2000, and the final outcome was the closure recommendation. The County Council has now to find a new location for the operation, and has promised to work closely with Adur District Council, Worthing Borough Council and the Government Office for the South-East to find a workable solution.
A previous plan had been drawn up by the County Council, Adur District and Worthing Borough Councils to transfer the facility to the site in East Worthing, coupled with building the East Worthing Access Road.
No date has been set for the closure.