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January 7 2014.

Hopes are increasing that plans by Conservative-controlled East Sussex County Council to close the much-used amenity tip at Cradle Hill in Seaford may be abandoned.

The news follows a meeting between local MP Norman Baker and the leader of the county council, Keith Glazier, where the matter was discussed. This followed the well-attended meetings, at Seaford Baptist Church where the residents of Seaford made it abundantly clear that they opposed the proposed closure.

Norman says: “The people of Seaford have spoken and East Sussex County Council must listen. It is inconceivable that such a well-used and much-valued facility such as this, serving a town of around 25,000 people, should be closed. Apart from the huge inconvenience to my constituents in Seaford and Alfriston, closure would also put enormous strain on the already overused facility at Newhaven, affecting all my constituents there as well.

“I have conveyed very clearly to Cllr. Glazier the strength of feeling about this matter and am pleased he is prepared to look at alternative ways forward that might keep the tip open. One idea being floated is that all the county’s tips might shut one day a week, thereby providing the savings that the county has identified it needs, but also thereby keeping Seaford open. This seems to me like a sensible idea and I hope the county council will adopt it.”