Eighteen neighbours have objected to proposed changes to operating hours at the waste transfer station in Hollingdean.
Veolia, which runs the site in Hollingdean Lane, Brighton, has applied for planning permission to Brighton and Hove City Council to change its hours.
The aim is to give the council greater flexibility over when it collects rubbish and to enable the council to bring in communal recycling.
The number of dustcarts coming and going and the total amount of rubbish and recycling that they bring to the site is not due to change.
Neighbours said that, among other things, they feared that
- noise and disturbance from the site would increase
- extended operating hours would mean more smells
- more dirt and dust would be generated
- air pollution would rise
They also said that at the moment they had a measure of relief from the sounds and smells only at weekends but the new arrangement would mean seven-day working.
A report to the council’s Planning Committee said that there had been four recent complaints about noise.
The also report included a comment from the council’s Environmental Health Department: “I note the intention for working more days.
“In theory refuse will be collected quicker and not have the opportunity to deteriorate and generate odours.”
The report recommended granting permission with some limits on the number of vehicles coming and going in the evening.
It concluded: “The proposed variation of the conditions will not result in a significant impact on the amenity of adjacent properties or highways safety and congestion.
“The variation will also allow the site to continue operating in an efficient and effective manner in accordance with local plan policies in respect of a citywide approach to waste management.”