The Council has received the attached petition with 933 signatures relating to monitoring the dust and noise from the operation of scrap boats on the east quay at Newhaven Harbour at night.
As the number of people signing the petition exceeded 750, the petitioners have the right for the petition to be presented to and debated at the Scrutiny Committee. The lead petition, Councillor Carr, will be given the opportunity to present the petition, and Ed Hele (Functional Lead - Quality Environment) will be present to give a verbal response to the petition. In accordance with the petitions scheme (which can be found at https://www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/_resources/assets/inline/full/0/259351.pdf), the Committee is invited to determine any further steps required to respond.
The Committee received a petition with 933 signatures which related to monitoring the dust and noise from the operation of scrap boats on the east quay at Newhaven Harbour at night.
The Functional Lead (Quality Environment) (FLQE) explained that the site named in the petition had been a working port with no restriction regarding hours of operation prior to the current planning regulations which were in place.
The FLQE discussed the Environment Agency’s (EA) study of ambient air quality at Newhaven Marina along with its findings, and a letter to the Committee written by the operation managers of the scrap metal business based at Newhaven Harbour, H. Ripley & Co. Hard copies of each document were distributed to all those who were present at the meeting.
Noise monitors. The FLQE explained that
Ripley’s had its own noise monitors as part of a noise
management plan with the EA. He further explained that
Ripley’s agreed that it could do more sorting of scrap metal
during the daytime and on the weekend in an effort to reduce noise
in the evenings;
Noise complaints. The FLQE informed the Committee
that when the Council received noise complaints, it undertook noise
monitoring but that it could also do further noise monitoring in
cooperation with Ripley’s and the EA if the Committee
requested. He clarified that although the Council had noise
monitoring machines for small owned/rented properties, it would
have to hire noise and dust experts to undertake further noise
studies of Newhaven port; and
· The cost of noise monitoring. The FLQE explained that the Council would incur additional costs for several months of noise monitoring with a minimum cost of £5k per location.
That it be noted that the working port of Newhaven,
which permits for recycling of metals, has been in existence for
longer than much of the housing on the west bank of
That the petition be noted and thanks be given to
those who organised it;
That the Environment Agency’s report and
letter from H. Ripley & Co. be noted;
That the siting of the sampling devices on the west
bank and the prevailing wind from a westerly direction as detailed
in the Environment Agency’s report, be noted;
That it be agreed that the Environment
Agency’s report , taken on the west bank, showed that dust
and particle problems did not exceed the air quality standards on
the west bank and that it is reported back to the petitioners by
Councillors Julie Carr and Graham Amy;
That it be noted that the worst air quality
measurements on the Environment Agency’s
equipment on the west bank
a) When the wind was blowing from an easterly direction;
b) During working hours; and
Were fugitive emissions such as re-suspension and
7. That the Environment Agency, as a result of resolution 6, be requested to place an air quality measuring device on the east bank, either near the housing on the east bank, or at about the same distance from the Ripley site as the measuring device was placed on the west bank, with the express purpose of obtaining a better picture of emissions from a more sensible location as regards emissions from the port (i.e. downwind) and as experienced by housing to the east, noting also that there will be considerably more housing in this direction both of the Barratts’ site and the Parker Pen site and a new hotel;
That it be noted that Ripley have taken its own
noise measurements and that Officers ask if Ripley would share the
measurements so that Council Officers can provide a report to a
future meeting of the Committee;
That the Environment Agency be asked to take noise
measurements on both the east and west banks, during the working
day and during the loading of ships with scrap metal; and
10.That the Council should set up its own noise measuring devices to measure noise during the working day and during the loading of ships in the absence of the completion of resolution 9.