Brighton sewage treatment plans stalled again

Plans for a secondary sewage treatment platform for the seaside town of Brighton and Hove have again been stalled, following protests from residents close to the proposed site.

A council vote result from Southern Water’s second application was expected on May 12th, but according to East Sussex County Councillor Marcus Beresford: “We have received over 1000 letters of objection, so the process has been set back again to June 16th.”

The present Portobello STW at Telscombe to the east of Brighton only performs primary screening of the waste, which is then pumped out to sea via a long sewer outfall pipe.

The proposed installation would involve secondary biological treatment, followed by sludge digestion and removal by road tanker for disposal.

Objections to the development (see WWT December 1998, pg 36-37) have included fears of increased road traffic and geological disturbance, as the platform is to be part-built into the base of Telscombe’s 20m high chalk cliffs.

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