ALARMED residents have seen lorries arriving at a disused gravel pit at Slindon Bottom.
The sight of the heavy vehicles has led to fears about the future use of the site within the new South Downs National Park.
L&S Waste management bought the area last year and has applied for a temporary change of use for up to five years as a soils and aggregate facility using a mobile plant.
Homeowner Mick Kennedy bought his property last July.
“We were not told it was likely to become a recycling site with associated noise from plant and heavy traffic in the area, plus air pollution from dust associated with the recycling of aggregates,” he said.
The plans mean up to 40 lorries a day could visit the site. Those spotted in the past week are due to initial investigations by the company there.
A statement from the firm said: “L&S Waste can categorically state it has not opened its proposed recycling facility at Slindon Bottom.
“The company is undertaking some site investigation and tidying works at the site.
“The company is now waiting for a determination on the site and is hopeful for a positive result as it believes there are some very positive benefits for the area, Slindon Village resident and the newly formed South Downs National Park.
The company’s planning application will be decided by West Sussex County Council which has asked for more information about the effect of the proposed heavy lorries on Duke’s Road and Slindon Bottom Road.