Landraise Action Group was set up by Chalvington with Ripe Parish Council to fight the establishment of landraise sites in East Sussex. We believe they are a fundamentally flawed choice as a waste management strategy and should not be built on greenfield sites far from the places which produce most of the waste.

Ten years ago, East Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Council tried to locate a landraise waste site at Broomham's Farm between Ripe and Golden Cross in East Sussex but were persuaded that this greenfield site far away from where the rubbish was produced was an inappropriate place to put it. The entire strategy of dealing with the county and city's rubbish by creating a huge pile of waste in the middle of the countryside was flawed and retrograde. The County Council gave the protesters a categorical assurance that they would never build a pile of rubbish on a greenfield site.

Ten years on, the plan is back on the table and not only is Broomham's Farm back under consideration but there are also options being looked at near Halland, Hellingly,Newick/Fletching and Firle/Glynde. An initial poorly-publicised consultation phase on the preferred strategy ends on 15 January. Everybody who objects to this strategy for good principled reasons should respond to this consultation.

Through this site, Ripe and Chalvington residents will fight the usage of landraise on greenfield sites in the area as par t of the preferred strategy. We are joining with other groups from surrounding villages and will put up a united front.