Sunday 2 May. Walk up Mount Caburn. Meeting at Glynde Recreation Ground at 2pm to walk up Mount Caburn as far as participants are able. The aim is to look out over three of the five possible sites for landraise and to visualise the adverse impact on the Low Weald. Contact Chris Pellett 01825 872 830 for further information.
Saturday 1 May sees a Giant Jumble Sale in aid of the REAL Campaign at Laughton Village Hall, Church Lane, Laughton. Doors Open 10.30am and refreshments will be available. There's still time to donate jumble. We will collect anything, anytime. Call Jean-Marie Crozier on 01323 811 385 or Sandy Lanaway on 01825 840 487.
Charles Hendry (right), MP for Wealden, has expressed his support for the no landraise on greenfield sites campaigns by publishing a letter sent to Cllr Matthew Lock, the Lead Member for Transport and Environment at East Sussex County Council showing that the firm who has been contracted to handle waste in
the county, sees no reason for any new landraise facilities in the
Paul Levett, Deputy Chief Executive of Veolia, wrote to Hendry saying, “We are the largest waste management and recycling business in the UK and we are planning to maximise recycling, composting and energy from waste. In Sussex specifically, we are constructing a number of new facilities which will open over the next two years. Beyond that time period, our use of landfill will be minimal and can be served by existing landfill sites.”
In view of this unequivocal ruling out of the necessity for new landraise sites, Hendry's letter asks Lock, "Given that Veolia has been awarded a 25 year contract to handle the management of residential waste in the County, and would also be responsible for handling much of the commercial waste, it seems of fundamental importance that they do not believe landraise is necessary, nor would they wish or need to use it, should it be approved.
In such circumstances, it must surely make sense to recognise now that there is no future for landraise in East Sussex and that the plans should be dropped?"
For the full text, go to www.charleshendry.com/news-article.php?news_id=554
A statement of support from the office of Caroline Lucas (right) MEP for the South East says, "The Green Party shares your opposition to landraise. Caroline agrees with Green councillors’ position and will be lending whatever support she can in her capacity as an MEP to their efforts to oppose the use of landraise. Like you, she thinks it is imperative that waste management options are focused on reduction and recycling rather than moves that will destroy greenfield sites and create a whole host of associated problems. She would also agree that the UK needs to be much better at learning from other EU member states about best practice and this is something she regularly takes up with the government.
One of the Green Party’s local councillors in Brighton and Hove has specifically asked the Environment Cabinet member to rule out the landraise option. For more information, go to www.carolinelucasmep.org.uk
108 concerned residents, members of the Ripe Local Action Group, REAL and Parish Councillors walked the proposed landraise waste disposal site at Broomham Farm between Ripe and Golden Cross on 7 March.
The walk, organised by East Hoathly and District Preservation Society, was one of a series visiting all of the short listed sites to demonstrate that there is no preferred option when it comes to landraise on greenfield sites in the Sussex Weald.
At Deanland Park Home Estate, outside their “Inn at the Park”, a small display showed some of the vibrant businesses of the area, its biodiversity and its Roman and wartime history.
Deanland Park, now home to nearly 600 retired gentlefolk, was the first to scramble its Spitfire squadron on D-Day. A painting depicting a Spitfire turning a Doodlebug is perhaps symbolic of the fight against the current waste plan threat to the countryside.
Over 2000 objections to the landraise sites have been received by ESCC. A planning inquiry inspector has described a similar proposal as “An isolated protuberant landform completely out of character with the rest of the area”.
Councillor Matthew Lock of ESCC has said, in view of the many responses to the consultation draft preferred strategy “it is expected that further dialogue with communities regarding land disposal will be needed”.
Preservation Society members said “Greenfield sites, once spoilt are spoilt forever”.
The next walk will be of the Piltdown site area starting at 2 pm from the Piltdown Man on a revised date: Sunday 11th April.Further details from Chris Pellett 01825 872 830
Norman Baker (right), MP for Lewes, raised the issue of landraise in East Sussex with Environment Minister Dan Norris on 4 February. Speaking in Parliament, Baker asked:
"Will the government take steps to discourage East Sussex County Council from creating landraise mountains in the countryside? In this day and age is it not unbelievable and appalling that my Conservative county council wants to build 60-acre wide and 80-foot high waste mountains in the lovely Sussex countryside? Will he draw the council’s attention to the Government’s waste hierarchy and suggest that it moves from the 15th century to the 21st?"
In response, Norris stated that "Landfilling, of which landraising is a form, should always be the last resort" and that since both he and the Secretary of State for Environment and Rural Affairs, Hilary Benn, were both graduates of Sussex University and knew the beauty of the area and "we recognise people’s anger" but he added that "it is a local planning issue, plus a safety issue for the Environment Agency".
Baker was supported in his enquiry by Nick Herbert, Conservative MP for Arundel and South Downs who asked "Is it not time to show leadership, commit to zero waste and end the landfilling of rotting rubbish altogether?"
For the full text of the exchange, read the official account in Hansard.
Norman Baker, MP for Lewes, has discovered that East Sussex County Council as the official "waste disposal authority" is refusing to allow the district councils to increase the amount of rubbish recycled. Lewes and Wealden District Councils have both achieved their government-set targets for recycling and have ambitious plans to massively increase the amount recycled thus avoiding it going to landraise.
As long ago as July 2009, Mr Baker asked the following question in Parliament: "The Government rightly promote recycling, but
is the Minister aware that Lewes district council’s recycling levels have
effectively been capped at 27 per cent. by East Sussex county council, which
will not provide further recycling credits because it wants a waste stream to
feed its incinerator? Is it not about time that East Sussex county council was
pulled out of the stone age and that councils that want to recycle more, such as
Lewes council, which believes it can increase recycling by 50%, were
allowed to get on with it?"
The Council for the Protection of Rural England in Sussex has fully supported the principled opposition to landraise on any of the proposed sites. CPRE Sussex
says: "East Sussex unquestionably has a major problem with waste disposal, but
CPRE Sussex believes that its strategy is fundamentally flawed and must
be rethought from scratch, with a major county wide campaign of waste
reduction, so that an overwhelming proportion of the county's waste is
re-used, recycled, or converted into energy."
Want a waste mountain in your
village? Come to the rearranged public meeting
on Saturday 23 January 2010 at 10:00 at Hailsham Community Hall,
Vicarage Lane, Hailsham, (next to Wealden District Council Offices).
East Sussex County Council and Brighton and Hove City Councils' "preferred areas of search" for waste
disposal are five landraise sites near your village:
- Halland/East Hoathly
- Chiddingly/Deanland Wood Park/Golden Cross/Laughton/Whitesmith
An Action Group of the affected Parish Councils are
sponsoring a Public Meeting to campaign against this.
So come along and add your voice to the RESOUNDING
the affected Parish Councils of Arlington, Chalvington with Ripe, Chiddingly,
East Hoathly with Halland, Fletching, Hailsham, Hellingly, Horam, Laughton, Ringmer,