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
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
"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:
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 NO
Promoted by the affected Parish Councils of Arlington, Chalvington with Ripe, Chiddingly, East Hoathly with Halland, Fletching, Hailsham, Hellingly, Horam, Laughton, Ringmer, Selmeston.
The Argus reported the anger of Piltdown residents (6 January) when they discovered the extent of the landraise plans and the Sussex Express reported how villages along the A22 corridor are up in arms about the plans (7 December).