Watercourses: The Hellingly and Firle/Glynde sites are on the edges of rivers and the Broomham Farm site at Deanland is next to streams which feed the Cuckmere and thus, potentially our drinking water in the Arlington reservoir. Although the process of finding suitable areas of search for landraise
sites excludes siting by the major rivers and aquifers, it is known that the liners under landraise and landfill are never 100% perfect and liquid waste can leak out into the groundwater and eventually to watercourses. The UK Groundwater Association has more information.
Waste hierarchy: there is an internationally-recognised strategy for dealing with waste and landraise comes right at the bottom of it as a strategy. There are plenty of explanations about it on the web. Lewes District Council has a good local perspective and a good graphic explaining it can be found on a blog run by Waste Aware Scotland.
Transport: our calculations show that the extra transport costs and CO2 emissions caused by moving rubbish from far away from where it is produced ("waste arisings" in the jargon) are considerable. For example, assuming 50 HGV movements per day (Monday to Saturday) a fuel cost of £1.20 per litre and a round trip to sites on the A22 corridor of 40 miles from the Brighton area, the cost per year of HGV transport would be £1,084,600. Data has been taken from The Freight Industry Times, the Road Haulage Association and Mercedes to compute the cost per mile of HGV transport. Quite clearly the cost of transport to carry the same waste from Brighton to somewhere within the Brighton and Hove Council area would be a quarter of this figure, If the waste sites are used for 20 years, the cost of carrying the waste to this area would be £21,692,000 whereas to carry it to within the Brighton area would cost £5,423,000. These lorry journeys would result in over 970 tonnes of CO2 per year being emitted from the HGVs compared to only 242 tonnes if the sites were in the Brighton area. Once more assuming a 20-year life of a landraise site the figures would be 19,400 tonnes and 4,650 tonnes respectively.
Woodland: the area of search at Broomham/Veal's Farm is right in the middle of designated ancient and semi-natural woodland. To see for yourself, go to the Government's MAGIC website (Multi-Agency Geographic Information for the Countryside).
Tranquility: although the process of finding suitable areas of search for landraise
sites excludes the National Park area to the south and the High Weald
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the north, the Low Weald which is being targeted is still a beautiful country area. Because we all value areas of peace and quiet which are good for everyone, both residents and those who come there for relaxation, the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England has produced a Tranquility Map of the country. The areas of search for the proposed landraise sites are all in the areas of highest tranquility which would be shattered by the rubbish, noise, extra traffic, smell and leachates which would be inevitable if they go ahead.