CLAG was formed
in March this year as a response to a shock proposal by one of Europes
largest waste management companies, Veolia, to use a sand quarry in the
pretty village of Washington in West Sussex (UK) as a massive waste landfill
Veolia estimates that their plans would generate an additional 250-300
lorries (thats 500-600 vehicle movements) a day, six days a week
in and around the village for the next 25-30 years. Not surprisingly this
is viewed as an entirely inappropriate use of the Rock Common Quarry.
CLAG is actively campaigning to secure an alternative, more sustainable
and environmentally sensitive future for this much-loved area of West
Above: aerial view of Rock Common Quarry. The A283 can
be seen running along the left side of the quarry. Washington village
is in the background. In the foreground, to the right of the quarry is
the Windmill Landfill site.
1. Rock Common Quarry is adjacent to and overlooked by Chanctonbury Ring,
a well-loved tourist destination and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
In fact, the AONB boundary runs along the southern side of the quarry.
2. The quarry is bordered by a well-known much-used camping and caravan
site and a popular organic fruit farm. Within a few metres of the site
are hundreds of private homes, many of which overlook the quarry.
3. The existing planning permit includes a condition that the site should
be turned into a lake and nature reserve after sand extraction ceases.
This would serve as a valuable and attractive amenity for the area, in
return for the decades of quarrying endured, and a much more appropriate
outcome for the area than a 30 year landfill. There is no mention of a
4. West Sussex County Council considers the waste management needs of
the county to be adequately achievable without dumping waste in Rock Common.
It excluded the site from the countys Waste Management Plan.
5. If the pumps currently discharging thousands of gallons of good quality
water from the quarry into the nearby watercourse were turned off, the
water level would soon rise to create a sizeable fresh water lake. This
could create a valuable resource and leave rare nesting birds in peace.
Above: Chanctonbury Ring
info on Chanctonbury Ring