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+ Information sources on the South East Plan

How you can object

All correctly filed comments will be reviewed by an independent panel of inspectors. A consultation response form has been prepared by them and this should be used for all responses (responses made in other formats will cause handling and analysis difficulties). The SEERA Secretariat would prefer to receive responses using the online form which you can go to using the link below; pressing the 'Submit' button on the form will send it direct to the Secretariat. When you first go to this page, you will need to register, which is very quick and easy.

The form is also available below as a pdf to be posted or faxed (contact details below) or as a Word version to be completed off-line and emailed to response@eipsoutheast.co.uk

Responses using the Word form should be posted to:

Mrs Sue Morgan
Panel Secretary
Bridge House
RSS EIP South East
1 Walnut Tree Close
Guildford
GU1 4GA



What you can say

Below are some key points you might like to base your comments on. However, it is important to try to state how you think the plan will affect you, in your own words.

  1. The projected volumes of exported waste from London to West Sussex increase the amount of waste West Sussex would need to accommodate by almost 50%. This does not appear to be achievable given the limited availability of suitable sites.
  2. Rather than increasing exports of waste to the SEERA regions, London should be put under pressure to do all it can to deal with its own waste by deploying a variety of waste recovery and processing technologies. The Draft SEP summary states that recycling rates have increased by 50% over the last 5 years, and there is nothing to suggest this will not increase by at least the same rate, if not more. Policy W3 does not take this into account.
  3. If West Sussex and other SEERA Waste Planning Authorities are forced to provide landfill capacity which ultimately is not needed, the over-provision of landfill will cause on-going, possibly long term problems with the filling and completion of sites. This would counteract initiatives to deal with waste more sustainably and lead to the import of waste from other areas. In both the general SEP summary and the more detailed D6 document, much is made of the requirement to reduce growth in the level of waste generated (prevent - re-use – recycle - recover) . How can this happen if we keep making accessible landfill an easy option?
  4. Regarding the transportation of waste in West Sussex, very few parts of the county are accessible via good quality roads. Traffic levels are high and rising rapidly. Road congestion is increasing, and rail links are over-stretched. Therefore it would not make sense to transport large volumes of London waste into the heart of West Sussex.
  5. The South Downs is a large Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It is, of course, unlikely that landfill sites would be located in this AONB. Nevertheless, the chances are that much of the exported waste would have to be transported through or near the AONB. This would have adverse environmental effects.