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+ Information sources on the South East Plan
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Responses using the Word form should be posted to:
Mrs Sue Morgan
RSS EIP South East
1 Walnut Tree Close
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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.
- 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.