EAST Hampshire district councillors are angry that they face the prospect of more waste sites when they already deal with rubbish from neighbouring areas. Last Wednesday, the development policy panel looked at a list of potential waste and mineral sites put forward by Hampshire County Council for discussion. It was the first stage of a lengthy consultation process over the next two years which could see East Hampshire having to provide homes for more sites for landfill, recycling, multi-recycling facilities, composting and a plant waste electrical, and electronic equipment. In addition, the county is proposing sites for clay, gravel and sand extraction. Most contentious are likely to be a site inside the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and proposed National Park at Butser Hill limeworks, which the county sees as a potential site for recycling, multi- recycling facility, composting and a waste electrical disassembly plant, and the home of the now derelict Spaniard Inn on the A3 north of Liphook, which the county lists as having potential for recycling and a multi-recycling facilities site. Elizabeth Cartwright echoed the sentiments of other councillors when she complained: "Why can't the county council tell us just how many more sites we need, already Alton is taking in more rubbish from other district. We are a protected landscape area, why do we have to take more sites and more of other peoples' rubbish?" Philip Drury agreed with Mrs Cartwright, adding that the proposal for seven mineral extraction sites around Headley and Kingsley could mean many more lorry movements. He was also concerned that many of the waste and mineral sites proposed were on or near aquifers, adding: "We need to send a clear message to the county council to think again." David Parkinson, the district councillor for Buriton, added that the proposed waste site on Butser Hill seemed inappropriate. "It is in the middle of a proposed national park and on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth County Park, it would seem highly inappropriate for a waste site in the middle of such natural landscape." Members of the development policy panel agreed with senior policy planner Steve Proctor's recommendation that any adverse impact on the landscape at Butser Hill limeworks would be a critical consideration. "The site lies beneath the highest point on the South Downs in a fundamentally important area in term of its landscape setting," said Mr Proctor.
Anger at waste site proposals
Thursday 19th July 2007 10:00 pm