Quarry plans bite the dust

PLANS to turn a disused quarry on the South Downs in to a landfill site have been withdrawn.

Haulaway Ltd’s controversial proposal to fill Filching Quarry with 680,000 tons of waste in five years had received much opposition from local residents and councillors.

Jasmine Gaiton, from the Filching Landfill Action Group (FLAG), had raised concerns about noise, dust and the site being part of the national park.

The plan was heard by East Sussex County Council on June 22 and the planning committee voted unanimously against the proposal.

Officers and councillors agreed reopening the quarry and filling it with rubbish would cause traffic problems, damage residents’ lives and could affect levels of recycling.

The plan was due to go before the South Downs National Park planning committee and campaigners and the applicant were waiting for a hearing date.

However, this week Haulaway Ltd withdrew its plan.

Jasmine said, “FLAG, in association with Cranedown Society, would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to everyone who submitted objection letters in respect of this planning application for Filching Quarry.

“The quality of the objection letters and the support we received from the local community against this application was, we are sure, instrumental in reaching this decision together with the overwhelming vote against the proposal taken by the planning committee recently at Lewes.

“While this has put an end to this current application, FLAG and Cranedown will continue to monitor the situation with regard to the Quarry and should the owners submit any further applications we hope we will be able to call upon the community for their support again.”

Jasmine said the group’s website at www.filchinglandfillactiongroup.co.uk will remain live and continue to provide updates.

Colin Holloway from Haulaway, a Haisham-based firm, said, “After extensive consultation and meeting with South Downs National Park and East Sussex County Council, Haulaway Ltd decided it would be best to withdraw the existing planning application and reconsider other alternative options for restoring the quarry in accordance with the extant planning permission.

“This was a very difficult decision due to the overarching issues of encroachment on third party land and health and safety risks not being resolved which will continue to be of the detriment to the South Downs National Park.”