With reference to the Herald’s headline on May 18, 2006 (‘Farmers tip at airport for free’), we will have to hope that our present council officials can do a better job dealing with the huge rise in flytipping since the amenity tips in the area introduced charges for some items and reduced opening times.
However, it is the unacceptable behaviour of the perpetrators, whether individuals or bogus traders, that is primarily responsible.
It is not all bad news, though. The Audit Commission report into the tipping at Shoreham Airport mentions 32,000 lorry loads, or about 600,000 tonnes, of inert material was dumped here, to construct a golf course, a helipad or an airport extension. Take your pick.
Luckily for the developers of New Monks Farm, Lancing, it may be possible for them to utilise this material.
There should be enough rubble to raise the ground level by about a metre, thus offering a degree of protection from flooding to the 600 houses proposed for the site.
Unfortunately, there is no way to afford the same protection to the hundreds of existing householders in the immediate area.
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