Dry spell wanted for landfill work

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DRY weather is needed for more work to take place to solve the Lidsey pong.

The operator of the landfill site at Headhone Farm on the A29 is waiting for a break in the rain to be able to carry out the latest stage of its work to stop gas escaping from the ground.

County councillor Derek Whittington, who chairs the Lidsey Landfill Liasion Group, said: “Unfortunately, due to wet weather in October and November, Lidsey Landfill Ltd was prevented from compacting the temporary surface clay cover as planned.

“This resulted in a small amount of gas escaping into the air, causing a localised and intermittent odour problem. Subject to a sustained period of dry weather and suitable ground conditions, the operator will increase the cover over the active cell to contain the gas and stop any further landfill gas odour.

“The Lidsey group is mindful of the impact this landfill is having on the local community.

“The members are working closely together to get the irregular odour problem under control.

“Residents who have concerns about health impact may find the Health Protection Agency website useful.”

As reported in the Observer, the smell from the landfill has worried residents in the nearby villages as well as some in North Bersted since last summer.

Lidsey Landfill Ltd pursued a programme of works last autumn in response to the intermittent smell.

This included installing gas extraction wells across the operational tipping cell on the site.

Gas which was diverted to a temporary flare is now being sent to permanent gas engines which export electricity to the grid.

Leachate extraction wells have also been installed to lower the cell’s water level.