‘Light at the end of the tunnel’ over landfill site near Bognor Regis

The Lidsey Landfill Site
The Lidsey Landfill Site

AMENDED plans for a landfill site near Bognor Regis represent ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’ for residents, according to one county councillor.

Lidsey Landfill Site was due to close by the start of December this year under planning permission granted by West Sussex County Council, but the authority’s planning committee approved amendments to conditions to allow it to remain open to inert waste until October 2017.

This will allow for the final restoration of the site to be completed by December 2017, although the applicant also proposed to reduce the height of the landform in the north-east corner of the site.

Speaking at Chichester’s County Hall on Tuesday, Derek Whittington, county councillor for Fontwell, said: “Aldingbourne Parish Council are very pleased about this.

“They have been through a number of planning applications over the last few years for extensions of the operations for putrescent and inert waste. They see this as the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Mr Whittington felt that the amendments ‘seemed like a good solution’, and added: “It’s been a well-run site as far as my committee is concerned.

“It’s a good scheme and it’s the best we can get.”

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