Landfill will close for 'restoration programme'

THE landfill dump in Beddingham is now full up with rubbish and will close tomorrow, Saturday, May 16.

The site has been used as a landfill since 1975 and in recent years has taken around 250,000 tonnes of rubbish each year.

Viridor, the recycling and waste company which runs the facility, has said a 'substantial restoration programme' will be carried out to repair the landscape and the gases emitted by the decomposing waste will be harnessed into energy.

A spokesperson for Viridor said: 'Once closed, the site will be subject to a substantial restoration programme.

'This will ensure the site is restored to a Sussex Downland standard, in keeping with the surrounding environment and landscape, providing a high quality habitat for plants and animals.

'The restored site will continue to generate renewable power for some years to come by harnessing the landfill gas produced by the waste mass.

'It will remain closed for public access and a maintenance and after-care programme will be carried out by Viridor, in agreement with the Environment Agency.

'In the long-term, access for the local community will be established where appropriate and the fully restored site will enhance the local landscape.'

Lewes MP Norman Baker has applauded the progress Viridor has already made in restoring the land.

He said: 'It's going to take up to 50 years and is a huge task but from what I've seen I'm confident it will be done.

'Some of it has been restored already and it's a huge improvement from two years ago when it was a real eye-sore.'

The 60-acre site once included Asham House, which was the country home of Virginia Woolf from 1912 to 1919.

The house played an important part in the history of the Bloomsbury Group, hosting a number of Bloomsbury house parties.

In the 1920s the quarry was excavated and a cement works was built on the land, before that in turn was closed in 1975 and became a landfill site.

In 1994 Asham House was demolished to make way for an extension of the landfill site, despite opposition from the Virginia Woolf Society.