NPA chiefs 'to look at other options' in waste row in Copythorne

Daily Echo: Kenneth Lovett who has buried builders' rubble in his land in the New Forest. Kenneth Lovett who has buried builders' rubble in his land in the New Forest.

National Park chiefs have delayed a decision on whether a huge amount of waste buried illegally in the New Forest should be removed.

Members of the National Park Authority (NPA) were shown proposals that would allow 12,500 cubic metres of builders’ rubble and other material to remain.

However, they called for further investigations to be carried out after being lobbied by people living near the site in Pollards Moor Road, Copythorne.

As reported in the Daily Echo, landowner Kenneth Lovett buried the waste in a five-acre field next door to his house in 2006.

His neighbours say the unauthorised activity has raised the level of the field by a metre, altering the water table and leaving surrounding land prone to flooding.

NPA members debated the problem last October and discussed the possibility of forcing Mr Lovett to remove the waste. However, they gave him the chance to resolve the issue by devising a new drainage system supported by independent experts.

The NPA has now received a report compiled by consulting engineers Such-Salinger-Peters, who are backing the proposals put forward by Mr Lovett.

But Copythorne residents, supported by ward councillor Derek Tipp, challenged the report at a meeting of the NPA’s planning and development control committee yesterday.

Parish councillor Stuart Bullen-Jarvis described the document as “flawed”.

NPA member Richard Frampton said the authority should commission its own report and visit the site to see the situation for themselves.

He added: “We have a duty of care to the residents. We need to explore all the avenues and make sure we are doing the right thing.”

During the debate it emerged that two residents had taken the NPA to the Local Government Ombudsman, saying the authority should remove the waste itself.

But the Ombudsman cited the cost to the public purse and said the NPA was entitled to explore other options.

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12:41pm Wed 22 Feb 12

dango says...

Ban builders.
Ban builders. dango

12:50pm Wed 22 Feb 12

southy says...

If its just wood, rubble and metal no problem leave it there, if its any thing that could poision the ground then remove it.
If its just wood, rubble and metal no problem leave it there, if its any thing that could poision the ground then remove it. southy

1:56pm Wed 22 Feb 12

eurogordi says...

I grew up in Pollards Moor Road and the area was always prone to flooding. That was back in the sixties and 40 years before the waste was buried in one of the fields.
I grew up in Pollards Moor Road and the area was always prone to flooding. That was back in the sixties and 40 years before the waste was buried in one of the fields. eurogordi

3:48pm Wed 22 Feb 12

Stillness says...

southy wrote:
If its just wood, rubble and metal no problem leave it there, if its any thing that could poision the ground then remove it.
It's OK southy it's only metal. Lead I believe.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: If its just wood, rubble and metal no problem leave it there, if its any thing that could poision the ground then remove it.[/p][/quote]It's OK southy it's only metal. Lead I believe. Stillness

3:57pm Wed 22 Feb 12

acid drop says...

have the illegally buried waste removed and make Lovett pay for it
have the illegally buried waste removed and make Lovett pay for it acid drop

4:02pm Wed 22 Feb 12

Stillness says...

acid drop wrote:
have the illegally buried waste removed and make Lovett pay for it
a local said.
[quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: have the illegally buried waste removed and make Lovett pay for it[/p][/quote]a local said. Stillness

7:20pm Wed 22 Feb 12

southy says...

Stillness wrote:
southy wrote:
If its just wood, rubble and metal no problem leave it there, if its any thing that could poision the ground then remove it.
It's OK southy it's only metal. Lead I believe.
No lead, it would of paid them to sell it to a scap yard.
Rubble is not a problem it helps with drainage.
Metal will rot away, wood will also and become part of the soil.
The only thing I would worry about is toxic oils and Chemicals.
Still fine the guy for dumping lo
[quote][p][bold]Stillness[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: If its just wood, rubble and metal no problem leave it there, if its any thing that could poision the ground then remove it.[/p][/quote]It's OK southy it's only metal. Lead I believe.[/p][/quote]No lead, it would of paid them to sell it to a scap yard. Rubble is not a problem it helps with drainage. Metal will rot away, wood will also and become part of the soil. The only thing I would worry about is toxic oils and Chemicals. Still fine the guy for dumping lo southy

7:27pm Wed 22 Feb 12

memush says...

silly me---I thought it was the elected members of the NFDC and the appropriate departments answerable to the electorate who had the duty of care etc,
silly me---I thought it was the elected members of the NFDC and the appropriate departments answerable to the electorate who had the duty of care etc, memush

8:05pm Wed 22 Feb 12

dolomiteman says...

His neighbours say 'the unauthorised activity has raised the level of the field by a metre, altering the water table and leaving surrounding land prone to flooding'.

Umm, have you read or watched the weather reports recently, this area is having the worse drought since 1974 so buy lots of buckets and make the most of any flooding.
His neighbours say 'the unauthorised activity has raised the level of the field by a metre, altering the water table and leaving surrounding land prone to flooding'. Umm, have you read or watched the weather reports recently, this area is having the worse drought since 1974 so buy lots of buckets and make the most of any flooding. dolomiteman

8:35pm Wed 22 Feb 12

geoff51 says...

He has made a field that was almost permanently wet and useless for any purpose into one that now drains well and can be used for any purpose, where is the harm in that?
It is a pity that more efforts were made to stop planning breaches that spoil our forest
He has made a field that was almost permanently wet and useless for any purpose into one that now drains well and can be used for any purpose, where is the harm in that? It is a pity that more efforts were made to stop planning breaches that spoil our forest geoff51

10:25pm Wed 22 Feb 12

forest tony says...

The act of burying this waste in Pollards Moor Road, was allowed to go on for weeks, what amazes me is that Parish Councillors live in and use the road and have their meetings in this road, but despite the damaged verges, the heavy lorries using the road several times a day dumping the rubble, (no way could you not miss this activity) no action was taken to stop this happening by them, they tended to forget their duty and ignore it! So like most things put the onus on the National Park. Now if a local Local Authority had informed them at the start, maybe it could have been nipped in the bud then, before any major damage was done!
The act of burying this waste in Pollards Moor Road, was allowed to go on for weeks, what amazes me is that Parish Councillors live in and use the road and have their meetings in this road, but despite the damaged verges, the heavy lorries using the road several times a day dumping the rubble, (no way could you not miss this activity) no action was taken to stop this happening by them, they tended to forget their duty and ignore it! So like most things put the onus on the National Park. Now if a local Local Authority had informed them at the start, maybe it could have been nipped in the bud then, before any major damage was done! forest tony

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