Gore Heath – Landfill site or Heathland?

Date: February 3, 2014

By: Paul Beveridge

Category: Community, Consultation, Eco, New School, News, Parents, Safety, School Admin, Sustainability, Whole School

News is emerging of an application that may have serious implications for our community and the local environment.  Dorset County Council are currently consulting on plans from Leigh Environmental Ltd, a company specialising in landfill and toxic chemical disposal sites around the U.K.   The plans propose extracting approximately 7 million tonnes of sand and gravel from Gore Heath, situated off Morden Road and a short distance behind our school.  We believe the hole that is left behind would eventually be turned into a land fill site.  Pupils in school have been lobbying me to act on their behalf, in particular these two fine activists…


Click here to see a map of the proposed digging zone.

The local authority consultation document has the following summary of the impact on the proposed site:

Ecology: Potentially significant impacts on nationally and internationally protected species and habitats. Further assessment required.

Landscape:  Potentially significant impacts expected on designated landscapes.  Any localised landscape impacts would need to be addressed.

Historic Environment:  Potentially significant impacts expected.

Traffic:  Potentially significant impacts expected in accessing trunk road system.

Water:  Potentially significant impacts expected.

Amenity:  Loss of recreational land during development.

Summary:   Site is actively promoted by nominee.  Key issues include ecology, landscape, historic environment, traffic access, hydrology and amenity.

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The school’s opinion is that this is not good news for our children, our environment or the safety of our community.  Increased traffic, potentially significant impact on the water supply, significant damage to the local environment and the ongoing noise pollution such a short distance from school will all impact on the quality of life for our children.  We encourage everyone to look at the consultation document and make their thoughts known.

There is a parish council meeting where this issue will be discussed next Monday 10th February at 7pm, in the Sandford Community Centre.  Please do not ignore this issue, the consultation finishes in 10 days, on February 13th.

To register your comments, please click on this link to be taken to the website.  Scroll down to MSP AS23 – Gore Heath, and click ‘add comments’

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  1. Dr Pauline Rose says

    February 4, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    I’ve lodged my protest on the Dorset For You website. Plan to attend the public meeting on the 10th. The Echo were visiting the site yesterday so maybe there will be some publicity, although concerned this will be too late.

    • Mr Payne says

      February 4, 2014 at 1:23 pm

      Thank you Dr Rose, just to clarify, the public meeting is a meeting of the Parish Council, however this will be a significant item on their agenda and it is a meeting open to everyone. so I have been told.

  2. Julie gray says

    February 7, 2014 at 6:14 pm

    its silly really the children wont enjoy the pleasures of playtime with the odour of rubbish surrounding them

  3. kate morgan says

    February 7, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Well done we are all proud of you!My family have all attended sandford primary school since 1968! keep the good work up kate,Andy,Sid and Erin

  4. kate morgan says

    February 7, 2014 at 9:15 pm

    Please note our reply is to praise your eco warriors!We have left our objections on the dorset for you comments page.

  5. Helen Whelan says

    February 13, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    Well done to Sandford Primary’s Eco-Warriors and to Sam and Matthew Richman who have also been raising awareness about the proposed Gore Heath gravel extraction. It is vital everyone registers their objections to stop this potentially damaging development.