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CfPS are to encourage local community groups to use DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH RESEARCH to FIGHT LANDFILL

Added: (Sat Aug 18 2001)

Pressbox (Press Release) - Local communities concerned at proposed landfill and quarry applications are being referred by CfPS to the latest report commissioned by the Department of Health 'Birth outcomes and selected cancers in populations living near landfill sites'. Which states that there is an increase of 7% in birth defects for those living with a 2km radius of landfill sites, with a greater risk from those sites that have licences to receive hazardous waste, although such research was not conclusive, leaving many questions unanswered, and other determining factors not taken into account.

As a consequence of the Court of Appeals decision in Newport County Borough Council v Secretary of State for Wales & Browning Ferris Environmental Services Limited a material planning consideration to be taken into account is the fear or perception that the local community hold of an adverse health effect. Clearly this report is sufficient to give that degree of fear. As the Court found such fear does not need to be based on logic or scientific evidence (as we have here), but merely a believe.

CfPS Chair Chris Maile said "One of the most devastating planning proposals that can be inflicted on a local community is the prospect of having a land fill close to their homes, arguably the only type of development to arouse greater passion is that of incineration, which has its own similar health fears. Communities nation-wide should now question the legitimacy of landfill close to residential areas, and the criminality of failing to ensure that more resources are not put into recycling. Based on this report the Government should talk about targets of 90% in recycling, rather than the meagre figures now banded around. Such targets would increase safety, reduce land take and increase employment through the creation of jobs in the recycling industry, whilst the same time as reducing the balance of payments through reduced imports".

CfPS is able to offer free advise to local communities affected by adverse planning including how best to present arguments against inappropriately sited landfill proposals, including advise on revocation of existing permissions and discontinuance of use of those sites already being used.

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CfPS is a none profit making group providing a national advisory service for local communities adversely affected by planning applications, including telecommunication base stations.

The report was carried out by the following researchers at the Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU), Department of Epidemiology and Public Health, Imperial College St Mary's Campus, London - Paul Elliott, Sara Morris, David Briggs, Cornelis de Hoogh, Christopher Hurt, Tina Kold Jensen, Ian Maitland, Alex Lewin, Sylvia Richardson, Jon Wakefield and Lars Jarup

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