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Al Fayed objects to landfill site


Mohammed Al Fayed's lawyers are representing residents in the village

A row over a planned landfill site in Surrey has led to threats of legal action by residents who are backed by Harrods owner Mohammed Al Fayed.

Oxted residents, who have been calling on the Environment Agency not to grant a permit for the site, are concerned about environment hazards and traffic.

The agency said any permit would include conditions about emissions.

Killoughery Waste Management said the plan would bring an old quarry back into use as either woods or farmland.

Mr Al Fayed, whose lawyers are representing the residents' group, said: "I am doing it not only for me but I'm doing it for all the community."

He added: "No-one can financially take that on, but I'm taking them on."

'More lorries'

The plan would bring "devastation" to Oxted because of pollution and increased traffic, Mr Al Fayed said.

The owner of the London department store Harrods, who lives in Oxted, added: "They can be like other civilised countries - they can incinerate it [waste] or burn it, or use it for generating fertiliser."

Campaigners have said they are concerned about noise, dust, and general pollution in Oxted village.

Resident Cathy Hunt said Oxted already had hundreds of trucks "thundering" through the town, and said the landfill site plans would add an extra 55 lorries a day to the total.

It's inert material. It doesn't cause any gas
Paul Killoughery

But an Environment Agency statement said: "The Environment Agency's role is to make sure human health and the environment are properly protected.

"The permitting decision process takes into account emissions to land, air and water, but not the number of waste transport vehicles on the road or other issues outside the site boundaries."

Paul Killoughery, director of the waste management firm, said the quarry, which closed down about 20 years ago, had left a hole in the countryside that would be filled with inert material and turned into woodland or used for agriculture.

"It's inert material. It doesn't cause any gas," he said.

"Filling it will be monitored by the Environment Agency which takes care of hazards including to the water course."

He said there was a flood risk in the area which had nothing to do with the planned landfill site.

The site was close to the A25, but the company had no lorry routes that affected schools, stables, or Oxted village, he added.


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