A toxic legacy? Coastal landfill - erosion, flooding, legaiity and funding
In the past, coastal areas (particularly saltmarshes), were thought to be good areas to dump rubbish and so within the East Solent Coastal Partnership (ESCP) area we have, like most Maritime District Councils, a potential liability from eroding historic landfill sites. There is therefore a need for a long-term plan that is technically feasible and affordable. The Shoreline Management Plans form the basis of this plan, however at present, as far as protection of landfill is concerned, they are aspirational as there is no appropriate funding mechanism. Many landfill sites are poorly defended and are at risk of releasing waste, whilst others undergo expensive temporary repairs rather than capital works. We have assessed the following for the SCOPAC region (Lyme Regis to Shoreham-by-Sea): (1) existing possible funding mechanisms, (2) the scale of the problem and (3) whether possible funding sources may be devised. It is likely to cost over Â£150 million to re-build suitable defences for the 158 landfill sites at risk of flooding and erosion across the SCOPAC region. In the UK there are approximately 1500 landfill sites with similar problems. We will outline the systematic assessment and welcome discussion around this national problem.
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