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The Jubilee River story - ARC landfill - Grundon's pit re-doming - Dec 1988
A blot on the landscape
This fiasco relates to an in-filled gravel pit adjacent to Staines Road, Wraysbury. Planning permission was first given to pump the pit dry, line it with clay, backfill with putrescible waste, and then cap with clay and topsoil. That's when it all went wrong - the clay cap sunk - firstly enabling ponds to form and then splitting and allowing the water to penetrate the in-fill material. I clearly remember walking over the hard-baked and undulating clay cap - enveloped in a nauseating stench and listening to the sound of the gas hissing up through the cracks in the clay. The remediation works took years, and it is debatable whether the land will ever revert to its original state. I suspect that leachate may be an ongoing issue.
The documentation reproduced here relates to the ARC application for a variation to the original planning consent No ER/158/52
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Application front cover Site map Application form - page1 page 2 page 3 page 4
Statement title page 5 Contents/App/plans p6 Statement of intention p7 Remedial action p8 Access p9 Clay p10 Monitoring p11
Added 2/2/2019 - The two images below (dated May 1988) show the gas collection and burner installation required (for decades) to overcome the smell of escaping gas.