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Public drop-ins for potential Longue Hougue extension

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Thursday 05 March 2020

A two day public drop-in session will take place at Beau Sejour this Friday and Saturday for islanders to find out more about a potential extension to the Longue Hougue land reclamation site.

The current site is used to manage 'inert' waste material from construction and demolition projects, such as rubble, stone and earth. It is expected to be full in around three years.

The search for a follow-on site looked at 50 potential solutions, and identified further development at Longue Hougue as the best option. That would involve constructing a new breakwater, extending the reclamation site southward by around 500 metres. It would link to the shore at Spur Point, enclosing an area that could be infilled with inert waste. This could be available for use in 2024, and have estimated capacity for 15 years' infilling.

A comprehensive study of the potential environmental impacts has been carried out, and the findings were published last November. Where significant adverse effects were identified, mitigation measures have also been proposed to remove or lessen the impact.

A joint policy letter from the Committee for the Environment & Infrastructure and States' Trading Supervisory Board (STSB) is now seeking approval to begin the planning process. That will include a planning inquiry, headed by an independent inspector, which is required before any proposed development can be considered. That would provide an opportunity for all parties to put forward representations or raise any objections. 

Members of the project team will be on hand at the public drop-ins to answer questions.

The full EIA environmental impact assessment and non-technical summary can be accessed at www.gov.gg/inertwaste.

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