Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Hi-vis jackets out in force this afternoon

You would have thought, having bought Straitgate Farm in 1965, having put it forward in 2010 as a site for the Minerals Plan, having applied for planning permission in 2015, that Aggregate Industries would by now have sorted out the site access; obviously, a fundamental part of any quarry.

But today, working closely with officers from DCC's planning and highways departments, AI and its traffic consultants were standing beside the fast, dangerous B3174 Exeter Road, the main road into and out of Ottery St Mary - scene of an HGV crash earlier this year - discussing where and how to access this road, to turn right up the hill with slow, lumbering 44-tonne HGVs - up to 200-a-day.

Skid marks on the B3174 - outside the proposed Little Straitgate exit - photographed today