A quarry is proposed at Straitgate Farm near Ottery St Mary and West Hill in Devon - this blog highlights the issues
Hi can you answer a question for me, if you wanted to build an extension/patio or any other sort of building work to your property how would you do it ?, if it wasn't for the quarries doing this you could not build, or repair the roads that YOU drive on. The quarries down in Cornwall and the one at Blackhill have been grassed and had trees planted, so give nature time to take hold and you will not notice the scar.
1. Most of the old quarry sites I see around devon aren't restored, they are just moth balled. It is cheaper that way, and they just stay as scars on the landscape.2. If DCC really wants this sand out of the ground in could be done locally and they could retain their assets, rather than siphoning them off to a foreign company.3. The only people I ever hear making comments like yours actually work for Holcim or similar. How very clever of you...
So AI plan to extract 1.2 m tonnes of aggregate over five years from Straitgate Farm, transporting the material to Blackhill for processing. We have assurances about the number of trucks being little more than those which have hauled from Marsh Broadmoor to Blackhill, I understand that the permission to process at Blackhill runs out in December 2016, just twenty months away. Where will the material then be processed? It is highly likely that a suitable area will be cleared to erect a processing plant at Straitgate, which will then make it more economical to excavate the next 1.8 M tonnes without the need for transport but with the cost of removing unsuitable Ottery Sand, but the district is short of sand? Should this happen, will it then become economical to extract the whole 8 M tonnes of aggregate, despite upsetting the water table? I believe we are not getting the whole story, AI must make it clear where they expect to process material after December 2016 or my supposition may become fact. I understand that we need aggregates, the initial plan is not too unreasonable, but if it develops we could see a massive hole in the landscape for the next thirty years.