December 8 2013 Latest news:
Monday, September 23, 2013
People concerned about plans to resume excavation work at a disused Suffolk quarry have asked their town council to intervene.
The former Hadleigh Quarry at Peyton Hall Farm has been abandoned for more than 30 years and has been used for agriculture.
But Tarmac Limited recently sold the site and the new owners have notified the county council – the authority responsible for governing mineral extraction in Suffolk – they intend to start quarrying again.
If the plan goes ahead, aggregate will be excavated and sold, and the quarry will be infilled with inert waste from road building or similar works.
But people living on the site boundary fear the narrow roads leading to the quarry are unsuitable for constant use by heavy vehicles.
They have written to the county council with their concerns asking for a meeting at the quarry site, and they have asked Hadleigh Town Council for support.
At a recent meeting, members of the Aldham Tye and Ivy Tree Lane residents association raised concerns about the extra HGV traffic that could be generated by the reopening of the quarry.
Nikyolas Pechy, of Ivy Tree Lane, said: “The total area to be worked is about seven hectares and the quarry with its associated heavy lorry traffic could operate every working day for the next 28 years until its consent expires in 2042.
“No upper limit has been imposed on the number of lorry movements to and from the site, which could generate several hundred movements per week.
“Because of the narrowness of the road, lorries will have to use the entire width of the highway which will pose a considerable risk to other road users including cyclists as this is part of the national cycle route.”
A county council spokeswoman said if work at the quarry complied with the original planning consent, a new application would not be required.
But she added: “While not all the responsibility lies with the county council, we have offered to meet with residents, along with the site owner and developer and the local county councillor, to discuss their concerns and hopefully provide some clarity.”