Concrete-crushing plans near Beyton criticised

Proposed concrete crushing site near Tostock.

Proposed concrete crushing site near Tostock. - Credit: Gregg Brown

A “very poor application” for a concrete crushing facility near Tostock has come under fire for a lack of detail.

Kier, the Suffolk highways contractor, is asking permission to change the use of a stretch of land near the A14 for storage, processing and recycling of inert waste from highway works.

However, it was standing room only on Monday night as Beyton residents turned out in force at a parish council meeting to air concerns about lorry movements through their village.

Many complained that they felt there was inadequate detail of the potential traffic impact on the application.

Beyton chairman Graham Jones said: “At the end of the day the people of Beyton have spent a lot of energy trying to make this village safe and I think the premise of having more transport when it can be avoided has to be challenged.”


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Many villagers voiced concerns, with the consensus being that there was insufficient detail to make a proper objection and that more details should be asked of Kier, which was not represented at the meeting.

One resident described the application to the room as “remarkable by its economy of information”.

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Suffolk county councillor Penny Otton, who represents the division, said: “I think you’re obviously absolutely right that you’ve not had all the information to make a valid judgement.

“I think you’re quite at liberty to say under the circumstances at the moment because of the lack of information, you can’t give your support for the application until you get a fully-detailed impact assessment, a fully-described transport plan.”

She later went on to describe it as a “very poor application for you to make a valid judgement on”.

According to Kier, the foreman for the site anticipates roughly six to ten lorry movements per day. The materials currently stored on the site would be removed and incorporated into the recycling material.

According to Suffolk Highways, the site would operate between 7.30am and 4pm during the week.

Subject to permission, the site could start receiving road chippings as soon as June 1 and a wheeled loading shovel would be permanently situated on site.

The first “crushing and screening campaign” would start around October 1, aiming to process 10,000 tonnes of road waste over three weeks – 15 working days. The waste would already have transported to the site prior to that date.

Suffolk Highways added crushing and screening would then take place every four months.

During each campaign, equipment including a “tracked excavator”, a “tracked mobile crusher” and a “tracked mobile screen” would be transported to the site for a three-week period to operate within the working hours.

Residents were told on Monday by the landlord that he did not believe there would be any difference for Beyton residents to the current lorry movements in the area.

The application also asks permission the site to be used for the storage and redistribution of processed materials.

To view the application, search for SCC\0045\16 at www.suffolk.gov.uk

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