BACHPORT: Actively campaigning to protect our local countryside

Burcot & Clifton Hampden for the Protection of the River Thames

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Oxford Mail, Nov 2016: Photo contest launched by quarry protesters

Oxfordshire Guardian, 18 Aug 2016: Scientists Add to Fears Over Plan for Quarry

BBC, 16 Aug 2016:  Culham Science Centre Concerns

Oxford Mail, 7 Jun 2016: 570 objection letters

Bicester Advertiser, 7 Jun 2016: Hundreds of objections

Oxfordshire Guardian, 2 Jun 2016: Hundreds oppose Green Belt quarry

ITV News, 12 May 2016: Fears over huge increase in traffic

Bicester Advertiser, 27 Apr 2016: Packed hall of campaigners against appalling quarry plans

Oxford Mail, 18 Apr 2016: Councillor urges residents to comment

That’s Oxford (Freeview Channel 7), 15 Apr 2016: Giving the local community a voice

Bicester Advertiser, 12 Apr 2016: Residents prepared to fight against quarry

Oxford Times, 12 Apr 2016: Prepared to fight

Oxford Mail, 12 Apr 2016: Campaign against quarry size of 165 football pitches

BBC, 9 Apr 2016: Campaigners urge people to oppose Oxfordshire quarry plan

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Oxfordshire Guardian, 17 Nov 2015: Quarry plans unveiled

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Oxfordshire Guardian, 29 Oct 2015: Quarry plans to be submitted in 2016

The Herald, 29 Apr 2015: John Howell, county and district councillors back Bachport campaign against quarry: Candidate digs deep against quarry

Oxford Mail, 25 Mar 2015: Important meeting held at OCC regarding gravel extraction and  Minerals & Waste policy: Increase in gravel extraction Oxford Mail

Oxford Mail, 25 Mar 2015: Lack of consultation questioned: Residents promise battle as new extraction plan agreed Oxford Mail

Oxfordshire Guardian, 8 Jan 2015: Ecologist and wildlife campaigner Bob Eeles discusses presence of otters likely breeding in the Clifton Hampden. See the full article: http://oxfordshireguardian.co.uk/campaigners-look-to-otters-to-stop-quarry/

ITV Meridian, 8 Jan 2015: Working to preserve and protect the environment of our national treasure, the Thames, ecologist Dr Bob Eeles and Bachport Chair Ian Mason speak about the proposed gravel extraction site and English Heritage’s recent decision to protect the Early Bronze Age round barrow cemetery on the site by awarding it Scheduled Monument Status, after recognition by the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport of its rarity and national importance. View the video clip here: https://bachport.uk/2015/01/07/itv-meridian-comes-to-clifton-hampden/

Oxford Times, 27 Dec 2014: English Heritage’s recent listing of the archaeology on site: http://www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/11685286.Opponents_of_quarry_gain_a_victory/?ref=mr

BBC South Today, 17 Dec 2014: English Heritage’s recent decision to protect the Bronze Age cemetery on the site of the proposed quarry by listing it as a scheduled monument.

Oxford Mail, 28 Nov 2014: Bachport hits the news again: http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11631024.Residents_see_red_over_rise_in_gravel_dig_level/

BBC Radio Oxford, 26 Nov 2014: Bachport set to make the morning’s news: listen in at 7.20 am on  to hear Ian Mason, Chair of Bachport, on the recent Oxfordshire County Council Cabinet discussion regarding the Local Aggregate Assessment (LAA) and Core Strategy; significant policies that will affect us all. http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio/player/bbc_radio_oxford

Also making the news on 26 Nov 2014, Councillor Lynda Atkins comments on her disappointment with the estimate for sand and gravel extraction being based on “assumptions not evidence”. Excerpt taken from http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-oxfordshire-30134928:  Oxfordshire County Council has agreed that more than a million tonnes of sand and gravel needs to dug from pits in Oxfordshire next year, more than twice as much as was extracted in 2013. Councillor Lynda Atkins had appealed to cabinet members to reject the new estimate for extraction saying it was based on “assumptions not evidence”.  She told BBC Radio Oxford: “I’m very disappointed that the vote went that way, but I was slightly encouraged that three other cabinet members abstained because I think it shows that the arguments we’re putting forward really did have an impact. We need to overturn the decision.”

Oxford Mail, 18 Sep 2014: News of the Bronze Age cemetery on the proposed site: Burial site may hit gravel dig plans

BBC News, 16 Sep 2014: It is reported that the proposed quarry site is an important archaeological site containing settlements of late prehistoric and Romano British periods and a Bronze Age barrow cemetery. Read more in the  article – Oxfordshire ‘quarry plan’ land assessed for heritage status

Oxford Mail, 6 Aug 2014: Over 100 residents gather in full force on Clifton Hampden High Street to show their opposition in group photo shoot: Villagers show united front against quarry

Oxfordshire Guardian, 24 Jul 2014:  http://oxfordshireguardian.co.uk/fears-raised-over-plans-for-new-gravel-pit/

July 2014: Parish Councils United in Concern Over Proposed Gravel Pit and Plant. Chairs and members of the four parish councils of Long Wittenham, Clifton Hampden/Burcot, Appleford and Culham met together on 16 July to discuss the disquieting news of the proposed gravel pit and concrete processing plant. Common concerns regarding the likely impact on homeowners, traffic, flooding and the environment were aired and subsequently raised with representatives of Hills Quarry Products, who also attended the meeting. It was agreed that each parish council would invite Hills to a meeting where further questions can be raised. These meetings are open to the public – dates and locations will be available on this website.

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