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Burcot & Clifton Hampden for the Protection of the River Thames

NEWS Nov 2015

Dear Supporter

PLANNING APPLICATION FOR A MASSIVE GRAVEL PIT IS COMING

MORE INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND AT www.fullamoorquarry.co.uk

PUBLIC EXHIBITION AT ABINGDON VALE CRICKET CLUB ON WEDNESDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 12.30 – 8PM

PLEASE ATTEND THE EXHIBITION IF YOU CAN, OR COMMENT AT http://fullamoorquarry.co.uk/feedback/

YOUR INPUT CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Read on for the detail:

A PLANNING APPLICATION FOR MASSIVE GRAVEL PIT IS COMING.   Hills will submit a revised proposal early in the New Year, possibly January, for a massive sand and gravel quarry with concrete plant in the parish of Clifton Hampden. More information can be found at http://www.fullamoorquarry.co.uk

PUBLIC EXHIBITION.   Hills are holding a Public Exhibition at Abingdon Vale Cricket Club on Wednesday 25th November. Some of you will have had a leaflet through your door giving you details. For those of you who haven’t received the leaflet, please visit http://www.fullamoorquarry.co.uk

WHY IS THE EXHIBITION IN ABINGDON?   Many of you have already asked why the Exhibition is not being held within the affected parishes. Please ask Hills the same question directly. We have written to Hills asking them to hold a further exhibition in Clifton Hampden.

THE 4 VILLAGES ARE UNITED IN THEIR OPPOSITION.   THERE ARE STRONG REASONS TO OBJECT:

Oxfordshire doesn’t need a new quarry.  Oxfordshire produces 400,000 tonnes of sand and gravel a year and has 14mT of reserves in existing sites with granted planning permissions.  Even if production were to increase threefold to meet a massive housing boom, Oxfordshire still has enough sand and gravel to last for more than 12 years.  There is absolutely no justification to grant a new permission to desecrate the Oxford Green Belt adjacent to the River Thames at this time.

This proposal will last for much longer that the 10 years proposed.  Hills have proposed a smaller site, but have still purchased the 160 hectares of land in their original plans, and have prepared a digging plan that lends itself to future extensions.   Every current quarry in the county has been granted extensions to the surrounding land in the years after the initial application was granted.

Traffic will be much worse. Hills have increased their lorry estimates from 80 to 110 lorry movements a day.  That’s a lorry every 6 minutes, including the morning and evening rush hours.  They will operate from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday and from 7am to 1pm on a Saturday.  That’s a lot of lorries to put up with for ten years.

PLEASE ATTEND THE EXHIBITION IF YOU CAN, OR COMMENT ON THEIR WEBSITE.   We encourage you to go to the exhibition and challenge Hills on their proposals.  See here for shuttle bus service times: free shuttle bus  If you cannot attend, send Hills your comments, questions and objections, by visiting http://fullamoorquarry.co.uk/feedback/

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