Codicote rocked by new concrete quarry plan

PUBLISHED: 15:00 26 October 2012

Bob Adams, David Connold and Jim Park

Bob Adams, David Connold and Jim Park

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EXPANSION plans at a quarry in Codicote have sparked an angry reaction from villagers.

The owners of Anstey Chalk Quarry are currently looking to expand facilities by recycling concrete all year round – but claim they will reduce loaded vehicle movements to 180 per week.

A planning application has been lodged, and as this newspaper went to press was being verified by Herts County Council.

Over the past 18 months, a group of Codicote villagers have lobbied against the move, claiming heavy vehicles were damaging the roads.

David Connold, who lives in St Albans Road, said he and other residents had noticed more lorry loads of concrete passing through the village.

Mr Connold, who has lived in Codicote for 40 years, said: “St Albans Road has become a very busy place in the last two years. We started to notice an increase in traffic, especially large lorries carrying concrete.”

The narrow road that leads to the quarry was called “potentially dangerous” by an environmental inspector back in 1996 and a report said it was not suitable for heavy goods vehicles.

Mr Connold told the WHT the road is now starting to break up.

Nick Bromwell from Anstey Quarries Ltd, which took over the site in 1995, said: “We are a soil plant and we are currently allowed to recycle concrete 28 days a year, but we want to do it all year round.”

But he said the firm wanted to restrict the number of loaded lorry movements from an unlimited amount to 180 per week.

Mr Connold said: “It is not our desire to close down the quarry if they are carrying out legitimate business.

“But it was never meant to be carrying out concrete crushing. It was only meant to carry out chalk excavation and a bit of soil.”

Justin Burgess, who is part of the protest group and lives in Codicote, said: “The situation threatens to dramatically impact on the village’s quality of life, pollution, children’s safety, dust deposits, road quality to name but a few issues we are faced with.

“A small group of us have worked tirelessly on this for 18 months, but now the time has come to gather greater support from the whole village and the local public as a whole.”

The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 30 at 8pm in the Peace Memorial Hall, High Street, Codicote.

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