Anger over potential delays to restore quarry land in Aldborough Hatch
PUBLISHED: 07:00 30 December 2014 | UPDATED: 13:57 30 December 2014
Restoration work at a quarry could drag on for another two years after the company undertaking it submitted a new planning application.
Brett Lafarge is asking Redbridge Council for an extension to its activities at Aldborough Hall Farm, in Aldborough Hatch, as the timescale has been negatively impacted by the recession.
The deadline for the restoration is today (December 31), but the company hopes to prolong it to December 31 2016.
News of the application has been met with anger by members of the Aldborough Hatch Defence Association, who are running the “Enough is Enough” campaign against more gravel extraction.
Chairman Ron Jeffries, 81, of Spearpoint Gardens, said “A maximum of one year should be granted with no further extensions permitted whatsoever.
“The residents were told these workings would take six years. They have taken almost 12 – twice as long. And it is laughable to plead lack of infill whilst Crossrail continues at a pace.
“Councillors must stand firm and they can rest assured that they will be held to account if they do not by the residents of Aldborough Hatch.”
Jenny Chalmers, also of Spearpoint Gardens, lives opposite the site.
She said: “I have had to live with the noise, dust and pollution coming from it for the last 12 years.
“Redbridge Council needs to now think about the best needs of the residents.
“We have lived with Lefarge and their desecration of the landscape enough and expect the council to back us in any further attempt by them to spoil the area.”
Simon Treacy, Brett Lafarge’s estates manager, said the restoration has taken longer than expected because “decreased activity” in the construction industry “significantly reduced” the supply of materials.
He added: “We want to make sure the land is properly restored to a high standard that meets the conditions of the current planning consent.
“We are confident that now the supply of suitable materials has increased, restoration will be completed within the additional proposed two-year period.”
In November, the Recorder reported that Brett Lafarge had postponed plans to extract 900,000 tonnes of gravel and sand at Aldborough Hatch Farm.
To view the new application, visit redbridge.gov.uk.
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