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Opponents voice fears over of Sudbrook quarry plan

Opposition by residents to plans by a company to start quarrying in their village is gathering pace.

An application by the Tamar Selby Group has been made to Lincolnshire County Council to begin quarrying to the west of Rookery Lane in Sudbrook.

Residents are concerned that if quarrying does take place, heavy lorries will start using the ‘unsuitable’ narrow lane to the site every day.

Opponents of the Sudbrook quarry plan say Rookery Lane is unsuitable for lorries. Photo: Google (13730208)
Opponents of the Sudbrook quarry plan say Rookery Lane is unsuitable for lorries. Photo: Google (13730208)

One of the main concerns of local people is the safety of schoolchildren who walk along Rookery Lane to catch buses to school.

County councillor Ray Wootten, who represents the area and attended a meeting of villagers last week, says concerns have been raised by residents over privacy, screening, noise, dust and transportation.

He added: “The villagers, local councillors and MP are all united in their opposition to the proposed quarry.”

In an objection to the council, one resident said: “Rookery Lane is an already unmaintained road, crumbling, full of pot holes, barely able to cope with the endless traffic not part of the village, unsafe for walkers and especially dangerous for children walking to and from the main road to catch school transport. We already have a sign on the main road declaring – Not suitable for HGV’s. How is this even a consideration – money. This is an unfair application, unsafe for the residents and unsuitable for the road.”

Permission to quarry the site already exists and was originally given in 1953. Quarrying took place, resulting in the formation of a lake and the applicant is asking for that permission to be reactivated with new conditions.

Tamar Selby Group says it wants to work the quarry six days a week between the hours of 8am and 7pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

The company says it proposes to quarry up to 100,000 tonnes per year. It says there will be six individual lorry movements every hour, about one every 10 minutes.

In its application, the company says: “This volume of traffic is considered to be easily within the capacity of Rookery Lane.” It adds: “...the proposed scheme also intends that all quarry traffic except for local deliveries, will approach and leave the site via Rookery Lane south to access the A153 Willoughby Road such that road traffic does not need to pass through Sudbrook village.”

The company has outlined plans for bunds and fencing to screen off the works from nearby properties while they are taking place.

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