Villagers fight plans for quarry in Colsterworth
Angry residents have set up an action group to fight plans for a proposed quarry in their village.
Residents in Colsterworth received a planning notice two weeks ago for the proposed Skillington Limestone quarry on land to the east and west of Crabtree Road, Colsterworth.
Since then, residents have set up a campaign group on Facebook and have been delivering leaflets and posters to households within the village and the surrounding areas, including Buckminster, Stainby and Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth.
They are concerned about the impact a quarry would have on the area and those living nearby and have been given until January 7 to raise objections against the application.
Angela Jackson, who lives in Colsterworth, said it will have a huge negative impact on the whole area.
She added: “The two planning applications they have outlined cover a vast area when put together, impacting Woolsthorpe, Skillington and Stainby. The area is huge.
“Quarries are an eyesore and it will scar the local landscape. Not only that but it will destroy the habitat of many different species. It’s too close to people’s homes, none of which were built when the original plans were submitted. There will be more traffic noise from the lorries travelling on roads which are not designed for this amount of traffic. It’s an intrusion of people’s personal space and will damage the character of the area.
“The application is solely for commercial gain because there is a lack of need for mineral extraction.”
Michele Codd has lived in Stainby for 26 years. She said: “I moved here because the hamlet is really quiet and rural. I love the fact that I see barn owls and raptors such as buzzards and kestrels as I drive between Stainby and Skillington.
“The landfill site between Woolsthorpe and Skillington brings additional traffic but also attracts the stately, elegant red kites.
“There’s no shortage of limestone in the UK and trashing valuable arable land and a great wildlife habitat is completely unnecessary. From a human point of view, it will create a noise and traffic hazard six days a week. Most seriously, the dust from the quarry would be a significant health hazard for those who, like me, live only a couple of hundred yards away.”
Resident Hilary Winstanley said she is concerned about road safety, adding: “The proposed route for vehicles coming from the north down the A1 is to cross the northbound carriage way on to Crabtree Lane. The slip road at this junction is very short and narrow and the thought of a 12 tonne lorry trying to cross the A1 does not bear thinking about.
“A total of 120,000 tonnes of limestone extracted per annum equates to 6,000 vehicle movements. Discounting Sundays and bank holidays, we would have over 40 lorries per day on our already badly maintained roads.
“Furthermore, these applications envisage a working life of the quarries of 30 years. Ironstone mining ceased in approximately the same area in the 1970s and the landscape has taken all this time to recover.
“The area is now enjoyed by many people for recreational pursuits such as horse riding, dog walking, cycling and walking, which will have to stop.”
A Lincolnshire county council spokesman said: “We have received a planning application and we are currently inviting comments from members of the community.”
For more information on the application, visit www.lincolnshire.gov.uk