BARFORD RESIDENTS' ASSOCIATION
SAND AND GRAVEL UPDATE :
We attended the Cabinet meeting of Warwickshire County Council on the 10th of October at which six representatives spoke out against the inclusion of sites 4 and 5 in WCC mineral plan. All of the presentations are on the BRA web site for your information.
It is also worth noting that we were the only community from the chosen sites who attended and spoke at the cabinet meeting. A big thank you to those villagers who attended the meeting to support us. We can only hope that the Cabinet recognised the strength of feeling from our community compared to the apparent lack of interest from the other sites.
We were advised at the meeting that WCC have reviewed their requirements and this has resulted in a reduction of 2 million tons from the present plan. The following is an extract of the Cabinet decision as a result of the new reduced requirement:
That Cabinet request the Joint Managing Director (Communities) to prepare a proposed Minerals Local Plan on the 2017 10 year sales average and to present a further report to enable Cabinet to decide whether to publish the plan for consultation with a view to its submission to the Secretary of State.’
Timeline for when officers will report back to Cabinet next year and estimated date of next consultation:
Activity Draft Timeline :
Re-assess site assessment methodology October 2017 - December 2017 and update as appropriate
Carry out sites assessment December 2017 – January 2018
Revise evidence based, this includes the January 2018 - February 2018
Sustainability Appraisal and Habitat Regulations Assessment
Report back to cabinet on revised plan March 2018 - April 2018 (and any other relevant information)
Six week consultation period June 2018—July 2018
The need to produce a revised plan gives us some breathing space and we should all take the opportunity of using this time to spread the word amongst all villagers that an industrial scale gravel pit is a serious threat which will affect our way of life. In the meantime your Action Group will be lobbying our local MP, our County Councillor, calling for meetings with WCC Planners and Portfolio holder and Izzi Seccombe Chair Person of WCC.
We wish you all the best over the festive season and don’t forget to ask Santa to put in a good word for us with WCC.
If you are concerned about the future of the village and wish to help preserve it – please visit our website for more information.
Caretaker Chairman 624434.
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