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Chalkpit Quarry lorries - write in by 7 July

Surrey County Council looks set to cave in to the Chalkpit Quarry operator despite major safety concerns from residents.

Please write in now to object.

It's feared that Surrey County Council (SCC) is giving in to pressure from the Chalkpit quarry operator, Southern Gravel, over a daily limit on HGVs using the quarry.

In Southern Gravel's new Transport Statement from the Hurlstone Partnership that is now being consulted on, Southern Gravel is proposing a daily limit of 200 movements a day (100 in and 100 out) - see Para 6.7

More worrying still, is that the Statement says that SCC is proposing a daily limit of 150 movements a day (75 in and 75 out) - see Para 1.11.

The Statement can be read on this link: click here

It is also very worrying that Paras 1.11 and 10.12 say that SCC intends the limit to apply only to HGVs importing waste to the site. The number of HGVs used for chalk extraction would remain unlimited.

In an earlier Transport Statement published in January 2016, Southern Gravel said SCC was proposing a daily limit of 56 movements a day (28 in and 28 out) but it was contesting this as unreasonable because "it will limit the ability of the site to function efficiently." It looks like SCC is caving in to this pressure.

Southern Gravel's new Transport Statement says in Paras 5.7 and 5.8 that there were no accidents recorded between 1 January 2012 and 30 November 2016 - but it does not add that the Chalkpit was actually closed during that period.

To stop a huge daily limit being set, it is crucial to write in now to SCC and make your views known. Comments, including any experiences you have had with quarry lorries, should be emailed to MWCD@surreycc.gov.uk quoting Ref TA/2012/902.

Or write to Alan Stones, Planning Development Team Manager, Planning & Development Group, Surrey County Council, County Hall, Kingston upon Thames Surrey, KT1 2DY by 7 July.

Please copy in Oxted's Surrey County Councillor, Cameron McIntosh, on cameron.mcintosh@surreycc.gov.uk

We would be very grateful if you would also send us a copy of your comments.

On 23 June, OLRG wrote to East Surrey MP, Sam Gyimah, asking him to request the Environment Secretary to call in for review the December 2016 decision by the Environment Agency (EA) to issue a permit to Southern Gravel doubling the annual infill limit for Chalkpit quarry from 100,000 to 200,000 tonnes.

The decision was made by the EA without any consultation with residents or, we understand, with Surrey County Council, the relevant Minerals and Waste Authority.

Following the EA's decision, Surrey County Council now looks ready to approve a huge daily limit of 150 HGV movements.

When it made its decision, the EA was aware of the serious concerns of residents about road safety. But EA correspondence obtained by OLRG through a Freedom of Information request, says: 'The local residents concerns are regarding all traffic movements on the highway, which we do not take into consideration. We only look at traffic movements within the site and I have no concerns there, it has established roadways and capacity for the increased volumes.'

Our great fear is that this will only end when someone is seriously injured or killed.