Quarry to expand 38 acres into farm

Essex County Standard: Quarry to expand 38 acres into farm Quarry to expand 38 acres into farm

A QUARRY looks set to expand by the size of 22 football pitches, safeguarding 110 jobs.

Stanway Quarry, in Warren Lane, could be extended by a fifth into neighbouring Fiveways Fruit Farm.

Lafarge Tarmac has revealed part of its adjacent 190-acre quarry has come to the end of its working life.

It says the 38-acre expansion, extracting just under 3million tonnes of sand and gravel over six years, is needed to maintain its presence in Stanway.

Residents say the extension is too close to their homes, but would prefer to see a quarry than houses.

Peter Thompson, of Stanway Green, which backs on to the Fiveways Fruit Farm site, said: “The quarry shouldn’t come to the full extent they have planned.

“It should be restricted to a line of poplar trees on the land, which would act as a buffer to sand and dust. Frankly though, I would rather see a quarry than houses.”

David Millin, of Stanway Green, said: “I would rather see a sand pit for a few years than I would a lot of houses.

“If you build houses, you have got to get the infrastructure.”

Residents have been invited to a public exhibition about the plans at Stanway Rovers Football Club on Thursday, from 8am to 7pm.

A planning application will be submitted to Essex County Council later in the year.

Simon Treacy, estates manager for Lafarge Tarmac, said: “The event will give people an opportunity to view our proposals and ask any questions.

“We have enjoyed a positive relationship with local people and businesses, many work for us or with us to supply products and services.”

Anyone unable to attend can see the plans at lafargetarmac.com/stanway, which will go live on Thursday, or e-mail stanway.feedback@lafarge tarmac.

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5:10pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Jack222 says...

It keeps the jobs, so fair enough.
It keeps the jobs, so fair enough. Jack222
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5:44pm Tue 11 Mar 14

siteman says...

Must be small football pitches as a full size pitch is around 2 1/2 acres so their 38 acres would be 15-16 piches
Must be small football pitches as a full size pitch is around 2 1/2 acres so their 38 acres would be 15-16 piches siteman
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5:48pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Im_Like_HELLO says...

Large Tarmac (as I call them) still need the infrastructure (local roads) for the tonnes of sand and gravel transported each week. I don't understand why the locals don't use opportunities like this to voice for a green transport link e.g. a railway branch could be used for transporting the aggregates during the life of the quarry, after which it could be a passenger line.
Large Tarmac (as I call them) still need the infrastructure (local roads) for the tonnes of sand and gravel transported each week. I don't understand why the locals don't use opportunities like this to voice for a green transport link e.g. a railway branch could be used for transporting the aggregates during the life of the quarry, after which it could be a passenger line. Im_Like_HELLO
  • Score: 2

8:52pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Boris says...

Im_Like_HELLO wrote:
Large Tarmac (as I call them) still need the infrastructure (local roads) for the tonnes of sand and gravel transported each week. I don't understand why the locals don't use opportunities like this to voice for a green transport link e.g. a railway branch could be used for transporting the aggregates during the life of the quarry, after which it could be a passenger line.
Nice idea but it would cost a lot and would take several years to build. Lafarge Tarmac would have to pay for it. And I doubt if Railtrack would welcome a brand new branch line.
Meanwhile, the idea of a Stanway station, between Colchester and Marks Tey, has been mooted but rejected. And for that, no extra track was required.
[quote][p][bold]Im_Like_HELLO[/bold] wrote: Large Tarmac (as I call them) still need the infrastructure (local roads) for the tonnes of sand and gravel transported each week. I don't understand why the locals don't use opportunities like this to voice for a green transport link e.g. a railway branch could be used for transporting the aggregates during the life of the quarry, after which it could be a passenger line.[/p][/quote]Nice idea but it would cost a lot and would take several years to build. Lafarge Tarmac would have to pay for it. And I doubt if Railtrack would welcome a brand new branch line. Meanwhile, the idea of a Stanway station, between Colchester and Marks Tey, has been mooted but rejected. And for that, no extra track was required. Boris
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10:21am Wed 12 Mar 14

Catchedicam says...

siteman wrote:
Must be small football pitches as a full size pitch is around 2 1/2 acres so their 38 acres would be 15-16 piches
For champions league it is exactly 1.76 acres(105x68m) which is 21.6 pitches in 38 acres...
[quote][p][bold]siteman[/bold] wrote: Must be small football pitches as a full size pitch is around 2 1/2 acres so their 38 acres would be 15-16 piches[/p][/quote]For champions league it is exactly 1.76 acres(105x68m) which is 21.6 pitches in 38 acres... Catchedicam
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