Cranage sand quarry changes to joint application CWAC/CEC

Sibelco have now changed their application to a joint CEC one with Cheshire West & Chester (CWAC) for silica sand extraction at Rudheath Lodge Farm, Cranage (between Goostrey Lane and New Platt Lane).

Delegating the decision to CEC was apparently unlawful so it will now be a joint determination.

Last day for submitting comments has also changed with CEC to 21st February 2017 – Full details can be found on CEC planning page, click the link:  16/4724W.

LoveGoostrey’s link to Sand Quarry page for proposal drawings etc.

Planning application for Cranage quarry

Sibelco have now made an application for silica sand extraction at Rudheath Lodge Farm, Cranage (between Goostrey Lane and New Platt Lane).

Full details can be found on CEC planning page  link:  16/4724W

“The sand extraction itself will take place at up to 300,000 tonnes per annum and last around 12 years – with a further 2 years to complete the restoration of the final sand extraction phases, the processing plant site and the access points.

Method of working

The soil removal to expose the underlying sand, soil screen construction around the edge of the site and sand extraction will progress broadly from the north-east part of the site in a clockwise direction (as shown on drawing number RL06) – together with concurrent progressive restoration. The soil screens will be seeded with grass at the first suitable opportunity following formation. The sand extraction will be carried out by dredging to an average depth of around 4.5 metres. Dredging involves a small electrically powered boat which is placed in a lake created when the underlying groundwater in the sand is exposed by removal of the overlying soil. The dredge will pump the sand from below the water level and move slowly around the site. After establishing the small settling ponds in the early phases, the dredge will be placed in the lake and sand will be pumped via a pipeline to the processing plant site to the north of New Platt Lane. Water from the process plant will be returned to the dredging lake by a second pipeline. The site has been divided into six main phases which will operate for about two years each. The sand extraction will not progress into further phases until required. Soil, hedgerows and trees will remain in place for as long as possible so that only small areas of the site are being developed at any one time. As sand extraction progresses, the site will be progressively restored by replacing soil onto the edge of the future mere or to form future agricultural land.” Non technical summary.

New bus for Goostrey

Trolley-dolly heaven

reposted from Blogs from the bongs

It may have been a tad damp today but it was good for christening the launch of the new bus on the Goostrey-Twemlow Green-Holmes-Sandbach circular route. And the village’s shopping trolly-dollies will be in ecstasy! {click to enlarge photos}

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The 29-seater has lots of room for those push-on shoppers, and driver Lee tells me it can be reconfigured to reduce the seating to cater for a variety of purposes. After 13 years of trundling through rural Cambridgeshire, the white Dennis service bus has been acquired by Tomlinson Travel for our village service.

I am told that regular passenger Terry Price almost missed it – he failed to recognise the new vehicle as it arrived at Twemlow Green! Now it is hoped more villagers will be persuaded to join the growing number of passengers using the service, especially those eligible for free bus passes. Many have already discovered it is better by bus than the car for a quick trip to Holmes Chapel and Sandbach.  

If you see the 319 bus and want a ride just put up your hand if you are not near one of the official stops in the village….It is as easy as that.

Quarry pre-planning exhibitions by Sibelco

Next week Sibelco will be holding pre-planning exhibitions re the Cranage quarry :-

7th Oct Allostock Village Hall 4pm – 8pm

9th Oct Cranage Village Hall Friday 4pm – 8pm

10th Oct Cranage Village Hall Saturday 10am – 2pm

“Company representatives will be present to discuss the outline proposals”.

Pre-planning exhibition Oct 2015

Pre-planning exhibition Oct 2015