Sand Quarry approved by Cheshire West

Plans for the Sibelco sand quarry on land at Rudheath Lodge, New Platt Lane were approved today by Cheshire West & Chester. The proposal had previously been approved on April 4th by Cheshire East’s strategic planning board.   (new info from the Environment Agency wasn’t discussed at the meeting but if the EA change their original ‘no objection’ then it will be referred back to planning).

Cheshire East are to meet again to review the new documents but it seems doubtful that they are allowed to alter their original vote.

and 17/03104/MIN Cheshire West and Chester)

Amongst others Goostrey’s Cllr Ken Morris spoke against the application over concerns about fugitive silica dust as well as pointing out that the stated Condition by Jodrell Bank Observatory for the site to not exceed the ITU threshold cannot possibly be enforced.  Especially when Sibelco say the site already exceeds it (before driver’s mobiles etc).  JBO have been given a draft scheme by Sibelco and will have to sign off on it before plans can go ahead.

In regard to water levels of nearby New Platt Mere dropping; CWaC stated that work would stop if water levels dropped to a certain level, and only resume once they had risen again.

Sand Quarry 8th Jan

Decision date 8th Jan

 

Christmas tree collection

The Christmas Tree Collection by St Luke’s Hospice kicks in THIS THURSDAY, covering the CW1 – CW11 postcodes. Registrations must close at Noon on Tuesday 8 Jan.

Over 2600 old trees are registered already and all donations go to St Luke’s Hospice. Sign up at charityxmastreecollection.com

and just leave them out for collection in your driveway.

Sand Quarry decision meeting

The Sand Quarry application is to be considered by Cheshire West & Chester Council at its Planning Committee meeting on 8 January 2019. (link to website)

If you wish to attend the meeting will take place at Room G1, HQ Building, Nicholas Street, Chester, CH1 2NP and starts at 4.00pm.  There is parking opposite.

(link to planning ref: 17/03104/MIN Cheshire West and Chester)

One representative of objectors would have the opportunity to speak at the meeting, and one of support.

(email residentsagainstquarrying@gmail.com for objectors’ queries)

(Cheshire East have also been presented with new documents from consultees and are due to discuss the proposal again – but members are not allowed to change their original votes!)

Quarry location

Location of sand quarry

 

Santa’s sleigh in east Goostrey from 5:30

SANTA’S SLEIGH will be out tonight (15th December) from approx 5:30pm visiting GOOSTREY EAST: Main Road (north side, eastwards from Long Shoot), Mill Lane, Woodlands, Buckbean Way, Brooklands Drive (and side roads), Station Road, Main Road (south side back to Long Shoot)

If you are out when they pass by, or have no cash, you can donate online here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/hcsanta

Peter Whiers, HCP Project Officer

“I am please to say that we have now raised over £1700 through donations made to the collectors that travel with Santa. If you missed Santa when he came to your area, then you can see him again in the ALDI car park, 10.00am to 3.00pm this Saturday.” (As well as Goostrey East later today) “We hear many stories from those collecting each night, including tales of bright eyed children telling Santa what they want for Christmas. But perhaps what’s even more rewarding for those of us that volunteer our services, are the older people on their own, who say they are cheered up by our arrival.”

This run will be operated by the Viking Explorer Scout Unit

Sand Quarry comments extended due to new documents

Although CEC’s Strategic Planning Board voted earlier this year to approve the part of Sibelco’s planning application which is in Cheshire East, the decision has not yet been confirmed and an approval letter has not yet been issued. Residents now have the opportunity to submit further comments due to additional information, see below, up  until the 3rd January 2019. (Original comments are still relevant)

The application has not yet been considered by Cheshire West and now new objections have been raised by Garnett Farms.  They put the case that the water table in the area will be lowered if the Quarry goes ahead; in particular the water level in New Platt Mere would drop.  This has resulted in a number of new technical documents between the Environment Agency, Sibelco and others – which can be found on the following link to Cheshire West website under 17/03104/MIN. 

The Sibelco rebuttals (but not the other documents) have appeared on the Cheshire East planning website in the last few days and are open to public consultation with a closing date of 3rd January 2019, the planning application number is 17/3605W.   (click link).

After a number of re-schedulings the latest date for the Cheshire West Planning Committee is 8th January 2019.

Interestingly Cheshire West have also published a document from Sibelco entitled ‘Electromagnetic Compatibility Scheme’  which shows that the background level of radio emissions are higher than those specified by JBO, even before any works are started.  Although Sibelco have asked for a response from JBO, there is nothing showing on either CEC or CW&C websites.

Quarry location

Location of sand quarry

Mrs Kettle’s DVD

The last copies of the DVD of the charming conversation that was recorded at the “Afternoon Tea with Mrs Kettle” event in June are on sale at Goostrey’s Post Office from today. A lovely Christmas present for friends in Goostrey…only £5 a copy.

Many were sold at the Christmas Lights Switch-On event at the Bogbean last Sunday, but there are a few left over.