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Hertford is worth more than gravel - save our countryside, our water, our air
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We are signing this petition to object to the revised Bengeo Field quarry proposal just outside Hertford (ref PL\0776\16). Although the proposed adjustments are welcome we believe the proposal remains unacceptable and does not address sufficiently the concerns raised by residents during the previous consultation. The threat to the landscape and wildlife remains. The health concerns related to gravel extraction remain. The impact of the quarry on the water supply and highways remains a concern.

    We object strongly to the pleasantly rural character of this part of town being replaced by an industrial eyesore. While the quarry is active this important amenity for North Hertford will be a largely inaccessible gravel pit, and even if restoration proceeds as planned, the resulting “hole” will transform a natural landscape - visible from Hertford, the B158 and the surrounding countryside - to a man-made one forever. The landscape survey and events organised by campaigners provide evidence that hundreds of people use the Bengeo Field for recreation and treasure the landscape and its iconic features, including the “Lonely Oak”.

    Given that the County Council's obligation for the landbank is now satisfied for over 15 years, we believe the quarry proposal needs to be rejected as it would destroy permanently this beautiful area of Hertford's countryside and put at risk local children's and residents' health, Hertford's water supply and the safety of the surrounding highways. 

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    Wednesday, 15 February 2017
    Friday, 21 April 2017
    Stop Bengeo Quarry campaign
    This petition currently has 1967 signatures in total.
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    Nicole Byrne
    vikkie abbott
    Gill Abbott
    Hilary Abraham
    Paul Abrey
    Natalie Adam
    Lara Adam
    Dylan Adam
    Hugh Adam
    Sheena Adam
    This petition has been reviewed and the following response has been offered:
    Hertford is worth more than gravel - save our countryside, our water, our air This petition was presented to the Development Control Committee on 22 March 2017 in relation to the following item of business: APPLICATION FOR THE PHASED EXTRACTION OF SAND AND GRAVEL, USE OF MOBILE DRY SCREENING PLANT, CREATION OF STOCKPILE AREA, INSTALLATION OF WEIGHBRIDGE, WHEEL CLEANING FACILITIES, ANCILLARY SITE OFFICES AND CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW ACCESS ONTO WADESMILL ROAD WITH PHASED RESTORATION TO LANDSCAPED FARMLAND AT A LOWER LEVEL ON LAND AT WARE PARK, WADESMILL ROAD, HERTFORD A link to the report and minutes for this meeting can be viewed here: Development Control Committee - 22 March 2017
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