Community

Scoping Opinion Request – Sandy Lane Quarry

Worcestershire County Council have sent the Community Association the following notice, if you or someone you know is able to help us assess the scoping proposition and help us draft a response please get in touch admin@fvca.org.uk :

Application Ref:    19/000009/SCO               Grid Ref:    (E) 394966, (N) 276292

Applicant:              NRS

Proposal:               Request for a Scoping Opinion for proposed importation of inert restoration material and the extraction of sand to enable engineering operations to take place and complete the Restoration of the Western Quarry

Location:                Sandy Lane Quarry, Sandy Lane, Wildmoor, Near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

Worcestershire County Council as the Mineral Planning Authority has received a formal request from Heatons on behalf of NRS to adopt a Scoping Opinion for the above proposed development under Regulation 15 of the Town and Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) (England and Wales) Regulations 2017. Scoping seeks to ensure that the information to be provided in the Environmental Statement that will accompany the planning application, addresses the key effects of the proposed development and ensures that the principle concerns appropriate to the local area are addressed comprehensively.

The Scoping Opinion and relevant documents are available to view on http://e-planning.worcestershire.gov.uk using the application reference: 19/000009/SCO. When searching by application reference, please ensure that the full application reference number, including the suffix are entered into the search field.

The Mineral Planning Authority adopted a Screening Opinion on 12 February 2019 (Ref: 19/000008/SCR), which concluded the proposal was Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) development.

The applicant states that the landfilling operations in the main part of Sandy Lane Quarry have now been completed by Veolia and the land restored. However, there are a number of geotechnical issues emerging regarding the stability of the western flank and the impact of the previous extraction operations in the western quarry area. The proposed development is an engineering and restoration project which would be designed to stabilise the landform and restore the remaining areas of the Sandy Lane Western Quarry site.

The proposed works involve the removal of approximately 320,000 tonnes of sand over a 3 year period to allow a buttress of material to be keyed into the base of the site for stabilisation purposes. All the site infrastructure is in place including site entrance, weighbridge, wheel wash and site welfare building. There would be no requirement for plant to undertake the processing of the sand on site.

The proposal also involves the importation of inert restoration materials which would be transported to the site in the applicant’s owned or controlled vehicles. Materials would be imported to complete the restoration of the western quarry area. It is estimated that approximately 1.2 million cubic metres of inert material would be imported into the site over a 6 year period (running concurrently with mineral extraction) at approximately 200,000 cubic metres per annum.

The overall application site extends to approximately 5.5 hectares of land. Access to the site is proposed to be gained via the existing Veolia Landfill site access off Sandy Lane (A491).

The Mineral Planning Authority has only 5 weeks to adopt a Scoping Opinion, therefore, I would be grateful for your comments on the Scoping Opinion Request by 7 March 2019 at the latest. If I do not hear from you by this date I will assume you have no comments

The agent appointed by NRS for this is:-

Heatons

9 The Square

Keyworth

Nottingham

NG12 5JT Should a representative of the company contact you about this matter, I would remind you of your obligation, under Regulation 17 of the EIA Regulations, to make available to them, if requested, any relevant information which they consider relevant to the preparation of the Environmental Statement. 

Café & Post Office

The Café is under new management, the Post Office remains unchanged.  National Lottery tickets can no longer be purchased from the Café or the Post Office.

Fire Crews Called to Farm Fire

At 1.33pm on Thursday 3rd January fire crews from Bromsgrove, Redditch & Stourbridge responded to a fire involving a tractor within an agricultural building in Fairfield. The quick thinking farmer had removed vehicle from building prior to Fire Service arrival – fire extinguished and area dampened down.

Libraries Public Consultation

Worcestershire County Council are doing at public service consultation at each of Worcestershire’s 23 libraries and their views on what the focus should be for the future of the library. If you could let others know in order to spread the message that would be great and would be a huge help to the libraries near you.

They are conducting a public consultation about the future of Worcestershire’s Library Service and would like as many people as possible to have their say on the potential future transformation options.

This is your opportunity to provide feedback, not only on the proposals themselves, but also on the longer-term future of our libraries and the community services they provide and support.

They will be running drop in sessions ( details below) at each of Worcestershire’s 23 libraries. These meetings are to engage with those who regularly use the library, and give them an opportunity to express their views in person. They would particularly like to hear from people and community groups, like yourselves who regularly use the libraries to deliver community support groups, children’s activities, business services, amongst many others, or have expressed an interest in doing so. The link to the public consultation survey here, as they really want to engage with as many people as possible.

Energy Winter Resilience Plan

Notice from Western Power Distribution

Winter Resilience Committee launched to help protect vulnerable people across the UK

 

The gas and electricity networks have come together to help members of the public prepare in case they have a power cut or gas emergency this winter.

We’re contacting you as it would be great if you could help share this important information through your channels to help spread the word about the campaign.

Working with the Met Office, National Energy Action and Age UK, the Energy Networks Association’s Winter Resilience Committee has been launched by energy network operators, including Western Power Distribution, to focus on protecting those most in need. The Committee aims to raise awareness of the Priority Services Register and act as a source of advice and information on energy supplies throughout the winter period.

 

The Winter Resilience Committee plans to publish a dashboard following each named storm, the first of its kind to collate data from every energy network in the United Kingdom. The dashboard will be used as a resource for customers and policymakers to understand how these storms affect the country, and to track the resilience of Britain’s energy networks.

As we enter December, the Winter Resilience Committee, along with Western Power Distribution and other gas and electricity network companies, are urging people to be winter ready and take the following steps to prepare for the winter months.

 

How to prepare for winter

Know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut call 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.

Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can also get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register.

Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.

 

The Priority Services Register

The Priority Services Register is a free service provided by the company and is eligible for anyone who is of a pensionable age, disabled, has children under 5 years old or relies on medical equipment.

As part of the service, customers are kept informed as much as possible of power cuts affecting their home and are given special help, if needed, through the British Red Cross.

The Priority Services Register offers peace of mind for vulnerable customers and their families and we do our very best to ensure that their needs are met at all times.

We already have 1.9 million customers on our register.

To find out more information or to register, please call us on 0800 096 3080 or visit www.westernpower.co.uk/psr.

 

A Warm and Safe Homes Action Guide created by National Energy Action (NEA) in partnership with the ENA’s Winter Resilience Committee can be downloaded here.

 

Formal consultation on the expansion of Fairfield First School

Proposal to increase the capacity of Fairfield First School

Worcestershire County Council is proposing to expand the school buildings at Fairfield First School to provide sufficient accommodation for an increase in the Published Admission Number of the school from 23 to 30. The current capacity of the school is 115 and the proposed capacity will be 150.

As part of any proposal of a community school that would result in an increase in the capacity of the school by more than 30 places and 25%, a formal consultation must take place.

Have Your Say

In accordance with the guidance document from the Department for Education – Making ‘prescribed alterations’ to maintained schools (April 2016), a further consultation into expansion of Fairfield First School is now underway in which anyone with an interest can express their views. The Public Consultation (Autumn 2018) document can be viewed on the County Council website at http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/schoolconsultationsYour comments are most welcome and can be made using the online form which is also available via this website link.

A hard copy of the consultation documents can be obtained by contacting: Bosko Medakovic, Capital Accommodation Officer, County Hall, PO Box 73, Worcester, WR5 2YA. Telephone 07983965299 or email bmedakovic@worcestershire.gov.uk

Representations in response to the consultation must be received by noon on Friday, 7th December 2018.

 

Letter from Head Teacher School Expansion Letter from Head

Public Notice School Expansion Consultation  Public Notice Expansion of Fairfield First School

Consultation Overview Formal Consultation Proposal Document

Chadwich Lane Planning Application – Quarry

Consultation on a Planning Application (County Matter)
Town & Country Planning Act 1990

The Town & Country Planning (Environmental Impact Assessment) Regulations 2017

Application Ref:    18/000036/CM         Grid Ref:    (E) 395715, (N) 276943

Applicant:             Salop Sand and Gravel

Proposal:              Proposed extension to restored quarry, infilling the void using inert materials only, restoration of the land to agricultural use together with new access, creation of a geological exposure, landscaping and associated works

 

Location:              Land adjacent to former Chadwich Lane Quarry, Chadwich Lane, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire

 

Salop Sand & Gravel is seeking planning permission for the above proposal which is in the neighbourhood of your property.

The planning application, the plans, the Environmental Statement, Non-Technical Summary and relevant documents are available to view at the following places during office hours from

24 October 2018 until 23 November 2018:

 

 

If you wish to submit comments on the above planning application you can do so online using the link above or you can send them to us by email / post using the contact information in this letter.  Please ensure we receive your comments before 23 November 2018, and state whether you would wish to address the Planning & Regulatory Committee if given the opportunity.

 

Notes from FVCA:

 

The client is Salop Sand and Gravel, the same company that owns Wildmoor Quarry.  It was Mr. Parton, director of the company, that gave a presentation to the Parish Council regarding extending extraction at the Wildmoor Quarry site.  Should the planning application that is currently being considered be approved, the company may seek to extend operations at the Wildmoor Quarry site, on land owned by Mr. Parton.  Other landowners adjacent to Wildmoor Quarry include Worcestershire County Council and the Parish Council.

 

According to the Planning Statement, the application is requesting the extraction of approximately 1.28M tonnes of sand from approximately 3.5 ha, the extraction and restoration taking place in phases over approximately a 13 year period at recent extraction rates of approximately 100,000 tonnes per annum.  The maximum depth of extraction will  be between 25-30 metres, the base of the quarry will not extend below 154m AOD (above ordnance datum, i.e. “sea level”).

 

The Application Site extends to an area of 9.1 ha, 3.5 ha for extraction and the remainder (5.6 ha) for landscaping and assorted planting.

 

Access will be via a track leading to/from Money Lane.

 

The site will operate Monday to Friday 7am – 7pm and Saturdays 7am – 12pm, no operations on Sundays and Bank Holidays.

 

Restoration will include the importation of inert waste as suitable filling material.  An Environment Agency licence will be required.

 

The proposed site will have a greater impact on neighbouring properties than the former site, as there are properties nearby.

 

 

Operation Lollipop

Members of the public in Bromsgrove, Rubery, Alvechurch, Wythall and Hagley are now able to send digital photographs of dangerous or inconsiderate parking outside schools directly to their Safer Neighbourhood Teams via a dedicated email address – OperationLollipop@westmercia.pnn.police.uk 

Officers will then investigate and make contact with the registered keeper to take appropriate action where possible.

Operation Snap

Members of the public can submit (via a secure online form – https://www.nextbase.com/en-gb/national-dash-cam-safety-portal/) digital footage showing potential traffic offences.

This can range from driving dangerously or carelessly to overtaking on solid white lines, using a mobile phone while driving, ignoring traffic lights or dangerous driving around other road users, such as horse riders and cyclists.

Your submission will be sent to West Mercia Police where the evidence will be reviewed by one of their road traffic officers, who will enforce against any offences committed.

Any footage submitted through the portal can also be used by the Police to help educate other road users and to advise on case results.