Coun­cil’s dig­ging for views over quar­ry­ing

Con­sul­ta­tion be­gins on min­er­als and waste plan

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jo-Anne Rowney jo-anne.rowney@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

PEO­PLE are be­ing asked to help iden­tify ar­eas in Bucks where quar­ry­ing could take place over the next 15 years to pro­vide build­ing ma­te­ri­als for new homes.

Bucks County Coun­cil is be­gin­ning the process of drawing up a new min­er­als and waste lo­cal plan for the county to­day (Thurs­day) with a con­sul­ta­tion.

The coun­cil is ask­ing peo­ple who live in the county, landown­ers, busi­nesses and parishes to help set the di­rec­tion for the plan by, among other things, iden­ti­fy­ing sites for smaller scale waste man­age­ment and where fu­ture sand and gravel quar­ry­ing could take place over the next 15 years.

The last plan, cov­er­ing sites for min­eral ex­trac­tion and han­dling waste, was adopted in 2006.

While some sec­tions were re­vised three years ago, tak­ing ac­count of cli­mate change, since then fur­ther changes in gov­ern­ment pol­icy on house­hold waste man­age­ment and min­eral ex­trac­tion means a re­vi­sion is now needed.

The re­place­ment plan will need to ad­dress the

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po­ten­tial for frack­ing, re­cy­cling and re­use of waste ma­te­ri­als, as well as quar­ry­ing.

Lead of­fi­cer for min­er­als and waste pol­icy Lester Han­ning­ton said sand and gravel was es­sen­tial for the con­struc­tion of new homes.

The plan would also look at where waste could be used, in­stead of be­ing sent to land­fill.

“There is much more cre­ative think­ing th­ese days about a cir­cu­lar econ­omy, which very much means waste man­age­ment,” said Mr Han­ning­ton. “Send­ing things we no longer want to land­fill is in­creas­ingly a thing of the past.

“But that means find­ing the places where waste can be turned into a re­source again.

“For ex­am­ple,

pa­per, plas­tics, glass, cars, wash­ing ma­chines, fridges and cook­ers can all be man­aged so that they can con­trib­ute to­wards mak­ing new prod­ucts.”

Cabi­net mem­ber for plan­ning and en­vi­ron­ment Lesley Clarke said: “I want peo­ple to be in­volved right from the start. This is a golden op­por­tu­nity for our res­i­dents to in­flu­ence th­ese poli­cies from the word go.

“We need to make strong poli­cies so that in look­ing at fu­ture plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tions we can make ro­bust de­ci­sions in the in­ter­ests of Buck­ing­hamshire.”

The plan will pub­lished next year.

To share your views, visit http://bucksc­c­consult.ob­jec­tive.co.uk/ por­tal or email min­er­al­swastepol­icy@ buckscc.gov.uk.

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