Gravel ex­trac­tion plant ‘will cause traf­fic chaos’

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

TRAF­FIC in Bea­cons­field could be­come ‘chaotic’ if a gravel ex­trac­tion plant is built on green belt land near to the town, ac­cord­ing to a res­i­dents’ as­so­ci­a­tion chair­man.

An ap­pli­ca­tion has been made to Bucks County Coun­cil by RJD Ltd, a quarry op­er­at­ing and min­eral pro­duc­ing com­pany, for the project in Hedger­leyLane,Hedger­ley, near Bea­cons­field and Ger­rards Cross.

If built, the site would be used for ‘the ex­trac­tion and pro­cess­ing of sand and gravel’ ac­cord­ing to the ap­pli­ca­tion, and it is ex­pected the project would lead to about 130 HGV truck move­ments to and from the site along Hedger­ley Lane ev­ery day.

Bea­cons­field Old Town Res­i­dents’ As­so­ci­a­tion chair­man Sandy Saun­ders said he fears for the im­pact on the town when the project is added to other up­com­ing de­vel­op­ments such as HS2, Wil­ton Park and the re­lief road.

He said: “It is likely to be chaotic. I can­not see how the in­fras­truc­ture will cope, and the in­crease in traf­fic will be huge.

“We will have ve­hi­cles us­ing Bea­cons­field’s roads to get to and from the HS2 de­vel­op­ment, as well as the on­go­ing Wil­ton Park de­vel­op­ment and the re­lief road project. There ap­pears to have been no thought given to the fact all of th­ese will be hap­pen­ing at the same time.

“As well as those con­cerns, we are keen to pro­tect ev­ery blade of grass in green belt ar­eas.”

Ger­rards Cross Par­ish Coun­cil has also hit out at the plans and has reg­is­tered its ob­jec­tion to the scheme on the grounds that it is tak­ing place in the green belt, as well as the in­crease in HGV move­ments in and around the vil­lage.

A state­ment from the coun­cil said: “Hedger­ley Green is part of a con­ser­va­tion area and is an at­trac­tive ad­ja­cent amenity area for Ger­rards Cross.

“There will be a loss of this amenity for Ger­rards Cross res­i­dents as it would be af­fected by gravel ex­trac­tion works and HGV traf­fic.”

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