Gravel extraction plant ‘will cause traffic chaos’
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.”