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Rickneys Quarry Could Re-open

Saturday 1 December 2018

Gravel extraction could resume at Rickney's Quarry if the County Council approve new plans submitted by Hanson.

The company are seeking to re-open 25 acres of the site and remove 1.24 million tonnes of sand and gravel over a 5 year period.

The site is about a mile north of Bengeo and planning permission for gravel extraction was first granted in the 1950s, with operations continuing until the closure of the quarry in 2001. 

The company has since been criticised for abandoning buildings and plant and its failure to restore the site.

Adjacent land has also been the subject of a separate planning application for a quarry, first submittted in 2016 and fiercely fought by local campaigners. The plans were twice refused by the county council and the subject of a Public Enquiry earlier in the year. The Planning Inspectorate are expected to make a recommendation to the Secretary of State in the coming months.

A public consultation on the Rickneys plan starts today (1st December 2018) and will last for three weeks, closing on 21st December.

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