Proposed quarry could be dangerous to Stanstead Abbotts residents

Proposed Quarry Campaign

Heavy traffic, harmful dust, and disappearing countryside are to be expected.

Stanstead Abbotts’ quarry proposal is causing uproar with local residents, as the potential dangers to humans and animals come to light.

Hertfordshire County Council proposed in November last year, that the Briggens Estate should become a quarry site, extracting nearly 11 million minerals over 22 years. Since the plans were made public, Facebook groups, a website, posters, and leaflets have been circulating sharing their views.

Michele Rhodes, a tenant since 2009 of a stable yard in the Briggens Estate, said: ‘I’m very surprised that the quarry could even be considered in such a beautiful, rural location where the land has been farmed for many years.

‘We are constantly fighting with local authorities to keep bridleways open, and with the proposed plans for the quarry we could loose several, which we use on a regular basis. With the increase in traffic, especially lorries, it will only be a matter of time before there is a fatality of horses and rider.’

There is also a serious risk of harm to people and animals because of dust inhalation. Healthy and Safety executives have strict guidelines for people working in close proximity to RCS (respirable crystaline silica), however this doesn’t extend to those living or working near by.

The site will expand from the Harlow North area to Stanstead Abbotts, with the proposed access route being the B181. Before plans are accepted, measures such as the HGV’S routes need to be decided on.

Hertfordshire’s County Council has an online consultation, and is accepting people’s views of the plan until the 9th February. A public statement was since released, stating: ‘As the minerals planning authority for Hertfordshire, the county council is required to plan for future minerals supply and maintain an up to date document. Land at the Briggens Estate has been identified in the draft plan as one of four locations for potential future mineral extraction.’

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Ceile Brown

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