Sunday, February 07, 2016

Ilford North MP Pitchforks in on Quarry Dispute

Great turn out for the photoshoot outside St Peter’s Church this afternoon. Residents, councillors and ex-councillors braved a chilly yet quite bright Sunday afternoon to register their disapproval of yet more sand and gravel extraction on the border of a vulnerable grade II listed church. And it could well be “listing” from changes in the water table if Brett Tarmac have their way.

photo credit Nicholas Smith
Ron Jeffries of the Aldborough Hatch Defence Association said, “Note the pitchforks. We are country folk and know how to use 'em!” He continued “Residents are appalled at Brett Tarmac staging a consultation exhibition outside Aldborough Hatch at a football ground. This is inaccessible for the majority of those whose homes would be affected by any further sand and gravel extraction on land adjoining the Grade II Listed Buildings of St Peter’s Church and Aldborough Hatch Chapel. The 153-year-old St. Peter’s Church was built without proper foundations – as was the practice at the time – and there are fears that extraction of sand and gravel in close proximity would cause major structural damage to this much loved building. Revd Kate Lovesey, Priest-in-Charge, has expressed her fears for the safety of the church building to Brett Tarmac. Dust from the excavations and lorries carrying the materials away would be a health hazard to the children at the nearby pre-school nursery, students from William Torbitt School accessing Fairlop Waters, golfers and those using the Aldborough Hall Equestrian Centre.”

photo credit Nicholas Smith
One interesting comment from a former Conservative councillor, Morris Hickey, is that Redbridge Council should not be allowed to decide this planning application as they stand to benefit from the royalties. However, I do not recall any such suggestion during the 50 years this has been taking place under a Conservative administration.

1 comment:

  1. As usual Morris is completely incorrect, planning committees are quasi judicial and planners have to show their decision is based on planning grounds. If Hicky was ever right then the Council would not be able to permit any new development as they will recieve CIL, new homes bonus and Council tax or business rates.