Buttington Quarry - ERF

Received 24 May 2021
From Jenny Shepherd

Representation

WE HAVE SERIOUS CONCERNS ABOUT THIS DEVELOPMENT FOR ROAD SAFETY, HUMAN HEALTH AND WELLBEING AND THE ENVIRONMENT.
1. ROAD SAFETY:
THIS ROAD IS AT TIMES VERY BUSY AND ACCESS TO THIS QUARRY IS TIGHT FOR HGVS. THE 8 VEHICLES PER HOUR EXPECTED WILL CAUSE SERIOUS DELAYS AND ROAD SAFETY RISK. THIS ROAD IS ALREADY ACKNOLWEDGED AS BEING HIGH RISK PARTICULALRY THE NEARBY CEFN BRIDGE SITE WHICH HAS SEEN A NUMBER OF FATAL COLLISIONS IN THE PAST TEN YEARS.

2a. ENVIRONMENT/BIODIVERSITY:
THERE ARE SOME RED BIODIVERSITY ACTION PLAN (BAP) SPECIES IDENTIFIED IN THE AREA INCLUDING SLOW WORMS. THERE IS SCANT MENTION IN THE PROPOSAL FOR SEARCHING FOR AND SAFELY REMOVING THESE AND OTHERS. IT IS OF GREAT CONCERN THAT THE PROPOSAL ADMITS "THE DEVELOPMENT'S FOOTPRINT IS OF NEGLIGIBLE ECOLOGICAL VALUE WITH EXTREMELY LIITED SCOPE TO SUPPORT PROTECTED SPECIES." IN THE LIGHT OF THE WELSH GOVERNMENT'S FOCUS ON CONSERVING AND INCREASING BIODIVERSITY THIS HAS TO BE A MAJOR CONCERN.

2b. THIS ROAD IS ALREADY BUSY AND BOTH TRAFFIC NOISE AND EMISSIONS WILL SURELY INCREASE, IMPACTING THE ENVIRONMENT CONSIDERABLY.

3. HISTORICAL/CULTURAL HERITAGE:
THE PROXIMITY OF THE SAXON/VIKING BATTLEGROUND AT BUTTINGTON IS NOT AKCNOWLEDGED IN THE HERITAGE SECTION OF THE PROPOSAL - A MORE DETAILED PLAN FOR EXCAVATION OF THE SITE SHOULD BE INCLUDED.

4. PUBLIC HEALTH:
ALTHOUGH THE PROPOSAL STATES THERE WILL NOT BE A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON HUMAN HEALTH WE NEED TO SEE SOME PROOF OF THAT IN THE FORM OF DETAILED FINDINGS OF THESE ASSESSMENTS.
FALLOUT FROM THE PLUME NEEDS TO BE MODELLED - THERE IS A TENDENCY FOR MIST TO GATHER IN THE VALLEY BOTTOM.
AT THE VERY LEAST A 70M STACK WILL BE VISIBLE AT ALL TIMES TO PEOPLE LIVING WITHIN A WIDE RADIUS.