Councillor Paul Phillips, who represents Bengeo on East Herts District Council, has submitted his letter of objection to the County Council.
His comments highlight the impact of pollution, traffic, and the health and wellbeing of his constituents.
He also comments on the merits of the plan overall:
“… this application does strike me as opportunist when you consider the Consultation of the new Mineral Local Plan and I wonder if the application had been made 5 or 10 years ago whether the impact would have been as great.”
His full letter appears below.
Dear Ms Hart,
I am writing to express my profound objection to the application above.
I am a local Councillor for East Herts Council and have been presented with over 240 letters and emails of concern, many of which I am sure you will have also now seen.
As a Councillor, I am well aware of the needs of the larger communities, within Hertford, Hertfordshire and the Country as a whole. I also appreciate that as a County we have mineral deposits that we have an obligation to make available so that they Country can prosper, however with this application I do believe the risks greatly outway the benefits.
Having read through many of the Application documents on the County Council website, I find a number of things stand out.