CPRE Continue To Oppose

The Campaign to Protect Rural England has written to the County Council restating their concerns about the potential quarry north of Bengeo.

In their letter to planning officer Felicity Hart, they say: “we still have a number of concerns about the proposals and our previous letters are still relevant“.

They also refer to uncertainty regarding land to the south of the site and the current Minerals Plan review.

» Read the CPRE letter here

Sign Our New Petition

What’s next for the Stop Bengeo Quarry Campaign?

  1. Please sign the petition against the new quarry application just on the edge of Hertford
  2. If you missed the 2nd November deadline you can still send your email to Felicity Hart at the County Council. We have 2 weeks’ extension and every email really counts.
  3. The new application is likely to be considered by HCC Development Control Committee on 20 Dec, if not in early 2018. And the public hearing into the appeal is scheduled for 1-4 May 2018.

Thank you for being so amazing, responsive, supportive and proactive. None of this would have happened without every single person who helped with the SBQ campaign. Thank you!

» Sign the petition

» Send email to Felicity Hart at HCC

Civic Society Urge Refusal

Hertford Civic Society have written to the County Council urging them to refuse planning permission for a quarry north of Bengeo.

Their four-page letter acknowledges the need for gravel extraction but raises a number of issues about the suitability of the Bengeo location, including the impact on the local environment; noise, traffic and dust nuisance, lack of a detailed restoration plan,  and the changes included in the current Minerals Plan Review, which removes the Bengeo field from the list of Preferred Sites.

A second planning application was submitted after the first application was refused earlier in the year. The original plans is also the subject of an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate against the County Council’s decision.

» Read the Civic Society’s letter here

District Council Formally Objects to Quarry

District Council Formally Objects to Quarry

East Herts District Council has formally objected to the second planning application for a quarry north of Bengeo.

In a letter to Hertfordshire County Council, the authority’s planning officer Susie Defoe writes: “… the proposed office buildings, bunds and associated equipment would adversely impact the openness of the Green Belt and therefore would not constitute appropriate development“.

The letter also refers to damage caused by the “invasive” proposals and the the lack of detailed restoration plans.

In concluding, the District Council’s letter states: “East Herts Council objects in principle to the development and is not satisfied that the previous reasons for refusal have been properly addressed satisfactorily“.

» Click here to read the District Council’s full response

Water-Supply Boreholes in Bengeo Field Preclude Safe Quarrying

Water-Supply Boreholes in Bengeo Field Preclude Safe Quarrying

Our consultant geologist Bryan Lovell has written to the Planning Inspectorate detailing concerns over the threat to local drinking water presented by the proposed quarry north of Bengeo.

In his letter, Dr Lovell describes the geology of the site and the risks identified not only by the applicant’s own consultants, Hafren Water, but also by a report for McMullen’s Brewery in 1992. The risks were also identified by the Lea Valley Water Company in 1990.

Fractures​ ​in​ ​the​ ​chalk​ ​aquifer​ ​mean​ ​that​ ​any​ ​pollution​ ​can​ ​reach​ ​the​ ​Wadesmill​ ​Road​ ​boreholes​ ​rapidly.  But​ ​clearing​ ​pollution​ ​from​ ​the​ ​small​ ​pores​ ​within​ ​the​ ​body​ ​of​ ​chalk​ ​rock​ ​is​ ​a​ ​lengthy​ ​and​ ​costly​ ​business.   By​ ​the​ ​time​ ​any​ ​pollution​ ​is​ ​detected,​ ​lasting​ ​damage​ ​may​ ​well​ ​have​ ​been​ ​done​ ​to​ ​Hertford’s​ ​aquifer.  Monitoring​ ​of​ ​pollution​ ​as​ ​it​ ​takes​ ​place​ ​is​ ​not​ ​the​ ​main​ ​issue:​ ​pollution​ ​must​ ​be​ ​prevented​ ​from​ ​the​ ​word  go.
Dr Bryan Lovell

The letter goes on to address the necessary steps that would need to be taken to protect the water supply and the feasibility of those steps.

In his closing comments, Dr Lovell says: “You​ ​wouldn’t​ ​drill​ ​boreholes​ ​in​ ​the​ ​chalk​ ​at​ ​the​ ​edge​ ​of​ ​a​ ​working​ ​quarry​ ​to​ ​supply​ ​a​ ​town​ ​with​ ​water.​ ​So  don’t​ ​put​ ​a​ ​quarry​ ​by​ ​these​ ​boreholes​”.

Mark Prisk MP Reiterates Support

Hertford & Stortford MP Mark Prisk has reiterated his support for the Stop Bengeo Quarry campaign.

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Writing on his Facebook page he says: “It’s very disappointing to see another attempt to force a quarry onto the community at Bengeo. The case against remains clear – it would be bad for air quality, bad for traffic and bad for water quality. All of us made this clear last time, and like other members of the community I remain opposed to this application, just as I did the last.”