Public Enquiry: Day 3

We are now in to the third day of the 7-day Public Enquiry in to the proposed Bengeo Quarry.

The morning of the third day was taken up with further questioning of the County Council’s planning officer Felicity Hart.

Ms.Hart defended the need for a measured and balanced planning decision. Following on from exchanges about landscape and rights of way the appellant’s barrister, Isabella Tafur, challenged the planning officer on her understanding of minerals planning policies.

The Campaign’s consultant hydrogeologist Professor Rick Brassington was next to be cross-examined on water issues. The appellant’s barrister challenged photographic evidence provided from the nearby Rickneys quarry. With regard to contingencies that might be put in place to deal with any threat to the local water supply, Prof.Brassington commented: “The measures are not sufficient for quarrying in Rickneys or Bengeo Field”.

Finally, RJD’s water expert was cross-examined by the Campaign’s barrister Katharine Elliot.