The Tarmac planning application for restarting quarrying at Stonecastle requires objections to be lodged by September 6th. Personal, heartfelt objections by as many people as possible will hopefully persuade KCC and TWBC to look again at other sites for quarrying and reject the application.
click Continue at the bottom of the first page, have a good read of the documents and then click on the Comments link at the top of the next page to enter a comment.
If Tarmac succeed with this application, we suspect that extensions will be granted and a further 200 acres of green belt land will be quarried.
Here are some issues to consider when raising objections regarding Tarmac's application at Stonecastle:
Loss of Green Belt
Huge Increase in HGV’s passing through our villages and on the A228
Environmental impact/damage including noise, dust & light pollution
Increased Flood Risk – Flood Plain Zone 3
Increased Flood Risk to Villages that already flood
Up to date Environment Agency Strategic Flood Risk Assessment required
Loss of wildlife
Loss of plant life and biodiversity
Loss of productive agricultural land and associated employment if quarrying is extended
Lack of detailed economic justification
Lack of detailed aftercare provisions
Possible repeat of prior breaches of rules. Previous quarrying reparations were poorly implemented or ignored
No positive benefits to the local community; a negative impact on the community's wellbeing.
Complete lack of Climate Change mitigation
Potential pollution to the river Medway
Contamination from adjacent landfill sites
Safety on Public Rights of Way on site
Site dormancy periods prolong misery for locals and wrecks wildlife
No escape from impact on weekdays and Saturdays for those living close by
Rat running through villages to avoid traffic delays will create noise, air pollution and safety issues
Road Safety - especially at the Whetsted Road/A228 Junction near site entrance. (KCC/Police recognised Crash area)