Protesters hold talks over plans to start quarry

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Residents protesting over plans to reopen a sand and gravel quarry will raise their concerns at a face-to-face meeting with the developer.

Hadleigh town councillor Brian Riley said he has confirmation that the quarry developer is willing to meet with householders to listen to their worries.

Ivy Tree Lane resident Josie Read, who has lived in the area for 32 years, says she wants the meeting to be held at her home. The proposed quarry can be seen from the bottom of her garden.

“It will be 120 metres from my back door,” she said. “I would like the meeting to be held here so people can see it for themselves.

She said Tarmac used the quarry for years but it had been sold to a private buyer which had applied to Suffolk County Council to reopen it.

“We had no idea this quarry would be reopened after all these years; it’s at least 29 years since it was last used,” she said. “As far as we know, the firm intends to start operations in the spring.

“A lot of people are completely unaware of the proposal to have a working quarry in Hadleigh again.

“We object on the grounds of traffic and noise but also the lack of consultation. We think we will get a lot of support once people realise – the problem is they are just not aware there could soon be a working quarry metres away.”

She said an action group called The Aldham Tye/Ivy Lane Residents’ Group had set up a website – www.stophadleighquarry.co.uk – with more information.

The group is urging people to register opposition with the county council.

Ms Read added: “I am still waiting to hear from Richard Howitt MEP on the EU ruling which states that a person is entitled to the peaceful use of his possessions, including property, and if this is sufficient grounds to prevent the reopening of the quarry.”