CCA response to Central and Eastern Berkshire – Joint Minerals & Waste Plan.
Colnbrook Community Association
Response to Central and Eastern Berkshire – Joint Minerals & Waste Plan.
The Colnbrook Community Association (CCA) represents its members and friend’s resident in the communities of Brands Hill, Colnbrook Village and Poyle, (collectively known as Colnbrook) all within the Slough BC area.
We comment on these proposals due to the lack of information from Slough BC, and the potential for additional HGV movements through our communities, already blighted by the existing movements from the Horton Brook Quarry, and threats of imminent additional HGV traffic from developments of extraction sites in the South Bucks DC area of Richings Park, Iver.
HORTON BROOK QUARRY
This quarry has recently been granted an extension to the extraction permitted time as it has been unable to sell the available aggregates. The HGV traffic from this site is all routed through Colnbrook and Brands Hill which within months will see additional HGV traffic from the new quarry in Richings Park, Iver. The A4 Bath Road at Brands Hill is already a pollution hot spot with highly illegal levels of air pollution, and very high traffic densities. The extension to the life of this quarry together with the infill years, will continue to blight Brands Hill for many years to come.
POYLE QUARRY & TWO POSSIBLE EXTENSIONS
It will be apparent from the information above that the route Horton Road – Old Bath Road (Colnbrook) – A4 Brands Hill, to the M4 at Junction 5 (Langley) will not be able to support any additional HGV traffic from these developments. The existing Foundry Lane is not fit for this purpose, and the Horton Road through Horton Village is already blighted by traffic from the Cemex site and is a largely a small residential road connecting villages.
The only sensible option for road access to all of these sites would be a dedicated road from the Poyle Road in order to allow access to the Motorway network via junction 15 of the M25. Much of the land on which these quarries are planned is under the common ownership of the Rayner Family / Trusts, and such a road must be a condition of planning permission for all / any of these developments, and direct access onto the existing public roads (Poyle Road excepted) and use of Foundry Lane must be prohibited.
The proposal here is for a Green Waste and/or an Energy Recovery site. Colnbrook already has a major incinerator on the northern side of the Colnbrook bypass, and 3 or 4 other small-scale energy recovery plants. We would object to this type of new development unless there was a specific local need for such a development so close to the residential areas of the Horton and Colnbrook villages.
The historic ‘Berklyn Manor’ house, already under threat from years of neglect, must be fully protected from the effects such as subsidence, pollutants, airborne contaminates etc.
LANDSCAPING DURING SITE USE
Based on personal experience of the Horton Brook Quarry, we would propose that, in addition to bunds and the planting of native trees on the outskirts of each site, the tops of the bunds are densely planted with low (5 feet) growing bushes and shrubs in order to reduce the flight of sand during strong winds and reduce the noise travel from plant during working hours. Land between the bunds and boundary fencing must be more densely populated with a mix of native trees, bushes and wild flowers to preserve and encourage wildlife, and hide the unsightly weed covered bunds. This is not the case with the Horton Brook Quarry which is an eyesore on what is otherwise a country lane linking Colnbrook with Horton.
Such planting of the areas between the bunds and boundary fencing could provide nature walks for residents and local school children to offer some compensation for the lack of views of open fields, grazing animals and crops. Colnbrook and Horton villages are remnants of farming communities.
INFILL OF ALL SITES
The Horton Brook Quarry is obliged to infill with inert waste only and this should be a condition of each of the other sites.
RESTORATION OF SITES
These sites are, or have been, largely agriculture in nature and should be returned as near as possible to their pre-development condition. Any planting made in order to preserve some resemblance to a rural scene should be retained where possible in order to retain and protect the new ecology systems developed during extraction / infill operations.
- Road access to all of the above sites must be via a dedicated private road across the landowner’s property onto Poyle Road then directly to J15 of the M25.
- Landscaping must be greatly improved, as set out above, as the Horton Brook Quarry is out of keeping with a rural setting in which it exists. This will enhance the chances of a rapid reintroduction of wild life upon the closure of the sites at the end of their life.
- Inert waste must to use for infill at each site.
- The Berklyn Manor site should not be used for green waste or energy recovery.
Victoria Brenner – Chair
Charles Burke – Secretary