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Chance for residents to visit Whitewall Quarry in Norton
3:10pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
SITE visits have been arranged to Whitewall Quarry in Norton following concerns raised by nearby residents.
People living near the quarry are being invited to attend the visits, which will include a question and answer session, on Saturday, October 19.
W Clifford Watts Ltd has applied for planning permission to install an asphalt production plant at the quarry on the outskirts of the town.
However, people living in Welham Road and Whitewall have voiced concerns that the expansion would lead to an increase in pollution and lorry movements.
Norton mayor Coun Ray King said after the issues were raised site visits had been arranged with the company, which would include a Q and A session with director David Watts.
Residents are invited to register their interest in attending with the town clerk. Due to health and safety issues those interested in attending would be allocated a time slot, with each visit lasting about an hour.
“It must be made clear that any decision regarding the application will be made by planners at North Yorkshire County Council at the meeting scheduled for December 10,” said Coun King.
Residents opposing the application said they had long been expressing concern at the increasingly heavy flow of HGV traffic to and from the quarry They added that since a petition was launched on Monday more than 150 signatures had been collected.
Whitewall resident Robert Bigg said: “I have been complaining for the last 18 months directly to W Clifford Watts about the speed and volume of their wagons. It is barmy to think that an increase of a third more HGV lorries will not bring more safety concerns to local residents, about our already over-clogged roads.”
Coun Luke Ives (Cons), Norton West ward representative for Ryedale District Council, said: “During the past two weeks I have been inundated with genuine concerns from local residents.
“Personally, I believe the very last thing Norton needs is a deluge of asphalt trucks coming up and down Welham Road and Commercial Street. There are a lot better locations where the plant could be situated.”
Residents who would like to attend a site visit should phone Ros Tierney on 01653 695348 before Monday, October 14.
The planning application can be viewed by visiting
www.northyorks.gov.uk/ – the planning reference is NY/2012/0340FUL.
Anyone who would like to contact the residents’ group can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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