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Ted Keegan, planning consultant giving evidence for Devon County Council, stated there were three alternative sites where the proposed activities could take place:

  1. Moorcroft Quarry, Plymouth PL9 8AJ. Here are a few links to information about Moorcroft Quarry, which is still an operating quarry. http://www.devon.gov.uk/moorcroft_summary.pdf and http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/technical_note_on_moorcroft_quarry_july_2007-2.pdf
  2. Ernesettle, Plymouth. Here is a link to a document that is a Technical Note referencing Ernesettle as “…identified as a site of potential strategic importance for waste management including recovery…” http://www.plymouth.gov.uk/080115__rpt__council_statement_entec_004_final.pdf
  3. Healthfield, Newton Abbot. Here are a couple links to give you an idea about the site, albeit an ‘Environmental Statement: The Site and its Setting’ and ‘Environmental Impact Assessment Scoping Report’ on behalf of Viridor Waste Management Limited. http://www.devon.gov.uk/plandoc_23_3684.pdf and http://www.devon.gov.uk/plandoc_17_3684.pdf

In cross examination, Ms Georgi Gilpin testified that she has never actually visited and seen a working IBA waste processing plant.

Sam Gilpin Demolition Limited, who will operate the proposed waste processing at Whitecleave Quarry, have ISO 9001:2000 which is a Management Systems Standard for Quality Management.  They do not have ISO 14001 accreditation, which sets out criteria for an environmental  management system but it does not state requirements for environmental performance.  Ms Georgi Gilpin testified that Sam Gilpin Demolition Limited is working toward ISO 14001.

Sam Gilpin Demolition Ltd worked on the Whitecleave Quarry site from December 2007 to December 2008 prior to taking up the lease in December 2008.  This work resulted in a temporary Stop Notice by Devon County Council.  Ms Georgi Gilpin testified that they were unaware at the time of the SAC designation and that works could potentially impact on the Greater Horseshoe Bats.

‘Local’, in terms of Construction & Demolition waste that is proposed to be brought into Whitecleave Quarry, is Cornwall, Devon and Somerset according to a statement made by Ms. Georgi Gilpin.

Sam Gilpin Demolition Ltd have no experience of quarrying and no experience of processing IBA waste.  The company plans to contract the quarrying out to another company.

From December 2008 to date, a period of nearly 5 years, Ms Georgi Gilpin stated Sam Gilpin Demolition have extracted approximately 3,000 tonnes of dolerite and imported 5,000 tonnes of aggregates to prepare site.  Mr Charlie Hopkins compared this activity to what is being proposed – the quarrying of 300,000 tonnes of dolerite over 15 weeks.  This represents a significant intensification of activity.

Mr Neil Rugg, Principle Traffic Engineer at URS giving evidence for MVV, when cross examined stated that an increase in 20 ton HGV movements on the proposed routes will not impact on using the road as a cyclist or road user.  (Road users include pedestrians, equestrians, the eldery and children, people in wheelchairs and those pushing babies in prams/pushchairs, i.e. not just cars and trucks.)

From Mr Rugg’s responses during cross examination it appears his professional definition of ‘amenity‘ and ‘community severence’ is the ability of pedestrians to cross the road.  It was noted that when preparing his supplementary notes, Mr Rugg made no attempt to involve the community about their concerns on road usage, safety, noise, disturbance, severance and amenity.

In addition, Dr Cartwright drew Mr Rugg’s attention to the advisory sign on the northbound A38 prior to the exit at Lower Deane.  The advisory sign indicates to trucks, lorries, HGVs not to access the Lower Deane exit.  He acknowledged that it was there but said he was not aware why it was.

There will be more added to this post over the next day or two, so please check back in!

(Kathryn Hughes, Buckfastleigh, Devon)

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