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April 11, 2011

No news yet on Lafarge application

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A planning application for 30+ years gravel extraction on land along the Thames towards Shiplake has yet to appear on the Oxfordshire County Council website.

Lafarge Aggregates have confirmed their application is imminent. Their website has details of an exhibition held last summer. SEAG will ensure the voice of local people is heard when the application (which is expected to consist of many pages) is finally received.

Confusingly, they continue to deliberately refer to 'Spring Lane, Caversham' - implying that the area is not in fact attractive Oxfordshire countryside, but a built up urban connurbation.


The biggest concern relating to this application must be traffic movements on the vastly overloaded sub standard local road system.
Henley Road is some three metres less in width than the standard for A class roads. Serious accidents occurr regularly near the proposed site ; it is only a matter of time before there is a fatality given the increasing volume of traffic over the past decade even ignoring the proposal for more lorries from La Farge. Cyclists and pedestrians are in mortal danger whenever they travel along this stretch.
It is important that the application is correctly labelled as to its location in Sonning Eye/ Playhatch otherwise local residents may be fooled.

Posted by: John Grimes | April 12, 2011

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