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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.

Sonning volunteers continue heavy lorry blitz


The scourge of overweight lorries choking local roads is being tackled by a group of dedicated volunteers who have been out again today taking the numbers and photos of overweight lorries crossing Sonning bridge. They work with Oxfordshire Trading Standards, who disappointingly have only sent out warning letters for the last 2 years to offenders caught breaking the 7.5 tonne weight limit. Their efforts are supplemented by the data from Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras on the bridge - which mean that in seconds police have details of every car using the crossing.