Controversial plan for more lorries through Midhurst to be debated

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CONTROVERSIAL plans for a massive increase in lorry movements travelling through the centre of Midhurst to Pendean Sand Quarry will be debated on Monday (June 15).

Members of Midhurst Town Council will be looking at the plan from Inert Recycling to alter a condition of the company’s planning permission to ‘backfill’ the quarry with imported inert waste.

It wants to increase the number of lorries through Midhurst from 21 a day to a maximum of 75 daily.

And submitting the application Inert Recycling says this would shorten the timescale of the six-year permission it has for work at the Pendean quarry.

But concern has already been expressed about pollution and road damage in the centre of town.

And in the wake of existing fears about the air quality, Chichester District Council has already agreed to monitor air quality on Rumbolds Hill for a year and report on toxicity levels.

Midhurst’s district councillors Gordon McAra and Steve Morley have voiced their fears about the prospect of more lorries through the centre of town.

Cllr McAra said he believed pollution levels may already exceed EU regulatory levels.

And Cllr Morley added that further proposals for sand quarries could leave Midhurst ‘choked and poisoned’.

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