FURIOUS West Lavington villagers have lashed out at the ‘apparent ignorance’ of Midhurst town councillors over lorry movements to Pendean sandpit.
Parish council chairman Mike Thomas said their comments that quarry lorries did not affect West Lavington were ‘blatantly untrue’.
All lorries had to use the A286 which was straddled by the parish of West Lavington.
The parish had suffered the activities of the sandpit since it opened during the second world war: “It is a great pity those who are now complaining were not able to support West Lavington Parish Council who were complaining years ago when lorry numbers exceeded 150 a day. Now proposals are half the numbers of the past, Midhurst Town Council is waking up.”
The town council, he claimed, had ‘completely missed the important feature’ of Inert Recycling’s new application to increase numbers from a maximum of 21 lorry movements a day to a maximum of 75.
“The current need for material is to stabilise the eroding sand faces and render them safe. This process can be done in three years at up to 75 lorries a day or eight years plus at current limited levels of lorry movement.
Villagers wanted the work finished as soon as possible to make land safe with no threat to the neighbouring Pendean nursing home or villagers, said Mr Thomas.
Current lorry movements monitored by residents showed Inert drivers exited the area on three road routes, only one of which was through Midhurst via Rumbolds Hill.
Mr Thomas said Midhurst roads were no longer fit for purpose and the town should start looking to putting them on a path suited to the 21st century, ‘not blaming others carrying out their normal business’.
“What town councillors need to do is to find ways of improving traffic movement and not scare-monger against those, like Inert, who are simply carrying out their legitimate business and who hopefully will provide an area of outstanding natural beauty which will be an asset to the whole community.”
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