HEAVY lorries ‘thundering’ through Midhurst on their way to Pendean Quarry are already taking their toll on town-centre roads, claim town councillors.
And now they are strongly objecting to plans from Inert Recycling, which is infilling at the quarry, to more than double the daily numbers.
A lot of people are really concerned about the lorries thundering through the town now
The company wants permission to increase numbers from a maximum of 21 a day to a maximum of 75.
Chairman of Midhurst Town Council’s planning committee, Gordon McAra said: “A lot of people are really concerned about the lorries thundering through the town now.
“It’s simply the sheer volume and the second worry is the state of the roads.
“Rumbolds Hill is beginning to deteriorate. Our taxpayers are paying for it without any benefit to the community.”
He said there was also the prospect of a planning application from Inert to change the angle of the slope in the quarry which would mean even more material would be needed to infill.
“We are talking about thousands and thousands of tons.”
The South Downs National Park Authority has already issued a breach of conditions notice to Inert which has been exceeding the number of daily lorry movements currently allowed.
“There is an issue with Inert complying with the present planning permission,” said vice-chairman of the council, John Quilter.
“We have a company unwilling or unable to comply with the present permission, now they are seeking to increase quite significantly the number of lorry movements.
“We should be very wary because we are already seeing the effects on North Street and Rumbolds Hill of lorries, which tend now to go through the town in convoys, which I think is problematic.
“I would be very concerned about any increase whatsoever. This demands very close attention.”
He said West Lavington villagers were not opposed to the plans because Inert claimed they would mean a quicker end to the six-year in-filling plan.
But Mr Quilter said: “This affects places like Cocking and Midhurst, not West Lavington and we need to have our voices heard strongly.”
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