Sand storm erupts in Bromham

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Wiltshire Council has agreed to extend by a month its consultation period over plans to open new quarries for sand and gravel throughout the county after criticism of a lack of publicity.

John Brady, cabinet member with responsibility for planning, returned from holiday into the midst of a political storm.

Families in Bromham and Chittoe, near Devizes, Studley and Compton Bassett are furious at proposals to open quarries on prime agricultural and horticultural land in their area.

Villagers in Bromham have formed a campaign to fight the proposals and recruited their Wiltshire councillors, Jonathon Seed and Philip Brown.

Coun Brady said: “My major concern is the criticism that the consultation process has not been adequately publicised.

“As a result, we have extended the consultation period until the end of October and the council’s magazine will shortly be going out with a large piece on the consultation process. The council employed consultants to come up with a list of potential sites for mineral extraction throughout the county and council officers decided to put them all into the consultation document.

“Just because the sites are in the document doesn’t mean they will definitely appear on the draft that will go before councillors for their approval.

“That is the whole point of a consultation, finding out what people want. It’s not all bad news. Mineral extraction in the north and south of the county resulted in the creation of lakes, which the RSPB say are excellent for wildlife.”

The appearance of certain sites in the document came as a surprise to some landowners.

The Marquis of Lansdowne has written to the Gazette about sites on his land within the Bowood estate. He said: “There are no current proposals to pursue a planning application on any of these sites.

“It is unfortunate that the council published its report without first informing the estate or the parish council.”

Mr Brady responded: “I quite understand Lord Lansdowne’s position. On reflection it was probably a mistake not to inform the parish councils earlier.”

But one Bromham villager who is backing the council is kitchen designer Mark Wilkinson. He said: “I know it has upset a lot of people round here but I can’t see any overriding problems.

“The situation with councils these days is that they are looking to save and make money and this is the perfect way of doing it. I don’t see in the greater scheme of things that the environment will be greatly harmed and the money generated will benefit the local community.

“I had a quarry on my land and it was a great resource for wildlife. On an ecological basis, what do we use that land (the proposed site) for now? Beef and corn. We have more than enough land for beef and corn.”

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12:56pm Thu 9 Sep 10

llduce says...

3rd time i have read bits of this story....

i think bromham would be a nice place for a quarry...

Deja vu
3rd time i have read bits of this story.... i think bromham would be a nice place for a quarry... Deja vu llduce
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10:34pm Thu 9 Sep 10

elfwyn says...

You've obviously got something against Bromham. Care to say what? Would you like a giant sand quarry fifty metres from your front door? If you haven't anything less stupid and childish to say, then I suggest you shut up.
You've obviously got something against Bromham. Care to say what? Would you like a giant sand quarry fifty metres from your front door? If you haven't anything less stupid and childish to say, then I suggest you shut up. elfwyn
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10:36am Fri 10 Sep 10

llduce says...

gussing you are one of the inbreads...

well with the 17M they have to save im not supprised.

i wouldnt mind land fill up on the Plain. as long as it was wll managed. if bromham farmers stopped enploying every foreign worker going i would have some kind of simpathy. the farms use to have local jobs for local people they are now just sell out.

No worth the land they are digging up.
gussing you are one of the inbreads... well with the 17M they have to save im not supprised. i wouldnt mind land fill up on the Plain. as long as it was wll managed. if bromham farmers stopped enploying every foreign worker going i would have some kind of simpathy. the farms use to have local jobs for local people they are now just sell out. No worth the land they are digging up. llduce
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7:58pm Mon 13 Sep 10

Dinger. says...

llduce wrote:
gussing you are one of the inbreads... well with the 17M they have to save im not supprised. i wouldnt mind land fill up on the Plain. as long as it was wll managed. if bromham farmers stopped enploying every foreign worker going i would have some kind of simpathy. the farms use to have local jobs for local people they are now just sell out. No worth the land they are digging up.
Please don't comment on something that you obviously don't know.
No local people want to work on the land as the rates for agriculture are too low.
The agriculture rates are set by the Goverment and are low as the profit margins are low, especially in Market Gardening.
The only people that are willing to work for low wages are people from other EU countries, as this happens in warehousing as well which is the industry I work in.
[quote][p][bold]llduce[/bold] wrote: gussing you are one of the inbreads... well with the 17M they have to save im not supprised. i wouldnt mind land fill up on the Plain. as long as it was wll managed. if bromham farmers stopped enploying every foreign worker going i would have some kind of simpathy. the farms use to have local jobs for local people they are now just sell out. No worth the land they are digging up.[/p][/quote]Please don't comment on something that you obviously don't know. No local people want to work on the land as the rates for agriculture are too low. The agriculture rates are set by the Goverment and are low as the profit margins are low, especially in Market Gardening. The only people that are willing to work for low wages are people from other EU countries, as this happens in warehousing as well which is the industry I work in. Dinger.
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2:12pm Fri 17 Sep 10

llduce says...

well that for explaining UK economics problems.

the country has a National Minimum Wage of £5.93 for over 21s

£4.92 for 18-21s

and there are plenty of people that sign on that could do the job. its idioits that think like you keeping the country down.

hope they build a quarry over the lot of you and give the jobs to people from the UK
well that for explaining UK economics problems. the country has a National Minimum Wage of £5.93 for over 21s £4.92 for 18-21s and there are plenty of people that sign on that could do the job. its idioits that think like you keeping the country down. hope they build a quarry over the lot of you and give the jobs to people from the UK llduce
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