Health put at risk

First published in Letters

The Aggregate Industries application for a concrete factory at Sandpit Road is just one of several projects now in planning, whose combined impact would have a devastating impact on the roads in Calne and the surrounding villages.

The Sandpit Road factory would lead to around 80 additional lorry movements a day.

Meanwhile Hills has just re- submitted its application to turn the waste site at Compton Bassett into a permanent regional recycling facility with a consequent rise in HGV traffic.

Deliveries to a major new supermarket will also add to lorry movements, while the proposed development of an eastern ring road in Chippenham would channel large amounts of additional traffic through Calne via the A4.

All of this at a time when pollution levels in Calne are dangerously high and the Government has told the council it must establish an Air Quality Management Area.

If all these applications are approved, the health and safety of our residents would clearly be put at risk.

Perhaps Wiltshire Council could tell us this: where’s the joined-up thinking?

Sophy Fearnley-Whittingstall, High Penn, Calne.

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