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Mixed community views on quarry plan

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By Christie Breen
Mixed community views on quarry plan

THE DEBATE over a proposed quarry near Hightae continues following a community meeting on Tuesday.

The outcome of that public meeting is still being weighed up by organisers, Royal Four Towns Community Council (RFTCC).

However, there was plenty of debate online over the last week in the run up to it.

In support of the quarry plan, one resident wrote: “Wagon drivers are very courteous when they meet members of the public on roads so I see no problem at all. Brings some industry back to our local area. Plus potential future employment that so many people need!”

But others were less than enthusiastic at the prospect and were concerned about the effect on the area’s roads and the impact of dust.

“Lochmaben and the surrounding areas do not have the infrastructure to handle all the new traffic, it’ll be chaos!” added another.

The proposed rock quarry would be located on a 5.6 hectare area of land at Cocket Hill, west of Rammerscales Sawmill, taking up 1.98 hectares of the site. The land is currently agricultural grazing.

The planning application has been lodged by agents Asher Associates on behalf of RD Nairn and also details the formation of an access track to the site, a two metre high screening bund and hard standing area for storage material, siting of welfare facility, installation of temporary septic tank, soak-away and associated works.

Meanwhile, a member of the Royal Four Towns Community Council has confirmed that they intend to publish a full report of the meeting in the coming days and will be maintaining their neutral stance until further consultation takes place.


26th Feb

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