Updated: Nov 22, 2021
Local MP joins campaigners at proposed claypit site
The #StopLoxwoodClayPit campaign has got the attention of Gillian Keegan, MP for Chichester, who visited Pallinghurst Woods in person on Sunday 19th September. While walking to the proposed site for the clay pit and waste recycling plant, she listened to residents and campaigners’ many objections.
“It is an area that is very beautiful, it has ancient woodlands,” says Gillian Keegan, MP for Chichester, speaking on her video of the visit. “It is also very much appreciated by people locally as somewhere to run, to walk their dogs, to ride their horses.”
On her Facebook page, Gillian Keegan posted: “Thank you to everyone who braved the rain to show me around and talk me through your concerns.”
Given the extensive public strength of feeling against this application, it is likely that West Sussex Planning Committee members and officers will also visit the site to understand the impact the clay quarry and recycling facility would have on nearby communities and the woods and wildlife.
Environmental scientist, Dr Jill Sutcliffe says: “This is an exceptional area of mixed woodlands including a wealth of special wildlife… it should not be subjected to an industrial process producing much disturbance, noise and disruption.”
Lobbying continues as decision looms
The WSCC planning committee will meet on either 9th or 30th November to make their decision so please watch out for further information here on our website and social channels. Over 1,500 objections to the proposals have been lodged and you can view comments at the WSCC portal and although the formal deadline for public comments has now passed, comments can still be added and may be read.
The campaign is far from over
Please keep showing your support with banners and posters so councillors can see how you feel about the application.