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Postcard campaign to lobby WSCC planning committee

We have been busy ramping up our campaign to #stoptheclaypit with protest postcards to illustrate the devastating impact that this development will have on the surrounding area if it is to get the go ahead. We’re sending the postcards to members of WSCC’s planning committee in our continuing bid to stop the development of the Loxwood clay quarry and waste recycling plant.


The series of six postcards each feature a reminder of a different key reason why the application should be refused.


Postcards have physical impact, they’re targeted, hard to ignore and are a way of getting the key messages into the hands of the decision makers.


Six postcards with six reasons to #stoptheclaypit


Postcard one states that CLAY IS NOT NEEDED



There are 56 years of clay reserves in West Sussex and NO DEMAND for additional brickmaking. National and local level clay requirements are already being met.


So, with no demand for clay, there is NO justification for a clay quarry and waste recycling site.


Postcard 2 states NO NEED FOR A RECYCLING PLANT



There is already enough construction and demolition recycling capacity in West Sussex. And this proposed waste site is not brownfield or close to Lorry Route Network which Government policy demands.


Postcard 3 warns of BIODIVERSITY LOSS


This protest postcard is a reminder that the application predicts a biodiversity LOSS and will have a major impact on irreplaceable ancient woodland, wildlife habitat and species.


Postcard 4 raises ROAD SAFETY FEARS



This protest postcard is a reminder of:

· the severe impact of HGV traffic on the rural location and local villages

· the road being too narrow in places for two HGVs to pass safely


Postcard 5 flags up NOISE and POLLUTION



This protest postcard is a reminder of:

· industrial noise ruining the area’s tranquility

· pollution from diesel vehicles and heavy machinery, as well as dust from quarrying


Postcard 6 warns of the LOSS OF AMENITY



This protest postcard is a reminder of:

· the negative impact on the local community with NO social benefits

· risks and dangers for walkers, dogs, cyclists and horse riders from HGVs sharing footpaths with the public


A tranquil, greatly enjoyed public space, vital for our well-being, would be blighted for over 30 years.


SO WHEN WILL THIS PLANNING APPLICATION BE HEARD BY WSCC PLANNING COMMITTEE?

We understand from WSCC today that this application will not come to planning committee this year. We have been told that it is now expected to come to committee on 11th January 2022.

We will keep you posted as we learn more!