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Sand and gravel quarry proposed for Manor Farm off King Street, between Greatford and Barholm on one side and Langtoft and Baston on the other




A quarry the size of about 50 rugby pitches could be situated between four villages.

The 50.1 hectare sand and gravel quarry is proposed for Manor Farm off King Street, between Greatford and Barholm on one side and Langtoft and Baston on the other.

The land has been earmarked in a document published by Lincolnshire County Council called the Adopted Lincolnshire Minerals and Waste Local Plan - Site Locations.

The land of King Street where the quarry is proposed. Photo: Robin Jones
The land of King Street where the quarry is proposed. Photo: Robin Jones
The land of King Street where the quarry is proposed. Photo: Robin Jones
The land of King Street where the quarry is proposed. Photo: Robin Jones

Robin Jones, 62, who lives in Baston, said he felt it was in the wrong location and would cause danger on King Street.

“I don’t see personally how you can have 80 lorry movements a day and maintain safety on that road,” he said.

“I understand mineral extraction is important for national economies, for building and similar work, but there comes a point when you just can’t extract anything and everything.

“This is not just going to spoil the environment, but it will cause serious traffic problems for most of the working day.”

He said King Street was a cut-through for Bourne and Market Deeping and it is already a dangerous road with dykes to the sides.

“I’ve not seen any proof that there have been any moves to make the junction of King Street with the A15 at Waterside Garden Centre safer than it is,” Robin added.

“There’s also a dangerous junction at the other end with the A1175 for Stamford.

“It’s going to be a blot on the landscape and in 20 years or so they will just fill it in.”

He had concerns that the quarry could become like other disused quarries in the area that have been left to become either lakes or lower fields, given that the land is already around sea level.

That area is full of sand which makes it an attractive place to open quarries.

An open exhibition of the proposals was held at Greatford Village Hall on Friday last week.

Neil McBride, head of planning at Lincolnshire County Council, said: “It is important that people in the community have opportunities to express their opinions and comment on plans.

“The public exhibition is the first stage of this process - inviting the community to share views to help shape the planning application, which we expect will be submitted later this year or early next year.

“Once this is received, the public are then invited to comment, before it goes to the council’s planning and regulation committee to make a decision.”

The quarry could be active in five years, if approved.

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