CEMEX propose new quarry at Datchet’s Riding Court Farm
Another day, another threat to the local environment. CEMEX have proposed a new quarry to extract sand and gravel at Riding Court Farm, Datchet, close to the M4 motorway. If approved, the quarry will start in 2016 and operate for six years.
The site, currently in agricultural use, has been identified in the adopted Berkshire Minerals Plan since 2001 and extends to 101 acres.
CEMEX says the site would be fully restored after eleven years but as excavation would progress through different parts of the site some restoration would begin sooner.
The restoration of the site would be partially back to agricultural use, but would include two water areas designed to improve biodiversity and enhance its aesthetic appearance.
The proposal states the site would operate from 7am to 6pm Monday to Friday, and from 7am until 1pm Saturdays. Traffic routing would be along Riding Court Road to the A4.
The new quarry would replace Kingsmead Quarry in Horton, also owned by CEMEX, where excavations revealed archeological finds of national importance, including the remains of four Early Neolithic (3750 BC) houses and a rare Beaker burial (2300 BC).
Meanwhile the nearby 150-acre Jay-Flex Quarry on Horton Road is expected to be operational until 2020.
Representatives of CEMEX presented their plans to Datch Parish Council last week to allay fees. However, councillors have already spoken out against the plans.
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