Curlews calling .....

for the proposed Lime Kiln Farm, Reydon gravel pit to be stopped

Curlews Calling

Suffolk County Council have received a planning application for a huge 25.4 hectare (63 acres = the size of 35 football pitches!) site on open farmland close to the Hen Reedbeds Nature Reserve (Suffolk Wildlife Trust), inside the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on a feeding ground for curlews.

*Promises made to residents of Wangford to restore the existing 1950s quarry by 2009, subsequently postponed to 2014, then 2022 are now proposed to be pushed back a further 10 years to 2032 while Cemex eat up another 63 acres of the AONB across the parish boundary next to Hen Reedbeds and the gateway to Southwold.

A VISION OF THE FUTURE if the application succeeds

*Suffolk County Council accept that this will result in PERMANENT change to the landscape at and around Lime Kiln Farm -currently a feeding site for curlews - one of the world's most endangered species.

*25 Tonne Truck movements (Volvo A30) across tiny Mardle Road overlooking the estuary are estimated every 8 minutes.

*Dust and noise in currently tranquil fields

*Mitigation in the form of high bunds to hide the mess they are making of the AONB

Both Wangford and Reydon Parish Council have objected unanimously but undertakings from Suffolk County Council and Cemex have been proven to be worthless time and again.

Cemex ( a Mexican conglomerate) and the landowner are profiting at the expense of the community. Why should we sacrifice our AONB for their commercial gain? Why are Suffolk County Council ignoring their electorate?

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