Mr Burrows said he had farmed at Straitgate all his life and he was very concerned at the proposed loss of agricultural land, which East Devon had had a “bellyful” of recently.

Local campaigner, Monica Mortimer also spoke against the quarry, with a particular emphasis on tourism.

Many people referred to the potential 200 lorry journeys every day along the B3180, a road that is inadequate for the large number of lorry journeys already being undertaken as a result of quarrying at Venn Ottery.

I pointed out that the proposal was contrary to the adopted minerals plan and the plan to extend the life of Blackhill quarry for processing was contrary to local and national policy.

Cllr Roger Giles gave a strong speech outlining all the issues, including the declining need for quarrying due to the landfill and aggregates taxes which mean that far more aggregates are recycled. All the councillors supported his position. Strong words were used such as “horrific and “horrendous.”

Councillors unanimously opposed the plans.

The draft new minerals plan goes before the Devon County Council development management committee on Wednesday 15 July at 2pm, where it will be debated for consultation. Straitgate Farm is a proposed preferred site for quarrying in the emerging plan.

The meeting will be held at county hall.  Although members of the public are not permitted to speak, I will be representing my ward and I would urge a large turn out to give councillors a clear message.