* The proposal is to put a maximum of 172 HGVs on the B3174 Exeter Road every day during the 5-7 week campaigns, 2-3 times a year, over 10-12 years; although the plan has apparently been ‘tested’ for up to 200 HGVs a day.
* 172 movements would mean one heavy truck every 3½ minutes over a 10 hour day.
* This is on the main road in to and out of Ottery, between the Birdcage Lane/Toadpit Lane junction and Daisymount junction.
* This figure equates to an increase of 225% of HGVs on this stretch of road during campaigns.
* The journey to Uffculme, where AI now wants to process the sand and gravel, is 23 miles.
* For 1.5 million tonnes of as-dug material, that would total 2.5 million miles.
* Which would involve 107,142 HGV movements.
* And would produce around 4,000 tonnes of CO2 and 40 tonnes of NOx.
* The proposal is to remove 2,090 metres of ancient hedgerows at Straitgate Farm, as well as several trees.
* Dormice – a European Protected Species – have been found in hedgerows all over the farm.
* Surveys show that at least 11 species of bats – also protected – use these hedgerows.
* The revised access point on Birdcage Lane (now 45m from the junction) would require the removal of a wide stretch of trees, shrubs and Devon bank.
For more information visit the Straitgate Action group website at: http://www.straitgateactiongroup.blogspot.co.uk
You can view the documentation via the Devon County Council website at https://planning.devon.gov.uk/PlanDisp.aspx?AppNo=DCC/3944/2017
Pic: A birdseye view of Straitgate Farm quarrying area.