Ottery Quarry Action Group (OQAG) in the expectation of large numbers of concerned residents attending the meeting, has provisionally booked a 52 seater coach, which will collect people at Ottery St Mary, West Hill and at Daisymount, before making its way to County Hall in Exeter.
There is growing concern about proposals, with objections from key groups such as Ottery St Mary Town Council and Aylesbeare Parish Council. The Chairman of Governors at Kings School has expressed reservations and MP, Hugo Swire has written to Devon County Council Leader, John Hart.
There is no justification for a quarry at Straitgate. Even DCC has admitted that there are significant environmental constraints and an acquifer underneath the proposed quarry, would mean that water supplies to around 100 homes would be disrupted or stop altogether. Two county wildlife sites could be destroyed.
Around 100 lorry movements a day would be created by the quarry, which could be up to 100 acres in size. Aggregate Industries wants to process the gravel at Blackhill Quarry on Woodbury Common so lorries are likely to travel along the B3180 (Exmouth Road). 100 lorries a day would probably be mean one every five minutes.
The meeting on 26 April starts at 10.30am. Councillors on the Development Management Committee will be listening to residents views on the quarry. Speaking will be controlled unfortunately, however, a large turn out will send a clear message about the views of local people on the proposals to quarry at Straitgate.
The DMC councillors will subsequently make a decision some time in the next few months.