Consultation Closed

Thanks to everyone who submitted a comment to the consultation. We don’t have a total count from the council at this stage.

There will be an update meeting tonight (3rd October) in Barton Village Hall at 8pm – everyone welcome to hear the latest progress reports and next steps from Julian. There is also some beer & cider left from the beer festival last weekend – I understand beer is being sold cheaply at £2 per pint to clear!

Update meeting tonight!

There will be an informal update meeting about the progress so far – Wednesday 19th September – 8pm in Barton Village Hall.

Julian says “Please invite anybody you know who might be interested and willing to help. Please don’t hesitate to put forward any suggestions at the meeting – great work done already. The bar will be open!”

Most importantly, don’t forget to write to the counciltemplate letter here – you only have about a week left to get letters in. Notts CC website contains all the details of the plan here including a box to let you register/log in to send electronic comments.

Report after the Open Meeting on 5th September 2018

Thanks to everyone who attended the open meeting this evening in Barton Village Hall. Julian brought everyone up to date with the process so far (it has been more than 4 years already!), and outlined the present situation and next steps.

His powerpoint slides can be seen here (pdf file)

In a nutshell, the original Minerals Plan has been thrown away by Notts CC, and they have started the process of drafting the plan again from scratch – they have now got to the Consultation stage. This means that any comments submitted as part of the previous process have been “discarded” by the council, and if you wish to make representations again about the inclusion of the Barton site, you need to write again to the council. As most of the arguments against the inclusion of the Barton site still stand (and are possibly stronger now), a quick copy-and-paste rehash of your original letter would be a good starting point.

Barton Parish Council have produced this guidance document with some suggestions that you might like to include in a letter, and they have also produced a template letter you could use – just add your name, address and postcode and sign it – add a personal comment too if you wish.

Notts CC are holding an exhibition on the Minerals Plan – Clifton Library tomorrow (6th Sept) and in Barton village Hall on 14th September – about 4pm to 6.30pm – so if you can make it, do please try and look in on the plans and discuss them with the council representatives.

The Fight is Back On!

The latest draft of the revised mineral plan has been published, and despite the fact that the Council’s own figures show the Barton site to be the most damaging to the landscape and environment BY FAR, the Barton site is back in the plan.

You are invited to a public meeting on Wednesday 5th September 2018 at 7pm in Barton Village Hall to hear the latest details and action plan.

Even if you think that you won’t be affected much by this site, bear in mind that it is far easier for a site to be extended in the future, rather than introduce a new site. The whole area around the Village and between Barton & Thrumpton is at threat.

Consultation Closed

At the time of writing, the total on the Council’s Website for “Neighbour Comments” is 504. A fantastic response! I think that the written letters have yet to be included in that total, so that is probably only online comments counted at this stage.

** THANK YOU ** to everyone who submitted a response. Hopefully, we’ll be able to find out the total number of submissions in due course. The next round of action is likely to be to lobby the councillors before their meeting to decide on this application – expected to be during December; but watch out for updates nearer the time!

There will be an informal update meeting tonight at 8pm in Barton Village Hall – bar open as usual on a Wednesday.

Last day for Comments!

Just a quick reminder – if you have not made a comment on this planning application yet and wish to make one, it must be lodged with the Council today.

Comment online HERE

or by email to Development.management@nottscc.gov.uk

Remember, you must include your name, address & postcode and the phrase “OBJECT to site ES/3712 Proposed sand and gravel quarry – land off Green Street / Barton in Fabis”

some pointers for ideas you can use for your objection can be read here

If you have already commented – Thank You!

The Parish Council will be hosting an update meeting in Barton Village Hall at 8pm on Wednesday 11th October

Copy of ITV coverage

It has been brought to my attention that some people are getting a “Content not Available” message from the ITV site when trying to view yesterday’s piece in the evening news bulletin.

I’ve taken a copy from their site and converted it to a mp4 video – hopefully this will work as an alternative.
ITV News Pacakage – 04/10/2017

A boost on 4th October

Tune in to ITV local news tonight, 6 to 6.30pm for some coverage from the quarry site.

And some good news too; Rushcliffe BC have written to Notts CC to state their objections to this planning application.

Finally for now, there will be a progress update meeting in the village hall tonight – hopefully with some left over beer from the Beer & Wine Festival last weekend still available (at a discount price!) 8pm onwards.

Update 22nd September 2017

Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting in the village hall last night. It was gratifying to see so many people with only short notice given.

Julian gave an excellent presentation of what has happened since the Minerals Plan comments were made, what is happening right now and what the short term aims are.

In brief: The 1000+ comments made to the Local Minerals Plan worked – the Mill Hill / Barton site was removed from the draft plan. Just as Notts CC were ready to submit the draft plan to the government inspectors, the local elections last May returned overall control of the Council back to the Conservative group. One of their first actions was to tear up the mineral plan and ask the Council Officers to re-assess the mineral requirements for the county. In effect, starting again from scratch on the local plan.

In the meantime, before demand has been properly assessed and agreed, The Owners of the land at Mill Hill/Barton, together with the operators and their agents have submitted a planning application for an enlarged quarry operation at the site (which had been rejected from the old mineral plan). As the new quotas should be published soon, this does feel a bit as though the Owners/Operators are trying to side-step the democratic process.

This stand-alone planning application is now open for public comment – note that:

    All comments submitted previously to the Minerals Local Plan have been “thrown away” when the Council tore up the draft plan. Therefore, a new comment must be submitted if you want your views to be taken into account.

Also, the new application has enlarged the proposed quarry site, and it now includes a tract of land that is within the City Council boundary. As predicted a few years ago, any quarry in this location will only be the start of extraction across a much wider area of land. Nip it in the bud!

Now for some resource links from the meeting:

Notts CC planning website page with all the documents relating to the application.

Site location map showing the quarry extents.

the laminated notices produced by Julian & Harriet which are to be put up around the local area. Do please print a copy or two and show them around. Anyone can comment!

Barton Parish Council’s more detailed explanation and points against the quarry to use as ideas to write an objection.

Template letter for Notts County Council in PDF or ODT format

(when we know to whom it should be sent, a City Council letter template will be available too)

It is best if you write your own letter in your own words. If you choose to do this, you must include your name, address & postcode, and include the text “OBJECT to site ES/3712 Proposed sand and gravel quarry – land off Green Street / Barton in Fabis”

However, if you prefer, then do use the template. You must put your full name & address, including postcode onto the template & sign it.

Send your completed letter to the address on the template, or email to Development.management@nottscc.gov.uk, or return to one of the Parish Councillors or a local collection point.

Or, you can comment online here – note that the comments box only allows 2000 characters.

Comments must be with the planning department by 9th October – so don’t delay. Write today!

There will be an update meeting on Wednesday 27th, 8pm, in Barton Village Hall (bar will be open!)

Anti-Quarry Campaign Site