‘Anger’ at Ribble Valley river bend sand removal plan

Land currently proposed to be targeted by Harleyford Aggregates

Land currently proposed to be targeted by Harleyford Aggregates

First published in News Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

RESIDENTS have been left ‘angry and upset’ over plans to ‘decimate a natural beauty spot’ in the Ribble Valley.

Harleyford Aggregates have announced plans to extract around three million tones of ‘high quality’ sand and gravel in the ‘iconic’ horseshoe bend of the River Ribble in Samlesbury.

It is understood that a formal planning application is set to be submitted to Lancashire County Council soon.

The land is currently owned by the Booths Charity and is on the land of tenant farmers, Cath and John Wright.

The family has been on the site since the 1920s and could be forced to move on if the plans go ahead.

The plans were set to be discussed by Samlesbury Parish Council last night and a public meeting is being organised.

Residents have gained the support of Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans.

John Greaves, who is helping organise resistance to the plan, said: “This would decimate the area which is a natural beauty spot.

“It’s what helps put Samlesbury on the map and it would just turn it into a mud plain.

“I doubt that the quality of the gravel and sand is good enough anyway.

“A public meeting is being organised at the moment and I’m glad that we have the support of Nigel Evans.

“Angry isn’t a strong enough word to describe how the residents are feeling.”

Mr Evans said: “I oppose this plan and I think it should be resisted at every stage.

“I was made aware that this could happen about a year ago but no planning application was ever submitted.

“The environmental impact on this area would be huge.

“I will keep in contact with the chairman of the parish council and others and make sure that resident’s voices are heard at the highest level.”

John Cowley, from Harleyford Aggregates, has said that there will be no harm to protected species, the Green Belt will maintain ‘openness’ and the project would maintain employment.

He has also said that there will be ‘minimal’ tree and hedgerow loss and ‘substantial’ tree and hedgerow planting.

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8:08am Sun 1 Jun 14

jenkinsroy says...

CRAP MR John Cowley,
You are going to destroy all the area for the sand why.?
can you tell us why you need the sand.?
Is it for house building /golf course /or somthing else .?
All you residents there must ask all the right questions
at the meeting and get your M.P. there as well and ask him
what the government are getting out of this deal they will
be getting something out of it or planning permission will not
be given .
And here is another thing you can put to your M.P. as an impact
assessment been done on the flooding side.?
remember what is taken out will fill up with something and where
you are I think it will be WATER AFTER ALL YOU CANNOT STOP IT RAINING CAN YOU Mr JOHN COWLEY.
I would like some feedback of any one from the area affected you
may email me at the following address .
mail@royjenkins284.p
lus.com look forward to your input
CRAP MR John Cowley, You are going to destroy all the area for the sand why.? can you tell us why you need the sand.? Is it for house building /golf course /or somthing else .? All you residents there must ask all the right questions at the meeting and get your M.P. there as well and ask him what the government are getting out of this deal they will be getting something out of it or planning permission will not be given . And here is another thing you can put to your M.P. as an impact assessment been done on the flooding side.? remember what is taken out will fill up with something and where you are I think it will be WATER AFTER ALL YOU CANNOT STOP IT RAINING CAN YOU Mr JOHN COWLEY. I would like some feedback of any one from the area affected you may email me at the following address . mail@royjenkins284.p lus.com look forward to your input jenkinsroy
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12:40pm Mon 2 Jun 14

Birtrumthegreat says...

Be careful Nigel sticking up for your constituents, you don't want them removing the Tory whip again. All the sand is needed for houses that are being sanctioned by your party, that are destroying the Ribble Valley's beautiful countryside.
Be careful Nigel sticking up for your constituents, you don't want them removing the Tory whip again. All the sand is needed for houses that are being sanctioned by your party, that are destroying the Ribble Valley's beautiful countryside. Birtrumthegreat
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2:08pm Mon 2 Jun 14

petestan says...

Birtrumthegreat wrote:
Be careful Nigel sticking up for your constituents, you don't want them removing the Tory whip again. All the sand is needed for houses that are being sanctioned by your party, that are destroying the Ribble Valley's beautiful countryside.
It's OK he likes to be quoted in the paper as makes it seem like he's looking after his constituents but then when it comes down to it he toes the party line or disappears.
[quote][p][bold]Birtrumthegreat[/bold] wrote: Be careful Nigel sticking up for your constituents, you don't want them removing the Tory whip again. All the sand is needed for houses that are being sanctioned by your party, that are destroying the Ribble Valley's beautiful countryside.[/p][/quote]It's OK he likes to be quoted in the paper as makes it seem like he's looking after his constituents but then when it comes down to it he toes the party line or disappears. petestan
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