Residents urged to have their say on controversial Parley Court gravel extraction plans

Bournemouth Echo: CONTENTIOUS: Flooding at Parley Court CONTENTIOUS: Flooding at Parley Court

CONTROVERSIAL proposals to use Parley Court for sand and gravel extraction will go on display at a public consultation event in January.

Residents are being urged to have their say on the contentious issue, which campaigners claim could put nearby residential properties in Redhill and Muscliff at risk of flooding.

A period of public consultation is currently underway and will end on February 13, 2014. Anyone wishing to find out more about the plans can attend a public consultation event at the Muscliff Community Centre between 3pm and 7pm on Wednesday, January 29.

Cllr Ron Whittaker who represents Throop and Muscliff, said the fact the Parley Court area is prone to flooding meant it was completely unsuitable for use as a sand and gravel extraction site.

He said bunds would have to be built to protect the 71 hectare site and that could force flood water onto the Stour Valley.

“Water would be prevented from flooding naturally on to Parley Court and would instead flood on to the existing riverside area of Redhill and Muscliff,” he said.

“That would clearly pose a serious environmental disaster to the upper banks where numerous properties are. If ever approval was given for gravel extraction at Parley Court it would cause enormous environmental damage to the nature reserve and all it holds within the Stour Valley.”

The Mineral Sites Plan is being produced by Dorset County Council, in partnership with Bournemouth and Poole councils. It outlines a total of 44 sites suggested by the minerals industry and landowners.

Mike Garrity, head of minerals and waste planning policy, said: “It is very important that residents and stakeholders express their views on the 44 suggested extraction sites now, as their opinions will shape the basis of more detailed appraisals of each site and ultimately could help form the decisions made by the county council.”

After the consultation, the county council will analyse comments and decide which sites will be allocated for future quarrying.

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9:31pm Wed 1 Jan 14

Lewcee says...

If you build near the vast flood plain of the river Stour....which reaches from Redhill to Dudsbury (both higher ground....YOUR problem). Grow up. The nation WILL have the gravel, etc., just as it was taken from the Avon beds north of Ringwood. If you think you know how to stop the flood plain (see that, it has a name) flooding, then talk to someone else, because I for one am fed up with people in these areas crying "Why me".
If you build near the vast flood plain of the river Stour....which reaches from Redhill to Dudsbury (both higher ground....YOUR problem). Grow up. The nation WILL have the gravel, etc., just as it was taken from the Avon beds north of Ringwood. If you think you know how to stop the flood plain (see that, it has a name) flooding, then talk to someone else, because I for one am fed up with people in these areas crying "Why me". Lewcee

11:29am Fri 3 Jan 14

Carl Baron says...

Gravel Extraction means landfill which attracts large flocks of birds, as the site is very close to ever increasingly busy Bournemouth International Airport. Thus the possibly of an Fatal Bird Strike as was with recent Red Arrows Aircraft makes this an increasing danger for many local residents. But as we all know this is all about > Money & Gravel for building and loads more > CASH for the Councils. NO consideration to safety to local residents nor those flying in and out of this Airport so it seems.
Signed Carl Barron
Chairman of AGPCUK
Action Group for the Protection of Communities UK
Gravel Extraction means landfill which attracts large flocks of birds, as the site is very close to ever increasingly busy Bournemouth International Airport. Thus the possibly of an Fatal Bird Strike as was with recent Red Arrows Aircraft makes this an increasing danger for many local residents. But as we all know this is all about > Money & Gravel for building and loads more > CASH for the Councils. NO consideration to safety to local residents nor those flying in and out of this Airport so it seems. Signed Carl Barron Chairman of AGPCUK Action Group for the Protection of Communities UK Carl Baron

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