Potential quarry sites unveiled around Chichester

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THE ‘NAUSEA’ suffered by Funtington residents over mineral extraction plans looks set to be repeated.

West Sussex County Council has published its list of preferred sites for mineral extraction in the county, with a number of potential sand and gravel sites around Funtington.

“My immediate personal comment, without going through it in great detail, is that it’s almost a repetition of the nausea we 
went through ten or 20 years ago,” said Nick La Hive, vice-chairman of Funtington Parish Council.

In previous years, the parish battled plans for extraction sites, with major concerns over traffic issues in the area, particularly on the busy B2178 road.

Geoffrey Keech, chairman of the parish council, said: “It’s something we’re concerned about and have been very concerned about for some time.

“Our primary concern at the moment is potential traffic volumes.”

The county council is seeking opinions on 27 sites highlighted in the county for extraction, of which 20 are within the Chichester district and seven in Funtington’s parish.

The list of sites, including detailed information about each, is available for public comment until September 22 as part of West Sussex’s new minerals local plan.

Pieter Montyn, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “We would like the public and industry to look at the information we have put together for each site and let us know if it is accurate,” he said.

Of the 20 sites, 12 are in the Westbourne, Funtington, Lavant, Oving, North Mundham and Boxgrove parishes, totalling a potential 370ha of potential sharp sand and gravel sites.

The largest is a 60ha site at Redvins, on the Goodwood Estate, in the national park, where a potential yield of one million tonnes has been identified.

This site was not considered in the minerals local plan in 2003.

The county council said it was promoted for inclusion in the plan through the 2014 site nomination process, when the public was invited to suggest possible sites.

The site is currently farmland, woodland, farm buildings and occasional properties.

West Sussex said the site had a ‘proven deposit’ of minerals and the potential operator, Dudman Group Ltd, was interested in bringing the site forward for extractions.

The sites highlighted in the Chichester district are principally for sharp sand and gravel extraction.

Paper copies of the minerals sites study are available at all county, district and borough councils, along with the South Downs National Park Authority headquarters.

Visit the county council’s website www.westsussex.gov.uk/mwdf to read all the details of the plans.

For questions, call 01243 642118 or email mwdf@westsussex.gov.uk