Creating a safer, healthier Nth Cotswold

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Creating a safer, healthier Nth Cotswold

Creating a safer, healthier Nth Cotswold

Temple Guiting Parish Council By Temple Guiting Parish Council

Local people, visitors and businesses are blighted by the large number of quarry lorries particularly on the B4077. We need independent measurements to prove these negative effects.

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Many disused quarries in the North Cotswolds are being reopened to produce crushed rock for - not Cotswold stone for building purposes. This is unregulated and has led to around a 100 fold increase in local HGVs, with more in the pipeline. These pass sometimes 3 ft away from residents' homes and a national trail. Noise, dust and vibration all result from this invasion, affecting physical and mental health. To make the case for managing these vehicles we need undisputed measurements to show that the damage being done is above the levels allowed by law. But getting this data is expensive. We asked 7 experts to quote, and have chosen one preferred supplier, based on cost and expertise. The project will cost £10,000 and is already over half funded but nothing can be done until it is fully funded. Results will be used to make the case for GCC to manage this new situation. If this fails we will need to apply to the Secretary of State.

What we'll deliver:

  • Noise, vibration and dust mearsurements
  • HGV numbers producing these effects
  • Restored site with opportunities for agriculture or environmental benefits.

Why it's a great idea:

The tranquility associated with an AONB such as the Cotswolds will be restored and new areas of plantings will deliver improved biodiversity. Working with wildlife organisations can produce fantastic results - see https://naturebftb.co.uk/. Residents will be able to enjoy their homes in peace. along with visitors (a major source of income in the area) being able to experience the area safely and without disturbance. Walkers, cyclists and riders will be able to use the paths and roads unthreatened. Residents will not be woken by the roar of HGVs outside their homes (often starting at 6 a.m.). They will not have to clear the roads of fallen rocks as often or clean windows and exteriors every day. The roads will be less of a hazard especially for cyclists as there will be less slippery wet dust on the roads. Properly restored quarries will provide opportunities to improve the environment.

Steps to get it done:

  • Independent measurements for noise, dust, vibration and numbers of vehicles.

This new type of quarrying fails to restore the site to anything like the original environment. Biodiversity is severely reduced and the land can no longer support agriculture. The result is deep scars on the AONB countryside. Management of these quarries should also use the same restoration criteria as other quarries labelled 'strategic'. This would give the opportunity to restore rare limestone grasslands and plant much needed trees.

Location Winchcombe

About the space

B4077 and nearby areas

Council

Cotswold District Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £10,344

Measurements - £10,000 (97%)
Other - £344 (3%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. Before entering fundraising these costs will be confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified by the verifier.

97%
Measurements
£10,000
3%
Other Read More
£344
  • Spacehive fees
    £200
  • Transaction fees
    £104
  • VAT
    £40

Overfunding

This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on:

  • Contingency for the project to protect against price fluctuation
  • Legal fees for taking it to the Secretary of State

Total £10,344

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