Supporting great ideas to make a greener, connected, healthier Cotswolds
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:
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:
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.
About the space
B4077 and nearby areas
Cotswold District Council