I am calling on Council officers to undertake a full audit of all operations at Arthington Quarry, to try and resolve some of the longstanding issues associated with the site. Ever since Nutramulch were issued a waste management permit, residents and road users have been complaining about a variety of things, including odour from stockpiled waste and mud on the road.
I have met regularly over the years with Parish Councillors, Officers and the Environment Agency, to try and find a solution to the ongoing problems with vehicle movements, and waste storage.
The access road to the site was originally built as a farm track, and was not intended to withstand the heavy goods vehicles which now go to and fro on a daily basis. The road now needs substantial repairs, but the Council’s Highways Department are not prepared to fund this work, citing a lack of funding.
The Environment Agency accept that there is a need for better odour management, but to date no action has been taken on this. There are also concerns that some waste piles are being sited too near to watercourses, and again this needs addressing. We need to go right back to the beginning on this, review the historic planning conditions in the light of today’s legislation, and try to find a mutually acceptable solution for both operator and local people.