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Kingswinford quarry truck plan gets cllr's approval
11:27am Tuesday 29th May 2012 in Kingswinford
A CONTROVERSIAL application to allow loaded trucks onto a Kingswinford quarry at 7.30am has been given the green light.
Members of Dudley's development control committee approved an application by WCL Quarries Ltd for full vehicles to use Ketley Quarry's Dudley Road entrance 30 minutes earlier than was previously permitted.
The application was unanimously approved despite 21 objections from residents and complaints from ward councillor Peter Miller.
Cllr Miller told the meeting: "I’ve been a cllr for 16 years and I have never known one issue take up so much time.
"The residents have had a very, very tough time over the last 12 months with the noise, the dust and the state of the road."
However the committee heard lorries already park on roads around the quarry waiting to be allowed in and committee members decided to permit an alteration to the rules.
Cllr Hazel Turner said: "If this application is just proposing to bring lorries off the road into the compound I think it would be a much better option than have them queue up on the road. I don’t see that is a problem."
Committee chairman, cllr Rachel Harris, added: "It makes common sense to allow lorries in. It does not affect the start time for operating which can’t take place until 7.30am."