1st September 2010
Maidstone and Kent Greens have submitted a joint letter of objection with Keith Taylor, the new Green MEP for Kent, to Gallagher's proposed destruction of Oaken Wood. The letter shows that the plan to extract up to one million tonnes of aggregate from the ancient woodland fails on economics, environmental, and ecological grounds.
Stuart Jeffery, Maidstone Green Party: "Planning to destroy 74 acres of ancient woodland so that Kent can have aggregate to build roads, especially when funding for road building have been severely curtailed is simply madness. Now with the end of the housing targets and ragstone no longer being a viable building material due to its poor insulation, there is little need to extend the quarry.
"Gallagher's attempts to overturn Oaken Wood's ancient woodland status are particularly galling. Challenging a the professional opinion of a number of independent agencies so that they can get around planning rules is simply wrong."
"The company seem to have scant regard or understanding for established woodland or what lives in it. Replacing the woodland after quarrying will drastically change its nature and distrupt the ecology of the site. We cannot allow this to happen, especially as it will just be in the name of profit.
Notes: Letter of objection