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Next entry: Local planning meeting: Chalkpit Lane issue

Previous entry: Chalkpit Lane

Wednesday, 07 May 2008
The Oxted Quarry

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The entrance to the Oxted Quarry site on Chalkpit Lane has a number of warnings advising members of the public to keep out, such as the one above.

Perhaps the local residents, enraged by the increased activities by large lorries trundling up and down the road, should put up a sign facing the opposite way reading:

This is not an industrial area. Trucks keep out.

The problem is that the trucks continual presence (up to 80 lorry movements a day) undermines the character of the residential street and discourages “green living”: children and families walking to school & shops, and playing outside. For more information, read here.

Although this is a developing situation with proposals under consideration for a re-route of the lorries, much of the problems seem to arise from the unwillingness of Surrey Council, the Environment Agency, and local police to enforce existing regulations. Plus insufficient consideration seems to have been given to local residents needs when the operation was expanded in 2006.

Posted by bigblue on 07/05/2008 at 02:08 PM
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This bluey reminds me of the song by Woody Guthrie that has the following obscure verse:

  There was a big high wall there that tried to stop me;
  Sign was painted, it said private property;
  But on the back side it didn’t say nothing;
  That side was made for you and me.

I think Woody was saying that signs are artificial means used to divide people.

Posted by flank  on  08/05/2008  at  01:25 PM

If they are still dynamiting in the quarry there might be good reasons for wanting to stay out.

If the council and police aren’t prepared to do anything for the residents they could think of instituting their own traffic calming measures. Guerilla road works as it were. In the book “Contains Nuts” one of the characters creates a stuffed life-sized dummy of a child which she throws in front of a BMW which sped up and down her robeduesy day.

Posted by Janet  on  08/05/2008  at  05:22 PM

...up and down her road every day.

Posted by Janet  on  08/05/2008  at  05:27 PM

I am sure the quarry is not a safe place. Unfortunately the residential streets of Oxted are also not as safe as they should be.

I have nothing against a symbolic protest by the residents, but ultimately there are elected and appointed bodies who are supposed to ensure the safety of our citizens.

Posted by bigblue  on  09/05/2008  at  11:01 PM

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