Charity standing shoulder to shoulder with the Community to fight Barton / Mill Hill Quarry.
Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust (NWT), which finally secured ownership of Attenborough Nature Reserve in December after caring for the site since fighting to protect it in the 1960s, has taken the unusual step of calling on its supporters to submit personal objections to proposals for a sand and gravel quarry at Mill Hill, Barton in Fabis.
The charity has been fighting to protect wildlife from the threat posed by a new sand & gravel quarry proposed for Barton in Fabis, directly across the River Trent from its much loved Attenborough Nature Reserve, since at least 2014.
The Trust is currently preparing its objection to the latest version of the plans, and consistently objected to the allocation of this site through the development of the Minerals Local Plan.
Speaking about the proposal Head of Nature Recovery (North) Janice Bradley said: “Whilst we accept that sand and gravel extraction is needed in our county, this allocation is one of the most ecologically damaging we’ve dealt with and we’ve objected to it from day one – working closely with community representatives and the Save the Ancient Valley Environment (SAVE) campaign group.”
Significant modifications have been made to the planning application as a result of previous consultations and pressure from NWT and the local community, but the proposal still poses a significant threat to wildlife both on the Barton-In-Fabis side of the River Trent and at the Trust’s much loved Attenborough Nature Reserve.
It also risks disruption and disturbance of people’s enjoyment of a number of vital wildlife areas.
Having cared for Attenborough Nature Reserve for almost 60 years and having been backed relatively recently by members and supporters to take ownership of the site, the prospect of damaging disturbance to its wildlife and of impact on people’s enjoyment of this cherished site is a real cause for concern.
The Trust’s Nature Recovery team is currently preparing its official objection which will highlight the loss of wildlife habitat in designated Local Wildlife Sites (LWSs); impacts of noise pollution on breeding and sensitive birds at Attenborough Nature Reserve, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, as well as at Brandshill Wood and potentially other nearby sites.
The Trust also has concerns over disturbance of rare and sensitive birds that breed in affected hedgerows and also over the impact of noise on bats.
In addition to concerns over noise impacting wildlife at Attenborough, the Trust is worried over the loss of feeding habitat for wildfowl and waders on the Barton-in-Fabis side of the river, used by birds which visit and breed in the reserve.
Due to the potential impacts on Local Wildlife Sites, rare species, the Attenborough Nature Reserve and the strength of feeling within the local community, the Wildlife Trust has asked its local supporters to respond directly to the official planning consultation by the 10th September.
Mrs Bradley added: “Given that Nottinghamshire has such a low level of protected habitat and the fact we’re facing an urgent need to reverse the ecological crisis by ensuring that 30% of land can support nature – the proposed loss of and damage to areas of designated Local Wildlife Sites (LWS) is unacceptable.”
At a time when the need for value of people being able to connect with nature at sites such as Attenborough Nature Reserve to support wellbeing the Trust is urging people to use their voice to protect a site they are passionate about.
More general information including news from the Save the Ancient Valley Environment campaign can be found here www.barton-in-fabis.net
NWT has put together a guide below on how to object
- Why should I object to this application? A strong response to the council helps to demonstrate the opposition to this planning application and individual letters are a crucial element. Many of us have written to the council previously on this matter but unfortunately these responses will not be considered and we need everyone to write again!
- Who can object? Anyone, of any age or address, can write and volume of letters is critical so please encourage your whole household, friends, relatives and neighbours to all write individually.
- What should my letter say? An individualised response is very important. We have provided some paragraphs to pick from and put into a letter but please personalise these and ensure your letters differ within your household (identical letters are not likely to count). Best to pick one or two points and expand on them rather than to include all of them!
CLICK HERE FOR MORE HELP (word doc): How To Write Your Letter July 2021 We have also produced various letter guides which provide more information on areas which may concern you. Click here to be directed. FOR THOSE DIRECTED BY NOTTINGHAMSHIRE WILDLIFE TRUST PLEASE SEE OUR DETAILED GUIDE ON IMPACTS TO NATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT BY CLICKING HERE
- What must be included? Ensure you state the application reference Barton / Mill Hill Quarry Ref ES/3712 and you must include your full name, address and postcode
- What is the deadline? Responses must be received by September 10th 2021
Who do I send my letter to? You can email or send a physical copy through the post or via a parish councillor
Write to: Nottinghamshire County Council Development Management Team, County Hall, West Bridgford, Nottingham NG2 7QP