RESIDENTS campaigning against a proposed gravel extraction site in their village handed a 2,000-strong petition in to Havering Council this week.
Under the banner Rainham Against Gravel Extraction (RAGE), the activists are opposing a planning application from Ingrebourne Valley Ltd which proposes locating a 25-acre site next to the A1306 near the new Links Golf Course at Wennington Village.
RAGE campaigners alongside Rainham-based community action group Adamsgate handed in their petition on Monday, 27 January to Havering Town Hall in Romford.
The determined residents have collected 2093 signatures from local people as well as 155 from businesses in the area.
Residents have also asked for an urgent independent highways assessment to highlight the problem.
RAGE organiser Tony Turvey said that if the plans go ahead, “Rainham will suffer from unacceptable levels of noise, road dirt, road damage, increased volumes of traffic resulting in congestion caused by extra HGV’s and slow road cleaners which are unlikely to have the capacity to cope with the extra clean up required, pollution and the by-products of landfill.”
Adamsgate Chairman Graham Williamson added: “I urge Council officers to accept that the plans will bring nothing but negativity to the area and, after years of abuse, it was time Rainham was protected from any more unwelcome developments.”
Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham said: “I know that the residents of Wennington feel very passionately against these proposals, as do I. I hope that Havering Council listen to the residents and the results of their petition.
“If the gravel extraction site goes ahead it will destroy the way of life in Wennington and completely change the village. I will continue to fight with residents against the proposals”.
Havering Council leader, Councillor Michael White, said he had passed the petition onto the Council’s planning department for consideration.
Havering’s planning committee, who will take the final vote, are expected to meet on the issue next month.
A public meeting is being held for residents to discuss the issue on Saturday, 1 February from 9.30am-5pm at Wennington Village Hall. All are welcome to attend.
At the time of going to press, Ingrebourne Valley Ltd had not responded to the Enquirer’s request for comment.