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Villagers to fight Woodeaton Quarry waste plan

Residents from six villages to the north east of Oxford have met to discuss plans to oppose the reopening of Woodeaton Quarry.

McKenna Plant Hire (Oxford) Ltd, which recently bought the site, is seeking permission to fill it with inert construction waste.

John Walsh, who chaired Monday's meeting, said residents were concerned about safety on the road to the quarry.

McKenna Ltd said the impact on traffic would be minimal.

Stegosaurus fossil

The company's director, Michael McKenna, attended the meeting and told residents he expected there to be about 30 to 50 lorry trips a day to the site during weekdays and that they would continue for ten years.

After that time, the site would be covered over and restored to farmland or have parts left open for access in consultation with Natural England.

But Mr Walsh said the B4027 to the quarry was a country lane that was not suitable for large lorries.

He added: "We hope that the county council will refuse it on the grounds that the roads are too dangerous and there are other holes that are quite sufficient for the waste that's being generated at the moment."

Woodeaton Quarry is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and in the past a Stegosaurus fossil was discovered there by an amateur collector.

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