After eighteen months, Cemex have finally responded to the council’s request for clarity on points raised against their application to build a gravel extraction site and cement facility on the land in Shinfield next to the River Loddon.

As a result, they have produced reams of paperwork and residents are being granted just one month to respond. This is clearly not enough time. Quite rightly, residents are extremely concerned about the re-emergence of this slumbering monster threatening our remaining countryside, and the hugely negative impacts it will have on the area.

In response, we will be activating a wide-ranging campaign of opposition. This will involve high profile actions to raise awareness in the community: The more people we have supporting the campaign the harder it will be for Cemex to unleash this beast on our environment.

As a starting point, we are urging all members of the community to join the Save Our Villages committee at a public meeting in venue to be confirmed on date to be confirmed.

This will be an opportunity to voice your concerns publicly and allow us to gauge the level of opposition and formulate a rapid and effective campaign of opposition. We are already working hard on ideas and plans, and we welcome all the support we can get.

Please share this message with as many people you possibly can, and we look forward to seeing you there!

In the meantime, if you have any concerns, ideas or issues you would like to raise, then please contact the SOS Save Our Villages campaign through our website or join one of the following Facebook groups:

Shinfield & Arborfield Residents Against Quarry & Cement Factory

SOS Save our Villages

Article by Marcus M