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KM Column - Library Consultation - 24 January 2019

Collecting 2,800 signatures against a quarry from a village of just under 1,000 is incredibly impressive. It shows not just the love that the people of Ryarsh have for their village, but the hard-work, drive and determination they are willing to put in to look after their community. The immense support they’ve received from those who don’t even live in Ryarsh is just one example of this.

After months of hard work and shortly before I handed their petition into Parliament, Kent County Council said that they would not recommend including the Ryarsh Quarry site in their Minerals and Waste Local Plan, as they had taken the view that other sites elsewhere were more suitable. This was very welcome news for everyone who had campaigned for this recommendation.

However, the hard-work is not quite over yet and Kent County Council still need to consult one final time before the plan is assessed by a Government Inspector. So, even though the site isn't currently in the plan, it remains crucial that everyone has their say as changes can still be made.

The consultation closes on 8 March 2019 and you can respond by e-mailing mwlp@kent.gov.uk or by writing to Kent County Council Minerals and Waste Planning Policy Team, 1st Floor, Invicta House, County Hall, Maidstone, Kent, ME14 1XX. There is an online consultation form which you could also complete, which helps make sure your representations are in the easiest format for the Planning Inspector to consider.

If you would like to read the reasons for Kent County Council's recommendations, then they are available on the their website.

Georgie Welford