Health

The Health Impact Assessment document that Notts County Council are required to prepare was not made available in the consultation, so it was impossible to make properly informed comments on this vital area.

We are very concerned about effects the effects of quarry MP2o on the mental & physical health of residents many of whom live within 400m of site and will have to endure this misery for 20 years. Of greatest concern (see below) are the direct health effects of silica dust especially on children, the elderly and those with breathing problems – we have a football pitch next to the site, and a playground and sheltered housing all within 400m. The village school is within 870m of the site boundary.

Constant noise and light pollution ruining leisure and disrupting sleep are not just a nuisance - psychosomatic effects such as lowered disease resistance, and the risks of clinical depression are real and the consequences can be extremely serious. On the roads we know tiredness kills and everyone needs to be able to concentrate at work and at school.

Our peaceful homes & gardens (formerly a safe refuge) are now besieged by things beyond our control - we worry about the future e.g. more extraction, or restoration by waste landfill. For vulnerable or isolated people under pressure, perhaps feeling trapped here financially (tenants can't be relocated or owner occupiers sell their houses), increased cases of depression is very likely.

Concerns raised about psychological impact of Fife quarry proposal

By AILEEN ROBERTSON, 26 February 2013 - The Courier

Howe of Fife residents say they are awaiting a decision on a local quarry proposal with “some trepidation”.

North East Fife Area Committee will consider Laird Aggregates Limited’s controversial planning application for a sand and gravel quarry and concrete plant, at Kinloch Farm, near Collessie.

The plans have been recommended for conditional approval, despite the 89 objections, in addition to two neutral comments posted on the council’s website. NHS Fife is among the objectors.

In the health board’s objection letter, consultant in public health medicine Dr Jackie Hyland outlined concerns about noise, dust, the quarry’s proximity to houses and the psychological effects of living next to a quarry. She questioned a statement from Laird’s agents Dalgleish Associates, suggesting that residents had objected on the grounds of “perceived” impacts.

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The Hazards of Dust from a Pit/Quarry Operation

“Dust or airborne particulate matter (PM) varies in size. Total Suspended Particulate  (TSP) refers to dust less than 100 microns in diameter. Large particles tend to settle quickly, smaller more harmful particles can be carried great distances.  Dust is produced from blasting, crushing, screening and stacking operations as well as conveyor belts and loader and truck transport on site and trucks offsite.  Dust is also produced during overburden removal and construction of berms and from wind blowing over stock piles and across barren pit floors. …  Dust increases corrosion and is harmful to vegetation.

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