Clevedon Quarry hearing looms

Locals claim the roads are unsuitable to handle such heavy truck traffic and want the number of trucks on the roads to be reduced. Photo supplied

The long-awaited hearing concerning Clevedon Quarry is set to begin next month.
The hearing will determine whether resource consent can be granted to increase production from the McNicol Road quarry from 200,000 tonnes per annum to 3 million tonnes per annum.

Residents have been fighting the move for months, citing concerns over heavy truck and trailer movements which they say are projected to increase from 100 per day, to 1306 per day.

Locals claim the roads are unsuitable to handle such heavy truck traffic and want the number of trucks on the roads to be reduced.

A spokesperson for the Clevedon Protection Society said the quarry expansion does not consider the housing intensification in Clevedon village.

“The effects are not just in Clevedon but also closely linked to almost identical issues which have arisen at the Brookby Quarry and (nearby) Pascoes Landfill.

“Traffic safety on the road network is a major concern. The roads are simply not up to the task.”

The quarry has operated since 1963 and is identified in the Auckland Unitary Plan as a significant resource for the Auckland region. It contains a large amount of high quality Greywacke rock which is used as aggregate in the construction industry.

Fulton Hogan says Auckland’s demand for aggregate is set to increase significantly. At the same time, supply is slowing as other quarries around the region reach the end of their lifespan.

The Clevedon Protection Society is calling for restrictions to truck movements and wants Fulton Hogan to urgently reconsider its application.

The hearings will begin on December 6.