Lorries travelling to RAF Coltishall cause alarm among Badersfield households who thought work was beginning on the site
17:17 26 March 2014
Villagers in Badersfield near the former RAF Coltishall air base have raised the alarm about lorries travelling to and from the site.
Work on the Norfolk County Council-owned site is awaiting planning permission to extract aggregate from under the runway.
It will go before a planning committee on April 25 when councillors will decide whether to allow council-contractors LaFarge to begin work.
Meanwhile, the council has allowed LaFarge to store lorries on the base before they began work nearby.
Doreen Larkman, 65, who lives in Badersfield with her husband Peter, 66, said there were other roads the traffic could use and it was causing disruption to the village.
She said: “The complaints of the neighbourhood all stem from the fact the council does things then tells us afterwards.
“It would be a much better if they did it the other way around and kept us in the loop - it would cause much less concern all round.”
A council spokesman said the lorries were being housed temporarily at the site before highway maintenance work began on April 1.
She said: “We would like to reassure residents in the RAF Coltishall area that no work of any kind will start on the aggregate extraction from part of the site until or unless planning permission is granted.
“In fact, to ensure that all statutory consultees have had a chance to respond to the planning application before it goes to committee – and for more information to be received – the report has been put back to April 25. A decision on LaFarge’s application to extract aggregate from part of the site will not be considered by councillors until this meeting takes place.
“We are sorry if the arrival of LaFarge’s vehicles onto the RAF Coltishall site have caused unnecessary anxiety for residents in the meantime.
“A number of LaFarge lorries are being housed temporarily at the site prior to the launch of a new highways maintenance contract which the County Council holds with the company, which starts on 1 April.”