I have recently learned that the future progress of the Minerals Core Strategy (“where gravel pits go” for most of us!) will require not one, but two rounds of public consultation. A huge amount of work for those of us involved in the fight against the pit. This is particularly galling when you consider that the County Council seem to have taken not one jot of notice of the many hundreds of submissions to the last consultation.
However, we must press on as we need to persuade the Government Inspector that we care about our village and that Cholsey is the wrong place for this pit.
It is likely that the inspector will hold his enquiry into the soundness of the Core Strategy in the early autumn.