Residents Against Gravel Extraction (R.A.G.E) 

is an umbrella organisation fighting gravel extraction in the N.W. Surrey area 
and represents the Egham, Stroude, Thorpe Ward and Whitehall Lane Residents’ Associations.
3rd May 2009

Sorry to bring you bad news – Hanson Aggregates UK Limited has submitted an

application to Surrey County Council to dig 2,400,000 tonnes of sand and gravel from

a huge site of 57 hectares (141 acres) at Milton Park Farm, Egham. It is bounded by

Manorcroft Road, the M25 motorway, Stroude Road, and Whitehall Lane. It would

stretch from Manorcroft School and the Egham Bowls Club to beyond Great Fosters

and to Procter & Gamble’s research laboratories. The extraction and filling could last

from between 10 and 15 years! 

The application estimates that there would be approximately 230–280 HGV lorry

movements per day (each of up to 20 tonnes) entering and leaving the site at a new

roundabout to be built on Stroude Road between (a) the junction of that road with

Manorcroft Road, Braywood Avenue and Whitehall Lane and (b) the roundabout in front

of Milton Park. It is anticipated that some (5%) lorries would turn north and go through

Egham but most (95%) would turn south and then East over the M25 motorway bridge

on New Wickham Lane. The majority (60%) would turn left again into Vicarage Road

and attempt to cross the railway at Pooley Green, 30% would turn south on to Thorpe

Lea Road towards Thorpe and on to Chertsey and 5% would continue eastwards

through Egham Hythe. Some of these lorries would bring in inert waste to fill the gravel

pits for restoration to agriculture and some would bring cement to feed the concrete

batching plant located near the proposed silt lagoon behind Manorcroft School. The

view of works buildings 15 metres (49 feet) high would be a visual intrusion. There

would be additional noise and dust; and air quality might be affected. 

Before excavating each phased area, low-permeability clay walls would be inserted

around the perimeter, to enable the quarry to be pumped dry.  These walls would also

later maintain a geological barrier to the inert waste fill material. Although relief drains

would be put in place and monitoring carried out, there are serious concerns regarding

any disturbance of groundwater flows and levels; with possibly an increase in the risk of

flooding, or worse, subsidence. 

So what can we do to stop all this happening? Yes, we’ve had these threats of gravel

raising before and we’ve successfully fought off all previous applications. This one

however looks more serious. The hard copy of the planning application, together with

its environmental statement and appendices, measures 7 inches in thickness and

weighs 15 pounds!  

You can write to The Director of Technical Services, Runnymede Borough

Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, KT15 2AH quoting reference

number RU.09/0299: Milton Park Farm, Egham; preferably by mid-May but,

please, well before the date of the RBC Planning Meeting (3 June) – the

earlier the better! Applications for gravel extraction are a County issue and thus

RBC does not determine the outcome but can raise a strong objection to

Surrey County Council.  

After consideration by RBC, the application will be then be discussed and determined

by the SCC Planning & Regulatory Committee on 22nd July. (You may want to keep a

copy of your RBC letter to send to SCC.) The application can be viewed at click on Planning, on Planning Applications Register

Online, View current and past Planning Applications, Planning Applications Archive,

Week 15 – 8th April 2009; then scroll down to RU.09/0299 Milton Park Farm; and click

on ‘Unfortunately the files…are extremely large’. The Non-Technical Summary (18 MB)

is the best place to start. 

I am arranging a Public Meeting on 9th June at 7.30pm in Manorcrofts School hall to

galvanize local opposition ahead of the SCC review. 
Moreton Moore
Chairman of Residents Against Gravel Extraction (RAGE)

32 Whitehall Lane, Egham