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Quarry Concerns for Cairnryan

CAIRNRYAN residents are closely monitoring plans to reopen Croach Quarry as a main source for stone to expand the ferry terminal at the village.

Noise, dust, the impact on wildlife and in particular the volume of traffic are the main concerns raised by Stena Line's proposed but expected switch alongside P&O.

Barr Construction has permission in place to use the quarry and the company has already been in touch with the village's community council about future developments.

It is considering creating a new single track road with passing places for lorries that will exit south of the village.

Residents have welcomed the contact from the company but are pre-empting any move to open the quarry. Secretary Tracy Davidson said:

"We have already been in touch with the relative organisations such as the Scottish Environment  Protection Agency.

"Barr sent us an old Ordnance Survey map with a line drawn down it to show where the proposed road would be.

"We are taking the quarry opening very seriously. The issues we do have with it include air quality, noise and also concerns about blasting.

"But we are also looking at access in and out of the quarry because we have had problems in the past with lorries coming through housing estates."

Barr has yet to apply for planning permission to create the new road.

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