Traffic (Heavy Lorries)
There has been some speculation that Whin Close will lead to a large number of heavy goods vehicles coming to and from the site. This is incorrect.
This should be viewed in the context of existing annual heavy vehicle loads for the existing agricultural operations:
Sugar Beet 463
Paper Waste 170
The above list only covers main crop activities, in reality current movements are much higher on items such as fuel, parts, and chemicals etc which are not included within these traffic figures.
A significant number of existing loads will be reduced as the farm will require less overall muck/bio-solids (currently 160 loads) as there are restrictions on spreading poultry manure especially near poultry farms. The company will reduce the amount of bio-solids brought onto site from 4000 to 500 tonnes as it will be self-sufficient.
The estimated decrease in existing traffic movements for the farm through less use of bio-solids and not transporting them from elsewhere is 140 loads (280 traffic movements). The operation at Whin Close will require 10 loads (20 traffic movements) for items such as feed, gas, delivery of chicks etc per week or approximately 3 a day.
Clearly this figure is an average, at times traffic movements will be less and during flock change-over, greater. It should be noted that 97 loads (196 traffic movements) of sugar beet were moved during the period 9-11th March 2015 from the Whin Close site.
At a meeting held on the 18th March 2015 at Sedgeford Village Hall concerns were expressed about an increase in traffic movements if Whin Close was developed as a poultry farm. However nobody mentioned or appeared to notice 196 traffic movements related to sugar beet (the equivalent of 3 months of poultry farm traffic) that had travelled through the village in a 48 hour period just a few days before.
On December 9th 2015 Mr E.C Martin released an independent report commissioned by the no poultry farming group which concluded that traffic movements would be 12 per week or 634 per annum. Averaging just 1.7 traffic movements per day, this is less than the 2.8 average traffic movements per day (19.8 per week) that were detailed in the recent environmental assessment and submitted for planning purposes. For reference it should be noted that 'average' family households are estimated to generate 7 traffic movements per day or 2,500 per annum.
Whin Close will generate very low level numbers of daily and overall traffic movements which will only represent a nominal increase. Furthermore a substantial number of traffic movements will be reduced from existing operations in respect of delivery of bio-solids.
The company is comfortable that the local community will suffer no detrimental traffic effect from the Whin Close proposal.