Starveall Lane – Work to protect Gas Main to begin shortly

Starveall Gas Line

With Starveall Lane having been a great concern to many over recent months, the Application by FC Jones and Co. to build a new and dedicated track or roadway to the Starveall Chicken Farm Development is under consideration.

As hoped by all, the Application does – I understand – incorporate all the steps necessary to keep Goods or HGV Traffic travelling to or from the Farm out of Pamington on the B4079 and therefore accessing the Farm via the most Southern end of Seven Bends directly out to and from the A435.

However, irrespective of the plans which will hopefully soon remove all chance of Staveall Lane being used for Chicken Farm Traffic, it became clear when exploratory borehole work was done, that the Gas Main which crosses the Lane does not have the level of protection necessary for any heavy traffic and that as such, it may not be impossible that even heavy agricultural traffic in use by any of the Farmers using Starveall Lane could inadvertently damage the pipe – with consequences that we could only really sit and imagine.

With this in mind, Contractors working on behalf of FC Jones & Co. are likely to begin and/or carry out the work necessary to protect the pipeline at the point it crosses Starveall Lane during early June.

As some of you will already be aware, this work would have been necessary before the Lane could have been developed and it would be easy to draw the conclusion that this Development work is now going ahead.

I have been assured that it is not and I am hopeful that Planning will be given for the new track/roadway in the coming weeks – at which point the issues concerning the use of Starveall Lane for any traffic travelling to Starveall Farm – other than agricultural vehicles in the strictest sense – will be dealt with finally and formally through the Planning Process and the award of Planning for the new access.

I continue to monitor developments with the Planners and also Mr Hern of FC Jones & Co.

If you do have any concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me direct.

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