BM Council opposed to quarry proposal

Blue Mountains council has reiterated its opposition to plans to truck more than a million cubic metres of Sydney landfill through the Mountains to a quarry in Clarence.

The original proposal, which has been rejected by a planning panel, has been modified and would now see Sandham Road, Bell, widened and passing bays created.

One resident has estimated 70 to 100 heavy vehicle movements going past homes every day, six days a week, for the next 15 years.

Bell locals have been vocal in their opposition and council joined them in a mayoral minute passed unanimously at this week's meeting.

Council voted to lodge a further submission with Lithgow City Council, which has carriage of the matter because the quarry is within its boundaries, although, as the mayor, Mark Greenhill, said Mountains residents would be most affected by the trucks delivering the fill.

Cr Greenhill said: "We will make a strong submission on this matter, emphatically reiterating our strong objections to the entire proposal. The amendments [to the DA] don't address any of our concerns."

He said the new plans would "be likely to have a greater adverse impact on the Blue Mountains and in particular those residents on Sandham Road".

All three Ward 1 councillors spoke against the DA, with Cr Suzie van Opdorp saying the four-year battle against the plan was causing enormous distress to residents in Bell and elsewhere in the Upper Mountains.

Sandham Road, Bell: Locals discuss the DA which would bring hundreds of trucks past their homes delivering Sydney landfill to the Clarence quarry.

Sandham Road, Bell: Locals discuss the DA which would bring hundreds of trucks past their homes delivering Sydney landfill to the Clarence quarry.