Environmental catastrophe at Eashing Farm,Hurtmore, will affect you and your family

If you are in any doubt how this affects the area, below is a 'to-scale' image of the quarry superimposed over Godalming
(please click on these images)

This is the Quarry at Eversley, Reading

If SCC grant permission, take a last-look at the historic Eashing site.

Surrey County Council have redefined the area opposite the Squirrel pub as a “preferred site” for quarrying millions of tonnes of Sand and Bargate stone. This will take decades and then the vast hole will be filled with “undisclosed” waste.

Stop Press
SCC have allowed a 3 week extension for people to respond using the SCC response forms. However it is important that you collect the updated forms from the Squirrel Inn as all forms are numbered and SCC will only allow the newly printed forms to be submitted. (deadline 30th June)

Some of the effects:
•Large dustcloud with proven detrimental effects on respiratory conditions and allergies
•Area of natural beauty, wetlands, 2 Saxon burial mounds and wildlife destroyed
•Water pollution
•40 tonne lorries up to every 2 minutes affecting all local roads
•Depreciation of local area and of house prices
•Possible sound disturbances – Bargate stone often removed with dynamite

Who benefits?
•Only the mineral company – there are no benefits to the local community at all


What can you do to stop this?

Please complete the 'Draft Surrey Mineral Plan'form, which we will send you, or collect one from The Squirrel Inn.
There is a question that says “Do you agree with the five objectives which describe the overall approach of the draft mineral plan”
Please check the “NO” box!

It is VITAL you write a letter to the Council, in order to save the beautiful countryside and keep Eashing and the surrounding area a safe and pleasant place for you and your family. Please click the link on the right to download some bullet-points

You can also send a copy of your letter to:-
Anne Milton MP
House of Commons

Tel: 020 7 219 8392
E: miltona@parliament.uk

Below is the map showing the quarry epicentre.Please click the map to download it.

If you live within 2 miles of the epicentre, you will be directly affected. This area includes Shackleford, Eashing, Priorsfield, Puttenham, Hurtmore and Charterhouse. ALL the local Schools will be affected by the dust cloud. ALL local roads will be affected by the 40-ton trucks. EVERYONE will be affected. It is outrageous that Surrey County Council are even considering this.

It is vital that you write an individual letter objecting to the proposal - please see link on the right hand side for ideas, suggestions and who to write to.

PLEASE HELP - please click the 'e-mail us' button on the right, above, and leave your contact information if you can provide ANY assitance.

Do you have any skills / time you can provide? WE NEED YOUR HELP.

WE HAVE to stop this plan. Please either leave a comment here,
or write to:-
SSHAC, c/o The Squirrel Inn, Hurtmore GU7 2RN
or telephone Save Surrey Hill Action Committee on 07714 757 727

Please also follow this link:-


If you want a reply to your comment, please use the "e-mail us" button above, rather than the "comment" button below.

NB: You may be aware that a person took down all our signs last night! (wonder who that could be?) but to the person who posted the registration number of the car seen taking down all our signs - apologies we have removed the postings! - we need to pursue legal action against this person once we identify them, and the website is not the best place for the registration number of their car.

We are having 100s more banners produced (every one removed will be replaced with two more) and will enlist an army of people if necessary, to keep them visible.

Can ANYONE who spots a vehicle involved/person taking our signs down on private property, please contact the police with all the details


We WILL stop them!

The contents of this website are given only by way of general information. No liability can be accepted for any reliance on any of the information provided.


At 11:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Leigh

This is terrible news. If I can help in any way let me know. David Beechey, from Thursley.


At 10:24 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it completely unacceptable that surrey county council are considering the inclusion of the Eashing Site in the Surrey Mineral Plan, I enjoy walking the area and the footpaths concerned will no longer exist and other footpaths in the area will be blighted with dust, yet another area of outstanding natural beauty ruined, All so the goverment can build on green field sites with inpunity... just my view.

At 11:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How can people donate money to help stop this?

At 2:43 PM, Blogger Save Surrey Hills said...

PLEASE keep checking this site. We will shortly advise how anyone who is able, can help fight this grotesque plan.

At 5:00 PM, Anonymous Stefan Reynolds said...

Please send me full details and I will pass on to lots of people!

Stefan Reynolds


At 1:07 PM, Blogger Charlie Zorab said...

I will help in any way I can with time and money unless anyone knows a free barrister.

At 8:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is utterly appalling that SCC are considering this particular area for this activity. If I didn't know better I could almost believe that something underhand could have taken place, particularly as this site was considered before, but rejected on the obvious faults of the site. It has now been put to the top of the preferred sites list!

At 5:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have only yesterday received information on this proposal. I have completed and posted my objections on the form from SCC, but will be unable to take further interest until I return from an extended travel abroad. I do have some knowledge of the workings of the planning department and how to deal with them. I would be happy to pitch in upon my return in July. Best of luck in the meantime and keep the pressure on!

Regards Rob Mitchell rob@rob-mitchell.co.uk

At 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

The traffic chaos which this project would cause on the A3 in both directions at the Hurtmore Junction and along the Elstead Road on the West side of the A3, under the underpass and then on to Godalming is horrendous. The road under the underpass is 'S' shaped so that the visibilty from the North bound carriageway is very limited and there have been several serious accidents there. The visibility towards Godalming from the South bound junction of the A3 is also not good because of the gradient.
Apart from this the noise, dust, and enviornnmental pollution must be stopped.

At 9:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am trully amazed by this extraordinary proposal, which has surfaced again with priority status having been rejected once before (allegedly). Who's taking the bung on this one I wonder. Yes I do mean bribe. A recent report showed that corruption in local government is widespread, and Surrey CC appears to be infected! How else could such a outrageous plan get so far or even be considered. What a total disaster this will be for the immediate and surrounding area. Apart from the chaos on the A3, crowded enough and particularly dangerous between the Thursley and Compton junctions, what is to become of the beautiful countryside, footpaths and secluded spots that my family and i love to walk or cycle through and explore. I know! Why not concrete over that lot, fulfill the government's crazy plan to build x thousand houses in this overcrowded part of the country, then there'd be nowt to enjoy and we can all roll over and give in to big business. Again. No way. Not on your nelly. We must stop this. All power to all our arms. We're going to need it.

At 10:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

overheard during our wet spring one owl talking to his mate. " too wet to whoo" but seriously 62 different species of bird spotted oround this site over an average year, from snipe to woodpeckers, it won't matter if its to wet, the noise and fumes from the lorries will move them on probably not to return in our life times

At 5:04 PM, Anonymous renelenain@btinternet.com said...

I cannot help thinking that money does talk on this one! On the maximum yield figures given of 1.30 million tonnes of soft sand and up to 0.85 million tonnes of Bargate stone, and accepting that the value of Bargate stone is 50 times that of soft sand, this makes Bargate stone 97% of the commercial value of this site.
Does the Draft Surrey Minerals Plan include Bargate?
Can a commercial enterprise think of anything but its biggest yield?
Surely this becomes a Bargate stone excavation project with very little to do with sand and gravel requirements.

At 12:21 PM, Anonymous Norman G. Woodfin said...

I have only...by chance...heard of this proposal by Surrey County Council ...and it is obviously not environmentally friendly to this local area or the nearby highly populated areaas which are in close proximity.The local road infra structure ...vehicle access, danger to residents and the increase of high load bearing vehicles will all be greatly affected PLUS there is not a viable access to main roads which can support this volume. The affects from the site environmentally...will affect local residents health- especially those who suffer from dust, and pollution will increase and this will be transmitted over existing housing estates and residential areas ...if your map is anything to go by ...for miles!
Property values may also be affected.. locally and with the possible use of dynamite to assist quarrying ...security of the area will also be affected!...Are there any proposals for the increase of policing in this area ??? ... especially as such equipment is highly sought after by criminals these day's!..It is also an area of Historical and Natural beuty ...enjoyed by many local residents ...walkers,runners,etc and has a very important ecological importance to the community. What is proposed to assist this factor ?? The real answer is... NO-we do not need this site... No-it has no local community benefits...only detrimental factors.....and what is proposed to happen to the site once quarrying is finished....will it turn out to be as un-sitely and offer appalling smells and environmental problems as the one in Shere...which is just about to be finished!...Waste is a massive problem ...but other alternatives MUST be found... you cannot just keep burying it into the ground..which again has many detrimental affects...methane gas ...for one !...WE need this to be very carefully thought out by Surrey County Council ...and those above them BEFORE...we are landed with this site and it's obvious on going problems

At 3:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Could I just point out that there are several innaccuracies in your text about this topic.

Firstly, you say that "all the local roads will be affected by the 40-tonne trucks". I cannot help but wonder why it would be in the mineral company's interest to have their trucks drive up and down every road in the area, which would be a waste of both their time and petrol. It is more likely that the trucks will drive away down the A3, without detourng to visit the local residential areas.

Secondly, you say "there are no benefits to the local community at all". Would you please tell me who will be employed at this quarry, if not nearby residents who are currently unemployed. Surely this will then increase the affluence of the area if there is a lower unemployment rate, and will lead to a local multiplier effect in and around Godalming. This is therefore a benefit, is it not?

Whilst I can see that you do have a justified cause for concern, I think it important that your publicity is not too biassed, or I feel that many people will think that you are trying to brainwash the local public with your propaganda.

At 4:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Apparently the requirement for surrey to find a mine is set by something called the South East Regional Authority. I've never heard of these people (I have certainly never voted for them). Does anybody know who they are or how they come up with these ideas

At 5:23 PM, Anonymous Andrew Wilson said...

The increased availability of stone and sand if this barbaric developmentgoes ahead will inevitably lead to yet further over-development in the local area - already stretchedto almost breaking point.

At 6:04 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! - the comment above left by Anon at 3.10pm today has to be written by someone who either works for the mineral company or who has no understanding of what is proposed.

The idea this is good for the community by creating ‘Mining Jobs in Shackleford’ is absurd to the point of being a joke presumably.

The idea that the 40-tonne trucks all behave like ‘good little trucks’ and stick to the A3 is both farcical and unnerving.

It takes a 40-tonne truck half a mile to reach the median speed of traffic on the A3.

Have you all met a tractor on the A3 and seen the havoc it causes at busy times, with people swerving out to avoid the slow vehicle. How about one every 5 minutes for the next ten years – Is the ‘Anon at 3.10’ above reckoning THAT is good for the locals too!

Guildford Borough Council, Shackleford Parish Council, Compton Parish council all reject the scheme – maybe they don’t appreciate all those mining jobs either!!

At 7:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

if this is to take place on a farm, then all the local farm hands and gamekeepres, etc will lose their jobs. I guess they could always seek employment with the mining company. Net result - minimal employment gain to the local area. And still lots of grief.

At 9:17 PM, Anonymous Linda said...

Has anybody thought of what will become of the huge excavated hole.

Perhaps a possible landfill? Wouldn't that be nice!

At 8:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon. @ 6:04pm yesterday,

Could you please explain why the idea of creating 'mining jobs in shackleford' is absurd to the point of being a joke, presumably? Are you suggesting that the mineral company is going to employ workers from elsewhere in the world, and then pay their transport and living costs, rather than hiring a local workforce?

Also, I do not think that your claim about tractors is relevant. Tractors are designed to drive short distances between fields of a different farm. There is therefore no need for them to drive at particularly high speeds, hence the problems on the A3 that you were decribing. However, I anticipate that the 40 tonne trucks will be going further than just a few fields down the road, and will probably have a higher top speed than your tractors, so the congestion that you describe should not be such a problem. Coming back to your point about the trucks not behaving like 'good little trucks' and driving down the A3, where else might they go?

I'm not saying that the quarry would be a good idea, but the idea that there will be no benefits at all to the local community is simply wrong.

At 9:46 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have read with interest the comments of "Anon", last heard from at 6.04pm yesterday, and would like to point out that excavations are no longer done with pick and shovel but with highly sophistcated and heavy equipment. The likely hood that residents in the nearby communities are already qualified to run such equipment is not high. So yes, the majority if not all of the work force will be imported.

I agree, there may be some commercial benefits to the area; the Squirrel Inn could increase their B&B prices (assuming they would allow the work force anywhere near their premises), the local sandwich makers could do a roaring trade selling the miners lunches of ham and sand dust rolls and rock cakes.

Please let us not be distracted from the real issue around this being: -

The environmental and qulaity of life impact on the immediate and surrounding area.

At 11:57 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ever heard of training?

At 1:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have been through two years of hell over a small extension to my house in Hurtmore because of the damage it was suppose to cause to the green belt, even an appeal failed because of the damage to the rural outlook,we are talking about a very mediocre extension. The appeal is done following the guidelines set out by the Government to protect the green belt and yet at the drop of a hat all those guidelines are out of the window and suddenly the green belt does not matter. The hypocrisy is quite astounding. If this is to go ahead how can Guildford Borough Council possibly stop other developments from going ahead in the area. If the quarry does go ahead I fail to see how the area affected could still be classed as Green Belt or an area of outstanding natural beauty. The damage to the local environment will be devastating.

At 11:41 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

the person responsible for the drivel at 3.10p.m had obviously spent a long liquid lunch at The Squirrel before posting such scurrilous and ill-informed comments. Get a life.

At 11:38 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Whilst I object strongly to the quarry proposal (and have submitted my objections to SCC), I also object to this website and the attendant posters that have been placed in the area. The heading of this website: "Environmental catastrophe in Eashing" is simply misleading since the village most affected will by Hurtmore. As a resident of Eashing, I object to the quarry with equal passion to the residents of Hurtmore, but I cannot understand why anyone living in Hurtmore would wish to run a campaign with this title if they were hoping for support from the people of Eashing.
I wrote personally to the originator of this website many days ago asking if we could have a more appropriately focussed campaign that did not unduly focus on one geographic group and he did not even have the courtesy to respond.
I would not wish the website campaign to focus on Hurtmore, either. All of us living who are living in the affected area are concerned about protecting our property values as much as we are keen to avoid the daily suffering that this quarry will mean. Lets get a united stance on this.

At 6:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is this proprosal going to effect the Anglo Saxon Burh at Eashing?

At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

With reference to the effect on the Anglo Saxon Burh at Eashing, it will have no direct impact, apart from the fact other remains i.e. the two SMR's on the site will be disturbed, the whole area is dotted with Saxon, Roman (burials found on the side of a3 1930's)(cups and pots found at norney), Pre-Saxon finds, axe heads, arrows etc. many of these items are available to see at Godalming Museum

At 7:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well done on getting a three week extention, and i also note that the titles have changed to include hurtmore, although it is named as eashing farm on the minerals plan, may be this was a ploy by scc to redirect residents to think it wasnt on the doorstep!!!

At 12:51 AM, Anonymous The Mattress \Man said...

It may have escaped the notice of Anon at 11.30.a.m that the site is officially known as 'Eashing Farm' NOT Hurtmore.

I would therefore urge them not to 'split hairs'and to stand by their own conviction for a united stance and not to place one community against another.

Perhaps the Anon element of their posting could mean they are part of SCC. That however is a romantic notion.


At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At 9:34 PM, Anonymous the mattress man said...

the 3 week extension is vitally important and is shows a display of SCC's incompetence in the first instance. WELL DONE TO THOSE INVOLVED!!!!

At 10:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is fortunate that we live in a democratic society which affords us the freedom of speech. This means that if we choose to have signs of protest on our own land that is a right not a privelege.

To the owner of the car in question you are questioning my rights as a UK citizen and when I find your car you will have two eyes to match its color.

At 12:34 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

may i suggest ref the "removal of signs" on private land, that it is reported to the police as "trespass and theft" don't forget to get a crime number from them, i am sure the local press would be interested too!

At 3:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In some far flung corner of a foreign field
there is a piece of land that is forever England

And mine will have a sign on it
“No to Eashing Quarry”

(Apologies to the war poet Rupert Brookes)

At 5:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Someone has also trespassed on my land. There must be a HUGE AMOUNT at stake for them to remove all the signs (actually if the person(s) involved are reading this - you missed one).

At 6:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spotted in Priorsfield Road at 10pm on Sunday Night, removing " Say No Now to Eashing Quarry" signs from Private Property - obviously an avid collector of Green Signs!

Large framed man driving dangerously in blue Land Rover. (Four Wheel drive cars are such an environmental disaster.

PS - If you need any more signs I am sure that you can collect some from the Squirrel Public House.

At 9:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anybody spending Sunday night after dark collecting green signs is either very sad or has a lot at stake.

At 11:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

when will we see new signs?

At 12:07 AM, Blogger Save Surrey Hills said...

For every sign taken down, we will put up two more. If necessary we will have them printed by the 1,000 and enlist an army of volunteers to put them up. The message will not be silenced by the self-seeking interests of a minority trying to cash-in.

At 2:24 PM, Anonymous the aged gardener said...

Congratulations! you bagged 35 green ones in one night. Well done. Now you can have a go at the yellow ones. After that there will be flourescent orange, then blue, then black & white (or is that a grey area). Dont forget the laws of trespass & theft apply to you as well as the rest of us.

At 11:23 AM, Anonymous The Mattress Man said...

After last night's episode looks like someone could be heading for an ASBO.

Perhaps 'the green-fingered one' could erect a few of our signs with a white background and a red cross running throught it. Wonder if they would have the temerity to remove those?

At 9:10 PM, Anonymous V said...

Can I just point out that many of the residents in the Hurtmore, Shackleford and Compton areas are a) elderly, b) unskilled workers in relation to quarrying, c) disabled and d) children. I fail to see how these people can honestly get jobs in this quarry.

As a former resident of Hurtmore, and with many family and friends in Hurtmore and surrounding villages, the environmental impact is going to be huge. Everyone in Hurtmore is going to be directly affected, as the quarry is right behind the houses in Quarry Road, and opposite Kerrsland Cottages. There are also all those houses down the road by the Squirrel car park.

I think it is outrageous that they can be allowed to quarry so close to a residential area.

At 10:59 PM, Anonymous the mattress man said...

Have another go. You might just find now that you are on CCTV.

At 9:32 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Can i just ask? Has someone taken down the yellow signs? Was anybody seen and are there any plans to tackle any offenders?

At 11:36 AM, Anonymous the aged gardener said...

in reply to 9.37. Yes! late saturday evening someone tried to deprived us of freedom to express our thoughts on this matter. How sad are they. Doesn't matter there will be more to replace them.

At 1:55 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to donate a magnum of champagne to Save Surrey Hills to the first person to get a shot(on camera)of them in action removing a sign from private property, Just email your photo to save surrey hills and the local press and use the contact number to collect your prize

At 10:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Having just read a commented on the draft plan this "preferred site" would seem to fly in the face of many draft policies relating to mineral workings in Green Belt and also areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They also appear to have completely ignored Environnment Agency policy on flood risk and Grondwater (their SE Area office which covers this area is based at Swift House, Frimley Buiness Park, Camberley Surrey GU16 7SQ.
Stick with the environmnetal matters such as these and the likley impoact on the SSSI and you will have a far stonger hand. Make sure that any strategic environmnetal impact has been properly undertaken.

At 12:52 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

well done on the new web site, very informative and excellent graphics

At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it just me who has not heard from or seen ANYONE of our elected representatives commenting on this outrage? Or do they only canvass and campaign at election time?

At 9:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is there anything we need to be doing after the June 30th deadline?

Any advice?



At 5:54 PM, Blogger Fearnleys @ Home said...

I live in Primrose Ridge and I find that very few people living here or in the huge adjoining estate on Oxford Ridge, all well within the 2 mile radius, are aware of this proposal - what about some signs/posters around here!

At 5:57 PM, Blogger Lola said...

This looks absolutely atrocious! Good luck with fighting it!


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