Angry campaigners are threatening court action after Cardiff City Council gave permission for a quarry extension in Creigiau.
The quarry, which already had planning permission, was mothballed by Tarmac 14 years ago and the planning committee say there were no grounds to refuse permission to extend it.
Campaigners in Creigiau and neighbouring Pentyrch say the community has changed enormously in this time and the quarry extension will bring it within two fields of Pentyrch primary school.
Deborah Hunt, from Pentyrch said, “we’re concerned for the noise, the dust and the vibrations from the blasting.”
Many villagers say this will destroy the life of the community and make it very unsafe for parents, children, dog walkers and cyclists to use the recreation ground next to the quarry entrance.
They are particularly alarmed at the narrowness of the lane, Heol Pant-Y-Gored and say it is not wide enough for two trucks to pass.
Sian Hughes, from Creigiau said, “It’ll mean 146 HGV 32-tonne lorries thundering down what is essentially a narrow country residential road – one every five minutes – every day.” She added, “it’ll make the entrance to the local playground completely unsafe. As a mother I will be very, very loath to allow my three children to play in this playground. It’ll effectively be a no-go zone.”
Tarmac have said they will put in four passing places along the lane which they say should ease the problem.
Graham Thomas, Councillor for Creigiau and St Fagans who spoke against the proposal, said after the meeting, “they will reopen it in the coming years and that’s going to have a devastating impact on the village.”
Campaigners say if the judicial review doesn’t go in their favour they may start a campaign of civil disobedience.