The No Vale Quarries Residents Action Group
We are a group of five villages and parishes looking to protect the natural environment which we are lucky enough to have surrounding where we live. The villages of Bricklehampton, Charlton, Cropthorne, Fladbury, and Wick are vibrant villages with a host of various community groups catering for the wide and varied interests and people of the villages. We have a number of thriving sport and fitness groups including: cricket, tennis, football, pilates, indoor bowls, skittles and horse riding. Two village vibrant pre- schools and first schools, a cub-scout pack and an over-subscribed Brownie pack keep the children of the village happy alongside karate and dance groups. The village pubs, The Gardeners Arms in Charlton and The Chequers Inn and Anchor Pub at Fladbury are a hub of activity in each village hosting numerous community social nights and being 'destination pubs' for many families across the county during the summer months because of their fabulous views and safe, open spaces. There are also many other active clubs within the villages including: the popular 'Chattery' coffee morning; the board games club; ladies - and gents - lunch clubs, a gardening club and numerous walking groups including the Wick Walkers and Fladbury Walkers groups.
In addition, Wick village is home to the famous Confetti Fields which have been a popular attraction for a number of years, even supplying the confetti for the marriage of HRH Prince Harry and Meghan Markel, and successful business Sky Garden who are the UK's largest supplier of green roof gardens.
The proposed quarries will impact on all these activities and associations through either reduced air quality, increased - and dangerous - road traffic, and the destruction of Grade 1 agricultural land.
No Vale Quaries Residents Action Group.
In January 2020, thanks to the vigilance of our local parish councils, we became aware that our villages were under threat from agricultural land destruction; wildlife habitat destruction; noise and air pollution and large vehicle traffic, due to plans to allow mining companies to open cast mine for sand and gravel along the banks and surrounding countryside of the River Avon in the Vale of Evesham.
No Vale Quarries Residents Action Group is a friendly collation of concerned residents drawn from the picturesque village communities of Charlton, Cropthorne, Fladbury, Wick and Bricklehampton. We are all connected by our close geographical association to the River Avon.
Our steering committee members are:
Peter Pawsey - Retired Civil, Highways and Traffic Engineer with over 50 years design and planning experience on a range of major development projects at home and overseas, including the traffic generation and infrastructure implications for such activities. A resident of Charlton for 20 years.
Paul Sharpe - Recently retired former Sales and Marketing Director from a Finance background. Charlton resident and as formerly a resident of the Lenches has experience in participating in a successful campaign to stop the erection of a wind farm in the Lenches.
Richard Sims - Resident of Charlton for over 30 years, married with two children, both of whom have long since left home, but still retain strong contact with the village. Retired International sales manager from the electronics industry. Vice-chair of Charlton Parish Council and runs the Charlton Village website
Moira D’Adda - Resident of Fladbury for over 12 years, where she lives with her husband and two children. Currently working within the family run music business and has previous sales, marketing, licensing and social media experience, with Next, Disney and Mattel.
Roger Davies - Lived in Charlton for 25 years. Retired from Lloyds Bank some 10 years ago having worked in the Business/Corporate and Commercial divisions. Chairman of Charlton Parish Council. Also involved in the Charlton Flood Group and Group Scout Leader of our local Scout Group.
Tony Rowley - District Councillor for the Fladbury Ward comprising all the Avon Valley villages between Pershore and Evesham. Past Chairman of Wychavon District Council and currently Executive Board Member of the Council with the portfolio for Planning, Infrastructure and Urban Design. A retired civil engineer and planner with an international quarrying company, he has also worked in local government as minerals planning officer.
Stewart Rampling - is a resident of Cropthorne with a child that attends Cropthorne with Charlton First School. Stewart is a Director of an ecological consultancy with over twenty-five years’ experience in field ecology and ecological impact assessment. He is a full member of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management and has lived locally for the past twenty-three years.
Ian Southcott - has lived in Fladbury for nearly thirty years and has been Chair of the Parish Council for over ten tears. Prior to retiring, Ian worked as a Public Affairs executive for a major international construction materials company.
Nigel Barker - is a parish councillor in Wick with responsibility for flooding. He worked for 30 years in development and was director of land, planning and strategic development for private and major plc companies. He retired last year having sold his property based company located in Broadway which he ran with his wife for the past 16 years.
Stuart Adams - A relatively new resident of Charlton having lived there for the last two years. He has previously worked as a project manager for HSBC and spent the last 12 years teaching and leading in primary schools. He is currently devoting his spare time to working on this campaign.