Proposals to extend the existing sand quarry at Upper Dalhousie were discussed by councillors at last week’s Planning meeting.
A pre-application consultation for an extension of the existing sand quarry near Rosewell to create a third excavation point was submitted by site owners Tillicoultry Quarries Ltd on July 13 this year.
The proposed development is situated on land to the west of the existing sand quarry, which is currently made up of two separate areas to the north and south.
Access to the site is off the roundabout on Bonnyrigg South Distributor Road, to the south east of Hopefield, with the existing access route proposed for accessing the extension also.
Councillor Dianne Alexander (SNP) said: “It’s going to create a safety issue as well as increased capacity on that road and we need to take some steps to secure that road and make it safer.
“Just with the fact that there will be more lorries.”
Councillor Russell Imrie (Lab) pointed out that the increased site would have an impact on the proposed new housing developments in nearby Hopefield.
Planning manager Peter Arnsdorf indicated his belief that there will be no more trucks using the quarry if the extension was to be approved, but they would be spending more hours accessing the site.
Councillor Kelly Parry (SNP) highlighted the issue of the lorries spreading dirt on neighbouring roads.
She said: “When the quarry was first introduced there was a system to clean the tyres of the lorries using the quarry, this is not adequate.
“So I would like to see a better system put in place.
“There have been one or two accidents there so I would like to see something more robust put in place.”
As part of the pre-application consultation process the applicants are to hold drop-in consultation events in August and September.