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We have objected strongly to plans for mineral extraction in the Shelford Valley on the Trent in Nottinghamshire. The society is backing Save Shelford Valley in its opposition to this development.
The plan is to take minerals from land embraced by a meander of the River Trent. This would be extremely destructive of open countryside, public paths and public enjoyment of this lovely area.
The proposed works would destroy part of the Trent Valley Way, the 166-mile route devised to celebrate the centenary of Nottinghamshire County Council. It seems extraordinary that the council should contemplate the destruction of something which was created to celebrate itself!
This route and its connecting paths are enormously important to the many communities in the area, as well as to visitors wanting to enjoy a longer walk. It takes walkers to and from the Radcliffe on Trent hills along the bank of the Trent, to and from Shelford village. This is an extremely attractive walk with extensive views.
Walking is important not only to the local economy but also for people’s health and well-being. The development would wipe out the opportunity for extensive walking in this lovely place and turn an attractive landscape into an industrial site.