Conygar Quarry, North Somerset

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:12 pm on 8th December 1997.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Conservative, Woodspring 10:12 pm, 8th December 1997

Given that, by 2042, even I will be 81, will the Minister help us with the legal problem in the short term? It seems odd—I am not a lawyer—that we cannot have a cemetery in the lane because it is too dangerous, but that we can have a quarry in the lane, where the lorries are larger than the hearses we might have locally. How can it be that the district council, through the highways authority, can stop the cemetery going ahead, but is powerless to stop the quarry traffic? Will the Minister undertake to ask his Department to get a legal view on what powers the district council has through the local highways authority to restrict traffic on safety grounds?