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Roadblock created by residents after hundreds turn up to quarry

People living in Chinnor had enough over the weekend and took matters into their own hands.

Published by Dan Gooding at 1:40pm 1st June 2020. (Updated at 4:06pm 1st June 2020) 3-minute read.

Roadblock created by residents after hundreds turn up to quarry

People living in Chinnor took matters into their own hands at the weekend, to try and stop huge crowds coming to open space there.

A road block was set up near Chinnor Quarry on Saturday: not by police, but by people living on the development there.

They had had enough of hundreds of people turning up to walk around and used the old quarry, especially when they were parking over kerbs and making driving dangerous.

Then the police got involved, saying that swimming in the water there could be really dangerous, and landowners Taylor Wimpey brought in security.

A fence into a private part of the site has been repeatedly damaged to gain access.

There had been reports of an illegal rave, but officers moved everyone on.

Chinnor Quarry

One resident told us:

"Police helicopters have been coming round for a couple of days and the fire brigade were also called on Sunday to reports of someone stuck on the quarry edge.

"They climbed up and got away before needing to be rescued! 

"Taylor Wimpey also had security along the full fence line today of the quarry totally manned with a guard every 10 metres, with around 14 in total. 

"It's been a crazy weekend... The police have been amazing throughout."

TVP say they're looking at tougher restrictions to make the roads safer and will keep an eye on the situation.

A spokesperson for Taylor Wimpey said:

“As a responsible landowner, we take our health and safety obligations extremely seriously.

“The former Chinnor quarry site has been fenced off for a number of years to prevent unlawful access, and we share the concerns of local residents that members of the public are illegally accessing the land.

“We are carrying out daily fence repairs and have arranged for a security company to carry out daily patrols of the site. We are also working with an external health and safety advisor to put in place additional deterrents. 

“We are committed to working positively with the local community to try to resolve this issue. We are in close contact with Thames Valley Police and will support officers wherever possible in order to prevent further unlawful access to the site."

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