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23 August 2013
- HMRC in Denial Over EU Aggregates Levy Investigation
(16th) are highlighted in our Press Release and in the letter to HM Treasury. We believe the only safe outcome now is for those companies with exemptions – or in the case of Northern Ireland, a partial derogation [since withdrawn] – is for the Aggregates Levy to be declared illegal.
BAA concerns about statements contained in HMRC Business Brief 24/13 of last week
16 August 2013
- Humberside Aggregates
welcomed as our latest new member. They have been operating since 1985 and have extensive excavation contracting throughout Yorkshire and own an active Sand and Gravel quarry and processing facility 20 Km west of Hull.
02 August 2013
19 July 2013
05 July 2013
24 June 2013
10 December 2010
Summerleaze, Denham Quarry
The BAA Certificate of Operating Competence was presented by the Assessment Panel Chair, Eric Darlow, at a well attended awards ceremony on site 23rd September with excellent coverage by Aggregates Business Europe magazine in the latest Nov/Dec edition. View PDF .
Picture from left: Steve Huckle,Mike Lowe (Operations Director), John Todd, Eric Darlow, Steve Rackley (Quarry Manager), Mick Vanstone, Wayne Hearn, Ken Pugsley, Chris Rackley.
1 September 2010
- Glendinnings' Linhay Hill site, Devon
The BAA Certificate of Operating Competence was presented by the Assessment Panel Chair, Eric Darlow, at a well attended awards ceremony on site 21st July. Congratulations to all the team - and an excellent coverage in this month's Quarry Management magazine.
Picture from left: Ian Glendinning (Operations Director), Russell Davidson (H&S Manager), John Baxter(BAA), Neil Gibbs (Quarry Manager), Eric Darlow, Richard Webb (Operations Manager), Barry Wilson (Managing Director).
12 August 2010
- Cullimores' Round House Farm, Wiltshire
The BAA Certificate of Operating Competence was presented by the Assessment Panel Chair, Eric Darlow, at a well attended awards ceremony on site last week (4th). Eric noted that "...the Award should be regarded as the industry's version of an Oscar." Congratulations to Roger and Moreton Cullimore and all their staff.
Picture from left: Richard Bird (BAA); Eric Darlow; Moreton Cullimore, MD, (4th from left); Roger Cullimore, Chair, (3rd from right); Far right: Councillor, Nigel Carter. Centre( behind certificate), Phillip Whitman, GM.
4 August 2010
- John Wainwright & Co - We are delighted to welcome Peter Barkwill and his team in Somerset. They have a hard rock quarry and also a coating plant. Wainwright have been supplying premium aggregates to the construction industry since 1891 and are proud to be an independent business, renowned for its innovation, environmental and ecological awareness and strong local roots and community responsibilities.
- Asphalt Burner Services - Welcome to new associate members Teresa Lewis and the team based in Magherafelt, Londonderry, Northern Ireland who are burner and asphalt plant equipment manufacturers. They are energy and servicing engineers operating throughout the UK offering burner servicing and plant efficiency inspections.
- SERAC UK (South East Regional Assessment Centre). Welcome also to Don Glaister and Carol Pillinger and their team from Holt Norfolk. SERAC are training and assessment providers to the mineral industry.
- Aggregate & Quarry Association of New Zealand - Welcome to an alliance with our first overseas partnership and to their Executive Director Roger Parton.
2 July 2010
- Accolades at Hillhead for BAA Compliance Scheme Success.
A further 3 members have been awarded this hard won and increasingly prestigious, HSE-endorsed achievement which brings to 11 the number of sites obtaining the 3-yearly renewable certificates since the scheme was launched at Hillhead and the 2007 AGM; and there are another 10 sites in the pipeline.
Robert Durward (pictured left) received the BAA commitment certificate from HSE Chair Judith Hackett CBE at the Target Zero Event at Hillhead at which Steve Cole (pictured right) made a keynote presentation. Eric Darlow, Chair of the BAA Scheme awards panel recognised the hard work and dedication in demonstrating the required demanding and challenging standards of this independent audit system. Individual presentations will be made to Cullimore's, Glendinnings' and Summerleaze over the summer at their individual operations.
24 June 2010
- WCL - another
full member to join us and we welcome Simon Winner and his team. WCL is an established business which supplies and operates within the construction industry with a good strong reputation and is well known by all local operatives/hauliers. Suppliers of sand, decorative and recycled aggregates, they also offer muck away and landfill services, accepting inert materials including soil, brick, concrete etc suitable for inert land filling.
- The Mineral Planning Group - join us as associate members, who provide Mineral and Waste Planning Consultancy; Geological Investigations, EIA, Hydrology/Hydrogeology, Landscape/Ecology, Noise/Dust/Vibration, Monitoring, Reserve/Resource Assessment, Policy Advice and Drilling
19 March 2010
- Hazemag UK – Yet another New Associate
Member We are delighted to welcome Tom Gregson and the well known
Crusher and Quarry and Mining equipment manufacturer
to our ranks. They provide bespoke crushing and recycling plant (fixed
or mobile), impact crushers, sand impactors, hammer mills, roll crushers,
and chain conveyors, apron and push Feeders, wobbler screens, flap gates
and rotary gate valves.
9 March 2010
& Sons - We are delighted to welcome Haydn and Mark Bowen
and their privately owned family company
formed in 1907 with the Tan-Y-Foel rock quarry providing all grades
of aggregates and a 10,000 tpa Ready mixed concrete plant in Welshpool,
mid-Wales. They have recently expanded into the Recycling market;
and also are quarry contractors,hauliers, and fuel and agricultural
Industrial - Part of the Barr Group, a warm welcome to Bill
Weir, Colin Morrow and John Mackenzie and all their team in central
and southern Scotland based out of Cumnock. Barr
Quarries has been supplying the construction industry with high
quality materials for over 30 years and have a considerable network
of strategically placed quarries and plants providing a full range
of aggregates, coated materials and ready-mixed concrete. They also
are large civil engineers with a Roads Contracting division; and their
own fleet of modern trucks and mixers.
28 January 2010
- Coke Turner & Co - We are delighted to welcome our latest new
member and Eddie Tennant and his team of chartered mineral surveyors
in Derbyshire and Scotland offering mineral estate management, rent
reviews and valuation planning.
21 December 2009
- Skye Aggregates- A warm welcome to our latest new member and to Calum
Morrison and his team at their Kyleakin Quarry sand and gravel operation.
Quarrying and Recycling - We are delighted to welcome Wilma and Duncan
Collier, Chris Whyte and their team as our latest full member.
They have just been granted the first greenfield hard rock (Bucklyvie
quarry) site in Central Scotland for over 20 years (for very high PSV
dolerite stone near Mossmorran in Fife ); and also have a sand and gravel
operation at Skateraw Farm near Dunbar.
27 November 2009
- New members
- A double bill again this week. A warm welcome to Hodge
Plant Ltd and to Alistair Hodge and Mark Nicholson and their team
at Duneaton Quarry, Biggar; and to a new associate member Finedoor
Ltd and to James Blanchard and their team at this family business
in Leeds who manufacture, service and sell quarry plant.
10 November 2009
- Loudounhill Contracts. We are delighted to welcome yet another new
member to the BAA fold and
to Alister and Gavin Craig who operate a small sand and gravel operation
in South Lanarkshire.
- Skene Group Quarry Awarded Site Assessment Certificate- Congratulations
to Neil Skene and his team who are the latest of agrowing band of BAA
members to receive this award - at a special presentation ceremony in
- Photo - Production manager, David Fraser receives the certificate
from Richard Bird. Devon quarry manager, Malcolm Campbell is immediately
behind, along with MD Neil Skene and members of the management team.
8 October 2009
- TSL Contractors - Yet another New BAA Member
We are delighted to welcome as our latest members this thriving construction
based in Argyll & the Scottish islands, and to Audrey & Andrew
Knight. They produce sand & gravel and hard rock on the Isle of
2 October 2009
- New Associate Member
– SLR Consulting We are delighted to welcome Stewart Lenton and
David Sandbrook and their team from this leading consultancy
providing services to the industry. They have significant experience
of environmental permitting regimes and can assist with preparing permit
applications and mine waste plans; and advise clients on the development
of renewable energy resources and management of energy and emissions
to comply with climate change and other emissions trading requirements.
11 September 2009
with driving ambition - Congratulations to the 20 drivers in BAA member
Cullimore’s fleet who all received their NVQ2 qualifications in
Large Goods Vehicles driving skills at an award ceremony
this last week.
- Quarry Design
(Land and Minerals Consulting Ltd) - We extend a very warm welcome to
our latest new associate member
and to Adrian Wilkinson, Principal. They have bases in North Somerset,
East Yorkshire and Northern Ireland; and offer exploration, geotechnical
assessments, development plans, mineral planning, estate management
and utility location.
9 July 2009
- We extend a very warm welcome to our latest members
and to Alasdair Craigie and Vince Kirk and their team at Westhill, Aberdeenshire.
The Chap Group is
one of Scotland’s leading privately owned construction groups
with an inspiring heritage dating back to 1976. They operate Park sand
and gravel quarry at Banchory and have a Mortar/concrete plant and an
inert landfill site.
- BAA Buxton Monday 22nd June. Group gathering of some of the members
attending the AGM this week.
1 May 2009
Yet another new member! Henry Streeter (Sand and
Ballast) Ltd We extend a very warm welcome to Nigel Barker and his
team as our latest new BAA
And a Double this week… a new associate member
- Dalgleish Associates Ltd. Welcome also to Karen Dalgleish and her
team in Dunblane as our latest associate
member offering environmental and mineral planning consultancy and
- Huntsmans Quarries - We extend a very warm welcome
to David Glenn and his team at Huntsmans
as the latest new BAA members.
Their operations include hard-rock quarrying, natural stone, recycled
materials, agricultural lime and ready-mix concrete.
- The Budget – A Lost Opportunity on the Aggregates Tax!
Despite our lobbying efforts with Treasury and Ministers to
withdraw the levy completely as part of the budget process and to help
kick-start the construction industry not least as virtually all current
construction nationally is public-purse spend. It would also have assisted
in getting them off the hook with the European Court of Justice. In
the end there was nothing for the industry at all!! The tax was left
at £2/t effective 1st April and will be frozen at this level for
2010/2011. (Details here
Chapter 7 p17 after carrier bags!)
3 April 2009
- Green Circle Aggregates - A warm welcome as our latest
BAA recruits Robert Hardy and his aggregate business in the Vale of
Glamorgan with their quarrying, recycling and ready-mix concrete activities
27 February 2009
- Tennants (Elgin) Ltd – Welcome! A warm welcome
to Gavin Tennant and his team as the latest in the growing trend of
new BAA members. They
are a small family cobble-stone business in Elgin, Moray, Scotland with
an output also of crushed stone and sand and gravel - as well as a new
28 November 2008
- Solids and Bulk Handling We welcome yet another new
member and extend a warm greeting to Neville Freedman and all his
colleagues and to their range of publications.
31 October 2008
- Volume Metric Concrete. We extend a very warm welcome to our latest
associate member and to
Director Jay Singh. They supply on-site mixed concrete and sand and
are based in Gravesend, Kent – more details here
17 October 2008
Raymond Brown win top business award. Our congratulations
to Ron Isaac and Steve Cole on receiving
this year’s KPMG Company of the Year at the recent Hampshire
Business Awards for their Minerals and Recycling Division.
We extend a very warm welcome to our latest associate member United
Asphalt and to Managing Director Ross Snape. They are asphalt producers
based in Berkshire, suppliers of asphalt, macadam, thin surfacing
and associated products – more details here.
10 October 2008
- We extend a very warm welcome to our latest associate
member Tyrone Stone and to Director Nigel Noble. They are roadstone
merchants based in Stockport and are suppliers of all types of primary
and secondary aggregates (recycled, sand and gravel), and mini-mix Concrete
– more details here.
29 July 2008
- A very warm welcome to our latest member and to Nicholas Johnston.
They produce aggregates from the off-cuts from their dimension stone
operations at Creeton and Oathill Quarries – more information
on the stone here
and Great Tew Estate here.
21 July 2008
and rubble gets a recycling boost thanks to Raymond Brown
Newsletter August 19th 2008
Brown Minerals & Recycling is contributing to Hampshire's
renowned recycling initiative after clinching a new contract with
Hopkins Recycling - one of Hampshire County Council's contractors.
Longcliffe to provide scholarships at Harper Adams
Management E-Bulletin August 20th, 2008
University College, one of the UK’s leading providers of
higher education for the land-based industries, has announce a new
partnership with Derbyshire-based Longcliffe
Group, with the launch of two student scholarships.
The Longcliffe and Vital
Earth (a wholly owned subsidiary of Longcliffe) scholarship programmes
will support countryside management and agriculture students, respectively,
to the tune of £2,000 in each of their second and final years
of a BSc degree programme at the Shropshire university college.
18 April 2008
- New Associate member – Wind Direct A warm welcome
to our latest member recruit and to Chris Porter and his team. Wind
Direct specialise in on-site electricity generation by installing
wind turbines on industrial and commercial sites, at no cost or development
risk to clients. Offering Zero Carbon, Zero Risk, Zero Capital, and
Low Cost Electricity.
29 February 2008
- A warm welcome to Ralph Stubbs and his company as new associate
BAA members; they specialise in the quarrying and construction industry
sectors, providing SHE consultancy services and bespoke and accredited
training courses – including for several of our members.
25 January 2008
- BAA new member – Rotherham Sand & Gravel, Scrooby
Top, Doncaster. We are delighted to welcome Paul Scholey, Tom
Kenyon and their team as our first full members of 2008. They run a
family-owned sand and gravel operation in South Yorkshire and also a
- BAA supports Camborne scheme for UK quarries. BAA
backing for the Camborne QuarrySafe scheme was announced at a press
conference recently along with co-sponsors WBB Minerals – this
scheme is very much part of the BAA Site Audit Scheme.(see
From left to right - Andy Price (WBB), Jon Bennett (CSM), Richard Bird
to Associate member Ruth Allington (GWP Consultants) on her
very successful recent fund-raising efforts for both Cancer Research
(£1K+); and on 30th September the Great North Run (21Km, half
marathon) to support the work of WaterAid. She would like to thank all
BAA members who supported her.
13 April 2007
- Not-So-Green Ministers and Not-So-Clever Ideas from the Environment
Ministry! BAA have written
to Environment Minister David Milliband following his remarks on BBC
Radio 4's Farming Today that he didn't see restored quarries as very
green! The response to the third round DEFRA consultation on Environmental
Permitting proposals (EPP) can be found in Documentation..
- Cement Market We continue to receive feedback from
members of the problems they are experiencing, applications from some
new members, support from many quarters and input from Cartel Damage
Claims SA (CDC). Further comment continues in various new
- Aggregates Tax We have also made input to the European
Environment Agency report considering introducing aggregates/minerals
tax across the EU. This was primarily to challenge the misrepresentation
of facts by spin from Treasury and the government-owned quango WRAP.
In reality aggregates output from official (AMRI) statistics for 2004
and 2005 was higher than in 2003. The recently published government-sponsored
Symonds' survey of recycled aggregates in England for 2005 shows the
amount recycled was little changed from 2001 and 2003 at about 46 million
tonnes - so much for the myth of the tax increasing the amount recycled!!.
23 March 2007
- BAA Launches Cement Market Investigation Many of
our members who buy cement are having extreme difficulty getting hold
of it, prices are going through the roof and those attempting to bring
in from outside the UK haven’t been able to for a host of reasons.
Our press release has been picked up in various
places including front page Contract
16 March 2007
- A warm welcome to Carol Godfrey and the team at Hippowash who are
our latest Associate member and a well-known manufacturer, supplier
and service company for wheel wash systems. More details on our website
2 February 2007
- We welcome Ian and James Cameron and their operations in Ballater,
Aberdeenshire as new BAA members. Castle
Plant (Deeside) Ltd are suppliers and contractors to Cairngorm National
Park of all grades of sand and gravel.
- Living With Minerals - Why Minerals Matter This CBI Minerals
Group publication was launched at the Conference in London last November
and is available on our
website. There has been very favourable feedback - and is apparently
hot reading in unfamiliar business and local authority reception areas
- even some doctor and dentist surgeries. One worth putting in your
own reception areas – and distributing to the "not the usual
- Stealth taxation. Some good news in the Chancellor's
pre-budget report (PBR). He seems to have listened to industry concerns
and at least backed-off index-linking the ubiquitous aggregates tax.
On Planning Gain-supplement (PGS) whilst the whole exercise could still
be abandoned minerals may well be excluded from the scope following
very active lobbying by BAA. The Barker review on Planning Reform recommends
a simplification of the planning application process to ensure that
decisions can be reached more quickly, and as suggested by BAA she calls
for a resumption of presumption in favour, whereby a planning application
will be granted unless there are strong reasons against it.
- Aggregates Levy. BAA's appeal against the Court of
First Instance (CFI) judgement in Luxembourg will be made to the European
Court of Justice (ECJ). The reasons are outlined on the
press release page - doc 65.
- We welcome as new members Chris Parry (Director) and his team in
the rock quarries in Anglesey, N Wales and his waste, recycling and
plant hire business. More details are in the AZ
- Archaeological Research Services. We warmly welcome as new associate
members Clive Waddington and his team based in Bakewell, Derbyshire
and Newcastle University.They are archaeological contractors offering
consultancy, all archaeological fieldwork (fieldwalking, trenching,
geophysics, excavation etc), interpretation and publicity. More details
can be obtained from
or (T) 01629 814540 or the AZ
Associate Members Directory
- Planning Gain Supplement. CBI has published its research on the potential
impacts of the Government's proposals. '"The more these proposals
are examined, the more pitfalls become exposed.'" The full report
and executive summary can be found on http://www.cbi.org.uk/planning.
The findings on page 84 and items 3 and 4 have particular relevance
to minerals.Table 2 on page 88 shows that the impact on minerals is
proportionately much greater than on major development sites. BAA raised
the issue with CPA ahead of their meeting with Financial Secretary John
Healey last week, and we have followed this up with a letter to him
raising our concerns unless minerals are excluded from the proposals.
- Aggregates Levy - CFI judgement. Whilst a disappointing decision from
Luxembourg on Wednesday, it is only BAA single-minded determination
that has united the industry on the issue to see this SME discrimatory
and environmentally damaging tax repealed. Our press release went out
on Wednesday (see 'Press Releases') and has
been already picked up in various places - and we have received numerous
messages of support from companies, individuals and other trade associations
- SAFED driver training. Middleton Aggregates driver Chris Claxton was
voted driver of the month for June. Brian Nelson reports that "..I
think the fact that all the training was free, my fuel figures improved
by approx 6% and it also increased driver awareness cannot be all bad.
I would recommend BAA members to give it a go - they have nothing to
lose but could end up gaining. The contact for further info is Michael
Kemp 01552682157 or mobile 07795275962 - or contact me on 07887763844
and I will explain the benefits it has given ourselves".
- Yet another new BAA member - the fifth already this year. A very warm
welcome to John Bird and Shaun Robson of Yarrows Aggregates, Beverley,Yorkshire.
They have a sand and gravel operation, and bagging plant. (T) 01964
- Aggregates Tax. Precautionary Claims. Whilst most members and many
non-BAA members have already taken this action it is still not too late
to file claims ahead of the court judgement which is expected to be
announced in the autumn.
- Quarrying in National Parks. Further to our response to the consultation
we issued our own press release.
- We are delighted to welcome Andrew Thompson and his company as new
BAA members. More details from their website www.wthompsonandson.co.uk
- We are delighted to welcome yet another new associate member, MBK
Motor Rewinds Ltd who are offering BAA members a discount. Contact details
- New Associate Member. We are delighted to welcome Heaton Planning
Ltd of Keyworth, Nottingham - and Christian Smith - as new members.
You will find full details of their company on http://www.heatonplanning.co.uk
- Aggregates Levy Precautionary Claims. We continue to get good coverage
in Construction News - and you can see the most recent articles on our
press page. We understand that claims are now
even higher - from over 50 individual companies.
- Aggregates levy - Precautionary Claims. Most members and many non-BAA
members have taken this action. We had further good coverage for the
third week in Construction News
but members should however note that they can still continue to
file their claims even after today. (31st March).
News Slot! Congratulations to Thomas Armstrong's, who were recently
awarded with the SAFED national award for 'Driver of the Month' via
the Aggregates Driver Development funding.The photo shows from left
to right: Jason Norman SAFED national driver of the month, Ian Morrison
Logistics Manager at Thomas Armstrong's, Robin Brow CEO of System Group
who provided the training.
- Planning Reform - Barker Review. The BAA response to this consultation
has been sent to the Treasury and is available on our website. Whilst
we welcomed the governments intention to create a strong and vibrant
planning system that delivered faster, more timely and business-friendly
decisions with the recent planning reforms, we have been disappointed
that the current indicators are not encouraging most particularly for
the supply of minerals to meet society and national needs. We believe
much more streamlining is required, a return to the pre-1991 presumption
in favour of development, and stronger support from elected councillors,
MPs, Ministers and publicly-paid officials to planning officials and
their decisions. http://www.british-aggregates.co.uk/documentation/documentation.html
- Aggregates Levy. Our Press release hit the front page of Construction
News and also the comment column -
Even the Government's central argument that it encourages the use
of recycled aggregates lacks any real substance. Where reliable performance
is required for structural applications there is always going to be
a need for virgin aggregates, whatever subsidy is given to encourage
the use of recycled materials. The only thing the tax is promoting is
an evergrowing waste mountain of by-product, which is too expensive
to sell. If the levy is justified, then reason is dead. It is still
a little early to call the outcome from the European Court of First
Instance case, but all quarry owners would do well to get down to work
on their claims for a whopping tax rebate.
- The majority of members have already signed up with Herbert Smith's
along with several non-BAA members. Those who haven't yet are advised
to join us. http://www.british-aggregates.co.uk/news/press.html
Local Driver of the Month. We are delighted that Paul Wixey of Cullimores
won this award and was presented with a certificate and model vehicle
on 2nd February. The company was also presented with a model. The pic
shows attending the ceremony (left to right) Nick Rees (SAFED RHA Wiltshire
tutoring course), Mike Farmer, (RHA Regional Director), Paul Wixey,
Moreton Cullimore, lady SAFED tutor and Phillip Whitman (Cullimores'
- English Nature ALSF Event - Peter Huxtable gave a presentation
at this in London on Wednesday 8 February.
- Several members have asked for at least one item of good news each
week - will rely on member input - but here is a starter...I received
a telephone call from the President of Poulton Cricket Club and Parish
Council (a small village in the Cotswold water park) thanking us for
the ALSF contribution of some £34K from Gloucestershire CC towards
completing their cricket pavilion - and that we shall be mentioned in
their "Roll of honour".
- GWP Consultants. Welcome to our latest new associate member and to
Ruth Allington. They specialise in evaluation, design, delivery and
management of earth and water resources projects. Full details of their
services can be found on www.gwp.uk.com
- Good coverage in the press. BAA views on Scottish waste proposals
and EU Mine Waste Directive in MQR, and our concerns on Planning guidance
in Mineral planning; and BAA dismay at the new planning stealth tax
on SMEs at local level from April 2006 is covered in Contract Journal,
Construction News and Mineral Planning. See Press
- Welcome to yet another associate member - Norman
Butcher and Jones and their representative Christian Kay. NBJ offer
BAA members insurance cover arrangements. Further details can be found
in the Member's Area under services.
11 November 2005
4 November 2005
- Government Planning Policy. With BAA responding
to both the MPS1 consultation in England and the SPPG4 in Scotland
- we received a good coverage in the technical press this week over
our concerns that the government do not have a clear, coherent direction
and policy on aggregate and mineral extraction and that unless the politicians
and decision makers give unequivocal and coherent commitment there will
be more litigation and less investment!
14 October 2005
- Time To Stand Up to Tom, Dick and Harry. BAA's Director Robert Durward
has again contributed the foreward in the latest Quarries and Mines
Directory published this week. A copy of this editorial is attached.
(Word or PDF)
3 October 2005
- BAA/MIRO Research Project. The report of the ALSF funded project which
several BAA members participated has been published and all members
will receive a CD version shortly. It is also available on the MIST
30 September 2005
- Bridgend Sand and Gravel. We welcome Wilson Strachan
and his company as a new member with operations in Banff.
- EU Sunlight Directive. The EU have withdrawn some
70 draft Directives as part of the better regulation initiative. This
includes the Optical Directive which BAA has been actively campaigning
against as impractical, over-the-top and straight duplication!
7 September 2005
- QNJAC. BAA have now been given a second seat on this
important advisory group. Steve Cole joins Ian Glendinning (Glendinnings)
as our representatives; and Graham Geddes (Geddes Group) and Paul Geaves(Middleton's)
are available to deputise. The next meeting is in London on 4th October
- and members with any input should contact on this occasion Steve or
2 September 2005
- New Associate Member. We welcome Roland Gude and
the KPMG Environment Team of business advisors as new BAA members.
- Planning. BAA have responded to the proposals in
England and Wales to impose monitoring fees on planning permissions.
We consider these unfair to SMEs and propose that the schemes are dropped
as a contribution to the government commitment to better regulation
and reducing red tape. Thanks to all who have contributed to the position
paper on planning problems being compiled by CPA for ODPM - current
draft available for any additional comments. Phil Thacker attended a
meeting this week for BAA on the planning proposals in Scotland - and
more specifically on proposed Good Neighbour Agreements.
- FleetEye Vehicle Tracking. Barrie Fox of associate
member Weighsoft www.cobhamsystems.co.uk
are offering a £50 discount on this sytem to BAA members during
September. They will be on stand 578 at Recycling & Waste Management
2005 (RWM05), NEC Birmingham 13-15 September. www.rwmexhibition.com
26 August 2005
- Safe Driver Training - SAFED. Further to the details
the other week of the ALSF scheme for companies with operator licenses
in England - we now have details of their training scheme being rolled
out by the Scottish Executive.
12 August 2005
- Aggregates Levy. We have gained support from the
SCDI who have written to the Chancellor, Gordon Brown. SCDI is not convinced
that the Aggregates Levy is achieving its primary objectives. Research
by the BAA shows that the reduction in sales of primary aggregate is
due to factors such as changes in construction methods and the impact
of the Landfill Tax rather than the effect of the Aggregates Levy. SCDI
also notes that, as the Levy is a flat rate tax, the burden is having
a disproportionately high impact in Scotland caused by the substantially
lower price of aggregates in Scotland. The letter recommends that the
Aggregates Levy is withdrawn as it is not meeting its objectives.
22 July 2005
- Associate Members. We welcome two new members this
week. Alistair Smith of AMS Associates, Innerleithen; and Mike Holt
of Envar Ltd, Leeds. Full details available in associates'
- ALSF Funding / English Nature and Countryside Agency.
Members are reminded that monies are available from this source and
should be looked at as joint ventures with local community groups, your
local wildlife trust - or even other groups like RSPB. The next calls
close respectively on 15th August and 17th November.