A COUNCILLOR is waging an awareness campaign over controversial plans to build a quarry between Didcot and Abingdon.

Hill Quarry Products submitted revised plans to Oxfordshire County Council to dig a huge sand and gravel pit the size of 165 football pitches, opposite Culham Science Park.

Abingdon Town Councillor Jan Morter, who has handed out leaflets on behalf of opposition group Bachport, said she was shocked that many people were oblivious to the plans.

She said: "They gave me 150 leaflets to deliver. I targeted businesses in Market Place and nobody knows about it.

"I'm really surprised at the lack of knowledge - I've been delivering the news. People are allowed to put in protest and I want people to be made aware. If everyone thinks it's a great plan then fine, but you can't register your objections if you are not aware."

Bachport (Burcot and Clifton Hampden for the Protection of the River Thames) was formed to fight the quarry, which would be built 5km from Abingdon.

Mrs Morter added: "It will affect Abingdon because most of the concrete lorries will be making their way through the town.

"My biggest concern is the traffic, which is already bad in Abingdon. Concrete lorries trundling through the town is going to be bad for business and health."

The application estimates that an average of eight lorries will go back and forth every hour if building gets the go-ahead.

Residents can submit their opinions until May 13 by searching the county council's website using application reference MW.0039/16.