Protesters march in opposition to new quarry near Lichfield

Around 200 protesters took part in a march against plans for a new quarry near Lichfield.

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant joined the campaigners as they produced a show of force against the plans to turn farmland at Kings Bromley into a gravel extraction site.

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant joins protesters in Kings Bromley

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant joins protesters in Kings Bromley

And Mr Fabricant believes quarrying in the area would destroy the natural landscape. He explained:

“This must not be allowed to happen.  A beautiful rural area with rich farmland and diverse wildlife will be destroyed forever.  Local people will be forced to endure an eyesore while neighbouring towns and villages will suffer from noise and vibration from heavy trucks carrying gravel passing through.

“This is not nimbyism.  Staffordshire has already done its fair share of gravel extraction with two-thirds of all the gravel in the midlands being taken from our county.  Enough is enough.  It is time now for other counties to extract their share, and for greater use to be made of recycling rubble from building sites instead of it being dumped in land-fill sites.  I oppose all plans to extract gravel north-west of the A38 road.  The damage to the environment will be too great a cost.”

A number of sites are being considered for gravel extraction but should the Kings Bromley location get the go-ahead, one resident who would be affected by the plans is June Baskerville.

Sunday’s walk took protesters through the farm where has 600 head of cattle fed from maize and wheat grown on the farm.

Mr Fabricant added:

“She tries to be self-sufficient and the plans to extract gravel at Kings Bromley will destroy her farm and others.

“And the potential disaster arising from damage to the high pressure, metre diameter national gas pipelines that all converge on the area is horrific.”

The walkers were accompanied by County and District Councillors Janet Eagland and Ian Pritchard who both pledged their support to the campaign.

Cllr Eagland said:

“It’s time now for other counties to pull their weight when it comes to gravel extraction.  Staffordshire extracts around 66 per cent of Midlands gravel while other counties are in single figures.  I am taking this campaign up to county level.”

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