Lichfield MP backs decision to reject gravel extraction plans

Michael Fabricant MP

Michael Fabricant MP

Lichfield MP Michael Fabricant has applauded Staffordshire County Council’s decision to reject the Government’s target for sand and gravel extraction in the region.

The news gives a boost to campaigners who are fighting a proposed site for a new quarry in Kings Bromley.

Staffordshire County Council yesterday sought to clarify their position on central targets for mineral extraction – a decision which has pleased the Lichfield MP.

Mr Fabricant – who was among protesters who marched against the Kings Bromley development last weekend – said:

“This reassurance will be good news and a considerable relief to local campaigners who marched at Kings Bromley last Sunday (September 27). Staffordshire already extracts more than its fair share of gravel in the region.

“Cllr Robert Marshall’s statement will give comfort to many in the County – not just at Kings Bromley – who fear that their local environment will be destroyed forever.”

County Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Infrastructure, Councillor Robert Marshall said:

“The new Conservative administration does not accept the Government target for sand and gravel extraction in Staffordshire. We are committed to reducing both the tonnage and the percentage of sand and gravel that Staffordshire provides out of the West Midlands allocation.

“We think it is unreasonable and unfair that Staffordshire bears such a big brunt of the minerals extraction. Whilst we recognise that Staffordshire has good minerals reserves and it is a thriving industry, we have to get the balance right. Local people need to be protected from the adverse impact of sand and gravel extraction.”

Despite the boost to the campaign, Mr Fabricant acknowledges that there is still a long way to go before the threat of a new quarry evaporates. He said:

“The fight against further gravel extraction in sensitive areas is not over,  but it’s good that the council is on-side with this and can participate in the fight.”

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