Lichfield MP helps anti-gravel extraction protesters hand over petition

Michael Fabricant MP joins campaigners in Fradley

Michael Fabricant MP joins campaigners in Fradley

Lichfield’s MP has joined anti-gravel extraction protesters as they handed over a petition against plans to increase quarrying at Fradley Junction.

Michael Fabricant presented the 1,200-name petition to Staffordshire County Councillor Robert Marshall.

The Conservative MP said:

“I oppose any new gravel extraction north west of the A38.  It will blight our villages and Staffordshire already extracts more than its fair share of sand and gravel while other counties like Shropshire extract very little.  The plan to use the canal system is just a cynical attempt to appear ‘green’.  The gravel companies know full well that the locks at Fradley Junction are too narrow to be practical for bulk haulage.

“But the good news is that the new Conservative Government has kept its promise and has stripped powers away from the Region and it will be for the County and not Birmingham to decide how much gravel will be extracted locally in future.”

Accepting the petition, Cllr Marshall assured those present that “no more gravel extraction sites will be permitted by the county under new powers given to us by the Government”.

T,he 1200 hundred names were collected from residents and holidaymakers on narrow boats using Fradley Junction and The Swan Pub.

Photograph shows, left to right:  Cllr Janet Eagland, Michael Fabricant, Anne Anderson (Campaign Organiser), and Cllr Robert Marshall outside The Swan Pub at Fradley Junction.

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