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“That report concluded that Staffordshire is providing far more than is fair and my Cabinet colleague, Robert Marshall, set about negotiating to reduce our tonnage for the next fifteen years. But politicians from the other counties dismissed the report out of hand. “It is pure self interest because if Staffordshire provides less, the others will have to provide more.”However, Cllr Ellis has confirmed that the Conservative-controlled Staffordshire County Council would continue the fight to reduce the region’s quarrying commitments. He explained:
“Staffordshire’s Legal Department will now start to prepare the groundwork for legal challenge, probably under some sort of Judicial Review, and secondly, Robert Marshall will return to the negotiating table to try for an amicable settlement in advance of the courts.”