The decision to reduce the amount of quarrying for sand and gravel in Staffordshire has been hailed as “tremendous” news by a county councillor.
Matthew Ellis (Cons, Lichfield Rural East) made his comments following the decision by the West Midlands Regional Assembly to change the system used to decide the quota for each area.
The news means that ten million tonnes less quarrying will be carried over the next decade across the county.
And the announcement also follows an 18-month campaign by residents around Lichfield aiming to prevent new quarries being introduced – something which is less likely following the decision.
Villagers around Hints, Weeford, Fisherwick and Comberford were also facing as many as 2,000 extra quarry HGVs thundering along local roads each week as well as the quarry works themselves.
Cllr Ellis said:
“It is tremendous news. Eighteen months ago it looked like Staffordshire would see yet another increase in the amount of sand and gravel provided for the regional quota. The ten million tonne reduction is important not only because new quarries shouldn’t be needed but also because it reverses the ever increasing trend of the last 30 years.
“More than 600 of my constituents have played a crucial part in winning this battle. But it’s important that this must be the first step in a new downward trend to give some respite from quarry works to local people and our county’s countryside. It’s good news and makes the hard work well worthwhile.”
Local residents have also been speaking of their relief following the news.
Terry Roome, who lives close to the proposed site for a new quarry in Fisherwick, added:
“This is a big relief to our community here. To be honest we weren’t expecting it to go in our favour after proposals for new quarries were announced back in 2008.”