14 DEC 2017

Therese Expresses Concerns over Quarry Extension

Therese has expressed her concern about the proposed extension of Wangford Quarry which would have an adverse impact onthe Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Therese submitted her concerns in response to Suffolk County Council's consultation on their Minerals and Waste Local Plan - which proposes to include the Lime Kiln Farm site as part of the extended quarry.

Suffolk County Council are looking for sites to meet the sand and gravel extraction need up to the year 2036, which has identified that another 10.442 Mt is required.

Therese said: "I am extremely concerned about the proposed extension of Wangford Quarry. This is the only proposed site in the plan which sits within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This heavily impacts on the local ecology, not only the protected AONB but the Minsmere-Walberswick Heaths and Marshes Site of Special Scientific Interest; the Minsmere-Walberswick Special Protected Area; and the Suffolk Coast National Nature Reserve."

Therese added: "I do not deem the extension of Wangford Quarry a necessary erosion of the AONB and I urge the County Council to consider other locations that don't have such an impact on protected designations to meet the need for gravel and sand extraction".

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