Campaigners meet with West Norfolk MP for 'peaceful protest' against silica sand proposals
Campaigners met with South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss last week to highlight the opportunity for residents to have their say on silica sand proposals.
Around 70 members of Campaigners Against Two Silica Sites (CATSS) held a peaceful protest against Norfolk County Council’s proposals to include Shouldham Warren as an Area of Search in their Minerals and Waste Local Plan at the warren on Friday.
Following the meeting, Ms Truss said she will contact the Secretary of State for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government to “question the need for silica sites in the country” and will also re-iterate her concerns with Norfolk County Council.
She said: “This is a really unique and special area – part of a medieval warren. The flora and fauna, along with the wildlife, create a wonderful environment enjoyed by many including cyclists, bird watchers and walkers.
“I share local residents’ concerns that this location has been included as a potential future quarrying site and I most definitely say no – NCC need to remove it from their list.
“RAF Marham has already raised their objections to neighbouring location Sil 02 by Marham due to the potential for a bird strike and I am therefore at a loss why Shouldham Warren is still under consultation.”
Campaigners are urging residents to have their say on the proposals before the public consultation ends at 5pm on Wednesday, October 30.
A spokeswoman for CATSS said: “Our biggest message at the moment is to make people aware as much as possible that we’ve got this opportunity – a window – that the public can lodge their objections before October 30.”
She said: “We haven’t got any other chance. After this it goes down the line, so we’ve got to shout it from the rooftops, or the treetops, perhaps.”
“We are just really trying to raise awareness to save Shouldham Warren,” she added.
“In light of all the news about well-being and getting outside in the countryside, a lot of people enjoy the recreational space – runners, walkers and photographers. They all use Shouldham Warren.
“There are very few places left to roam freely – you’ve got Thetford Forest, and the warren is a sort of sister to Thetford Forest.”
To have your say on the public consultation, visit https://norfolk.jdi-consult.net/localplan.
Alternatively, email your response to firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Planning Services, CES, Norfolk County Council, County Hall, Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2SG.
To find out more about CATTS, visit www.norfolkcatss.co.uk, or follow them on social media by searching @NorfolkCATSS.