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Controversial quarry sites to be discussed at public meeting

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A public talk will take place next week regarding the controversial proposal for two quarry sites in West Norfolk.

Alec Seaman of CATSS, Campaign Against Two Silica Sites, will lead the talk and discussion at Wereham Village Hall on Tuesday, April 2 at 8pm.

The talk will focus on the proposed quarry sites at Marham, said to be the equivalent of 97 Wembley Stadiums, and Shouldham Warren.

Members of the public will have the opportunity to join in with discussions and find out how they can comment or object to the proposals.

The potential affect of the quarries on the local area, and why they are seen as a poor use of land, will also be discussed during the meeting.

CATSS say two woodland family walks, the Rhododendron avenue and opportunities for walking, running, cycling and horse riding will all be under threat through the proposal.

Mr Seaman previously told The Lynn News the proposal affects people living in Pentney and Narborough as well as Shouldham and Marham.

He said silicosis is a major concern about the quarry with vulnerable people such as children and the elderly being susceptible to the silica dust during extraction.

A protest took place against the sand quarry proposals at Shouldham Warren on Sunday, March 17
A protest took place against the sand quarry proposals at Shouldham Warren on Sunday, March 17

The group also stated the quarrying would bring the following problems:

  • Increased noise, pollution and HGV traffic
  • Destruction of ancient footpaths and bridleways
  • Endangering wildlife
  • Destroy woodlands
  • Impact on health and well-being
  • Piping of sand to Leziate for processing

There will be no charge for entry to the talk and refreshments will be available.

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