West Norfolk MP to join campaigners for proposed silica quarry site visit between Marham and Shouldham
South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss will join campaign group CATSS (Campaigners Against Two Silica Sites) today to view the proposed site for mineral extraction between Marham and Shouldham.
Sibelco, the company behind the proposal, has said they would pump sand from the site to their processing facility at Leziate.
But campaigners are also against the inclusion of a larger area, including Shouldham Warren, as an area of search for the material, which is commonly used in the glassmaking industry.
If the proposal does go ahead, it will be one of the largest quarrying sites in the UK.
Campaigners are worried about issues including traffic, noise and dust pollution, as well as the potential implications for public health and the environment.
At a public meeting in Marham in October 2018, more than 150 residents attended the meeting expressing concern about the proposal.
More than 500 people have also signed an online petition against the proposals.
Miss Truss will meet campaigners at midday. After viewing the area she will then go to a site visit of the existing quarry in Station Road, Leziate.
She said: “Considerable concern has been raised with me about this proposal, which if developed could see one of the largest quarrying sites in the UK.
“Points raised at previous public meetings are how such an operation sits with the government’s ambitions for the 25-year environment plan, improve recycling and the health and welfare of our nation.
“Another factor is a genuine concern for the impact this will have on the value of people’s homes in the area. I do however appreciate that this is still at the consultation phase and a planning application has yet to be submitted.
“I know the area well but I am keen to view the site with campaigners and the operation at Leziate but, as things currently stand, it is evident there is not the local support, so I believe it should not go ahead.”