Tamworth and Hopwas MP, Christopher Pincher, has spoken up on behalf of objectors to the proposals for a quarrying site in Hopwas Wood.
He has written to Staffordshire County Council making his objections clear and has delivered hundreds of surveys to local residents in Hopwas to ensure that they make their concerns clear.
Mr Pincher said, “I am hugely concerned about these proposals which will do great damage to our local landscape around Hopwas Wood if they are ever implemented. I have already written to the County Council about their Minerals Local Plan and have sought meetings with County officials.
“I know that there has long been quarrying in our part of the world, and some local people are employed by the quarries, but the scale and impact of the extension towards Hopwas woods is just not acceptable. The proposals must be rejected. The woods, some of which is ancient, could be ruined and their loss is irreplaceable.
“I encourage everyone to give their clear opinions to the County Council, which is running a consultation on its Minerals Plan, to ensure the idea is rejected. Residents can do this by contacting the County direct or by writing to or emailing me, and I will pass on their concerns.
“I will also raise my concerns with fellow Members of Parliament, with ministers and in the House of Commons. I am pleased my colleague and local County Councillor Alan White has spoken out too.”
The current site option is also located less than 200m from Hopwas village which is where owners LaFarge Tarmac want to quarry. You can object by writing to Staffordshire County Council directly using the details below.
Write to: Planning, Policy and Development Control, Staffordshire County Council, Wedgewood Building, Tipping Street, Stafford, ST16 2DH
Tel: 01785 277275
You can visit the consultation online:
The deadline for County consultation submissions is Friday 5th December 2014.
If you would like to make clear your objections to the proposals on my website, please follow this link and I will make sure I send your objection to the County.