Moneystone Quarry

Petitions – in the House of Commons at 6:04 pm on 15th March 2007.

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Photo of Bill Cash Bill Cash Conservative, Stone 6:04 pm, 15th March 2007

My third petition relates to a very important issue surrounding Moneystone quarry. It is supported by almost 700 letters of objection to Staffordshire county council. It states:

To the Honourable the Commons of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland in Parliament assembled

The Humble petition of the residents and citizens of the village of Whiston in Staffordshire

Sheweth that the plans, if approved, for an extension to Moneystone quarry will have a negative impact on the ecology, quality of infrastructure and quality of life in the area surrounding the quarry.

Wherefore your Petitioners pray that your honourable House will urge the Government to call in the planning application so that a full and proper planning inquiry can take place and thoroughly examine the application in a fair, democratic and accountable manner.

And your Petitioners, as in duty bound, will ever pray.

To lie upon the Table.

J

Extending this quarry would inevitably have a negative impact: a larger hole would be generated. However, it also would have neutral impacts: for example, traffic levels would continue much as before, as would the local quality of life. There are also positive consequences. Local (and wider) employment and wealth generation would be extended by a decade. Employment is definitely a positive contributor to quality of life! Eventually, following remediation, a few fields would have been exchanged for an area of some amenity - as amply demonstrated in the immediate locality by the former limekilns and tramways at Froghall. It should be remembered that the area and its amenities are the...

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