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Quarry threat to Waveney Forest at Fritton

PUBLISHED: 12:15 17 October 2017

Fritton Woods/ Waveney Forest nis under threat by quarry plans.

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Copy: Liz Coates
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Fritton Woods/ Waveney Forest nis under threat by quarry plans. Photo: Nick Butcher Copy: Liz Coates For: GYM Archant © 2008 (01603) 772434

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The big quarry question has resurfaced as an extraction firm submits new plans that would rip up a forest in Fritton.

Fritton Woods/ Waveney Forest nis under threat by quarry plans.

Photo: Nick Butcher
Copy: Liz Coates
For:  GYM
Archant © 2008
(01603) 772434 Fritton Woods/ Waveney Forest nis under threat by quarry plans. Photo: Nick Butcher Copy: Liz Coates For: GYM Archant © 2008 (01603) 772434

An action group successfully won the day against the bid some six years ago, drawing support from council and MPs, as well as an estimated 20,000 people who put their names to a petition, wrote letters and spread the word.

Now members are preparing for another lengthy battle, and hoping to roll out the big guns again.

Keith Nunn of Fritton Parish Council said people were prepared to fight “night and day” to fend off the quarry threat.

He said Waveney Forest, although a commercial crop, was the only amenity woodland for Yarmouth and Lowestoft and giving it over to a quarry would be “disastrous for the area.”

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Their trump cards had included proximity to the Waveney river and the Broads, important Second World War resistance bunkers, and the discovery of a rare snail.

Health hazards, pressure on the road network and general impact on the community were also concerns.

Mr Nunn said the new application from Kent-based Brett Aggregates, affecting 239 acres of woodland, would be opposed along the same lines.

He said: “The local action group is re-mustering and it is expected that the many thousands of objectors will be sending their detailed objections in again before the consultation early next year, as will the parish.

“The council will be opposing the might of the biggest mineral company in the country. The last application was defeated with the aid of so many people who did not want to lose the nearest area of woodland amenity to Lowestoft and Yarmouth.

“The areas of contention used by the opposition were many and varied including the effect of the development on Fritton lake municipal water supply and local wells.

“The access would spoil the lovely overhead tree canopy between our two villages and increase heavy traffic on the already overloaded A143.

“Loss of the carbon absorbing trees is particularly silly, as we need as many trees as possible.”

A spokesman for Norfolk County Council said it had to review its minerals and waste plan every five years.

She said the application at Fritton had been submitted in response to this summer’s call for mineral extraction sites.

To comment email fritton.stolaves.clerk@outlook.com or visit the Friends of Waveney Forest Facebook page.

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