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Green status bid for quarry threat woods

PUBLISHED: 12:32 26 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:52 30 June 2010

A bid for village green status is the latest avenue being pursued by campaigners aiming to head off a quarry threat at Fritton woods.

They hope the testimony of long-term users of the haven, also know as Waveney Forest, will help to change its status under new legislation.

A bid for village green status is the latest avenue being pursued by campaigners aiming to head off a quarry threat at Fritton woods.

They hope the testimony of long-term users of the haven, also know as Waveney Forest, will help to change its status under new legislation.

It is one of many avenues being explored by locals who have come up with a raft of reasons to object to Brett Aggregates proposal to extract 1.87m tonnes of sand and gravel from a 195 acre site.

Parish council chairman Keith Nunn said concerns ranged from dust and light pollution to loss of amenity land and congestion on the already busy A143 where an extra 120 lorry movements per day are planned.

He said the council was interested in claiming the woods as a village green as long as certain criteria were met, and that there were big concerns about the effects of dust on at least four households with asthmatics and people with bronchial difficulties.

The new proposal while reducing the size of the quarry had taken it closer to homes.

Long term users of Fritton woods can contact the clerk via 01493 488375.

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