Residents fears over revised quarry plan

Revised proposals for a quarry at a Norfolk beauty spot would be even more detrimental to the local quality of life, claim angry residents.Families thought they had won their long battle to stop the threat of a quarry at Fritton woods when Norfolk County Council excluded the plan from its list of about 100 preferred quarry sites at the end of last year.

Revised proposals for a quarry at a Norfolk beauty spot would be even more detrimental to the local quality of life, claim angry residents.

Families thought they had won their long battle to stop the threat of a quarry at Fritton woods when Norfolk County Council excluded the plan from its list of about 100 preferred quarry sites at the end of last year.

However, the submission of a revised scheme for the woods - opening up a new round of public consultation later this year - has renewed the threat.

Residents, who attended a parish meeting to view the latest plans from Kent firm Brett Aggregates, were shocked to discover that quarry working was being proposed within 175m of properties in New Road, Fritton.

Fears were expressed about the impact of dust, with one expert citing the case of another quarry where dust, which can aggravate conditions such as asthma, is seen to travel up to 1km.

Other concerns raised included the risk of polluting Fritton Lake with oil and chemicals, the loss of heritage, including recently discovered second world war resistance hideaways, and an increase in congestion on the A143 lorry route to Yarmouth.

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Campaigners pledged to keep up their fight to stop Fritton woods being added to the preferred quarry sites list and urged the parish council to investigate the possibility of claiming the forest under the Village Green Act.