Dorset

Views wanted on future quarrying for minerals in Dorset

  • 27 October 2010
  • From the section Dorset

People living in Dorset are being asked to tell the council how they feel about future quarrying for stone, gravel, sand, ball clay and other minerals.

The Minerals Core Strategy (MCS) will set out future objectives and policies for extracting minerals.

It will balance national, regional and local requirements with social, environmental and economic considerations, the council said.

A public consultation is running from 29 October until 17 December.

Portland stone

One of Britain's most famous building stone materials is quarried in mines on Portland.

White-grey Portland stone was used in the building of St Paul's Cathedral and Buckingham Palace and is also exported to many other countries.

Robert Gould, county council cabinet member for environment, said: "We would like to hear a range of views on how we should source materials to build the homes and roads of the future in our county.

"This is about the vision that will guide future mineral working in Dorset, rather than identifying potential new sites.

"Quarrying affects many aspects of our lives and it is vital everyone with an interest has a chance to contribute to this discussion."

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