Derek Thomas listens to concerns about Dean Quarry

I have received a lot of emails and calls about the proposal to reopen Dean Quarry near St Keverne.

So today, after taking a democracy lesson at Mullion School, I drove across to the dis-used quarry to investigate the matter for myself. The proposal is to extract 1.5 million tonnes of rock each year and ship it up to Swansea to be used for a breakwater.

There are some problems with this proposal including the fact that the small community of Rosenithon is just a few hundred meters away (the nearest property is 200m). The site of a proposed breakwater and berthing area for the barges sits alongside a very important designated Marine Conservation Area.

All the access roads are minor roads and pretty much every home in the area depends in some way on the tourism industry. It is difficult for me to see what benefit to West Cornwall the opening of Dean Quarry has for this purpose.

I am meeting residents in St Keverne tomorrow to meet those concerned.