MP's Column

Hats off to Silke Roskilly and the many people who are working hard to achieve some common sense regarding Dean Quarry. People born and bred in St Keverne Parish have lived with quarrying and do not object
to either Dean or Porthoustock Quarries operating in a managed and sustainable way.

However, they are right to object to the extraction of in excess of 1.5million tonnes of rock per annum for use in the Swansea Tidal Lagoon.

I first visited Dean Quarry in early January and it was clear to me that what is proposed is simply not appropriate for this site however keen we are to develop new renewable energy opportunities along the UK's shoreline.

Since my visit to Dean Quarry in January I have taken the Fisheries Minister to the site and to meet local business owners. I have met with the Energy Minister and written to every Government Department that has the ability to influence the outcome however remote. I have also discussed this with the office of
Number 10.

Why am I convinced that the Dean Super Quarry idea is not super at all? Because I have not yet seen any evidence that proves that the proposed breakwater, jetties and manoeuvring activity of the barges will not have a catastrophic impact on the Marine Conservation Zone.

I have not seen evidence that the new jobs created at Dean Quarry will adequately compensate for the negative impact on the local tourism industry and the many families that rely on tourism to earn an income.

I am not satisfied that enough has been done to understand the extent of the air pollution, noise and light pollution that is inevitable and I am convinced that there is a more suitable, competitive source of rock available for the Swansea Tidal Lagoon elsewhere. For years, as our core industries have declined including farming and fishing, we have been encouraged to diversify and find new ways to make a living. The community of St Keverne Parish has done this and it would be more than a slap in the face to compromise this good work now.