The proposal by Shire Oak Quarries Ltd to reopen Dean Quarry is bad news for people living on the East Coast of the Lizard Peninsula says Prospective MP, Derek Thomas.
Shire Oak Quarries Ltd plan to extract millions of tonnes of rock from the dis-used quarry and ship it up to Swansea for a Tidal Lagoon project.
Derek, who visited Dean Quarry to see for himself what is proposed said "I parked my car in Ronenithon and walked a short distant to the quarry. The proximity of the quarry to local homes is reason enough for this plan to be stopped dead in its tracks."
Following his visit to the quarry Derek met with a number of local residents at his 'Meet-the-Candidate' event. Derek heard how local people recognised that Dean Quarry had a license to operate and do not object to the quarry being reopened. However, the current proposals, which include a new 600m breakwater, a large fuel storage facility and the extraction of potentially 1.5m tonnes of rock each year, totally eclipse what the quarry has been used for in the past and what local residents are used to.
Derek continued 'My main priority is to see an increase in the number of skilled, well paid jobs in West Cornwall. However, we should not accept new jobs at any price. The Dean Quarry plan may create jobs that may go to local people but this does not justify the threat our tourism industry would be exposed to -an industry that nearly every household affected by this scheme relies on. It may be difficult in law to rescind Dean Quarry's licence to operate, but nothing should be done to facilitate it.
Since his meeting with local residents Derek has met with Fisheries Minister, George Eustice MP and spoken to the incoming Chief Officer of IFCA (Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority), Sam Davies.
'The intended breakwater sits very close to a recently established and very important Marine Conservation Zone. Both IFCA and the Marine Management Organisation have a part to play in relation to the intended breakwater and I want to be sure that everyone concerned is well aware of the potential impact of what Shire Oak Quarries Ltd intend to do.'