‘Sorry no quarry’ was very much the message from local residents when South West Norfolk MP Liz Truss joined campaigners at Shouldham Warren. A crowd of around 50 villagers attended the gathering to protest at the proposal to use Shouldham Warren as a possible future site for silica sand quarrying. Currently Norfolk County Council (NCC) are consulting on future silica quarrying sites. The consultation ends 30 October 2019.
Liz Truss commented ‘ This is a really unique and special area part of a mediaeval warren. The flora and fauna along with the wildlife create a wonderful environment enjoyed by many including cyclists, bird watchers and walkers. I share local residents concerns that this location has been included as a potential future quarrying site and I most definitely say no - NCC need to remove it from their list. RAF Marham has already raised their objections to neighbouring location Sil 02 by Marham due to the potential for a bird strike and I am therefore at a loss why Shouldham Warren is still under consultation. I will re-iterate my concerns with Norfolk County Council. I will also contact the Secretary of State for MHCLG to question the need for silica sites in the country.