Council highlights its concerns over sites identified for silica sand extraction

The proposed silica sand site at Dersingham. Picture: Ian Burt

The proposed silica sand site at Dersingham. Picture: Ian Burt

West Norfolk Council has now highlighted its concerns over mineral sites proposed by Norfolk County Council for silica sand extraction.

The county council has identified six areas where silica sand extraction could be possible and the borough council can comment as part of the review's consultation process.

They include an area between Snettisham and Dersingham close to the RSPB nature reserve, land near West Bilney Wood, north of Shouldham, north of Stow Bardolph, east of South Runcton and east of Tottenhill. Extraction already takes place in Bawsey, near King's Lynn.

A report ahead of West Norfolk Council's next cabinet meeting advises to formally object to the plans.

Among the reasons include impact on the character of the wider landscape, traffic on 'already stressed roads' and potential health implications.

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The report also notes the scale of the proposals, saying: 'Some of the areas of search are hundreds of hectares in size.

'If an area of 40 hectares is required to 2026 the potential blight for a far wider area for a far longer period is unrealistic.'

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Earlier this week, more than 200 residents from packed into a meeting in Snettisham to protest against the review.

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