Silica sand extraction concerns backed by West Norfolk Council’s cabinet tonight

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

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

West Norfolk Council bosses have backed concerns raised by residents about the possibility of silica sand extraction in an area close to the RSPB nature reserve in Snettisham.

Norfolk County Council has identified a possible extraction site between Dersingham and Snettisham. Extraction already takes place in Bawsey, near King's Lynn.

Residents have raised objections to the site and have held several meetings to oppose it.

Their main concerns, as outlined in a report to cabinet, are the impact on the character of the wider landscape, extra lorry traffic on 'already stressed roads' and potential health implications.

The borough council's cabinet met this evening and leader Brian Long said he could understand people's concerns.

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As part of a consultation, members agreed with the report that the county council should take into account the possible impact on the tourism economy and ensure that 'this vital industry would not be detrimentally affected'.

Meanwhile, cabinet members agreed to back the idea of a Business Improvement District (BID) to help promote King's Lynn town centre. The concept was trialled in 2013 but proved to be unsuccessful.

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Alistair Beales, vice-chairman of the council, said it was an 'excellent initiative'.

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