Public event in Snettisham to discuss proposed sand extraction site

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A public event is being held tonight to discuss a proposed minerals site that is being considered for silica sand extraction.

Norfolk County Council is developing its Silica Sand Review and has identified six sites that could be used – and an area between Snettisham and Dersingham has been identified in an initial draft released for public consultation.

Others include 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.

Information on the council's website about the review says it will address a predicted shortfall in the number of sites.

But local residents have now formed a campaign group – called Wash Against Silica Pit (WASP) – to fight the proposals and a public event is being held to raise awareness.


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Stuart Dark from the group said: 'We understand there is a need for this resource but this location is not suited for this kind of activity.

'Our main concern is that this area is a prime tourist spot, not far from Sandringham. The public needs to know about Norfolk County Council's proposals.'

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Tonight's public event is at Snettisham Memorial Hall, Old Church Road, between 5.30pm and 7pm. Norfolk County Council's consultation on June 27.

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