Gallaghers are applying for permission to open a 74 acre quarry on the site of Oaken Wood, an ancient woodland with a Site of Special Scientific Interest and a Local Wilflife Site in it. Gallaghers say that they will refill the quarry and plan new woodland on top once they have removed milllions of tonnes of stone for road and housebuilding.
This is simply crazy. There are much better alternatives to the use of Kentish Rag Stone to build houses with. While Rag Stone looks pretty, the impact on the enviroment and the fact that this resource is not renewable makes this exercise a pointless waste of time that will simply increase the profits for the company. Let's use carbon negative building materials such as hemp blocks for new houses.
And as for destroying an ancient woodland so that there can be aggregate to build more roads with...
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