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Frustration over quarry changes
A planned quarry might need to be sited in Surrey after new targets on mineral extraction, the county council said.

The authority said it was being told to look at land for silica sand and brick clay quarrying, in addition to the sand and gravel sites agreed in April 2005.

The revised targets could see a new site being created in Nutfield Marsh and four quarries being extended.

Surrey County Council said the changes were "very frustrating" but it could not say no to the government on this.

The authority says it is also being asked by the government to look at the storage of gas.

'Goalposts moved'

Councillor Peter Martin said: "The government have moved the goalposts in the middle of the game.

"This is very frustrating for us as our plan was moving ahead and we now have to consult people on matters government had previously agreed we could leave until later."

He added: "I would like to make it clear this council is committed to protecting Surrey's green spaces.

"However, the government has the power to demand we open up our mineral capacity to ensure supply. We are obligated to do our part."

Surrey County Council said it would consult the public on the options for the extraction of silica sand, which is used in the manufacture of glass.

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