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Community focus is quarry?s answer

It?s a ?win-win-win? as people living near Burton upon Trent, in Staffordshire, will benefit from a community fund if planning permission is given for a quarry extension. The quarry will benefit from additional work and local jobs will be safeguarded.

Aggregate Industries UK Limited and the Barton under Needwood and Dunstall Key Trust have signed a Community Fund Agreement.

It means the charity will receive a contribution for every tonne of sand and gravel sold from the Newbold Quarry extension should it receive planning permission from Staffordshire County Council.

The quarry proposal seeks permission to extend the existing quarry workings into a further 160 hectares of land and extract 13 million tonnes of sand and gravel over the next 15 to 20 years.

If approved, the quarry extension will safeguard 90 jobs and also continue to provide a reliable supply of sand and gravel into Staffordshire and the wider West Midlands.

The charity will use the money from the agreement, which could be worth as much as ?30,000 ($A46,647), to help support people and projects to the benefit of the community.

?We are proud to support such a worthwhile cause,? said Tim Claxton, of Aggregate Industries. ?As a business operating within a large community, we try to help when we can, but this agreement will cement our commitment to giving something back to the two parishes who have lived next door to our quarry for many years.?

?The generous contributions to our charity anticipated from Aggregate Industries will allow the key trust to invest to ensure we can continue making a real difference in our communities for many years to come,? said Adrian Wedgwood, chairman of the key trust.

Sources: Burton Mail, Aggregate Research

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