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Bid to save popular wood

PUBLISHED: 11:06 27 June 2008 | UPDATED: 20:43 05 July 2010

Villagers have formed an action group to fight possible plans to build a quarry on a popular Norfolk wood.

The action committee has been set up in St Olaves, near Yarmouth, to stop parts of Waveney Forest being turned into a sand and gravel pit.

Villagers have formed an action group to fight possible plans to build a quarry on a popular Norfolk wood.

The action committee has been set up in St Olaves, near Yarmouth, to stop parts of Waveney Forest being turned into a sand and gravel pit.

It is also feared that any proposed quarry in woodland at Fritton will see lorries rumbling through the community and affect house prices.

The 132-acre Waveney Forest is one of 105 sites earmarked by Norfolk County Council for new quarries to supply three million tonnes of raw material a year for housebuilding. A shortlist of sites should be available later in the year.

Anti-quarry campaigner Rowland Dunn said there was a groundswell of opinion against the plans and already 11 people had signed up for the group.

A petition has been launched and notices have been put up asking forest visitors to join the campaign.

The county council is in a consultation process over the 105 sites and it expects to make a preliminary announcement in November.

To join the action group, e-mail far2008@hotmail.co.uk

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