CEMEX applies for quarry extension with tunnel solution to protect woodland and wildlife
30th March 2009: Leading building materials provider, CEMEX, is applying for permission to extend Wenvoe Quarry in the Vale of Glamorgan to maintain jobs and ensure a continued supply of quality limestone for the production of high strength readymixed concrete, which is essential for the construction industry in the Cardiff and Vale areas.
The application, which will be submitted in early May to the Vale of Glamorgan Council, proposes to link the extension with the existing quarry by means of a tunnel to protect local wildlife and woodland habitats.
CEMEX’s operations manager in South Wales, David Goodman, explained: “We have made significant modifications to an earlier proposed scheme, and have listened to comments from local people and environmental groups to arrive at a solution which secures jobs and aggregate supplies, while minimising any disturbance to the Cwm Slade ancient woodland and wildlife.”
As part of the company’s consultation programme public information days will be held at the quarry on Friday, April 24, 2009 from 2pm – 8pm and Saturday, April 25 from 10am – 2pm when local residents will have the opportunity of discussing the proposals with CEMEX staff.
If approved by the council, the new application, which covers 10.3 hectares, will protect the livelihoods of the 60 people associated with the site for the next 13 years and the site will be progressively restored to woodland, with some water features, for nature conservation uses.
The tunnel solution has been used by CEMEX at a number of sites, including Taff's Well Quarry, and would be consistent with national, regional and local plans and policies.
Local projects, which have been built using limestone from Wenvoe Quarry, include the Millennium Stadium, the Welsh Assembly Government building, The Red Dragon (Dara) project, St Athan; Cardiff City FC stadium and complex; Cardiff Athletic stadium and Cardiff International Sports Village.
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For further information contact David Harding on tel. 01686 640630/07967 655379
The Vale of Glamorgan’s Unitary Development Plan has identified the following major projects likely to use Wenvoe products:
- The allocation of 199 hectares of land for employment uses.
- Employment opportunities associated with the development of RAF St Athan.
- The allocation of land for 6,000 new homes up to 2011.
- Investment in strategic highways including a new access to Cardiff International Airport and a Barry Waterfront to Cardiff Link, together with a number of local bypass schemes.
CEMEX is a global building materials company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also has a significant share of the asphalt, concrete block and mortar markets. The company has a national supply network in the UK to ensure that quality building materials is available to customers locally. For more information, see www.CEMEX.co.uk or www.CEMEX.com